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She’s taking part today in the One Thimble Issue 9 blog hop!
So lets hand things over to Alana for her Mash up of the Festive Felties pattern and Trapeze Eloise FMA!
Issue 9 of One Thimble was released before Christmas, and I have finally had chance to have a play with some of the amazing patterns that came in it. I really wanted to try free motion applique by Ric-Rac and Retro and the cute felties by Molly and Mama, so I did a bit of pattern mash.
I adore working print with print, and I love lots of colour. It was very easy to dive into my bag of Jennifer Paganelli scraps and quickly find some fun brights to coordinate with my Tanya Whelan spots and stripes.
I did not use the cupcake base, as it was not needed in this technique.
It was the first time I had done this style of applique with my darning foot, and boy it was fun!! I had a bit of a revelation about half way around that I realised I didn’t even need to rotate my work, I could just more sideways! So funny.
Looking forward to sprucing up all those plain t-shirts in the girls’ drawers.
Jump on the blog tour and visit some other gals sewing up a storm from issue 9:
Monday, January 11th
Tuesday, January 12th
Wednesday, January 13th
Thursday, January 14th
Friday, January 15th
Last week Tiffany from Simply Adorable Designs posted this in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Group:
“Today is this little mans 10th birthday, but it has been postponed till Friday when daddy is home. So today we used the kids softies pattern from edition 4 and he created his very own pikachu!!! He has changed some of the pieces to create this amazing ‘friend’.”
I was so impressed that I asked whether I could share his work on social media. He said yes and then very kindly offered to share his tips for pattern hacking Jody’s Crafty Creations Kids Creations Easy Softie pattern (from One Thimble Issue 4) into Pikachu with us.
So if you’re keen to hear how he did it read on:
- Use the original tail and ear to make custom pieces (use a lead pencil)
- Use the edge of the sewing machine foot to line up the edge of the fabric and go slow. (Don’t forget to backstitch or put the foot down. It’s a mess to unpick).
- For the tail make custom pieces and use hard interfacing. Mum helped a lot with this. Put the outside bits together and stitch one side.
- Flip it and iron flat. Now you can slide your interfacing in. (Remember it, the interfacing, needs to be the same shape but without seam allowance). This can be tricky. We used double sided tape to fold the other seam into the middle. Then topstitch all around.
- APPLIQUE: Mum has funny stuff ( a bit like double sided tape) that sticks fabric together. Then I straight stitched close to the edge.
- Use buttons for the eyes as this is easier than cutting circles.
- Draw the nose and mouth with an erasable pen and straight stitch with sewing machine.
- Don’t overfill arms and legs with stuffing as it makes it hard to sew around the edge.
Well Done Master L! Thanks so very much for sharing your tips and your fabulous project with us!
If you’ve got a project to share be sure to get in touch!
It’s back! And this year it’s bigger and better than ever! I’ve joined together with 27 fabulous PDF designers to bring you a HUGE Boxing Day Sales Event.
Running all day Boxing Day you can 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 (no code required – applied automatically at checkout)
Fabric Direct.com.au (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
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)
So by Boxing Day do we mean Boxing Day where you live?
YES, Absolutely! The sale begins 12.01am 26/12/15 in Samoa and continues right through till 11.59pm 26/12/15 in Baker’s Island … it runs for 50 hours to make sure we cover Boxing Day world wide!
So how long till it starts?
… and don’t forget to check out the facebook pages of participating businesses for your chance to win pattern bundles! There’s 4 pattern bundles up for grabs!
What better way to get set for a Sew-tastic 2016 than by picking up patterns at an extra special price!
Finding patterns to make special outfits for the lads in your life can sometimes be a little tricky.
Here’s some inspiration of what people have sewn for boys using the One Thimble patterns.
Jenna from Apple and Fig sewed the Time Traveller Vest (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 2) and the Gatsby Cap (by Apple and Fig from One Thimble Issue 6), Crystal from Stitched by Crystal sewed the Ranger Shorts (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 2) and the Steam Train Applique (by Mr Fox), Miquita from Damaya Designs sewed the Ranger Shorts (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 2), Jessica from Snickerdoodle Stew sewed the Time Traveller Vest (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 2), Jamie from Little Miss Mulberry and the Dragon sewed the Fat Red Bird Fedora (pattern by Fat Red Bird Designs from One Thimble Issue 8) and the Archie Shirt (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 6).
Sharon from Sam and I Designs has sewn the Archie Shirt (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 6), the Ringmaster Pattern (by Tie Dye Diva from One Thimble Issue 9) the Jackalope Tee (by Momma Quail Patterns from One Thimble Issue 8) and the Bonfire Jacket (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 5).
I’ve sewn lots of the patterns from One Thimble, but here are a few of my favourite sews. Snowboarder Applique (by Mr Fox) and Half Pipe Pants (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 3), Gatsby Cap (by Apple + Fig) and Archie Shirt (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 6), Bonfire Jacket (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 5) and Steam Train Applique (by Mr Fox) and Ranger Shorts (by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns from One Thimble Issue 2).
I hope you find the perfect pattern to sew for the boys in your life within the pages of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine! Be sure to share your “sews” with me!
When my step-son was 12 I took him shopping for a cap for his Christmas present. All the caps at the surfshops were too big so we ended up at Pumpkin Patch … and then ended up NOT getting a hat. Who knew that pre-teen boys would be so touchy about shopping in a children’s wear shop! Granted this was pre-kt and I was pretty much clueless! These days I’d solve the “hats too big problem” by just making him one. In fact making hats are pretty much my “go to” solution for sewing for the men/boys in my life! I think I’d pretty much forgotten all the other boys suitable patterns we’ve included in One Thimble until I sat down to write this blog post!
This blog post is a reminder/go-to guide of One Thimble patterns for sewing for the boys in your life this Christmas.
Traveller Tee by Gracious Threads from One Thimble Issue 4
Bedtime Buddies by Threading Rainbows from One Thimble Issue 7
Make a Splash Backpack by Hunting for Ladybugs from One Thimble Issue 5
Ralphie Reindeer by Stitched by Crystal from One Thimble Issue 5
Pencil Pencil Case by Horris 7 Deedle from One Thimble Issue 5
Roman Helmet Applique by Mr Fox from One Thimble Issue 1
Steam Train Applique by Mr Fox from One Thimble Issue 2
Snowboarder Applique by Mr Fox from One Thimble Issue 3
I look forward to seeing what you sew for the special boys in your life this Christmas.