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How to make artist stuffed toy Tortoise Turtle: tips and techniques from TSminibears

Tetiana Skalozub, TSminibears

How to make artist stuffed toy Tortoise Turtle: tips and techniques from TSminibears

Tetiana Skalozub, TSminibears

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19 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and materials

    • 3. Pattern layout

    • 4. Cutting out the details

    • 5. Head sewing

    • 6. Body sewing

    • 7. Arms, legs, tail sewing

    • 8. Cutting excess

    • 9. Turning out

    • 10. Arms and legs finishing

    • 11. Belt making

    • 12. Stuffing the body

    • 13. Attaching the belt

    • 14. Making claws (beads embroidery)

    • 15. Attaching arms, legs and the tail to the body

    • 16. Working with a face

    • 17. Finishing the head, attaching it to the body

    • 18. Stiffening the eyelids

    • 19. Shading. Final tips.

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About This Class

Hi. My name is Tetiana Skalozub. I am a professional toy and teddy bear designer.
I constructed this pattern specially for beginners and parents who want to make a gift for their kids.

I show the whole process of toy creating in video tutorial step-by-step not missing any detail. So to start the sewing you just have to know how to make "ladder stitch" and "back stitch". All the rest is shown in video and described in PDF pattern instructions.

As the result you will get the toy of 11 cm. You can enlarge the pattern if you need the toy to be bigger.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Language: English

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Tetiana Skalozub



Hello, I'm Tetiana.

I am a stuffed toy designer and teddy bear artist since 2007.

I take part in international conventions and exhibitions of artist dolls, teddy bears and stuffed toys.

I also lead workshops around the world and teach students by means of live courses or online.


I started creating miniature teddies and toys in 2007. I opened my shop on Etsy in 2009 and at the moment I continue successfully develop it  My shop is rated with 5-star reviews and more then 4000 sales I got a lot of awards including TOBY, URSA and JTBA in Tokyo. I took part in conventions in USA, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Russia and Ukraine.


My main aim is to involve people in creative life and show ... See full profile

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There is no necessity to buy all of them just right, replaced them with the tools. So you have at home. You will also find their touch mint list of shops. Here you can purchase needed tools and materials. The second attachment is the file with the Parton itself, printed it and cut it out. During the class, we will love to work with the Parton to place it correctly on the fabric and fund their appropriate pile direction to fix to the Lawrences. See you all toilets in miss you old toy parts. Stop the toy assemble part together, decorated the face and then the toy with Pam pastel. Using this technics, you will be able to make your own toys with a different animal patterns. For more fun, I recommended to choose their own call, arrange and then share your result with other classmates. Keep yourself busy and occupied. Make artistry. Design your project and be creative in the credit food. Stay focused on what you like and what makes you happy. Keep safe 2. Tools and materials: Hi, friends. This is the review of time making Material Central's I used while creating my toes. It is not necessary to purchase all of them, but some tools are basic, such as needles and scissors. First is extra one pile national fabric. It is very soft by torch, doesn't fray and has a little stretch baking. For staffing, use woo or synthetic Holyfield. Okay, glass granular US a. Great to add realistic play to your toy. Choose one strong threat to a touching ice. Wondered browned threat for staging on face and one that measure fabric. Cower German glass eyes on loops off white who that can be twisted to a young de shaped gotta pins and Kabul disk off needed size. Middles close to Ewing. I prefer short, nothing off high quality middle with wide I sharp small scissors. My favorite ones are made by un agreed a round nose pliers, toe walk with the joints. Ordina replies for different tasks, turning forceps spent for turning the details and said out stuffing the toy and help you in different tasks. Middle for fell to thin beans, Glogova sleeps oh, to make holes to brush time this spoon for adding granule ist into your toy. Different sticks for stuffing and sculpturing purposes. Fray. Check to stop fraying on fabric. Clear blue moment gray or silver gilpin toe outline. The Parton details. Pasto in red, LeBron and other colors you like for shading different sized brushes for artists. Coconut oil to fix the pesto on toy air. Stick to shade the best toe black acrylic die to stick and soft met toe work In it. You will find the list of shops that provides doing making supplies. Under this video. See the link. I wish you inspiration and creativity. 3. Pattern layout: Let's start making a stuffed toy total or total eyes. Take the fabrics off necessary colors. I use synthetic fabric. Manella. Make sure that you know in which direction the pile is laying and draw narrow on the other side. Now lay the Parton pieces out on the back off the fabric in such a way that arrows on the bottom follow the marked direction off the pile. Don't forget to live the space. Approximately six millimeters between Parton pieces has this. Parton does not include elevenses for suing. The law insists will be made while cutting the pieces out. If everything is OK, drawer on the pieces using fine Bensel Oh, Greg L. Ben. Transfer all marks and make sure that you traced the right number off. Which Parton piece? Okay, - Theo , - before cutting out, you should also make a Logan, says Carter. I behaved like this with the reason February doesn't Ray Vial turning pieces out and stuffing. Are you special glue for the fabric? It is called frayed Check. It stops fraying on fabric. Just draw around the pieces with the glue and after drives cut pieces out 4. Cutting out the details: Now you should take a small pair off shops, Caesar's while cutting pieces. Make sure that you only guarded the baking fabric and and not the pile. Compare your details with this ones you see on video. Check if you cut out the necessary quantity of them. 5. Head sewing: When suing parts together. I taken to use backs teach. It is very important to pay great attention to detail. When stitching your toy, you have to make very short stitches and tied to them firmly. Take had parts and seal them together with bex teach. Don't forget to live opening for turning the detail out. - Yeah , yeah. 6. Body sewing: take all back pieces and see them together following numbers. First you have to see you together, but number three and but number four. After these, you will have to touch but number five then but number six and finally part number seven. - Now sue together. Parts number 89 10 and 11. You will get to side Dales and one me doom. Now you have to see you together. Three parts followings, exact lines. - Way . Now the back part is ready, and it seems to me that it is the most complicated part off the bark. Let's start suing belly, take two belly pars and sue them together by the curved line. Sue the body size together, living the opening for downing and stuffing under street. I couldn't give a single fuck about those hard times. It's just friends on shady tracks and then night said they're saying it so 7. Arms, legs, tail sewing: see you in and outer leg pieces together and then do the same with arm pieces. Live the openings for turning out the details. Just way. There's no sense. But I want you, Judy. It's just way back. Told me about some shit blob. Rocky. It's just, Oh, my doubts of disappeared under street lights. I never gave a damn about any are It's just it's just 8. Cutting excess: cut to the excesses of the fabric if needed. 9. Turning out: now start turning out the details in miniature. The process of turning out a slightly different from what is used in making medium sized toys on the hands and sticks will not be enough. I use a round nose pliers or a medical clamp as an extension off my hand, but you must consider that a metal to can imagine the fabric, so work slowly and don't pull or bush the fabric by force way. 10. Arms and legs finishing: pour the crystal glue on thick paper, grabbing the group with a wooden stick. Bring it to the arms and legs, starting from the furthest point, gradually moving towards their exit. When you feel the entire area from the insight, pinch the part with your fingers and hold for a few seconds, fixed the but in a circle with them clips and lived to drive for 10 20 minutes. Then remove the clips. Brush the details with a brush way. You sue the openings with the latest teach, trying to make the stitches as much as possible, parallel to each other without making large distances between them. 11. Belt making: Now you have to sue the belt which goes around the body, bent the edges inside and stitch with lettuce Teach during the whole line. - You okay? 12. Stuffing the body: wait till the body and head with glass granulomas. Far pleasant, realistic weight. Then stuff with them with wolf or felt ing. Make sure that your toy is not to light. It makes it cheap or too heavy. Not naturally with the right weight. Everyone who takes your toy will feel the ties. Riel. Just remember that the body should be softer than the head. Stop staffing when you feel there is no empty spaces, but control yourself and don't overstuff it, Theo, - using the letter stitch to close the opening on the body. Look how I make it, okay? 13. Attaching the belt: no Attach the belt, toe the body with lettuce teach going round by the circle. 14. Making claws (beads embroidery): you can decorate your arms and legs with bees just to make illusion. They have clothes. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. 15. Attaching arms, legs and the tail to the body: find the appropriate place where you are going to attach the arms, legs and the tail to the body. Bean them there, Seal them to the body one by one using the latest teach. 16. Working with a face: Oh, sometimes and make shaping on the toys face. You can do the same with the stitches. To sculpture the face, however you can read. Now stitch the nose and the mouth with black or dark brown threat Are you make a little grooming around the face with sharp scissors? - No , I have to attach ice. First, find a property position off them on the face. Then take a black glass eye on a loop and put the threat through. The group then pressed the group. Use needle with white. I touch the I to the face way My does have this and fix the threads on the back of the head. Couldn't give a single fuck about those hard times. It's just friends on shady tracks. And then night, I said on there, talking, singing. So it's just way. There's no sense, but I want you, Judy. It's just way. Expect told me about some shit like Bob Rocky. It's just now let's make the eyelids been in the corners of the eye under street lights. I never gave a damn about any are It's just it's just take a little off white wool for felt ing and twist a yon from it starts teaching Arliss from in a corner off the I to the out of one, Nittel fell to the eyeless to fix them to place. 17. Finishing the head, attaching it to the body: are you with you? A touch of the head to the body with latest each you. 18. Stiffening the eyelids: use stiff a solution to harden the islands. Just apply a little and to let the solution to be absorbed, then make sculpturing with wooden to for cuticle. 19. Shading. Final tips.: I use Pam Pesto for shading. Take the necessary shades and apply them on the toy to make it look more realistic. Use all your imagination and creativity during this process. All right. - One shading is done. Take a little coconut oil and deployed on the toy with your hands. It will fix the shades on the fabric. - On the final hint Make black dots in the cornice of their eyes. This will help the toy look on you with the realistic eyes I used an acrylic in black color Keep it low key Keep it soft Spoken with no strings Time you to me I'm happy in your company with no emotion Because my life deserves to be free I never want Oh, about a house in the garden I never wanted like you d o annoy in my mind It's just my turn We can still have fun They told me you don't really know commitment Trust me considered Now your toy is ready. I am happy we have met this interesting way together Way off grating artists toy. I hope my lessons brought you not Onley practical benefits but also inspired you on new achievements. I wish you success, patience and creativity