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Some Sweet Handmade Plushies

Updated on December 17, 2016

My Son Surprised Me By Making His Own Felt Plushies

My son asked if we could go buy some materials so that he could make his own plushies. After my first objections about time and cost, we ended up at a local craft store later that day.

I expected that we would get home and the difficulty of the project would set in for my son. This usually leads to a desperate plea for help. But that plea never came and before I knew it, he proudly displayed his first creation, one of which is shown in this picture!

Since that time he has expanded his abilities a bit and so I wanted to create a page where he (and I) could brag a bit about his skills. Not to mention that this activity has also given him something to constructively pass the time this summer and has been a good conversation starter among his friends.

All pictures are taken by me unless noted otherwise.

Materials You Will Need

To make your own felt plushies, you will need the following materials:

*Felt of various colors

*Scissors

*Glue

*Thread and needle

*Stuffing

We were able to get all of these materials at local craft stores. And the cost is very reasonable!

The techniques for sewing and the templates needed are referenced in the videos or links under the videos in Youtube.

This Is A Good Place To Start

One way to start making the stars is of course to cut out star shapes in felt and sew them together. However, if you want to get a jump start on the correct way to make them, I would recommend watching this video first. This is the video showing how to make stars which are the easiest of the Super Mario Bros. plush toys. My son has made a bunch of these for his friends too!

My Son Aspires To This Level of Mastery

Goomba With 2 Mushrooms

Goomba with Red Mushroom and Purple Mushroom
Goomba with Red Mushroom and Purple Mushroom

These are results of his first attempts following the Goomzilla videos.

After making these, my son wanted to find a way to improve the shapes that he was cutting out of felt. He tested different ways to cut these out and came up with the following tips:

  • Use very sharp scissors or a sharp razor
  • Trace out your shape in advance using colored pencils (use white on dark colors)
  • Leave a little extra material so you can trim it after your first cut is done.

See The Real Thing

Super Mario Plush - 5" Goomba Soft Stuffed Plush Toy Japanese Import
Super Mario Plush - 5" Goomba Soft Stuffed Plush Toy Japanese Import

This is what he was trying to make his Goomba look like. I think he did a great job!

 

These are Whackas

While I have no idea what they are, they do look friendly
While I have no idea what they are, they do look friendly

I was not familiar with these characters myself, but apparently these are from the Paper Mario video game. My son says that these are very easy to make. If you want a plushie like this, you will have to make it. I haven't seen them in stores or any where online.

Goomzilla Is A Good Youtube Resource For Multiple Designs

Goomzilla has many videos on Youtube describing how to make Mario plushies. My son's favorite is the Whacka.

What Motivated My Son To Make These?

Purchased Mario plush with handmade Star and Goomba
Purchased Mario plush with handmade Star and Goomba

Many Super Mario Plushies Are Available On Amazon - As my son reminds me, this is just a short list of all the different characters!

Super Mario - Mario Plush
Super Mario - Mario Plush

This is my son's favorite of all his plush toys.

 

For starters, he really likes a lot of the Super Mario games that Nintendo makes. And he also likes watching videos on Youtube that people make with the Super Mario characters. One of his favorite sources is Goomzilla. There are many more people out there that make these videos as well.

To make these videos, you need to have the characters. Rather than invest a lot of money to buy the actual Super Mario plush toys, he decided it would be faster and less expensive to make a lot of them himself.

However, he did buy some of the main characters as shown in the following photos. The Mario in this picture was purchased, but the other two characters were handmade.

Sharing Plushies For Peace

Both of these are purchased, but it is rare to see them together since the kids don't share often!
Both of these are purchased, but it is rare to see them together since the kids don't share often!

In a great demonstration of cooperation, my son bought this Princess Peach plush toy for his younger sister so that she could participate in the action as well. Although I have to wonder if there was an ulterior motive to this purchase - to keep her from taking his plushies!

Both of these plushies were purchased.

Some Characters Are Hard To Make

Toad and Koopa Troopa require a higher skill level to make than Stars, Mushrooms, or Goombas
Toad and Koopa Troopa require a higher skill level to make than Stars, Mushrooms, or Goombas

The Mario plushies that he purchased all would be very difficult to make, and probably would take more time than my son has patience for even now.

The Toad and Koopa characters shown here require a high level of skill and detail. As you can imagine, these were purchased.

Have You Ever Purchased A Super Mario Character Plushie?

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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You have a very talented son! I like the Super Mario plushies.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      4 years ago from Ljubljana

      No, I haven't, but wouldn't mind if I get one for my birthday;)

    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 

      4 years ago

      Good lens and well done to your son. This would be a great project to get someone interested in craft.

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      rakesarm 

      4 years ago

      Very cute indeed. I might think of making them on my own.

      Cheers

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      rakesarm 

      4 years ago

      Very cute indeed. I might think of making them on my own.

      Cheers

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      This is a delightful lens, a cute story of how your son makes a craft on his own. This shows that children find their way even in spite of us sometimes! Pinned to my craft board.

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      LotusLandry 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      I love home crafts...

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very good job on the plushies! I know you are proud. :)

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      LorLinda 

      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      ha ha these are so cute I like these very nice lens

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      lmoser 

      5 years ago

      Not that I can recall. They did play Super Mario Brothers video games, however. Interesting lens!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Cute! Your son did a great job!

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      Ericarelo 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. Your son is quite talented with making plushies. I actually also own the exact same Mario and Luigi plushies. :)

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      No I haven't an of these plush toys, but they are rather cute I wouldn't mind some.

      Your son sure made a great job of his, nice to see home crafts, great job.

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      hovirag 

      5 years ago

      no never, we have different characters over here :)

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      Fit And Fab 

      5 years ago

      No, I've never purchased a Super Mario Plushie but I love your Goomba. Your son has quite a talent. My kids love doing craft. Love your lens. :-)

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      Wendy Hughes 

      5 years ago from Charlotte

      ToTaLlY CoOL!! I love these felt guys. Your son did an excellent job! Some people are so talented. Oh, well, back to my corner.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't - my sons are grown - but wow, your son did a great job making his! Good for him!

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