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Free Pattern Friday! Maneki Neko Coin Pouch

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Last year during my legendary creatures collection, I seriously considered doing a Maneki Neko. It doesn’t quite fit as a legendary creature though, since it’s more like a symbol. Either way though, I brought it back! Since ‘Beckoning Cats’ or ‘Lucky Cats,’ as they’re often called, are said to bring in good fortune and money, I thought it was fitting to make them into little coin pouches! Maybe there are some out there with New Year’s resolutions to save money?

The body of this pouch is made from minky so it has a plush-like quality, but any thick fabric would work well for it 🙂 Much like with the squid pouch I designed earlier, you could also leave off the zipper and stuff it with batting to make it into a tiny plush! The pattern itself is rated 4/10 stars in difficulty because of the zipper and all the little details needed to pull together the Lucky Cat look – including all the applique spots, collar, ears, paw, and tiny bell to finish it off. If you were making a simpler cat it would be a little more manageable 😀
I hope you guys will give it a try!

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MCC Send-off Contest! Plus a new sewing pattern!

Hi everyone! As many of you might know, the Monthly Crafting Challenge is officially over, but I wanted to celebrate 4 amazing years with you guys with a contest! I’ve only done giveaways up until this point, so I thought a contest would be a nice change of pace and a fun way to bring back the feel of the challenge one last time 🙂
The basic rules are just like the ones for the original MCC! Simply send in your best projects made from my patterns and I’ll pick my favorites! But keep scrolling to get all the details.

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So what’s up for grabs? There’s a huge grand prize pack as well as several runner-up prizes:
GRAND PRIZE gets the ultimate sewing pack:
• A collection of 9 jewel-toned Shannon minky fabric pieces; 18” x 60” each; perfect for making fantasy creatures and other critters!
• A 1½ yd. pack of Heat n’ Bond fusible web for applique
• A 1 lb. bag of poly pellets
• The entire 13 pattern collection of my legendary creatures series
• My newest pattern for a Chibi Steampunk plush! ↓
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The pattern I use for my Steampunk Plushies has been one of my most requested patterns! Probably because it’s so dang versatile ♥ It can make tons of different animals, but this pattern will show you how to make a wolf, cat, fox, rabbit, or panda. And it comes with loads of steampunky accessories to dress them up! They’re a large 11″ tall size that’s perfect for cuddling. They’re a little more difficult to make than my previous patterns, but if you’ve been making my projects for a while now you might be ready to take them on!

SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, AND FIFTH place winners will all receive:
• The entire 13 pattern collection of my legendary creatures series
• My newest pattern for a Chibi Steampunk plush!

FIFTEEN honorable mention winners will all receive:
• My newest pattern for a Chibi Steampunk plush!

And EVERYONE ELSE will receive:
• A $6 off coupon for my newest pattern for a Chibi Steampunk plush. That’s 50% off, woo! (valid for 2 weeks after receipt)

RULES AND ENTERING:
• Entries should be photographs taken of projects you’ve made with any of my sewing patterns.
• Patterns used may include anything from my free collection, my paid collection, or from my books.
• You are free to use projects you’ve made in the past.
• You are free to submit as many images as you want, but you can only win once (for example, you can’t win both 2nd and 5th place)
• You may make alterations to and resize the original pattern, as long as it’s not so much that you can’t tell what it originated from.
• To submit your entry, fill out the entry form found at the bottom of this page!

DEADLINE:
• The giveaway will be active from Friday, February 3rd and entries will be closed Sunday, March 5th at 11:59pm EST.

CLAIMING YOUR PRIZE:
• The winning submissions will be decided by me based on its quality, details, creativity, and overall cuteness factor!
• The winning submissions will be contacted via email about their win (so keep an eye on your email)
• All other entrants will also receive an email from me with a consolation prize coupon. I promise it’ll just be the 1 email – no spam!
• If you are a GRAND PRIZE winner, you will be expected to divulge your address (or PO Box) to me only so the prize can be shipped to you

OTHER DETAILS:
• As a winner, I’ll announce your name, website (if applicable), and photo submission on this page, so every entrant knows who won.
• International entrants are more than welcome to enter
• To all international entrants: note that you may be required to pick up your package at your local post office or pay customs fees. These rules differ for every country so unfortunately I can’t be held responsible for any extra charges you might be asked to pay.
• The prize will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail — domestic takes 2-3 business days while international takes 6-10
• By entering in this contest, you agree to these rules 🙂
• No purchase is necessary for this contest.
• Void where prohibited

But most importantly,
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! I can’t wait to see what you all make!

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Free Pattern Friday! Card Captor Sakura Brooch

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I’m continuing my quest to make more cute patterns for complete beginners!

Like a lot of people around the net lately, I’ve been obsessed with enamel and laser cut acrylic pins and all the fun and cute styles that have been released from numerous artists. Sadly, I can’t afford to have all the ones I want, so I had to make do with making some myself from felt! This project is pretty specific in that it’s just for the iconic key used in the anime Cardcaptor Sakura, but the same process can be used for other designs as well. I hope at least some fans of the show/manga enjoy it!

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Free Pattern Friday! Haku Dragon Scarf

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I’ve had the idea to do a dragon scarf for maybe a year by now, haha 😀 But I wasn’t sure how I wanted to tackle the head and also what dragon to do? I was torn between Haku from Spirited Away and Shenron from Dragon Ball. Well, I decided to just jump in and do it already, especially since Chinese New Year is this month. Obviously you can see who won out in the dragon decision ❤ I had to keep my Ghibli project collection going of course!
I made this cutie from fleece so it’s extra warm and soft. The body is just made from several long strips going down the width of the fabric. The little stuffed head is added to the end to finish off the dragon. It was tricky for me because I wanted to keep the head shape simple and cute but also 3D, so hopefully it doesn’t present any problems for you all. You could of course swap out colors and features to make lots of other dragon characters too!

The project has a good bit of hand sewing and placing small, detailed pieces. Plus the body of the scarf is super long so that takes some time to sew as well. With all that in mind I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty 🙂 I hope you all like it and it keeps you warm this winter!

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Happy New Year! And the Last MCC Pattern ♥

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all are excited for 2017! Which also means it’s the fourth anniversary of my blog 😀 It started back in 2013 and sometimes I can hardly believe I’ve kept it up for this long ❤
It felt like 2016 had a lot of ups and downs for most people, so I’m glad to have a fresh start. Though it does sadden me to say that this will be the last iteration of the monthly crafting challenge 😦 As some of you may remember from December, I announced that I’ll have to end the crafting challenge as a feature on my blog because it’s gotten too big for me to keep up with all of your amazing submissions! I decided to extend the Legendary Creatures Collection for one more month as a thanks to all of you. But on February we’ll do a proper send-off with a contest and a giveaway!
And of course I still plan to post regular free patterns as I usually do, as well as patterns available for sale, and other free promotions of different varieties ❤

But onto the fun part! The last plush!
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Dragon 2.0!

Of course you might remember I did a dragon last year in February, but I thought this would be a nice fitting tribute to bring the challenge back full circle 😀 It was definitely my most popular pattern of that year, and a lot of new fans lamented that they didn’t get a chance to earn that one. And to be honest, I had hoped to do the original dragon in this style, but I couldn’t make the prototype work for me at the time – I kept at it though! Which is why we have this little cutie now ❤ I especially love him for all the extra little spikes on his tail, head, and nose. And I’m a huge fan of the big horns that give him so much character. You can rotate them different ways to give the dragon lots of interesting looks.
As for difficulty: This one has a lot of tiny pieces like the spikes, tail, and feet. So it’s best to position them carefully and check on them frequently as you sew. With all that in mind, I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just submit your email address to subscribe to my blog between now and January 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ What if there’s no way you can participate this month? ★
If you think you can’t make anything this month, I also have the pattern ready for purchase on my Etsy for a very low price. And you can use coupon code MCC2016 for an extra $1 off.

So don’t forget to check back next month to learn about the contest and the giveaway! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Free Pattern Friday! Tiny Dino Plush

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I knew I had wanted to do a dinosaur plush for months now, and I’ve been obsessed with designing things with simple shapes. So those two together brings us this tubby little dino plush! It’s got a round, stubby little body with four tiny legs and lots of spikes going down the back.

If you’re not used to working with really tiny pieces it might be tricky, but it’s also good practice. Other than that it’s just got some darts and curved sewing, so I gave it 2/10 stars in difficulty. If tiny pieces are really difficult for you it might be closer to a 3/10. All in all a decent plush to make if you’re ready to move away from pillow-style soft toys.

I can see using this same pattern for a dragon or other similar animals 😀 Just add some wings on the back and you’re pretty much good to go!

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New MCC Pattern for December!

Hi everybody!
Happy December! We’re full into the holiday season now it looks like. I had a great Thanksgiving and did a lot of fantastic online shopping from fellow Etsy sellers & small businesses alike. I hope you all are having a great holiday season as well! I have a new pattern to add to your festivities ♥

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A Jackalope!

As the year was drawing to a close, I got so many requests for a Jackalope 😀 I can’t blame you all for being nervous! I saved it until the end because it’s my personal favorite legendary creature! It is of course a combination of jackrabbit and antelope. So basically a rabbit with horns or antlers. They’re a popular kitschy touristy mascot of sorts to the American west and I think they’re adorable!
As for difficulty: This one has a lot of tiny pieces, particularly the narrow feet, that are sewn on by hand. So it’s best to position them carefully and check on them frequently as you sew. With all that in mind, I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

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