It’s infographic time again! I got some great feedback from people suggesting this one. It’s a very common question I get – whether it’s possible to sew a plush pattern by hand instead of machine if you don’t have a machine. And the answer is a resounding yes! Most sewing patterns (plush and otherwise) only really use 2 or 3 basic stitches to get the job done, so it’s just a matter of replacing those with their hand-sewn equivalent. In a lot of cases, it’s actually better and easier to sew projects by hand instead of machine, because it lets you get more detailed and accurate results. In fact many of the fanciest haute couture gowns are still sewn entirely by hand to this day!
So never fear, and check out the info below if you need to translate your pattern to be more hand-friendly.
20 thoughts on “Infographic: Hand Sew Your Way Through Anything”
Really great information, I can use the running stitch when making my Dresden squares!
YAY! I have a lot of free time at work and with traveling but not a lot of free time with my sewing machine so I am very excited about this so I can start making more plushies!!
I just want to say I love your patterns! I’ve bought quite a few from your Etsy shop and downloaded a bunch from here, and I love them all! So easy to follow! I’m using them to hone my sewing skills, and it works so well for that since they’re so easy to use! Thanks for making such amazing patterns!! ♥
Thank you very much for the kind words! I’m so glad you enjoy the patterns 😀
Yay! Thank you so much for sharing this!
What a great resource! Thanks for making this!
I’ve been a fan of your patterns for a bit now and have always chosen to handsew out of preference and the projects have always turned out great! Thanks for the infographic and stitch translations though, now they’re bound to turn out even better!
Hello. I really love your patterns! But I would like to make them in various sizes, like the mweicorn pillow plush, it’s really big, and I wanted to make smaller version of it. I tried to use the pdf on photoshop, but it says it needs a password. I understand, that you have made the altering impossible, so no one can steal your pattern, and that’s great! Do you have any suggestions, how I could make the pattern in smaller size? Thank you!
Thank you so much for the kind words about my work!
I actually have a tutorial on how to resize the patterns while printing 🙂 https://cholyknight.com/2016/10/25/enlarging-reducing-pdf-plush-patterns/
I hope that might help you out!
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Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have wanted to learn how to hand sew a plushie! I was wondering if you could make a tutorial on how we can make our own plushie patterns. I have been wanting to give it a go but don’t know where to start. Thanks!
I’m so glad it was helpful! I’ll certainly think about plush designing tutorials in the future, but for now Abby Glassenberg has a lot of great tutorials that might help you get started 🙂
I hope that helps!
hola, disculpen, ¿alguien sabe dónde puedo conseguir los patrones de los osos escandalosos?
I just wanna thank you for making these free infographics. My financial situation is not the best right now and your patterns basically taught me how to do the thing. I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. I can’t right now, but when I can, I plan to buy your patterns, so I can repay, at least a little bit, what you have done for me.
Big big thank you! You deserve all the success in this world.
Hello! Thank you so much for all the kind words and support 🙂 It really does mean a lot ♥ Just knowing that what I do out of pure enjoyment is helping others warms my heart, so thank you again!
I’m planning on using this tips to help me make a Jiji plushie to company my Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service Halloween costume this year. 😻 Your patterns are so helpful and fun!
That sounds wonderful! I’m so glad the guide might help!