Stuffed Animal Hamster and Mice – Squeak!

Mouse PDF pattern Hamster PDF pattern

Summer vacations brings home my whole herd full time. While they’re here they tend to spend more time milling in and out of my sewing space. Which means,

1. I get much less sewing done in the summer and

2. There are many more requests. And they aren’t for practical t-shirts and shorts.

My kids think that sewing machine magic should be used to create stuffed animals.

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Peter Henley Release!

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Peter Henley.  A casual fit tab front shirt great for playing or seeing the town.  Here are some of our great testers versions.

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One Thimble #15: Dax Trousers

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I’ve sewn up another pattern from the One Thimble 15. The Dax Trousers by Gracious Threads is a versatile  pants pattern.  I love the functioning fly and the welt pockets. [click to continue…]

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One Thimble 15: Hipster Teddy

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One Thimble 15 has been out for almost one week.  In case you have not noticed we are very excited about this issue.  The theme for this issue is the Prepster look.  Our Miriam skirt is just one of nine patterns for both boys and girls.  The online magazine also has regular columns and tutorials for you to follow.  It is a great value!  It sells for $25 Australian, which is less than $20 US. [click to continue…]

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One Thimble 15

one thimble 15

Pretty light blouses and big fluffy pom poms is a pretty good way to start a weekend no? Today I’m sharing two more patterns from the newly released One Thimble Issue 15.

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One Thimble Issue 15
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We are so pleased to be a contributing designer to the One Thimble #15.  OT is an online magazine full of tips, tutorials and full patterns.  The beauty of this magazine is that you can store the entire thing online, in your Dropbox or in the cloud.  It does not need to take up space in your sewing room and you can access the patterns at any time.  If you have a smart phone, you can even access yardage information while at the fabric store!

Our pattern in this issue is the Miriam.  It is a classic pleated skirt with a high waistband.  The skirt can be made out of any woven fabric.  A lightweight chino would be perfect for spring/summer.  I have made this version in a baby wale corduroy.  A tiny floral print in the waistband is a perfect fun accent.

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It also works well in a denim. You can be as creative as you like with this skirt.  One gal added buttons to the waistband to give it the nautical feel.

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It has a side zipper which is installed using the standard center zip application. There are full instructions for constructing pleats as well as installing the zipper.  The waist is fitted and because sometimes your child’s waist and hip measurement may not fall into the same size, there are instructions on how to blend sizes.

One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

To go with the Miriam, I have sewn the #116 V-neck cardigan by Thread Faction.  This pattern is included in this issue of One Thimble also.  This versatile sweater is gender neutral and is made up in a knit fabric.

One Thimble Issue 15

Liz gives you great tips on how to choose fabrics and how to determine the correct size for your child.  I made mine in a sweater /sweatshirt knit.  It is a bit heavier to carry Ms Little through the spring and into the fall.  I did size up so that she would be able to wear it later in the year as well.  This slim fit cardigan can be made in a lightweight jersey and would be perfect for layering.  Check out the other fabric choices pictured in the magazine.

One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

These are only two of the patterns available when you purchase the OT #15.  The 200 plus page e-zine also contains other tutorials and tips from your favorite designers.  Pick yours up or check out the other patterns here. 

Happy Sewing, Donna and Rachel

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Paper Bag Shorts PDF Pattern and Tutorial : Free Size 5/6

Paper Bag short pattern and tutorial

Paper Bag short pattern and tutorial

Summer weather has started popping up here and there, which means it’s time to break out the summer clothes. As kids have a tendency to do, mine have gotten a foot taller since the last time we broke out the shorts. Time for new shorts.

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How to: Add a Heart Pocket (with pattern)

how to add a heart pocket (with pattern)

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. Are you sweating what you’re going to put on your kid? I’ve got you.

You can use today’s tutorial on a tee you already have or a new one you’re sewing up. I used our free Cecilia Tee. Shrink the heart and add two pockets or making it bigger and add a full on kangroo pocket!

Either way you will have a happy Valentine’s outfit in no time. Let’s get started.

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Amuse Boho

Amuse Boho One Thimble ezine

Amuse Boho One Thimble ezine

We’re starting to see peeks of Spring! The day I took theses pictures it was nearly 60! Sure it snowed the next day- but still we’re on our way.

I’ve been actively purging my wardrobe of things that really just needed to go, because after 3 kids more than just my shoes don’t fit the same way anymore. This means I need to start thinking about what I want to add to my wardrobe as we approach the season change.

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Quick Pattern Weights

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Today I decided it was time for some new pattern weights.  I have a set of weights from back in the day, when I first began sewing.  An early generation of pattern weights, they are small and thimble sized.  They were ok, but for the most part I found them too small to be useful.  They have been MIA since the move.  Pins are a pain and I am just plain tired of them. You can find many tutorials for making pattern weights.  This is just one method. [click to continue…]

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