I was still a little sick after I came back from PAX. I had a couple days of rest, and I finally started making “birthday gifts” for Dan Paladin. (the creator of Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers) His birthday was on September 14th, and they posted that they’d gladly accept “fan art gifts” for his birthday on the Behemoth dev blog. I love making plush, especially for someone’s birthday. “Master Chief from Halo”, “Legrye the water emperor”, “Dana doll” and “Dude from Kick in the Head comic” were all made for birthdays.
Hatty from BattleBlock Theater
Created and stuffed: September 2009
EDIT: Check out the Behemoth dev blog to see the pictures of Dan with my plushes!
Anyway, I wanted to make the characters he’s created. While I was looking for images, a lot of screenshots from their newest game
“Game #3″ (working title, will be released in 2010) BattleBlock Theater popped up. In the trailer, there are still shots of this cube head guy with a pilgrim hat (not exactly, but very similar) with a huge green gem. He looked so adorable and I had a lot of white fleece fabric left. My boyfriend particularly liked the golden whale that floats around dropping gold. I wasn’t sure what kind of materials I’d use for the golden whale, but I just started making the cube head guy first. (see the “Golden whale” post for the details.)
I made a pattern for his head first, which was just a cube. I work with fleece a lot because it’s cheap and plushy, but it also stretches quite a bit. I knew that fleece wouldn’t hold the cube shape once stuffed, so I cut felt using the same pattern and put it on the inner side of fleece to hold the shape and sew it together. (it was two layer of fabric, one side was fleece and the other side was felt.) I didn’t know how it’d turn out, but after I lightly stuffed it, it looked pretty good.
Next I made pattern for his body. The easiest way is to make a body with two pieces of fabric, front and back. But if you do this, it’ll usually create a pinch on the base of arms and legs. So I made each arm and leg with two pieces. I also made the main body with two pieces with a tuck around his crotch on both front and back to avoid a pinch.
Then I moved onto the hat. I had never made a plush hat before and I was worried how difficult it’d be. Without having any plans, I just tried making patterns for the top piece and side piece, cut felt out and sewed them together. Then I made patterns for the brim and a skinny long piece around the brim, cut the felt and I sewed them together. Finally I made a pattern for the bottom part, cut felt and sewed it on. You’ll need a bit of practice to sew a straight piece to a circle piece, but it’s not that hard especially if it’s felt. I usually use a lot of pins to hold the fabric together. I stuffed it and I was surprised that it looked pretty much like I pictured. I really didn’t expect for the hat to turn out okay the first time. I made the band around the hat with cotton and the buckle with felt and put it on.
Originally, I wanted the hat to be removable, but I didn’t want to put velcro on his head. I thought that the velcro would be too noticeable, so I just sewed the hat onto the head. I had buttons which I used for a previous plush project and they was perfect for his eyes. For his mouth, I glued a leather trimming I had.
The tears were last minute idea. He cries in the trailer, so I made tears with felt for the pictures, but I didn’t know how to make it removable. I wanted to try putting a small loop of elastic string on the tears so you could hang it from the buttons but I was shipping them that day, and didn’t have the time to go get the material. When I was packing the plush to ship off, I just made a hook out of paper clip, and glued/sandwiched it with two pieces of felt and somehow it worked!
This project took about 10 hours, I believe. (including the time to make patterns) I didn’t have the time to sew the “AnnaTheRed tag” on though… But it still was a lot of fun to make this guy. It was pretty simple, everything worked out okay. I can’t wait for the game to come out!
For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Hatty from BattleBlock Theater set
You can check out more stuffed stuff set on my flickr.