Choly Knight

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Free Tutorial Collection! Plush Sewing Basics eBook

Hi everyone!
I’ve got a huge project to share with you all today ❤ If you’ve been following the site for the past few years you of course might know of my tutorial infographics. My goal was to cover a lot of the basic info people need for sewing plush toys. There are lots of other amazing sewists tackling the subject, so I thought I’d do mine in a format I hadn’t seen much before (for sewing) – infographics!

While infographics are pretty and look great online, they weren’t very printer-friendly. So since I feel like I covered most topics for plush basics, I finally compiled all the information into a full printable .pdf! What’s great about it is I was able to put in a lot of the information cut from the first drafts of my infographics (since leaving everything in would have made the images miles long, haha!). Altogether the whole .pdf is over 40 pages, so I think it’s fair to call it an eBook 😉

So if you’d like a more printer-friendly version of one of my infographics, or would like to know more about a topic I covered before, I hope you’ll give it a look! Click on the cover below to get your copy!


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Free Pattern Friday! Axolotl Plush

Hi everyone!
It’s difficult to gauge just what animal to tackle next sometimes, but in a poll I did on my DeviantArt last year, Axolotl won hands down 😀 I guess I shouldn’t be surprised! They’re very neat animals and their external gills are just the cutest ❤ I had a lot of fun figuring out what kind of shape to make for the body, but I settled on this laying belly down style (called kuttari I believe for Japanese toys).

It’s great because it puts the cute gills and tail on full display to see. My favorite part is that in the end I couldn’t decide on what kind of gills to do so the pattern includes both! There are short stubby gills (that remind me of flower petals, so that’s what I called them), and the longer curved ones are more animal accurate but still very cute 😀 It’s fun to mix up the colors on the gills.

It only has a few pattern pieces so it sews up very quickly, though attaching the head is a bit tricky. I ended up giving it a 3/10, though if you’re not used to attaching heads it might feel more like a 4.
This comes with embroidery files for the face, which is small enough for 4” x 4” embroidery machines! So with any luck nobody is excluded 🙂

And if you’d like to buy the fabric already pre-printed and ready to sew, 4 different designs are available on my Spoonflower page! No embroidery or applique (or even fabric hunting for that matter) needed <3. And for you frequent Spoonflower shoppers out there, I heard they now offer free US shipping for all orders over $75 😀 So that’s pretty great!


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Free (Crochet) Pattern Friday! Octopus Amigurumi

A little something different today ❤

I don’t make a big show of it, but I also love to crochet 😀 I find it’s a great relaxing activity, especially one to do while watching shows and movies. I’ve been trying to work through my yarn stash (without a lot of luck, haha!) by doing some simple and classic animals that come together quickly. I don’t think they’re terribly complex so why not share them with all of you? ❤
This one is for a very basic octopus, with a big round head and 8 stubby tentacles. My boyfriend and I actually designed this together (he actually taught me to crochet <3) so he had the pattern on his Etsy store for a little while. But he’s since decided to shift to other projects so he said I could do whatever I wanted with it – isn’t he sweet?

The pattern goes over some basic crochet stitches in case you need a refresher, but my favorite part is that it has both a written instructions and an illustrated chart. I love the charts used in Japanese amigurumi patterns so I had to try out making one of my own. The pattern also has some cute accessories for your octopus, including a bowler hat and a bow 😀

I think anyone who’s maybe done 1 or 2 crochet projects before could easily tackle this little guy ❤ I found with DK or light worsted yarn it makes a perfect hand-held size and it only needs about 100 yds.
Being my first crochet pattern, I really hope you all enjoy it and find it easy to follow!


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New Shop Pattern! Floppy Dragon Plush

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

Over the past year, I had a lot of interest in a pattern for a floppy plush. I imagine that could mean different things for different people, such as something like a beanie baby. But I got it in my head to try something that’s posable. So I tried it out on a dragon first, to see if I could make one with weighted arms and legs so you could pose it in different ways. And I’m super excited with how it turned out!

The new pattern is for this small dragon plush that’s the perfect size for flopping around in your hands. It has extra poly pellets in its arms, legs, and body so it can sit up on its own or flop down on its belly. The limbs are posable and expressive, so it’s fun to see what kind of looks you can achieve. In some cases, I’ve even been able to get it on all fours ❤ Keep in mind of course that it poses best on a rough surface, such as a tablecloth, unfinished wood, etc.
And for an extra fun twist, the templates included are for elemental themed dragons – including earth, air, water, and fire. So you can mix them up for something unique, or go with a more classic dragon look.

The main downside of the pattern is that it’s trickier to sew :/ Definitely my hardest plush pattern so far at 7/10 in difficulty. All the extra bits, like the spikes, claws, and ears, are very detailed and tedious. On top of that, the head is sewn on by hand and takes some careful positioning. So this might be a little daunting for beginners, but I couldn’t help wanting to share it anyway.

To celebrate its launch, I’ll be offering it at 30% off for the first weekend! 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! Sloth Plush

Hi everybody!
Throughout a lot of last year I had many requests for a sloth plush ❤ And I finally got the chance to make one! I had in my head the idea that it should have a round, bean-like body. But even more important than that, it should have Velcro in its claws so it can hang onto things! So in the end, I was so happy it worked out 😀 I had the prototype hanging in my work area all throughout the making of the pattern. My favorite part is that you can sew the head rotated so it looks like the sloth is turning to you while it hangs.
It has only 5 pattern pieces so it comes together really quickly. But I still rated it a 3/10 in difficulty because getting the neck seam is a little tricky because the arms are sooo long. But overall the pieces are very simple – I would have given it 2 stars if not for the neck.

And just like last month, this pattern also comes with the embroidery files needed for the face! The eye marking shape is slightly different to make it easier to stitch up, but for the most part it’s the same as the original. Do let me know if it gives you any problems so I can improve on future embroidery files!

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 behind-the-scenes posts and all of my free patterns 1 week early! And you have access to the posts from last month’s Love Dragon pattern to check if you like what you see!


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Infographic: Hand Sew Your Way Through Anything

It’s infographic time again! I got some great feedback from people suggesting this one. It’s a very common question I get – whether it’s possible to sew a plush pattern by hand instead of machine if you don’t have a machine. And the answer is a resounding yes! Most sewing patterns (plush and otherwise) only really use 2 or 3 basic stitches to get the job done, so it’s just a matter of replacing those with their hand-sewn equivalent. In a lot of cases, it’s actually better and easier to sew projects by hand instead of machine, because it lets you get more detailed and accurate results. In fact many of the fanciest haute couture gowns are still sewn entirely by hand to this day!

So never fear, and check out the info below if you need to translate your pattern to be more hand-friendly.


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New Shop Pattern! Pudgy Pet Plush

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

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for a dog or cat pattern that people can use to make into their pets ❤ While there are loads of ways to tackle this, I got it in my head to try a more teddy-bear style plush with both a large head and body. I figure this would be a lot more huggable and squeezable. I think other styles would be just as fun, so perhaps I’ll try for those later 🙂

For now, I made this set of sweet animals that comes with templates for 4 different kinds of ears, 5 different tails, and 3 different faces. With all of those combined, it’s a lot of fun getting to put together your favorite pet. And to top it off, you can make them a matching collar or bandanna! (I'm unnaturally excited about the bandanna for some reason, haha!) I thought with the arms outstretched it looked perfect for a Maneki Neko. The construction is quite similar to the chibi plushies I’ve done in the past, but since the neck is so much wider for this one, it’s much easier to sew it by machine. All in all, this pattern has very little hand-sewing so it comes together quickly if you’re a seasoned stitcher.

To celebrate its launch, I’ll be offering it at 30% off for the first weekend! (not including taxes and fees) I hope you’ll give it a look! And if you snagged a copy, I hope you enjoy it!