Thursday, July 28, 2016

Felt Penguin sewing pattern

Sew simple, Sew fun
Its July, but penguins are active, me too. New penguin pattern is coming, its simple and fun to sew!

Stitches- Running stitch

Running stitch
A running stitch is the stitch most people know - and a basting stitch is a longer version of a running stitch. A running stitch can be used for most anything - basting stitches are really only used to keep two pieces of fabric together for fitting, applique, or machine sewing when pins would get in the way!

You'll want to start by threading your needle and knotting the end(s) of the thread.

For the running stitch: bring your needle up through the fabric from the back (or wrong side, whichever lingo you prefer) until the knot hits the fabric. At this point, you'll simply make a stitch to the left or right of where the thread came through. Then bring the thread back up and start all over again! (You can either do the standard up and down, or push the needle through and make several stitches at once.) When you come to the end, simply knot on the back side of your work.

Christmas Elf sewing pattern is ready for download

Elf sewing pattern

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Good night bunnies //

I'm busy working on a new sewing pattern and tutorial explaining how to make this little new Bunny toy. It will (hopefully) be available for you to download very soon. So excited :)
New little bunny

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bunny Babe pattern for bunnylovers //

I like to introduce you my friend Babe. I love making bunnies and each bunny has it’s own story. 
Bunny Babe sewing pattern
Stuffed Bunny sewing pattern
Up to this moment I’ve added 4 new bunnies to my Stuffed bunnies collectionBUT I have plans to add many more items into my collection in the near future.
So, the new bunny patterns I added to my Etsy shop is Babe bunny sewing pattern. It is step by step pattern with easy to follow instructions.  I’ve made it so you feel like you sit in one of my workshops and I’m telling you exactly how to make each step.

More soft toy patterns are in work here, I have so many trials at my desk, my notebook is full of ideas and my hands are very busy creating new stuffies. 

The plan is also to write down the baby cat pattern next (Marta´s little babygirl), hope to have it on my Etsy shop during the next month. I know you’ll love her.
With love, Monika

Monday, July 11, 2016

Your Bunny Loves You

Do you have a bunny? Do your love your bunny?
Once you understand bunny language, you will see that there are some subtle signs that rabbits give when they like you. So, first sew your first bunny (bunny pattern is here) and then read more about "How To Tell If Your Bunny Loves You" here.

You will need;
- a pieces of felt in your choice of colours
- a printed copy of the included ‘felt bunny’ pattern
- cotton embroidery thread in your choice of coordinating or contrasting colour
- an embroidery needle
- wadding or stuffing
- sewing pins
- scissors

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to turn the illustration into a real life softie. When finished, it will be around 5,11 inches (13,5 cm) tall. It makes a great gift for kids or any bunnys lover. 

Let's get started!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tips for stuffing

 Tips for stuffing
Tips for stuffing
You would think that stuffing a plush toy would be the easiest part, but if you rush and push the toy stuffing in as quickly as you can, you will create lumps.

Everyone wants their toys to be soft, but if there’s too much stuffing in the toy it can get quite hard.

So, take time for stuffing and will create beautifully finished toys.

  1. Stuff your plush toy gently. Carefully and gently move small pieces of stuffing inside the soft toy. Get a small handful of stuffing, hold it lightly and if necessary pull the fibers apart with your fingers before you put it into the toy.
  2. Use a good stuffing material. I like polyester toy fill. Its light weight, cheap and easy to work with. Make sure you use the right quantity of filling material, as using too much will stretch the fabric creating a misshaped project and you’ll see the stuffing through the stitches. Read more from my blog post about what do you use for toy stuffing!
  3. Don’t overstuff you soft toy.  If you overstuff, the fur fabric will stretch too far and you finally you have one big ball Toy. But using too little will make the toy too floppy. So, take time to stuff.
  4. Take time and take it slow. Do it slowly, using small amounts of stuffing. If you try to rush you will create a lump and you will have to pull it out and start over. 
  5. Insert little stuffing at a time. 
  6. Stuffing instruments. Knitting needle, Paintbrush handle, Turning tool, Hemostats- anything with a blunt point. I love Chinese chopsticks and my own fingers :)

 Stuffedanimal Elephant pattern
Stuffedanimal Elephant sewing pattern
So, let me know what do you use for stuffing- FiberFill and your own fingers like me? ;)