Friday, 15 October 2021

New on Patreon: Sew a Felt Snake or Frog Mask for Halloween

I've added one more mask tutorial to add to my Patreon pattern library: a step-by-step guide to sewing snake and frog masks.

 

These masks are part of a series of old newsletter projects I'm now making available for my Patreon supporters. I'll be dusting down a few more old projects to share very soon!

Want to sew your own felt snake or frog mask? Click here to check out my new Patreon page and sign up.


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Friday, 8 October 2021

New on Patreon: Sew a Felt Panda Mask for Halloween

Time to add another project to my Patreon pattern library! 

This week I've shared a tutorial for sewing a cute felt panda mask - great for Halloween, fancy dress parties, or just cheering up a trip to the supermarket :)


This tutorial is part of a series of old newsletter projects I'm now making available for my Patreon supporters.

Want to sew your own felt panda mask? Click here to check out my new Patreon page and sign up.


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Monday, 4 October 2021

Felt Flower Brooch Craft Kits for Hawthorn Handmade

In case you missed my exciting news last week: I've designed some felt sewing kits for Hawthorn Handmade, who sell the loveliest beginner-friendly craft kits.

I'm so delighted to have been asked to work on these, and super happy with how they've turned out. 

Last week I shared lots of photos of the collection of wildlife brooches (a hare, a deer, a wren, a hedgehog, a fox, and a tawny owl), and today I'm going to show you some snaps of the second collection: flower brooches! 

Each of the embroidered floral brooches is named after a famous woman gardener or botanist, isn't that great? You can find the whole range of brooch kits here (with worldwide shipping, hurrah!) and find out about the women each flower brooch is named after, too.

I love the choice of names, and I loooove the photos Hawthorn Handmade have taken of the finished brooches. 

There's Marianne...

 

... Gertrude...


... Beatrix...

 

... Penelope...

 

... Margery...


... and Vita!


Which one's your fave? I absolutely cannot decide on mine.

Click here to shop the whole range of felt craft kits.  

Friday, 1 October 2021

New on Patreon: Sew a Felt Swan Mask for Halloween

This week's addition to my Patreon pattern library is a tutorial for sewing a fabulous felt swan mask:


I'm gradually sharing a whole bunch of old newsletter projects with my Patreon supporters, and this is one of my all time faves. Swans are just so darn cool!

Want to sew your own felt swan mask? Click here to check out my new Patreon page and sign up.


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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Sweet Treats Embroidery Pattern: Jammy Biscuits

Time for something sweet and simple to stitch!

 

Over the next few weeks I've got a whole bunch of fun little "sweet treats" projects to share with you guys... including a trio of quick and easy biscuit embroidery patterns!

First up: a jammy biscuit embroidery pattern.

This sweet little pattern fits nicely inside a three inch embroidery hoop (perfect for making little embroidered ornaments!) or would be fab to stitch onto small handmade gifts like coin purses, or as a small detail on a larger project. You could also stitch the design onto felt and make an embroidered brooch, or mount the design on a greetings card.

It's adapted from the felt jammy biscuit sewing tutorial I shared a few years ago - and like the felt version, I've included two options for the embroidery patterns so you can sew biscuits with hearts or circles in the centre.


(I say "a few" but according to the date on that blog post it was actually EIGHT YEARS AGO. My goodness. All that time has passed but my sweet tooth remains as strong as ever, haha)

The heart version would make a sweet gift for someone you love, I think! Or just for someone with a serious love for biscuits! :)

I stitched my jammy biscuit with backstitch, using three strands from six-stranded embroidery thread (floss). I used red for the central heart, and a light brown for the rest of the design. 

If you're sewing onto a white background like I did make sure you choose a brown which is dark enough to stand out nicely against the white.

More biscuit-y embroidery patterns coming soon!

This pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many biscuits as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow the photo if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks! 

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Click here to open the pattern in a new window, then print it at 100%. I'll be adding a PDF version of the set of biscuit embroidery patterns to my Patreon pattern library once all the projects are up on my blog.


Monday, 27 September 2021

Felt Animal & Bird Brooch Craft Kits for Hawthorn Handmade

I've got some very exciting news to share today - I've designed some craft kits!

Hawthorn Handmade sell absolutely gorgeous beginner-friendly craft kits, and I am beyond thrilled to have been asked to work with them on some felt-y goodness. 

I loved working on these and am SO PLEASED with how they turned out. I hope you guys will be just as excited about them as I am. 

You can find the whole range of brooch kits here (they ship worldwide, hurrah!), but today I thought I'd show you half the collection: cute felt brooches featuring British wildlife. 

There's a hare...

 

 

... a deer...

 

 

... a wren...

 


... a hedgehog...

 

 

... a fox...

 


... and a tawny owl!

 

 

How nice are the photos they've taken of the finished brooches??? Oh my goodness. 

I'd love to know which one's your favourite (mine changes all the time!), and to see some photos if you buy and sew some of the kits xxx

 Click here to shop the whole range of felt craft kits. 

Friday, 24 September 2021

New on Patreon: 5 Easy Felt Animal Mask Patterns

Time for another mask tutorial! Well, actually, this week I'm sharing a set of FIVE animal mask patterns with my Patreon supporters.

  

You can use the patterns and step-by-step tutorial to sew a cat or fox mask, a bunny or hare mask, a fox mask, a mouse mask, and a bear mask. 

You could also use patterned felt to make tiger and leopard masks!

 

These masks are part of a series of old projects I previously shared with my newsletter subscribers, which I'm now making available for my Patreon supporters - just in time for Halloween fun!

Want to sew some animal masks of your own? Click here to check out my new Patreon page and sign up.


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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Easy Halloween Embroidery Pattern: Sew a Cute Candy Corn!

Fancy a quick and easy bit of Halloween crafting? You've come to the right place! :)

Today I'm sharing a free embroidery pattern for a cute and happy little candy corn: 

Candy corn are small American sweets, associated with the autumn harvest and often eaten at Halloween. I stitched some felt versions a few years ago and couldn't resist trying out an embroidered version (you guys know how much I love a project variation!). 

This little guy is quick and easy to stitch, and fits into a 4 inch embroidery hoop for stitching (or displaying in the hoop when you've finished). 

The candy corn is stitched in white, orange, and yellow (to match the colours of the sweets). I ummed and ahhed about whether to do the top two horizontal lines in white and orange, or in orange and yellow - maybe you'd like to stitch yours differently! 

I used backstitch and three strands from six-stranded embroidery thread (floss) to sew most of the pattern, but you might want to use more strands and/or a different stitch for a bolder candy corn. I then added two chunky French knots for the eyes, but if you cannot bear stitching French knots white seed beads would work just as well.

  

This little guy would look super cute sewn onto all kinds of textile projects - from coin purses to coasters to t-shirt pockets. You could also make little embroidered felt ornaments by stitching him onto a dark felt background. I like to use tissue paper patterns when I'm embroidering on felt (click here for an example!).

Want to sew some of my original felt candy corn? You'll find tutorials for the cute candy corn ornaments and more in this round-up of some of the Halloween projects available on my blog.

This pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many candy corn as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow the photo if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks! 

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Click here to open the pattern in a new window, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.

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Monday, 20 September 2021

Red-Nosed Reindeer: Free Christmas Embroidery Pattern

I'll be sending out a brand new free pattern to my newsletter subscribers this month: a cute reindeer and snowflakes embroidery pattern!

If you've been reading my blog for a while you might recognise this fine fellow from a Christmas Jumper tutorial I shared a few years ago. 

I'm really pleased with how the embroidered version has turned out, and I hope you guys will love him too!

This pattern is lovely and easy to stitch: it's mostly backstitch with some French knots which you could easily replace with sequins or small beads (or maybe sequins AND small beads for an extra sparkly look!). 

I stitched it last winter, and it was a wonderfully relaxing project to pick up at the end of a long day. Perfect for cosy evenings as the nights draw in, or lazy weekends when the weather is nasty outside and you just want to stay tucked up indoors with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate.



If you've already subscribed to the pattern segment of my newsletter, this new free pattern will be pinging into your inbox sometime soon. Hurrah!

Once it's been sent out to current subscribers, it will then be the freebie for new subscribers until I have another new project ready to share :)

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Click here to visit my tutorial archive for lots more free Christmas patterns and project ideas. 

You'll also find instantly downloadable Christmas patterns in my Etsy shop.