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New MCC Challenge for October!

Hi everybody!
It’s officially October, and perhaps my favorite part of the year😀 Since that means Halloween, fall, and costumes! I have some Halloween-themed projects to share this month in addition to this month’s challenge pattern. I hope you all like it!

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A Werewolf!

When I planned for the theme of this year’s challenge, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to include many monsters. After all I tend to go with a cute theme🙂 But I figured a werewolf could easily be made super cute, and it’s perfect for October of course! I wanted these cuties to look extra scraggly, so they have spiky fur tufts on the sides of their heads, a spiky collar, and spiky tails as well. Big adorable feet finish them off😀

As for difficulty: the head and feet are sewn on by hand so some dexterity and skill in positioning is helpful. The collar and tail have very sharp corners to make the spikes, so it helps to have some experience with sewing points. With all that in mind, I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just submit your email address to subscribe to my blog between now and October 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.
★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.
★ What if there’s no way you can participate this month? ★
If you think you can’t make anything this month, I also have the pattern ready for purchase on my Etsy for a very low price. And you can use coupon code MCC2016 for an extra $1 off.
So don’t forget to check back next month for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Free Pattern Friday! Bat Plush

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Since it’s still September it’s not quite Halloween season, but I couldn’t help myself! I felt the urge to make a little bat plush and wanted to share the pattern with you😀
It’s a pretty basic shape with a big head, tiny body, and oversized wings and ears. It’s wonderfully floppy and expressive and very fun to hug. It features several face applique options including lashed eyes, heart shaped nose, fangs, and blush marks. You can mix and match to make your favorite. The wings also have extra top-stitching for some special detail.

It only has four pattern pieces, but placing everything just right is crucial. Not only to be sure the wings and ears are symmetrical, but to be certain the neck is sewn straight as well. If you have no problem taking it carefully during those parts you should be good! I gave it a 3/10 stars in difficulty with all that in mind. I hope you’ll try making one in time for Halloween!

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for September!

Hey everyone!
Wow! It’s already September! The rest of the year is just flying by😀 But it’s been a great one so far. I’ve had so much fun designing all of the legendary creatures for this year. I can’t believe it’s nearly over. But on the bright side, October is coming up, and that means Halloween! I have so much planned for that I can’t wait!

But! Onto more plushie related business! There’s a new pattern to be had – and I’m sure many of your were eagerly awaiting for it…
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A Unicorn! (and Pegasus, technically)

I know a lot of your were requesting one or both of these guys🙂 And goodness knows I had it planned from the get go – you can’t skip unicorns! I had to make sure that had my own chibi simple spin on them so they fit with the group and don’t venture into My Little Pony territory. They have detailed wings, a cute little mane and tail, and (probably my favorite), brightly lashed eyes.

As for difficulty, once again the head is sewn on by hand, so some dexterity and skill in positioning is helpful. The mane is sewn into the back seam of the head and even creeps into the front of the head as well. So you’ll be sewing some opposing curved edges, which is a little tricky. Also the ‘hooves’ are very tiny circles. That’s a little tough to sew on machine, but you could also do it by hand. With all that in mind, I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just submit your email address to subscribe to my blog between now and September 30th (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ What if there’s no way you can participate this month? ★
If you think you can’t make anything this month, you’re in for an extra treat! I wanted to include more of the many equine creatures found in fairy tales and folklore, so I added them to the paid pattern. It’s ready for purchase on my Etsy for a very low price. And you can use coupon code MCC2016 for an extra $1 off.

In it you’ll find two extra equine creatures: a kelpie and hippocampus. That is a horse creature with a fish tail – either with a fish dorsal fin or wings. It makes it quite the huge pattern, and it’s only available as part of the paid collection!
Kelpie Plush
Don’t forget to check back next month for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Free Pattern Friday! Astrobunny Plush

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So this time around I developed a pattern for a silly little character😀 My best friend’s internet handle is sometimes Astrobunny, and I felt this sudden urge to make her a reality. I thought it also helped that the plush is very small and simple, helping add to my collection of patterns for beginners – which is always good, right? The bunny comes with a little Cosmokitty pal, because of course she needed a friend! So this little cutie is just a simple flat, pillow-style plush if you will. But the real charm of it comes in all the cute astronaut details on her suit. There are contrast ear, arm, and leg bands, and a wide array of buttons and switches for the chest panel. And the cherry on the sundae is the little jetpack in back.

The fun part is you can go as simple or complex as you want with all the applique. Sew it all in place or use heavy duty fusible web to just iron it on. Either way the rest of the body sews up quick. The whole body pattern just takes up one printer page. It’s a great handheld size that’s easy sew up quick and to keep around for company. So I just gave it 2/10 stars in difficulty. I hope you’ll give one or both a try!

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for August!

Hey everyone!
Another month has just flown by! I can’t believe we’re already in August, but it’s been a great few months so far🙂 I’ve worked on a lot of fun projects that I’ve been able to share with you all, and I have even more crazy stuff for later in the year.

In the meantime though, there’s a new monthly crafting challenge creature! Classic monster lovers should get a kick out of this one…
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A Bigfoot/Yeti combo!

This felt like another no-brainer creature – what would a legendary creature collection be like without a Sasquatch? Of course I did something Yeti-themed last year, but this gave me a chance to put a different spin on them, which was a lot of fun. They have huge round bodies and surprisingly expressive arms, haha. And of course big old feet. You can do yours with ears or horns or both, really. I think they look great as an ape-like creature or just a monster creature in general. It’s a very versatile and customizable shape.

As for difficulty, the arms are sewn in the side with a double pointed dart. So experience in sewing darts would be helpful. The details on the face are also very small since I wanted the finished plush to be similar to the other animals in the collection. Right now he’s sort of a two-handful size at about 6” tall, but it would look awesome at a full huggable size as well! With all that in mind, I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just submit your email address to subscribe to my blog between now and August 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ What if there’s no way you can participate this month? ★
If you think you can’t make anything this month, I also have the pattern ready for purchase on my Etsy for a very low price. And you can use coupon code MCC2016 for an extra $1 off.
So don’t forget to check back next month for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

Prj085


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Free Pattern Friday! Moon Kitty Headband

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With Sailor Moon Crystal well into Season 3, I’ve been feeling so inspired to make more cat-themed projects. Kitty ear hats are starting to crop up everywhere, so I just had to join in the fun. This simple fleece headband has tiny cat ears added for that little extra something. I’ve transformed mine into Luna, Artemis, and Diana, but you could leave yours plain for a more classic look.

Since fleece is so easy to work with and skipping the applique still makes for a fantastic looking headband, I think this project would be great for complete beginners. It’s also my first multi-sized pattern! The length of the headband you cut depends on the size of your head after measuring, so be sure to check that first before you get started. It ranges from 19” heads to 25” heads so it should fit many kids as well as adults.

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for July!

Hey everyone!
Wow! Half of the year has already gone! I can’t believe we’re halfway through the Monthly Crafting Challenge for 2016. It feels so short and yet there I have so many awesome things to show for it thanks to all your amazing submissions! I hope the next half of the year goes just as well as this first half😀
This month’s creature is another more obscure one. But it should still be pretty recognizable🙂

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It’s a kitsune!

That is, it’s just the Japanese word for fox😀 But of course in Japanese culture it means much more than that. From old folk tales to current pop culture, foxes are thought to have mystical powers and the ability to shapeshift into humans. As a fox grows past 100 years it becomes wiser and more powerful. Its tail will split in two and even more as time goes on. Once a fox attains nine tails, it turns white or gold and is the most powerful of all. You can definitely see how this motif has leaked its way into popular anime over the years.

So the pattern includes both variations; a traditional looking fox with orange, white, and black coloring and one big plush tail. The ninetails has solid coloring and nine full tails. The pattern takes a few shortcuts so you don’t actually have to sew nine separate tails, but the finished product gives the illusion🙂 It’s still more time consuming, but if you want the full effect it’s a nice way to go! The faces are inspired by traditional Japanese fox masks, so they have cute smiling eyes and round eyebrows.

As for difficulty, the traditional fox has a lot of little pieces due to the black accents, so you have to keep track of those. The tails for the ninetails are also a little daunting. Aside from that it’s similar to my other patterns, with some darts, hand-sewing, applique, and other basic skills. I gave it a 4/10 in difficulty for all that🙂

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just submit your email address to subscribe to my blog between now and July 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.
★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.
★ What if there’s no way you can participate this month? ★
If you think you can’t make anything this month, I also have the pattern ready for purchase on my Etsy for a very low price. And you can use coupon code MCC2016 for an extra $1 off.
So don’t forget to check back next month for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!