After I made the giraffe plush and gave it to the good people of Naughty Dog at PAX, I asked them if they could sign another giraffe plush for the Child’s Play’s Charity Dinner Auction which takes place in December every year. Originally I was going to have them sign the same plush I gave them, but because of the spots on giraffe and its fuzzy fleece material I thought it’d be hard to sign and/or recognize the autographs. So I made a “blank” giraffe plush out of muslin.
Soon after I dropped off the blank giraffe to be signed, I started making something as a small thank you for the Naughty Dog team for signing it.
stuffed stuff: Jak and Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us
created and stuffed: November 2013
There’s some Naughty Dog related stuff scattered around in the Last of Us and these guys are one of them. They looked simple enough (as the most projects do at the beginning) Except the Jak’s spiky hair that defies gravity.
To make his hair I didn’t want use flat layers of cloth like an anime plush, so I investigated my options. Yarn seemed to be the most common option but it took a while to find the right way to put the yarn on the head.
Unfortunately & not-so-surprisingly, most of the dolls with yarn hair are girls. Long strands of yarns, sewn onto the top of the head, so you can do pig tails, pony tails, or just let it down. But this wouldn’t work for Jak so I had to find a method so the hair could be planted on top like a human head.
I made a long braided string with a couple strands of yarn, and sewed it onto the head in a spiral pattern starting from the top. Then with a knitting needle, I’d pull a strand of yarn through the braid, put it through a loop and pull it tightly. Then repeated it hundreds of times. It actually wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee explains this process very well with a lot of photos!
After I was done with the blond hair, I did the same with the green hair. And I weaved around the yarn with a thread at the bottom of Jak’s head to keep some hair up.
All the clothes were supposed to be made with felt, so I wouldn’t have to do any hemming. But after making the hair, it didn’t look like felt would work quality/balance wise. So I got flannel and made the shirt and pants, with treated hems and collar.
I made the headband, goggles, the cloth on the wrist, and shoes with the mixture of felt and flannel. The plush in-game had some details removed to simplify the character, so I added back some details that were noticeable and easy to make, such as the third strap on the backpack, gauntlet, and scopes on the goggle.
Daxter was actually just as simple as I thought. A big relief. I also added some details like the gloves, and the stripes on the arms.
Then there were the eyes…
I tried making the eyes just like the in-game plush but they looked waaaay too anime-like. Way too much that it didn’t look good with the rest of the plush anymore. So I made several different styles of eyes. But if one style looked good for either Jak or Daxter, it’d look weird on the other plush. In the end, to keep the consistency for Jak and Daxter as a pair, I had to go with solid blue round eyes. They could’ve been better but this was the best solution I could come up with. But I kind of like their soulless eyes now.
It took way too long for me to decide the eyes though. I’m good at copying but I really suck at making decisions by myself. :/
Anyway, here’s the comparison.
A couple of weeks later, I got the signed giraffe back from Naughty Dog and I was blown away. I will post tons of photos of this giraffe later.
Naughty Dog, damn you guys! <3
For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us set!
You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.