Creative Challenge #2 – Clare’s Craftroom

I joined in again for another of Clare’s Craftroom’s Creative Challenges.  I did one last year and really enjoyed it – so I thought I would participate in another one!  You can read about what I did last year HERE.  We were given a different picture and a colour each that we were to draw our inspiration from to create something and we could use any medium we liked – paint, paper, fabric, metal wood etc.  I was given the following photos to draw my inspiration from:


Immediately I knew exactly what I was going to make!  I know that sounds strange but sometimes just looking at something like this can give me a great idea!  Now I must admit that I have been watching Harry Potter movies with my kids lately so I had mythical creatures on my mind when I looked at these pictures.

I was going to make a unicorn with a rainbow mane & tail!  Originally my final sketches of the unicorn had the pink for the hooves and muzzle – but when it came together I preferred it all white.

So here is my unicorn!


I love how it turned out – in fact I love it so much I am turning it into a pattern!  So if you want to make your own unicorn – come back shortly (after I’ve written up the pattern, tested it out and made a few prototypes).

There were only a couple of us that were part of this challenge – but make sure you check out the other creations too over at Clare’s Craftroom.

Happy Sewing!




Valentine’s Day Softie Heart Tutorial

So Valentine’s Day is only a week away and I thought I would share this very quick and easy project for you to make.  Its a cute little Valentine’s Day Softie Heart!  Give it to someone you love, hang it on the kids bedroom doors or make a few to hang around the house to let your family know you love them this Valentine’s Day!


Click HERE to download the pattern template.


5” x 11” Red Felt

Scrap of White Felt

Scrap of Black Felt

9” Red Ribbon

Black & White embroidery thread

Polyester Fibre fill – stuffing



Print off your pattern template HERE and cut out the shapes.  Then pin these onto felt and carefully cut out the shapes.

You will need:

2 x Heart shapes

2 x Eyes

2 x Pupils

You will also need to cut a 9” piece of ribbon.





Take one of your heart shapes and your piece of ribbon.  Fold the ribbon in half (wrong sides together) and place the edge of the folded ribbon at the ribbon placement make on one of your heart shapes.  Pin it in place.

Take it over to your sewing machine and sew a couple of stitches at this ribbon placement mark to hold it in place.








Now fold the ribbon up in the middle of the heart and place your other heart shape over the top of this (so the ribbon is on the inside) and pin it together.

Mark the section to leave open and then sew the heart shapes together using a ¼” seam allowance.  Make sure you leave the section open so you can turn it out the right way.

Carefully clip the curves and then turn it out the right way through your turning gap.

Stuff firmly to give it a nice shape and then fold in your seam allowance on the turning gap and hand stitch it together.  I like to use a ladder stitch to do this.

Now take your Eyes (in white felt) and place them into position (referring to the pattern template for placement).  Using 2 strands of white embroidery thread, blanket stitch the Eyes to the heart (Keep white thread attached – you will use it to make highlights in the pupils later).



Place pupils into position on the eyes and using 2 strands of Black embroidery thread, blanket stitch them into place.

Now mark your mouth (using dressmakers chalk/washable marker) and then back stitch the mouth using 2 strands of black embroidery thread.

Go back and take your white embroidery thread and make two small stitches in the top outer corners of your pupils for highlights.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Enjoy!