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Monday, November 17, 2014

Tippy The Snow Bunny - Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just LOVE adorable "softies."  If you do, too, then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has another wonderful "softie" pattern to share. I just love Lisa's creations and "Tippy" is just too cute!


Tippy The Snow Bunny
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about Tippy The Snow Bunny: This pattern is a one that I shared with my newsletter members last year for a cute kid bundled up in a bunny snow suit. You may remember seeing Tippy, the True Blue Snow Bunny on my Blog and briefly in my Etsy shop. Just follow the instructions to make your own Tippy. 

All you need to do is to click on the pattern below and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge.  You should be able to right click, save the image and then print it out. I usually print mine out on card stock so it's easier to trace onto fabric.

You can either insert the face from the back as I did or you can omit cutting out the face in the main body piece of the pattern and just top stitch the face pattern onto the body pattern. There is no seam allowance included in the pattern. I usually just trace it onto the felt fabric and then sew on the line. Also, I used floral wire in my feet so they could be bent and posed. If you have some pipe cleaners they work just as well and then you don't have to stuff the feet as much!

 Click on picture above to enlarge.

Please remember though that the patterns I share with you are for your own personal enjoyment and not to be sold for profit.

Enjoy!!!

Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Please visit Lisa's  Q.D. Patooties Etsy Shop.

Super Sweet Snowman Free Pattern by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I thought you might all like to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has a wonderful snowman doll pattern to share that I know you're going to love.



Super Sweet Snowman Pattern
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


CLICK on picture above to enlarge.

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Super Sweet Snowman pattern:  Well Christmas may be over but we still have time for Snowmen! At least until March when the weather warms up and the last snowflake disappears. I made this Super Sweet Snowman out of a fat quarter of Alpaca/Cotton Blend batting from Pacafil. To help him stand upright, I used some weighted beads in the bottom of my snowman. I sewed the snowman's body together including the base and then stuffed from the neck opening. Since this batting does have some stretch, it was easy to do. If you're using a fabric with no stretch, leave an opening on the side for stuffing. For the head, I left one of the sides of the snowman's head open a little and then stitched it closed after I stuffed it. The hat hid the hand stitching so it's not even noticeable.

The pattern I made for you includes the pieces for the snowman's head and body. For the hat, I just took a wool sock and cut a tube from it that stood up on his head and added about four extra inches to his height. Then, I just gathered it as close to his head as possible with some embroidery floss and fringed the top to look like a pom pom. I sewed my hat onto the head but you don't have to do that if you don't want to as you may prefer to decorate yours differently. The felt snowman hats that you purchase at your local craft store fit this pattern perfectly. Since the batting has some stretch to it, your snowman will turn out taller than in the pattern. If you use a fabric that doesn't have much stretch, he will be a little stubbier so take that into consideration when you pick your fabric. Or, you may want to just add on a couple of inches to the bottom of your pattern to give him a little more height. I also did not include the pattern for the nose because you may prefer to use a button nose. If you want to make a carrot nose like I did, I took a piece of orange wool felt that was about 2 inches in length and then cut it at an angle. 

Anyway, have fun with this winter project and make yourself a chilly little friend. You can really make him prim if you like or you can make him really contemporary by using some funky fleece. If you make one, please send me a picture as I'd love to see it!
All you need to do is to click on the pattern below and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge. Then, just right click and "Save Image As" to save it to your computer. 

Enjoy!


Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Please visit Lisa's her Q.D. Patooties Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lucy Angel Free E-Pattern From Linda Walsh Of Linda Walsh Originals


Lucy is not only the most adorable of our angels, she is also one of the smallest. She only stands 4" tall, but she is a mighty angel. In fact, Lucy is the "boss" of all the angels. She assigns the tasks to the various other angels and keeps an eye out for them. Despite her small size Lucy has a HUGE heart.

Lucy Angel is an adorable little angel. She is a free-standing angel doll with a wood doll pin body and head. Her wood head is painted and she has short curly hair and a halo. Her dress is made from wide wired ribbon and is decorated with a ribbon sash, and floral ribbon decoration.


“Lucy Angel”, 4” Angel - Country Angel Woodcraft Doll E-Pattern - Christmas Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh 

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Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Christmas Mouse Ornament Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you love adorable mice then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has an adorable mouse pattern to share. I hope you enjoy Lisa's mouse pattern.


Christmas Mouse Ornament Pattern

Copyright © 2007-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Click on picture above to enlarge.

Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about her Christmas Mouse:  Remember that Mouse Ornament I showed you a couple of weeks ago that I made when I was a kid? It was my mom's design originally so I didn't think she would mind (yes, I talk to mom everyday and got the okay) if I updated it and made a new pattern (shown above) to share with you guys. 

All you need to do is to click on the pattern above and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge. Then, just right click and "Save Image As" to save it to your computer. 

When we made them about thirty years ago (yikes!), we used felt, some craft fur, a large pom pom, some glue-on googly eyes, a little ribbon and some pipe cleaners to make the candy cane. To make mine, I made a little pattern so you can make an actual body to fill the stocking instead of just stuffing it with Polyfil to make it look "occupied." I also added some arms so the mouse could hold on to the little candy cane. I also didn't have any "googly" eyes so I just backed a pair of black glass eyes with felt but you probably wouldn't need to do that if you used a lighter fabric. It's just that the fabric that I used was so dark, the eyes basically got lost in it.

I know you all can whip these out in no time because it's a very simple pattern to put together. If you are just learning to sew, here's some things I do to make it easier. First of all, I sewed from the front of the stocking to just about 3/4 around and then tacked it off. Next, I added my cuff to the top of the stocking. I found it was easier to do it this way then to try to add the cuff after the stocking was completely sewn up. However, if you are sewing by hand, just ignore this because I think it's easier to do the whole thing by hand. It's just that the project goes a lot quicker by machine. Oh, and what did I use for my whiskers? I used that waxed thread that you can buy in the leather jewelry department (they call it artificial sinew). It pulls apart rather nicely and really does end up looking like whiskers. I think my mom must have used broom bristles - at least that's what it feels like to me!

And can we talk about the change in the quality of pipe cleaners over the past 30 years? I made a candy cane out of two pipe cleaners and it looked like crud compared to my mom's candy cane and I thought geez, I can at least twist two pipe cleaners together. So I cleaned my glasses and looked at hers a little closer and it's an entirely different material! Her pipe cleaners are almost like those vintage bottle brush trees and are kind of velvety to the touch. She might have had hers in her stash for a while before she used them though. But ours nowadays don't even compare to the way hers looks when you compare finished projects. I ended up using some pre-striped pipe cleaners that I found in the Dollar Store. Even they were better than the ones sold at the craft store!

Anyway, have fun with the project. I might show some variations of it later on as I made a few (they are addictive!). Enjoy!

Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Please visit Lisa's Q.D. Patooties Etsy Shop.

Skinny Snowman Free Project by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you like working with wool felt and roving  and like creating snowmen you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has a wonderful wool felt and roving holiday project to share.  I hope you enjoy making her "Skinny Snowman."


Skinny Snowman Tutorial
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Skinny Snowman Tutorial: 

Materials
  • Some Felting Wool in Cream, Black and Orange (you can buy this from Marr Haven Wool Farm, Ebay.com or Etsy.com)
  • 36T Felting Needle (again Marr Haven Wool Farm, Ebay.com or Etsy.com)
  • A Knee High Panty Hose or One Leg of a Pair of Panty Hose
  • A Foam Ball (like the ones you use in the swimming pool)
  • A Discarded Paper Towel Roll
  • Some Cotton Batting or Off White Felt (a fat quarter should do - 18"x22")
  • 18 Gauge Cloth Covered Floral Wire (really even a Pipe Cleaner would do for this project)
  • A Snowman Hat (Knitted or Felt)
  • Extras to Decorate Your Snowman (vintage buttons, pom poms, fancy yarn, wreath to hold, etc.)
  • A Small Amount of Polyfil Stuffing
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Beacon Craft Glue or Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread
  • Clear Glitter
Directions


The Head. Start by wrapping a foam ball like the one you see in Figure 1with wool roving. After you cover the ball with the first layer, use your felting needle to felt the wool into the foam ball. Continue this process until the ball is almost completely covered like the one you see in Figure 2. Then, take your ball and put it in a nylon knee high. Tie a knot in the knee high as close to the ball as you possibly can. Run your ball under some water in your sink making sure to wet all sides. Squeeze as much water as you can out of the ball. Do this several times and then put your ball in the dryer. I usually put mine in with some jeans so it gets "roughed up" a little more and plus I usually have it on the highest heat when I'm drying jeans. Next, take your ball out of the dryer and it will be felted even more and almost have a smooth appearance. If you wish to add more cream to your head, you can do that now but you will also be adding your face which may cover up those bare spots anyway. Felt on a happy snowman eyes and smile with your black roving as show in Figure 3. Make a carrot nose using your orange roving. You may need to pull out your foam block to do this part of the project. Add some rosy color to your snowman's cheeks if you wish with some Prismacolor Markers or your favorite shading medium.

Click picture above to enlarge.

The Body. Carefully study the snowman in Figure 4 and let him be your guide to completing the body portion of this project. Using your discarded paper towel roll as a guide, cut some cotton batting or wool felt to fit around the tube. Make sure it extends about 1/4 inch at the top and overlaps in the back by about the same. Cover your cotton batting lightly with some spray adhesive and apply it to the paper towel roll. While it is drying, sew up your arms using the pattern provided above. It should print nicely on a normal sheet of paper. After you've sewn your arms, turn them right side out. Take your cotton covered wire, fold it in half and twist the two ends together so it no longer has an end that could poke through your fabric. Then, place it in one of the snowman arms with the twisted portion at the top of the arm. You can stuff your arm a little if you wish but not too much. Tack the top of the arm to the top of the body where the cotton batting extends about 1/4" with some needle and thread. Repeat this process for the other arm. Line the inside top of the paper towel tube with either hot glue or your fabric glue and then fold the 1/4" (with the arms tacked on) over so that it fold inside of the tube and is glued down. Using your hot glue gun or the fabric glue put a rim of glue around the top of the body and then place the head you completed on top.

Finishing Your Snowman. Now comes the fun part - embellishing and finishing your Snowman! Put on his hat, glue some buttons down the front of the body and put a few strands of fancy yarn around his neck for a scarf. Bend his arms and put something in them - like a wreath, small bottle brush tree or even some sheet music so he can go caroling. I used a wreath for my Snowman (see Figure 5.) but when I make some this year, I think I'm going to do sheet music. Have fun and be creative!

On a side note, because the head is so light, your snowman should stand with no problem. Should you want him to be even more stable, you can make a stand out of felt and glue him to it if you prefer. Mine Snowman from last year has been standing for a year in my office with no problems.

Have a Holly Jolly!

Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Please visit Lisa's Q.D. Patooties Etsy Shop.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Oh, My! It's So Late, Santa!" - Free E-Pattern From Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals



"Oh, My! It's So Late, Santa!" is a frazzled Munchkin Santa" who just can't believe what day it is and what time it is. How is he ever got to finish everything in time to get the presents to the good girl and boy munchkins? There's just no way. Grr.......

And, he's getting so frantic about it his hair is standing on end? Grr....... And, he can't sleep - which explains his sunken munchkin eyes. Grr..... And, he's so mad that he's so late! Grr.....

He's getting so frantic about it he can barely look at the calendar. Grr...... What to do! What to do! What should he do? Grr.....

There's just no time. Grr..............!

"Oh, My! It's So Late, Santa!" is a 9" country Santa ornament. He has a puffy, round muslin head. His face is drawn and he has sunken black bead eyes , a gathered and filled nose, blushed cheeks and oodles of freckles. His eyebrows, mustaches, and scraggly beard are made of raw mohair.

He has thick, straight, white yarn hair that is as frazzled as he is.

He is wearing his favorite fringed holiday shirt which is gathered in the center back. His pants are gathered at the waist and at the top of his black boots.

"Oh, My! It's So Late, Santa!" is so frazzled he just wants to cover his face with his hands. It's So Late! Grr..... What should he do? Grr...... What should he do? Grr......

He doesn't want to disappoint all the good "munchkin" boys and girls. What should he do? Grr.........

“Oh, My! It's So Late, Santa!” - 9” Country & Folkart Santa Ornament E-Pattern - Christmas Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner
Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/