My 11 year old daughter, Fenna, and I recently discovered your site and we absolutely LOVE your work! Your creativity, positivity, candor and kind demeanor truly draw us to your various creative contributions. Today we’ll be working on Hermione’s S.P.E.W. badge and the golden snitch hair clip. We’re so excited!! In the S.P.E.W. badge tutorial, you reference the hats and socks Hermione made for the house elves, which got us thinking that we’d love to do the same thing! All we need are Dobby and Winky plushes that we could purchase to make the right size hats and socks. We wondered if it might be in your future to make these little elves or if we should look into making our own?
Very kindest regards,
Darcey and Fenna Hott
Hi Fenna and Darcey! I'm so glad that you're enjoying my videos! That's a really cute idea and I'll definitely keep it in mind when I'm thinking up future Harry Potter craft ideas for my channel! I can totally picture them in my head right now.
Though, you might also want to look into finding a pattern and making your own if you'd want to do this relatively soon... my plushie designs and tutorial videos sometimes take months of work to put together. Also, most of my plushie designs are two-dimensional and that might not be the best style to work in if you're hoping to knit little clothes for them.
Thanks for the kind message! I hope that you're both doing well.
I use a little paper circle template and cut the felt around it until I like the way it looks. You can see that technique in one of my plushie tutorial videos below.
Hi. I love all of your videos and I love your cheery personality. You are always so happy in your videos and you're very clear in your tutorials. I was wondering what software/how do you design your templates for your diy's (ex: the harry potter valentines or anything else you use templates for). I would like to make my own designs but I'm not sure what software to use.
Thank you so much!
I use adobe illustrator for my designs and patterns! I made a video about how I design my plushie patterns and there are some clips showing me working in Illustrator if you're curious.
They're usually either a concert format or a formal dance format (sometimes with a dinner), and you can attend one by buying tickets and going to one! I perform at lots of them during the winter months, and I announce them on my youtube channel and social media so I recommend following me there and signing up for my mailing list so you can keep up with those announcements.
I also just made a YouTube video with footage from four of the Yule Balls I performed at this season, so you could watch that to get a good idea of what they're like (though I'm guessing that you've already seen it, based on this question).
I would like to start making plusies like you (but for myself, not for selling) and I would like to know where are you buying your fabric? If you buy it online, can you give me the site? And I wanted to know how do you sew eyes on your plushies? Are they embroidered? Or if you do that by hand, can you show how you do this in a video? Thanks for answering and I hope you'll understand because english isn't my first language :p
Ps: I loooooove what you do.
I buy my fabric at Joann's Fabrics in person (not online) so I can get a better feel of the fabric before I buy it. My plushie eyes are small felt circles sewn on with whipstitch and I add a highlight using an embroidered french knot. I've shown this process in a bunch of videos, including both of these:
Quaffle Plushie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ktj_Lmo...
Monster Book of Monsters Plush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXrOQWt...
I'm a new fan of yours and am so inspired by you! I've always been a crafter and loved being creative since I was little and I still love it. I love sculpting, and drawing, but mostly sewing things like plushies. I've even decided to take it to the next level and want to start selling my crafts! The only problem is I have no idea how to start. Do you have any tips on starting selling your products and finding the time and patience to produce so many crafts? Thanks so much!
To start, I'd say that you should think about concepts for your shop. What kinds of products do you want to sell? What ties them together? What will you call it? Once you have a name, you can sign up for a site like Etsy, get social media, etc so nobody takes it. It's definitely good to start your shop with at least a few finished products, so once you've thought out your concept, work on designs and make things until you're happy enough with them that you'd like to sell them. If you need help coming up with ideas for product photography, listing descriptions, policies, and your shop bio, look around at other stores you admire to see how they do it and apply your unique concept to those starting points.
As far as finding the time and patience to produce your crafts, that's totally up to you. You decide how much of a time commitment you are able and eager to put into it. If you just want to work occasionally when you feel like it, do that. If you want to set a schedule, go for it!
Hey Lauren! I am AK from India! I am 13 years old and I really like your music! I wanted some advice on starting a wrock band. I can't attend any shows (I live pretty far off you see) so that's why I thought of it! I do sing and I do write music! I just don't know what to do? How do you start a band? It is an impossible task to find any members!
I started The Moaning Myrtles by asking my friend who plays piano to start a band with me (luckily it was right after we saw a Harry and the Potters show and she was just as excited to write wizard rock music as I was!). Once she became too busy to play shows, I taught myself to play guitar and started playing alone. If you can't find any members, just be a solo artist! Plenty of wizard rock bands are only made up of one member. Start by writing music and once you have a song ready, you can share a recording or video of it online or play it locally! There really aren't any rules. Just do whatever you want!
Unfortunately, Nina hasn't been able to play music with me for years now. We live really far away and only see each other once or twice a year.
Hi Lauren! I was at the Yule Ball this past weekend and I was so excited to hear you play And Then I Died. Would you consider posting chords for it? It's definitely too hard for me to learn on piano but I'd love to learn it on guitar.
I don't know the names for all of the chords (one of them is a weird one that my guitar teacher helped me with) but the verse is: Am G ? F (repeats a few times, ends with E7) and the chorus is Am Dm C E7.
The "?" chord is played: