Free Pattern Friday! Appa Plush

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Appa was high on my request list for this year, and being the last month of the year I knew I finally had to tackle him! Hopefully most of you recognize this cuddly bison <3 For those that don't, Appa is a flying sky bison and the lifelong companion to Aang, the main character of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sky bison appear throughout the sequel series, The Legend of Korra as well. I think part of the reason why Appa got pushed to the end of the year is because I really wanted to make this version like the big festival prize Korra wins in season 2, episode 1. It was a big undertaking but I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I tried it!

Obviously not everyone needs a huge Appa, so I designed it in 3 sizes. The middle size is the most ideal, and the smallest size was created mostly so people with 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoops could still join in the fun.
In general, this plush is constructed with a separate front and back with most of the extremities — like legs, tail, and ears, being sewn into the seam around the outer edge. This does make that outer edge seam a little crowded, since there are so many extra bits to stuff inside. For that reason I rated it a 4/10, though it might feel closer to a 5 if you tackle the larger Appa, just for the extra work due to the bigger size.
Appa looks amazing sewn in faux fur or long-pile minky, which I had plenty leftover after the Puppy plush from Thanksgiving. But it is tricky to sew, so to make Appa in smooth fabric but still keep the cute head fringe, I created a bangs piece that drapes over his forehead and eyes.

As always, the pattern comes with applique templates to make the details, which works great if you’re sewing with faux fur since that’s harder to embroider. These will work if you’re sewing the details by regular machine or by hand. If you have an embroidery machine, there are files for the 3 sizes as well — the small is best for 4″ x 4″ hoops, the medium for 5″ x 7″ hoops, and the large size needs a really big hoop: 8″ x 14″.
I hope you all like it!

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54 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday! Appa Plush”

    1. You could take your file to your local library to print it, or send it to a printer like Staples 🙂 If you were planning on making the large version I could set up the pattern pieces on large format paper for you.

      1. Are you selling the apps plush by any chance?? I really need one in my life

  1. Omg I’ve been waiting for this one!!! Was going to try and modify your Catbus pattern to make my own Appa but this is so much better. Making this as a Christmas present to myself ^_^

      1. Hello, can I ask what fabric you used for the arrow on papa’s head on the largest size? I bought the same fur as you linked for his top half :3

  2. This is such a cute plushie! Need to find time to make one for a last-minute present… can i ask where you get the cotton-feeling shag fabric that you used for the biggest size? not sure why, but i get shocks when sewing acrylic or poly shag… D:

    1. Sparrow Everlilly

      The air in your room may be too dry, you may need a humidifier. It was a common issue when I worked in a small office. I would get shocked incessantly every time I went into my office space, but as soon as I left and went to the kitchen or something, I was fine. A small humidifier seemed to help me. Just keep things that can get damaged by water out of the way of the mist and only turn it on when you are in the room and getting shocked.

  3. Just discovered your site and I’m absolutely in love with your patterns!! I’ve wanted to make plushies since I was a kid and yours are the first patterns I’ve found that aren’t too oversimplified for beginners. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your talent with the internet <3

  4. I’ve made quite a few of your patterns and really enjoy them. My grandkids, nieces and nephews thank you. PS I have a little cousin(5) who is dragon crazy, I’ve made her 2 night furys, the dragon scarf and for Christmas the reversible dragon eggs. She’ll go nuts!! also making picachu for grandson, kitty beans for granddaughter and turned no face into Pickles for another grandson. Your patterns keep me busy. Thank you very much!

  5. Hi!!!! I love all of your patterns, you make it so easy and enjoyable to follow. I was wondering if you could do an Undertale series? Particularly Sans, but again, this is just a suggestion in case you were wondering what to do next! Again, I love all of your work, and I wish you the best of luck in this crazy world!

    1. Hello! Thank you for the kind words about my work! I’ll definitely add Undertale to my list of requests 🙂 If more ask for it I’ll see about fitting it into my schedule ♥ Thank you for the suggestion!

  6. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY YOU JUST MADE ME!! I found this website nearly a year ago and I have been using your patterns ever since. I absolutely LOVE all of them! I have been looking for an Appa pattern ever since I have watched Avatar with my cousin a few of months back but none that I found were good enough. This one, just exceeds my expectations… Honestly, I appriciate you SO much for putting in so much hard work, effort and time into creating free patterns purely for the enjoyment of others, without any profit for yourself. You are a truly wonderful person. Keep up the good work and thank you for another amazing pattern!

  7. Hi, I was so happy when you posted this pattern. I’ve wanted to make an Appa plushie for ages. I’m in the process of making the littlest one and just had my main fabric for the big one arrive in the mail.
    I grabbed the type you mention in the pattern, however I was wondering what you used for the arrows on the largest Appa.

  8. I am so extremely happy that I found your patterns! This one especially! I’ve made 4 Appas already, and working on more for friends!

  9. Sparrow Everlilly

    I’m a little sad that I can’t do the large eyes separately in my 4×4 hoop. Would you be able to add a small update and split the large eyes into individual ones for a 4×4 hoop?

  10. Hey, thanks for making so many fun patterns! I’m excited to make the Appa plushie. I am making the large size and I am wondering what mm minky you used for the brown body and face. 3mm? Thanks again for making this awesome pattern!

  11. I am so excited for this pattern! I might have missed this, but if I am making the small plushie do I use the medium pattern’s feet? The small pattern does not have circles for the bottom of the feet.

    1. Hello! I’m glad you like the pattern! The small plushie is so small that it doesn’t have circles for the bottom of the feet 😊 They’re just two pieces sewn together. I hope that helps!

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