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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.

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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


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

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

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

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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KiiryaTheMuse Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Do you have any alterations to your pattern where I could make it slightly floppy? less fluff? Longer limbs? etc?
MlpBaseUser Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for posting this! I'm gonna trying making mlp plushies, mostly of my Oc's.
Owl-Feather27 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
My thoughts EXACTLY. Welcome to the club.
MlpBaseUser Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  New Deviant
I'm not alone after all! XD
pandagyrl2 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  New Deviant Student Artisan Crafter
Very nice, I might try this sometime. My little sister loves MLP. I could give her all six ponies for Christmas. :)
Owl-Feather27 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  New Deviant
What is your best plushie tip
OreoTnettenbaSnood Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Currently working on plushifying my girlfriend's OC, hoping to post pictures soon ^^
PiperDraws Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can beads or rice be used instead of stuffing?
OreoTnettenbaSnood Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would assume yes, though the plush would end up more like a beanbag and wouldn't be very good for hugs XD

Rice or beads could be good for weighing down hooves though ^^
PiperDraws Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright. I was planning on just putting it in the hooves anyways. Thank you!
OreoTnettenbaSnood Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

I'm thinking I might do the same for my plushie, the mane I've got is about half done and it's quite top heavy XD
Once I have the tail done too I'll know whether or not I shall XD
M0CKlNGJAY Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student General Artist
how many yards does of fabric do you use on the average plush?
ndfan1993 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
I'm not the creator of the pattern, but I might be able to help. When I used this pattern (not resizing it at all, just printing it out on standard computer paper) to make my plushie, it took less then half a yard for the body. That being said I always get tons of extra fabric in case I mess up. (Which happens a lot lol)
M0CKlNGJAY Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Alright, thank you!!
AydenShade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
i used this to make a pinkie pie plush for the birthday of a little girl my grandma babysits, and about half way thru i was getting annoyed with all the work and time it take but when i was done i realized it was worth it. the plush turned out so amazing looking. so even tho its a difficult pattern it is VERY much worth it. love this, keep up the good work
Photosynthesis-Cat Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness. O__O I will probably never try this for it's difficulty, but what a wonderfully put together tutorial! Thank you!
Twilit-Guardian Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:'D Well this wasn't what I expected to find when looking for a pattern for a squirrel plushie, but I'm ridiculously happy to have found it~ Thank you so much to putting this up for folks to use and I can't wait to give it a try~ :'3
KushuLion Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
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.
Kuschelig Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  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!!
Cristal-Soul Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i cant get the legs to stand straight.  they are alwase splayed and looks kinda silly xD any tips? i'm using fleece
silentGrotto Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They recommended weighing the feet down.
KippArts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there~ :meow:
I was wondering how you attach the mane/tail.
lydiadoggy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014   Digital Artist
you sew it on
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!
AshlyChristina Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how much fabric do you need?

(i'm planning to use minky)
JujuBabies Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student 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.
venus50 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Loaf pony? 
venus50 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is minky fabric what you used to make your load pony
TuneTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no you use toy stuffing or whatever
Hollylily Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much for posting this! ive been waiting for someone to do this!
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
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
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?
heartglow12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i love my new plush of shining star o3o 
xXAsk-MossstarXx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Hopefully someday I can afford to make one...XD
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.
ConfiscatedLuv Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Artist
maybe ill use this to make my oc!
P-B-O-F Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful,Maybe one day I shall make one.
XSweetConfusionX Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, Any tips for using a sewing machine for this, and perhaps the eyes~!
jellyit Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Hi what materials do you recommend for mane making? c:
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 .
cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Could I use felt to make it? I dont have any other materials
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.
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!
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. 
cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
ok thx! I'll try to get some soon
Lisette--Sauce Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Photographer
Wait so it's just the one pattern?
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
This one is, yes. 
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