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Also, keep checking back, as more characters and their colors will be added soon!)
Which minky color works best for ______ (insert MLP character here)?
This journal is an attempt to answer that question. There are more than 50 shades of minky out there, and as a plushie maker, I realize that it can be difficult to know which color will work best for the particular pony you're working on. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that many of the images of the minky do not show the true color!
I recently ordered a ton of swatches from fabric.com, and I'm continuing to collect swatches from various websites, in an attempt to get most of the minky colors. Because I have the actual fabric with me, I can compare it to the characters' colors to see which fits best, to ensure that you can make a plushie that is as show-accurate as possible, color-wise.
Please keep in mind that if I come across a better color, I will update this list to keep it as show-accurate as possible!
Here's a quick sample to reference when using this list:
Body: Best Color For Body or (alternative body color)
Hair: Best Hair Color(s)
Other: Miscellaneous comments about the colors may be given here.
So, the color that works best and is the most show accurate, will be shown in bold. I also may give an alternative body color, just in case the first is out of stock or you cannot get a hold of it for any reason. The same goes for the hair: best color(s) will be in bold, and, if there happens to be a good alternative, that will be in italic. Also, each color will be hyperlinked for easy access to the fabric.
I've posted an image showing all the minky swatches right now! I've tried to make them as color accurate as possible in the photo, although keep in mind that computer color display may vary slightly:
Hair: Royal AKA Midnight Blue, Fuchsia, and Purple
Other: Navy may also work for the blue in Twi's hair, but it could be a bit too dark. As for the purple in her hair, you may be able to substitute Violet or Jewel. Fuchsia is really the best option for the pink.
Hair: Bubblegum Pink or (Blush)
Other: Do not be tempted to buy Baby Pink minky - although it may look like a good fluttershy pink, it is extremely light... Literally almost white.
Hair: Yellow or (Ivory?)
Other: There really is no comparison to the Mango minky, which is why I haven't listed an alternative color. Orange is too dark, Sunshine is too yellow... So if you see mango, and you're planning on making an Applejack in the future, buy it before the store runs out! Also, I don't have a swatch for the ivory minky, but from what I can see in pictures, it seems like it could possibly be a good alternative to yellow for her hair.
Body: Baby Blue or (Sky)
Hair: Cherry, Orange, Yellow, Dark Lime, Azure, and Purple
Other: Although Baby Blue is ever so slightly too light for Rainbow Dash, Sky is a bit too dark. And unfortunately there is no in-between color. You'll just have to choose which one you like better - slightly light or slightly dark.
Body: White or (Snow White)
Hair: Bubblegum Pink, Sage, Sky, and Violet
Other: The colors in Celestia's hair are slightly dull - the minky shades recommended above will help achieve those slightly dull colors. If you want to go more vibrant, however, you may want to use Paris Pink, Dark Lime, Azure, and Jewel.
Body: Royal AKA Midnight Blue or (Navy, suggested by Sophillia)
Hair: Electric Blue
Other: To help achieve the transparent look of Luna's hair (in season 2), you can use a transparent fabric such as organza or tulle layered over the electric blue minky.
Helpful Tip: munchforlunch suggests that if you want to buy fabric from only one place (to reduce shipping costs), you can use Electric Blue for the body, sparkling organza layered over electric blue for the hair, and Baby Blue for the hooves.
Hair: Black, Charcoal, Grey, and Ivory
Clothing: Olive and Jade
Other: Hunter would be a great color for her clothing, along with Olive, but I can't find it in stock anywhere! So Jade + Olive will have to work. (I know Jade looks super, super bright in the picture, but trust me on this: it's not even half as bright in real life! The picture is not accurate at all.)
The Great and Powerful Trixie:
Body: Sky or (Cobalt)
Hair: Baby Blue and White
Other: Trixie is a true cornflower blue, and unfortunately, there are no minky colors that match her perfectly. Sky is more cornflower than any, but is a few shades too light. I know some other plushie makers have had success with Cobalt, although it is a few shades too dark - so you'll just have to choose if you want slightly light or slightly dark for her body!
Thank you munchforlunch, thetypeofpony, Tawny0wl, Sophillia and NerdyMind for contributing to the list!
If any plushie makers would like to help contribute to this list, that'd be great! If you have found a color that works better than one that is already listed for a specific character, please let me know and I'll edit the list!
Or, if you want to add some more characters and their colors to the list, that's helpful too
Thanks for reading, everyone! Hope you found this helpful
Can I get your recommendation for the minky colors for Mr. and Mrs. Cake?
What colors would be good for Flitter?
Anyway, for Flitter, I would say Lavender for the body and Tiffany for her mane and tail.
The only tricky part is her bow, which doesn't really have a close match in minky fabric... It's really just a personal preference. Personally, I would go with Hot Pink (AKA Bubblegum Pink.) It's not quite dark enough, and also doesn't have enough purple to be a super accurate match... However, the other two options are Dusty Rose and Raspberry, and they don't work either. Dusty Rose is too pink and too desaturated, although it does have the right brightness/value. On the other hand, Raspberry is a good mix of pink/purple - however, it is too dark and vivid, and would probably look too harsh against the Lavender and Tiffany.
So all in all, when compared with the others, I think Hot Pink would be the best for her bow.
Hope that helps!
Anyway, I think that the best color for Tank's main body would be Hunter. As for his spots, if you're going to do all three colors, then I would go with Olive (outer ring), Jade (middle ring), and Apple Green (inner spot). And Olive will work for the spots on his legs, too.
Hope that helps!
I would like to make a plush of Pinkie's alternative self, Pinkamena, but I'm not sure on the colors since they are darker than her normal ones. What would you suggest?
Anyway, Pinkamena's colors are kind of hard to match, but out of all the colors, I would say Dusty Rose would be best for the body, and Raspberry for the mane and tail. They aren't perfect, because they need to have a slightly more bluish tint, but I think that they would probably work the best.
I was freaked that I would buy a shade of fabric online and then it turned out to be too dark or light.
This really helps!
Anyway, thanks! I'm glad you found it helpful
Hope that helps!
And for the other ponies, I actually can't see the pictures... The site is saying I need to be your friend in order to see them? Anyway, if you want to upload them again somewhere else, I'd be happy to take a look and see which colors would work best for them!
Anyway, although I have not personally tried to iron the dimple dot textured minky, I know that other people have, and they got good results. So yeah, I'd say go ahead and try it! I'm pretty sure it will work just fine
Hope I could be of some help!
For Cadence, I would use Blush for her body, and Raspberry, Jewel, and Yellow for her mane.
As for Lightning Dust, I think that Tiffany would work well for her body. For her mane, you have two different options.
You could use Sunshine and Mango - they are definitely the right shade of orange/yellow, however the problem with them is that they are extremely similar in color. So you wouldn't have a whole lot of contrast, and I don't know how well the two colors would show up next to each other.
So if you would like a little bit more contrast, I would just go with Yellow and Mango. Yellow is a little bit too light, but I actually think it might look better than the Sunshine + Mango.
Hope that helps!
Would you know what would work best for chrysalis?
I know black for the body, but the rest is kind of a mystery!
Anyway, Chrysalis is really hard to match - neither her body nor her mane and tail have exact color matches in the minky fabric... However, the closest color for her body is actually Ash, not Black. The black is extremely, extremely dark, whereas Chrysalis is more of a charcoal color. Although Ash is slightly too light, it's more accurate than Black.
As for her mane and tail... Again, there really isn't a color that is super accurate. But from what I've seen on other plushies, most people seem to use Dark Turquoise for her hair. It's too light and too vivid, but looking at all the other colors, it really is the only one that would work.
So, although Ash and Dark Turquoise are not perfect, they are the best choices. Hope that helps!