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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!

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Throwback Thursday plus New Mini Sushi Pattern!

Three years ago when my blog was way in its infancy I launched the Monthly Crafting Challenge with a set of 13 sushi plushies😀 I still look back on them fondly because they felt like the perfect little patterns to get things going. Simple, varied, and so very loveable. I felt inclined to go back and give them a reboot – not only to redo them in nicer fabrics and freshen up their look, but also to expand the idea further.

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I redid the most popular designs in minky, made the faces much larger and brighter, and of course improved the pattern so the directions are much more detailed😀 I had a lot of fans over the years tell me they made the whole set to give as an impressive gift to friends and family. I imagine they must have been show stoppers since each plush is about handheld size. That’s why I got inspired to do a set of mini plushies, complete with wooden tray or bento box for display! They’d make incredible gifts for any sushi lovers out there.

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These new patterns are now available in my shop! It includes a whole set featuring nigiri sushi, wasabi, ginger, maki roll, sushi tray, and bento box pattern.

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Free Pattern Friday! Dolphin Plush

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While researching cryptids for the Monthly Crafting Challenge, I kept coming across awesome mysterious animals with strange colors. Like the Maltese Tiger, the Albino Sewer Gator or, in this case, pink dolphins! Of course pink (or albino) dolphins do exist, and seeing them gave me the inspiration to make a simple little dolphin plush.

It’s a perfect hand-held size complete with tiny side and dorsal fins. So it whips up really quickly. It would even work well for hand-sewers because it’s so tiny. It looks good in tons of different colors, (aside from classic pink, of course) so I could easily see this as a popular item for a convention or craft show table. I gave it a 3/10 stars in difficulty with all that in mind. I hope you’ll give it a try!

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for June!

Hey everybody!
We’re fully into summer down here in Florida despite it being only June, but May has been a great month! Working on this month’s pattern was a ton of fun and I got a chance to develop some new projects for later in the year as well. Hopefully those all turn out okay so I have some new and exciting things to show you!

This month is another treat for classic creature lovers…
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A Griffin!

You might notice that their body style looks similar to the Dragons I did earlier in February:) This was no accident! I really liked that style and as I was developing these little guys I thought it would make a great fit. It helped to really display the wings, make the chibi claws easier to sew, and, best of all, make it perfect for tossing around for some flying practice. I had so much fun seeing them come together. Between the wings with all the topstitched feather details, to the little ears with a bit of an owlish look, down to the chubby little toes, it was just a blast to make.
I gave this one a 4/10 stars since it has a lot of tiny pieces to sew, a good deal of hand sewing, and just a lot of dexterity and details involved. I don’t think it’s so overwhelming if you take it one step at a time. I hope if you give it a try you’ll agree that it’s worth it:)

★ 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 June 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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Plush Sewing Basics Infographic: Starter Tools

I’ve got a new infographic for you all today! I often get people who tell me that they can’t wait to start sewing, but they don’t have any money yet for any of the tools. And I completely sympathize with that notion. I had pretty much nothing when I started sewing. In fact, my mother’s sewing machine broke shortly before I started getting serious about it – I was hand sewing everything for about a year before it was fixed. There are tons of tips and tutorials out there about what to buy when you first start out, but that runs up a pretty big bill. So I created this chart to give you an idea of what cheaper alternatives you can start with – specifically for plush sewing since that’s what most of my newbie fans gravitate towards😀

In it is a list of everything I think it absolutely necessary to get started, ranked from good to best depending on what you have the cash for. Some of the items you might already have around the house! Where it gets interesting are the items where all 3 options are suggested for purchasing. Use these as a ‘to-buy’ list if you will. They start off with the more basic, general tools and move up to the more specific ones. So when you have the whole set you’ll be able to tackle more complex and detailed projects!

The only other caveat I would remember is that this only lists hardware, not software like fabric, batting, trims, etc. And, like I said, it’s only the absolute basics. You can get into even more complex stuff down the line if you find you want to sew seriously and often.

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Free Pattern Friday! Squid Pencil Pouch

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So after playing around with the squid/Kraken plush I made back in January, I couldn’t help but want to make more squiddy projects:) So I came up with this little pencil pouch – it utilizes the tall shape of the squid to offer up a good 8” x 4” storage size for holding a handful of pens and pencils. Of course you could use it for other things as well: crochet hooks come to mind…

It’s completely lined on the inside so it looks nice and pretty from both sides. So if you wanted to use the pattern to make items for sale at craft shows, conventions, or Etsy, they would look very professional! I think the pattern is well-suited to thick, plush-like fabrics like fleece, minky, terrycloth, or felt. I personally used minky and gave it a little interfacing so it wouldn’t stretch while I sewed it.

I give it a 4/10 stars because there are a lot of little pieces to manage, and a lot of layers to sew through. There’s also the zipper of course, but it’s done using the centered zipper method which is very basic. So overall if you have a decent amount of projects under your belt and maybe a little zipper experience you should be okay. I hope you all like it!

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