Saturday, 25 May 2019

New in My Shop: Folk Floral Hoop Art Tutorial & Embroidery Pattern

I'm on a roll with adding new stuff to my shop this week, first the trio of felt flower patterns and now some floral wall art inspired by folk art designs:

Folk Floral Hoop Art Tutorial PDF Sewing Pattern by Laura Lupin Howard

My new printable PDF pattern includes two versions of this flower design: a step-by-step tutorial for sewing the felt applique version (complete with full-size templates, of course!), and an embroidery pattern for stitching the embroidered version.

Folk Floral Embroidery Pattern PDF by Laura Lupin Howard
Folk Floral Hoop Art Tutorial PDF Sewing Pattern by Laura Lupin Howard

I've actually included two versions of the embroidery pattern - the full design I stitched and a simpler one, too, so you can go for a less detailed look or add your own details with your favourite stitches. And, of course, there are reversed versions included in case you need them for your fave transfer method.

The designs both fit inside five inch embroidery hoops and would look lovely hanging on the wall to add some summer loveliness to your space. The embroidery pattern would also look fab stitched onto something like a bag or a quilt square.

Folk Floral Hoop Art Tutorial PDF Sewing Pattern by Laura Lupin Howard
Folk Floral Embroidery Pattern PDF by Laura Lupin Howard

When you buy any patterns from my shop you can of course make lots of things for yourself and to give as gifts, but you can also sell the finished items at craft fairs or in your Etsy shop, etc, as long as you credit me as the designer.

You can buy my folk floral PDF pattern from my Etsy shop (where you can download the pattern immediately after purchase) or from my Big Cartel shop (where I'll email the pattern to you within 48 hours). Shop before May 31st to get this design at the bargain launch price. 

 Folk Floral Hoop Art Tutorial & Embroidery Pattern PDF by Laura Lupin Howard

P.S. I actually shared a version of this tutorial with my newsletter subscribers last year. Subscribe to my newsletter for all the latest updates from me and my shop and to never miss out on my free projects!

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Craft-Themed Jigsaw Puzzles for Sewing, Knitting, Quilting, and Crafting Fans!

I have totally fallen in love with jigsaw puzzles and was delighted to discover recently that you can buy crafting-themed jigsaws. They're so colourful and cosy, I adore them.

Obviously, when I set up my new Amazon Influencer page (a little "storefront" where I can curate lists of things I love and where if you end up buying something I earn a small amount of commission for the referral) a list of craft-themed puzzles was one of the first things I had to put together!

(In the US? Click here to view my page on Amazon.com)

There are puzzles decorated with art and craft supplies...

Ravensburger Haberdashery Heaven Jigsaw Puzzle
 CobbleHill Vintage Art Supplies Jigsaw Puzzle

... sometimes with the addition of cats!

CobbleHill Fur Ball Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles featuring quilts and quilters...

CobbleHill Common Quilting Blocks Jigsaw Puzzle
 SunsOut Quilting Santa Jigsaw Puzzle

 ... granny squares...

CobbleHill Granny Squares Jigsaw Puzzle

... and haberdashery shops.

Falcon The Haberdashers Shoppe Jigsaw Puzzle

There are also puzzles depicting dream creative workspaces, including a lots of cosy craft-filled sheds!

Gibsons Work of Art Jigsaw Puzzle
 Ravensburger My Haven The Craft Shed Jigsaw Puzzle

I want to move into that last picture immediately.  

Click here to view the whole list of puzzles on Amazon.co.uk, or click here to view a similar list I've put together on Amazon.com. (All the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links).

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

New in My Shop: 3 Easy Felt Flower Patterns - Make Sunflowers, Dahlias & Layered Flowers

I've just added a new PDF pattern to my shops... well, three new patterns, actually!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/

My latest listing is a bundle of 3 easy-to-sew felt flower designs: sunflowers, dahlias and layered flowers.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 
You can use the tutorials to make brooches or headbands, and there's also a template for making poinsettia brooches for the Christmas holidays.

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/

When you buy any patterns from my shop you can of course make lots of things for yourself and to give as gifts, but you can also sell the finished items at craft fairs or in your Etsy shop, etc, as long as you credit me as the designer.

You can buy the printable PDF patterns from my Etsy shop (where you can download the patterns immediately after purchase) or from my Big Cartel shop (where I'll email the patterns to you within 48 hours). Shop before May 29th to snap up the flowers at the bargain launch price. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin/

P.S. I've got lots more patterns in progress at the moment - subscribe to my newsletter for all the latest updates from me and my shop.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes... With Blu Tack!

If you've ever had trouble cutting out small and fiddly pattern pieces from felt then today's blog post is for you!

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

ADVERTISEMENT: This tutorial is sponsored by Bostik, and is part of a series of crafty projects I'm creating to promote their range of adhesives. Click here to see all the posts in the series!

This is the third post I've shared using Bostik's products this week. On Monday I made fantastic festival hairbands using Bostik's Power Repair glue, then on Wednesday I made fun travel-themed notecards using their PVA Glue, Glu Dots and Micro Dots.

Today I'm sharing a Blu Tack Hack: a new way to use that sticky blue stuff we all love using to put up posters!

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

When you're using a small paper template to cut out a tiny felt shape, I always recommend cutting out a bit of felt slightly bigger than the template. This is much easier to work with than handling a large piece of felt.

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

When you go to cut out the shape though, how do you hold the template in place?

For larger pattern pieces you could use pins, but not for a little shape like this. You can hold the paper onto the felt with your non-dominant hand, but this takes practice and the paper can slide about a bit as you're cutting and make your finished shape much less accurate.

I've sometimes recommended using a bit of clear sticky tape to hold shapes in position but, of course, your scissors will get sticky from cutting through the tape and you can't re-use the template more than a couple of times before it'll start getting bulky from too many layers of tape.

So... why not try using a tiny piece of Blu Tack to hold the paper template in place?

Make a little ball of the Blu Tack...

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

... then press it as flat as possible onto the back of your pattern piece, making sure that none overlaps the edge of the shape. 

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

Press the template firmly onto the piece of felt...

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

... and the Blu Tack will hold the template in position as you cut around it!

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack
 Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

I always use embroidery scissors for cutting out small felt shapes: look how much smaller and narrower the blades of the small scissors are compared with my sewing scissors! Using embroidery scissors will give you a lot more precision and control when cutting small or detailed shapes.

 Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack

Once you've cut out the shape, peel off the template then carefully remove the Blu Tack and discard it. Easy peasy!

Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack
 
If you're worried about the Blu Tack leaving an oily mark on your felt or pulling away a few of the fibres as you remove it, simply add the Blu Tack to the front of the template so it'll be attached to what will become the back of your cut out felt shape.

DISCLOSURE: this post is sponsored by Bostik, who also provided the Blu Tack for my #BluTackHack.

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Cutting Out Small Felt Shapes With Blu Tack