Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dying With Kool-Aid Free Tutorial by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Ever wonder how to dye your teddy bears?  If you have then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has a wonderful  tutorial telling you how.


Dying With Kool-Aid
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Here's what Lisa had to say about Dying With Kool-Aid:  Can't you just see that huge pitcher of frosty cold sugary goodness come crashing through a wall in my house? Of course my kids would be thrilled to bits since I make them drink healthy stuff like milk. Awwwwww Mom! Anyway, this isn't about my kids or a huge multi-million dollar ad campaign. This is about using Kool-Aid to color mohair and just about anything else that gets in the way. I had a scare earlier this year when I kept going to supermarkets and seeing the Kool-Aid being marked down and put in the clearance aisle. There was a new Kool-Aid on the shelf which had all the flavor but none of the color! I gasped in horror as besides RIT dye, Kool-Aid has been a staple in my teddy tool box for years as it produces some wonderful colors that will NOT wash out. Seriously. It would take all the Clorox in the world and perhaps some other super high tech industrial strength stain removers to get this stuff out! I've had a bear that I tie-dyed in Kool-Aid and had sitting in the sun when I lived in Charleston that did NOT fade. Yikes! Extremely powerful and can only make you wonder what it does to your internals. Luckily, I don't drink it, I just use it to dye mohair and fabric.

For my dye recipe, I do my dying on the stove top in a huge pot. I use 1 packet per quart of water plus I add 1/4 cup of vinegar. So if you were using a gallon of water you'd add 4 packets of Kool-Aid plus one cup of vinegar. I heat that up on the stove top and let it cool down. Once it's cooled down so it's not boiling hot (because if you put your mohair in when it's boiling hot it will frizz your mohair - at least that's what I've learned over the years) you can put some wet mohair into your pot and stir it around. If you're using your hands, wear gloves or they will be stained too! I leave it in for about an hour and then rinse it out thoroughly until your water runs clear, brush the mohair in the direction you want and hang it to dry outside. To tie-dye a piece of fabric, I wet a piece of white fabric and then starting at a corner I twist it like you are going to snap a towel at someone (c'mon, now who hasn't done that at the pool when you were a kid?). I use rubber bands intermittently along my twist to create white creases. I usually have three different dye baths on the stove including one red, one blue and one yellow. Then, I dip the fabric in each bath starting at the end, sometimes overlapping colors and sometimes just having a single color until I get to the end. I put the wet twisted fabric into a plastic container and take it to the sink where I rinse it until the water comes clear, cut off the rubber bands and unwind it to reveal the pattern I've created. Then just brush it and hang it outside to dry.

Riley, the bear pictured in the photo above, was done a couple of years ago using the 2 packs of Black Cherry and 2 packs of Fruit Punch. The red fabric was vibrant! If you want a softer effect, use less Kool-Aid.

P.S. If you can't find Kool-Aid in your area and you're thinking of using Jello instead, think again. Jello has sugar and I think that the sugar residue will remain in your fabric making it a target for bugs. Just my opinion though...

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

No Sew Molded Felt Ornament Tutorial From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you like no sew ornaments 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 "No Sew Molded Felt Ornaments."


No Sew Molded Felt Ornament 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 No Sew Molded Felt Ornament Tutorial:  This is a very simple and fun to make no sew molded felt ornament that I was experimenting with last year. The process I used to create the ornament was simple and I ended up teaching the project to my friends in the soft cloth doll group I belong to called the Potomac Poppets. So here's the materials and instructions you'll need to create one of your own:

Materials
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Clay Cookie Mold (tons available on E-bay)
Metal Cookie Sheet
Liquid Starch (local grocery store - My Target and Walmart don't carry this product)
Wool Felt (at least 20% wool and I purchased mine at Joann's Fabrics)
Prismacolor Markers or Pencils
Glue (any will do just so it dries clear)
Ribbon (thin enough to be threaded through a large-eyed needle)
Clear Glitter (if you want)
Spray Adhesive
Scissors
Oven Set at 275 degrees

Instructions
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Place your cookie mold on top of a metal cookie sheet . Cut your wool felt to overlap your mold at least by 1 inch(see Figure 1). Then, soak your wool felt in liquid starch (see Figure 2) . I tried a 50/50 mix of liquid starch and water on the first one and it didn't work nearly as well. Then, squeeze out as much of the starch as you can and place your felt on top of the mold (see Figure 3). Work the felt into the mold until you can see the design (see Figure 4). Place in the oven that has already been preheated to 275 degrees. When I taught this at our doll club, we used a toaster oven and it took much longer to dry out but it usually only takes about 15 - 20 minutes. To save time, you could do several at once depending on the size of your mold and of your cookie sheet. Once it is completely dry, the felt will just pop out of the mold (see Figure 5). When you turn it over, you will be able to see the design of the cookie mold pressed into the felt (see Figure 6). Here's the fun part which is decorating your ornament. Previously, I tried both watercolor pencils that you have to wet as well as Prismacolor Markers but found they made quite a mess so I wouldn't recommend them as they made the ornament too wet and ran too much. For the ornaments you see above, I used Prismacolor Pencils which have a more subtle look (see Figure 7). Anyway, fill in the detail of your ornament using whatever media you prefer (pencils or markers). When your finished, lay your ornament on top of another piece of wool felt and trace around it as this will be your backing. Glue the front piece of your ornament to the back coming as close to the ridge of the mold as possible. Once it is dry, cut around it with a pair of sharp scissors or get fancy and use your Pinking Sheers if you have them. Then, if you'd like, spray your ornament very lightly with the Spray Adhesive and sprinkle with some clear glitter (see Figure 8). Thread your needle with the ribbon or gold cording and go through the top of the ornament so you can hang it on your tree (see Figure 9). And now you have a molded felt ornament!

You can also use these to decorate your packages for the holidays or on a wreath or something. Just a little project I thought of in my "spare time." I'd love to see what you come up with though so if you make some, send me a pic! I'll have some pics of the ones I make this year in my Blog for all to see (when I find more of that "spare time").


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 at http://qdpatooties.blogspot.com.

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

Felted Candy Cane Ornament How-To by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you like working with wool felt and roving  and love ornaments then 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 " Felted Candy Cane Ornament."

Felted Candy Cane Ornament
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Felted Candy Cane Ornament:
Materials
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Wool Roving in Red and White (you can buy this from Marr Haven Wool FarmEbay.com or Etsy.com)
18 Gauge Cloth Covered Floral Wire (really even a Pipe Cleaner would do for this project)
36T Felting Needle (again Marr Haven Wool FarmEbay.com orEtsy.com)
Felting Foam Block
Spray Adhesive
Clear Glitter
Ribbon to Hang it on the Tree

Instructions
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Start by wrapping your white wool roving around your floral wire (see Figure 1). Gently felt the roving as you go along and I say gently because if you hit the wire too hard with your needle you could break the needle. Once you have covered the wire with the white wool roving, you can bend it into the shape of a cane (see Figure 2). Then start wrapping your white cane with the red roving gently felting as you go along as you did with the white roving (see Figure 3). Once you've applied your red wool roving, it will look like a Candy Cane! Finally, you can spray your Candy Cane lightly with some Spray Adhesive and decorate it with a little clear glitter. Add a ribbon and then hang it on the tree or just loop the arch of the cane on the tree to hang it.

These are fun, easy to make and look good enough to eat! 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

Four Free Hat Patterns For Blythe From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I thought you might all like to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties has four wonderful free patterns to share for making 3 crocheted and 1 sewn hat for BLYTHE. I hope you enjoy making all of Blythe's hats.


Cloche Hat (Crochet)
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her clothe hat:  This is a very easy beginners FREE crochet pattern that whips up in just over an hour. Since I have been bitten by the "Blythe Bug" as I mentioned yesterday, it was only a matter of time before I started creating things for her and this just happens to be the first of probably many patterns. 

Materials:
Patons "Classic Wool" Merino, 100% Wool, 3 1/2 oz. (100g) in Blue Marl (variegated white/blue)

Size D/3 (3.25mm) Crochet Hook
Directions:

To Begin, Ch10 and join the first and last stitches to form a loop.
Rd. 1: Ch 3 and then 15 DC inside the loop.

Rd. 2: Ch 3 and then 1 DC inside the first DC followed by a SC all the way around. So you should have a stitch followed by a hole.

Rd. 3: Ch 3 and then in the new hole that you’ve made do 2 DC followed by 1 SC then 2 DC in the next followed by 2 SC. It will start to look almost like a lace doily.

Rd. 4: Ch 3 and then in the first that you’ve made do 3 DC followed by 1 SC then 3 DC in the next followed by 2 SC .

Rd. 5 - 6: Ch3 and then in the first stitch that you’ve made do 3 DC followed by 2 SC all the way around. You’re gradually “increasing” the size of your doll’s hat.

Rd. 7 - 10: Rd. 4: Ch 3 and then in the first stitch that you’ve made do 3 DC followed by 1 SC then 3 DC in the next followed by 2 SC.

Rd. 11: For the shell trim, SC in the first stitch, HDC in the second stitch, 1 DC, 1 TDC, 1 DC in the third stitch, HDC in the fourth stitch and a SC in the fifth stitch. Repeat all the way around the rim of the hat.
Since this hat is "lacy" and has some holes, you can weave some coordinating ribbon through the openings and tie it in a bow to add a little decorative touch. Enjoy!

Kisses from Elvish Beret (Crochet)
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her kisses from elvish beret:   Here's a little beret I just finished for my Blythes. It kind of looks like a little Hershey's Kiss Elf hat so of course the name "Kisses from Elvish" seemed appropriate.

Kisses from Elvish Beret


Materials Needed:
3.75mm (Size F) Crochet Hook
Joann’s Fabrics Sensations Angel Hair Yarn Color 4361 or similar


To start: Ch4. Join first link to last to form a ring.
Round 1: 8 DC in ring. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 2: DC in each stitch. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 3: DC in first DC then Ch1; repeat until round is complete. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 4: Repeat Round 3.
Round 5: DC in each stitch. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 6: DC in each stitch. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 7: DC in first DC then Ch1; repeat until round is complete. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 8: DC in each stitch. Join first to last and then Ch3.
Round 9: DC in first 4 stitches, Skip 1. Repeat until the round is complete. Join first to last and then Ch2.
Round 10: HDC in each stitch, join and tie off when round is complete. 


Your stylish “Kisses from Elvish Beret” is now ready to wear!


Simple Winter Cap (Crochet)
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Instructions:
Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (4)
Size H, 5.00mm Crochet Hook

Ch 4. Join to form a loop.
Row 1. 13 DC inside of loop. Ch 2.
Rows 2 - 4. 1 DC in first stitch, 2 DCs in second stitch. Continue until row is complete. Ch 2.
Rows 5 - 7. 1 DC in each stitch. Continue until row is complete. Ch 2.
Row 8. 1 DC in the "front" of the first three stitches followed by 1 DC in the back of the next three stitches. Repeat pattern until row is complete. Pattern will resemble fake "ribbing." Tie off. Enjoy!


Spidey Hat (Sewing) 
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Spidey Hat: For this project, you'll need a pair of one size fits all knit gloves and a single mitten from a one size fits all set of knit mittens. The gloves will serve as the "body" of your spider and then the mitten will be the lining of your hat. I found my gloves and mitten sets at Target. They are $1.49 and you get two pairs so you'll be able to make two complete hats for your Blythe dolls for less than $5.00. Other supplies you'll need include a some sharp scissors, some clear drying tacky or fabric glue, two 1-inch Pom-Poms for eyeballs, two 1/2-inch Pom-Poms for pupils, a small amount of Polyfil stuffing, a needle, some thread, embroidery floss, and a stuffing stick. If you'd like to use your sewing machine, you can use that too. This project is small enough though that it can be completed quickly in under an hour without a sewing machine. So, it's up to you.

1)  Cut the cuffs off of your gloves as well as the thumb (sorry I didn't show that step) and then cut the top off of your mitten (almost down to the thumb joint on the mitten). As I mentioned, the gloves will be the body of your spider and the mitten top will be the liner of your hat.

2)  With right sides together, sew your gloves up the center seam to form your spider body.

3)  Then, turn your spider body inside out and insert your mitten top as shown in the photo above. Sew all the way around leaving about an 1 1/2 opening so you can turn your hat.

4)  When you turn your hat, it should look like the photo above. It almost looks like an octopus instead of a spider! But that might be another tutorial (heh, heh, heh). Using your stuffing stick, go through the small hole you left to turn your spider and fill his "legs" with a small amount of Polyfil. You don't want to stuff them too much or they won't stand up right. Also, the white stuffing will show through your knit fabric. Then, ladder stitch your hole shut.

5)  Using some embroidery floss, make a silly grin on your spider's face. Glue together the eyes and let them dry so you can glue them on top of your hat.

6)  One you glue the eyes on top of your hat and they dry, it will be ready to wear. 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


Monday, April 09, 2012

Lil' Lop Eared Bunny - Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I thought you might all like to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has an adorable bunny pattern to share. I just love Lisa's creations and hope you enjoy her bunny pattern.


FREE New Pattern, Lil' Lop Eared Bunny


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

Click on picture above to enlarge.

Here's what Lisa said about Lil' Lop Eared Bunny:   This pattern is a one that I shared with my newsletter members last year for a small vintage style bunny just the right size to fill any Easter Basket. You may remember seeing this little vintage style Easter Bunny on my Blog and briefly in my Etsy shop. I modeled him after a really sweet bunny I had as a kind (mine was blue with a white tummy) but truthfully, I think this guy turned out looking more like Eeyore! You can also turn the ears upright so he looks less like the famous Pooh Bear sidekick and hey, it's FREE so enjoy!

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

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

Crocheted Sock Monkey Free Pattern by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you like to crocheted animals then you'll be pleased to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has another wonderful crochet pattern to share.  This =one is for an adorable monkey.

Crocheted Sock Monkey Pattern


Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Crocheted Sock Monkey Pattern:  Well, I've had a couple of people, some of whom mentioned they have smaller computer screens, complain that they cannot read the entire Sock Monkey pattern because the photos overlap the words. So I decided, in my infinite wisdom, to just do a post of the pattern verbage without the pictures for those of you who are picture impaired. Sorry about that guys! I really have my screen resolution adjusted so it's the same as a majority of people who visit my website. If any other patterns or tutorials do not show up as you think they should, please let me know and I'll be happy to try to help.

Crocheted Sock Monkey Pattern by Lisa Thoms
Materials Needed:

Patons "Classic Wool" Merino, 100% Wool, 3 1/2 oz. (100g) in Natural Marl (variegated white/brown), Winter White, and Bright Red
Size F/5 (3.75mm) Crochet Hook
Sewing Needle
Polyfil

Symbols:
sl st = slip stitch; ; st = stitch; ch = chain; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; tc = treble crochet

Head:
Round 1: Using your Winter White Yarn, Ch 4 connecting the first stitch to the last with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 2 and then 15 hdc in the center of the ring. Join the first hdc to the last to form a circle.
Round 2: Ch 3. In each stitch, do 2 dc joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 3 + 4: Ch 3. In each stitch, do 1 dc joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Round 5. Switch to the Natural Marl yarn I used or a yarn color of your choice. After joining the yarns, ch 3. Do 2 dc in the first stitch and then 1 dc in the next 3 stitches. Repeat the pattern joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 6 + 7. Ch 3. In each stitch, do 1 dc in each stitch joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 8 + 9. Ch 3. In the next 3 stitches do 1 dc then skip a stitch. Repeat the pattern joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.

Head Muzzle and Mouth:
Ch 9 in Bright Red. In the 7th st, do 1 hdc followed by a dc in the next 5 stitches and finally a hdc in the last stitch. Change yarns from Bright Red to Winter White. After joining the yarns, go around the red crocheted section with a SC in each stitch until you have outlined the whole mouth in Winter White. Ch 1 and repeat going around the mouth 2 1/2 more times stopping halfway through the third round.

Ears:
Using your Winter White yarn, ch 7. In the 5th st, do a hdc followed by a dc in the 4th st, a tc in the 3rd st, a dc in the 2nd st stitch and a hdc in the 1st st. It will have the appearance of a half circle.

Body:
Round 1: Using your Natural Marl yarn, Ch 4 connecting the first stitch to the last with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 2 and then 12 hdc in the center of the ring. Join the first hdc to the last to form a circle.
Round 2 +3: Ch 3. Do 2 dc in the first stitch followed by 1 dc in the next stitch repeating the pattern until you've reached the end of the round joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 4 + 5: Ch 3. In each stitch, do 1 dc joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 6. Ch 3. In the next 3 stitches do 1 dc then skip a stitch. Repeat the pattern joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 7. Ch 3. In each stitch, do 1 dc in each stitch joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 8 + 9. Ch 3. In the next 3 stitches do 1 dc then skip a stitch. Repeat the pattern joining the first st to the last st with a sl st.

Arms and Legs:
Round 1: Using your Winter White yarn, Ch 4 connecting the first stitch to the last with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 2 and then 10 hdc in the center of the ring. Join the first hdc to the last to form a circle.
Rounds 2 + 3: Ch 3. In each stitch do 1 dc joining the 1st st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 4 - 10: Changing the yarn to the Natural Marl, ch 3 and the repeat the same pattern in Rounds 2 + 3.

Tail:
Round 1: Using your Winter White yarn, Ch 4 connecting the first stitch to the last with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 2 and then 10 hdc in the center of the ring. Join the first hdc to the last to form a circle.
Rounds 2 - 4: Ch 3. In each stitch do 1 dc joining the 1st st to the last st with a sl st.
Rounds 5 - 12: Changing the yarn to the Natural Marl, ch 3 and the repeat the same pattern in Rounds 2 + 3.

Assembly:
Using the long tail of yarn from the knotted off last stitch, sew the openings of the arms, legs and tail closed. I did not stuff mine or put any weight in them. If you prefer with your monkey, do so before you sew it shut.
Next, stuff your head with Polyfil and then sew on your ears. Sew your muzzle on and leave an opening to stuff it. After it is stuffed, sew it closed.

Stuff your body next. I wanted to add a little bit of weight to my monkey so I used a new knee high filled with a mixture of steel shot and plastic pellets, tied it off, and placed it in my monkey's body instead of Polyfil .
Now, sew your head to your body and then sew on your arms, legs and tail. Your crocheted sock monkey is almost complete. It's now up to you to give him a personality by adding a some button eyes, a red pom pom to the top of his hat, little red bows around his arms and legs, and maybe a little jingle bell collar around his neck.

Please have fun making monkeys for your own personal enjoyment but respect my creativity and give me credit if you mention this pattern on your Blog or website. And if you do make a monkey for yourself or a gift, please send me a picture and I'll post it on my Blog giving you a link and a little write up describing your "creation!"

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

Wimbley - 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 another wonderful pattern to share. His name is Wimbley and he's just the cutest little bear.


Wimbley, A New Free Pattern!



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Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about Wimbley: Here's a new free pattern just for you guys! A little bear I've named Wimbley that's small enough to make up as a pin or use as a stuffie for your favorite bear or doll. I originally made him up for my Blythe dolls.

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.

To make him, you'll need a small piece of felt folded in half. Cut out your Wimbley pattern and trace it directly on to the felt. Follow the pattern lines with your sewing machine and make sure to leave an opening to turn and stuff him. I left my opening on one of the sides. Cut out your bear as close to the seams as possible to make it easier to turn his little arms and legs. Stuff him and then sew up the side. Next, give him a personality by embroidering a face and maybe a boo-boo on his arm or leg. Wimbley's a popular little guy so you want him to look well loved.

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

Felt Snow Bunny Ornament 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 bunny ornament pattern to share.  I know you're going to love it.

Free Felt Snow Bunny Ornament Pattern
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


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Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Felt Snow Bunny Ornament Pattern:  Okay, this is probably the last free pattern before Christmas. But thankfully, you can use this one for Easter too! So hang on to it and file it away in your stash. It's incredibly simple but I think it works up really cute. It's small enough that besides being an ornament, it would also make a cute package decoration or even a pin. Or stick one of those magnets on the back and put him on your fridge! And Snow Bunnies stick around all winter unlike Snowmen who are a little less reliable - especially in warmer weather!


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. 

Anyway, my only hints with this pattern are in order to work this small (hey, it's small for me) I traced my pattern onto a piece of felt, folded the felt over and then sewed directly on the outline of the bunny. I left the side open for stuffing. You can wire his ears if you like with chenille pipe cleaners. Then you won't have to stuff them and they'll be poseable. Along those same lines, you could wire the whole bunny if you like and not stuff him at all. Just make him a little poseable guy to put where ever you want. Oh, and finally the face and other features I embroidered but you can do whatever you want with your bunny. I'm not going to come inspect them or anything! And I just used a few strands of that fancy yarn for my scarf. I really love that yarn and wish I could find more as it's both soft and sparkly - gotta love it!

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


Saturday, April 07, 2012

Suey, The Super Sock Pig Free Pattern and Tutorial 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 another wonderful pattern to share. This one is for a pig named "Suey." He's so cute you just want to squeeze him.

Suey, the Super Sock Pig Pattern and Tutorial



Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about Suey:  Welcome to the Suey, the Super Sock Pig Pattern and Tutorial. Now you can learn how to mysteriously transform an ordinary sock into something, er, well SUPER!

You'll need a few supplies before you start to make your own Super Pig: a pair of children's socks with a ruffle, a water football, some eyes of your choice (glass or felt), some embroidery floss, a little Polyfil, a chenille stem, floral tape and some scissors.

Instructions:

1)  First, remove the outer fabric from your water football so you are left with just a foam form. Don't worry, the surgery is quick and painless - he won't feel a thing!

Click on picture above to enlarge.

Click on picture above to enlarge.

2)  Next, using your two socks, cut and sew one of them using the pattern provided above for the body.  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. 

Then, use the other sock to complete your pig's ears, legs and tail by following the second half of the pattern which is shown above. 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. 

Now that you've done all your machine sewing, you're ready to start assembling your own Super Pig.

3)  To turn your pig's tail, insert a straw. Then, using a skewer, push it into the straw into the sewn end of the tail and it will turn easily. To stuff your tail, cut a piece of chenille stem just a little longer than the tail, tape both ends with some floral tape (so it doesn't poke through the knit fabric) and insert it in your tail.

4)  Using the toe end of your sock, cover your water football foam completely.

5)  Using a ladder stitch, sew the toe portion of the sock shut.

6)  Now that your piece of water football foam is covered with the toe portion of your sock, take the cuff portion of your sock and gently pull it over the first layer making sure the sewn portions overlap and the toe portion of the sock is peeking through the ruffled cuff. This is going to be your pig's snout.

7)  Stuff all of your pigs legs and sew them onto the body.

8)  Next, sew on your pig's ears and tail. You're almost done now - Super Pig is almost ready to Save the DAY!

9)  Insert your eyes (if you are using glass) or you can make some out of felt or even embroider them on. This is your chance to give your Super Pig his own personality. While your at it, give him some little nose holes and a sheepish (well, for a pig anyway) little grin.

10) Finally, it's time to turn your pig from a mild mannered porker into the caped crusader you'd always hoped he'd turn out to be. Using the instant SUPER HERO pattern shown below make your pig take on his alter ego.

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. 


Click on picture above to enlarge.

Enjoy making your own Suey, the Super Pig and please give me credit if you make one or link to this tutorial!

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

Not So Lovely Loverboy Free Crochet Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you like to crochet and love little crocheted creatures then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has a wonderful crochet pattern to share.  I hope you enjoy making "Not So Lovely Loverboy!"


Free Crochet Pattern For Not So Lovely Loverboy

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


Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about Not So Lovely Loverboy: Well, this is how the little trog turned out. He's a tiny crocheted Anime Bear with a head full of stuffin' and a heart full of nuffin' but LOVE! So, how are you ready to make your own little "Not So Lovely Loverboy?" Here's how:

Materials
5.00mm Crochet Hook
Medium Weight Yarn

Head
To start Ch. 3. Join first and last stitch to form a loop.
Round 1. 12 DC inside of loop. Slip stitch last to first to make a circle and then Ch2.
Round 2 - 3. 2HDC in first stitch, 1 HDC in second stitch. Repeat until row is complete. Slip stitch last to first to complete and then Ch2.
Row 4-5. 1 HDC in each stitch. Repeat until row is complete. Slip stitch last to first to complete and then Ch2.
Row 6. 1 HDC in first 4 stitches, decrease or skip 1 stitch. Repeat until row is complete. Slip stitch last to first to complete and tie off. Your head is now DONE!

Body
To start Ch. 3. Join first and last stitch to form a loop.
Round 1. 12 DC inside of loop. Slip stitch last to first to make a circle and then Ch2.
Round 2. 2HDC in first stitch, 1 HDC in second stitch. Repeat until row is complete. Slip stitch last to first to complete and then Ch2.
Row 3-5. 1 HDC in each stitch. Repeat until row is complete. Slip stitch last to first to complete and then Ch2. At end of row 5, slip stitch last to first to complete and tie off. Your body is now DONE!

Arms and Legs
To start Ch 7.
Row 1. Starting in the 5th stitch, 1 HDC in each stitch to the end of the row. Ch 2.
Row 2. 1 HDC in each stitch to end of row and tie off leaving a long tail of thread. Fold in half lengthwise and sew together with yarn. Make 3 more like this and then all your arms and legs are DONE!

Ears
To start Ch 7. 1 HDC in the 5th stitch, 1 DC in the 4th stitch, 1 DC, 1 TC, 1 DC in the 3rd stitch, 1 DC in the 2nd stitch, 1 HDC in the 1st stitch. Tie off. Make a second one just like this and then both ears are DONE!

To complete your little "creation" you'll need to first stuff his head and then his body. Sew his body to his head with crochet yarn. Sew on all four arms and legs with crochet yarn. Sew on his ears with crochet yarn. Make sure he looks extremely loveable by giving him a great personality with some eyes and an embroidered nose and mouth. Add a little button heart if you can find one. Don't send him out into the world empty handed. Give him a little bouquet of flowers for his sweetie or maybe a box of choccies.

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

Yella Belly Twofer and Blue Bunny Twofer Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I always love a bargain - like, getting two for the price of one. And, of course, I love softies. So, I was so happy to see that Lisa Bunting Thoms Q.D. Patooties had a free twofer pattern to share. Have fun!

FREE Patterns for the Twofers! Yella Belly Twofer and Blue Bunny Twofer

Copyright © 2009 - Written By Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Click on picture above to enlarge.

Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about her pattern:   We got Yella Belly Twofer, the Chihuahua, and his 3rd cousin twice removed Blue Bunny Twofer, er, the rabbit. Wanna know how they're related? Same pattern with a twist. Or a flip for that matter. I was scrounging through my pattern box and I always draw faces on my patterns to "jog" my memory of what I had originally "envisioned" because truthfully, sometimes I draw a dozen or so at a time and just toss them in a box for later. Anyway, I saw this bunny and I thought, wow, that's weird. I didn't draw a face on this little guy. And when I flipped him over, there was my crazy little Chihuahua's face. So, that's how "Twofer" came about. 'Cause with one pattern, you get a twofer one...get it?


Now you can create your own set of Twofers by following the very FREE pattern that I've made up for you. The instructions are all printed on the pattern this time so just print it out and enjoy! And please remember, I'm sharing my own designs because I love Softies and the hobby so please no using my pattern for commercial purposes unless you get the "okay" from me first. I'd also appreciate a link back should you decide to make one or two for yourself!

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

Hot Diggity Dog Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you love dogs like I do then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has yet another wonderful pattern to share.   I just love Lisa's creations and "Hot Diggity Dog" is one of my favorites.

Hot Diggity Dog Pattern
Copyright © 2008 - 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 Hot Diggity Dog:  Click on the pattern above to enlarge it. Then, right click on the image and save it to your hard drive. You may enlarge it or shrink it depending on what size "Hot Diggity Dog" you plan to make. My version ended up being the size of a sheet of paper (about 8.5" wide and 11" tall). Cut out both pattern pieces. When cutting out the face of your dog, remember to place the straight edge on a folded piece of felt and then cut it out. For the body of my dog, I just traced it directly onto the fabric, then folded the fabric in half and sewed leaving an opening to stuff it (like a pillow). Then, I used some Fraycheck (because I made mine out of a cotton print - you won't need to do that if you make yours out of felt because it won't fray), clipped the corners and curves, and then turned it right side out. I sewed on my dog's face after I had stuffed his body and sewed up the opening in the body. Use some imagination when adding your face. I wanted my dog's tongue to stick out but you don't have to make yours exactly like mine. Have fun with it and people will really dig your dog!


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


Friday, April 06, 2012

Sock Elephant 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 pattern for an absolutely precious sock elephant to share. I just LOVE him.

Shown below is Lisa's Sock Elephant Pattern:



Sock Elephant 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 pattern:  Here's the pattern you are going to need. Just click on the pictures above and a full sized pattern will appear. It is meant to be printed on an 81/2 x 11 Sheet of paper. Cut out the pattern pieces and trace them on your sock and then sew around your outlined pieces. Cutting out individual pieces and then trying to sew them is much harder and we like easy stuff, right?

1.  Sew all the pattern pieces, trim and use fraychek on your edges then turn.
2.  For the elephants head, turn your head so the trunk is seam side up, pinch the head closed and sew the opening shut.  It looks like a "T."
3.  Wire your trunk with a chenille stem.
4.  Stuff all your pieces except your ears.
5.  See picture below:




To complete this project, you'll need a pair of crew length socks, sewing machine (I set my stitch length on 1.5), matching thread, stuffing, floral wire, embroidery thread, a set of eyes or buttons (if you're not going to embroider yours), and things to embellish your elephant like trim. If you want to have your elephant balancing on something, you'll need something interesting like a sundae dish or a cupcake. This pattern and tutorial are for the elephant only.

*Please note that this pattern is for "entertainment purposes" only. Please respect my creativity and give me credit when using this pattern and please do not sell items from this pattern.


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



Big Woop Doll Free Pattern From 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 bunny doll pattern to share.  I know you're going to love Big Woop.  He's definitely one of my favorites.


Big Woop Pattern
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


CLICK on picture above to enlarge.

CLICK on picture above to enlarge.


Big Woop Pattern

Here are the patterns you are going to need.  Just click on the pictures above and a full sized pattern will appear for both big woop and the eye templates/instructions.  It is meant to be printed on an 81/2 x 11 Sheet of paper.  Cut out the pattern pieces and trace them on your material adding a seam allowance of either 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch depending on the type of material you intend to use.  I did not include the seam allowance in the pattern for the bunny or the eyes because I thought everyone would choose a different material to use and depending on how much yours may fray may determine how much seam allowance you may want for your individual "creation."  I used felt for mine so I added an 1/8 of an inch seam allowance as you can see in the pattern I cut out below.  Next, I placed my pattern on the folded piece of felt and traced around it.  Then I cut out all of my pattern pieces.  Using the eye template and directions, cut out your eyes and arrange the pieces.  You can use glue as I mentioned in these directions or sew them on as I did with my bunny.  If you sew them on, I recommend you do it before you sew the front and back of the bunny together.  I did that by laying out all of my pattern pieces like you see below.  You can either "eyeball" (hee. hee.) the position of your eyes or you can fold the pattern piece for the front of your bunny in half to find the middle and then position your eyes.  Next, sew your eyes on using your machine.  Then, pin the back and the front of your bunny (wrong sides together) and sew around the outside leaving the bottom open for stuffing.  Now clip your seams, turn your bunny and stuff him.  When you get down to the feet, you can use a pipe cleaner and wire the feet like I did so he can stand.  This is pretty simple.  Just fold the pipe cleaner in half and make sure it reaches from one side of your bunnies feet to the other and then stuff around the pipe cleaner firmly.  Finally, just whipstitch or ladder stitch your bunny closed at the bottom.
Big woop, you just finished your bunny! 



Have fun making your own sock critters and if you do happen to make one, I'd love to see a pic. Just send me one at hey_lisa@qdpatooties.com and I will post it in my Blog along with your name and website/or Blog address! On a side note, I made my Big Woop from a National Nonwovens felt called "Island Storm" (WCF005-6580).


*Just a note, please respect my creativity here and make these for your personal use and not to sell.  I don't want to be browsing Etsy one day and see a shop full of bunnies!

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