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Help me out?

Hello all! My name's Christian, I'm pretty much a complete newbie to making plushies. I did make one plushie about a year ago, a little frog sorta thing that I cobbled together because our couch was coming apart and stuffing was going everywhere so...being the helpful person I am...I pulled some out and made a plushie ;D it's since been lost somewhere or another, but now that I have more time, I'd really like to get into plushie making properly.

I know the most basic things about sewing and plushie-making...that is...I know that you stitch most of it with the 'wrong side' of the fabric out, and then turn it inside-out to stuff and finish; and I generally know how to handle a needle. But I need some tips! My google-fu is failing me, so I was hoping you kind people could help me out with the following:

1. I keep hearing about various kinds of stitches - ladder, blanket, etc; does anybody have a link to diagrams of some of these basic stitches? As long as I can see what they look like, I'm sure I'll be able to learn them on my own, but I need to, well, see what they look like xD;

2. I would also love some links to some basic plush patterns that would be good for a newbie like me to start out on. I want to start making my own plushes eventually, but I think I'd like to start out with patterns! The cuter, the better~

3. Does anybody have any recommendations on what kind of fabric, thread, stuffing, etc. I should start out with? If I don't get any suggestions I'm just gonna end up grabbing whatever feels nicest/is cheapest.

Any help would be much, much appreciated =)

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try funky friends factory for some cool simple patterns,
fleece is a good fabric to start with as it tends not to fray, comes in some great colours and is machine washable if your making for kids. its alos pretty forgiving to cut.
Here's a link to Baby London Star's basic plush doll pattern:

She used to have a site with fabric recommendations, but it has since been disabled (as has many of the plush community forums T_T) My personal advice would be to use fabric of high thread count that is more forgiving of mistakes, felted wool, ultrasuede, and minky fabric for soft hair/fur texture. As for stuffing I usually go with a bag of flame-retardant nylon stuffing that is easily and cheaply found at most fabric stores.

For stitch techniques:

I've made many plush characters over the years, my final advice is to pay close attention to the fabric quality and how the frayed edges of the fabric behave. There were many occassions where spending a little extra money on better quality fabrics would have saved me from a lot of hair pulling and return trips to the fabric store. I always keep an eye out for coupons and discount fabric days, and there are several fabric stores online that cater to plush/dollmakers if there is something more specific that you're looking for.

I hope this helps, good luck!
Thank you, that does help a lot!