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Styling the patterns of OT10 with Mel

Today on the blog we have Mel from Filles à Maman she’s sharing with us her tips and inspiration for styling the patterns from One Thimble!

See the french version of this post on Filles à Maman blog here: Capsule d’été avec One Thimble.

Planning has never been my strong point. Often I would have crush on a pattern and a fabric and create an extraordinary piece.  But the garment would rarely be worn because it didn’t fit with other pieces of the wardrobe or was an awkward match with other fabulous clothes. This happens less and less, thankfully. Now, projects are organized in CAPSULE.


Translation: “My mom is the best, or my mother do it better”

“I had a lot of fun creating outfits with One Thimble Magazine.”

Becca Duval is offering fabulous tool on her blog Free Notion. Tops, bottoms, shoes and layers are arranged in a Sudoku grid. At the end everything goes perfectly all together. It may seem a little intimidating the first time, but this is the 4th time I have used this tool and I love it.

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You will notice that even though there are 2 beautiful dresses in issue 10, they are not shown here. The only reason is because they don’t need to be matched to other clothes. You will also notice that only girls are represented in this article, don’t forget that I am a mother of 3 girls 🙂. We can also do the exercise with patterns from a few past magazines to create a complete capsule for boys. In this edition, Enid Slouch Beanie, Willow Shirt and Playproof Dungarees are unisex. The Bonfire Jacket (Ainslee Fox) from the issue 5 complete the look perfectly. See suggestions on the site in boys section.

One Thimble Blog Capsule

Girls summer capsule:

From top to bottom, form left to right.
Legend: OT10 = One Thimble 10

1-OT10: Willow Dress (Bubby & Me Creations) only the top of the dress
2-OT10: Playproof Dungarees (Serger Pepper)
3-OT10: Enid Slouch Beanie (Rosie Petal)
4-Rain boots: Joe Fresh

5-OT9: Good Forture Headwrap (Rosie Petal)
6-Printed running shoes-Joe Fresh
7-OT10: Playproof Dungarees skirt edition (Serger Pepper)
8-OT10 ET OT5: Willow Dress (Bubby & Me Creations) only the top of the dress AND Percy Pineapple applique from OT5.

9-OT10: Jolie skirt (FAM) with zippered pockets option, see below for the link.
10-OT10: Willow shirt (Felicity Sewing Patterns)
11-OT5: Bonfire Jacket (Ainslee Fox)
12-OT10: Enid Slouch Beanie (Rosie Petal)

13-Shoes: Joe Fresh
14-Logo 🙂
15-OT10: Willow shirt (Felicity Sewing Patterns)
16-OT10: Jolie skirt (FAM) with zippered pockets option, see below for the link.

Mix and match:

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I had made a beautiful headband in 2 colors. The girls “played” with it. It was a great treasure hunt that ended with … nothing. The headband is lost. It is almost certain that I will find it once the photo session has ended. It’s always like that! 🙂 Can you relate?

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There is a tutorial to add zippered pockets on Jolie skirt on the blog “here“. My beautiful C so loved her top with the pineapple, she slept in it.

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If you like what you see, go grab One Thimble 10 here: ONE THIMBLE MAGAZINE. And encourage talented indie designers to pursuit their dream!


Sew organized! Think Capsule!

Mel Henry

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Easy Softie Pattern Hack

Last week Tiffany from Simply Adorable Designs posted this in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Group: Sewing a Pikachu Friend

“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)

Drawing your new ear shapes

  • 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.

Tail guide

  • 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.

Tips Image 1 Tips Image 2

Master Simply Adorable Designs

Front of softie   Back of Softie


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! 

Happy Sewing.



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How you can get more from your Bonfire Jacket Pattern

If you’ve got the Bonfire Jacket PDF Sewing Pattern in your Pattern Stash you’re going to LOVE the blog posts in this round-up.

Bonfire Jacket Roundup post

Don’t forget to Pin this post so you’ll be able to easily find it, next time you’re sewing a Bonfire Jacket and want to mix things up!

how to add a zip to your bonfire jacket thumbnail You can find the blog post to show you how to add a zip to your Bonfire Jacket HERE.





how to add a hood to your bonfire jacket thumbnail You can find the blog post to show you how to add a hood to your Bonfire Jacket HERE.





How to add a welt pocket thumbnail You can find the blog post to show you how to add a welt pocket to your Bonfire Jacket HERE.





web Bonfire stand alone cover   One Thimble Issue 5 Cover You can find the Stand Alone Pattern for the Bonfire Jacket HERE.

You can find Issue 5 which contains this pattern HERE.

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How to Make a Potted Succulent

Hi, it’s Lauren here from Molly and Mama ! Would you like to learn how to create a potted succulent or cactus? This is a great pattern hack for the Coco Flower Crown PDF pattern found in the current issue of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine (issue 8). The Coco Flower Crown pattern by Molly and Mama contains all the pattern pieces needed to create five felt flowers and seven types of succulents. Choose one of the pattern templates to create a succulent and read the rest here!

Potted Succulent Pattern Hack


– a copy of the Coco Flower Crown pattern. You can purchase this as a stand alone pattern. Alternatively, you can purchase Issue 8 of the One Thimble magazine and this pattern is included!

– green 100% wool felt for Succulent 1 –  28cm (11″) x 3cm (1.25″)

– 15cm (6″) brown 100% wool felt circle for the base

– polyester filling / stuffing / hobby fill or similar

– pot or container to place your plant into – pictured pot is 5.5cm (2.25″) tall and 6cm (2.5″) across

– needle and thread to match your felt colours

– small sharp scissors for cutting felt

– erasable marker (optional)

– circle template (optional)

– craft glue (optional)



Choose a succulent to sew from the selection available in your Coco Flower Crown pattern. As you can see, there are lots of options to choose from! Even the flower patterns make great succulents. Just change the colours!

Succulents and Cacti from Molly and Mama

For this project, Succulent 1 was the perfect pattern for me! Use the methods described in the pattern to cut out, and stitch, your felt succulent.

Succulent by Molly and Mama


Trace a circle shape onto the felt with a water erasable marker. Use a pre-printed circle template or a round shape like a dinner plate or side plate as a guide. The size of your circle will depend on the size of the ‘pot’ you are putting it in. My circle was 15cm (6″) across.

Fold your felt circle in half and in half again to find the centre point.

Find Circle Centre - Molly and Mama

Thread your needle with a doubled over strand of green or brown sewing cotton (or a colour to match your felt). Bring the needle up through the centre of your felt circle to mark the point.

Place your succulent in the centre of the felt circle and use small stitches to securely attach the succulent to the felt base. You shouldn’t see the stitches from the front. When you’ve finished, secure your stitches and trim off the excess cotton.

Stitch on the Succulent - Molly and Mama

Thread your needle with a long doubled over strand of brown sewing cotton (so it’s long enough to reach around the circumference of the circle). Stitch a running stitch the whole way around the brown felt, about 1cm in from the outside edge. Gather the stitching as you go, by pulling the thread.

Leave an opening large enough to add polyester stuffing or fill. Add just enough so that the brown felt holds it’s shape. You don’t want it too firmly stuffed though, as the brown felt has to neatly and easily fit into your succulent’s pot. Once you’ve added sufficient filling, pull the thread taut and seal the opening of the gathered felt with some extra stitches. Your little plant should be ready to be ‘potted up’ (see the image bottom right).

Gather the Base - Molly and Mama

Gently pop your succulent into your pot. To ensure it can’t be removed, feel free to glue it in place with some craft glue. Now you have an everlasting plant that will brighten up any space! And it could even be used as a pin cushion!

Pot your Succulent - Molly and Mama

I love that the Coco Flower Crown pattern is so versatile and can be used for other projects too!  If you’d like to see a whole bunch of pretty accessories made with the same pattern, head over HERE.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written for One Thimble by Lauren Wright from Molly and Mama.

Want to know more about Molly and Mama? Feeling the urge to get creative but not sure where to start? Lauren from Molly and Mama  ( has a passion for encouraging beginners on their creative journey. Her patterns and tutorials are perfect for all sewing levels, lots of fun to make, and great to get the creative juices flowing! See more in the store.

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How you can get more from your Archie Shirt Pattern

If you’ve got the Archie Shirt PDF Sewing Pattern in your Pattern Stash you’re going to LOVE the blog posts in this round-up.


Archie Shirt Pattern Hacks & Sewing Tips Roundup

Don’t forget to Pin this post so you’ll be able to easily find it next time you’re sewing an Archie Shirt and want to mix things up!


Short Sleeve Pattern Hack You can find the Short Sleeve Pattern Hack HERE.

This blog post includes a free downloadable PDF with the short sleeve pattern piece.  There’s a slim or wide fit option.




How to sew a split yoke thumbnail You can find the “How To” for sewing a split bias yoke HERE.

I just love how this technique can add extra WOW when you’re using a striped fabric for your shirt.




How to sew a shirt sleeve cuff thumbnail You can find the “How To” for sewing a shirt sleeve cuff HERE.

This blog post is pretty cool because it shows you a different way to do this than that covered in the pattern.




How to sew a two piece collar thumbnail You can find the “How To” for sewing a two-piece collar HERE.

This blog post shows another method for sewing a fiddly two-piece collar than that covered in the pattern.




How to sew a chimney placket thumbnail You can find the Pattern Hack for Swapping the Continuous Bound Sleeve Placket to a Chimney Sleeve Placket HERE.

This blog post shows a different method to what you might be used to.




Archie Shirt Pattern Cover Issue 6 One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine Thumbnail

You can find the Stand Alone Archie Shirt Pattern HERE.

You can find Issue 6 that contains this Pattern HERE.




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