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!

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Click HERE to download the pattern template.

Materials:

5” x 11” Red Felt

Scrap of White Felt

Scrap of Black Felt

9” Red Ribbon

Black & White embroidery thread

Polyester Fibre fill – stuffing


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Instructions:

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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).

 

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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!

 

Looking back at 2014

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.  We have had a lovely time here at home just spending time together as a family.  It has been so nice and relaxing.

At the start of the New Year I think it’s nice to look back at the previous year and reflect on what we have done and to celebrate what we have achieved too.  So I thought I’d share a little summary of what Jody’s Crafty Creations did for 2014

  • I updated all my paper patterns to PDF files so my patterns could be instantly downloaded.
  • I opened my Craftsy store and listed all my patterns on both Craftsy & Etsy
  • I setup and updated my blog in WordPress and updated my logo too.
  • I outsourced the digitizing of my pattern templates so now all my new patterns (and some of my existing patterns) are now digitized instead of hand drawn templates (it looks so much more professional and I’m so glad I did this!)
  • I put out a call for more Pattern Testers and so now have a nice list of lovely pattern testers (Thanks everyone!) who have done a great job of editing and testing out my new patterns for me.
  • I taught the Grade 6 kids at our school over about 5 weeks how to design and sew up their own softies (This is always heaps of fun teaching these classes and something I look forward to each year).
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  • I released 5 NEW Patterns this year!  The ‘Don’t Worry Doll’, ‘Kitty Cat Heat Bag’, Kids Creations: Easy Softie Projects’ (actually 4 softie options in one pattern!), ‘Christmas Bird Decorations’ and my ‘Pocket Penny Dolls’.
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  • OneThimbleIssue4Cover

    One Thimble e-magazine published my pattern ‘Kids Creations: Easy Softie Projects’ in Issue 4 and also an article I wrote too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Easter Bunny Softie
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    I released 4 FREE Tutorials this year!  The ‘Easter Bunny Softie’, Felt Flower Tutorial, ‘Heat Bag Tutorial’ and ‘Felt Flower Hairclip’.  I am still amazed that the Easter Bunny and Heat Bag were so popular!  To date the Easter Bunny free pattern has been downloaded 1522 times from my Craftsy store and the Heat Bag free pattern has also been downloaded 1669 times!

  • I have setup a monthly Newsletter using MailChimp that I send out at the end of each month and have 43 subscribers.  (If you would like to subscribe just enter your email address under ‘Newsletter’ in the column on the right.)

 

 

 

 

So now when I look at what I actually did do for my little pattern design business for 2014 I actually think I achieved quite a lot!  Thankyou to everyone who has supported me and purchased my patterns this year and for all the wonderful feedback and photos I have been getting too!  I love seeing what you make using one of my designs!  It makes it all so worthwhile!

I’m now planning what I will be doing for 2015 which will include releasing more new designs and lots of other exciting things too!

Happy Sewing!

A few Free Softie Patterns

I  thought I’d share a few free softie patterns I’ve found while checking out the internet lately!

The first one is Penny the Fish by While She Naps

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This one is a cute little dinosaur – dino plush by Wild Olive

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A cute little crab – Casey the Crab by While She Naps

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Free doll pattern - Gingermelon Dolls

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Happy Sewing!

Free Tutorial: Heat Bags

Here it is!  My Heat Bag Tutorial.   And just in time for Winter too (well here in Australia it is!)

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You can make this heat bag to ease aching muscles or to keep your feet warm and cosy!  Make one or two for yourself or make one as a gift for a friend.  I love heat bags and use them regularly.  You can find more information on heat bags on my post HERE.

You can also use heat bags as cold packs too!  Just pop them into the freezer and take them out when you need to cool down in summer!

I recommend using Cotton Drill fabric to make these heat bags.  It’s 100 percent Cotton and thicker than quilting cotton so I think it makes it ideal for using on a heat bag.  You could also use an upholstery weight cotton fabric or a double thickness of quilting cotton fabric.  I DO NOT recommend using synthetic or polyester fabrics as they may melt when heated in a microwave.

Use a small stitch on your machine (I used 1 ½” on mine) so that the wheat is secured inside and doesn’t pop out of the seams.  Use ¼” seams when sewing all the pieces together.

These instructions make one heat bag approx. 7” wide by 15 ½” long.  I find that size ideal as it can lie across your lap or across both your feet.  It is also a nice size to go across the bottom of your back, or you can also drape it over a shoulder or around your neck.

Materials:

Cotton Drill fabric

Approx. 1 . 3kgs Wheat (uncooked – raw wheat) or Rice (you could also use another natural filling like barley but please don’t use plastic pellets or polyester fibrefill)

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Cutting:   Cut one piece of your main Cotton Drill (pink fabric in this tutorial) 7 ½” x 16” (this will be the back piece of the heat bag)

Cut two pieces of main Cotton Drill (pink fabric) 2 ¾” x 16”

Cut one piece of co-ordinating/pattern fabric (tape measure fabric) 3” x 16”

You should now have the four pieces like in the photo on the left.

 

 


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Construction: Line up one pink strip with the centre piece (measuring tape fabric) right sides together and pin along the long side (matching the raw edges).  Sew it together.

Now do the same with the other pink strip and attach it to the other side of the centre piece.

 

You should now have the front piece completed like in the photo above.  Iron this flat – pressing the seams to one side.

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Now place this on top of your back piece, right sides together.  Match up all the raw edges and pin all the way around.  Sew all the way around leaving a 2” gap in the middle of one short side.  This will be you turning gap and also where you will fill the heat bag.

Trim corners.

 

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Turn the heat bag the right side out through the gap.

Push the corners and seams out and then iron flat.  Turn in your ¼” seam allowance on your turning gap and press flat.

 

 

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Now fill the heat bag with wheat.  Hold a funnel into the opening of the heat bag and spoon the wheat in.  (If you don’t have small funnel – simply make a paper funnel by rolling up some paper and sticking it together) It takes approx. 1 . 3kgs of wheat to fill it to just over half to about 2/3rds full.  You don’t want to fill it much more as you need to be able to move the wheat around to distribute the heat evenly when you heat it up.

 

Hand sew the gap closed using small stitches.  You may want to go over this gap twice just to make sure it is secure and no wheat can escape.

You’ve finished!  To use it – simply place it in the microwave and heat it for 1 to 2 minutes.  You may also like to place ½ a glass of water with it in the microwave when heating to stop the wheat from drying out too much.

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You can find the labels here on my blog under Free Sewing Tutorials.

Simply print off the label for the filling you have used in your heat bag.  There are 4 of the same labels on a page.  I have labels for Wheat, Rice, Barley or Beans or a blank one that you can write what filling you have used.  You could print them off on some nice paper or light cardboard if you like and use a hole punch to put a hole in the top and tie it on with some ribbon or ric rac.  This then makes a nice gift for someone, plus gives them instructions on how to use it.

Enjoy!

 

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If you enjoyed making this why don’t you make up my Kitty Cat Heat Bag too!  This is a brand new pattern I have just released!  You can find the pattern in my Craftsy Shop here: http://www.craftsy.com/user/1707335/pattern-store

 

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Free Tutorial: Felt Flower Hairclip

Here’s a another quick and easy project for you - a felt flower hairclip.  My daughter really loves hers and so I thought I would share this tutorial with you so you can make one too!

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You only need some small pieces of felt and a 50mm snap barrette hairclip and some embroidery thread.

Click HERE for the flower templates (and tutorial).

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Trace the templates onto paper and cut them out.  Then pin these onto felt in the colour of your choice and carefully cut out the shapes.

You will need: 2 x Flower A pieces, 1 x Flower B piece and 1 x Flower Centre piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take one of your Flower A shapes and place your snap barrette hairclip on the back.  Sit it so that both ends of the barrette are sitting within the flower petals.  Mark the end where the narrow middle part of the barrette starts.

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Take your hairclip off and draw a small line the same width as the narrow part of the barrette. Make a small slit here and feed the narrow part of the barrette through.

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Secure it in place using 2 strands of matching embroidery thread in 7 places – the very ends and around the sides.  This will keep the snap barrette firmly in place.  I only go through part on the felt – so my thread doesn’t show on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now place your other Flower A shape over the top of this flower (with hairclip attached) and blanket stitch them together with the large part of the snap barrette inside.

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Blanket stitch your Flower B shape (using 2 strands of matching embroidery thread colour) onto your completed Flower A piece – just stitching into the top Flower A piece (so your stitching doesn’t show through the other side).

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Now take your Flower Centre felt shape and using 2 strands of matching embroidery thread colour,  blanket stitch it onto the centre of the Flower B.

You’ve finished!  Well done!  Put it in your hair and enjoy!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Free Tutorial: Easter Bunny Softie

Here is a little Easter gift for you!  A free Easter Bunny softie pattern.

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This is a quick and easy project to make for someone this Easter.  A cute and cuddly bunny made using fleece and cotton fabrics and a little bit of felt too.

Suitable for beginners to advanced sewers.  You can use any kind of fleece fabric (like polar fleece), imitation fur or felt for the body (I have used a coral nursery fleece on mine).   For the beginner I would recommend a polar fleece or felt fabric for the main body as some of the other fabrics can be a little tricker to sew with.

I have used machine applique using a blanket stitch and straight stitch to applique the arms, feet, inner ears & tail.  You could also hand sew these on using 2 strands of embroidery thread and a blanket stitch and straight stitch.

Let’s get started.  You can find the pattern template HERE.   When printing please print it out at actual size.  I have included a  ¼” seam allowance has been included in all pattern pieces.

Materials:

8” (20cm) ivory/white fleece fabric (I have used Coral Nursery Fleece)

8” x 8” (20cm x 20cm) Striped Cotton Fabric

8” x 8” (20cm x 20cm) Pink Felt (Inner ears/Tail/Foot & Toe pads/Nose)

Small scrap of Black Felt (Eyes)

Fusible webbing (for applique)

Cutting:

Print the pattern pieces (click HERE for the pattern templates) and cut them out.  Then pin onto fabric as stated below.

From Fleece Fabric:

Fold fabric in half, right sides facing and cut (on double layer of fabric):

2 x Ears

1 x Head

On single layer of fleece fabric, cut:

1 x Body

Cut a piece of Fleece Fabric:

6” x 8 ½” (14cm x 22cm) and iron fusible webbing to the wrong side of it.

Now trace onto the fusible webbing:

2 x Arms (Reverse one)

2 x Feet (Reverse one)

Cut these out carefully and remove the paper backing.

From Striped Cotton fabric:

On single layer of fabric, cut:

1 x Body 

Cut a piece of Pink felt:

5” x 6” (12cm x 15cm) and iron fusible webbing to the wrong side of it.

Now trace onto the fusible webbing:

2 x Inner Ears (Reverse one)

1 x Tail

2 x Foot Pads

6 x Toe Pads

Cut these out carefully and remove the paper backing.

Applique

I have used my sewing machine on a Blanket Stitch to applique the Inner Ears, Tail, Arms and Feet in place.  I have then used a small straight stitch to sew the foot pads and toe pads in place.  If you prefer you can hand stitch these features into place using 2 strands of embroidery thread using a blanket stitch and a straight stitch.  When ironing pieces in place please make sure you use a piece of cotton fabric between the iron and your work so you don’t mark/burn/melt your fabric. 


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Ears

Take two of your ear pieces (make sure you have one that curves to the left and one that curves to the right) and iron your inner ear onto the right sides of these – matching the straight edge on the bottom (remember to use cotton fabric to protect your work when ironing).  Blanket stitch these in place.

 

 


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Tail

Take your fleece Body piece and lay this on the table right sides up.  Place the Tail into position (right sides up) referring to the body pattern template for placement. 

Iron this into place and then blanket stitch around it.

 

 

 


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Body

Take your striped cotton fabric Body piece and lay this on the table right sides up.  Place your arms and feet into position (right sides up) referring to the Body pattern template for placement. 

When happy with the position, iron these in place and then blanket stitch around each one.

 

 

 


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Place your Foot Pads and Toe Pads into position on the feet (referring to the Body pattern template) and iron them in place.   Use a small straight stitch (I used 1 ½ on my machine) on your machine to stitch close to the edge around all of these pieces, going around them all twice.

 

 

 

You should now have the following pieces:


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Assembly

Ears: Place Ear (with inner ear) on top of one Ear back piece (right sides together), pin and sew around the ear leaving straight bottom edge open.  Repeat for the other ear piece.  Now clip curves and turn right sides out and iron flat (remember to use cotton fabric to protect your work when ironing).

 

 

 

 


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Ears to Head: Place one head piece onto your table right side up and then place your completed ears on top matching the raw edge of the ear with the top edge of the head.  Refer to the Head pattern template for position.  Make sure the inner ear is facing right side down and that when sewn into place the ears point out the correct way.  Pin and then sew these into place using a ¼” seam. 

 

 

 

 


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Head to Body:  Now take this Head piece (with ears attached) and place it right sides together on top of the Body front (with arms and feet appliqued) and match the neck seams.  Make sure the centre dots match up and then ease the curve of the head onto the neck seam and pin into place.  Sew together using a ¼” seam.      

 

 

 

 

 


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Now do the same with the back Head piece and back Body piece.  So you should now have one completed body front (with ears) and one completed body back.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sewing it all together: Tuck in the ears and then lay your body front on top of your body back and match up the seams and the centre points.  Carefully pin it all the way around making sure your don’t catch the ears in the other seams.  Sew it all the way around leaving the turning gap on the bottom open.  Check all your seams first – and then clip curves and carefully turn right sides out through the turning gap.  It will make it easier if you pull out the ears first. 

 

Stuffing 

Firmly stuff the completed bunny through the gap in the bottom, using small pieces of stuffing at a time.  Stuff the head first and then the body.   Hand stitch the gap closed using a ladder stitch – filling with a little more stuffing as you go.  Go over the gap with the ladder stitch twice for extra strength.


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Face

Cut out 2 eyes (using pattern template) from black felt. 

Cut out 1 nose (using pattern template) from pink felt.

Using the pattern template and photos as a guide, place eyes and nose onto the face and pin them in place.

Blanket stitch (by hand) the eyes and nose into position using 2 strands of matching embroidery thread.

 

Now using two strands of pink embroidery thread, straight stitch the mouth on and then use one long straight stitch to make each of the whiskers.
I hope you love this little bunny as much as I do.  Enjoy making one, or two or more!  I’d love to see photos when you make one – just email me at jbherb1@bigpond.com

This pattern is also available as a Free PDF downloadable file from my Craftsy store.

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.

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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!