Fluttershy: Angel Prop

Since I have taken so very long on the Fluttershy corset, I’ve decided that once it is posted, to also add a tutorial post on how to make a corset.  So look forward to both of those coming … eventually.  Should I mention that the corset tutorial post has been sitting in draft mode for almost a year?

Anyway, today’s post is about a very quick prop I made over last weekend.  Fluttershy has tons of animal friends on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but I would say her main animal friend is a cute little bunny named Angel.  Angel is to Fluttershy as Gummy is to Pinkie Pie.  Truthfully, I like Gummy better as a companion – the idea of an alligator with no teeth amuses me – but Angel was on the docket for this costume.  Here is a reference shot.

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I have never had reason to make a stuffed animal before (though I think I considered it briefly with Pain and Panic for my Hades costume).  But some of my sewing buddies have done it, and theoretically it didn’t seem hard.  I bought a bag of stuffing and a remnant of plain white fleece fabric.  Then I came home and began patterning out the bunny.

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One of the things I was trying to do with the body for the bunny is to make it large enough to have a pocket for my cards, money, and cell phone while I am wearing the costume at the convention. It’s a silly logistical thing that I am always trying to do when building my cosplays, and I can’t think of a good place on the costume for a pocket.  So I thought, why not on Angel?  As you can tell in the pattern above, I drew the body too small the first time, since I have an iPhone 6+.  Here is one body piece with my pocket stitched on.

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Lots of the initial steps of this build were easy.  For each ear, paw, and leg, I just stitched together the pieces, leaving the side that would attach to the main body of the bunny open.  Then I turned them inside out and filled them with stuffing until I was happy with each piece’s “stuffedness”.  When the time was appropriate, I placed appendages in between either the body or the head layers of the bunny.  Below is a shot of me attaching bunny ears to a bunny head.

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Some of the connections were weirder than others.  For instance, I cut slots in the front of the bunny body to insert the front paws and stitch those down.  Here is a shot of the arms placement prior to my stitching.

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The legs were toughest because I actually curved my pattern the opposite way than I should have at the connection point.  When I went to lay a bunny leg so that it would be on the outside of the bunny rather than inside with the stuffing, I realized this.  So I stitched the body and left space for the bunny legs, then attached them on the right side.  Not the prettiest seems ever but good enough.

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At this point, Angel was in two pieces.  It was a bit creepy.  Especially since he had no eyes yet.

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This bunny-making process was fraught with squishing of bulky fabric blobs underneath the presser foot in many different ways, kind of similar to my recent hat escapades.  In fact, when I went to attach Angel’s body to his head, a very momentous thing happened.  It shall henceforth be known as “That Time I Actually Decided to Hand Sew Something Purposefully Only to Change my Mind Thirty Seconds After I Started”.  Listen, with my hatred of hand stitching, such an event is definitely progress.  Maybe next time I will actually do it.

This time?

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Totally shoved a very uncomfortable looking bunny into my sewing machine.

When I had him all pieced together, I drew on his eyes with a Sharpie fabric marker I have had a set of in my craft room for a while now.  And then I tied a scarf around his neck because there wasn’t enough differentiation between his body and his head … I blame my phone size modifications!

All said and done, the bunny turned out pretty well.  Truthfully, it bugs me a bit that I was unable to make Angel look like he does in the cartoon – I love the cute my-head-is-twice-the-size-of-the-rest-of-me look.  Making Angel was so quick, that maybe I’ll get done and decide to try again with a slightly different pattern (and no phone pocket).  But here he is, complete:

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You might have noticed Angel has no tail. It didnt seem practical with the phone pocket, so I left it off. Would be easy to add to the back panel of the body the way the arms were added if you think your Angel should have a tail instead of a phone pocket (Priorities, people!).

Anyway, he should fit nicely with my Fluttershy costume, even if he’s a bit larger than I wanted at the start.  Sewing stuffed animals (and patterning them) doesn’t seem to be a big deal at all!  Maybe I should do more of it 🙂

 

 

 

4 comments for “Fluttershy: Angel Prop

  1. February 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Very cute bunny 🙂 Though the poor dear looked like it went through hell shoved under that sewing machine like some evil torture technique!

     
    • February 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Haha, so true … I will have to work on my “beside manner” (Sewing table manner??) with future stuffed critters.

       
  2. February 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Very cute!

     
    • February 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

      If a little bit wonky … it adds character!

       

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