Graphic styles + pattern creator

I just finished a series of characters, all heavily styled using handmade textures which I applied via Illustrator's graphic styles. The goal was to create pattern motifs using the characters, but Illustrator won't allow patterns to be created using artwork that's already filled with other patterns. I initially thought I could expand the fills, but that isn't working either. Am I missing something?

You need to expand them and after that also get rid of clipping masks.
That's a lot trickier. If there are no strokes inside the patterns, you can try the pathfinder Crop

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