The ladybug was a lot of fun to make. I wanted to share with you some "making of" pictures so you get a better idea of how it was constructed. Maybe it will help you with a future project.
Here are the main pieces that make up the ladybug. When I say "head right", right means right side of the fabric (nap side, the side you want to be on the outside of the plush).
My next project is a logo plush for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Their logo has a boy, girl, a house with two giraffes sticking out from the roof, all on a boat. I decided to go with wool felt to allow sufficient detail in 3D. To make the 2D logo into a 3D plush, I added curves to places to create shape and lengthened measurements to accommodate the curves without losing size. I want to share the pattern I designed to turn this lovely 2D logo into a 3D plush.
Here is the original logo I started with.
First is the pattern of the house. On the top right corner, you can see a picture of the finished house with the giraffe heads.
I think I missed one piece, for the other side of the house. This is a simple rectangle made by the smaller side of the roof side triangle and the smaller side of the house side rectangle- simple!
I cut out two roof pieces, one to sew onto the rest of the house and giraffes, and another to glue on top to achieve a clean finish. The window can be cut out from white wool felt from the outline of the window pane pattern. To get the house base sturdy, I added a rectangular cardboard cutout the same size as the house bottom piece at the bottom of the sewn base, filled it with polyester toy filling, and topped with another cardboard cutout of the same size before sewing on the roof. Cereal boxes are handy for this.
I've been experimenting with 2D patterns that yield various 3D shapes.
I tried the baseball method, where two figure eight or dumbbell shaped pieces are sewn together to yield a sphere.
I tried two versions:
(1) Two circles placed adjacent to one another to form a figure eight (left).
(2) Two circles placed at a distance equal to the length of the circle edge enclosed by the connecting lines (right).