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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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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 Challenge for October!

Hi everybody!
It’s officially October, and perhaps my favorite part of the year 😀 Since that means Halloween, fall, and costumes! I have some Halloween-themed projects to share this month in addition to this month’s challenge pattern. I hope you all like it!

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A Werewolf!

When I planned for the theme of this year’s challenge, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to include many monsters. After all I tend to go with a cute theme 🙂 But I figured a werewolf could easily be made super cute, and it’s perfect for October of course! I wanted these cuties to look extra scraggly, so they have spiky fur tufts on the sides of their heads, a spiky collar, and spiky tails as well. Big adorable feet finish them off 😀

As for difficulty: the head and feet are sewn on by hand so some dexterity and skill in positioning is helpful. The collar and tail have very sharp corners to make the spikes, so it helps to have some experience with sewing points. 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 October 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 for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for August!

Hey everyone!
Another month has just flown by! I can’t believe we’re already in August, but it’s been a great few months so far 🙂 I’ve worked on a lot of fun projects that I’ve been able to share with you all, and I have even more crazy stuff for later in the year.

In the meantime though, there’s a new monthly crafting challenge creature! Classic monster lovers should get a kick out of this one…
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A Bigfoot/Yeti combo!

This felt like another no-brainer creature – what would a legendary creature collection be like without a Sasquatch? Of course I did something Yeti-themed last year, but this gave me a chance to put a different spin on them, which was a lot of fun. They have huge round bodies and surprisingly expressive arms, haha. And of course big old feet. You can do yours with ears or horns or both, really. I think they look great as an ape-like creature or just a monster creature in general. It’s a very versatile and customizable shape.

As for difficulty, the arms are sewn in the side with a double pointed dart. So experience in sewing darts would be helpful. The details on the face are also very small since I wanted the finished plush to be similar to the other animals in the collection. Right now he’s sort of a two-handful size at about 6” tall, but it would look awesome at a full huggable size as well! 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 August 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 for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for April!

Hi everybody!
I hope you all had a great March! Spring is finally in full swing where I am, which is a little unfortunate because cold weather is hard to come by in Florida. I’ve been chugging along this month creating more patterns and tutorials. I feel like I’m really on a roll, lately!

Last month’s Kappa plushies got a lot of love despite being a little more obscure. But you fans out there that enjoy classic monsters are in for a treat 😀 The new pattern I’m unveiling for this month is…

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The Loch Ness Monster!

I feel like these little cuties hardly need an introduction; I’m sure you all know about the legendary sea monster that hails from the famous lake in Scotland. How could I even dream of doing a year of legendary creatures without including ol’ Nessie, right? I spent a lot of time perfecting her, since lots of other awesome pattern designers have made their own versions of Nessie and I wanted to be sure mine looked different 🙂 So my Nessie is a good deal tinier and chubbier. Shown is the classic Nessie in sea green and an alternate one with lashed eyes, a contrast belly, and head fins for that little something special.

The one down side to this little girlie is she’s a bit more difficult than other plush patterns I’ve done before. I’ve given it a 5/10. Technically she’s the first pattern I’ve done with a gusset. If you’ve done plushies with gussets before it shouldn’t be too intimidating. If you think you’re ready to try them out, I go through the process very slowly, so with any luck maybe this pattern will help you pick up a new skill! I do think that if you wanted to make the process easier, you could enlarge the pattern 150% or 200% so the seam allowances are larger and it’s easier to be accurate. I’ll see about making up a larger version to show you guys how it might look!

★ 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 April 30th (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 for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for March!

Hi everyone!
Despite the extra day this year, February really flew by! I can’t believe it’s already March. I was able to tackle some new projects this month, but I also ended up coming up with more things to do, so I feel more crazy than ever, haha! Has that ever happened to you?
Anyway, the response to the dragon plushies from February’s challenge was huge! I could hardly expect any less since everyone loves dragons 😀 This month’s creature might not be as well known, but let’s hope it still gets some love!

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Little kappas!

If you’re a Japanese culture nut like me, you may have already heard of kappas. But for those uninitiated, kappas are turtle-like trickster creatures that live near rivers and lakes. They’re said to kidnap children, and so are a common way of scaring kids into not playing near the water. They love cucumbers, which is why my plush are each holding their own tiny cucumber. The ‘water plate’ on their head always has to stay wet or else they may die. It’s common to see scary and creepy versions of kappa artwork floating around in prints and paintings, but it’s no surprise that Japanese companies have kawaii-fied them like these guys here. I chose to introduce them in March because it’s said kappa travel down from the mountains to the rivers in the springtime.

I think the difficulty on this one is maybe just a smidge less than the dragon from last month, but not by much so I still gave it a 4/10. Sewing on the water plate is a little tricky (though a little easier if you do it by hand — just takes longer), and the head is also sewn on by hand. With all this, it can be difficult to make sure everything is aligned right, so it helps to always pause and get a good look at your work while you sew to make sure nothing has shifted.

★ 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 March 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 through the month of March.

★ 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 for another new legendary creature! And keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!