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Tutorial time! This is another basic tutorial that will show you how to machine stitch a plush's head onto its body. Please be aware that I can't teach anyone how to make patterns. I'm just putting together a few tips and tricks that will hopefully help someone.

Step 1:

Sew your plush's body together, leaving the entire back open.

Step 2:

Sew your plush's head together, also leaving the back open.

Step 3:

Match the head to the body and pin. When making your pattern, make sure the circumference of the opening at the bottom of the head is equal to the circumference of the neck opening of the plush body.

Step 4:

Sew a straight line from one end to the other.

Step 5:

The plush's head is now attached!

Step 6:

You should now have a plush with the entire back open! All you have to do now is finish it!
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digigirl789 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Artist
You should join pattern depot, so you can add this and your other tutorials to the group. pattern-depot.deviantart.com
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Still baffles me how you manage to do this XD
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LiLMoon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a very nice tutorial. I may have to try this.
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krumm33 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
i agree with you all above, hooves are my least favorite part of sewing the plushie.  ughh.
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KittyCuddleCakes Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much!!!
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SummerisleDog Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial! I'll try this out one day. Btw, awesome Scootaloo!
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a plush maker but I always wondered how on earth you guys get the heads on. Now I know!

~VelkynKarma
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S0ulEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I'm gonna have to try this soon!
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gojowind Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I do this too! I prefer it since I feel like it makes a cleaner line than hidden stitching on the head instead. 
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krumm33 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow, that is such a help, i will definitely try this!!!  i've been painfully attaching my pony heads by needle and thread and i dont know how much longer my fingers can take the beating LOL!!!!
i always look forward to your tutorials and any notes, journals, etc. you post.  thank you so so much!!!
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! That's why I started machine stitching most of the parts onto my plushes. My fingers hurt too bad handstitching everything. ><
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
So, do you have to hand sew the entire back open? :O
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope! I just leave a little opening in the back of the head a couple inches long.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah, okay. Makes sense to me. Awesome! :D Of course, I still have the fear that my heads wouldn't quite be straight if I machine sewed them on. I think I have a little more control when hand sewing them on, but still glad you posted this. :iconrarityclapplz:
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have this fear as well since it's such a major mating point in the construction process, but if your pattern is good and your meet-ups relatively accurate, machine-sewing will be faster and give you a neater and much, much stronger seam.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
It may seem faster, but then time has to be added to the stuffing process due to a smaller hole. And I don't think they'd be too significantly neater or stronger. While I could always make adjustments to my pattern, there inevitably seems to be some deviation in the sewing process, but it would probably work out okay. I make it a point to always sew from an inner point where three seams meet to a less relevant outer point so things don't have to line up exact, (the neck being one of them, though I always try to line everything up fairly close though.) ^^
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you're the artisan of your own work, so use whatever techniques feel right to and best for you. I began exploring machine-sewing as many parts as I could because I don't trust my hand-sewing very much, and because I am lazy. Mostly because I am lazy.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ooo. Well, I do machine sew hooves without much alignment problem. :iconajawkwardsmileplz: I believe SV hand sews them on. Either probably takes the same amount of time since the pinning is crucial. ... I hate sewing the hooves. :iconapplejackreally:
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I hate sewing the hooves too!!! And also I prefer handsew the heads to the bodie...
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I actually do both now. xD! I tack the hooves down by hand then machine stitch over top. Hooves are definitely my least favorite part of the plush. -@
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah... I used to hate doing the hooves as well, but it's grown on me. I don't pin them though, since the rigidity it introduces doesn't allow me to manoeuvre very well. I just compensate as I go along.
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PheiPlushies Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Oh, also, you and me both use a gusset on the back, so that would make things more complicated, too. :hmm:
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
:XD: :iconeeyupplz: That also crossed my mind. :) Most people have them starting form the very front or nose going all the way to the back. But a simple dart in the gusset could remedy that.
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's nothing stopping you from splitting the gusset down the middle - that seems to be what Space does. That's what I do with mine as well, both for machine-sewing the mane on, and for machine-sewing the head onto the body.
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, that's what I do. I split the gusset down the middle. I've been trying to cut as much handstitching out of my plushes as possible. I machine stitch my tails on now. I can do a tutorial for that too sometime if you'd like.
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd take any pointers you're willing to offer, thanks!

curious, do you sew each tail half to their respective body halves first? That's how I was thinking of approaching it.
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I sew the entire body together first, just like I did before attaching the head. I have a little place on the end of the rump, that when straightened out looks like a semi circle. You might be able to see it on one of the Scootaloo pics. I sew the bottoms of the two tail pieces about an inch, then pin the ends to the semi circle.
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PheiPlushies Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Artisan Crafter
You machine sew the mane on as well? :o Wow. No idea how I'd do that!
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the only parts I hand-sew now are the hole left open to turn the plush inside-out, and the tail onto the body. I'll be exploring another idea that will allow me to machine-sew the tail onto the body as well. I might try creating a tutorial for my process if folks are interested and if I have time.
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PheiPlushies Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Sure am! I stuff my manes before attaching, no idea how I'd attach it with a machine. Probably depends on the mane style, too?
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PheiPlushies Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Same. I'd rather handstitch 2-3 times with doubled thread. :nod: I don't think it's that much less secure.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Personally, depending on how tightly and closely it's stitched, I think it's more secure, but that's just my opinion. ^^ I sometimes pick up my own plushies by the ears and have never had a problem, and I only make two passes on them.
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed on handstitching. It hurts the hands but I can be exactly sure which way it's sitting. Still, always cool to see how other folks make their magic! Thank you, Space!
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Haylzy-HeartBroken Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
OMG WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE????????EDLf;smkfkdfmvlkfpewkfpr;elolkg 


ITS SO SIMPLE XD i feel silly now.
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Chibi-Katie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I always struggle to hand sew the heads onto the body and it ends up being lopsided thank you so much :heart: you have no idea how much this helped me
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SaphireShadows Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
D: This is wonderful. Thank you so much for doing this!
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