The whole thing kinda started during the Double Fine meetup at PAX Prime 2012. (scroll down to the bottom for the pictures from the meetup.) The Double Fine people seem to like the Raz from Psychonauts I made. I got compliments and it was pretty awesome.
After I came back from PAX Prime, I found out that Tasha Harris who used to work for Double Fine and now works at Pixar would be at APE (The Alternative Press Expo) held in San Francisco in October. I’m a huge fan of Costume Quest (available on XBLA, PS3, PC/Mac!), which Tasha was the project lead when she was at Double Fine. I loved the game so much that I made a bento of it.
Bento #79: Costume Quest (click the text to read the post)
And that wasn’t enough, I also made plushes of the two main characters, Wren and Reynold and shipped them to her.
stuffed stuff: Costume Quest Wren and Reynold (Click to read the post)
I always wanted to meet her in person to thank her for making a great game, so Derek and I decided to go up to San Francisco to meet her at APE. I also learned that Double Fine would have a booth at APE, so I decided to make a little something for them… a day before we were leaving.
Several hours later, I gave a birth to this.
stuffed stuff prelude: 2HB (Two-Headed Baby) from Double Fine logo firstborn edition
created and stuffed: October 2012
In the Double Fine Adventure documentary video I had seen the knitted Two Headed Baby plush created by Jess Hutchinson in the background, and I thought it was adorable! I always wanted to make one myself. The mouth part would be a bit hard to do, so I used the knitted one as reference for the closed mouth.
2HB (two-headed baby) on Double Fine’s logo
I wasn’t sure if I could figure out how to make it in 3D like the knitted one, so I just decided to do cushion/pillow-style. Just front and back. I printed out the logo and changed the neck part a little bit, but I pretty much used the logo printout as a pattern.This was the pattern.
I didn’t have time to re-do or go shopping for fabrics, so I made it with what I had. I used cotton velour for the body and fleece for the swimsuit. As usual, it was only 98% finished, so I had to finish it up after I got to SF. I asked Derek to take photos of it at a park in SF on the way to APE.I used embroidery thread for the mouth. The embroidery thread wasn’t sewn down and could be moved around a bit, which I didn’t like. 2HB looks even weirder from the back. I must admit that the swimsuit was a bit too big. It’s hard to see but I used a boot lace (I think) for the hair. The stripes were the hardest part to figure out. Even though I used a print out, the perspective of the stripes on a non-flat surface was a lot harder to figure out than it looked. For the stripes, I pretty much had to “wing it.” As a result, I had to sew all around the sides of the stripes at the hotel and the park.
We got to APE, walked around and saw Tim Schafer and his little princess named Lili at their booth. I introduced myself to Lili and told her that I had something for her and took out the 2 Headed Baby plush. She immediately grabbed it, examined it really closely and started talking to me about the doll. I almost melted with her adorableness.2HB meets its creator and his princess! First contact! She then tried to connect Tim’s head to the doll, which was not successful.
After that, she just held onto the doll, walking and running around pretty much the entire time I was there. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my creation being loved and played with.
This was just the beginning of my looooong baby making journey…
For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: 2HB (Two-Headed Baby) from Double Fine logo firstborn edition set!
You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.