Wow, you sure make these quickly. How long does it usually take to make a single pony? Do you have to wait long for the embroidery (or whatever the heck you use for the eyes and cutie marks) to finish if you are using a machine?
Sorry, I tend to ask a lot of questions when I'm really interested.
I have actually been working on all these ponies for the past 4-5 weeks nonstop. Literally. I only took breaks to eat, sleep, do homework and take care of my kids. I totally over did it and killed my fingers in the process X3... so I don't think I'll do that again for a while...
When it comes to the time range to complete one pony, it depends on the pony and if they have accessories or not. The Flitter I made was the quickest one for me to make but since I worked on all the ponies at once I can't really say how much time I put into just one of them. It was more then 18 hours though. D=
I use a machine for embroidery and I have two embroidery machines. My other one broke down last month so I had to send it in to get fixed. Since I had commissions to do I was forced to order another one during the wait. So embroidery for a set of pony eyes takes about... 2-4 hours for me... because my machines like to troll me. (the thread messes up, the needles like to skip and that ruins the design forcing me to start over >.> I do not know why they do this to me!)
In the beginning it didn't really pay off, but I kept on because it was fun and I am totally bored with nothing else to do. Seriously. I have NOTHING to do around here. I'm a stay at home mom who doesn't get out much if not at all... and I am bored to tears. The only thing to do is sew and seeing the results of a plush and people happy comments makes me happy. Howeverrrrr there are times where I just... don't want to sew at all. Like right now for example. I think that's because I over did it this month. :l
Yes, it does sound like you have over done it this time around. I met a friend recently this month who had bought one of your plushies, and well, I'm quite impressed. Your style is very unique. Can't wait to see more! Of course, please don't overdo it...
Trust me. I'm not doing this again. I'm burned out. Like I have a complete lighting dust sitting on my sofa but I have to make her socks and accessories. buttt... I just don't feel like it. I don't have the will power to go to my sewing room!
I saw your Fluttershy plushie. The eyes were impressive, and that tail! Wow, up close, the curl and neat outline of it obviously showed talent. The fur and mane/tail was extremely soft. But what I didn't notice was the voice box. My friend did not mention to me about that. I also have a few other friends who had bought a Twilight Sparkle with socks, and an Octavia, although I am not sure if they were made by your hands...
lol hehe Thank you but no I'm not fast! I've been working on all these plushies as well as the commission plushies for the past 4 weeks. I'm just now posting them though. X3 I have one more- a Lightning Dust Plush but I have to make some socks, scarf and saddle for her so she won't be up till tomorrow. Then there is another commish Twilight Sparkle I have to post to but I'll save that for tomorrow as well
After that... break time for a week! I totally over did it!
I would suggest starting with some really cheap fleece from walmart. get just one color so you don't have to spend much. To get a idea of how basic ponies work, use one of the free patterns on dA and make a test pony. After you master the test ponies, find a picture of a pony and draw the shape of the pony of a poster board. Cut it out, trace it on the fabric and then sew it together the way you would have sewn the first test pony together.
Do that over and over again, modifying and tweaking your pattern. If you want to make them to sell, I would say wait until you are finally satisfy with your pattern, and then make fleece pony for ebay. Fluttershy would be a easier one. (When I first started all I made was Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie) Keep on selling the fleece ponies until you save up enough for a embroidery machine (if you want one) or just use the money to buy minky! ... well this is what I did. lol. All in all if you practice you can totally do it!
No problem. The whole plush making thing is really a trail in error thing. I'm sure some people can master it quicker then others but it took me a while and I still don't think I've mastered it because there is always something new to learn. But it's fun to do and a great way to pass time.