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Free Pattern Friday! Duck & Turtle Duck Plush

Hi everyone!
I’m starting off 2020 with a classic animal that’s been on my list for a little while — a cute duck! But this time the twist is there’s a Turtle Duck option too! If you’ve seen Avatar: The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra you might have seen this cute animal hybrid of a sweet duck with the shell of a turtle. I wanted to tackle one ever since I did a turtle back in September of 2019, so I had the idea ready for when I tried out the duck.
This duckling has the classic rubber duck style pose that makes it perfect for adding a shell to the back. It’s got a big head, chubby body, and tiny little wings and feet. The turtle duck variation needed a stripe down the head, so you’ll find that has a gusset to make it work. It’s a little tricky, so if you’ve done a few gussets you should be okay. But if you’re new to gussets you could use the basic duck head instead.
The body also has a gusset, but that one isn’t as tricky since it doesn’t involve y-seams. Because of those tricky parts, I rated it a 4/10 in difficulty. As always, there are applique templates in the main pattern to make the eyes out of felt, flannel, or another applique fabric, and there are embroidery files included separately. Both the classic duck and turtle duck options fit within a 4″ x 4″ hoop.

I hope you all like it! And here’s to possibly having more Avatar creatures in the future! Let me know your favorite!


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Free Pattern Friday! Jiji Plush

Hi everyone!

I’ve got another addition to my Ghibli pattern collection! This time it’s Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service ❤ This movie is a real classic that's still incredibly popular among fans after so many years. It's easy to see why with such a cute cat character in it!

This one has a simple round head with an added pointy nose as well as huge perky ears. So the ears are sewn into the head dart much like Kero & Spinell from earlier in the year. The body has a sweet sitting pose made by a simple gusset, so there is a y-seam to tackle, but it’s not too difficult if you pay attention to the markings.
You can dress it up in a red ribbon for a fast finish, or even make your own collar and ribbon from a different fabric. The overall look is pretty classic so it would be great in other colors.

Because of the details in the body and head I rated it a 4/10.
There are applique templates to make the face as well as embroidery files too ❤ You’ll just need to rotate your fabric to fit diagonally within a 4” x 4” hoop.

I hope this might help knock some Ghibli lovers off your holiday gift list!

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Free Pattern Friday! Fennec Fox Plush

Hi everyone!
I’ve got a free pattern that was requested a lot over the past few years and ranked super high in polls I put out – a fennec fox! I did a fox plush previously, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to switch up the base pattern and make this cute variation!

This version has the classic huge ears, but it also has a smaller body than the original plush to mimic the real life animal. There are also different eyes and little arms and legs too ❤
Because the body is so tiny, it’s a little tricky to fit all the pieces. I rated it a 3/10, but it might be closer to a 4 depending on how comfortable you are in sewing crowded areas.
There are applique templates to make the face as well as embroidery files too ❤ You’ll just need to rotate your fabric to fit diagonally within a 4” x 4” hoop.
I hope they’ll make a cute partner to your fox plush from last year!

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Free Pattern Friday! Bat & Cat Girl Doll Plush

Hi everyone!
I’m leaning more on the costume side of the Halloween spirit today! These plush dolls are a much simpler version of the Chibi Human plush dolls from my store. So they have a little more hand sewing and fewer curves, since the version I sell has some complicated bits. It always bothered me that I don’t have a simple doll plush for those that are still starting out, so hopefully this helps some beginners!

In the spirit of Halloween, these cute dolls are in their best bat and cat costumes, complete with animal ear hats and fun printed dresses 😀 So if you have some cute Halloween cotton prints this is the perfect time to bust them out! But since these have the same proportions as my Chibi Human doll plush, you should know they can share clothes with them too! 😉
I rated this one a 4/10 in difficulty since there are some tiny pieces and a good bit of hand sewing, but it’s still much more basic than the paid version. The hat and dress come together especially fast so you can have a whole wardrobe in just a day!

There are applique templates included to make the face and hair, as well as embroidery files too ❤ To applique the hair by embroidery machine you need a 5” x 7” hoop, but for just the face it can fit into a 4” x 4” hoop.
I hope these mischievous little girls can make it into your spooky sewing plans too!

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Free Pattern Friday! Spider Plush

Hi everyone!
More Halloween fun today! I’ve got a creepy animal plush that I hope will make your day a little spookier ❤ This spider plush has a simple little chubby body, eight tiny legs, and two mandibles. But my favorite part is probably the four eerie eyes.

Getting the 8 legs sewn in is a little difficult as the head area starts to get crowded. So it’s best to take it very slowly. Or if that doesn’t work, try sewing the legs into the body instead where there’s more room 😀 Aside from that, it’s a quick plush since there aren’t ears or tails or other extra body parts. Overall I rated it a 4/10.

What I ended up doing for some variety is give the body lots of different marking options 😀 There’s a set of hearts you can do for a cute spider, or a skull for an ominous one. But any spider design would be incomplete without a black widow motif. The applique templates have the classic hourglass, but I went a little crazy with the embroidery version and made it ornate with a web design inside! All the embroidery pieces fit within 4” x 4” hoops, though the body pieces need to be on the diagonal to fit 🙂
I hope it might bring a smile to even some arachnophobics! And I hope you all are looking forward to my next Halloween update! ❤

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Free Pattern Friday! Turtle Plush

Hi everyone!
This time I’m checking another classic animal off my list ❤ I can’t believe I’ve been making patterns for so many years and haven’t tackled a turtle yet! I kept this one sort of simple and sweet with a tiny little body and a big chibi head 😀 For a bit of customization you can make yours with little stubby arms for a land turtle or flat fins for a sea turtle!
Doing the hexagons on the shell requires some y-seams, but I think they’re good practice since the shapes are very basic and geometric. The edge of the turtle shell is also tricky to sew because it’s so curvy, but you can also skip it and the turtle will look just fine. Overall I rated it a 3/10.

The original pattern comes with applique templates for either a smiling face or a face with tiny nostrils, but there are embroidery files as well! They are able to fit on 4” x 4” machines when the design goes across the diagonal, so be sure to look out for that in the files and the instructions. And for some extra fun, I included some flower designs for the shell pieces too! I thought they were a nice touch. I hope you all enjoy it!

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Free Pattern Friday! T-Rex Plush

Hi everyone!
Finally got to make this highly requested pattern! Dinosaurs are always such a hit with kids so I hope this one is also well loved ❤ This cute T-Rex has classic stubby little arms as well as a large head. It sits well on its own thanks to its big tail. But my favorite part by far has to be his goofy grin!

I had wanted to try giving a plush these cheeky eyes for the longest time and this t-rex was the perfect chance to show them off 😀
The plush has some darts, curved sewing, and tiny pieces, but ultimately nothing too out there compared to others. Though the teeth are done in one large double-ended dart across the head which might seem unusual. Overall I rated it a 3/10.

The original pattern comes with applique templates for both sets of eyes, but there are embroidery files as well! They are able to fit on 4” x 4” machines when the design goes across the diagonal, so be sure to look out for that in the files and the instructions.

Would you like to see how I designed this pattern? You can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get behind-the-scenes details!

This tutorial is part of the #sewasoftie blog hop for all of July from colouredbuttons.com and sewasoftie.com. Check out the tutorial for the 6th from Tina @missdaisypatterns!