Plush Manananggal – Filipino Vampire Witch Toy!

One of my students at Parsons, Marie Canieso, recreated the Filipino folklore vampire witch Manananggal in felt. She has life-like torso separating action and dangling entrails to scare you out of your wits! Marie writes:

The character I’ve chosen is called the Manananggal, which is a vampire-like witch creature in Filipino folklore who detaches herself from her lower half and flies off using her bat-like wings to hunt for sleeping pregnant women. She feeds on their unborn children.

I thought that this particular character would be fun to create as a plush because I would essentially be “softening” or “plushie-fying” a character that is otherwise really scary and terrible.


Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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