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Add a Hood to your Bonfire Jacket

Last year when I was working on the Bonfire Jacket pattern for Issue 5 I brought the cutest knit fabrics to make jackets for my niece and nephews … but it’s 6 months later and they’re still not sewn! Since its just a couple of weeks till we go to visit them (& even better its actually jacket weather now!) I decided to hop to it and sew these jackets up!

My niece is very “into” hoods at the moment so for my niece’s jacket I decided to add a hood.  The lack of a hood was Kt’s main complaint about the Bonfire Jacket while I was testing it … every sample I got her to try on she asked where the hood was!

In case you have a little one who loves hoods too, here’s a “how to” for adding a hood to your Bonfire Jacket.  You could of course follow these tips for a different jacket pattern.

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Step 1 – Choose/Make a Hood Pattern

To add a hood to your Bonfire Jacket you’ll either need a pattern for a hood or a hood on an existing garment that you can trace to make a hood piece.

I used the hood from the Serger Pepper One Cardigan (from Issue 6), but you could definitely use a different pattern or follow this excellent blog post by Once Upon a Sewing Machine for using a hood on an existing garment to make your hood piece -> HERE

Step 2 – Measure the Jacket Neckline

Either way, because the neckline the hood was drafted to fit and the neckline of the Bonfire Jacket may be different, the first thing you need to do is measure the neckline of the Bonfire Jacket so that you can choose the right size hood.

Adding a hood to your Bonfire Jacket - measure the neckline














I have this very handy bendy ruler that I used but you could always use a tape-measure instead.  Remember to take off the shoulder seam allowances.  I want this hood to finish at the centre front so that it will meet in the middle when the top button is done up, so I finished measuring 20mm (3/4″) from the centre front (ie. 6mm (1/4″) seam allowance + 15mm (5/8″).  If you’d like your hood placement to be different then measure where you’d like it to go.

Using your measurement of the Bonfire Neckline choose the hood pattern piece with the closest neckline.  Go slightly bigger if it doesn’t match exactly you can always trim it down a little or put a small “tuck”in the hood at the shoulders.

Step 3 – Sew your hood and ready your jacket

Add a hood to your bonfire jacket - make the hood and start the jacket








Sew your hood till it is complete.  Sew your Bonfire Jacket up till the point where you would usually add the collar.

Step 4 – Pin your hood to the jacket

Attach a hood to your bonfire jacket - pin the hood to the jacket














Pin the hood to the jacket (right side of the hood facing right side of the jacket).  I started pinning at the centre back.

Step 5 – Baste the hood to the jacket.

Step 6 – Lay the facing over the top and pin then sew together.

Attach a hood to your bonfire jacket - pin the facing over the top














Step 7 – Complete your jacket as per the pattern.

When I finished this jacket I had the cutest idea! I wish I’d thought to add Bunny Ears to the hood like Michelle from The Toffee Tree did with her “Furry Friends” hoods! …. I might just have to make a bunny eared Barbie coat to take with me for my nieces doll instead!

Hood with bunny ears


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Control the cowl! A quick tack to keep your cowl in place.

Today on the blog we have Jessica from Flosstyle who contributed the Jukebox Duet Pattern
to Issue 7.  Jessica is sharing with us a way to keep the cowl on your Jukebox Rhythm Version looking its best!

Control the cowl

Step 1 Control the Cowl    Step 2 Control the Cowl

Step 3 Control the Cowl    Step 4 Control the Cowl

  1. Stand cowl up and tack top of cowl to just below seam at the cowl join.
  2. Stand cowl up at front and tack one side 3/4 way up to base.  Repeat on the other side.
  3. Rest cowl, around neckline and tack down at shoulder seam on both sides.
  4. Fold or flatten at front when wearing.


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#Love2SewOT Competition

We’re having our first #Love2SewOT Competition between now & 8th July.  It’s a great excuse to try something new, have some fun and sew up your One Thimble patterns!

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With 4 categories and prizes from 14 businesses

there’s plenty of reasons to come sew with us!

Donating Business Logos #love2sewot

How to Enter:

1. Sew an outfit or project using

  • TWO (2) patterns or
  • ONE (1) pattern + ONE (1) article or
  • TWO (2) articles

from any issue of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine as inspiration.  

You can choose from the same issue or from two different issues.  

You can mash the patterns, adapt them or use them straight.  

You can even use more than two patterns/articles if you’re feeling super keen!

  • Twist shift from Issue 2 with handmade bias binding using the instructions included in Issue 7.
  • Urbanite Pants from Issue 4 with Traveller Tee from Issue 4.
  • Sweet Charlotte Quilt from Issue 2 with Down the Rabbit Hole Applique from Issue 7
  • My Busy Felt Book from Issue 7 using the hand applique tips from Issue 6

If you’ve got any questions just ask at
2. Send a photograph of your finished project and a brief description of your project (including what patterns/articles you used, from which issue and the story behind your project) to before 6pm AEST 8th July 2015.
3. Entries will be added to an album on the One Thimble Facebook page & shared on the One Thimble Blog.  You can share your finished project on instagram/facebook using the #Love2SewOT (optional).
4. BONUS: WORK IN PROGRESS COMPETITION.  Post a picture of your work in progress on instagram or facebook using the #Love2SewOTWIP before 24th June 2015 to enter. 

Categories & Prizes

WORK IN PROGRESS PRIZE (entries close 24th June 2015)

  • Criteria: Most intriguing WIP
  • Prize: Sewline Scissors Gift Pack (RRP: $AUD82.50) donated by BOO! Designs

MOST ORIGINAL PRIZE (entries close 8th July 2015)

MOST INSPIRING PRIZE  (entries close 8th July 2015)

JUDGES FAVOURITE PRIZE  (entries close 8th July 2015)

Conditions of Entry

  1. Your project must be sewn by you between 10th June and 8th July 2015 using two articles/patterns included in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine Issue 1-7 as inspiration.
  2. By entering you agree that the picture of your project may be shared as part of the promotion for the competition (feel free to watermark your entry).
  3. You may enter as many times as you like but each entry must be for a new project and must use two articles/patterns included in One Thimble Issue 1-7 as inspiration.  Chance plays no part in the competition – entering more than once does not increase your odds of winning.
  4. Winners will be chosen by the judging panel (Jen Kennedy, Alison Hally and Elaine Brown) using the criteria detailed above.
  5. Winning entrants will be notified via email to the email address their entry came through from on the 15th July 2015.  Except for the #Love2SewOTWIP winner who will be contacted via their social media account on the 26th June 2015.  Winning entrants must reply within 72 hours in order to accept their prize or new winners will be chosen.
  6. Entry is open to Australian and International participants over 18 years.
  7. The judges decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  8. Void where prohibited by law.



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Interview with Jess from Flosstyle

I first “met” Jess when she entered her Sneak Peek Sweet Treat Stocking into our Fat Quarter Competition last year.  I was so pleased when she agreed to contribute her Jukebox Duet Pattern to Issue 7.  This is one of the most versatile patterns we’ve ever included in One Thimble!

jess flosstyle

Designing patterns is a natural fit for this sew-aholic
with a background in web design and 4 little
munchkins to create for.
Jess’ mantra is to design unique, practical and
comfortable handmade for everyday. 




Can you tell me a little about how you got into sewing / designing patterns?

It all started with compulsory high school textiles class…. They gave us a term to make a pair of board shorts. One week later I wore my new (Self designed) shorts to class and asked what I could do for the remaining 9 weeks? I was pointed toward the remnants bin and let loose my creativity! Like a lot of new mums I got back into sewing when I had my first baby. It all spiralled! from there!

What is your best sewing tip or do you have a favourite haby item that you couldn’t live without?

My favourite tip is ‘lift your foot’ it applies to the presser foot and the pedal! The best way to get tidy stitching around curves is to sew a few stitches, lift the presser foot, realign the fabric a smidge, then put the foot down and sew a few more – rinse and repeat! As for the pedal – too many people sew at speed – many new machines have a throttle restrictor slide that can help lead feet from costing you unnecessary time with the dreaded unpicker!

What inspires you?

Inspiration is always coming from where you least expect. A glance at a passer-by’s pretty bag, a torn t-short that gets you wondering what you could make with the fabric, a random request from a friends child or just necessity.

What’s your favourite (of your) patterns and why?

Flosstyle Supersuit











My favourite pattern is the Super Suit Set. I only wish I’d made it before I had 4 babies! It was only recently published and my youngest will outgrown the pattern by the end of the year.  I always loved snap singlet suits for all of my babies but couldn’t justify the extra cost so they only had a few in each size. Now I can make them in every size for a fraction of the cost in much more fun prints, but alas I don’t need them!  The Super Suit PDF Pattern is available HERE.

What’s something people might not know about you (that you’d like to share)?

I do keep to myself a bit but get a lot of queries about my kids as they model in a lot of my photos. So, for those who have been wondering My kiddo’s are Zac (the tallest skinny man with curly hair), Wyatt (the stocky lad with straight hair, ‘Flossy’ Miss Ivy Jean my only girl with golden ringlets and my baby budda Master Cody. I do love hearing the names that often accompany photos from sewers of their little people in their Flosstyle handmade so I guess it’s only fair I share too!

What is your biggest challenge and do you have any advice for someone else in a similar situation?

The most challenging part of many sewing Mum’s day is their own conscience! You often feel guilty sewing or tracing off patterns with a little grub tugging your ankle for attention. How I time manage is to let Grub help you pack clothes in the washing machine and pickup toys to get your housework done when they are awake and they can learn valuable life skills along the way, save nap time for cutting out as its not noisy and once the kids are tucked into bed at night, switch the TV off and get sewing! Trying to sew with awake kids is stressful and not conducive to a productive afternoon. Just wait till morning to get a good photo of your hard work in natural sunlight!

Jukebox Duet PDF Sewing Pattern Cover


You can purchase Jess’s pattern for the Jukebox Duet as a single pattern HERE 

or visit Jess’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 7 which contains this pattern HERE

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How to Further customise your Pattern Directory

The Free PDF Pattern Directory which Nerissa from Spreadsheet Geek made for us has been a big hit! Thankyou! I’ve really loved seeing you share it with your friends and let us know what you thought about it!  If you missed it you can read the post and download your free copy HERE.

We’ve had some queries as to how to add extra sortable columns to the spreadsheet (eg if you’d like to be able to sort your patterns by fabric type etc.)  so Nerissa has done us up another blog post explaining how to do this.

I had a little play this morning using her instructions and added the fabric type column people had been requesting and pre-loaded this version with all the One Thimble patterns from Issue 1-7.

You can download it here -> Pattern-Directory-PC-PrefilledOT

If you’d like to know how to add extra sortable columns to the spreadsheet read on!

How to Add extra columns to your free PDF Directory Blog post flyer

One Thimble PDF Pattern Directory – How to add in another sort button/macro

To add a new button:

  1. Right click on one of the other orange sort buttons. Select Copy 
  2. Right click where you want the new button. Select Paste (Use Destination Theme)
  3. Edit button text to suit
  4. Right click new button, and select Assign Macro. Select a macro and click Edit.  It doesn’t matter which one you choose at this stage, this is just an easy way to get into the Visual Basic.
  5. Scroll down past all the code showing, to the bottom of the screen. After the last ‘End Sub’, copy and paste the code below, then make your changes to the cell ranges etc. (Instructions on how to customise the code is at the very end)
  6. Save your work – click the disc icon near the top left of the screen. Close this Visual Basic window.
  7. Again, right click on the new button, select Assign Macro, and your new macro should be listed. Select your new macro, and hit OK
  8. Test it out!

Below is the code you need to cut and paste in:


Sub SortPatterns_Click()

‘sort patterns by name, then designer

Dim ws As Worksheet

Set ws = Worksheets(“Pattern Directory”)



ws.Sort.SortFields.Add Key:=Range(“B4:B2000“), SortOn:=xlSortOnValues, Order:=xlAscending, DataOption:=xlSortNormal

ws.Sort.SortFields.Add Key:=Range(“C4:C2000“), SortOn:=xlSortOnValues, Order:=xlAscending, DataOption:=xlSortNormal

With ws.Sort

.SetRange Range(“B3:G2000“)

.Header = xlYes

.MatchCase = False

.Orientation = xlTopToBottom

.SortMethod = xlPinYin


End With


End Sub



Here is the “How to” for customising the code

Code to Change Description of function
Sub SortPatterns_Click() This is the macro name.  Change the red text to something the quickly describes your new sort function.  The ‘_Click()’ prompts the macro to run upon clicking the button the macro is linked to
‘sort patterns by name, then designer This is not actually code, but a comment differentiated by the ‘ (apostrophe) before the text.  When coding, it helps commentate the code at a first glance.
B4:B2000 This is the range that your cell range that you want to sort.  If you want to add data to column G and sort, enter “G3:Gxxxx , with ‘xxxx’ representing the final row number you want to sort down to
B4:B2000 In the OT pattern directory, columns are first sorted by column ‘x’ then column ‘y’.  In this code, the macro sorts column B first, then column C.
C4:C2000 This is the second column coded in to be sorted
B3:G2000 This cell range is the complete data which is being sorted – so even though you may be sorting column B, you want all the corresponding data on each row to stay together.  If you add in extra columns, this may read B3:H5000.  If you add extra columns you’ll need to change this code for all the sections so that the rows will stay together if you sort by any of the other macrosNB that the row starts at row 3 here.  This ‘Header = xlYes’ part is telling the macro not to sort the first row because this data is a header/title
B4 This little code is putting your cursor back in cell B4, or the top of the column you just sorted.  I do this so it doesn’t end up somewhere in cell AZ65851


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