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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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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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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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Infographic: Plush Sewing Basics Vocabulary

I’ve got another infographic for you all today! I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this one 🙂 It’s an infographic showing the basic terminology and vocabulary you might want to know for plush sewing. It covers a lot of the terms that are thrown around that intermediate and advanced sewers might take for granted that everyone knows. It took all of my determination to keep this concise, haha. I would have loved to go in-depth for every topic, but obviously it’s mean to be a quick, at-a-glance kind of vocab list. With any luck, it might help jog your memory or give you something to work off of the next time a sewing term confuses you!

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Free Pattern Friday! Shiba Cube Plush

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While testing out new simple and versatile plush shapes, I realized I hadn’t done anything cube-related in a while 🙂 So I tried out this plush that takes a classic cube shape and adds a little something extra – four stubby little feet! If you’ve mastered making cubes in the past then this project will help you level up that skill. For that reason I gave it a 3/10 in difficulty.

The pattern is for an adorable little Shiba puppy, because I don’t sew nearly enough cute doggos as I should. Of course you could use this pattern to make loads of animal variations, from other dog breeds (Corgis, anyone?) to cats, to woodland creatures, to fanart! You could definitely fill a whole convention table with these.

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Tutorial: Enlarging and Reducing .pdf Plush Patterns

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Thanks to technology, enlarging & reducing patterns from a digital .pdf document is pretty simple. But if you’re worried about getting the details just right the first time, here are some tips for how to handle it so you can jump right in!

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