This is a sad blob of seal that I made with two different colors of lighting inside the stuffings. The purpose of this plush is for wrist rest when using computers. Two of the challenges that I ran into during this project were soldering the wires (one of the wires snapped and I had to re-solder it) and closing the stitches as I was handsewing throughout the entire project.
The lights are positioned where the wrist would be placed, so it’s like giving a flashy feeling when placing your wrist on that particular area.
Mishmish the Magic Duck is a plush night light of a round little duckling with warm lustrous cheeks. Mishmish’s appearance is based on a childhood stuffed duck toy that brought a lot of comfort in the first few weeks I slept alone (around 4 years of age). I made Mishmish with this experience in mind. I wanted Mishmish to help kids in the developmental phase of initial self-soothing, where they have to sleep without their parents through the entire night. It is a very big change and the presence of comfort and warmth in the form of a stuffed toy can really help with their adjustment.
I tried to make Mishmish as soft and as friendly as possible, therefore I went with using felt for its body, beak, and feet. I used fabric marker for the eyes and added leather components for the rear pockets. 2 yellow LEDs are placed in the cheeks, they were soldered into a parallel circuit and connected to a 5V battery pack.
This project was honestly quite a bit of fun! I got to try out a lot of stuff that I’ve never done before. While I’ve soldered and sewn in the past, they weren’t for projects of this nature at all! I’ve done a lot of circuitboard soldering and leather sewing so they were somewhat adjacent to the skills required for this project. As a result, I wanted to play it a bit safe and so I scoped accordingly. Truth be told I was actually impressed with how I scoped and budgeted my working hours. I was left with a good stretch of time for problem solving anything that wasn’t quite working.
If I had more time to work on my project I would definitely redo the leather components with better material and more care. I was quite careless with how I made these leather parts because I saw them as tertiary, however I think if Mishmish gets some really nice leather doodads, it would give off even more of a warm and homey feeling.
This is a luminous jellyfish earring that can be used at parties and music festivals. Wearing jellyfish earrings can be noticed in the dark. For instance, it’s easy for people to get lost at raves, so if you and your companions were separated by the crowd, the luminous jellyfish earrings can help you and your friends to find each other.
I had originally intended to dye the cloth to resemble a jellyfish’s tentacles, but I later changed my mind and decided to use wool fabrics for the tentacles. I have used a sewing machine a year ago but I wasted a lot of thread. Thus, I made the decision to sew my plushy by hand. I discovered that it was difficult to hand-seal the fabric’s edges, so I tried a few various stitches until I finally kept the polyester inside of the plushy.
One of the challenges was taking pictures, because my cat kept wanting to play with my jellyfish earrings.
If I had time I would add more embroideries to the tentacles.
Before we get started, all bean products and beans could be replaced with potatoes. Now that, we’ve got that simple fact out of the way, I like dinosaurs, trains, gems/minerals and comics. I’ve been in New York my whole life and used these influences in my art for forever. I love to sketch and I love to make art in general. I’ve been working on my brand, BRND, for the last 7 years or so and if you want to check it out the site is here. You’ll see a bunch of clothing and you may even find some writing on there. Also feel free to follow me on insta. OK Team Potato Bye Bye now
The three initial ideas for my plush night light is
1) A night light that looks like the pet animal they lost
2) A desk buddy with a message
3) Calming Sensory Plush Night Light designed specifically for children with autism
I am still confused about what type of sensory experience should the plush toy be projecting. Should it be a night light that switches on and off when touched or the night light projects this pattern of light or stars through a screen?
The idea that I am gravitating towards the most is a night light that is designed for children with autism.
After ideating a few of the things my childhood self would love, I narrowed down on the ladybird for it was the easiest to hold and as a child I loved the bright colors. I think it can be hung next to the bed, like a real lady bird or on the bedside table. I wonder if we are able to even put a device in so that it can talk to the child or tell bedtime stories. In may opinion, that would be great.
Fun fact : As a child when I learnt to pick up a ladybird in my hand, I was obsessed. One day, my brother and I, collected 10-15 ladybirds in a jar and then released them in our bedroom. We shut all doors so they had no escape. Sadly, they started to die by the morning so we released them into their natural habitat. I loved this experience so much that in 4th grade, I painted my ceiling fan and wardrobe with ladybirds. My parent’s have changed houses over the years, they have always carried these fan blades along, though the painted center has changed.
So, I decided to make this ladybird for childhood Yukti.
To make this, I intend to have the LEDs in the 6 black polka dots.
To realize my idea, I bought two types of fabric that I want to cut and layer the top with. A sheer black that is doing to be an under layer for the top of the ladybird and an almost opaque thick furry red layer of fabric. I also intend to make the back with the tick fabric. I also bought some buttons for the eyes.
KPIs: Pre stitch these back sheer holes and then stitch the whole ladybird. I also want to make sure I get a clean thickness on the overall shape.
Dancing whale is a stuff toy for kids with down syndrome. Studies show that children with down syndrome are reluctant to playing with toys with light or excess movement as down syndrome can cause development disfunctions and deficits in pattern integration and cognitive abilities.
So the Dancing whale is a soft toy with blue wave light patterns which are smooth lighting not harsh lighting, which will light up in waves and make the toy seem soothing compared to other lighting toys in the market.
Here as some reference sketches
To Implement this I bought my basic fabric and also started researching on stitching patterns. Though i don’t have a circuit in place yet i did experiment with LED Buld lighting which will not work for my toy, so i will need to use LED Strip or other forms of lighting – ordered LED Light on amazon.
My main concerns with building the to are – 1. Matching the Fabric and light hues 2. Whether to use transparent tubing or smoky tubing 3. Making sure that the tube is not popping out of the toy and sits within the spectrum of the fabric 4. How to stich the tail.
To ideate I did some online search and here are the references :
Apart from the Dancing whale, I also ideated on Mr. WAI and Stretchy feet.
Mr. WAI – Mr. Who am I, Is a toy intended for toddlers especially in preschool. It can be worn as an everyday tag and lights up to the color you want. The color specifies which identity the toddler wants to take up for the day.
Whereas, Stretchy feet is a toy for babies which helps them stretch their legs away from their body.
I have two types of fabric to use for this project, mostly to fulfill the first idea. But modifications (like dyeing fabric) is something I want to explore if I go with the other ideas!
I started this idea during the exercise in class, but wanted to work on a higher fidelity prototype for this project!
Gudetama has been my favorite Sanrio character forever, and I love the idea of squishing him to death, so that’s why I proposed this idea.
For this idea, I would use the LEDs on the egg part of the design and possibly one in the butt area (but this is still undecided).
This the circuit diagram I am thinking of using.
I have some for the white, stretchy fabric from class, and an orange/yellow fabric to complete this design.
2. Heimlich Plush
Bug’s Life is an underrated Pixar movie and is the only thing related to bugs I will ever be okay with. My favorite character from the movie is a fat caterpillar named Heimlich who (spoiler) by the end of the movie sprouts these ridiculously small wings on his body.
I wanted to make this pattern of colors on his body by dyeing the fabric Something like this:
The LED’s in this project will primarily be in the wings, which because of their size (small) might prove to be very difficult to actually execute. Feedback on how to achieve this is welcome!
3. Spirited Away Soot Plush
One of my all-time favorite movies is Spirited Away and I am obsessed with these little soot characters in it!
The colors of the candies would be created witj LEDs, so again using the white fabric I have. The black for the character is on the way!
I want to create a ghost toy for kids. At night, they can hold the ghost toy to go to the toilet. Giving them a hugging ghost toy will make them more comfortable with the ghost concept. Doing so may increase the chance for them to go to the toilet by themself.
The eyes will be led and can be used as a flashlight.
This fabric is soft which is pretty friendly for kids to hold.