Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Handmade Fish The BoxTroll Plush


After all the computer brouhaha around here lately I almost didn't get today's project done, but since it was for my middle guy's birthday last Friday I was determined to finish it: My Handmade BoxTroll Plush.

We took the kids to see The BoxTrolls movie last month and we all loved it - and no this isn't a sponsored post where I'm paid for this project or to rave about the movie.  It's sweet story about accepting differences & being willing to change, plus the fantastic stop motion animation made it a fast favorite, but I was a little bummed there wasn't much in the way of merchandise.  There's another current kid's movie right now that I'm beyond sick of seeing/hearing about everywhere (I'm sure you can guess so I'm not even going to name it, but I wish they really would "let it go" like it's key song says).  That overblown cartoon has merchandise up the yin yang, but this charming film just has a few books.  My 5yr old wanted to wear a box and be a BoxTroll the day after we saw it, so I knew it was time to dust off my slightly neglected designing skills and make Fish the BoxTroll for them:   



If you've seen the movie, you'll know that cheese & ladybugs are important snacks for the people & BoxTrolls of Cheesebridge;)



All the BoxTrolls were cute, but Fish was one of the key characters, so I decided to make him:



After studying his image a bit I drafted up a design and pattern pieces for his facial features and body and cut them out of scrap felt and fleece fabric I had in my stash (a perk from all my previous time fleece hat making):



Fish's aqua colored eyes are a big part of his look, so I ordered some 18mm craft eyes to capture his true expression.  I wanted to get the color just right, so I ordered the basic clear and then painted the backs with acrylic craft paint.  I did two layers with a pearlized shade I had that turned out to be perfectly matched to what I wanted (fyi this is much cheaper than buying colored eyes and then you're not stuck with a dozen pairs that are all the same).



I stitched the facial features into place (the layered nose and teeth had to be done by hand) and then sandwiched the arms and legs between the front and back before stitching them together and adding an oval bottom piece so he would have dimension, but still be able to sit down.



The hand stitching of the teeth makes them look less perfect, which is more troll-like:



I wrapped his legs in some bandages from cream colored felt that I hand stitched into place:



I made Fish's box removable, since he goes box-less in parts of the movie too:



I made the box from tan felt rectangular panels with a layered appliqué "box label" of yellow felt and blue fleece for the quintessential fish part.  I hand cut the head and arm holes after sewing the sides together. 



It did take a bit of time to put him together since I was creating him from scratch, but I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out and he's cuddly soft.  The kids really loved him and he was a big hit when the birthday boy came downstairs and saw Fish waiting on the kitchen table.  Of course he wanted to go see the movie again, which we did in honor of his new friend.  Now he chats to Fish whenever he sees him and giggles whenever he says the word jelly;)



Note: I've gotten a lot of emails and requests asking to purchase a custom Fish Box Troll or my pattern.  While I'm incredibly flattered so many people like my work, this little guy was a one-time labor of love created for my kids.  


I don't sell finished versions of items shown here 
on Sew Can Do or a pattern for Fish.  


Patterns I do sell, for other non-Box Troll items, are available HERE.  



25 comments:

  1. Cheryl, you are so talented and recreated Fish so perfectly - it's amazing! I love all the little details you added!

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    1. Thanks so much Lara - I really wanted him to look like the real thing, so it feels good to hear that:)

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  2. I haven't seen the movie, but that is a darn cute toy!!

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    1. Thanks Heather & go see it - it's a great movie!

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  3. We haven't seen the movie yet, but that is A-DOR-ABLE!! I don't know the character, but I want him! :)

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    1. Aw thanks Megan. He's really cute in the film and was our favorite so I knew I had to make him.

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  4. This is fantastic! We loved this movie. So original and imaginative and neat-looking. You really captured Fish!

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    1. It took a little time trying to plan him out but it was well worth it and hearing so many nice things about our Fish makes it even better:)

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  5. we haven't seen the movie, but this is SUPER adorable!! Love it!!

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    1. It's fantastic Emily - definitely one to see:)

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  6. Perfect toy for a little boy. Or girl. Very cute!!

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    1. That's part of what I love about this guy & movie - equally fun for boys & girls.

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  7. I haven't seen the movie, Cheryl, but your Box Troll is fabulous. Looks soft and cuddly too.

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  8. Oh my! So stinkin cute! Pinned and tweeted. We always love partying with you, I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm at our party. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  9. Cheryl, you are amazing! This makes be both want to have one and see the movie. Thank you so much for linking up such outlandish cuteness!! We love partying with you and look forward to seeing you again in just a few hours! Till soon! Rose

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    1. Thanks so much Rose - it's really wonderful to hear that:)

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  10. so totally adorable! I love your little box troll and thanks for sharing the DIY!

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    1. I was just going to make him and not do a how-to, but then thought how there had to be others wanting a BoxTroll plush too, so I went for it.

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  11. This is such a great idea, pinned and featuring later at Creative Mondays, thanks for linking up last week...

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  12. This is amazing! Even if they did end up making stuffed animals, I don't think they'd get as creative as you did! #obsessed 🙌

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    1. Thanks so much. I think that's the ultimate compliment!!

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  13. Do you still have the pattern for this for sale? I couldn't find it on the link?

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    1. Please read the note in bold where you saw the link in the post above. It states that this is not a pattern available for purchase and the reason why.

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