View Full Version : [KHR] Hibird Help!

01-18-2010, 08:19 PM
I dont know how to start this project. Can some one help me? I dont know what to get fabric or something stiff like styrofoam

01-19-2010, 10:12 PM
This is adorable!! =D Did you know they sell official ones?

Here's how I might do it...I'm experimenting with this method to make an Ai-kun (Macross Frontier) plushie <3
First off, I would make a small sculpture of the bird out of Super Sculpey (or some kind of bake-able clay), get it exactly how I like it, then bake it. Then, I would mark up the sculpture with "seam lines" (think about how the fabric will need to be stretched - don't place seams in unrealistic or illogical places). Then, I'd roll out a piece of clay flat, stretch it around the sculpture, and trim off at where the seam lines are (you are making a pattern!). Peel the flat clay and lay it out flat on a piece of paper (trying not to distort it as much as possible). Trace around the clay piece - this is one pattern piece =D Do this for each marked-out section on the bird (of course, it should be symmetrical, so some of the pattern pieces will be the same). Add a seam allowance, then use the pattern to sew the bird (probably out of yellow minky, which can be found online)!

You might want to make a prototype out of muslin at first, just in case it doesn't turn out exactly right. I took this method from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMh1lkMVLdA&feature=PlayList&p=65A85618715AEE19&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=83 Their process is very interesting =3

02-15-2010, 12:39 AM
Thanks but I'm not that good. I'm a beginner at all of this... o.o Thanks though! ^_^

02-15-2010, 02:01 AM
A local doujinshi group makes hiibird keychains out of pompoms with felt features and sells them at every event I attend. They're absolutely adorable and look spot on... they seem easy to make too. You might be able to get the same effect with a large yellow pompom and some felt or craft foam.

Animate and COSPA have both sold official hiibird plushes as well if you were in the market to simply buy one. Don't know if either has any in-stock but yahoo japan and/or ebay are a good place to check. I imagine they run between $15 and 25... maybe even less second-hand.

Cospa's is still available for about US $11 - http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/0000021679

02-16-2010, 01:44 AM
Haha I made mine for my cosplay out of polarfleece and felt mostly, using fabric paint for the eyes. They didn't look great but we had fun with one I rigged to sing.

haha (http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t158/Akaerithedark/Anime%20Iowa%2009/SANY0782.jpg)

There's an example of what amatuers can do when bored, the two yellow things are hibirds I made. My mum made some patterns on paper just guessing and that was what we used.

01-24-2011, 06:05 PM
I actually just started making one.
I used a styrofoam ball, cut it and "sanded" (with scissors) the ball, use the part I cut off for wings and beak, and then hot glued yellow feathers on there (except for the beak). I also bought some plastic eyes (not wiggly ones) and plan to use those :3
Then I think I'm gonna paint the beak after putting a layer of modge podge on it.

I got all those materials at Hobby Lobby:

Styrofoam balls; 2 for $4.99
Pack of 3 pairs of plastic eyes; $1.99
Pack of feathers; $1.99

It's really not expensive X3
Modge podge and hot glue gun shouldn't cost you more than $15 if you get the minimum and cheapest.

Prices are in UDS XD
I might decide to post a tutorial, but I forgot to take some pictures in between steps...

08-15-2011, 06:10 PM
You also can also "make" ball of yellow fur/tuft/soft thing fabric as the body and head. the beak out of orange fabric and eyes from...you know those little black buttons that you see on children's clothing? you can probably find them in walmart or a fabric/quilting/art store. the legs can be bendable copper wires i think it should be called and sew them in.
if i have the time i will try to make a video.

01-15-2012, 01:35 PM
most people have been making them out of pompoms cause they are easy to deal with if you are a first timer, plus if you want to attach it to ur sholder it is more lightweight than anythin else