Forest Friends and Christmas Birds!

I posted these on Facebook a little while ago but I thought I had better update you on here too!  Introducing my latest design – Forest Friends!  These softie deer are unique creations designed and handmade by me especially for the Amegilla Gallery in Bruthen.  Sorry – I am not releasing these as a pattern – but you can buy these creations from the gallery.  They have hand painted and embroidered eyes, embroidered tummy’s, button joints for the arms and a crochet scarf to help keep them warm.  They also have a little tail too.  My inspiration for these forest friends was the local area around Bruthen – in particular the state forest where you find wild deer.



I was also lucky enough recently to be given a sample of Gail Pan’s new fabric line to play with.  This new fabric line is called ‘All Things Christmas’ by Red Rooster Fabrics and is due out in March next year.  I made up a couple of my Christmas Bird Decorations with it and I think they look great.  Lovely Fabric – thanks Gail!  You can find my pattern for these Christmas Birds here:


Happy Sewing!

Amineko Cat

I just finished crocheting this Amineko cat today.  Such a little cutie – it only stands 18cm tall.  I’ve seen a lot of these on Pinterest and Ravelry and have wanted to make one for quite a while.  This is a free pattern available through Ravelry HERE.

I used a small 2mm hook to make this and you use single crochet working in the round.  They are very small rounds and so you have to crochet very tightly too.  I enjoyed making this little cat and it’s a nice small project you can take with you to appointments or kids sports lessons.



Grade 6 Softie Toy Creations 2016

Last week I finished teaching my Softie Toy Making classes with the Grade 6 kids at school.  I have been teaching this class once a week for the whole term during the Grade 6′s art class.  I love teaching these classes – and this is the 6th year I have been teaching them.  It’s always lots of fun and I love seeing the creations that the kids come up with.  The kids get to draw out ideas of what they would like to create, make them into pattern pieces, select and cut out their fabrics, sew them together on the sewing machines, stuff them and hand sew gaps closed as well as embroider any details.  This year we ended up with 2 foxes, three people (a man, cowboy and Angus from ACDC), a super dog, an elephant, cat, ballet bunny, rocket ship, zebra, deer and a Kung Fu Panda.   They all did a wonderful job!  Well done everyone! (Sorry – there is one photo missing of a cool looking man with a skull & crossbone shirt!).

PicMonkey Collage


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!

Good Fortune Headwrap

This post is part of the One Thimble Issue 9 Blog Tour.  So Welcome – I hope you enjoy my blog!  I decided to sew up the Good Fortune Headwrap from One Thimble Issue 9 for this blog tour.  I also contributed the Cheeky Monkey  pattern to this issue of One Thimble – and you can read about that in my blog post HERE.

The Good Fortune Headwrap is designed by Alana Pritchard from Rosie Petal.  You can find her on her facebook page RosiePetalKids.


I used a spandex/dance fabric to make my headwrap which I purchased from spotlight.  You really don’t need very much fabric at all to make this headwrap.  I only needed a rectangle that was just over 50cm long by 17cm wide.   This was actually the first time I had ever sewn something in this type of fabric.  I mainly use cotton or fleece fabrics when I make my toys, bags or quilts – so using this fabric was very new to me!  I read through the instructions a couple of times but it really all made sense when I made the headwrap itself.  I also took Alana’s advice on using a stretch stitch on my sewing machine and I also used a stretch sewing machine needle too.

I first measured my daughter’s head and then used the chart provided in the instructions to get the exact size I need to make the headwrap.  The finished headwrap fitted my daughter perfectly – so this table was great!  I also made mine in the regular width – but you can also make it in wide and narrow width too.  Alana’s instructions and step by step photos were really good and I don’t think I would have got the folding part right without those wonderful photos!  Now I’ve made one – I could make more very easily!  There were two ways to join the edges - raw edge or concealed.  I chose concealed to give it a neater finish.  I was really happy with the way it turned out.












Thanks Alana – a great design and easy to follow instructions too!  This took me a very short time to make from start to finish too – so a nice quick project to make too.  You can get this great pattern (plus 13 other wonderful patterns, tutorials, tips  & ideas) when you buy One Thimble issue 9.

Make sure you check out the other bloggers on this blog tour.  A list of dates and websites are below:

Monday, January 11th

Felt With Love Designs // Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 12th

Jody’s Crafty Creations

Wednesday, January 13th

Two Pretty Poppets

Thursday, January 14th

Rosie Petal @ The One Thimble Blog // Molly and Mama

Friday, January 15th

Happy Okapi

Happy Sewing!

Handmade Christmas Gifts!

I can finally share with you the handmade gifts I made for Christmas this year!  I love making something for my kids and they still love receiving something hand made from me each year too.  So for my daughter I made her two things – the first is this Frozen handbag.


This is made from a Natalie Ross pattern called ‘Lucys Ladybird Adventure’.  I left our the applique and used this beautiful sparkly Frozen fabric I found at Riviera Patchwork.  I love the sparkly button I found for the front too – I think it just finishes it off nicely.  My daughter loves it.

The other gift I made her was this Blue Fairy Doll.  The pattern is by Paloma Rocha from Noia Land Patterns.


This was a cute little hand sewn project made entirely out of felt.  I used a lovely glitter felt for the wings which I found from Rose Petal Collections.   This was a great pattern – easy to follow and lots of diagrams too.  You should definitely check out her Etsy store - Noia Land Patterns - she has some really cute designs.

I wanted to make something from Star Wars for my son for Christmas this year and so I ended up making him this Chewbacca softie.  I just made up the design after being inspired by a few things I found on Pinterest.  I think he looks like Chewbacca and most importantly my son thought so too!


For the kids teachers this year I made them these Scrappy Apples.


The pattern is by Retro Mama and I loved this design!  I love the shape and the clever way you made it too.  A great pattern with excellent instructions and lots of step by step photos.

The last gift I made was for a KK swap.  This Tiny Gingerbread House ornament pattern is by Gingermelon.


Another cute very tiny hand sewn project made from felt (it fits in the palm of your hand!).  I also used the glitter felt on the roof of this too.  A very cute little design – you definitely have to check out her Etsy shop too – an overload of cuteness there!

Happy Sewing!



Boxing Day Sale 2015

It’s back – One Thimble have organised another HUGE Boxing Day PDF Pattern Sale and I’ve joined in again this year!


Running all day Boxing Day (Boxing day anywhere in the world – so it actually runs for 50 hours - so no one misses out!) you get 30% off your PDF Pattern purchases from these businesses with the code BOXING15.

1 Puddle Lane (no code required – price will be discounted for you at checkout!)

Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns
Bella Sunshine Designs
Bubby and Me (only PDF patterns)
Designs by Call Ajaire
Dog Under my Desk
Fabric (only PDF patterns)
Fat Red Bird Designs
Filles a Maman
Felt with Love Designs
Hey There Threads (stand-alone patterns only)
Hugs are fun
Izzy & Ivy Designs
Jody’s Crafty Creations
Little Moo Designs
Make it Perfect (only PDF patterns)
Molly and Mama
Momma Quail Patterns
Muffy Duck Designs
One Thimble (e-zines only)
Ric-Rac & Retro
Serger Pepper
Swoodson Says
Tadah Patterns (stand-alone patterns only)
Threading Rainbows (no code required – price will be discounted for you!)
Tiger Lily Patterns (stand-alone patterns only)
two pretty poppets (single PDF patterns only)
Zoe’s Pocket

Make sure you also checkout the Facebook pages of the participating businesses for your chance to win pattern bundles too!  There’s 4 pattern bundles up for grabs!

Happy Sewing!

Christmas Decorations Roundup

Christmas is just around the corner now – only 23 days to go!  We just put up our Christmas tree and decorations yesterday and so now the kids are getting super excited about Christmas.  It’s a lovely time of year and I always love making things for Christmas.  I normally make a new Christmas decoration for the tree each year too.  So I thought I’d share a few patterns I’ve found lately for Christmas decorations.  I’m making up the Festive Felties by Molly and Mama at the moment – which were part of One Thimble issue 9 – you can also purchase the pattern separately from One Thimble too.


Here are the links to the patterns.

1. Embroidered star felt ornaments by 4girlsdesigns

2. Cute Christmas Robin by iManuFatti

3. Gingerbread Houses by Gingermelon

4. Felt Christmas ornaments embroidered ebook by ericahite

5. Embroidered mittens and tiny wreath by iManuFatti

6. Christmas Bauble tutorial by Nancy Nicholson

7. French Hen by mmmcrafts

8. Festive Felties by Molly and Mama in One Thimbe Issue 9

9. Christmas Elf by iManuFatti

Of course you could also sew up one of my Christmas Birds too.


 Happy Sewing and wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




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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Cheeky Monkey High res cover

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!





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!


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!

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!