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Next craft project, advice needed!
I...I can't help it, you guys. I think my next project will have to be this doll (Close up).

Of course, it'll be complicated as all hell. But...fun? Sure, fun! Well, the end result, anyway. Um, so, crafty people, I need some advice:

1) Any recommendations for a good pattern I could modify to fit this little guy (I plan to make him about, say, a little over a foot tall)?

2) Any ideas on a good material to use? The uniform is supposed to be spandex in the comic, but, even having never worked with spandex, I feel like it might be a tough thing to hand-sew. Anyone ever tried? Is it? Hm. So I'm thinking maybe some sort of fuzzy but NOT furry material? Or just a smooth cloth? Ideas?

3) Who votes I should go for making him as cuddle-able as possible, and who votes I should go for more "realistic," i.e. removeable accessories (the belt! Wouldn't it be coooool?), snaps on the pouches, katanas made out of something not squishy and maybe with that kind of tape people really use on the handles (what is that stuff, anyway?), real buckles on the boots, some kind of...something for the bandoliers (I have no idea what material I'd use for that...), etc.?

4) Who votes I should try to stick to the picture, and who votes I should add extra details from the comic (i.e. a gun holster, knives on the leg, etc.)?

5) Who here thinks I have finally lost it and am now completely, utterly insane?

6) Conversely, who here would sell their firstborn child for one of these? *g*

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gestalt1 From: gestalt1 Date: July 14th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (current file)
Rar, I wantz one!

Realistic would be amazing, but I'm thinking wayyyyyyy too hard to make work...
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, it's tough, because I think of some things (like, shouldn't he have a gun on one side at least?) and then think, "but I want it to look like the picture!" And then, "how the heck would I do that, anyway??"
kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: July 14th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC) (current file)
1. No idea.

2. My mother once made me a Star Trek costume out of spandex, but she used a sewing machine and I think she is still telling me that was the most difficult Halloween costume I asked for as a kid. I don't know how handsewing would work, or if it would work at all. Perhaps just smooth, somewhat shiny cloth?

3. Hum, tough call. I think I'd go for cuddle-able though.

4. Stick to the picture perhaps, though other details could be really cool.

4. Nope, no more insane than usual. (And I mean that in a nice way. I regularly tell my friends they are crazy, but in a good way, and they tell me the same.)

5. Don't know the comic so well, so no. But it does look really cool.

foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, probably a smooth cloth of some sort would be best.

I think what I might do is make the main part all cuddle, and then make some of the accessories more realistic but detatchable (the entire bandolier/belt/katana sheath thing appears to be on big rig, so I could make it come off somehow).

It's ok, I kinda know I'm crazy anyway. *g*
From: oakenguy Date: July 14th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (current file)
You realize this will require you to put it in a baby sling and go to cons in total cosplay mode, right?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC) (current file)
HEEE. Well, I tell you what, if I ever make this thing AND get to a Comic-con, it will most certainly be going with me.
corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: July 14th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC) (current file)
I vote #5 :-)

No offense!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (current file)
It's ok, I think I've pretty much accepted it by now.

Although, I mean, I've already made a teddy bear and a tiny teddy bear, so it's not that inconceivable. :)
corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: July 14th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC) (current file)
Wow, that big teddy bear looks so... tasty. Seriously, it reminds me of one of those strawberry creme lifesavers.

Hey, if you're got the talent and means to make a Deadpool doll, more power to you.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (current file)
Dave named it Strawbeary. It was his Valentine's Day gift last year.

Well, if I can get the pattern right, I can do the rest. Accessories and such will be not too challenging (I'm inventive!) but getting the mask and body right will take some planning, I think.
froggimus_rex From: froggimus_rex Date: July 14th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (current file)

Admittedly, I am far (far far) from a crafty person, but in regards to 1) I think you could maybe use the pattern for that bigger bear as a starting point?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
I thought about that. I probably can, particularly since I want them to be about the same size. The one thing, though, is I don't want DP with the button arms and legs. But I can at least use the head and modify it for DP's mask, and use the approximate sizing and stuff.
addygryff From: addygryff Date: July 14th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
You rock so much for actually doing this. ;D

2) Mhhh, even though I really have almost no experience in working with fabrics, I don't think spandex would be a good material for a cuddly toy. Personally I'd go with something smooth, I think.

3) Removable accessories would be awesome. With toy-guns and mini-grenades in the pouches or something. Heh. I think I actually used to own a couple of letter-openers that were designed like tiny little katanas, those would have been perfect for something like that.

6) *raises hand eagerly* Me! Me, me, me! Wait.. I don't think I'll have children... how about my immortal soul instead? <3 Would that do? *bounces*

Edited at 2008-07-14 04:57 pm (UTC)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hah, well, saying I want to and actually getting it done are two different things. I expect it might be some time before I can start, and perhaps several months before I finish.

I think what I'm going to do is a basic DP doll with attached black cuffs and those little straps on the shoes, and perhaps an attached black collar as well, and then all other accessories will be removeable. I looked at some pictures of him, and it looks like the whole belt, immolation harness, and katana sheath rig is ONE THING. Like, the belt is attached to the harness, and the katana sheaths are attached by looped buckles to the back of the rig. Crazy! So I figure I could do it like that and the whole thing would just lift off after the belt is undone. I think I could do a pretty stellar buckle using one of those make-your-own-button things or similar, and then the whole thing would just fasten with a pin. Maybe.

I think...I think the pouches are going to be full of Things. I mean, seriously, Things. Like, guns, grenades, Agent X's pancreas (what?), a tiny tiny Cable doll (or, actually, that statue that Cable sends him after towards the end, or possibly one of each). And...more Things. (Other ideas welcome!) This thing is going to be...complicated. Also I think I could make the belt pouches removeable so he could have guns and knives and sais on interchangeable belt loops and...OMG, somebody stop me, please. PLEASE. I think I've gone crazy.

Haha, if I do actually finish this thing, there will be pictures galore, but I will keep it unless someone either pays me a ton of money for it or I decide to donate it to an auction for a good cause or something (i.e. like the Comic Book Relief Fund that Neil Gaiman works with or something). But probably I'd say I'll KEEP IT, because OMG I don't think I could give it up once it existed.
addygryff From: addygryff Date: July 14th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC) (current file)
Well, a bit of a plan is already forming, apparently, that's a start! *g*

Things, huh? I like the idea of the pancreas.. or maybe, possibly a human heart or something. Or both.

You know, if you really pull this of giving it away would be utter, utter madness, of course you'll have to keep it. :)
But the rest of us can still squeeee~ and have puppet!envy. ;P
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 15th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (current file)
Ooooh, a heart. Creeeepy. :)

Yeah, I won't be able to part from it if I can figure out how to do it.

I'm thinking other things Deadpool would carry would be really bizarre stuff like a copy of the Olsen Twins' restraining order or something, or maybe a photo of good ol' Bea. Hee.
ashcomp From: ashcomp Date: July 14th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC) (current file)
I go for realistic, myself. It may take you a couple of, say, false starts? But ultimately worth it.

In the spirit of which, this (or something like it may be helpful:


Search on "miniature katana"
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, so tempting! But even if I make it somewhat realistic, I don't want it to have things that could actually hurt someone. *g*

Not sure what I will make the katanas out of yet, but I am pretty sure I've decided he will have lots of pouches full of grenades and guns and fun toys like that. Heh.
sapphires13 From: sapphires13 Date: July 14th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (current file)
1) Your best bet would probably be to look into cloth doll patterns and try to find one that looks about like the right shape. Or if you find an already made doll that's the right shape, you could carefully deconstruct it and copy the pattern. A Spider-Man doll would probably be perfect for that. As for regular cloth dolls, a quick search brought up two possibly viable options: 1, 2.

2) A smooth, slightly shiny synthetic material would probably be best.

3) Cuddleable, but with a few removeable accessories. You can always start with a plain cuddleable version, and make more accessories later as time/inclination allows.

4) Less is more, I think.

5) Yes, yes you have.

6) I'll pass =P
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 14th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, that's a good plan. And good links!

I know I'm nuts. It was only a matter of time, anyway.
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: July 14th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
what about cuddly with realistic weapons?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 15th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (current file)
That's what I'm leaning towards - 'Pool himself will be all cuddle, but with a harness rig full of weapons and stuff. Best of both worlds!
From: deadpoolbugle Date: July 14th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC) (current file)
i definitely can't give any advice on how to make it, but i've always thought it was the same doll from this cover:
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 15th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (current file)
Aiiee! Well, I don't know, I don't want a VOODOO Deadpool. I'd wake up in the middle of the night and it would be staring at me, I just know it.

On the other hand, for a voodoo doll, it's quite cute. MAYBE if I manage to pull this thing off I'll make a tiny version of the Cable one to go in one of his pouches, 'cause I was thinking a tiny Cable doll would be awesome to have in a pouch.

Yes! That's it! You've given me a great idea. THANKS!
twocheeseplease From: twocheeseplease Date: July 14th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC) (current file)
1. I would look at teddy bear patterns to get the shape you want (from looking at the pictures you gave us). Cloth doll patterns wouldn't really give you that plump shape the deadpool doll has.

2. Don't use spandex. You will cry, a lot, and that's just sewing it. You'd probably contemplate a long walk off a short pier once it came time to stuff it. I would personally recommend microfleece (the fleece version of suede). Totally cuddleable, but not as "furry" as regular fleece. Cheap, sews well, and you won't get "softie celulite" when you stuff him.

3. I vote you should have a go at realistic. You'll be able to decide how realistic you want to go by the time you get to that stage. Sometimes just drafting a pattern tires me out of the whole idea of that particular softie, so by the time I've sewed it up and everything, I want it done. Sometimes I'm still really excited so I go nuts making accessories. I'd personally still make him as cuddle-able as possible cause he is meant to be a child's doll, right? So accessories (like the katana) still plushie.

Hope that helps :)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: July 15th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC) (current file)
Thanks for the ideas! Yes, I figured I might try to go from a teddy bear pattern I've used before and modify it to work for 'Pool.

Good to know about the spandex - I figured it'd be a nightmare, and I certainly don't want "softie cellulite." (Ew!) Heh.

Yeah, I think I've pretty much decided that the doll itself will be 'Pool's body, the wrist and ankle cuffs, a neck collar (he wears one, even though you can't see it) and the little straps on the shoes, so the only "hard" things will be maybe buckles on the straps and a button on the collar (also from the comic). Then the whole harness rig/belt pack/katana set will be something removeable that has more realistic stuff. (I looked at a bunch of the comics today and that whole rig IS one piece, or at least connected pieces. It's totally bizarre!)

Anyway, great help, thanks! I am excited about this.
From: sadisticrobo Date: January 31st, 2009 06:40 am (UTC) (current file)
I so totally want one!! You have now inspired me to break out the old needle and thread.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 5th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC) (current file)
I really need to figure out the pattern and get started on this, now that I have all the cloth and thread and stuffing!
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