Choly Knight

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Free Pattern Friday! Sugar Skull Kitty Plush

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Last month I got a head start on Halloween with my Bat Plush pattern, but this month I really wanted to pay homage to the beautiful ornate artistry found in the Mexican Dia de Muertos holiday. I haven’t been to a festival myself, but I would love to one day because I can’t think of a better way to honor the dead.

I’ve had this idea in my head for a little while now, but I wasn’t sure how best to execute it. Once I had the plan for arms and legs the rest finally came together 🙂 It’s a simple little kitty plush with a very detailed, sugar skull-inspired mask! I like to think that if you use it to celebrate the Day of the Dead it could be to honor a favorite cat in your life that has passed on ♥

The skull is a little bit of applique and a little bit of embroidery, because it seemed so fitting to use embroidery for all of those colorful details. I’m not an expert at embroidery, so the stitches are very simple and I freehanded most of the design. So I encourage you not to take it too seriously either if you’re also not an embroidery master 🙂 Of course you could leave off all the bright details and still have an adorable skeleton kitty!

The arms and legs are attached with colorful buttons to add more color. So I’d say both the skull and the buttons are the most difficult part of the plush, which is why I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.

I hope you’ll give it a try in remembrance of a special kitty that was close to you!

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Freebie Friday! The Hardcore Hook Case

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I should have made this project ages ago! Do you ever make yourself something like that? Something that you didn’t even realize how much you needed until it was finally done? Well, this case for my crochet hooks is about more useful than any other project I’ve made so far – and yet it took me so long to finally get around to it. While I have all of my knitting needles and crochet hooks neatly categorized in a binder by size, I didn’t really have anything to hold them while I was currently working on a project. Since my boyfriend also crochets, it was resulting in a lot of lost hooks and yarn needles while we worked on amigurumi and the like since we had nowhere good to put the tools while we took a break from our projects.

So I finally decided to make a nice case for the tools we’re currently using. This includes one side with hook pockets, ranging from large for pencils and really thick hooks, down to the tiniest slots for really skinny hooks. The other side includes pockets for stashing my paper patterns, and a zippered pocket for tiny tools like yarn needles and stitch markers. The whole thing is done up in some leftover green and black faux suede with some gunmetal snaps so the whole thing looks anything but granny square :B Now I know my boyfriend will be proud to carry it around when he takes his projects on the road – and no more lost tools!

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Freebie Friday! The Zip Top Purse

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I guess this purse is more conceptual than anything >w< It appears to be a typical purse with a flap, but in this case the flap is the top of the bag, which folds over to create the flap. The folding point is made from two grommets that attach on the side where the strap is attached. Then there’s an extra pocket on the front for good measure that’s easy to access. The front skull appliqué is of course completely optional XD but I just had to add it due to my own quirky tastes.
Once again with this purse I was able to put another long-held scrap fabric out to pasture :B Like with most of my plaid scraps, I had this one lying around after I made a pair of pants with it. Also like a lot of other plaid fabrics, I kept making little projects here and there with the scraps until finally this last one put the remainder out of its misery! Woo! Destashing!

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