Choly Knight

Sew Desu Ne?

Infographic: Hand Sew Your Way Through Anything


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.

12 thoughts on “Infographic: Hand Sew Your Way Through Anything

  1. Really great information, I can use the running stitch when making my Dresden squares!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!! ♥

  4. Yay! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  5. What a great resource! Thanks for making this!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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