Featured Friend: Woldy

Woldy (noun) – a plush felt map of the United States featuring embroidery around the border of each individual state. Created by WoldyWorld on Etsy.

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I bought a Woldy of my own this month! The pictures do not lie: these little felt maps are exquisitely detailed and perfectly stitched.

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Mine looks beautiful hanging on my Christmas tree.

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Woldy maps come in an assortment of color palettes. Below, a pink and navy plush map.

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The shop owner can even create customized versions.

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There is even a Christmas Woldy!

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If you’re big into geography, travel, or just unique plushies, drop by WoldyWorld on Etsy.

The Littlest Betta Plushie

Bettas have always been rather large. Until now!

On this chilly afternoon I decided a miniature betta might make a nice addition to the plush family. Such a betta would travel well, be an excellent conversational partner, and look nice on my Christmas tree which is already threatening to topple over from the weight of the numerous full-size betta plushies that inhabit its branches.

The littlest betta plush began his journey of creation with a pattern sketched on the nearest scrap of paper I could find.

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I then pinned this pattern to an equally nearby scrap of fabric and began cutting out his form. Once done, the cut-out shape is ready for stitching.

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Which I did not bother to photograph. :(

Suffice to say, I stitched around his perimeter leaving a small hole through which I flipped him right-side out. Rows of stitches define the separation between his body and his fins, and stuffing gave his body fullness. His eyes and mouth are simple black embroidery thread.

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Goldie is such a tiny betta! His little chin fins were the most difficult part to flip, and as a result I have chosen to omit them from his revised pattern, which I will share in a future post.

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Featured Friend: BAM POW Cuttlefish by SquidFriends

Cuttlefish? More like CUDDLE fish! Look at this adorable little guy by SquidFriends.

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Do you think he would mind if I just petted his head ruffle for hours? I kind of want to just pet his head ruffle… for hours.

I gotta get me one of these SquidFriends. Look, they even have “Friends” in the name – that’s how you know they’re awesome.

Visit SquidFriends on Etsy.

Ninja the Teal and Fuchsia Betta (Customer Order)

The betta lifespan is fleeting at best.

My custom plush bettas are (too) often created in the honor of a recently departed betta fish.

This teal and fuchsia betta was created in the image of a real betta called “Ninja” by his young owner. His design is unique, with an extra band of red behind his front fins and an extension of his teal body fabric into his tail. One of a kind, and – hopefully – a close enough likeness to preserve the memories of the departed fish while creating a few happy new ones of his own.

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Ninja is off to his forever home now, but you may order your own memorial betta from my Etsy shop if you like.

RB Yummy

“YUMMY!” – Yummy (2008)

Yummy is made from what is quite possibly my favorite fabric. Pale yellow with a smattering of frosted cupcakes and cake slices, this fabric is undeniably adorable. And so is Yummy.

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The original Yummy entered the world around April 2008. Wy was immediately taken with her, and the two became inseparable friends.

But one Yummy was not enough for this world. No, the time had come for Yummy to transcend the boundaries of space and take on a new form: Really Big Yummy.  Here is RB Yummy during her creation.

(Why yes, I am a big fan of Monster High dolls and Ayria, how did you guess?)

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At last, Yummy has an RB counterpart. The two became friends quickly and Wy fell in love all over again.

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Wy says hello to the newest lady in his life.

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You can adopt your own Yummy at my Etsy shop.

Star Wars Grub and Betta

“Where have you gotten us lost now, you mindless wad of stitches?!”

Meet Finpio, a betta protocol droid, and Grub2D2, a spunky and adventurous grub droid.

Star Wars fanmade plushies

A grub and a betta make an unlikely traveling pair; even less so when they’re both droids lost on a strange planet of blankets and pillows.

Handmade Star Wars plushies

Here, they’ve happened upon a small plush Millennium Falcon. The only logical course of action, of course, is to sit upon it.

Handmade Star Wars plushies in the form of R2D2 and C-3PO. Made for MayThe4th

May the 4th be with you.

PS: You can order your very own #MayThe4th betta and grub pair by requesting a special order from my Etsy shop.

NEW FABRIC: Cute Sushi Fabric!

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I found this in the sushi-printed snuggle flannel remnant bin at JoAnn fabrics this weekend. Holy cow – I can’t believe how cute this fabric is. I just want to hug all the little sushis. Look at their little grub faces! This has to be a grub. It just has to. There will be a grub soon. GET EXCITED.