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Not long now till you can get your hands on One Thimble Issue 11. If you’d like to look inside One Thimble Issue 11 check out this flipbook!
New to One Thimble and wondering how it works?
One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine (e-zine). It is delivered as a PDF file and you can flip through it like a magazine on your computer or tablet device. Patterns can be printed out on a regular home computer and assembled as you would with a regular PDF pattern.
Purchasing an issue of One Thimble will get you two download links. One is the link to the E-zine – it has the articles at the front and all the patterns and pattern pieces at the back. You can print your pattern pieces from here and also follow the tutorials from here. The second link is to a ZIP file with the stand alone patterns all seperate. Some people prefer to only have a single pattern open when they’re sewing. If that’s you then this is the download you’ll want when sewing.
If you have any other questions just send me through an email to email@example.com
Preparation for this issue started way back in December 2015. With this brief:
“Imagine this . . . You’re in the city on a bleak winters day. Everything is monochrome & dark – black, white, grey, navy. Then out of the corner of your eye you catch a flash of colour, a glimpse into a world of the imagination. Is there a wild jungle, a world of vibrancy and fun around us?
Embrace unexpected fun details in this urban jungle inspired issue – pops of colour, punchy unexpected details, winter, urban secrets, beyond the everyday, i-spy, wild, jungle, animals, contrast hem, fun pockets, reversible features, costumes for everyday wear.”
These are the patterns we came up with after the final cut!
More information about the patterns – including size ranges and fabric requirements will be “revealed” in the coming days!
Issue 11 to be released 13th May 2016
12 PDF Sewing Patterns
How to get your copy:
Join the mailing list or keep an eye on our social media accounts to see when the issue goes life OR
Purchase a subscription and it’ll be automatically emailed to you the day before release!
Hi! I’m Alicia from Felt With Love Designs. I contributed the Pretend Play Adventure Kit pattern to the current issue, the Woodland Creature finger puppet pattern to Issue 6, the Desert Fox Softie pattern to Issue 8, and the Circus Beanbag Toss Game pattern to Issue 9. The last three can all be found in our etsy shop now. Today, I am kicking off the Adventure Kit Sew Along with a few tips on choosing felt and cutting out the pieces. (If this is your first time hearing about it, head over to this post for more info.)
Please note: This post includes affiliate links, as indicated by an asterisk.*
I absolutely love hand-sewing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my machine too. I enjoy sewing my daughter’s clothes and other larger projects. But …
I have an itch to always be doing something. Just ask my husband, it drives him crazy! Hand-sewing satisfies that desire. I do the majority of my felt sewing while I watch my daughter play with her friends at the playground in the afternoon or while I watch a movie with my husband in the evenings. It makes me feel so much less guilty about spending the couple hours watching television (something he loves to do.)
It wasn’t until joining the One Thimble team that I realized not everyone shares my love of hand-sewing. So, Jen and I put together a little impromptu sew-along.
Choosing Your Felt
Before starting your Adventure Kit, you will need to decide what to sew it with. I love hand-sewing with felt because it doesn’t fray and it’s very difficult to mess up.
One Thimble recently interviewed Candice about her felt business and she does a great job explaining the differences between wool felt and acrylic (craft) felt.
For this project, both types of felt will work. When choosing which to use, keep in mind that craft felt will be thinner than wool felt. Wool felt is also much softer than craft felt.
It might help you decide between the types of felt if you choose which colors you would like to work with. In my experience, wool felt is available in a much wider array of colors. I sewed my Adventure Kit from boring grey but let your imagination run wild!
For the sew along, I will be making a more “girly” set, at the request of my daughter. It’s always fun to see ways people think outside the box with their color choices. (I am still in love with the pink, glittery Desert Fox Candice sewed incorporating her glitter felt.)
I strongly suggest using a heavy interfacing on the majority of the pieces for the Adventure Kit, otherwise the toys might turn out a little too flimsy. If you stuff them well, the compass and flashlight do not require interfacing. The magnifying glass needs interfacing in the main body piece and the binoculars need it for both the inner and outer cones. (It is ok to skip the interfacing for the sets of rings on the binoculars and the end piece on the magnifying glass, if you would like.)
You will need a few circles of clear vinyl for the flashlight, magnifying glass, and binoculars. Look around your house for things you might be able to repurpose for this step. I used the clear vinyl from an old pencil pouch. You can also use the little bags that bedding comes packaged in. I highly recommended using several wonder clips* when sewing the vinyl sections to hold things in place while sewing. They do not leave holes in the vinyl the way pins would.
I like to shred my small felt scraps with a rotary cutter and use them for stuffing (this also makes the toys denser and gives them more structure) but, when not using scraps, this* is my favorite stuffing. I would not recommend using scraps inside the binoculars. The binoculars only need to be lightly stuffed. Too much stuffing will crush the inner cone piece.
When hand-sewing, I generally use DMC embroidery floss*. Their floss is soft and doesn’t knot as much, in my experience, as other, less expensive brands (although those are totally fine to use also!) Floss comes in 6 strands. I sew most of my projects using two strands of floss (more if I want a thicker line.) In order to get two strands, I find it easiest to cut a length of thread TWICE as long as I think I will need (does not need to be exact), pull out one of the strands from that length, fold it in half, and thread my needle with the loose ends of the piece of folded thread. When I start sewing, I always thread my needle back through the the loop created by the end, on the backside of the project, instead of knotting it. (Stephanie has a great tutorial for this, if you need a little more guidance.)
Cutting Your Pieces
When cutting felt shapes, I always recommend a pair of sharp scissors. These micro-tip scissors* are my favorite (and I recently learned Fiskars has an awesome lifetime warranty!!) This pattern doesn’t have any super small nooks and crannies to cut so your regular sewing scissors will work fine too. When cutting the rectangles for this pattern, I used my rotary cutter.
Freezer paper* is my absolute most favorite supply/tool for cutting accurately. You can print directly on the freezer paper, saving time from tracing out the pattern, and then iron those pieces to your felt. Cutting is my least favorite step in the sewing process and I am so glad I discovered freezer paper. You can also reuse the pattern pieces 4-5 times. If you need more tips on freezer paper, check out my tutorials here and here.
When cutting your pattern pieces, do not forget to measure and cut the rectangles listed on the template. Pattern pieces are not included for those 4 pieces.
To cut the vinyl circles, I place the vinyl over the template (freezer paper or regular – it’s the same process no matter how you printed it) and trace the circle with a sharpie. Cut around the circle and then wipe the ink right off.
Be sure to join the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on Facebook. We will continue the sew along updates, starting tomorrow with the compass!
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask!
I have a confession …
. . . I sew most of the samples for our photo shoots . . . BUT if its a hand sewing sample you can guarantee I haven’t sewn it!
I like the IDEA of hand sewing …
. . . Sewing you can do at netball practice
or while waiting for school pick-ups
or while watching Frozen for the 4 billionth time
or while you’re on holidays and away from your sewing machine, what’s not to love?!
But somewhere between recognising its a good idea and actually completing a project I chicken out!
Which brings me to this challenge . . .
If you’ve been planning to give hand-sewing a go “someday”, or always wanted to complete the Pretend Play Adventure Kit but needed a little hand-holding I would absolutely LOVE to have you join me! We can learn together!
If you’re a hand sewing aficionado who gets excited about mentoring newbies through their first hand sewing project, we’d love to have you along too!
How will it work?
1) Join the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.
2) Get your copy of the Pretend Play Adventure Kit as a stand alone here or in Issue 10 here.
3) Drop by the group each day to see which steps we’re doing, read Alicia’s extra tips/explanation for beginners, ask questions and share your WIP. Search the #pretendplaysewalong
When is it?
Things will kick off “officially” on Thursday 21st April, but there’ll be some preparatory information tomorrow to help you with choosing and cutting your felt.
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask – either comment below or send me an email. I’m a big fan of questions because they help me learn too!
Hope to see you there.
Hi! Today I’d like to introduce you to Candice from Rose Petal Collections. I first met Candice through Lauren from Molly & Mama after the release of One Thimble Issue 8 and since then I’ve been getting all my wool felt and glitter felt from Candice!
I’m quite proud of how these flowers turned out! I used the Molly and Mama Coco Flower Crown Pattern from Issue 8 and Wool Felt from Rose Petal Collections.
So without further ado – let’s chat to Candice – the lady behind Rose Petal Collections!
Tell me a little about your business and how you got into crafting.
My name is Candice and I’m originally from a beautiful small town in Queensland called Quilpie. It’s about 1000kms west of Brisbane. I loved my life there, small country town values and being with family. Particularly with my beautiful late Nan Delma. I used to spend nearly all of my time with her. We always were doing something, dressing up in her old ball gowns or gardening, but most of all craft.
My goodness we did some crafting, just about everything you could think of. I guess that’s where it all started with me and I noticed it was very comforting for her and I found solace in it myself by watching her delight with all the things she created.
Not long after she passed away I found myself crafting even more than I had in the past. It comforted me knowing that I could hold onto her memory by doing something as simple as creating. Later it grew into a small business, Rose Petal Collections. I’ve met so many others who inspire me just as much as I inspire them. I named my business after myself and my daughters middle name, and mostly because I love Roses.
Now living in Chinchilla with my beautiful family I continue with my business and my crafting, sharing my things along the way. My children love it too especially my daughter which is such a delight to see.
You stock divine wool felt in the most amazing colours. Can you let me know how wool felt differs from cheaper felts?
I’m often asked what are the benefits and differences between using Wool Felts and Acrylic Felts. I think understanding how they are made is the best way to see the differences between them. This quick and easy explanation was provided by my supplier. The 100% Merino Wool Felt I sell is the Wool Felt they’re talking about here.
Wool felt is made from agitating wool to create a non woven fabric. The wool shaft has scales which interlock and form a fabric through felting. Because felt is nonwoven it won’t unravel and the raw edges do not need to be finished. Wool fibers also have a high concentration of fatty acids, this gives wool anti-bacterial properties this keeps wool fabric from mildewing or retaining odors. Some people worry about allergies but wool is actually hypoallergenic. And not to mention my favorite textile to use!
Now Acrylic felt is made by interlocking acrylic or acrylonitrile which is made from natural gas and petroleum, ie a type of plastic. Acrylic is not suitable for some craft projects or pieces which will be handled often because it will pill and fuzz. Acrylic also tends to be stiffer than some other felts and therefore may not layer well.
In my opinion if your making things used by children and infants which will most likely be handled roughly or even chewed on then using Wool felt is your best option, and did I mention my favorite
Can you give me some examples of projects you could use Wool Felt in?
So far I’ve used Wool Felt in almost all of my projects including Quilts, hair accessories and most definitely soft toys.
Recently you’ve also started stocking glitter felt. I used some of your Glitter felt to make Christmas Ornaments and it really is quite astonishing how you don’t end up covered in glitter. Can you tell me a little more about the Glitter Felt you stock?
This Glitter felt is a High-quality glitter vinyl on my very popular 100% Merino Wool Felt. It has a textured feel, non shedding and flexible ready for a huge range of projects including applique, hair accessories, Christmas ornaments and so much more.
Can you give me some examples of projects you could use Glitter Felt in?
Recently you may have seen Molly and Mama’s ultra cute Festive Felties. She used the Glitter Wool Felt in her projects and it did not disappoint. I’ve also used it in hair accessories as well as features on soft toy’s like the inner of an ear on a teddy or the heart on a belly of a softie.