Stuffed stuff: Glove dolls
Created and stuffed in April 2011
When I was younger, my mom was into Teddy Bears. But cute looking Teddy Bears like the ones by Steiff, could be very expensive. So she got me a book on how to make Teddy Bears so I could make them for her. (I inherited my grandma’s crafty skills, but my mom didn’t. ) That’s how I got into making plushes and making my own patterns for plushes.
Aside from my first Teddy Bear book, I have a couple of “how to make plush” books, but I rarely use them since I like making things that aren’t regular animals. But recently I had a chance to finally make a plush from one of the books I own. The book is called “Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori.” It’s originally a Japanese book but it’s also available in English now.
The basic idea of the book is to create plush dolls just from gloves and socks. I guess sock monkeys are popular in the U.S., but in this book it’ll show you how to make a bunny, a piggy, a cat, and so many more!
The book has a story about a dog and monkey doll in the beginning and shows various animals made from socks and gloves. It has instructions with photos and drawings for each step and it’s SUPER easy to follow. I LOVE LOVE LOVE a book that has instructions with a lot of photos!
How easy you ask? Well, both Derek and I made one together a little while ago. He had NEVER sewn before this. I taught him how to tie a knot, how to stitch, pretty much everything. And three hours later, he had his very first plush he ever made! Everything was hand sewn and I think he did great for the first time making a plush.
If you’ve never made plush dolls on your own, and have no idea what kind of fabric you should get, how to use a sewing machine and you just have no idea where to begin, this is a great book. The basic shape of each animal is already all in socks and gloves.
If you’re an avid plush maker, you can arrange their faces in many different ways, or dress it up by making clothes for a doll.
I used the cheapest work gloves ($2.00 a pair) I could find nearby my place but you can use any gloves and socks. You can even recycle gloves or socks with holes in them by roughly patching them up. I did everything by hand but you can of course use a sewing machine on some parts.
I hadn’t made any regular animal plush ever since I was done making Teddy Bears for my mom (she basically told me to stop making them because she ran out of space for them) but this project was so much fun and very easy. And I LOVE the “home-made” look each doll has. It’s truly one of a kind.
I often receive emails asking me how to make plush. Most of the plushes I make are from scratch, and I make my own patterns after a lot of trial and error. But that might not be the best way to start making a plush for a beginner. That’s why wrote this post. Making a plush can be very easy and you can still make a very unique plush doll on your own! I hope this post will encourage anyone to try making their own plush doll!
The book is available HERE on Amazon for less than $10. Make sure to check out the photos of everyone’s creations from the customers!
For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Glove dolls set!
You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.