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Making Pony Plushie Fetlocks Pt 1 by Drachefrau Making Pony Plushie Fetlocks Pt 1 by Drachefrau
Since I've benefited from so much good advice from tutorials on DA, I've decided to post some of my own, in the interest of helping others and giving back to this awesome community. There are lots of tutorials out there, but I haven't seen one yet for doing Pony Plushie Fetlocks, so I decided to post one. Now, keep in mind this is only how I do Fetlocks; it's probably the most inefficient way to do them, but it worked well on the last stallion I did, so it should work for you!

I am working on Pt 2 now, and it will include how I sew the bottoms of hooves in order to get them looking, well, hoof-shaped. It took me forever to figure it out, and I am still tweaking it. I promise you, it's not magic.

Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]

This tutorial assumes that you a) have a pony plushie pattern already, and b) have a basic sewing skillset. I would also highly recommend a sewing machine, but I suppose you could do it by hand (but I don't envy you the hand cramps you're going to have later).

Also, I am in no way endorsing Mountain Dew and M&Ms; they are my sewing snacks of choice, so I had to add them to my tutorial. ;)

MLP:FIM belongs to Hasbro & Ms. Faust; the pattern & method shown are my own creation. If you would like to use my method, go ahead! (I do not give out my pattern, however) Please link back so I can see what you made.

Thanks for looking, and I hope that you find this tutorial useful!
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bluu-sparrow Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome. Hope it serves you well!
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Oh my gosh. I think this could help me on my Torchic hat I've been failing miserably on. I wanted to do the head feathers very similar to this, but I didn't know how to sew the zigzag, because that's not what came out when I turned it inside out. Basically, from what it looks like here, I would just put the yellow and orange right side together, sew the zigzag, then cut out one side of the fabric?

Please let me grovel at your feet and worship you for the genius you are. You have saved me countless attempts to ask other sewing artists that would more than likely ignore my questions.
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad I could help, and no groveling required! I got a lot of advice from other DA artists and tutorials, so I am glad to be able to give back. I would think that it would work for your hat, as well, but I am still almost a sewing noob (ponies in gallery aside, they took months of sewing and cussing), so I can't guarantee. I learn something new every day!

However, from reading your description of this technique application to your hat design, if you sew the good sides together, you will still end up flipping and have it end up odd, or having a bad side show. My technique puts good side of the hoof (or feather, I guess, in your case), to the bad side of the leg (hat), then trim down the outer area of the hat (or feather, depending on how it's set up) so that the good side of the hoof (feather) shows through, outlined by the good side of the leg (hat). No flipping required! Or maybe I'm misunderstanding...it's late here, and I don't brain so well when tired.

I don't know why other sewing folks would ignore your questions; we're here together as an artistic community. Who wouldn't want to encourage growth and learning? I can't wait to see your finished Torchic hat, and hope that the technique I showed helps you out! If you have other questions, please let me know and I will see if I've run into the problem and found a solution to pass on to you. :D
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Photographer
[link] <--there's a Torchic picture, just so I know we're on the same wavelength xD
I'm a little confused by the good on the bad side--OH WAIT I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. The good (in this case) side of the orange would be facing up, and the good side of the yellow would be underneath, right? So the layering would be good side on top of good side?

Well, I met one stingy sewing artist, but trust me, there are some really stingy popular artists on here =w= *been trying to get help for when she signs up for artist alley at anime cons* I even made a group because of them constantly ignoring my need for help. =w=
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, I think the orange overlaid the yellow would work really well for your hat. You wouldn't need to put too much orange over the yellow, just enough to not have the seam pull through. Cute Pokémon! I was more of a Articuno or Ninetails fan, myself.

Well, maybe some artists are looking to keep their trade secrets for themselves, in the interest of preserving commissions. It might be their only livelihood, or their pride and joy, in which case I can understand. I will help, if I can (still learning, so please don't expect miracles). Not patterns, but the tricks I've picked up from cussing at ponies for over a year. ;)
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Photographer
But that's just it though. All I want to ask is how they deal with the sales tax--like if they do it with all their other taxes or do it every so often per year, and how they store their art when opening and closing at a con. Why would that be infringing on their lifestyle any? I could care less about HOW they do their art. (Besides, I don't think a good number of them have pride or joy in it; they just do it because it's easy money and can mass-produce them in minutes =w= )

Cussing at ponies. xDD
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah. Well, I've not done any paid commissions yet, so I have no idea how the tax idea works, myself. I did talk to my tax rep when I filed this year and asked, and he said that if your expenses were more than your earnings (in plushies or art stuff), then it didn't need to be reported since you technically took a loss for the year. If you earned more than you spent, then you reported it if it was a certain percentage of your total income (he wasn't sure about the specifics, said I'd have to ask someone w/more experience w/business tax).

I know a lot of folks will share a table, that way they can help set up and take turns watching the table. A lot of the vendors are also allowed in early to set up, and I've seen them go in w/large plastic containers of crafts. If I were you, and curious, I'd email someone who organizes the vendors for one of the Cons going on later this year, and see what they have to offer as far as information.
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Photographer
I'd rather talk to an artist that sells at cons frequently though just so they'll have a better understanding of what I'm talking about; otherwise, I may just have to do that. I'll find something at least!

I thought of doing that just for my art, like bringing a friend or two to take shifts and then I'd pay them a little bit of the earnings. I never even thought about sharing with another artist! That would probably be awesome; I'd just need to find someone willing. xD
If that's the case I guess I'll just bring my big portfolio thing to carry it all in. I have asked and I pretty much got the same answer being "we don't supply the storage yadda yadda" so yeah. xD
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FoxTone Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH this is really helpful! ouo
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Mission successful! ;)
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FoxTone Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconfluttershyyayplz: Yay!~
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caroarte Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this great thanks now i made my big mac plushie!!!!! <3<3<3
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet! Glad I could help. I just dropped the other 2 parts to the tutorial, so enjoy!
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caroarte Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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Vegeto-UchihaPortgas Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow..that's great! thanks!..:3
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. Glad you like it!
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Vegeto-UchihaPortgas Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay!..I will do a pony whit this tecnike...:3 really thanks!
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very welcome! Have fun making pony plushies!
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Vegeto-UchihaPortgas Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's sure :3
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FireflyFarm Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Interesting way of doing this,...
I did a similar technique with my recent Shining armor and my current Big Mac, but I satin stitched over the "seam" between the two colors to finish the edge.
Thanks for the tutorial!
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was sure there were other ways to do it, but I hadn't seen any. Stitching over the seam would help keep it secure, for sure. I kind of like the slight overlap, though, makes it stand out a bit more. Of course, I say that until the edge starts unraveling or something crazy. ;) Darth Equus is still OK, and he got a lot of handling, so I'm sure they'll stay just fine.
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FireflyFarm Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Yeah, They probably would be fine for most plushies to have the unfinished edge,... Except maybe minky fabric, because it sheds and unravels to easily.
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have yet to play with Minky...too much Ultra Cuddle taking up space (for now). ;) I've heard great things about it for plush artists, though.
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FireflyFarm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
yeah,
I don't like it :-)
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmmm. Well, I'm going to reserve judgment until I've cussed over it myself. ;) What didn't you like about it? Too shreddy? Expensive? Eats small animals in the night?
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FireflyFarm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
LOL!
It shed worse than my small animals,... It it unravels too easily for me. Maybe I'm just too used to working with fleece, but I still prefer it. I only make Minky plushies if someone really requests it.
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah; I find myself longing to go back to fleece whenever I work with it (like SA's hooves); it's so much easier to deal with than Ultra Cuddle! However, it's not as soft...I do like the fluffiness of ultra cuddle...wish it wasn't such a pain in the plot to work with.
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Noxx-ious Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, that is so helpful! I'll definitely be trying this next time I have a pony with fetlocks! ;3; Thank you!
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. :D
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
It's shining armor!! :la: this is perfect since I wanna make a cadence and shining armor!!
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool! I'm glad I could help. Can't wait to see how your plushies turn out!
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