Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hetalia Mochi Bean Bag and (yet) Another Stencil

Updating just as I promised ♥

For another gift I made a Hetalia mochi bean bag.  Hetalia is a Japanese Anime, so you are not wrong in your confusion if you are someone that does not watch anime much or at all. For those who don't know: Hetalia is a show made of short segments where countries are given human forms and personalities, which are typically based off history and ridiculous stereotypes. It is a specific type of humor - lots of sarcasm, history metaphors, and jokes based on the crazy stereotypes people create. I don't recommend it if that type of humor is outside your comfort zone.

Now, I digress; the Hetalia characters have mochi (wiki it) forms. I made one character, France, from white flannel, plastic stuffing beads, thread, felt, stamp ink, and fabric paint pens.

The pattern is a circle for the bottom and 4 rounded triangle/half petal shapes.  Google "mochi pattern" and you can find one if not multiple templates.
I used my sewing machine for the 4 triangles things and part of the sewing the circle to the connected 4 triangle things. I left an opening so I could flip the fabric right side out (since you sew things with the wrong sides facing out, so the seems and ugly stuff are later on the inside). I used the opening to poor in the beads too.  After filling the mochi, I hand sewed the opening closed.  After sewing the base was complete, I added details. I cut out a rose from red felt and sewed it to the bean bag.  A mouth, eyes, and France's flag (on back) were added with fabric pens.  Lastly, some cheek color was added using pink stamp ink.

I think it turned out cute. I would do his mouth a little better and not add fabric marker to the inked cheeks next time, but overall I was very pleased.

Kissy France face

Back of mochi. 
Flag to indicate country - I didn't know if people would be able to tell

My second craft project for today.... Another Stencil!

This is actually the box I sent the gift in. I decorated the top with an image from the Ministry of Silly Walks.
I found the pattern through google [here].  The normal procedure followed: tracing, cutting, ironing, painting.
I don't recommend boxes for stenciling with freezer paper.  The paper doesn't always want to come off.  I figured it might be like that, but I didn't have anything else at the time.

The completed piece.

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  1. Hola! I had found this page while trying to see how other people made their mochis. I am making mini mochi plushies for my friends next year and to try my first project with sewing. But I can't seem to get it right T-T. I used a template that's like how you described and i have already sewed the triangles together. But I can't figure out how to sew the circle onto the bottoms of the triangles. Any suggestions? How did you do it? Any help whatsoever is greatly appreciated! :)

  2. Hi!

    I used Coconut-Lane's pattern from DeviantArt.
    I stitched together the triangles first and left a hole in one of the seams of I could turn it right side out at the end. I pinned the circle part to the bottom of the triangle and then stitched it all the way around. Putting a circle piece on can be tricky when matching seams, so you may need to adjust the pinning as you go, so you don't end up with weird puckering/bunches.

    Hope that helps and doesn't read like a mess.

  3. No that really helped. I got the bottom on finally and it looks great. Also I like how you put the French flag on the back. You know I might steal that.... XD
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D

  4. Your welcome. :)

    I added the flag because I wasn't sure it was recognizable as France, haha XD.