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New MCC Pattern for December!

Hi everybody!
Happy December! We’re full into the holiday season now it looks like. I had a great Thanksgiving and did a lot of fantastic online shopping from fellow Etsy sellers & small businesses alike. I hope you all are having a great holiday season as well! I have a new pattern to add to your festivities ♥

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A Jackalope!

As the year was drawing to a close, I got so many requests for a Jackalope😀 I can’t blame you all for being nervous! I saved it until the end because it’s my personal favorite legendary creature! It is of course a combination of jackrabbit and antelope. So basically a rabbit with horns or antlers. They’re a popular kitschy touristy mascot of sorts to the American west and I think they’re adorable!
As for difficulty: This one has a lot of tiny pieces, particularly the narrow feet, that are sewn on by hand. So it’s best to position them carefully and check on them frequently as you sew. With all that in mind, I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

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Black Friday Sale! Plus a Ton of New Items!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends out there! ♥
Now that you’re all full and happy, I hope you’re ready for some shopping! I know I, for one, hate to leave my home after all that food, haha😀 So I stick to online shopping every year; and my shop is joining in on the fun all through Cyber Monday!

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Not only can you save some money for your holiday shopping and crafting, but I have a slew of new items just added today! Including a few new patterns:
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And some ready-made plushies too!
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All the new items are already discounted so the coupons will add up to tons of extra savings! I hope you all have fun holiday shopping!


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Infographic: Plush Sewing Basics Vocabulary

I’ve got another infographic for you all today! I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this one🙂 It’s an infographic showing the basic terminology and vocabulary you might want to know for plush sewing. It covers a lot of the terms that are thrown around that intermediate and advanced sewers might take for granted that everyone knows. It took all of my determination to keep this concise, haha. I would have loved to go in-depth for every topic, but obviously it’s mean to be a quick, at-a-glance kind of vocab list. With any luck, it might help jog your memory or give you something to work off of the next time a sewing term confuses you!

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Free Pattern Friday! Shiba Cube Plush

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While testing out new simple and versatile plush shapes, I realized I hadn’t done anything cube-related in a while🙂 So I tried out this plush that takes a classic cube shape and adds a little something extra – four stubby little feet! If you’ve mastered making cubes in the past then this project will help you level up that skill. For that reason I gave it a 3/10 in difficulty.

The pattern is for an adorable little Shiba puppy, because I don’t sew nearly enough cute doggos as I should. Of course you could use this pattern to make loads of animal variations, from other dog breeds (Corgis, anyone?) to cats, to woodland creatures, to fanart! You could definitely fill a whole convention table with these.

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for November!

Hi everybody!
Wow! I can’t believe it’s November already. I really missed October going by so soon, but I’m also excited about November and the promise of fall weather and some holiday shopping. I hope you all have been having a good autumn season as well! I have lots of fun projects planned for the rest of the year and even a few leading into the new year❤ But first things first is the next monthly crafting challenge pattern!

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A Peryton!
Deer and stags are a common theme in legendary tales and stories, but I knew if did a deer there wouldn’t be much to set it apart from the regular woodland animal. It was with the help of you all that suggested a Peryton that made this possible! By suggesting this hybrid bird/deer I could make a cute deer plush with that mythic spin. Perytons are first mentioned in the Book of Imaginary Beings as a winged deer or bird/deer hybrid. Some variations have bird hind-quarters, but I stuck with the all-deer body for ease. Instead you have your choice of classic deer ears and tail or feathered ones for that extra bird-like touch.

As for difficulty: like with my other ‘beanie’ style plushies, this one has a head that’s sewn on by hand into the crook of the front legs. So that’s a little tricky to do. There’s also some optional top-stitching done on the wings, ears, and tail that add more depth to the plush. 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 November 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, 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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Tutorial: Enlarging and Reducing .pdf Plush Patterns

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Thanks to technology, enlarging & reducing patterns from a digital .pdf document is pretty simple. But if you’re worried about getting the details just right the first time, here are some tips for how to handle it so you can jump right in!

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Free Pattern Friday! Winged Hair Clips

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Lately I’ve gotten a lot of requests both for projects for complete sewing beginners and also for projects that use tiny little scraps of fabric😀 So today I’ve got a little of both! It’s a super simple and sweet pattern for small plush wings you can use as hair clips. Included are both angel wings and bat wings. They look adorable in dark and pastel colors alike.

I imagine you could also attach a ribbon to them and make them into keychains as well. Needless to say, these are perfect for selling at craft shows and conventions since you can make them with little fabric leftovers. They sew up fast – even by hand – so you can even make them while you’re hanging out at the booth!
Even better, this might even help you put the finishing touches on a Halloween costume you’re working on! Either way, I hope you all enjoy it and it gives some more options to you newbies out there!

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