WELCOME TO THE MAKE-YOUR-OWN BELL PLUSH CONTEST ON PKMNCOLLECTORS!
(hey! join the AIM "pkmncollectors" chat, where we've been discussing this contest secretly all week! ;D ask questions and make comments!)
What?: A contest where you can make your favourite Pokemon into a bell plush and submit it for judging. You can enter as many Pokemon as you like!
When?: Starts today and the deadline is JUNE 30th!!! That's two months!
How?: A tutorial on bell plush is included under the cut!
Prizes?: A shaymin Pokedoll, or a 1000 yen "gift certificate" to the Pokemon Center Tokyo! The amount on this "gift certificate" prize can go up if anyone is willing to donate a dollar or two.
HOW WILL THEY BE JUDGED?
By a panel of selected judges, plush makers and non plush makers alike (please comment to apply to be a judge). Plushies will be judged on 1) CUTENESS and 2) LIKENESS TO A REAL BELL PLUSH. NOT construction and NOT skill!
GIN, I CAN'T SEW! I CAN'T MAKE A PLUSH! AAARGH!
Sure you can make a bell plush! It's easy! For their rarity, bell plush are surprisingly small and simple... here are tips to making a bell plush!
PHOTOBUCKET GALLERY OF BELL PLUSH FOR BELLSPIRATION! Thanks Nefhithiel! (password is "bellplush")
WHAT SORT OF FABRIC/BELLS/STRINGS SHOULD WE USE? DOES IT HAVE TO BE THAT SHIMMERY STUFF?
You can use any fabric you want, including felt. You can probably make an entire bell plush with just 3-4 normal sized felt rectangles! Feel free to use any fabric you like, though. Bells and strings are also free for your choice, but it's cool if you find bells that match real bell plush bells! You can paint them, too!
I REALLY CAN'T SEW..... AAAH!
No problem - use hot glue or fabric glue to create your plush! You can even use tissues to stuff it - we can't tell! It doesnt matter if it doesnt look professional. Judging will only be based on cuteness and how much the design looks like a real bell plush :)
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO ENTER MY FINISHED BELL PLUSH?
POST IT! Show it off here and MAKE SURE YOU USE THE TAG "contest"! It'd be awesome if you posted any design drawings or in-progress pics, too!
CAN I MAKE A PLUSH OF ANY POKEMON? WHAT IF *member* MADE THE POKEMON I WANT TO MAKE?
No problem - make any Pokemon you want! If it already has a bell plush made, or someone else also makes it, it's fine, as long as the designs are different (and I can't imagine two people making the exact same design for the same Pokemon!). You can make shinies and whatnot as well!
HAVE A QUESTION I DIDNT ANSWER? JUST COMMENT AND ASK ME!
BOX! Make yourself a BOX for your new bell plushie! Here are print-outable boxes and some photos to show assembly. One box should be able to print out onto a 8.5x11 normal sheet of printing paper.
Resized for 8.5x11 Box
Large-size box for self-resizing/auto sizing
okay...GET MAKING YOUR PLUSHIES!!!
to end with... nat's bell plush golbat, my own personal bellspiration for this contest.