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Freebie Friday! Calcifer Plush

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I’m bringing back the Ghibli fanart! I’ve been wanting to make something Howl’s Moving Castle themed for a while, and I finally decided to take action after reading the original book and rewatching the Ghibli film. It was a real treat doing that, because I thought the book really complemented the movie. They had their differences, but they worked together in ways that made them both better, which isn’t common. Tales from Earthsea and the book Tehanu I thought had the same effect. But anyhow, after all that I can definitely say Calcifer was one of my favorite parts of the book and movie, so I wanted to make a little palm-sized plush so that I might feel just like Sophie did.

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Difficulty:
3-Stars
It’s actually pretty easy, but some tight curves and all the appliqué might throw you off if you’re a newbie
Makes one 5 1/2” x 6” x 2” plush

Materials & Tools:
• 1/4 yd. red fleece
• Batting
• Micro pellets (optional, see step 4)
• Matching sewing thread
• Basic sewing tools (sewing machine, scissors, iron, needles, pins, fabric marker, seam ripper)
Appliqué supplies:
• 10” x 7” scrap of orange fleece
• 7” x 5” scrap of yellow fleece
• 2” x 3” scrap of white appliqué fabric
• 1” x 2” scrap of black appliqué fabric
• 1” x 2” scrap of red appliqué fabric
• 1/8 yd. of 20” wide light or heavy duty fusible web

Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
3. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern



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1. The most time intensive part of making this plush is probably the appliqué. It’s something that I use really often in my projects. So, just like before, you’ll want to trace the appliqué shapes to your fusible web, iron the fusible web to the corresponding fabric, cut out the shapes, then iron them to your main fabric as shown here. Note that you’ll have to cut two of each of the flame colors, 1 reversed for each color. You can do this by cutting out the shapes from the paper pattern and flipping them when you make the tracings. Make sure to place the pieces according to the pattern guidelines and in the order shown in the photo. If you’ve used heavy duty fusible web, ironing should be enough to hold the pieces in place, or if you’ve used lightweight fusible web you’ll want to sew them on around the edges. I used a zigzag stitch but a straight stitch also works.



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2. Up next we add the base to little Calcifer here. This is so that he stands up on his own when all filled. Take the base piece and line it up with the bottom edge of the front. The circle markings from the base should match up with the circle markings on the front. When it’s all lined up, sew the two pieces together.



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3. Now we can add the back of Calcifer. Simply apply the back piece and line up all the raw edges, matching up the bottom with the remaining side of the base. Then sew around the entire perimeter of this shape, leaving a small opening at the top for turning right side out.



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4. Use your scissors to carefully clip the seam allowances in the tight curves in Calcifer’s flames, then turn him inside out. It helps to use a chopstick or similar blunt tool here to poke out all the little flame wisps. When he’s all turned, it’s time to stuff him! I wanted his bottom to have more weight, so I poured in a few spoonfuls of poly pellets, then filled the rest in with batting. Be sure to stuff the little points with a lot of batting so they look full. The rest of him doesn’t need to be stuffed as tightly though.



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5. To finish Calcifer, all you need to do is turn under the seam allowances in the opening you left and sew him all up with a ladder stitch!

He’s all finished! I hope you enjoy holding him in your palm as much as I did! Treat him nicely and don’t drop him and he’ll be sure not to let your bacon burn ^-^
If you do try making the project, I’d love to see it! Send me a photo and I’ll send you exclusive free patterns as a reward!

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15 thoughts on “Freebie Friday! Calcifer Plush

  1. I’m reblogging that I LOVE calcifer he’s my favourite. I’ll try it (warning: my sewing abilities are really low). I’d love to make it to use as a wallet.

    • I think seeing him as a wallet would be really interesting! I hope you’ll give it a try sometime — I’d love to see it! ♥ And thanks so much for the reblog!

      • If you keep posting that kind of thing I’m going to reblog A LOT! ^^
        I got a comment saying that it was probably difficult to make I’m going to buy some cloth this week for my 2nd sewing lesson so I’ll buy some for the calcifer and try to do it on my own.

      • by the way it’s quite hard to get the yard inches system I think that 1/4 yard is about 25 cm but I’m not sure about the other appliqué pieces when you say
        10″X 7″ …

      • It’s only because the applique pieces you need are so tiny, so I listed the actual measurements so you could scraps ^^;; You could also get about .1m of new fabric for the applique pieces, but you’ll have a decent bit of fabric left over.

  2. Reblogged this on 茉莉音chan Marionchan and commented:
    Calcifer! mon préféré !!!! Si on pouvait le transformer en porte monnaie ce serait trognon!

  3. I was so excited to stumble on your tutorial! I’ve been wanting to make Calcifer but I couldn’t picture how to translate the animation cutely enough into a plush. You nailed it.

  4. I’ve just made calcifer for my ghibli obsessed girlfriends birthday, this coming Friday…he’s already wrapped so I can’t take pictures but she’s going to love him! Thank you so much for making and sharing your pattern.

  5. thanks so much for this pattern! I am going to try him in the holidays, I will send a picture of him when I am finished!
    P.S. How do I add a profile pic to my profile?

  6. I am almost finished with this but I can’t seem to get the base part right, can I get any help please?

    • Sure thing! If it’s step 3 you’re having trouble with, I find if you sew it in two parts that helps. The top sections of Calcifer’s body (the arms and flames) is one separate seam. Then sewing the base to the bottom of Calcifer’s body is the second seam. The ends of each seam should meet up where the circle markings are.
      If there was more to your problem though, let me know and I’ll try to help out more!

  7. Hi! I absolutely LOVE your plushies (and everything else!) do you think this would be an okay first project? Also, could I use just batting to fill it?

    • Thank you so much! If you’ve never sewn anything before, I’d probably stick with the patterns that are rated 1-star. But if you’re at all familiar with fusible web applique and y-seams then it shouldn’t be too bad for you 😀
      And using all batting to fill the plush would be fine as well 🙂

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