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Free Pattern Friday! Totoro Plush

Hey everyone! It only seemed like a matter of time before this guy made another appearance, right? It’s probably the most highly requested plush character I get, and I’ve done so many other Ghibli projects it seems only fitting.
So this pattern is for a classic roly-poly shaped plush done up just like Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. It looks great in either gray or blue so it looks like either the large Totoro or the smaller Chuu-Totoro. You can also give it a big friendly grin or leave it off and it looks equally cute.
The belly is done by sewing outward curves to inward curves, so that makes it a bit challenging – not to mention all the hand-sewing for the ears, arms, and tail. So I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.
I hope you all enjoy!


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Free Pattern Friday! Tiny Dino Plush

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I knew I had wanted to do a dinosaur plush for months now, and I’ve been obsessed with designing things with simple shapes. So those two together brings us this tubby little dino plush! It’s got a round, stubby little body with four tiny legs and lots of spikes going down the back.

If you’re not used to working with really tiny pieces it might be tricky, but it’s also good practice. Other than that it’s just got some darts and curved sewing, so I gave it 2/10 stars in difficulty. If tiny pieces are really difficult for you it might be closer to a 3/10. All in all a decent plush to make if you’re ready to move away from pillow-style soft toys.

I can see using this same pattern for a dragon or other similar animals 😀 Just add some wings on the back and you’re pretty much good to go!

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Free Pattern Friday! Shiba Cube Plush

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While testing out new simple and versatile plush shapes, I realized I hadn’t done anything cube-related in a while 🙂 So I tried out this plush that takes a classic cube shape and adds a little something extra – four stubby little feet! If you’ve mastered making cubes in the past then this project will help you level up that skill. For that reason I gave it a 3/10 in difficulty.

The pattern is for an adorable little Shiba puppy, because I don’t sew nearly enough cute doggos as I should. Of course you could use this pattern to make loads of animal variations, from other dog breeds (Corgis, anyone?) to cats, to woodland creatures, to fanart! You could definitely fill a whole convention table with these.

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Free Pattern Friday! Sugar Skull Kitty Plush

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Last month I got a head start on Halloween with my Bat Plush pattern, but this month I really wanted to pay homage to the beautiful ornate artistry found in the Mexican Dia de Muertos holiday. I haven’t been to a festival myself, but I would love to one day because I can’t think of a better way to honor the dead.

I’ve had this idea in my head for a little while now, but I wasn’t sure how best to execute it. Once I had the plan for arms and legs the rest finally came together 🙂 It’s a simple little kitty plush with a very detailed, sugar skull-inspired mask! I like to think that if you use it to celebrate the Day of the Dead it could be to honor a favorite cat in your life that has passed on ♥

The skull is a little bit of applique and a little bit of embroidery, because it seemed so fitting to use embroidery for all of those colorful details. I’m not an expert at embroidery, so the stitches are very simple and I freehanded most of the design. So I encourage you not to take it too seriously either if you’re also not an embroidery master 🙂 Of course you could leave off all the bright details and still have an adorable skeleton kitty!

The arms and legs are attached with colorful buttons to add more color. So I’d say both the skull and the buttons are the most difficult part of the plush, which is why I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

I hope you’ll give it a try in remembrance of a special kitty that was close to you!

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Free Pattern Friday! Bat Plush

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Since it’s still September it’s not quite Halloween season, but I couldn’t help myself! I felt the urge to make a little bat plush and wanted to share the pattern with you 😀
It’s a pretty basic shape with a big head, tiny body, and oversized wings and ears. It’s wonderfully floppy and expressive and very fun to hug. It features several face applique options including lashed eyes, heart shaped nose, fangs, and blush marks. You can mix and match to make your favorite. The wings also have extra top-stitching for some special detail.

It only has four pattern pieces, but placing everything just right is crucial. Not only to be sure the wings and ears are symmetrical, but to be certain the neck is sewn straight as well. If you have no problem taking it carefully during those parts you should be good! I gave it a 3/10 stars in difficulty with all that in mind. I hope you’ll try making one in time for Halloween!

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Free Pattern Friday! Astrobunny Plush

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So this time around I developed a pattern for a silly little character 😀 My best friend’s internet handle is sometimes Astrobunny, and I felt this sudden urge to make her a reality. I thought it also helped that the plush is very small and simple, helping add to my collection of patterns for beginners – which is always good, right? The bunny comes with a little Cosmokitty pal, because of course she needed a friend! So this little cutie is just a simple flat, pillow-style plush if you will. But the real charm of it comes in all the cute astronaut details on her suit. There are contrast ear, arm, and leg bands, and a wide array of buttons and switches for the chest panel. And the cherry on the sundae is the little jetpack in back.

The fun part is you can go as simple or complex as you want with all the applique. Sew it all in place or use heavy duty fusible web to just iron it on. Either way the rest of the body sews up quick. The whole body pattern just takes up one printer page. It’s a great handheld size that’s easy sew up quick and to keep around for company. So I just gave it 2/10 stars in difficulty. I hope you’ll give one or both a try!

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Free Pattern Friday! Dolphin Plush

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While researching cryptids for the Monthly Crafting Challenge, I kept coming across awesome mysterious animals with strange colors. Like the Maltese Tiger, the Albino Sewer Gator or, in this case, pink dolphins! Of course pink (or albino) dolphins do exist, and seeing them gave me the inspiration to make a simple little dolphin plush.

It’s a perfect hand-held size complete with tiny side and dorsal fins. So it whips up really quickly. It would even work well for hand-sewers because it’s so tiny. It looks good in tons of different colors, (aside from classic pink, of course) so I could easily see this as a popular item for a convention or craft show table. I gave it a 3/10 stars in difficulty with all that in mind. I hope you’ll give it a try!

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