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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.

Plush Sewing Basics: Starter Tools Infographic

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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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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for May!

Hi everyone!
Another month has come and gone already! I can’t believe it! It feels like it’ll be another year gone by before you know it. I’ve been working on a lot of new patterns this month in addition to my usual Etsy store creations. I also have a few new features to share in the coming months as well; I’m so excited to see how everything rolls out!

This month’s pattern features another classic creature that I’m sure needs no introduction…
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A Phoenix!

Of course with summer well on the way it seems like this legendary bird of flames and rebirth seems appropriate, huh? It has my usual kawaii chibi-fied style with a super big head and little round body. But I’m sure it’s no surprise that my favorite part is the tail. The three sections nestle together and each has a set of three stripes in classic flame colors. You could of course modify this for lots of other beautiful birds as my flaming blue Phoenix shows. The tail takes a bit of time to do, but you could make it easy on yourself and just do a solid colored tail as well. The pattern gives a few tips on how to do that.
I gave this one a 4/10 stars since it doesn’t cover anything too intimidating, but there is a lot to do and many small pieces to keep track of. Like with previous patterns, I’ve labeled everything with a letter so you can keep track of what goes where. I know sometimes in cases like this I keep the paper pattern pinned to the fabric pieces until I need them. I thought I should mention that after taking in some feedback, I’ve done a bit of an overhaul to my current pattern style:) I’ve included a lot more basic sewing information in this current pattern, taken 3x as many photos, and just overall tried to make it more beginner-friendly for those rogue novices that try out intermediate patterns. I hope you all enjoy the new look!

★ 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 May 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! Neko Atsume Plush

Neko Atsume Plush sewing pattern by Sew Desu Ne?

So I bet a lot of you have discovered Neko Atsume (Kitty Collector) by now. I’m quite hooked myself so I just had to do some fanart to show my love for the game😀 I whipped up some of my favorite kitties in plush form to have them around. The pattern utilizes a super simple sphere-like shape with a few twists. I could see it being really easy to adapt into other characters – I’m tempted to make a Luna, Artemis, and Diana trio myself!

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy this pattern! I’ve given it a 2/10 stars, and even though it calls for some darts and curved sewing, I could see it as a great project if you’re a plush maker wanting to break out into something more complex:)

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Plush Sewing Basics: Fabric Anatomy & Cutting

Today is a continuation from my previous infographic❤ This one delves into fabric anatomy and properly cutting fabric for your plush projects. There are lots of other guides out there that overlap what I’ve written here, but it never hurts to be doubly sure, especially since fabrics for plushies (like minky and faux fur), create an extra challenge at times. My patterns up until now assumed that readers knew about fabric grain lines and nap, but with this now I can be much more thorough for those of you starting out!

Cutting Plush Fabric Infographic

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for April!

Hi everybody!
I hope you all had a great March! Spring is finally in full swing where I am, which is a little unfortunate because cold weather is hard to come by in Florida. I’ve been chugging along this month creating more patterns and tutorials. I feel like I’m really on a roll, lately!

Last month’s Kappa plushies got a lot of love despite being a little more obscure. But you fans out there that enjoy classic monsters are in for a treat😀 The new pattern I’m unveiling for this month is…

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The Loch Ness Monster!

I feel like these little cuties hardly need an introduction; I’m sure you all know about the legendary sea monster that hails from the famous lake in Scotland. How could I even dream of doing a year of legendary creatures without including ol’ Nessie, right? I spent a lot of time perfecting her, since lots of other awesome pattern designers have made their own versions of Nessie and I wanted to be sure mine looked different:) So my Nessie is a good deal tinier and chubbier. Shown is the classic Nessie in sea green and an alternate one with lashed eyes, a contrast belly, and head fins for that little something special.

The one down side to this little girlie is she’s a bit more difficult than other plush patterns I’ve done before. I’ve given it a 5/10. Technically she’s the first pattern I’ve done with a gusset. If you’ve done plushies with gussets before it shouldn’t be too intimidating. If you think you’re ready to try them out, I go through the process very slowly, so with any luck maybe this pattern will help you pick up a new skill! I do think that if you wanted to make the process easier, you could enlarge the pattern 150% or 200% so the seam allowances are larger and it’s easier to be accurate. I’ll see about making up a larger version to show you guys how it might look!

★ 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 April 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: Working with Fleece and Minky

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another infographic, getting into the nitty gritty of working with plush fabrics. This one is about general tips and tricks for working with fabrics like fleece and minky. Fleece is generally easy to sew, but this graphic has a few pointers to make it foolproof. There are also tips for working with minky as well, which is known to be a little tricky at times. It also goes into the different types of fleece and minky out there. They’re both fabrics that are popular and trendy right now, so new variations and names are cropping up everywhere. It’s sure to confuse beginners. But I’m going to do my best to clear things up for you here:)

Working with Fleece & Minky Infographic

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