My goal is to develop silk screen patterns for all of the mane six, and use them to make pillows with their likeness on them easily and with high quality.
We all would like to get one of those really nice plushies of our favorite ponies, but unfortunately most of us have relatively small budgets. My goal is to take my skills and change that. This will be a fun project for me to work on and I will pass the results on to as many bronies as I can. Some pillows will be given away to be sold for good causes and they will of course be for sale as well.
The budget I set is limited to only making the Mane six and one
background pony, any extra money made will be for making patterns for
more of the background ponies or buying higher quality materials.
What the money will pay for:
Silk screen mesh, framing materials, emulsion fluids, fabric inks, cloth, pillow stuffing and shipping for the rewards (Man, Fedex is expensive).
Step one: Drawing.
In this step I will draw the pony, this can take several days until I get it to the right quality. Once I have finished drawing it I will print out the design in the appropriate size (a little smaller than life sized for the big ones). All designs used will be original ones made by me or by another artist with their permission.
Step two: Making the pattern
I place the printed version under a large piece of clear acrylic, and then the screen on top of it. I can then easily trace and paint the design onto the screen. This step takes up to two days to complete. One screen is made for black outlines and another for color.
Step three: Printing the pony
With the screens prepped I then place a piece of cloth with the color of the pony being made (Canary yellow for Fluttershy) and print the colors first (Light pink for hair and green for the eyes.) After the ink dries I will then place the black outline screen over the cloth and paint the black outlines in.
This stage takes very little time and I can print of dozens of these a day if necessary.
Step four: Sewing part 1
I cut around the printed pony and sew it with my sewing machine in the general shape of the design. 10-20min per pillow, depending on size and complexity of shape. This is done with the pillow inside out, so that the edges will look clean when finished.
Step five: Stuffing
I turn the pillow right side out and stuff the pillow with pillow fluff until it is appropriately soft and cuddly.
Step six: Sewing part 2
I sew the final bit by hand, sealing in the fluff.
Step seven: Shipping (not that kind silly)
I ship each pillow to a loving home, where it will make some lucky brony very happy.