New Pattern Release – in One Thimble e-zine!

I have some VERY exciting news to share!  I have a new pattern that is to be released TOMORROW in One Thimble e-magazine Issue 9!  This issue includes 14 PDF Sewing patterns, plus tutorials, sewing articles and handmade business tips.  It’s their 2nd Birthday Vintage Circus issue and it looks fantastic!  It’s to be released Tomorrow 13th November.   To get your copy click on my affiliate link HERE.

 

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So for this Vintage Circus theme I designed these Cheeky Monkeys.  They are made from fleece and have Velcro on their hands and feet.  They can wear a Bow Tie or a Tutu just for a bit of fun and they love to hang around, hold onto each other and hug you too!

 

 

 

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My initial inspiration for this design came from the Monkeys in a Barrel game – can you remember playing with that as a kid?

The design then developed and I based my monkey shape and face on a spider monkey.  I love those cute little guys!  I made them at first in bright colours – like the monkey in a barrel game – and then also made up samples in the vintage circus colour scheme for One Thimble.  These lucky little monkeys got to go to NSW for a professional photo shoot for the magazine!  I absolutely LOVE the photos they took there!

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I hope you all love my Cheeky Monkeys!  The pattern is designed for a confident beginner and the pattern has lots of step by step photos to help you along the way.  The arms and legs are sewn into the body seam so they can put up with a bit of playing too.  The tutorials for the tutu and the bow ties are also included in pattern.  Click HERE to go to One Thimble for the issue 9 of the e-zine or stand alone pattern.

Happy Sewing!

Birthday SALE!

It was my birthday early last month and I completely forgot to share it with you all too!

I normally have a little sale on all my PDF patterns to celebrate – so let’s celebrate now (better late than never!).

Only my ETSY store will allow me to use sale coupons.  So simply go to ETSY, choose a pattern from my store – and then enter the coupon code BIRTHDAY at checkout to receive a 20% discount!  It’s as easy as that!  This coupon code will be valid for 2 weeks (ending 14/8/15).

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Happy Sewing!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

New Pattern Release: Pocket Penny Dolls

My latest pattern – the Pocket Penny Dolls – is finally ready for release.  These are cute little 9″ dolls that are quick and easy to make and only use small amounts of fabric (so great for using up those fabric scraps!).  They make great little gifts – and are something small that you could pop into a Christmas stocking too!  I love these little dolls and I hope you do too!  They are available right now on my Etsy & Craftsy stores.  So pop a Penny in your Pocket and you’ll always have a friend – or two – to play with!

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Happy Sewing!

New Pattern – Coming Soon!

A BIG Thankyou to those that voted for my entry into the One Thimble Fat Quarter Competition.  There were some fantastic entries into this competition and not everyone can win of course!  So I will be releasing my Pocket Penny Dolls VERY SOON in my Etsy and Craftsy stores!

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The pattern is currently being finalized - so as that’s done and my pattern testers have given it their tick of approval – it will be available for you to buy.  These are very quick and easy dolls to make and only use very small amounts of fabric too!  Great stash busters!  They are approx. 9″ high and a nice size to hold or pop in your pocket!  I love them and I’m making quite a few to have for sale at our local Makers Market in December.

Once again – a BIG thankyou to everyone who voted for my entry and make sure you pop over and check out the Winners!

Happy Sewing!

Fat Quarter Competition Entry – for One Thimble

A few weeks ago One Thimble announced a Fat Quarter Competition where you had to design & sew an original project using One Fat Quarter of fabric.   You could use small pieces of fabric that together make up one fat quarter of fabric plus whatever buttons, zips, ribbon, lace and other trims you needed, but no more than one fat quarter of fabric.  So this is what I came up with.  I call them my ‘Pocket Penny Dolls’.

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You can make two of these dolls using small pieces of fabric that in total make up a One Fat Quarter.  I have used white linen for the head and arms, felt and a little wool for the hair, and cotton fabrics for the body and legs.  Their faces are embroidered and they also have a flower embroidered in their hair.  They are 9″ high dolls that are quick and easy to make, and their arms and legs are sewn into the seams so they can put up with lots of playing too.  I loosely based the design on my ‘Don’t Worry Doll’ pattern.  I reduced the pattern templates and then modified them to make these cute little dolls.  I love how cute they turned out!  So now you can put a Penny in your Pocket and you’ll always have a little friend to play with!

One Thimble are having a People’s Choice Award over on their blog with all the competition entries.  There are some great entries for this competition – so make sure you pop over and vote for your favourite.

Happy Sewing!

 

New Pattern: Christmas Bird Decorations!

Here is a new pattern for you!  My Christmas Bird Decorations – and in plenty of time for you to make before Christmas too!

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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.

Happy Sewing!

New Pattern Release in One Thimble e-zine!

Issue 4 of One Thimble e-zine is out now!  And I am very excited to say that I have contributed a pattern and an article too!  My pattern has 4 easy softie designs that you can make with your kids or they can make themselves.

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I have included slightly larger seam allowances, and basic shapes - to make it easier for kids to sew.  The arms & legs are sewn into the seams and the facial features are sewn on by machine first before you sew the toy together, so there’s not too much hand sewing.  There are no tricky or narrow bits so it’s easy to turn out all the pieces and sew around.    The pattern includes 4 different options – a bird, monster, dog & cat – and you can mix and match the parts and features to make a creature all of your own if you like too!

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I love this picture of my kids holding the softies on the pattern cover!

Get your copy of Issue 4 of One Thimble e-zine by clicking on the link below:

Click here to visit One Thimble.

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 It includes 10 PDF patterns, articles, tips and advice and I think it’s great value for money.  You can also buy each of the patterns separately too.  Click on the link below for a sneak peek inside this issue!

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Happy Sewing!

 

New Pattern – Coming Soon!

I’m very excited to announce that I have a new pattern coming out in the latest issue of One Thimble!  One Thimble is this wonderful digital magazine (e-zine) that is released quarterly and includes great PDF sewing patterns plus articles, tutorials on sewing techniques and tips for people running a handmade business.  Issue 4 is going to be released on the 15th of August and will included my latest design.

I am so excited about this one and have called it ‘Kids Creations: Easy Softie Projects’.  It is designed for you to make with your kids or for them to make themselves and is a great beginners project.

Here’s what some of my pattern testers have said about it and some photos of the softies they made:

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Karleen made both the dog & cat and said: ‘…Fantastic quick and easy little patterns, and I am loving using the polar fleece as it has no fray :-)’

 

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Lisa made the cat and said:    ….’Had fun making her – quick and easy and great instructions too. I really like the seam allowance you’ve used – I’m normally not a fan of sewing with polar fleece but the little extra seam allowance just seems to make it easier to sew.’

 

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Leah made the cat and chose to embroider the eyes and said:   ….’This was such a quick fun pattern and my son loves playing with his new cat! I especially loved how big it turned out and it was such a pleasure that the patterns were already actual sized and didn’t need enlarging :)’

This pattern will be available on the 15th of August as a separate PDF pattern from One Thimble or as part of the whole e-zine.  Come back soon to hear more about this pattern & see more softies made by my pattern testers!

PS.  There is more to this pattern than the cat & dog design…can you guess what else is included?

Happy Sewing!

 

 

New Pattern Release: Kitty Cat Heat Bag

I have a New Pattern to share with you!  My Kitty Cat Heat Bag!  As you may have seen on my last post I have just released this cute new heat bag pattern.  I LOVE this heat bag.  I love cats and so I thought a sleeping cat lying across your lap would be just ‘purrrfect’ for a heat bag!  My kids loved it too and so now they each have a Kitty Cat Heat bag of their own.

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You can find this Kitty Cat Heat bag pattern as an online PDF pattern in my Craftsy and Etsy stores.  It’s an easy pattern to make up and suitable for beginners too.  There are lots of pictures to show you each step of the way.  I have made this heat bag using a Cotton Drill fabric and you could also use an upholstery weight cotton or a double layer of quilting cotton too.  Please DO NOT use polyester or synthetic fabrics as they may melt when heated.

I also did NOT use any fusible webbing or glue when I applique the face shape onto the body.  I simply pinned it and sewing it around the edge and then embroidered through the two layers of fabric to help attach the face to the body.  Fusible webbing or glue may also melt when heated which is why I did not use them.

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I hope you love my Kitty Cat Heat Bag as much as we do!

Enjoy and Happy Sewing!