Instead of carving a pumpkin this year for Halloween, I made my own Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist plushies. I made these guys back in October, just before Halloween. I just wanted a Pumpkaboo doll, and thought it would be more fun (and cheaper, since I already had all the fabric I needed) to make my own than to buy the pre-made one they sell online.
I made Pumpkaboo, and then decided that he needed a Gourgeist friend, so I made his evolution too. It took one day to make Pumpkaboo, and I think two days for Gourgeist. I started Gourgeist right after I finished Pumpkaboo though.
I made them using fabric I had left over from various cosplay costumes. Their mouths are both hand-embroidered and they have buttons for eyes. Pumpkaboo’s lights are also giant buttons. I was originally going to use yellow fabric, but I thought the big buttons would be cuter.
I made the patterns myself as I went along, which is usually how sewing projects go for me. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a totally complete pattern ready to go before I’ve started to sew. Sometimes I think of a better way to make a later part while working on a different part. That’s probably not how people who actually know what they’re doing go about sewing…