Feature: Awesome Designers Free Tutorial

There are some very talented designers out there in the big wide world and so I thought I would share with you some I have found and do a feature on my blog from time to time.

My Awesome designer for this feature is Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World.

Wendi Gratz

Wendi designs patterns especially for beginners and has some great links to videos to teach you the skills you’ll need to complete her designs.  She has sewing patterns for softies, dolls, toys, bags, quilts and applique.

She also has some fantastic FREE Tutorials which include tissue pack, pencil case, rice bag, pincushions, tote bag plus many more.

Wendi has also written some great books – one of them is called ‘Creature Camp’ which I purchased for my daughter recently.

I thought I would download her Free Tutorial for her ‘Monster Tissue Pack’ and make this up for my son.


 The instructions were very easy to follow with pictures showing you exactly what you needed to do each step of the way.  It only took me 20mins or so to make – so a lovely simple and quick project to do.

A cute and clever design.




Here’s how my version turned out.  This is a great project for using up some scraps of fabric too.  I didn’t have any white ric rac – but I think the red looks pretty good too.

My son was happy with it – he’s going to take it to keep in his desk at school.   I bet everyone will want to borrow a tissue from him now!




My daughter decided to get out Wendi’s book ‘Creature Camp’ and make something too.


Here she is making up one of the projects from the book – ‘Silly Bean People’.  She was able to read the book and follow the instructions with only a little bit of help from me.

Wendi’s book is just fantastic – perfect for kids who want to learn to sew softies!  She has all the basics in it so you can learn to sew and projects that build on each skill that you have learnt.

My daughter has used a sewing machine and done a bit of sewing before – so she just picked out a project she wanted to make and went straight to that part of the book.  She then went back to ‘sewing up the opening’ to remind her how to sew up the finished softie.  She loved being able to sew on the buttons for eyes and the embroidery for the mouth too.  A simple and easy project for her and she finished it by herself in under an hour.







Here she is with the finished project – I think it turned out great and she was so happy she could make it all herself.

Something I really love about this book is that kids have actually sewn the projects featured in the book.  It has some great photos to show you exactly how to do each step and is bright and colourful and written so that kids will want to read it.  I would definitely recommend it to kids that would love to learn to sew.  A fun way to introduce kids to sewing.

Go and visit Wendi’s blog at:  http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/ or check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shinyhappyworld

Happy Sewing!





what a great book,thankyou for the thumbs up Jody.xx

Wendi Gratz

Thanks so much for the terrific review! I love what you and your kids made!


Love her tutorials on youtube!

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