When I see adorable plushies from Japan, I immediately find myself with a bad case of grabby hands. The downside to this, aside from having to make excuses for a plush collection now that I’m old, is that trademarked characters from companies like Sanrio often come with a hefty price tag.
The only alternative to buying cheap knockoffs is to attempt making plushies yourself, which can be tricky on two levels. The first requires you to either make or find a reliable pattern. The second presumes you’ll survive the experience without turning yourself into a pin cushion.
Luckily, Choly Knight of Sew Desu Ne has you covered on both counts! In addition to being extremely talented and having a charming business name, Choly creates a wide variety of cute patterns that include original and well-loved characters.
We happen to be huge fans of Sew Desu Ne, and Choly was even generous enough to partner with Armorbelle for your benefit!
On our site’s sidebar you’ll see a trio of “Spirit Squirrels” that were designed just for our readers. If you sign up for Armorbelle email updates, you’ll receive a precious pattern to make your own fuzzy companion.
Choly’s patterns are a visual delight and incredibly easy to follow, even for beginners. If you’re worried about getting in over your head, simply reference the difficulty levels she notes for each design. Choly shares the specific skills you’ll need to complete every pattern and walks you through the entire creation process.
Not a single aspect is overlooked, believe me. Where most people would get nervous once they reached the actual sewing stage, I wasn’t even sure how to properly cut fabric. But Choly provides clear and detailed instructions from start to finish.
No matter how much of a newb you are, you’re in great hands.
Choly has a huge array of sweet critters for you to make. Some of my favorites include her owlbear (in honor of my boomkin druid in World of Warcraft), chubby dragon and werewolf.
She also has patterns for characters from Miyazaki films, Pokémon, How to Train Your Dragon and more.
In addition to her plushies, Choly offers instructions for making accessories and clothing. If you’re looking for a new accessory to polish off your latest outfit, Sew Desu Ne is the place to go.
Choly’s versatility isn’t surprising when you learn she’s been sewing since the age of 12. An admirer of fantasy and Japanese culture, she’s currently published seven books that not only touch on sewing, but other crafty endeavors like perler beads and decoden.
Whether you’re getting into sewing for the first time or have been wielding a needle for years, Choly’s patterns are some of the best in the biz when it comes to quality and appeal.
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