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How to make plush eyes by Siplick How to make plush eyes by Siplick
[TUTORIAL] How to make plush eyes

Many people have told me they like how I make my plushies' eyes, so I made this to help anyone who may need it.

Download for full view. Feel free to ask me any questions! :)

In case anyone's curious, I used *Komouri-Chan's character, Skully, as my Guinea pig for this tutorial:

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Kirbyfan1234 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!! :D
WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I'm working on a Banette plush toy, and I really liked this tutorial; I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me. :)

You sewed the eyes on when the head was already stuffed; any tips or advice for how to do that? (It looks like a blanket stitch, but putting a 2D eye on a 3D surface is impressive, and I wanna learn how to do that too) :)

I'm also wondering if you put anything on the eyes aside from the paint to seal it; do you ever have to worry about flaking or is the paint durable enough on its own?
Siplick Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Hello! Good luck with your project, I'm glad this tutorial is useful ^_^

Yes, I handsew the eyes on the head when it's already finished. This is the first time I've heard about that kind of stitching, but it's not the one I use. When I sew the felt parts on plusies, I do it like this: (orange for what you can see, red is what it looks like under the fabric) - I pinch the rim of the felt, then the string goes over the felt, and then I pinch the fabric under as close as I can to the rim of the felt, and I pass the needle to the next spot next to the first place where I pinched on the felt, like this: . If you use string that matches with the felt's colours, it's almost unnoticeable. With this eye I only used red string:  I hope that's clear enough, I don't know if that's a particular stitch ^^;

I don't seal the paint with anything else, acryllics are very durable. Fabric paint is almost the same as acryllics, although they say you need to iron the back of the painted fabric for it to be "fixed" but I don't usually do that. I've had my clothes stained with acryllics and there was no way to get it out, even after multiple washings, using soap and even bleach. At most, the paint will die down a bit after time, but it will stay.
WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so, so much! :)
This saves me so much time; I was worried I'd have to rip the seams out of the head and sew the eyes on from the inside.

To be honest, I don't know what that one would be called either; the only stitches I really remember well are running stitch, back stitch, and blanket stitch. 

That's pretty helpful about the paint, though annoying if you stain your clothes. 
Siplick Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! Good luck :)
WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm using your technique and wow, it works really, really well! Thank you so much!
Siplick Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it helps ^_^
ginlove93 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thank you
Vangomez Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thank you!!! I have been searching for ages for how to make anime eyes for plushies and could only find embroidered ones. I don't have an embroidery machine so thank you
Lunathewhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
thank you very much!! I had crochet a gift for a friend but wanted to do something more than buttons for the eyes and couldn't think of what to do! you are a life saver~
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