Make your own soft sculpture (there’s nothing hard about it!)
When you think about a sculpture, you probably picture a piece of artwork fashioned out of clay, metal, wood, or other type of hard, solid material. Today, we’re going to turn that idea on its head, by creating a sculpture that’s soft and squishy. Sounds pretty cool, right?
In this video tutorial, art teacher Sylva, an instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center, a community arts center in Seattle that works with Amazon, will walk you through exactly how it’s done. In her step-by-step guide, Sylva shows how to create a stencil, cut it out, transfer the pattern to your fabric, thread your needle, and make tight little stitches around the shape. Next, you’ll flip your stitched-up fabric inside-out like you would a sock, stuff it full of fluff, and then sew it shut. Finally, you can paint or decorate your squishy shape however you’d like—that’s how you get to really personalize your project.
Even if you’ve never sewn before, Sylva breaks down each part of the process into easy steps. And remember, you can always ask a grown-up if you need a little extra help, especially with the needle. Whether you’re a sewing pro or a novice, this is a fun and simple project that nearly anyone can complete in an afternoon.
So gather up your supplies, pick any shape you’d like—from a seashell to a slice of pizza—and in no time, you’ll have a plush, pillow-like sculpture that you can be proud to show off!
What you’ll need:
- Paper (any kind will do)
- Fabric (cotton, linen, or a cotton-linen blend are easiest to sew, but feel free to experiment with other fabrics, especially if you’ve sewn before)
- Thread (cotton or polyester)
- Basic sewing needle
- Pillow stuffing (Poly-fil works well)
- Acrylic or fabric paint (Liquitex, Blick, and Arteza brands offer great options)
- Paintbrushes (flat or angled)
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