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Free Pattern Friday! Night & Light Fury Chibi Plush Backpack

Hi everyone!
As you may know, I’ve done some plush backpacks before for sale, but I had a lot of requests for a free version ❤ So I thought it would be a fun challenge to see if I could design a plush backpack that was a good bit simpler, but still looked like a proper stuffed animal. Which brings us to Toothless & Light Fury!
I had developed this really chubby body shape that has barely any neck so it optimizes the storage space 😀 When you get down to it’s just basically a front and back with a lot of extra details sewn between the seams. It doesn’t have quite as much curved sewing or 3D shapes as my paid backpack patterns.

I found that this shape worked really well for Toothless – and since I hadn’t done anything for the last HTTYD movie I went for it! With any luck it might be helpful to those that wanted something a little easier than my paid backpack patterns. It’s still a little difficult for complete beginners, since it’s both a backpack and a plush and it has a lot of pieces. There’s an option for a non-adjustable strap as well as an adjustable one, so if you stick with non-adjustable that will go faster as well. All in all I rated it a 5/10.

The original pattern comes with applique templates, but there are embroidery files as well 😀 The eyes are stitched with applique because they’re so big, and there are little skulls for the tail fin too. Everything fits on 4” x 4” hoops so no one is left out!

If you want to check out some other fun color variations, I made a regular dragon version from Spoonflower fabric ❤ The pieces are available as cut & sew kits – though you still need to provide straps and a zipper. These samples are made from a full yard of fleece, which works well as both the plush material and the inner lining. And Spoonflower is having a free shipping promotion this week too so bonus!

I hope you all enjoy it!

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New Shop Pattern! Dragon Backpack Plush

Hello everyone!
I’ve got a new pattern that I’ve recently added to my Etsy shop 😀

Last year I did plush backpack of a cute rabbit, fox, and cat. And you guys gave it such a welcome response – thank you so much! But the most common question was whether there would be a dragon version ❤ I’d be crazy not to make one! So here’s what I came up with!
It’s got the same major features as the original plush backpack, but with a cute dragon body instead. It comes with lots of different wings, horns, and spikes that you can change up depending on the look you want. I felt inspired to do a weather theme. So there’s a snow, rain, wind, and lightning dragon — but they really work together in whatever combination you like ♥

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 tablet!
It is a slightly harder pattern since it combines both plush-making and bag-making. Even more so because for this dragon version I included how to make a secret (optional) hidden tail pocket! If you’re familiar with using invisible zippers you can tackle this addition 🙂 It’s sure to blow people’s minds when they see it! But know that it’s a tricky technique so be sure that you’re confident if you try it. If you skip it the plush comes together just the same.

If you feel intimidated by the whole thing, it might help to know I’m working on a simpler plush backpack without all the extra details for the future ♥ So stay tuned for that if you’d prefer a more basic version 😀


One thing that might help make the project easier is the accompanying embroidery files that are available for purchase as well 😀 It has two different eye styles, available for both the small and large backpack. In addition there’s a set of other sizes for use with different projects should you want to. All the included files fit within a 4” x 4” embroidery hoop so all sizes are covered.

To celebrate its launch, the pattern will be at 30% off for the first weekend — from now until April 1st (no fools here ♥)! 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!


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New Shop Pattern! Plush Backpack

Hello everyone!
I’ve got a new pattern that I’ve recently added to my Etsy shop 😀

I’ve had a lot of requests for a plush backpack, so with con season coming in strong and back-to-school after that, I finally took my first crack at it! It was quite involved to make, but lots of fun, so I hope you all like what you see! The templates cover how to make a classic fox, cat, or rabbit. The ears and tails are really cute and detailed so you’re sure to make an interesting character no matter what animal you go with. The bodies are designed so they look like they’re clinging to your back and looking off to the side.

Like most plush backpacks, the storage size inside isn’t huge, but I optimized the shapes the best I could to get the most storage possible 😀 The plush comes in two sizes and each has a pocket that is held closed with a zipper on the belly. The small has a 5½” x 8½” pocket — enough to hold a phone and a few essentials (like keys and a wallet). It would work great as a purse or a child’s backpack. While the large has an 8” x 12” pocket – enough to hold a standard tablet! The large plush clocks in at about 23” long, so it’s quite the statement piece ❤ It would be great for a convention or making some very impressive commissions. You can see them in action on my Instagram here: Large size & small size.

It’s a slightly harder pattern, since it combines all the difficulties of making plush and a backpack, but the instructions are extra detailed and chock-full of information to help alleviate any issues 🙂 Just know that it will take longer because it is so large.

One thing that might help is this pattern has some accompanying embroidery files you can purchase! Both the paw and eye designs are available to buy. The design pack comes with a files suited specifically for the backpack and also standalone files that you can use for other plushies should you choose. The ones meant specifically for the backpack all fit within a 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoop too 😀

To celebrate the launch they will be on special for the next 3 days! The backpack pattern will be 30% off and the embroidery designs will be 50% off ❤ I hope you guys will take a look! And if you snagged a copy, I hope you enjoy it!


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Freebie Pattern Friday! Leather Dice Bag

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Today’s project is a little off the beaten path for me, but the motivation was about the same as always xD Part of my overwhelming fabric stash actually included some bits of leather. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could use it, but it didn’t seem to go with any of the other fabrics I had so I was pretty much at a loss. Eventually I came around to the idea of making some dice bags! That is, the kind usually made for D&D dice 😀

I realize I’m giving you all a deeper glimpse into my geekiness here, but bear with me! I don’t play D&D as much as I wish I could, so making these was kind of like getting to live that feeling for a little bit. And it means I’ll be ready should I have time to delve into a game. Of course, you could use these for loads more besides dice. They make a great accessory for anyone into Renaissance fairs or for holding special trinkets. And this project is especially perfect if you’ve never worked with leather before – it would be a great way to introduce yourself to the material.

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My Newest Book! Sew Me! Sew & Go!

Easy-to-make totes, tech covers, and other carry-alls

Easy-to-make totes, tech covers, and other carry-alls

It was a bit of a pause, but finally we have another installment in the Sew Me! series! Sew Me! Sew & Go is the third book in the series. The first two dealt with complete beginner basics and sewing home décor, while this focuses on useful accessories for organizing and travel, such as totes, tech covers, and other cases. Just like the other books in the series, the projects are perfect for beginners, and make everything super simple to tackle with lots of diagrams, illustrations, and photographs. And there’s even special focus on installing zippers, buttonholes, and snaps.

Finding ways to spruce up classic basics was the most fun in writing this book. For instance, the Tablet Case pattern not only offers lots of applique options for decorating your case how you like, but it also works off the measurements of your own tablet, so you’ll know it fits like a glove no matter what version you have. The Reversible Tote Bag is also a great beginner project, but it works double duty because you can flip it inside out on a whim.

Drawstring Ditty Bags, Tablet Cases, & Reversible Tote Bags Photo © Design Originals

Drawstring Ditty Bags, Tablet Cases, & Reversible Tote Bags
Photo © Design Originals

Since it’s specialized, it’s a little shorter at 96 pages and 9 projects, but the price is very affordable. So whether you’re looking to expand your sewing skills or just want a quick and easy way to get a coordinating set of organizers, pouches, and totes, I hope you’ll give my book a closer look! You can see more info on all of the projects on my main book page, or check out where to buy if you’re interested!


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Freebie Friday! London Calling Bag

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This project is quite intensive, because it was one of those passion projects. I’ve been needing a huge bag with loads of pockets to carry every little thing I need when I’m out of the house for a while. It has a large back pocket, zippered front pocket, pockets inside for a sketchbook, pens, and a hidden pocket too 🙂 I used it during my most recent move to Daytona and it really saved me! Holding all that paperwork, pens, keys, electronics – it took quite a beating!

Maybe all the bells and whistles on this bag will save you too 😀 The outside has a big Union Jack decoration because I can’t stop watching British TV :B The bottom uses vinyl so it’s a bit more durable and resilient against moisture. And instead of a strap adjuster, it uses a belt buckle for an unusual touch (also because I ran out of strap adjusters XD).

It should be noted that since I’m busting my scrap stash, you’ll find that I used a lot of accent fabrics for different parts of the bag, but in the pattern I boiled them down to just outer fabrics and lining fabrics. The pictures should make it clear what’s what of course, but if you want to get the exact look that I did, read through the instructions first before cutting your fabric and I’ll tell you when I deviated from the main pattern.

At 51 steps, this is easily my longest project yet x_x I read over it several times to make sure there weren’t any errors, but since it is a free project it I can’t guarantee that it’s foolproof. Do let me know if you run into any snafus as you work so I can make fixes for the next brave sewist!

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Freebie Friday! The Big Shopping Bag

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I’ve been putting off this project for a long while now, which is so silly! For quite some time now I’ve needed a few new reusable shopping bags to bring along with me to the grocery store and whatnot. I have a few of the store-bought kind that were given to me as prizes, promotions, etc., but I really needed something a lot bigger to fully round out my collection and handle some of the bigger things I buy.

I don’t know why I put off making one for so long, seeing as how I had plenty of fabric and it would have gone quickly. But I finally decided no more procrastinating. I figured if I was going to take the project seriously I would take the bag a bit more seriously too. The main body of the bag is quilting cotton reinforced with some quilt batting, but the sides and bottom are vinyl for extra strength and so I don’t have to worry about the cotton getting dirty. The handles go all the way down the side of the bag so they’re held on strongly, and they’re extra wide so they don’t cut into your shoulder when you’re carrying something heavy. I’ve found that this thing can tackle even the biggest jugs of milk or detergent that I buy from the wholesale club :B

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