The spots on this pony-ball's butt were put on with a technique called applique. It involves sewing small fabric pieces on from the top, and is how I've been making cutie marks for the last several years. It's soft and cuddly, and I'm pretty good at it, but it has some limitations. In particular, it's very hard to do fine lines and small details. So I've decided that it's finally time to add more detail by getting an embroidery machine.
I've also been doing eyes with a painted felt method that's great for detail, but not so great for huggableness, and I'd like to improve the eyes on my larger plushes as well.
That's the purpose of this kickstarter. I get an embroidery machine, you get lovely embroidered plushes. It's a win-win kind of situation.
So here's what you can get if you decide to support me:
$1 My thanks, and updates.
If you're interested in the project, but don't have much money, just pitch in a dollar and you'll be updated all the way along. Every little bit helps!
$5 Fuzzy finger puppets
They're not ponies, but they are adorable. If you just have $5 and you want to help out, get a fuzzy bit of cute in return. Your choice of more or less any color you like, I have 100+ different colors of fur fabric.
The final versions will, of course, have embroidered eyes! I will probably also experiment with embroidered wings, and other details. Your choice of any color you want, including colors not shown here.
An adorable ball plush version of your favorite pony*, with embroidered cutie marks. Nobody else makes a plush quite like these. They've consistently been my best seller at pony conventions, and I'm looking forward to having embroidered ones at Bronycon this year!
$65 Mini bat pony
These cute little juice-suckers hang from their tails via a poseable wire, so they can be hung almost anywhere. Their wings close with an invisible snap, so they can nap with them folded up, or spread them to fly out and terrorize Equestria.
A cute, floppy ten-inch long pony, with embroidered cutie marks. Another popular convention pony, and probably my most polished pony pattern right now. Your choice of any pony you like.*
$150 Full plush
Either an 18" long giant beanie like the one shown here, or a 12" tall standing plush, with embroidered eyes and cutie marks. Your choice of any pony!*
$600 Giant pony.
Three feet tall, these ponies are HUGE! By some calculations, three feet is "life size" for ponies. They're certainly more than big enough to cuddle. These ponies also come with embroidered eyes and cutie marks. Your choice of any pony!*
*On pony selection:
"Any pony" includes any earth pony, unicorn, pegasus, alicorn, or (since we've reached some stretch goals) changeling, bat pony, draconequus, or gryphon! It also includes most original character ponies. NOT included: Zebras, dragons, or OC ponies that are extremely complicated (stripes, spots, rainbow-power style markings, etc.) Alicorns will be made without regalia (so no crowns, etc.).
If you would like an original character pony for your backer reward, you need a high-resolution image of your pony's cutie mark, preferably a vector file. Also if they have something unique about their eyes, I'll need a similar eye image, but most OCs have eyes that are the same as the official ponies, and color swaps are easy to do.
You'll be able to tell me what pony you'd like for your reward in the backer survey, which will be sent out after the campaign is finished.
We've reached the changeling, bat pony, draconequus, and gryphon goals so far, thanks to all you awesome backers! (The gryphon example shown is NOT what the final Equestrian gryphons will look like. I'll be making a new pattern from scratch, this is just the nicest gryphon plush I've done, so it's there to reassure people that yes, I can do gryphons. :3)
Next up... well, I'm open to suggestions! I hate making zebras, the stripes are just a nightmare, so I'd rather not offer them as an option. Dragons, maybe?
About me and my plush.
I've been sewing for a living since 2004. I started making plushes around 2006 and sewed my first pony pretty much immediately when season one of the show aired. I've loved My Little Pony since I was a little kid, so I was delighted to be able to make part of my living from making these adorable characters.
All my plushes are 100% made by me, from drafting the pattern to the final details, except that up until now if I wanted embroidery, I had to get somebody else to do it for me. This campaign is the next step in helping me build my business and improve my plush quality.
If you'd like additional pictures of or information about my plushes, you can find them at the following locations:
Questions about any of this are more than welcome! Do feel free to ask them. You can ask through Kickstarter, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
I've been making plushes since 2006, so I don't anticipate any major problems. There may be delays, because life always happens and I have no idea how many plushes I'll end up needing to make for my backers. I'm sure that learning to use the embroidery machine will take me some time too. I'll probably screw up at least a few attempts along the way, but I'm confident that everything will be done eventually, whatever else happens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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