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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:


:bulletblack: Photos and tutorial by me.



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Scaly-heart Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this! This is exactly what I was looking for! yahoo! I'm off to go paint some eyes! :heart:
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Siplick Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm glad it could help you ^_^
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Kirbyfan1234 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
Awesome!! :D
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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?
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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: oi58.tinypic.com/1zptqtv.jpg (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: oi57.tinypic.com/vmog.jpg . If you use string that matches with the felt's colours, it's almost unnoticeable. With this eye I only used red string: i26.tinypic.com/209kinq.jpg  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.
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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. 
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! Good luck :)
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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!
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it helps ^_^
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ginlove93 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thank you
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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
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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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Siplick Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm glad that this helped! ^ᴗ^
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drakora5588 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
do you glue them or sew them onto the plush?
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
You can do both, but I recommend sewing them, since they'll be much more durable like that.
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drakora5588 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
ah ok
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Pumpkiyn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Thank you, I am sure this will help me when I begin making dolls soon!
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ravenandkuba Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool eyes! Great tip. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, and you're welcome!
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ravenandkuba Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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spebele Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
whoa thank you so much, this will help me a lot for my crotchet plushies !
have a great week!
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Siplick Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm glad it helps! 
You too ^_^
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terrmedia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
really helpful, thanks :D
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Bre-Ce-Cuca Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
me parece increible como quedo, pero para darle efecto a los ojos de derpy [link], es necesario comrear el amarilloen diferentes tonos?
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Siplick Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
¡Gracias! Y claro, en esa imagen se ve muy bien el degradado de marrón a amarillo :)
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lugavi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   Artist
una pequeña preguntita que tipo de marcas de acrilicos usas ?
esque una ves yo ise un pedido de un baby tiragun para un amigo, pinte los ojos con acrilico de otras marcas....
mi amigo dice que accidentalmente le callo refresco en la parte de la cara al peluche y se arruinaron los ojos x__x
por el momento estoy utilizando pintura textil, cuando se seca se ace como plastico ... pero estoy muy acostumbrado a usar el acrilico :(
que marca de pintura acrilica me recomiendas?
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Siplick Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
La pintura acrílica que utilicé yo es pintura textil, que es algo más opaca y resistente que los acrílicos convencionales. Como tú dices, parece plástico al secarse. Los acrílicos no deberían irse tan fácilmente de ningún tejido; tal vez utilizaste témpera, que no resiste el agua.

No sé qué marcas puede haber en tu país, pero en España tenemos "La pajarita" para acrílicos (que no se van al mojarse ni lavarse, por lo que he podido ver), y la pintura textil que se ve en el tutorial es de "Setacolor". Se pueden mezclar entre sí sin problemas.
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lugavi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   Artist
es que.. es raro que aya sido por tempera o siento que fue el refresco de cola
por que e lavado los ojos pintados con acrilica X__X y no se despintan .__.
por eso ando buscando marcas mas resistentes y un manejo fácil
si me fije en tu tutorial y me puse a buscar la marca
x3 por cierto muy bonito tu tutorial, pintas muy hermoso los ojos
siplick te agradezco mucho tu respuesta gracias por todo.. un abrazote :hug:
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Siplick Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
También podría ser porque fue un refresco, es verdad.
Muchas gracias :)
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lugavi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   Artist
de nada <3
tendre que poner aprueba las pinturas xD me vere todo un científico haciendo pruebas
por la ciencia!!! perdon quise decir por los peluches!! x3 XD
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OtakuChick360 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
um can we sell plushies with these eyes, or is that a no, no?
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Sure, you can. I'd like to see how they came out, though :)
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MacMaddy Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Never thought of using my hot glue gun. Thanks.
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EevyLynn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
How do you put the eyes onto the plushie? Do you sew them or use a hot glue gun?
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Siplick Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You can do both. I usually sew them because it's more durabe (and adds a 'crafty' touch to them), but using hot glue is also nice because there are no stitches, just be careful not to smudge the fabric with glue.
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EevyLynn Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Hillokotka Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I aslo ask that how do you attach them to the plus? :)
Great tutorial :3
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Siplick Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Sure. I usually sew them to the finished heads (which would look something like this [link] ), but if you want to get it done quicker and avoid visible stitches, you can also glue them on the head with hot glue, or something that is strong enough to keep it from falling.
Thank you :)
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Hillokotka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I've been trying to get info out of plush makers what would be the best way to do the eyes for plush toy. Thank you again ^^
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Siplick Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it helped.
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:iconhillokotka:
Hillokotka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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princessfluttershy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Do you have to use felt?
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
You can use other fabrics too, as long as they don't unravel when you cut them.
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princessfluttershy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Ok
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MomswitGunz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
excellent work!!
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PonyRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
How do you attach the eye to the pony? I have fabric glue; is that a good idea?
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I usually sew the eye to the plush like this: [link] , but fabric glue is good!
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PonyRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
thanks!
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PonyRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thanks! I will use this to finish off my applejack.
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Siplick Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't wait to see it!
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