Introduction: Mothman Plushie Fallout 76
Yep, it's the plushie from the Mothman backpack from Fallout 76. I got a wild idea that I could make this with only items in my house. I got really close! Spent $6 on fabric paint! Just an fyi, this does require some sewing, though I should mention I am not very good at it, so I would say this is a beginner project as long as you have access to a sewing machine. This Mothman measures out to be 2ft tall and almost 1ft wide.
Sewing Machine (and all the parts that go with it - basic needle, bobbin, thread...etc)
C shaped upholstery sewing needle (I crochet, so I had one for that. Any size will work, but larger is easier to use)
Brown or Black thread
felt/ fabric glue (it just needs to dry clear)
Large piece of Paper or graph paper
Large paper plate
White paint marker (I tried a white and silver Sharpe, but it didn't show up)
1 piece of black felt
1 piece of darkred felt
2 black pipe cleaners
Black or Dark brown velvet about 1/2 yd
Plushie filling. I used Polyfil. Probably little over 16 oz. You want this Mothman to be stuffed so he stand up on his own.
Brown or black thick yarn or twine to wrap around the Mothman's blanket.
Dark brown Burlap or something dark to wrap around your Mothman. I had a yard of it, but used about 3/4ths of it.
Optional: Black, Dark brown, and color stay fabric dye (and what the instructions tell you that you need.)
Step 1: Reference Photos and Pattern.
I did a quick search online and found the pictures I needed to make the Mothman Plushie. The one is the pic his main body is black and his wrap is a dark brown plaid-ish. Here is why this only cost me $6....
I had brown velvet, tan burlap, and tan twine. I used black and dark brown dye along with a color stay to keep the darker color. If you already have the darker fabrics, you don't need this step. Use up what you have before buying new. I bought the fabric dyes from amazon and got some deals for buying them all together. The fabric dye didn't really like the velvet so it made it a little darker, but not much. This is why my Mothman is Dark brown and the Burlap I think actually looks cool due to the fraying edges and holes. This I had mixed the black and dark brown dyes. I think it worked pretty well.
Lets be honest, I didn't measure. I guessed a size due the the height and width of my back. My finished Mothman plushie comes out at 2ft tall and almost a 1ft wide. I then used graph paper, ruler, pencil and a paper plate to make a dome shape pattern. Measure out how tall you want your Mothman to be, take the paper plate and lay it so that you make half a circle into your pattern. Trace and mark out the top of your Mothman. Do the same for the bottom half. When you look at it, the drawing kinda looks like a thumb, just on both ends lol. Leave about 1/4 room around the whole body for a seam allowance (fyi: the place where the thread will pull both fabrics together). Cut out the pattern out from the graph paper. I then drew out the eyes and nose right on the pattern for scale. The eyes have a downward wing to them. I then traced those onto another sheet of graph paper and cut those out (make sure you leave your dome thumb piece whole.) I wasn't sure how I wanted to make the eyebrows, lashes, and smile yet so I didn't make patterns for those. When you make these patterns be sure to mark what each is and that you need to cut 2 eyes and 2 bodies, but only 1 nose.
Step 2: Sewing and Figuring It Out
Working with the body, I flipped over the velvet so that the fuzzy sides were facing in towards each other, or wrong sides out, then used the straight pins to hold it in place. I sewed along the seam allowance on the machine and left about 3in gap towards the bottom of the Mothman. (Don't sew over those pins! Remove them as you go or it will break your needle!) Cut your tails and flip the whole thing thru the gap so that the velvet fuzzy sides (right sides) face out.
I tried using a sharpie to add eye lashes, but it didn't really show up. I tried fabric paint, but that wasn't great either. That's when I decided that the eyes, nose, lashes, and smile would be made of felt and glued onto the stuffed Mothman.
Step 3: Eyes, Lashes, Nose, Smile, and Eyebrows.
Since we are using felt, I took the eye pattern and laid it out on the red felt. I used a fabric marker and traced it. This you don't need a seam allowance for. Make sure to draw two and cut them out. Then trace the nose. Only cut out one.
I then drew out a small rectangle on the felt for an eyelash. I then cut it out and used that as the pattern for 5 more. So six total eyelashes. These ended up being 1/2in wide and 1in tall.
For the smile, I took the last bit of black felt and laid it on the body pattern to figure out the size I needed. I drew two rectangles connected to a c shape. Apologies I don't have good instructions or dimensions on this. It was a guess with the body pattern as a guide.
Once it was all cut out I arranged everything to my liking. If it makes it easier you can pin each down with a single pin in the middle to hold them in place. I used fabric glue to attach them to the Mothman. Glue half that isn't pinned down, remove the pin and glue the other half. Let it dry.
Eyebrows... eyebrows... how to make them jump off his face... pipe cleaners? I took a black pipe cleaner and rolled one side to be a long oval. Then slightly curled up the end. I did this for each eyebrow. I glued down the thicker part of the eyebrow and left the tail sticking out.
It was hard to see some of the felt so I took a white paint marker and lightly added some lines in the middle of the eyelashes and along the mouth. I traced around one side of the nose and down the center to try and give a more 3D look. This is optional.
Now your Mothman plushie should have a smirky face!
Step 4: Stuffed With Fluff
At the gap we left open, I filled him with the polyfil or whatever you have. I filled him pretty full so that he could almost stand on his own. Don't want him falling over in the middle. I used a little bit more than 16oz (or so I am guessing based on the amount labeled on the bag lol). Fold in the the edges of that gap we made (just like the sewing machine did) and pin them in place. I used the c shape needle (it's not necessary here, but since we need it later, I just kept using it) and dark brown thread to sew him back up. Just do a simple stitch to get the gap closed up, removing pins as you go. You can do an invisible Stitch if you like, but if you put your gap lower on your plushie, it will get covered up by the wrap. Once make sure it is all knotted closed and secure. Cut any tails.
Step 5: Swaddle Your Mothman Plushie
I laid out my burlap and just wrapped up my Mothman plushie. I did try and follow how they have him wrapped up on the reference photo.Make sure the edges of your wrap are frayed. If need be you can use scissors to pull some threads to make it more frayed. Because of the design, the Mothman's head is really exposed and leaves the wrap not secure on your plushie. I took some dark brown thread and the c shape sewing needle and started sewing thru the wrap and the plushie. I started under one of the folds of the wrap to hide the tail of the thread. Then using the curve of the needle pushed thru the wrap and the Mothman and back out again. Be careful not to stab yourself or loose your needle inside the plushie! When you go to make your next stitch and any more going forward, always make sure you go in close the same spot you started, but come out further away. That way the stitch that shows on the outside is hidden. Also don't go in a straight line, just do your best to hold down that wrap as best as possible. When done, put the needle thru the top layer of the wrap only, tie and cut the thread.
Last but not least use matching twine and "tie" around your Mothman plushie's wrap just like in the reference photos. I went around twice and tied them in the back with a couple knots and cut the tails. These are really just for show, your sewing should hold the wrap into place.
Now you have a Mothman plushie!