Here is a new pattern for you! My Christmas Bird Decorations – and in plenty of time for you to make before Christmas too!
I love these little birds. I originally designed them back in 2010 (Wow – was it that long ago!) and released them back on my personal blog as a free pattern. I have now completely updated and re-written this pattern and the pattern templates have been digitized too, so I am now releasing them for a special low price of only $2.00 (AUD)! This small price you pay for the pattern will help pay for costs I now have hosting this website, digitizing my pattern templates and basically to help keep me designing.
These Christmas Bird decorations are VERY quick and easy to make. They make great gifts for family, friends or as teachers gifts at the end of the year too. I have made many of these Christmas birds over the last few years and have also made them up to sell at our local Makers Market too – and they do sell really well. You are more than welcome when you purchase this pattern to use it to make birds to sell at your local markets or to sell online too. I only ask that you please credit the design back to me by mentioning pattern design by Jody’s Crafty Creations.
These birds also look great made up in other fabrics too and you can string a few together or make them up as a mobile to hang up in a child’s bedroom or wherever you like!
I hope you love them as much as I do. Just go to my Crafsty or Etsy store to purchase the pattern.
Today we made Zokling sock creatures with the Grade 3/4 kids at school. It was great fun and they all did a wonderful job making up their Zoklings too! Here’s a photo of two of the Zoklings we made.
This is a great project to do with kids (a good idea for a school holiday project too!). These Zoklings are a creation by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World. So simple but so cute too! I love them. There was about 18 kids that all managed to make and finish their Zoklings in class and we had the afternoon session (of around 1.5 hours) to make them. All you need for this project is a sock, 2 safety eyes, a little felt (for behind the eyes), wool for the hair and then rice to fill them up. These ones took around 2 cups of rice. You can find the instructions plus videos on how to make these over at Shiny Happy World. Thanks Wendi for giving me permission to use your design to teach this class. It was great fun!
Our new little puppy has been with us now for just over a week and is settling in really well. Yesterday our cat Mittens finally decided to come out of hiding constantly and has seemed to accept that this little puppy is here to stay. I wouldn’t say they are friends just yet – but at least they are tolerating each other for now! I’m so pleased that the cat is back to her usual self and spending time with us again – so I thought I would share a Roundup of Cat Softie patterns that I have found with you.
Links to the patterns for these softies are below:
I made it out of polar fleece and a little felt for the eyes and noses. It has a cute little Joey finger puppet that you can take out of the Kangaroo’s pouch.
There was a new technique I learned here to attach the legs to the body. I was a bit unsure about it at first – but once it all came together I realised what a great technique it was. I love this book by Abigail Glassenberg – ‘Stuffed Animals from Concept to Construction’. It’s been a great resource and is a brilliant book for anyone wanting to learn how to sew and design softie animals. I highly recommend it.
We have a new puppy! We brought her home with us last Friday and she is just so cute! She is a Jack Russell Terrier and her name is Ruby. She’s 9 weeks old.
It’s like having a new baby in the house – as I have to get up to her 2 or 3 times at night at the moment! Apart from the disturbed sleep - she has been just adorable and is fitting in really well in our house so far – apart from the cat – who is not very keen on her at all!
I thought as I have puppies on my mind at the moment I would share a roundup of Puppy Softie Patterns I have found with you.
Links to the patterns for these softies are below:
It’s Spring here in my part of the world! Such a beautiful time of the year too. I think it’s time for a bit of Spring Cleaning – so I thought I’d share some ideas on how to Spring Clean your fabric stash – and use up some of those fabric scraps you have in there too.
My sewing cupboard can get REALLY messy – as I have lots of fabric and I like to keep all my little scraps and off-cuts too. So every once in a while I need to go through it and try and sort it out. I like to sort it out first by fabric type. So I have a place for quilting cottons, polar fleece, felt, interfacing & battings and dress fabrics. That way when I go to find fabric I at least know what place to start in! I then have a large container I have filled with all my scraps and offcuts. So anything I think is too small ends up in there.
I have several plastic containers with lids that my quilting cottons are folded and placed in and I like to sort them by novelty/kids prints, floral & spots/stripes/solids, and Christmas fabrics. I also then have smaller containers that hold all my ribbons/ric-rac, buttons, zips & elastic and other bits and pieces. My sewing cupboard definitely needs a spring clean right now – so I had better get to it!
Here are some fabric storage ideas I found on Pinterest that might inspire you!
So what do you do with all you fabric scraps? I like to go through them every once in a while and work out ways to use them. Sometimes I set myself a little challenge - to make as many things as possible without buying anything – and just use what I have in my fabric stash & scraps! Here are a few ideas I found:
Make a Scrappy Quilt.
Wendi – over at Shiny Happy World has some posts she’s called Controlled Chaos Scrappy Quit-Along. She has 6 blocks she has made so far. You use fabric scraps sorted into colours and simple patterns to put them all together. She also has great tutorials with these to help make the process of cutting and sewing the squares together easier too. A great way to use up fabric scraps!
Use your fabric scraps to jazz up a plain T-shirt! This is a great way to make a plain kids T-shirt into something special and use up some fabric scraps at the same time.
Here are a couple of Applique ideas I found:
Dog Applique T-Shirt Tutorial over at Aesthetic Nest. She has used Heat ‘n Bond and then top stitched close to the edge of the applique. I think it looks very effective and is a nice simple tutorial on how to do this too. She also gives you the templates for applique in this tutorial too.
This Snow Queen Applique pattern is so sweet! It uses a sketchy stitch method & Heat ‘n Bond to fuse the applique shapes to the t-shirt. The pattern is available as part of Issue 4 of One Thimble e-zine (yes – I am loving this e-magazine at the moment!) and is by Ric-Rac & Retro
Sew a Softie
I’ve posted about his free softie tutorial by While She Naps before – but Pete the Bear is great for using up some fabric scraps. You don’t need a lot of fabric for him and he is quick and easy to make up too. You can use up all different fabrics scraps in any colour and pattern you like. Lots of fun!
So I hope this post has given you a few ideas on ways to Spring Clean your fabric stash and use up some of those fabric scraps too! I’d love to hear how you store your fabrics and any tips or advice you have on storing fabrics and notions too! Just leave a comment on this blog post!
A huge thankyou to everyone that entered my Giveaway last week! Thankyou all for your lovely comments too. I have used the random number generator to pick the winner of the giveaway – drumroll please……and it is:
Comment number 10: Flavia: who said “Thanks for this giveaway. One thimble hás terrific projects!”
Congratulations Flavia! I will email you your One Thimble $25 Gift Voucher and also send you one of my PDF Patterns of your choice. Well done!
Thanks again to everyone that entered this giveaway and a very big THANKYOU to Jen at One Thimble for donating the $25 Gift Voucher!
Clare over at ‘Clare’s Craftroom’ setup a Creative Challenge that sounded like fun – so I decided to join in! We were given a different picture and a colour each that we were to draw our inspiration from to create something. We could use any medium we liked – paint, paper, fabric, metal wood etc. I of course chose fabric! I was given the following photos to draw my inspiration from:
Looking at the beautiful lace curtains and purple colour – I immediately thought of a toadstool fairy house! Funny how inspiration can just hit like that! First of all I thought of a cushion then a bag, and at one stage thought of making a 3D toadstool house with table & chairs & a fairy bed too! I wanted it to have a little purple window with lace curtains and a little purple door. Instead I settled on something that would be cute but practical – a Fairy House Purse!
So here it is – my little Fairy House Purse complete with purple window, lace sparkly curtains and a purple fairy door. Small but big enough to hold secret little treasures or coins and easy for kids to hold too.
Make sure you pop over the Clare’s Craftroom and follow the links to all the other challenger’s blog posts to see what they made! I can’t wait to go and visit them all.