Befriending Sable in Animal Crossing: New HorizonsAustin Voigt

When you first begin visiting the tailor's shop on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you'll notice Sable - forever found sewing at the back left of the shop - will be a bit hesitant to talk to you from the outset. Often, when you attempt to speak to her, the younger Able sister - Mabel - will intervene and ask you to let her work in peace.

However, for anyone who has played previous games in the Animal Crossing series, you know Sable is the hedgehog with a heart of gold - and a friendship (or custom-sewn patterns) worth working for.

Guide to befriending Sable and accessing special patterns

How do you become friends with Sable at the Able Sisters' shop?

Don't give up: keep trying to strike up a conversation with Sable each time you visit the shop. Every day you speak to her, she'll begin telling you more about herself and her sisters, engaging in lengthier conversations and divulging more details as time goes on.

She'll also become friendlier towards you, and want to begin showing her appreciation for your attentiveness - in the form of hand-sewn patterns for use in furniture customisation.

Accessing patterns from Sable when customising furnitureAustin Voigt
Accessing patterns from Sable when customising furniture

How do you get new patterns from Sable?

At a certain point into your budding friendship (about one week, by our estimation), she'll start sewing various patterns for you to use when customising most furniture with fabric on it.

So far, we've received a total of 10 sets, each comprised of 20 different patterns (we believe this may be the limit, but more could appear down the line - we'll update this article if that is the case):

  • Polka-dot print
  • Striped
  • Checkered 1
  • Checkered 2
  • Traditional 1
  • Traditional 2
  • Retro
  • Natural
  • Toys
  • Cool

Have you befriended Sable yet? What is your favorite set of patterns to customise furniture with? Let us know in the comments!


This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which covers How To Fish with Complete Fish List and How To Catch Bugs with Complete Bug List. If you're looking for specific fish we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish and Golden Trout, along with a list of Fish And Bugs leaving at the end of June and the Best Custom Design Codes and Islands we've found so far. We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How To Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How To Get More DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down And Moving Trees, and using amiibo on Harv's Island.

And finally Where To Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons On Nintendo Switch if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game.