Choly Knight

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Free Pattern Friday! Koala Plush

Hi everyone!
For the first free pattern of 2021, I wanted to knock out a classic animal that had been on my list for a while, a cute koala! It’s really about time I introduced an Australian native, since so many adorable animals come from there.

This one has a basic shape, similar to the Panda from August of last year. It has the typical big head and little body style I do. The arms and legs have optional claws, and the face has the iconic big nose. It also features big fluffy ears, which would work especially great with faux fur fabric.

The centers of the ears are sewn in a really tight curved seam, but you could also applique them instead. In addition, the arms and legs are sewn into the side seams, so that part of the instructions can get a little crowded. With all that in mind, I rated it a 3/10. It might feel like a 4 if you’re not used to the curved sewing though.

As always, the pattern comes with both applique templates if you’ve got a regular sewing machine or embroidery files if you have an embroidery machine 🙂 Everything fits 4″ x 4″ hoops, you’ll just need to rotate the fabric for the face to make it fit.
I hope you all like it!


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Free Pattern Friday! Appa Plush

Yip yip!
Appa was high on my request list for this year, and being the last month of the year I knew I finally had to tackle him! Hopefully most of you recognize this cuddly bison ❤ For those that don't, Appa is a flying sky bison and the lifelong companion to Aang, the main character of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sky bison appear throughout the sequel series, The Legend of Korra as well. I think part of the reason why Appa got pushed to the end of the year is because I really wanted to make this version like the big festival prize Korra wins in season 2, episode 1. It was a big undertaking but I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I tried it!

Obviously not everyone needs a huge Appa, so I designed it in 3 sizes. The middle size is the most ideal, and the smallest size was created mostly so people with 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoops could still join in the fun.
In general, this plush is constructed with a separate front and back with most of the extremities — like legs, tail, and ears, being sewn into the seam around the outer edge. This does make that outer edge seam a little crowded, since there are so many extra bits to stuff inside. For that reason I rated it a 4/10, though it might feel closer to a 5 if you tackle the larger Appa, just for the extra work due to the bigger size.
Appa looks amazing sewn in faux fur or long-pile minky, which I had plenty leftover after the Puppy plush from Thanksgiving. But it is tricky to sew, so to make Appa in smooth fabric but still keep the cute head fringe, I created a bangs piece that drapes over his forehead and eyes.

As always, the pattern comes with applique templates to make the details, which works great if you’re sewing with faux fur since that’s harder to embroider. These will work if you’re sewing the details by regular machine or by hand. If you have an embroidery machine, there are files for the 3 sizes as well — the small is best for 4″ x 4″ hoops, the medium for 5″ x 7″ hoops, and the large size needs a really big hoop: 8″ x 14″.
I hope you all like it!


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Free Pattern Friday! Pikachu Plush

Hi everyone!
Requests for a Pikachu plush have been on my list for a while now, and they really ramped up over the last year or two. He’s such an important character I wanted to make sure to nail it perfectly. So you could say the Hoodie Hack I released back in September was kind of a warm up. But the plush version is finally ready!

This one has a tiny chubby body with stubby legs. The feet and arms are sewn on by hand as well as the ears. It sits well on its own thanks to a flat bottom. Just like the hoodie hack, this one comes with bonus templates for a female version of the tail (with a heart shape at the end) and a shocked face from the meme, haha!

As always, the pattern comes with applique templates to make details — including both faces, the back stripes, and base of the tail. These will work if you’re sewing the details by regular machine or by hand. If you have an embroidery machine, those files are included as well. They fit 4″ x 4″ hoops if you place the fabric diagonally, and 5″ x 7″ hoops if the faces are upright.
This project has a lot of darts in the head as well as a weird curved dart in the body. Many of the smaller body parts are also sewn on by hand. So there’s a bit of a time sink there. There are also some crucial points to line up in the legs to get the right shape. So if you take your time with those parts and pin carefully before you sew you’ll get through better. With all of that in mind, I rated it a 4/10.

I hope it lives up to the character for you guys!


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Free Pattern Friday The Child Plush

Hi everyone!
Almost a year ago everyone was excited about The Mandalorian, and of course the adorable green space baby that came along with it! I didn’t have a chance to make a pattern for it then (though TeacupLion made a great one). But I still got so many requests for it I had to give it another try this year — just in time so you can have a plush child to cuddle during season 2!
The pattern features a tiny chibi body, very similar to my Witch Kitty from a few years ago. It has expressive eyes, a mischievous smile, and of course big ears! It also shows you how to make a removable robe.
As always, the pattern comes with applique templates to make the face in case you’re sewing by regular machine or by hand, but there are free embroidery files as well if you have an embroidery machine. The face fits into a 4″ x 4″ hoop if it sits diagonally, and a 5″ x 5″ hoop if it sits upright.

Would you like to see how I designed this pattern? You can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get behind-the-scenes details!

Also as usual, you’re free to sell items you’ve sewn using my pattern. A credit back to me to show appreciation would be all I ask for in return. But as you might already know, Disney is very strict about people selling fanart, so please do be careful out there in craft-seller land ❤ Which brings me to my next announcement — the plush giveaway!
Since I’m not selling these little babies, I’m offering the darker green child for a random winner! (My husband quickly snatched up the light green one lol!)

UP FOR GRABS:
A dark green space baby plush! Awarded to just 1 random winner.

TO ENTER:
Fill out the form at the bottom of this post and submit! 😀
DEADLINE:
The giveaway will be active from Friday, October 9th, 2020 through 11:59pm EDT on Monday, October 12th, 2019. The winner will be contacted between 9am and 10am EDT on Tuesday, October 13th.

CLAIMING YOUR PRIZE:

  • 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!).

OTHER DETAILS:

  • As a winner, I’ll announce your name and website (if applicable) on this page, so every entrant knows who the final winner was.
  • International entrants are more than welcome to enter!
  • When I contact you about winning, you’ll need to provide me (privately) with your address or PO Box to receive the item.
  • The prize will be shipped out in about 2 business days with tracking.
  • 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 13th to see if you’ve won!

RESULTS:
Congratulations to Eunice who is the winner of the giveaway! Thank you to everyone that entered!


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Free Pattern Friday! Panda Memory Bear Plush

Hi everyone!
For this free pattern I was hoping it would be a bit of a two-for-one! I had requests for both a panda bear and a memory bear so I thought I’d combine them 🙂 If you’ve never heard of them before, memory bears are a kind of stuffed teddy bear made with scraps of a loved one’s clothing to serve as a memento.
For this project, I made the pandas using lots of different apparel fabrics and made sure that the pattern would work well regardless of the kind of texture or stretch the fabric had. So you’ll find this pattern has some more darts than usual to add shaping. I also ensured that the pattern could be sewn entirely by machine if you wanted so the finished plush can stand up to lots of extra hugs!

In the samples you’ll see I have bears made from quilting cotton, a men’s flannel shirt, various knit scraps, and the classic minky. So you’ll find you can make this bear from lots of different light to medium-weight clothing. And the templates are small enough that you should be able to cut straight from the clothing. There are tips inside the pattern for sewing with apparel fabrics, like using stabilizer if your fabric is older or more delicate, or using a shorter stitch length for extra durability.
As always, the pattern comes with applique templates to make the face in case you’re sewing by regular machine or by hand, but there are free embroidery files as well if you have an embroidery machine. The face fits into a 4″ x 4″ hoop if it sits diagonally, and there’s a muzzle file as well if you’re making a 3D snout.
The hardest part is likely sewing the body, since the limbs are sewn in the seam so the stitching can get crowded. But if you don’t stuff the limbs too much, take it slowly, and work a few inches at a time, you’ll get there 🙂 For all of that, I rated it a 3/10.
I hope you all like it!

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Free Pattern Friday! Teto Plush

Hi everyone!
I’ve got another Ghibli inspired character to add to my collection! Fans of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Laputa Castle in the Sky hopefully recognize this adorable little fox squirrel. This cute creature has a lot of markings on his body, so I decided to keep things simple by using a flat, beanie style body. It also features big ears with accent tips, a striped tail, and a sweet little neck ruff.
The flat body makes it perfect for machine embroidery, and so to suit several hoop sizes I created a large and small version of Teto! One is about 8″ long and fits 6″ x 10″ hoops, and the other is 6″ long and fits 5″ x 7″ or 4″ x 4″ hoops. Of course the pattern comes with applique templates so you can make it with a regular sewing machine instead. If you’re doing applique, the large size is much easier, but at least the small version is there for variety!
The ears are sewn angled so they look more 3D, which is likely the hardest part of the plush. Everything else is rather basic if you’ve had a little experience with other plush patterns. For all of that, I rated it a 3/10.
I hope you all like it!


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Free Pattern Friday! Hamster & Chinchilla Plush

Hi everyone!
Probably the most requested animal I received in 2019 was for a Hamster, with a Chinchilla being highest in the poll I put out at the end of 2019. I thought maybe I could combine them for this next free pattern!
I toyed with making these fluffy guys more realistic, but honestly I think fellow plush designer Teacup Lion did a great job with that herself. So instead I went with a more cartoony version that has a big head and little body. It kind of has Hamtaro vibes ♥

The hamster has a separate muzzle piece that give it its chubby cheeks. Beginners might find all the curves difficult to sew, so I included some alternatives for sewing that part. Meanwhile the chinchilla is made with longer, 10mm pile minky for that luxurious and fluffy result ❤ Included is a cute little sunflower seed for them to hold! With all that in mind, I rated it a 4/10, but it might feel more like a 3/10 for the chinchilla since it doesn't have the contrast muzzle.
As usual, the pattern has applique templates for the face and other markings, but there are included embroidery files as well. They all fit in 4" x 4" hoops, though for some you'll need to rotate the fabric. The sunflower seed is sewn in the hoop for some extra ease.
I hope you all like it!


Would you like to see how I designed this pattern? You can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get behind-the-scenes details!


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Free Pattern Friday! Bumblebee Plush

Hi everyone!
I’m knocking another classic animal off my long request list ❤ A chubby little bumblebee! Hopefully it provides a bright spot in an otherwise stressful spring.
It has a really round, pudgy body with tiny antennae, legs, and cute wings. My favorite parts are probably the big bug eyes and the tiny stinger though!

It looks great in classic yellow and black, but you can see you could also do gold and brown for a fun color variation. Using fluffy fabric is especially fun to get that real fuzzy bumblebee look (I used Shannon Minky Hide in yellow and black).

The techniques used to make it aren't too complex, but many of the pieces look similar which can get confusing. The pieces have lots of extra labels to help you line them up, so be sure to refer to them and the pictures in the instructions before you sew each seam. With all that in mind, I rated it a 3/10.

As usual, the pattern has applique templates for the face, but you can also use the included embroidery files as well. They're small enough to fit a 4" x 4" hoop if you rotate your fabric ❤
I hope you all like it!


Would you like to see how I designed this pattern? You can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get behind-the-scenes details!


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Free Pattern Friday! No Face Plush

Hi everyone!
I’m adding another Ghibli character to the collection! Fans of Spirited Away hopefully recognize this mysterious creature! This strange guy gets his name from being a black blob with no face (kaonashi in Japanese) and instead wears a Noh-style mask.

He has several key moments in the movie where he offers the main character, Chihiro, bath tokens and gold. I made sure with this pattern to include a huge variety of small items he can hold, including the bath tokens, gold, a classic heart, and even tiny little knitting! (His needles are toothpicks!)

The body is super simple, basically being a long dome. So it comes together very quickly. Sewing extra things for his hands is optional, but does add some more hand-sewing time to the overall work load. With all that in mind, I rated it a 2/10.

As always, the main pattern has templates to make the mask, mouth, and bath tokens in applique, but you can also use the included embroidery files as well ❤ The mask can fit on 4″ x 4″ hoops, and the full mask and mouth can fit on 5″ x 7″ hoops.

I hope you all like it!

Would you like to see how I designed this pattern? You can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get behind-the-scenes details!


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Free Pattern Friday! Hedgehog Plush

Hi everyone!
For this month’s free pattern I’m taking a cue from some of the surveys I’ve held over the past year — so thank you everyone that voted for a hedgehog!
This round, pudgy boy is made from a combination of both smooth fabric and extra fluffy faux fur to give it the look of hedgehog quills. It gets quite a lot of its personality depending on what kind of faux fur you choose! Anything from a short 10mm pile (I used Shannon Minky Lux Angora, Fawn, & Rose in the testing) to a longer 35mm pile (the lavender here is a Shannon Luxury Shag; sadly the gray Falcon Shag is no longer available)

The body is a fairly straightforward round shape with tiny arms, legs, ears, and a little snout. So putting it together is pretty fast — especially if you have no trouble working with faux fur. With all that in mind, I rated it a 3/10.

As always, the main pattern has templates to make the face and nose in applique, but you can also use the included embroidery files as well ❤ The face is pretty small to begin with, so it has no trouble fitting into 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoops.
I hope you all like it!

Would you like to see how I designed this pattern? You can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get behind-the-scenes details!