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Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Plushie Tutorial by Voodoo-Tiki Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Plushie Tutorial by Voodoo-Tiki
Here are the instructions for my Pony plushie!
I am not the greatest at explaining things so if you get confused, leave a comment and I'll try my best to help.

Text-only instructions: [link]

Printer-friendly version by :iconkittyinequestria: [link]

Pattern

Page 1: [link]
Page 2: [link]


Supplies

Material (see below)
General purpose thread in matching colors
Small, sharp scissors
Hand-sewing needles
Polyester fiberfill (stuffing)
Marker and cardstock


Supplies that aren't absolutely required, but make life easier

Beeswax - run the thread through it before sewing to prevent tangles
Locking forceps - aka hemostats. Help with turning ears and legs
Curved needle - good for finishing seams
Plastic "beanie" pellets - weight down the legs to make the plushie stand better


Material

There are several choices for fabric, each with good and bad points.

Felt
pros: Very cheap, comes in lots of colors, available in craft stores.
cons: Shows stitching, hard to turn.

Fleece
pros: Comes in lots of colors, easy to work with, widely available.
cons: Shows seams, can stretch and distort the shape, can be expensive.

Minky
pros: Decent range of colors, very soft finish, good for smaller plushies.
cons: Hard to find in stores, very floppy so it requires interfacing, shows seams.

Faux Fur
pros: Very cuddly, doesn't need interfacing to hold shape, seams barely show at all, good for big plushies.
cons: Can be expensive, usually less colors available, slightly more difficult to work with.

If you're using felt, fleece or minky, I strongly recommend you use iron-on interfacing. This is a thin material which keeps the fabric from flopping around and stretching, which can make it hard to sew and distort the pattern. Interfacing also makes it much easier to trace the pattern onto the fabric.
Cut the interfacing to fit and place it on the back of the fabric, rough-side down. The roughness is a heat-activated glue which melts when you iron it and adheres the interfacing to the fabric. Follow the instructions that come with the interfacing.

You'll also want to decide how you're going to finish your pony's mane & tail and facial features. Some choices for eyes and cutie marks are: iron-ons, embroidery, plastic safety eyes, felt, fabric paint. For mane, you can use yarn, embroidery floss, sewn shapes, cut felt or faux fur. I've included a generic tail pattern as a guideline, but there are so many different manes you are best off designing your own.
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tazzfox Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I have now made five plushies with this  pattern. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this. My first pony, I didn't actually read the instructions, and she looks really funny. But it was a first go, and the five-year-old I gave it to loves it. My second one I changed the shape a bit and made it into a male pony. The third was for a friend and based on Elsa from Frozen, and she turned out beautifully. The fourth is actually a giraffe, I just lengthened the neck and legs. And the last I'm still working on, but she's the only one so far that I haven't adjusted the pattern at all for (Elsa has slightly longer, thinner legs). I'm having so much fun, and I'm so happy that you posted the pattern. 
I do have a question. Would it be okay with you if I were to sell the ponies I make with this pattern?
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holiy12345678 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
lol i love my new plush of shining star o3o 
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xXAsk-MossstarXx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Hopefully someday I can afford to make one...XD
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zimlover2001net Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
do I have to use interfacing with minky or will it be fine if I am very careful.
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ConfiscatedLuv Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Artist
maybe ill use this to make my oc!
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Tropical-Sunset Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful,Maybe one day I shall make one.
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XSweetConfusionX Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student
Um, Any tips for using a sewing machine for this, and perhaps the eyes~!
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jellyit Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Hi what materials do you recommend for mane making? c:
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
For a sculpted mane? You can use pretty much the same materials as the body. I like to use faux fur .
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cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Could I use felt to make it? I dont have any other materials
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