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New Shop Pattern! Long Dragon Plush

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

Although I’ve done lots of dragons in the past, I felt like I never gave due diligence to Eastern style dragons. Even my free pattern for the Haku scarf just isn’t quite the same as making a proper plush, so I thought I’d really go all out with this one!
It’s a 4-legged standing plush similar to my recent Big Cat Griffins and Fawn & Unicorn, except it has an elegant long body and a more powerful looking head. What I wanted most was a something that could do Haku justice (you can see on my Patreon how I did the tests to look like him). I opted to call it the “Long Dragon Plush” because it was just too perfect that long is the word for dragon in Chinese 😀 The Lunar New Year is coming up this Saturday, so while it may not be something for the year of the rat, it would still be a fun way to celebrate!
It has options to make the body with clawed legs or more paw-like legs depending on the look you’re going for. That’s one thing I love about dragons is how creative you can get with the designs and it just makes them look more epic! For example wings aren’t typical for an Eastern dragon, but I included them anyway just in case and I think they made a great addition to the purple one!

You can do the body accents as either flat spikes from minky or fluffy faux fur if you’re willing to wrangle with it. I used Shannon Lux Fancy Feather Violet and Shannon Lux Fur Mongolian Red. But most fur that has about a 30-40mm pile works well.
And for an extra touch I included how to do antler garlands (just like in the Fawn & Unicorn pattern). So that’s a repeat, but I just couldn’t resist putting some cherry blossoms on the cream sakura dragon ❤
There are a lot of little details that make this plush super epic, but if you’ve done some of the other similar ones before then this one should have some familiar aspects. Overall I rated it a 7/10 like the others.

There’s embroidery available to help make it a bit easier, which includes a menacing looking eye (complete with a scarred counterpart) and a friendlier one. You can also stitch up a fun forehead jewel for an extra accent. All the pattern parts fit 4” x 4” hoops so you can embroider this pattern no matter what you’ve got 😀
To celebrate its launch, the pattern will be 30% off for the first weekend! 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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Free Pattern Friday! Love Dragon Plush

Hey everyone!
Being February you just know I had to do something themed for Valentine’s Day, but when I saw how close it was to the Chinese Lunar New Year I got especially excited! I tried to come up with a project that combined both ideas, and landed on a cute Eastern style dragon plush holding a tiny heart. Not too dissimilar from Valentine’s teddy bears, but I thought it was a cute twist 😀
The pattern also comes with templates to make it a Western style dragon as well, with wings and horns instead of antlers and whiskers. Either way, it’s slightly different from other dragons I’ve done because it has a more prominent snout and tiny little ears. All the small details do add up to a bit of hand sewing and careful stitching, so I’ve rated it 4/10 in difficulty.
I hope it will make a fun project for you all over this last weekend before V-day! ❤

And there’s a bonus! As some of you may know, I don’t usually do embroidery because my old machine was on the fritz for many years (and I just really love applique so much you guys, haha). Well, I finally got one this past Christmas so I’m ready to start sharing embroidery files to go with my patterns! I usually only made them for myself, so I hope they stitch out well for you. Do let me know if there are any issues so I can make them better for future projects!

P.S. If you’d like to see some behind-the-scenes work on the making of this plush, check out my Patreon! For just $1 a month, subscribers get all of my free patterns one week early. And the perks have been expanded so you’ll now get more behind-the-scenes posts as well 😀


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New Shop Pattern! Kirin Plush

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

Back when I was doing the legendary creature collection, I had a small handful of people asking for a Kirin (or Qilin). At the time I didn’t know what it was, but I did my research and found so much interesting information! They’re considered much like the Asian version of a Unicorn, as many versions are depicted with one horn and they’re known for being gentle.
I imagined most people also wouldn’t know about the creature, so I was hesitant to add it to the collection. As time went on, I couldn’t get them out of my head, and I knew I had to give it a try regardless of how it was received 🙂 More traditional art depicting kirins have them looking rather horse or ox-like, but more modern takes have them looking more deer/dragon-like, so I went down that route. But just like the original, it has an ox-like tail, a contrasting mane going down the body, and tufts of hair at the feet. And of course a detailed horn you can use singly or in a pair (both versions are common).

To celebrate its launch, I’m offering the pattern for 50% off for the first week!
If you manage to snag a copy, I hope you enjoy it!


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The Year of the Snake Gift Card Holder

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! Here’s hoping you all have a happy and prosperous new year! As many might know, today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the new year in most Asian countries. You’ve got to love the celebrations for this holiday, the lanterns, parades, fireworks – it’s all so colorful and gorgeous! But even beyond that there’s the fact that, to me, spring always feels like the real beginning of the new year rather than the dead of winter.
Of course, no new year celebration would be complete without the ubiquitous red envelopes, used for giving little gifts of money to children or unmarried juniors. I wanted to join in on the fun and design some red envelopes myself that are perfectly sized to fit gift cards as well as money. Of course, you don’t have to use these to celebrate New Year’s, but you can give them out to anyone who’s deserving of a gift and enjoys Asian culture.
They’re made from printing the template onto cardstock and folding and taping it to make a perfect little holder.

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