Drafty the Door Sausage Dog – now online!

I’ve just listed my most popular pattern – Drafty the Door Sausage Dog online as an instant downloadable PDF file.  You can find this pattern on my Craftsy and Etsy stores now.

Drafty the Door Sausage Dog
Drafty the Door Sausage Dog

You can now also find my Don’t Worry Doll pattern in printed format from Riviera Patchwork - my local patchwork store.  Drop in if you’re in Bairnsdale and say Hi to Gayle and Margaret.  You can also find my original Don’t Worry Doll there on display.

Happy Sewing!

Free Tutorial: Felt Flower

Here is a quick and easy free tutorial for you!  When I made up another sample of my ‘Don’t Worry Doll’ I decided to make her with a felt flower for her hair, instead of the crochet one (on the original doll & pattern).  Some of us (myself included!) cannot crochet.  I would love to be able to crochet and I have just signed up for a Craftsy class (with Stacey Trock) to learn how to do this .  So the crochet flower on my original ‘Don’t Worry Doll’  is one I purchased already made up (from Spotlight).  If you prefer you could make up your own little felt flower.  So here is another sample of my doll I made with a little felt flower.


I think it looks quite cute!  You can match in the felt colours with the materials you used on the body.

I’ve written a tutorial for this which includes the templates for the flower shapes.  Click HERE to go to the PDF document.

You can also find this tutorial now on my Free Sewing Tutorial page and also in my Craftsy store.

You could also make this flower to embellish a notebook cover, bag, headband, or to attach to a keyring or hairclip.

Happy Sewing!


New Pattern – Don’t Worry Doll

My new pattern is finally finished!  My pattern testers have done a wonderful job and I have made all the final editing changes to the pattern instructions and uploaded it to my Craftsy and Etsy stores.  I hope you love her as much as I do - here she is – my ‘Don’t Worry Doll’.


Make this doll for someone to help keep their worries away!  She can be held, hugged and talked to by your little one and has no buttons or hard pieces on her so they could take her to bed with them too and is suitable for all ages.

She has words of encouragement embroidered on her body to help your child keep those worries away.  She is bright and fun and will help cheer them up.

Great to help a child through a difficult time (like a tonsil operation/dental procedure etc) or for a child that is anxious or worried about something.  Helps to reassure them they are loved, and to be strong and happy, smile, believe and never give up, with the words embroidered on her body.





This image is on the pattern cover – what do you think?  We had a great time on the photo shoot – she got to play in the cubby house and climb in the tree while I snapped all the photos!  Great fun!

I’m so happy with her and really pleased to finally be able to release this pattern.

I would love to hear you thoughts and feedback so please feel free to leave me a comment!  Please feel free to share this post and photos too.  You can also email me at: jbherb1@bigpond.com

You can find the pattern by clicking the links to my Craftsy and Etsy stores on the right hand sidebar of this blog.


Thanks for visiting and Happy Sewing!

New Pattern Coming Soon!

I am in the final stages of writing a new pattern which should be released by the end of next week.    It’s currently with my pattern testers and I am just making the final editing changes to the pattern instructions.  This particular pattern is very special to me and very close to my heart so I thought I would share with you how I came up with the idea.


Around the middle of last year, I took my daughter to the dentist and we found out that she needed to have a small dental procedure to remove a tooth bud from her gum.  Basically this was a tooth that had failed to form properly and was now blocking the way of a healthy adult tooth.  A simple dental procedure was required under general aesthetic.

My daughter’s reaction to this news was not good!  She was extremely anxious and worried about it all and quite beside herself about the whole thing.  She is only 9 years old.  We talked to her and tried to reason with her that it was for her own good, but she was still really upset, anxious and worried.  So I started designing and making something to comfort her and help her through this tough time and this is where the idea for a ‘Don’t Worry Doll’ was created.


I wanted something she could hold and cuddle and take to bed if she wanted, and also something that we could take to hospital with us while she was having the procedure.  I wanted it to be bright, cheerful and fun too.  So the ‘Don’t Worry Doll’ was born.


She has words of encouragement embroidered on her body, to remind her we love her, and to be strong and not worry.   My daughter loves hers and she has definitely helped her through this difficult time.  She did take her to the hospital and they let her hold her while she went under the aesthetic.  I then kept the doll with me while they did they procedure and then as she was waking up I put the doll on the bed next to her again.  She has kept her on her bed ever since and has told me that she reads the words over and over and that it reminds her not to worry about things.  This makes me so happy!

I have now improved the design a little and made it easier to sew and written up some easy to follow instructions so that you can make one for someone special too.

Come back next week for the full pattern release!


Until then, Happy Sewing!



Hi there – and Welcome to my new blog!


My name is Jody Herbert and I produce patterns and designs under the name ‘Jody’s Crafty Creations’.  You can find out a little more about me from my ‘About’ page.

On this blog I will share with you my sewing creations, ideas, designs and patterns.  I’ll also share some links to some great free tutorials and other sewing tips, hints and ideas.

This blog is for all ages – so suitable to be viewed by children and adults alike.  Please keep this in mind when commenting on any posts.  I want it to be a resource for the young beginner sewers – so they can find some fun designs to sew themselves.


Of course - there will also be plenty in here for adults and experienced sewers too!


I love sewing, designing and making softie toys – so you will see plenty of links to softie sites and a lot of my posts will be ‘Softie’ related.  I will also include other content on some simple bag and clothing designs, as well as some embroidery too.

Thankyou for visiting, and please feel free to share this post with your friends too.  You can also follow me on Facebook

Come back and visit again soon!

Happy Sewing!