Free Sewing Guide! Starter Pack Plush Pattern

Hi everyone!
I haven’t started on projects from my most recent pattern poll yet, but thank you to everyone that’s casting their votes! In the meantime, I wanted to do a project that responds to some other requests — more beginner patterns!

I often come across new fans that don’t know how to sew and ask where should they start. This new pattern is my response 🥰 It’s a set of sewing patterns that start at a difficulty of 1 and get progressively harder. And the whole time every technique and tool is explained for someone who’s never sewn before and is starting out at 0. I wouldn’t usually recommend a plush as someone’s very first project, especially if they’re at it alone. But I realize some new sewers just aren’t interested in a pillowcase or flat tote bag 😅 Can’t argue with that! So I do my best to give lots of information and options for however many or few tools and materials you have at your disposal.
It has a lot of the same information as the Plush Sewing Basics eBook I released a few years ago. Except in this case the techniques are explained as they come up in the pattern. So if you’re the type that learns better if you have a test project to practice on right away, this pattern is for you! It’s also great if you’re the type that prefers to see techniques used on a practical example instead of just in an illustration. So even if it has a lot of repeat information, I figure it doesn’t hurt to explain things multiple ways in case this works better for some people 💖

I wanted to release this in January since a lot of people make it their New Year’s resolution to learn to sew. It works from a difficulty of 1 up to 4. The basic shape of the plush stays the same. It’s a cute round body very similar to a Squishmallow. Each level has 2 animals to choose from to keep things interesting. So by the end hopefully you feel like a confident beginner and can try out some of my other patterns. Especially since most of my free patterns are in the 3-4 difficulty range.
If you’re not a beginner and would like to make some of these as a quick project, there are also embroidery files available. Levels 2 through 4 have face files that are 4″ x 4″ friendly, except for the penguin which has an applique belly at 5″ x 7″.
I hope everyone is having a happy new year. And I hope this tutorial helps out anyone who’s trying sewing for the first time!

P.S. The embroidery doesn’t include the Level 1 projects, because they’re so simple I thought of them more like test projects 😅 But if you’re interested in embroidery files for them, you can find them on my Patreon (still for free).

43 thoughts on “Free Sewing Guide! Starter Pack Plush Pattern”

  1. Thank you for this… I taught myself to sew last year and my first project was your Love Dragon Plush, followed closely by The Child… it was a struggle but I did it! I would have loved something like this back then and now I’m going to work my self through the levels!

  2. Oof, where was this lovely number when I started a few years back. But, yeah, you are definitely right, I wanted to start with plushies, not a tote or pillow when I started sewing, and I started my first plushie (a sock plushies) alone. It was a nightmare, but it’s what got me into sewing and, here I am, years later doing a bunch of complicated plushies and stuff now.

    I love the plushies in this pattern, is there any chance that you’ll release an embroidery file for the frog and avocato? I would love to do those, but have them looking a lot cleaner than just me stitching a fabric in. Regardless, I love your work and thank you so much for everything.

      1. Thank you so much, you absolute blessing! I’m definitely doing to do the avocato this weekend.

  3. WOW this is so helpful! I’ve been sewing for over 30 years by machine and longer by hand but have had little formal training (or I’ve forgotten much of what I learned). The explanations are GREAT, and super helpful! My kid is also learning to machine sew and I plan to share this with them. THANK YOU!

  4. MINDI SUE WORWOOD

    Thank you! You are helping me make the leap from ITH only projects to actually building and sewing plushies. My goal is the dragon backpack. This will help me get there!!

  5. Thank you so much for this amazing guide! I’m pretty experienced in sewing plushies, and I still found helpful tips in here. I get so excited when I see you’ve posted something new. Keep up the incredible work 💗

  6. Just love it! Thank you so much, just hope my daughter will be able to start sewing her own favourite plush toys.

  7. I love these. I’m going to make a set for my son’s Easter basket this year. I do have one question though…is there a way to make the avocado pit on the avocado cat poke out a little?

    1. The easiest way I think would be to stuff it a little bit. You could cut a slit in the back of the avocado fabric, right behind the applique, and stuff it from there, then whip stitch it closed 😊 If you wanted to make it pop out more, you’d probably have to create a new “pit” piece that’s a larger circle, but with a few small darts all around to give it depth.
      I hope that helps!

  8. I love this sooo much! I’ve had so many people ask me for advice on learning to sew plushies, and this is perfect for them

      1. Hello! I’m a beginner and I just bought my heavy duty fusible web roll for appliqué. What type of fabric would be ok besides felt? And for the felt, what felt do you recommend? My minky was cheap and pretty thin so the felt I tried using seems really bulky and stiff. Do you have any recommendations for thin felt or also any other fabric besides felt? Thank you so much!

      2. Hello! If you’re looking for something thinner than felt, I would go with cotton or flannel 😊 I personally use flannel, so that’s what you’ll see in my examples.
        Felt in general is almost always thicker, especially as you get to higher quality. Each supplier tends to have its own brand name, but the thinner felt is usually called “Craft Felt” or something similar. It’s widely available at almost every craft store and even Walmart.
        I really hope that helps!

  9. Honestly I can’t believe this is free! I’ve made some of your free plushies and was astounded at the quality of the patterns but this is above and beyond (almost 100 pages!!). The detailed instructions about how to sew, sewing tools, fabric, using patterns, even different beginner friendly ways of doing the facial features – incredibly thorough and well done. I used to teach sewing and this is better than the learning materials we gave to our students! My kids have been wanting to learn how to sew by making toys (what fun is a pillowcase?) and will be so excited about this. Thank you thank you Choly!

    1. Thank you so much for all the kind words! I’m really glad you’ll find it helpful 🥰 Encouragement like this really helps keep me going, so I can’t thank you enough for all the support ♥

  10. Chloy,
    Thanks for this awesome book. Being a sewist for 40 plus years, I always am looking to learn a new trick! This book is fantastic!! Thank you!

  11. My daughters and I love your patterns! They requested so many of your plushies for Christmas that they got sewing kits to learn how to start making their own as well! Absolutely amazing timing, they could *not* wait to start these when we stumbled on them tonight! The 6 year old picked and started the frog, and the cat obsessed 4 year old picked/started the avo*cat*o of course! Not their first plushies, but definitely the largest (and cutest!) so far. Fantastic beginner and family project! Thank you for these amazing patterns, it’s obvious you put your talents and hard work into everything you make!

  12. Love these new free patterns. They are so cute. I am making each one in order. I’ve started the bunny but I don’t see the face you used in the example in the pattern pieces. Those adorable closed eyes! Am I missing them?

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