EDIT:It's been pointed out to me that the font I've used might not be easy for everyone to read, so I've included the text version here too.
EDIT 2 (30/12/11):
A few people have asked me what kind of stitching I used for this. However, I have no idea what any kinds of stitches are called! Thankfully, ~ShihonRainbow linked me to a video on YouTube that informs me that it's called an overlock stitch - you can watch the tutorial here: [link]
I've also had a few people ask what the 'cotton' is used for. By 'cotton' here, I mean thread - it's sometimes called cotton here in the UK... Sorry for any confusion caused!
OMG - a DD?
Text version: Captain Devlin's Plushie Donut Tutorial
You will need:
- 1 piece of tan or brown coloured felt
- 1 piece of felt for the icing (this can be any colour you like!)
- Cotton (to match the colour of the felt - don't worry if it's not an exact match, just try and get it as close as you can.)
- an OLD CD (to use as a template)
- thin card (for making a template)
- a pen or pencil (for marking)
- small beads (such as bugle beads or seed beads)
- polyester fibre (for stuffing)
1 - Place the CD onto your piece of card and draw around it. Next, draw a wiggly shape within the outlines of the CD. This will be your template for the icing on your donut.
2 - Draw around the CD again, this time onto the tan coloured felt. You need to do this twice, for the top and bottom of your donut. Place the blobby template you just made from thin card onto the other coloured felt and trace around it. Cut the shapes out carefully, and don't forget the little holes in the middle!
3 - Place the icing on top of one of the tan circles, making sure the holes in the middle are lined up with each other. Stitch around the edge of the icing piece to secure it to the tan felt. Sew the hole in the middle first - this helps to keep the icing piece in place as you sew the rest of it.
4 - Sew some small beads onto the 'icing', so that they look like sprinkles. I use a running stitch to do this, meaning I just use one long piece of thread to sew them all on, rather than tie off after every bead individually. Make sure you fasten the beads securely - loose threads mean dangly beads, and you don't want that!
5 - Once you've finished decorating your top layer, place it on top of the other tan circle and begin sewing the two sides together. Begin by sewing the centre circle in first, and stitch right around the outside edges, leaving a gap of about 2-3 inches (5-7cm).
6 - Start stuffing your donut. Push the stuffing in right around to the furthest part of the donut, and fill towards the opening from either side. If you find it hard to get the stuffing in with your fingers, try using a pen or pencil to poke it in. Kneading the stuffing with your fingers as you fill your plushie helps to stop it from becoming lumpy. In my opinion, it's better to overstuff plush donuts than to underfill them. No-one wants a flat donut...
7 - Sew the gap shut, and squish the filling around with your fingers again to ensure an even distribution of stuffing right the way around.
Now you're done!
I've been meaning to do a tutorial for ages... The only other guide I've seen for making plush donuts seemed needlessly complicated, so I thought I'd share my method of doing it.
I recently made a donut plushie at Pacific Media Expo. The workshop staff guided us through each step. We had to use smaller needles for the beads because the needle eyes wouldn't fit through the beads. I'm wondering what size needles did you use to sew on beads and where could we buy smaller needles?
I used a beading needle that came with a pack of bugle beads I bought, so I'm afraid I don't know what size it is. If you type in 'beading needles' to Google, there are plenty of sites that you can buy them from though! The one I use is like these ones www.homecrafts.co.uk/buy-beadi…www.firemountaingems.com/itemd… - very long and thin with a small eye. I hope this is helpful - I actually don't know that much about sewing really! If you need anything else, or if I haven't explained things very well, please let me know and I'll try and sort it out. Good luck!