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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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New MCC Pattern for December!

Hi everybody!
Happy December! We’re full into the holiday season now it looks like. I had a great Thanksgiving and did a lot of fantastic online shopping from fellow Etsy sellers & small businesses alike. I hope you all are having a great holiday season as well! I have a new pattern to add to your festivities ♥

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A Jackalope!

As the year was drawing to a close, I got so many requests for a Jackalope 😀 I can’t blame you all for being nervous! I saved it until the end because it’s my personal favorite legendary creature! It is of course a combination of jackrabbit and antelope. So basically a rabbit with horns or antlers. They’re a popular kitschy touristy mascot of sorts to the American west and I think they’re adorable!
As for difficulty: This one has a lot of tiny pieces, particularly the narrow feet, that are sewn on by hand. 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.

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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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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for November!

Hi everybody!
Wow! I can’t believe it’s November already. I really missed October going by so soon, but I’m also excited about November and the promise of fall weather and some holiday shopping. I hope you all have been having a good autumn season as well! I have lots of fun projects planned for the rest of the year and even a few leading into the new year ❤ But first things first is the next monthly crafting challenge pattern!

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A Peryton!
Deer and stags are a common theme in legendary tales and stories, but I knew if did a deer there wouldn’t be much to set it apart from the regular woodland animal. It was with the help of you all that suggested a Peryton that made this possible! By suggesting this hybrid bird/deer I could make a cute deer plush with that mythic spin. Perytons are first mentioned in the Book of Imaginary Beings as a winged deer or bird/deer hybrid. Some variations have bird hind-quarters, but I stuck with the all-deer body for ease. Instead you have your choice of classic deer ears and tail or feathered ones for that extra bird-like touch.

As for difficulty: like with my other ‘beanie’ style plushies, this one has a head that’s sewn on by hand into the crook of the front legs. So that’s a little tricky to do. There’s also some optional top-stitching done on the wings, ears, and tail that add more depth to the plush. 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 November 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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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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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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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!