Choly Knight

Sew Desu Ne?

FAQ – Patterns

1. How do I use your patterns?
The patterns and instructions I offer on this blog assume you have basic knowledge of sewing skills, such as the ones mentioned most beginner sewing books. I’ll also assume that you have the basic sewing tools mentioned in those kinds of books, including a sewing machine.
What if I’m a complete beginner?
I would recommend checking out this Plush Making Basics eBook .pdf I’ve created 🙂 This included some more detailed information about beginner techniques and supplies as well as how to sew projects by hand if you don’t have a machine.
However, if you’re not familiar with a technique at all, don’t hesitate to ask for more clarification! I might make it into a tutorial so it helps out lots of people!

2. Can I use your patterns to sew projects to sell on Etsy? / Can I use your patterns commercially? / What are your terms of use?
You are more than welcome to use my patterns both personally and commercially. This includes:
• Gifts for friends & family
• Personal projects for yourself
• Giveaways & fundraisers

• Sewing the finished project to sell online
• Sewing the finished project to sell at craft fairs

Do not:
• Sell the .pdf & photo instructions as your own pattern
• Use my photos for your own listings
• Use the sewing templates to make a digital product for sale
• Use the project and pattern for mass-production

All that I ask is that you do not sell the pattern, photos, or templates themselves for profit ♥ In terms of copyright, everything in the pattern instructions belongs to me. If you do use the finished project to sell online, I would greatly appreciate if you could credit me in your listing. A simple link to or Sew Desu Ne? is fine, just as a way of saying thanks.

3. Can I make changes to your patterns?
You’re welcome to make changes to the original design when sewing your own version of the pattern 🙂 However, please still do give credit with “Modified from a Sew Desu Ne pattern” since that would qualify as Derivative Work. With that said, modified versions of my .pdf instructions and templates are still not allowed for sale, since it is also a Derivative Work.

4. What about licensed characters?
If you’re selling items of a licensed character, you need to be especially careful. Some brands, such as Disney, don’t take lightly to sales of fan-made creations. Meanwhile others might be more lenient, such as if it’s a one-off custom item. However, companies have the right to change their mind at any time. So it’s safe to assume that if you’re selling fan-made versions of licensed characters, you do so at your own risk. At any moment you could get a take-down notice from these companies and at that time you should comply immediately.

5. What about patterns from your books?
My publisher owns the copyright to the actual pattern outlines, instructions, and photographs used to make the projects. But anything you make yourself belongs to you and is yours to sell. We always encourage readers to do something different with the patterns and come up with your own creations though!

6. What should I do if I find a problem with your pattern?
I make up these projects quickly since they’re for free, so unfortunately they don’t go through a lot of rigorous testing. If you find a problem with the pattern, please keep that in mind, but also don’t hesitate to contact me by commenting on the project page if it’s particularly bad. Maybe there was a miscommunication and there’s something I can do to help! Either way, I appreciate your honest feedback if you feel there’s something I can improve!

19 thoughts on “FAQ – Patterns

  1. Can we sell the finished product at convention with some art? I might get a stand next year, so I’m just asking to know…

  2. thank you for this wonderfull pattern. All are so cute, unbelivable. I really love it. Greetings from germany

  3. how often are free pattern fridays?

    • They’re at least once a month 🙂 Sometimes two or three — but always on a Friday of course ♥

      • awesome, most of the plushies I make are just for fun so can never really afford to buy patterns, and yours are my favourites to work with, would love to buy some of the patterns on your etsy at some point

  4. Hi ! I absolutely love your patterns, and am learning through them, they’re amazing and your instructions are really great. Is it possible for me to print your patterns and instructions into a one-time book (you know, one of those myphotobook) for my own personal use ?

    • Hello! Thank you so much for the kind words about my work 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying the patterns ♥ As long as it was just for personal use, you’re welcome to have the instructions printed for yourself. Thanks so much for asking first!

  5. I love your work!! The fact that you share most of your work for free is so refreshing! I cannot wait to begin the projects! Is there somewhere we can post pictures of what we have made with your patterns?

  6. I absolutely adore your patterns! I have made many of the free ones and I have recently bought your chili horror plush patterns. My friends are loving them, too! Thank you for all you do and bringing my love of sewing back!
    I did wonder if you don’t currently have an embroidery machine, what is the best way to do appliqués? My Cricut is good for iron on, but most of the higher pile minty doesn’t do well. Any tips or tricks?

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the patterns 🙂
      I personally use flannel for my applique, but quilting cotton also works well and I imagine it would cut easily on the Cricut. Some also prefer felt, which is thicker, but it’s also not woven or knitted so it might cut easier than minky.
      I hope that helps!

  7. Do you have have A0 sized pattern files to print at a copy shop? I’ve been using to purchase all my Made for Mermaids, Patterns For Pirates and Ellie and Mac patters on one sheet since I do not have a printer at home and the couple of times I tried to tape together all my 8-1/2 x 11 sheets, my dogs were less than helpful LOL!

    • Hello! I don’t normally offer A0 sizes for my patterns, since most of them usually don’t get that big. But I would be happy to make an A0 version of any you had in mind to post here in case it might help out others 🙂

  8. Not sure if you check this frequently but I was curious if using a pattern of yours as a base and then selling the finished product was fine. I was planning on using your Bat Girl + Cat Girl doll pattern as a base (just use the body and head pattern) but modifying the details and clothing to look like existing characters (for fandoms with more relaxed fan merch rules) and people’s original characters. Is this okay or would you rather me seek out another doll pattern to use as a base for these projects?

  9. Thanks for the great patterns I have made almost all of so far. I donated them to toys for tots this christmis.

  10. Is it okay if I show a tutorial on how to adapt one of your free patterns for a fandom-specific use? I was planning on doing a Todoroki shrug using your Eevee evolutions shrug pattern.

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