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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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:iconangelpichu1:
angelpichu1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have this pattern non-stop for all my plushies (though im not very good at it...yet. all my attempts so far make them look like bears i'll get it some day, i swear on it! ank you for this tutorial and pattern.
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Kuschelig Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for providing the pattern and this tutorial.
It really helped me out and I managed to create my own pony: Result
Thank you!!
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Cristal-Soul Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i cant get the legs to stand straight.  they are alwase splayed and looks kinda silly xD any tips? i'm using fleece
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DJ-Acid-Rain Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there~ :meow:
I was wondering how you attach the mane/tail.
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:iconlydiadoggy:
lydiadoggy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Artist
you sew it on
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:iconhomestyleplush:
HomestylePlush Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Hi there. I'm going to try to make my first plushie today and I'm kind of freaking out. Noes!

Whatever happens, I want to thank you for putting up this tutorial and pattern. I'll be absolutely sure to credit you if I end up posting it. Wish me luck!
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AshlyChristina Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how much fabric do you need?


(i'm planning to use minky)
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:iconjujubabies:
JujuBabies Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It depends on what size plush you're planning. Mine are relatively small, so I just bought a yard of each color to start out with.
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:iconvenus50:
venus50 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Loaf pony? 
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:iconvenus50:
venus50 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is minky fabric what you used to make your load pony
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TuneTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no you use toy stuffing or whatever
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:iconhollylily:
Hollylily Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much for posting this! ive been waiting for someone to do this!
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PACEEION Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you have a eye tortorail cuse i need to know what i need to use to make them also whats the best fabric to use for bodys and main
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DuskAndDashie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TYSM FOR THIS, can I ask if you can do a YouTube video and post it if you have a YouTube account because it was a little bit difficult to understand. Thanks
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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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heartglow12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i love my new plush of shining star o3o 
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:iconxxask-mossstarxx:
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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:iconconfiscatedluv:
ConfiscatedLuv Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Artist
maybe ill use this to make my oc!
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:iconoperation-robodachi:
Operation-Robodachi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional 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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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
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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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
It's not really an ideal material, since it doesn't have any stretch to it, it's going to be very hard to turn right side out, and if the felt is 100% acrylic (craft felt) the stitches are really going to show. You're better of with a knit material.
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cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Maybe but luckily my felt does stretch a little so I will try it anyway. what is the material you use called by the way? And could I order it from amazon? thx for the advice!
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I've used fleece, faux fur and minky. If you're a beginner fleece is probably your best bet, it's least expensive and easiest to find. 
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cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
ok thx! I'll try to get some soon
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:iconlisette--sauce:
Lisette--Sauce Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wait so it's just the one pattern?
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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
This one is, yes. 
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:iconlisette--sauce:
Lisette--Sauce Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh ok
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SilveryRoseney Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
could you please do an Altaria or Tipo pluhie template if you ever have time your work is fabulous
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:iconranidoll:
ranidoll Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
this is so nice of you!! im sure gonna make one now
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lazyjester7 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thank you!!! 😄
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:iconclaudusales:
ClaudusAles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is great!
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elefanttipoika Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student
Three ponies that were born with this pattern:

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Thank you so much for the pattern, I made the ponies to give as gifts and they made everyone super happy! :heart:
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never sewn anything with a pattern. I've only made flat things. You know, a pony only from the side and with 2 legs. This is really confusing to figure out. I don't have the stuff in front of me, so that may be the problem, but I'm having a hard time understanding. I'm going to go and try to do it, but I'm sure I'll fail.
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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
You might want to try the beginner's pattern, it's a bit simpler to put together.
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:iconrockint765:
RockinT765 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked at the beginners one too and was equally confused. I gave up and made a flat teddy bear.
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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Aw - well, it's a learning process!
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Princess-Kisumi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Wonderful pattern!! I've been looking all over for one. Most artists stick their nose up and keep their patterns secret. Thank you so much for sharing!! If I ever get around to sewing I'll make sure to tag this tutorial in my finished product :D
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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Well, pattern drafting is very hard work and some crafters depend on selling their stuff for income, so it's important for them not to give out patterns. 
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Guemoza Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of the easiest pony plush patterns I've seen! Thanks!
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egagliardi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Hi, the printer-freindly version's pictures does not let me see them. Can you please send a word version or another version that would allow me to see them. You can mail me at emily.c.gagliardi@icloud.com. Thank You!
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lysemoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Thank you so much for the tutorial and patterns! I've never made a plushie before, this is my first one, I am making a Pinkie Pie and thanks to you it's turning out really great!
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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Glad to hear it :)
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yuechan88 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Thanks so much for sharing! ! I will try to make it!!! Because im a person too dummy!!!! And i can't anything! !!
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BadDogAlliance Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is Sooooo cool I am going to have the try 
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applejacksfavorite Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you attach the head? Do you attach it to the outside or inside of the body?
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:iconvoodoo-tiki:
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
The whole plush is made inside-out. 
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