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Sea Creatures Sale! And new Merfolk Expansion & Seahorse Pattern

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is staying safe and happy and healthy as spring is heating up. I have a few new patterns to celebrate #MerMay!

Last year, I released my Merpeople pattern, which was so much fun! Especially since some of the merpeople had octopus body variations. Well, shortly after releasing the pattern I immediately wished I had included a seahorse, then later a jellyfish. So I spent the rest of the year thinking of new mermaid ideas to create this new expansion pack!

Like my previous expansion packs, this one has extra parts that you use with a base pattern. In this case if you already have my Merpeople plush or my Centaur then you can swap out their lower bodies for a fun new seahorse, jellyfish, or fish-tailed horse (an ichthyocentaur). There are also new faces, hair styles, and accessories to jazz them up. You can also use the head from my Fawn & Unicorn plush pattern to make a ‘merpony’ or hippocampus. But if you’re looking at the seahorse mermaid and wishing I just had a regular seahorse, I whipped up a pattern for that too!

As always, the sewing pattern contains applique templates if you want to sew on the facial features by hand or regular sewing machine. But if you want to do embroidery, those files are sold separately. The seahorses use the same basic eye design as the merfolk, but simplified, so I included them in the same pack for the same price as if it were 2 designs ❤
To celebrate the launch, these new patterns will be 30% off from now through next Wednesday, the 20th. The compatible base patterns will also be 30% off. Meanwhile all other sea creatures will be 20% off and the rest of the shop will be 10% off. I hope you’ll give them a look! And if you snagged a copy of the new patterns, I hope you enjoy them!

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Giveaway Results and a Halloween Sale!

Hi everyone!
I have the results for the Halloween Pattern Giveaway! There were over 2000 entries to the giveaway, so thank you to everyone that entered! The prize emails were sent just a bit ago, so if you’re one of the winners here, be sure to check for emails from Choly Knight or your spam folder 😀

Every winner received a free copy of my new Monster Doll expansion pack 🙂 And they got to choose some patterns and/or embroidery files from my collection!
The randomly chosen winners were:

In 1st place, who can choose 5 patterns, was tigersheart13
In 2nd place, who can choose 4 patterns, was Meg
In 3rd place, who can choose 3 patterns, was Stacey Mansfield
In 4th place, who can choose 2 patterns, was Marisol Gonzalez
And In 5th place, who can choose 1 pattern, was Leni

Thank you to everyone who entered! I hope it’s getting everyone excited for Halloween ♥

And if you didn’t win, you might still want to check out my shop’s sale! From now through the 23rd everything is 10% off, while Halloween patterns (like everything spooky, wearable, or costumed) is 20% off. But the special feature is the Monster Doll Expansion Pack and an embroidery update for the Cryptid plush bundle! The expansion pack and all the doll patterns that it fits are 30% off, as well as the old Cryptid plush patterns ♥ Plus all the new embroidery is 50% off!

The pack includes clothes and hair to make classic monsters like a Vampire, Werewolf, Skeleton, Zombie, and Swamp Mermaid (complete with snake hair if you want a Medusa instead).
The new expansion pack doesn’t come with a base doll pattern, so if you already have a copy of my Chibi Human Doll Plush or the Merpeople Plush Doll you’re all set! The clothes will also fit on the Anthro Woodland Witches, the Standing Animal Plush, the Centaur Plush Doll, it’s just that there will be more exceptions (like you can’t fit pants over an animal with a tail <3) With some ingenuity you can certainly still make some interesting monsters though ❤ Or if you’re not interested in any of those the clothes will also fit on the free Bat & Cat Girl pattern from earlier in the month!
I hope you’ll give the new pack a look! And if you snagged a copy, I hope you enjoy it!


Halloween Pattern Giveaway! CLOSED

Hi everyone and happy Halloween! I’ve been celebrating all through September, but now we’re finally in October. So I thought it would be a great time to start a giveaway!
It’s just a quick and simple giveaway. The winners are chosen at random, entry only requires an email address, and there are 5 chances to win!
This giveaway features my first expansion pack pattern! I’ve gotten many requests for more doll clothes, so this pack includes fun clothing, hair, and other details to make a set of classic monsters! Included is a vampire, zombie, werewolf, skeleton, and swamp mermaid with snake hair. It doesn’t include the base doll template, so you’ll need to use it with either my Chibi Human Plush doll sewing pattern or the human pieces from the Merpeople Plush Doll sewing pattern. But the clothes will also fit my Anthro Woodland Witches, the Standing Animal Plush, the Centaur Plush Doll, and even the Bat & Cat Girl from last week!
The pattern will launch when the giveaway ends, but if you win you’ll get a free copy! But if not the pattern and the rest of my store will still go on a huge Halloween sale!

For this giveaway, you have 5 chances to win! Five different winners will be selected:

  • First place will get a free copy of my new Monster Doll Expansion Pack, as well as 5 different patterns or embroidery files from my shop (pattern bundles not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Second place will get a free copy of my new Monster Doll Expansion Pack, as well as 4 different patterns or embroidery files from my shop (pattern bundles not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Third place will get a free copy of my new Monster Doll Expansion Pack, as well as 3 different patterns or embroidery files from my shop (pattern bundles not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Fourth place will get a free copy of my new Monster Doll Expansion Pack, as well as 2 different patterns or embroidery files from my shop (pattern bundles not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Fifth place will get a free copy of my new Monster Doll Expansion Pack, as well as 1 pattern or embroidery file from my shop (pattern bundles not included — everything through this link qualifies)

Fill out the form at the bottom of this post and submit! 😀

The giveaway will be active from Thursday, October 10th, 2019 through 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019. The winners contacted between 9am and 10am EDT on Thursday, October 17th, 2019.


  • The winning entrants will be chosen at random from the list of submissions.
  • The winning entrants will be contacted via email about their win (so keep an eye on your email!).
  • The winner will then get to choose which pattern(s) or embroidery they’d like for their prize.
  • I’ll respond back to the winner (via email) with their selected patterns.


  • As a winner, I’ll announce your name and website (if applicable) on this page, so every entrant knows who the final winners were.
  • International entrants are more than welcome to enter!
  • Only one entry per person please; duplicate entries will not be counted.
  • By entering in this contest, you agree to these rules 🙂
  • No purchase is necessary for this giveaway

Good luck to everyone who enters! Don’t forget to check back on the 17th to see if you’ve won and learn more about the sale!

The contest is now over! All of the winners have been contacted so check your email! 😀 They’ll be announced in the next post (around 10am EDT, October 17th 2019)


New Shop Pattern! Merpeople Plush Doll

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

With it being May I just had to do something for Mermay! And doing a mermaid version of my human doll plush pattern was on my list for quite some time. So long, in fact, that I had a huge list of ideas I wanted to try. I did as many as I could and it ended up being quite intense!

In addition to the classic mermaid/merman with several tail fin options, you can also make a removable tail fin, or octopus legs! The pattern breaks everything down into sections so it’s easier to keep track of what version you’re doing 🙂 And to adorn the merperson, there are lots of male and female hairstyles as well as a classic seashell bra, eyepatch, and fun sailor tattoos.
What’s especially great about the removable tail is that you can then make selkies! They’re the mythical seal version of a mermaid that change from human to seal when they have their sealskin coat. So of course I had to include a fluffy seal coat pattern as well! It’s inspired by the one seen in Song of the Sea – a really beautiful animated movie you may have heard of if you like selkies.

The main pattern comes with applique templates but embroidery files for all the faces and tattoos are available separately ❤ There’s a set of sultry mermaid eyes as well as merman eyes. Included are the tattoos as well, all in several sizes so you’re not boxed into just using them for this pattern. All the major parts fit 4” x 4” hoops. The one exception is some additional embroidery for tail fin scales. Sadly those can only fit in 5” x 7” hoops.

To celebrate its launch, the pattern will be at 40% 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!


Free Pattern Friday! Mer-kitty Plush

Hi everyone!
I’ve been enamored by all the online art challenges that go on through the year, like Inktober. And some of you might know that this month is Mermay! So it felt like a mermaid of some kind had to be in order ❤ This little cutie is similar to my Witch Kitty plush from last October, but it has a huge colorful tail with complementing little waist fins.
With just a few major pieces, it’s a little easier to put together than the Witch Kitty, though the waist seam gets a little crowded when you sew it. So I settled on 4/10 stars but it’s just barely there.

This pattern also comes with embroidery files for the face 😀 Although a 5” x 7” hoop is needed. The chest fur only needs a 4” x 4” hoop though. I also created a top stitched design for the tail. Sadly the tail is quite large so you’ll need at least a 7” x 10” hoop to stitch all the little scales – which looks pretty cool when it’s done. But if you don’t have a large hoop the tail will still look really great with the more manageable top stitching guides included in the pattern.

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. I’m so happy with how these came out — the fins are super detailed and have loads of bright gradated colors!


Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Final Week!


WEEK 12: Quilting & binding
First off, congrats on making it this far! If you’ve been sewing along with me so far, that means you’ve made up an entire quilt top, and that’s no small feat! If you’ve still got some pep left in you, this week we’re finishing off the quilt with the layering, quilting, and finally binding.
This is the final week of the quilt, so that means the whole project is up and available 😀 So if you want to follow along as with the rest of the quilt-along, keep reading below, but now the whole quilt-along tutorial is compiled and ready to download if you’d prefer it like that:

Most quilt patterns stop here and tell you to ‘quilt and finish as desired,’ but I thought since I took you this far I might as well go to the end ^-^ There are loads of tutorials on how to quilt and bind your project, but here’s how I did mine in particular:

1. Gather up your supplies. Go back and gather some of your supplies as mentioned in Week 1 – you’ll need your batting and backing fabric. Hopefully your batting is at least 4-8 inches larger than your quilt top on all sides, and your backing maybe 6-10 inches larger. Since the quilt top is a little over 60” wide on each side, I had to piece together my quilt back from 40” wide fabric.

2. Layer and pin the pieces. Layer your quilt sections as shown; first the backing (wrong side up), then the batting, then the quilt top (right side up). Make sure every layer is centered over the other, completely smoothed out and free of wrinkles and creases. Then take safety pins and pin through all three layers of the quilt , spaced about 5-6” apart.

2. Quilt the layers. You can quilt your newly basted layers however you please, but this is how I tackled it! Since I was in a time crunch, I needed something simple to do that also followed the mermaid theme. I opted for a sort of swirling waves look, which I achieved by sewing freemotion waves over the quilt, with a spiral or two thrown in. This way I could move back and forth over the quilt, waving one way, then turning around and waving back. It’s that much easier since you can echo the previous line of stitching, then meander off and do some spirals, then come back.
I did this design over the whole of the quilt with slightly large spacing so I could finish faster.

3. Trim the layers. When the layers are all quilted, you can now trim off the excess batting and backing to leave three cleanly sewn layers behind. I find using a ruler against the edge of my quilt top, then cutting the excess with a rotary cutter gets a nice straight edge – but you can also use scissors.

4. Chain your binding strips. Onto the binding! For this quilt, I had a lot of leftover red and pink fabrics from the applique, so I opted to use the scraps to make the binding.
If you purchased whole cloth as shown in Week 1, you’ll want to cut the fabric into 2½” wide strips to make the finished ½” wide binding for the quilt. The total length of the strips need to equal about 256”, so unless you’re a wizard, we’ll have to patch those strips together to make this happen.
To avoid excess bulk, the binding strips are best joined with a bias seam as shown in the photo. You bring together two edges of the smaller strips at a 90 degree angle. Then sew a seam from outside corner to outside corner.

5. Trim & press the seams. Trim the excess fabric and press the seam open to get something like this! Repeat making bias seams with the rest of your strips to achieve one incredibly long strip.

6. Fold & press the strip. Take the strip to your iron and fold it in half lengthwise, making it even skinnier than before. Make sure the wrong sides are facing each other and the raw edges line up, then press along the whole length of the strip. Your binding is now ready to attach to your quilt!

7. Begin the binding. Take the raw edge of your strip and line it up with the raw edge of your quilt. I like to start in the bottom center. Leave about 6-12” of excess binding behind you before you start sewing. Using a ½” seam allowance, start sewing down the side of the quilt. Stop before you get to the corner – which we’ll tackle next!

8. Sew the corner. When you get to the corner, stop your needle when it’s ½” away from the edge. Pivot your work 45 degrees, then sew into the corner and off the edge as the stitching line on the photo shows.

9. Fold the corner. After sewing the corner, you need to fold the binding in a little special way to get the next side ready for sewing. First you fold the binding away from the quilt, along the 45 degree seam you sewed in the previous step. Then you fold the binding back against the next edge of the quilt. This should leave a little triangular flap at the corner. When sewing the next side, start from the top and backstitch over all those layers of fabric really well. Keep going down the side until you get to the next corner and repeat this step.

10. Reach the end. Sew the rest of the sides of the quilt, repeating step 8 for the corners, until you nearly reach the point where you started. Stop about 6-12” short, and leave about 6-12” of your binding hanging off. This will leave plenty of room and fabric for you to join your binding ends.

11. Trim the binding. Trim off an inch or two of your extra binding and unfold it – this will serve as a handy guide so you don’t have to fumble with your ruler. Place it on the open space on your quilt as shown and overlap the binding ends. Trim the binding so the overlapped ends match the width of your guide. We’ll be sewing those ends together next.

12. Join the ends. Take the free ends of your binding, unfold them, and align them like you did back in step 3. Sew them together along the diagonal as shown, then trim the seam allowances, press the seam open, and refold the binding.

13. Attach the remaining binding. After all that sewing, ironing, and refolding, the area where you joined the ends of your binding should look no different than the rest! Align it with the last edge of your quilt and sew it in place as before. When the binding is sewn all the way around the quilt, press the binding away from the quilt. Next up is to wrap it around to the back.

14. Fold the back of the binding. Wrap the binding around to the back of the quilt so the folded edge just covers the seam from steps 7-12, then press it in place. At the corners, the binding should be folded as the photo shows. Fold one side so the corner makes a diagonal, then bring the other side over to make a neat mitered corner.
With the binding all wrapped, you’re now free to either hand sew the binding in place, or sew it in place by machine. I prefer to use a narrowish zigzag (about 2mm wide and 1mm long), sewing over the seams made in step 7-12 from the front of the quilt. This should catch the folded edge on the other side of the quilt, but check periodically as you sew to be sure this is happening.

When that’s all complete, it means you’ve finished your quilt! I hope it gets as much love as mine did 😀

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Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 11


WEEK 11: Assembling the blocks
Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far then you finished all that crazy applique 😀 Definitely the most daunting part of the quilt. This week we’re going to assemble all of the pieces to create the quilt top, so gather up all the pieces you cut in Week 1 as well as the blocks you created in Weeks 2-10. Then assemble them as such!

1. Assemble the rows. Take blocks 1-3 and sew them together into a chain with (B) strips in between. Repeat with blocks 4-6 and 7-9. You should end up with three rows of three blocks each.

2. Join the rows. Take rows 1-3 and join them together with horizontal sashing strips (C) in between. This should leave you with one big square and all 9 of your blocks joined.

3. Add the vertical border strips. Next up is to take the (D) border strips and line them up along the right and left sides of your quilt top so far. Sew these together to complete one half of the border.

4. Add the horizontal border strips. The last step is to sew on the remaining, and longest, border strips (E). Sew these to the top and bottom edges of your quilt top so far, and this completes the entire quilt top! Congratulate yourself! 😀

That does it for this week, but next week we’re finishing up the quilt! It’s going to cover quilting and binding this bad boy. So I hope you’ll stop by next week to see it all completed!