Five years ago today, I finished making my very first plush: Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
You see, Nickelodeon never issued an official Toph plush. I had just bought the Book 3: Fire version of Zuko, but Team Avatar wouldn't be complete without her. So I started looking online, but only found custom plushes of Toph. I found an especially good one, and found out who made her: dA user Jequila. I joined dA to talk with her. Eventually, I was inspired to make my own version.
My brother and I (yes, he helped with the first plush, but not since) began making her using a video on YouTube with a no sew method created by ( possibly former) dA member MouseLeaf (?), also known as SarrieX13 on YouTube. I modified the method a bit, and especially afterwards. Having mild cerebral palsy (some of my finer motor skills are underdeveloped) and difficulty drawing her face, my friend and fellow dA user Krystalin (aka half of the duo now known as Art Knight Studios, who are creating the amazing Avatar prequel webcomic The Tale of Tashi and Nima) offered to create Toph's face ( as well as the faces for my next 3 projects: Avatar Korra, Lain Iwakura and Juna Ariyoshi [Earth Maiden Arjuna]). I used the iron-on method videos of dA user and now friend Sakkysa (formerly known as SakkyAttack). My friend/fellow dA user Caroline-draws-stuff took over Krystalin's duties as face artist afterwards.
Even though the number of comments left for each plush as dwindled down to 1 or 2 comments, I'm still working on my art. My current project is an OC (original character): Sumire. Raven from Teen Titans (the original series Cartoon Network made, NOT the current one) will be next. She'll be in her white costume with long hair (the version that defeated Trigon).