Handmade Valentine’s Day ideas

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and so I thought I’d post a few handmade Valentine’s Day ideas for you.

Valentine's Day Heart Tutorial
Valentine’s Day Heart Tutorial


Last year I shared a free Valentine’s Day Softie Heart tutorial with you – and you can find that plus all the instructions to make it HERE.






If you enjoy crochet – like I do - then here is a beautiful heart decoration by Attic 24.    You can find all the instructions to make this on Lucy’s blog post HERE.










Red Brolly has some fantastic tutorials.  This one is so cute – a penguin pocket to fill with treats for Valentine’s Day!   You can get the free pattern and tutorial on their website HERE.


This Heart Fairy Wand also by Red Brolly is also a great project you can do with the kids too!  Get the tutorial on their website HERE.







These mini Valentine’s Day bears by Lia Griffith are very sweet.  Find the tutorial on her website HERE (note: this pattern does require you to pay a  membership fee).










This Little Love Bunny Softie by Jennifer Jangles looks like it would be a nice quick and easy project to make.  You can buy the pattern from her Etsy store HERE.










Ferdinand the Frog is a free softie pattern from ‘While She Naps’.  Find the tutorial and pattern HERE. There is also a tutorial on how to make fleece roses that you could use on a hairclip, headband or to add a touch of love to something!










Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day on the 14th!

A Collection of Spring Softie Patterns

We are in the middle of Spring here in Australia and so I thought I’d share a collection of Spring Softie Patterns I have found around the Web.  I love Spring and I have been busy out in the garden weeding and planting vegie seedlings.  The days have been lovely and sunny and the kids have been having fun under the sprinkler today too.  So here are a few patterns I have found - the links are all here so you can find them all.  Have fun and Happy Spring Sewing!

The daisy and the Dandelion by Noia Land Patterns     Spring Flower Doll pattern by Heart Felt Plush










Peri the Sweet Flower Plushi by Pattern Jar                Bunny Pattern by Plushimoto










Snail with Flower Felt Pattern by StripeLineDesign    Cat Stuffed Animal Pattern by SquishyCuteDesigns













Regina Rabbit Pattern by Shiny Happy World             Four Seasons Tree Playset by SweaterDoll












Benji the Bumblebee by While She Naps               Baa Baa by Melly & Me













Cabbage by May Blossom                         Bird House by Ric Rac














I also have a FREE bunny pattern you might like too.  It’s my Easter Bunny pattern but it’s a perfect Spring softie project too.  Here is the link to the FREE downloadable PDF pattern in my Craftsy shop.

Easter Bunny Softie
Easter Bunny Softie













Happy Sewing!

Christmas Decorations to Sew

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Christmas Sewing patterns I have found.  I love making handmade Christmas decorations.  They make great gifts for family & friends or as something special to decorate your own home too.  They are fun to make and get me into the Christmas spirit while I’m making them.

Links for these patterns are below.


1. Snow Bird by mmmcrafts

2. Rudy by Melly & Me

3. Jumbleberry Santas by May Blossom

4. Santa’s Little Helpers by Jody’s Crafty Creations

5. Felt Christmas Mouse by Molly & Mama – FREE!

6. Merry Little Reindeer by Me & My Red Boots

7. Santa Mug Rug by Me & My Red Boots

8. Tid-Bit Sitting Elf by NimblePhish

9. Felt Food Cocoa & Christmas Cookies by The Pixie Palace

10. Ralph Reindeer by Two Brown Birds – FREE!

11. Mouse Christmas Decorations by Funky Friends Factory

12. Woodland Christmas by Ric Rac – FREE!

13. Christmas Club 2014  decorations by Shiny Happy World

14. Christmas Bird Decorations by Jody’s Crafty Creations

15. Patridge & Pear by Mmmcrafts

Happy Sewing!

A Roundup of Cat Softie Patterns

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:

1. Jude & Eloise by Ric Rac

2. Kawaii Cuties – Easy Cat by Funky Friends Factory

3. Sitting Cat by BeeStitchin on Etsy (Note: this is an In the Hoop Pattern only)

4. Pip by Shiny Happy World

5. Three Little Kittens by May Blossom

6. Cat Option in Kids Creations: Easy Softie Projects by Jody’s Crafty Creations (available from One Thimble)

7. Tiny Kitty by While She Naps (FREE pattern)

8.  Catnip Kitties by The Red Boot Quilt Company

9. Miss Whiskers by Two Brown Birds

10. Kiki by Melly & Me

11. Katie Kitten by Bit of Whimsy Dolls

12. Katy Kitty by mmmcrafts

13. Kitty Kate by Funky Friends Factory

14. Tiger the Door Sausage Cat by Jody’s Crafty Creations

15. Franklin the fat cat by Shiny Happy World

16. Soft Kitty Plush by Nimblephish on Etsy

So now you can sew up your own little kitty cat softie!

Happy Sewing!


A Roundup of Puppy Softie Patterns


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:

1.  Scruffy the Dog by MyFunnyBuddy on Etsy

2. Toby by Clare’s Craftroom

3. Puppy dog Softie by Dolls & Daydreams on Etsy

4. Madame Sausage Dog by Ric Rac on Craftsy

5. Dog Sewing Pattern by GrandGPatterns on Etsy

6. Buddy – Puppy dog sewing pattern by Shiny Happy World

7. Puppy Dog Pete by Funky Friends Factory

8. Darcy the Dachshund by While She Naps

9. Sally & Smith by Ric Rac

10. Dog option in Kids Creations: Easy Softie Project by Jody’s Crafty Creations

11. Dog Softie pattern by KimikoDesigns on Etsy

12. Dog sewing pattern by GrandGPatterns

13. Dress Up Dog by Shiny Happy World

14. Scotty McSpotty by Melly & Me

15. Spotty Dog by SweaterDoll on Etsy

16. Drafty the Door Sausage Dog by Jody’s Crafty Creations

Now you can make up your own little puppy!

Happy Sewing!




Spring Clean your Fabric Stash!

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!




Dog Applique TShirt

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!

Happy Sewing!