Crafters were doing “8-Bit” art long before Mario jumped his first barrel. (Actually that was before Mario was named Mario…)
Anyway, the cool thing is that any good 8-bit sprite can easily become a hand-crafted family heirloom. It’s really not hard, esp if you don’t worry about what the OTHER side looks like. Just like with my origami!!!
Tip: definitely use the plastic mesh to sew on. Definitely.
Another tip: visit Spriter’s Resource to get old-school sprites from a ton of old games OR make your own using graph paper like I did here.