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?
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.