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Marshmallow Plush


It's amazing to me how sometimes the simplest of things can be so cute.

This is Jan. Jan the Marshmallow. I know that might seem like a strange name for a marshmallow, but read on and all will become clear. She's super simple, but oh so cute! Basically, this is a cylinder made from fleece...with a face. There's no pattern needed, only a bit of math.

Marshmallow Plush

Within a very short amount of time, you can have a cuddly friend to sit beside you as you sip some hot chocolate!

Marshmallow Plush

Here's what you need:

White or off-white fleece
Safety eyes (see note below)
Black embroidery floss
Stuffing
Scissors
Needle
Pins
Sewing machine

NOTE: though commonly referred to as "safety eyes", please remember that they should not be used on toys that will be given to very young children. Instead, you could embroider the eyes with satin stitch.

Marshmallow Plush

Here's what you do:

This is the math part. Decide roughly what size you want the end of your marshmallow to be and make a circle template. Cut out two fleece circles. Take the diameter of the circle (straight across from side to side!) and multiply that by 3.14 (pi). ooooh...pie! Wait, where was I again? Oh yes. Now, add about 1/2 inch. Whatever number you end up with, make a rectangle that is your number long by your diameter wide.

Let me show you:

My circle: 6 inch diameter
Multiply: 6 x 3.14 = 18.84 + a bit of extra (round it off...it will be okay!)
My rectangle: 6 x 19.25 inches

Make sense? This way you can make it any size you want. Oh, and I found that it's easier to sew if the stretch of the fleece goes the short way. Meaning if you grab the two ends, there should NOT be much stretch. But it will work either way.

Marshmallow Plush
Marshmallow Plush

Make a face. It's as easy as two eyes, with a little embroidered smile! Jan has her face on one of the circles so she resembles the marshmallows in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. But you can put the face in the center of the rectangle instead. I've made them both ways and can't decide which I like better. Varying the size of the eyes is fun too!

Marshmallow Plush

Fold the rectangle in half with right sides together. Pin the short edge, then sew in from each edge (1/4-inch seam!), leaving a gap that's 2-3 inches long in the center. Be sure to backstitch where you start and stop.

This opening will be where you turn it right side out later...it's so much easier to close the opening on a straight seam instead of the curves!

Marshmallow Plush

Your rectangle is now a tube, so take one of the circles, and with the right side facing in, pin it in place at the end of the tube. It's a good idea to have the seam of your tube at the bottom edge of your circle with the face. Pin it a lot. It looks crazy, but it will sew together better.

At this point, you'll also see how your math came out. If it doesn't seem to fit quite right, you can sew the tube to make it a little tighter, or trim off just a hair of the circles. But even if it's off by a tiny bit, it should still sew together okay.

Sew around the circle, removing pins as you go.

Marshmallow Plush

Turn it to see how it came out. Did you catch all the seams? Good. Now go back and sew the second end in place, just like you did with the first end. For a nicely shaped mallow, check that the circles both stretch in the same direction before you pin and sew.

Marshmallow Plush

Turn the marshmallow right side out through the seam in the side of the tube. Fill it with stuffing.

Marshmallow Plush

Use ladder stitch to close the opening and you'll hardly see it!

Marshmallow Plush

Awww...it's Jan the Marshmallow!

Why is she called Jan?

Marshmallow Plush

Well, it's because her older sister is named Marsha, of course! (You can see that her face is on the rectangle side!) And yes, I will be making a smaller one which we will be naming Cindy. My sister Grace has been watching the Brady Bunch for the first time lately, so it's only appropriate, right? Marsha is hers, Anna has claimed Jan, so I guess little Cindy will be mine...

Marshmallow Plush

It's silly how happy these make me! I hope they do the same for you.

Marshmallow Fabric

Oh, and if you still can't get enough marshmallows, check out this fabric I made! You can find it at Spoonflower. It has a lovely aqua background and soft sweets in pretty pastels. I think it would be so nice paired with some solids in these colors!

25 comments:

  1. What a cute marshmallow. :) I think this project is great for anyone.

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  2. AWW!! They're so adorable!

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  3. How can something so simple be so cute!! I love this Mollie!

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  4. I love this tutorial. What a happy little marshmallow. Please do more of these. My kids would love to make these. Do they sell those safety eyes at the craft store or do you have to order them online?

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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    1. You can order them online, but I got these at JoAnn. They come in small packs for around $2.00

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  5. Oh how adorable! My nieces and nephews would love this!

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  6. Linda L.10:59 AM

    I'm thinking a pocket sewn inside Marsha and some pj's made with your fabric to stuff inside! That would be great for a sleepover - pj's plus a stuffie/pillow in one. I can't decide if there should be a zipper or if I will just leave it open. Marsha could be the pillow and Jan or Cindy the stuffie.

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  7. So so cute! Thanks for sharing, your ideas are also so inspirational.

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  8. The fabric is gorgeous. Love!
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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  9. you made me laugh out loud - Jan and Marsha...

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  10. Anonymous6:44 PM

    Their last name must be Staypuft....... (snicker)

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  11. Awww so cute ><. I love these tutorial. Can't wait to make my own marshmallow.

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  12. Jan is ADORABLE! So incredibly cuddly, I love it!

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  13. Make more patterns for fabric!!

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  14. Alana6:14 PM

    I've already made three! Thanks for the idea. I've gotten a lot of suggestions: make a little black fleece sleeve so that the marshmallow can transform into a piece of sushi, make brown fleece squares as graham crackers and chocolate to make a s'mores sandwich with the marshmallow...

    I also want to take the idea and run with it and make little puffy clouds. Calculating the length of the "body" strip will be a little harder though!

    Just love it!!

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  15. oh my gosh this is SO CUTE!

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  16. It's just adorable! I love Jan!

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  17. Aww too adorable! Love how simple Jan's face is yet it makes everyone go aww... Happiness doesn't have to be complicated. ♥ Stefanie, One Savvy Lady

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  18. I just love how you put a smile on everything! Very happy making :)

    Emily at backtothecraft.blogspot.ca

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  19. Can you please make me one and I'll buy it? Or can I buy the ones you've made, I really really want one. I live in London btw so would that be okay?

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    1. You're too sweet! The ones I've made have been claimed by family, and I don't generally sell finished pieces. But maybe we could work out a trade for something fun from London? email me so we can talk more! molliejohanson at gmail dot com

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