So, after hours of pattern re-making and sewing on colourful scales one by one, I’ve got another Magic the Gathering plushie project to show off. This was made for a friend who has a special fondness for the card Scaled Wurm, which figured prominently in his Ice Age deck, back in the day. Like the Perilous Myr plushie, Mr. Wurm is made entirely from felt, which is absolutely my a favourite material and the best thing ever and I’d probably build an entire world out of it if I had the time. One day.
It turns out dragon-ish heads aren’t nearly as difficult to make as I thought they’d be. After a bit of online research, I got the shape nearly right on the first try, but I kept overestimating how big it needed to be and had to downsize twice. The two mock-up heads (which were made of gray felt) got turned into Myr, and I finally ended up with this:
And from there it was all about adding horns and teeth – essential for all wurm-type critters, of course – and sewing a tube with a bunch of scales.
All told, he’s 43 inches long, more than enough length to curl himself into a lovely neck pillow and shoulder warmer.
The body got attached and then detached and reattached when I decided (after sewing it in place, of course) that it needed wire in it to help with shaping it. No sewing project is complete until you’ve spent at least an hour getting better acquainted with your seam ripper.
All in all, I ended up very satisfied with the result. And I managed to keep him from eating any of the Myr or other critters that seem to have invaded our living room. Honestly, as much as I love these creations and as hard as it is giving them up, it’s a good thing other people out there are interested in welcoming them into new homes, or our tiny apartment would be an utter zoo by now.
UPDATE: The Scaled Wurm arrived safely at his destination and his new owner has put up a wonderful blog post with much much more fabulous photos than my own. Check it out here.