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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.