Choly Knight

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Free Pattern Friday! Panda Memory Bear Plush

Hi everyone!
For this free pattern I was hoping it would be a bit of a two-for-one! I had requests for both a panda bear and a memory bear so I thought I’d combine them 🙂 If you’ve never heard of them before, memory bears are a kind of stuffed teddy bear made with scraps of a loved one’s clothing to serve as a memento.
For this project, I made the pandas using lots of different apparel fabrics and made sure that the pattern would work well regardless of the kind of texture or stretch the fabric had. So you’ll find this pattern has some more darts than usual to add shaping. I also ensured that the pattern could be sewn entirely by machine if you wanted so the finished plush can stand up to lots of extra hugs!

In the samples you’ll see I have bears made from quilting cotton, a men’s flannel shirt, various knit scraps, and the classic minky. So you’ll find you can make this bear from lots of different light to medium-weight clothing. And the templates are small enough that you should be able to cut straight from the clothing. There are tips inside the pattern for sewing with apparel fabrics, like using stabilizer if your fabric is older or more delicate, or using a shorter stitch length for extra durability.
As always, the pattern comes with applique templates to make the face in case you’re sewing by regular machine or by hand, but there are free embroidery files as well if you have an embroidery machine. The face fits into a 4″ x 4″ hoop if it sits diagonally, and there’s a muzzle file as well if you’re making a 3D snout.
The hardest part is likely sewing the body, since the limbs are sewn in the seam so the stitching can get crowded. But if you don’t stuff the limbs too much, take it slowly, and work a few inches at a time, you’ll get there 🙂 For all of that, I rated it a 3/10.
I hope you all like it!

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Free Pattern Friday! Teto Plush

Hi everyone!
I’ve got another Ghibli inspired character to add to my collection! Fans of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Laputa Castle in the Sky hopefully recognize this adorable little fox squirrel. This cute creature has a lot of markings on his body, so I decided to keep things simple by using a flat, beanie style body. It also features big ears with accent tips, a striped tail, and a sweet little neck ruff.
The flat body makes it perfect for machine embroidery, and so to suit several hoop sizes I created a large and small version of Teto! One is about 8″ long and fits 6″ x 10″ hoops, and the other is 6″ long and fits 5″ x 7″ or 4″ x 4″ hoops. Of course the pattern comes with applique templates so you can make it with a regular sewing machine instead. If you’re doing applique, the large size is much easier, but at least the small version is there for variety!
The ears are sewn angled so they look more 3D, which is likely the hardest part of the plush. Everything else is rather basic if you’ve had a little experience with other plush patterns. For all of that, I rated it a 3/10.
I hope you all like it!


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Free Pattern Friday! Hamster & Chinchilla Plush

Hi everyone!
Probably the most requested animal I received in 2019 was for a Hamster, with a Chinchilla being highest in the poll I put out at the end of 2019. I thought maybe I could combine them for this next free pattern!
I toyed with making these fluffy guys more realistic, but honestly I think fellow plush designer Teacup Lion did a great job with that herself. So instead I went with a more cartoony version that has a big head and little body. It kind of has Hamtaro vibes ♥

The hamster has a separate muzzle piece that give it its chubby cheeks. Beginners might find all the curves difficult to sew, so I included some alternatives for sewing that part. Meanwhile the chinchilla is made with longer, 10mm pile minky for that luxurious and fluffy result ❤ Included is a cute little sunflower seed for them to hold! With all that in mind, I rated it a 4/10, but it might feel more like a 3/10 for the chinchilla since it doesn't have the contrast muzzle.
As usual, the pattern has applique templates for the face and other markings, but there are included embroidery files as well. They all fit in 4" x 4" hoops, though for some you'll need to rotate the fabric. The sunflower seed is sewn in the hoop for some extra ease.
I hope you all like it!


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Free Embroidery Update! Calcifer, Shiba Cube, & Winter Plush Charms ♥

Hey everybody!
I don’t get as many requests to revisit older patterns anymore, but there were still a few lingering in my collection that people needed embroidery files for 🙂 So in between projects I found time to look back at these and make some embroidered alternatives!


• First is the Winter Plush Charms from 2017. Being just tiny charms they have especially small faces so I can see why they would be difficult to applique. Luckily it also means they fit into 4″ x 4″ hoops rather easily!


• Next is the Shiba Inu Cube Plush from 2016. This includes a 5″ x 7″ version that has an appliqued muzzle and also a 4″ x 4″ version without the muzzle ❤ The ears are also both embroidered and sewn in the hoop so it takes a little bit more of the work off your plate.


• And lastly is Calcifer from 2014 — wow, 6 years ago! Because this pattern was so much older, it actually lacked a lot of the extra photos and illustrations I usually put into my patterns. So I went ahead and completely revamped Calcifer 🙂 Also, his original size only made him able to fit into 5″ x 7″ embroidery hoops. So, much like my Bat or Owl patterns, I created a mini-size Calcifer so people with 4″ x 4″ hoops can make him too! The mini size is about 30% smaller than the original, but still sews up exactly the same.
So if you’re interested in updating your older files, you can find both the new pattern (with the mini size) and the embroidery below.

I hope you all enjoy these new additions and they stitch out well for you!


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Free Pattern Friday! Bumblebee Plush

Hi everyone!
I’m knocking another classic animal off my long request list ❤ A chubby little bumblebee! Hopefully it provides a bright spot in an otherwise stressful spring.
It has a really round, pudgy body with tiny antennae, legs, and cute wings. My favorite parts are probably the big bug eyes and the tiny stinger though!

It looks great in classic yellow and black, but you can see you could also do gold and brown for a fun color variation. Using fluffy fabric is especially fun to get that real fuzzy bumblebee look (I used Shannon Minky Hide in yellow and black).

The techniques used to make it aren't too complex, but many of the pieces look similar which can get confusing. The pieces have lots of extra labels to help you line them up, so be sure to refer to them and the pictures in the instructions before you sew each seam. With all that in mind, I rated it a 3/10.

As usual, the pattern has applique templates for the face, but you can also use the included embroidery files as well. They're small enough to fit a 4" x 4" hoop if you rotate your fabric ❤
I hope you all like it!


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!


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Free Pattern Friday! No Face Plush

Hi everyone!
I’m adding another Ghibli character to the collection! Fans of Spirited Away hopefully recognize this mysterious creature! This strange guy gets his name from being a black blob with no face (kaonashi in Japanese) and instead wears a Noh-style mask.

He has several key moments in the movie where he offers the main character, Chihiro, bath tokens and gold. I made sure with this pattern to include a huge variety of small items he can hold, including the bath tokens, gold, a classic heart, and even tiny little knitting! (His needles are toothpicks!)

The body is super simple, basically being a long dome. So it comes together very quickly. Sewing extra things for his hands is optional, but does add some more hand-sewing time to the overall work load. With all that in mind, I rated it a 2/10.

As always, the main pattern has templates to make the mask, mouth, and bath tokens in applique, but you can also use the included embroidery files as well ❤ The mask can fit on 4″ x 4″ hoops, and the full mask and mouth can fit on 5″ x 7″ hoops.

I hope you all like it!

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!


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Spring Sale! Plus a new Unicorn Backpack Pattern and Free Pattern Hack!

Hello everyone!
I just wanted to pop in and say I’m having a sale for spring! I had planned this like last year, though hopefully the timing this time will help with those of you out there staying safe at home from the current virus spreading around ❤

From now through next Wednesday, the 25th, my whole shop will be 15% off! Also all new items, that is items 1 year old or younger, will be 25% off ❤

And the special feature, at 40% off, is my newest Unicorn Backpack Pattern!

After I did my plush dragon backpack last year, it’s no surprise that many requests came in for a unicorn version. Here it is finally! It took some time to tackle it since it is a big project, so I had to make room in my schedule. I hope you all think it was worth the wait!
I has many of the same features as the other backpacks, but with a unicorn body instead. You’ll also find a few options for the manes, tails, wings, and horns — including a fun striped spiral horn that was a blast to design.
As before, it comes in two sizes. The small is a more typical size that fits a few essentials like your phone, wallet, and keys. While the large is an epic statement piece that can fit a whole standard tablet! There’s a video on my Instagram that shows it in action ♥
There are applique templates for the facial features included in the original pattern, or you can buy the accompanying embroidery files if you have an embroidery machine. You can also stitch up fun forehead designs and wing applique too.
To celebrate its launch, the pattern will be at 40% off for the spring sale! And the embroidery will be 50% off! I hope you’ll give it a look! And if you snagged a copy, I hope you enjoy it!

And as an extra bonus to make up for the long delay, I have a free pattern hack for the new pattern ❤

With these additional pieces, you can make a Galar Ponyta!
It includes all the little pieces you need, like the mane, tail, horn, bangs, face, and leg/arm fluffs — in both the small and large sizes. The instructions are written assuming you have the backpack pattern, but if you’ve got a lot of ingenuity you could certainly go rogue and use the templates for a different design.
Please consider it my extra thank you for your patience in getting this pattern done!

I hope some of this might help with getting your mind off all the stress! Take care everyone! ❤


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Free Pattern Friday! Hedgehog Plush

Hi everyone!
For this month’s free pattern I’m taking a cue from some of the surveys I’ve held over the past year — so thank you everyone that voted for a hedgehog!
This round, pudgy boy is made from a combination of both smooth fabric and extra fluffy faux fur to give it the look of hedgehog quills. It gets quite a lot of its personality depending on what kind of faux fur you choose! Anything from a short 10mm pile (I used Shannon Minky Lux Angora, Fawn, & Rose in the testing) to a longer 35mm pile (the lavender here is a Shannon Luxury Shag; sadly the gray Falcon Shag is no longer available)

The body is a fairly straightforward round shape with tiny arms, legs, ears, and a little snout. So putting it together is pretty fast — especially if you have no trouble working with faux fur. With all that in mind, I rated it a 3/10.

As always, the main pattern has templates to make the face and nose in applique, but you can also use the included embroidery files as well ❤ The face is pretty small to begin with, so it has no trouble fitting into 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoops.
I hope you all like it!

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!


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Free Pattern Friday! Korok Plush

Hi everyone!
This month’s free pattern is a nod to The Legend of Zelda games! A fun little korok! These are cute forest pixies that can be found in The Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild Games. They have tiny wooden bodies and leaf masks that come in dozens of colors. There are a good handful of other patterns, both free and paid, for these little guys. This version has some leaf shapes I hadn’t seen a lot elsewhere. So you can still use the ones here to make lots of different koroks, or maybe combine them with others so you can get every leaf shape! Since every korok is different you can’t go wrong!

With that in mind, I rated this one a 2/10, because the body just has one simple dart. There’s a good bit of applique in the leaf with all the different markings. But to be honest koroks have that rustic, handmade look to them anyway, so even if you make some mistakes you’re still sure to have a great result. I personally got some Spoonflower fabric printed for their bodies (here’s some I designed, and a great alternative from Dolphinwing), though solid colors work just as well too! ♥

There are also embroidery files for the leaves and faces. Because of the different leaf shapes and sizes, not everything could fit into a 4″ x 4″ hoop. So you’ll find some modified versions for the smaller size so no one is completely left out. Some of the 5″ x 7″ sizes have the leaves sewn in the hoop so you can save some work there ❤
I hope you all like it!


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!


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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!


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!