How to sew or create a reversible plush that turns around?
Find out how to sew and make your own reversible plush. In this tutorial, you will discover the steps 1 to 1 to sew, glue and create a cute animal flip-over plush and who may change color or mood. These explanations for beginners will allow you to make an octopus, octopus, unicorn, chick or other soft toy! It's DIY (do it yourself) or homemade.
Because yes, when it comes to buying stuffed animals, some children can be very picky, especially when it comes to stuffed animals. If your child can't decide if they'd rather have an owl or a penguin, instead of buying both, you can follow these instructions for a little DIY at home, and you'll end up with two for it. price of one.
Advice and introduction to sewing reversible or fluff plush
Toys are fun! The goal of designing a toy is to make something so attractive that young and old will want to sit down and play with it. Toys stimulate our imaginations. One of the interesting challenges for the toy designer is to find something that will elicit that emotional reaction.
A toy that turns upside down hits the mark. Every time someone comes into my studio and picks up this chick, they immediately want to turn it over to explore how it works. The reaction is always the same. “Oh wow! How smart!”. You can find our mood-changing flip octopus plush here.
I love interactive plush toys like this!
Designing a reversible toy takes a little thought. One shape should be able to fit into another, with some kind of opening so you can turn it over and put it right side up.
The first reversible toy I designed was the chick and the egg. It's a fun project to make: quick and easy to sew, cute, and most importantly, smart.
Tips for designing reversible toys
- Come up with two related ideas. There are so many combinations that could work together as a reversible toy. Here are a few: cat and mouse, bee and beehive, fox and hen, turtle and hare. I'm sure you can find many more! Brainstorming is so much fun.
- Create two compatible shapes. Here we dive into 3D thinking. Your shapes may vary somewhat (the butterfly has wings, for example), but they should be similar in size and scale. They must fit together one inside the other, giving the illusion that it is only one toy.
- Allow sufficient interior space. The toys I show here do not have padding (you can make small, padded parts, like a head or arms, as long as they don't take up too much space inside). You want a shape that has volume and it helps if the fabric stretches side to side so the toy will stretch a bit and be easier to turn.
- Choose a place to attach both sides. Once you've designed the two parts, you'll need to figure out where it makes sense to attach them to each other. The chick and the egg are tied at the bottom. The caterpillar and the butterfly are also attached along their underside.
- And now the trick ... The trick to putting together a reversible toy is to turn one part right side up and leave the other upside down. Push the right part outward into the inner part outward, so that the two parts are together. Make sure you left an opening elsewhere so that you can turn the whole toy right side up. Sew the two toys together at the attachment point.
Once you've designed a reversible toy that works, think about what variations you could make to your original design to take it further. My chick and egg have become a penguin and an egg, for example.
I can't wait to play with more reversible toy shapes. They are addicting!
I recommend checking out Laura Wilson's Flip Dolls and Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab and Go if you want to explore more interesting design techniques for interactive plush toys.
And if you have any great ideas for reversible toys, I'm all ears!
We leave you a video tutorial to sew your soft toys that turn easily:
Tutorial for sewing a reversible plush yourself
You will need the following materials:
- 3 socks of different colors.
- fiber filling.
- 4 black pearls.
- felt in brown and yellow.
- pastel chalk in black and pink.
- aerosol fixing spray.
- a bottle of drink.
Follow these steps:
- Turn the first sock over (in this case the blue one) and pull it over the plastic bottle.
- Using a glue gun, paste the fiber padding on this sock. One drop of glue for each fur ball is enough. In addition, it is not necessary to cover the entire sock with the filling: it is necessary to leave the lower quarter to a third uncovered.
- Turn over the second sock (in this case the gray), then pull it over the fiberfill - and the blue sock and the bottle. Then pull the bottle out of the sock.
- Where the filler fiber ends, cut off the bottom part of the gray sock first, then do the same for the blue sock.
- Sew the two socks together along the edges, enclosing the filling fiber between them.
- Cut the most advanced part of the third sock (in this case, the white one) and separate the two layers. The following steps outline the makeup of the gray sock side of your reversible toy.
- Sew one of the white pieces onto the sock for your owl's belly.
- Cut out sort of 8-shape in the rest of the white, like two circles joined together, and sew it above the belly.
- For the eyes, sew a bead in the middle of each circle.
- Using a felting needle, shape a beak from the brown felt and sew it, as shown in the video, in the appropriate place.
- Use a knife to scrape off some shavings of pastel black chalk. Use a cotton swab to apply it under the eyes and draw three stripes on the stomach. Spray the color with a setting spray and wait five minutes for it to dry, before moving on to creating the blue side.
- The creation process is similar to the one above. Like last time, sew the remaining piece of the white sock for the penguin's belly.
- Above, sew two beads for the eyes.
- As before, use the felting needle to create the beak (yellow this time) and sew it - this time horizontally - in the appropriate place.
- With a little pink pastel chalk powder, give the penguin a play of rosy cheeks. Spray the color with the setting spray. With this you have two soft toys in one and you can have fun playing with both.
As always, when it comes to crafts, you can change the color of the socks or the felt as you wish. With a pink sock and a black felt beak, you will soon be able to create a flamingo. Let your imagination be free !