Sunday, October 25, 2015

Coffee Filter Album - Free Tutorial by Romona King of Northbrook Designs

I thought you might all like to know that Romona King of Northbrook Designs has created another wonderful  tutorial on her Northbrook Designs blog showing you how to create a coffee filter album.


Coffee Filter Album
© 2011 by Romona King of Northbrook Designs

If you'd like to download Romona's tutorial please click on the picture above or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD


Here's what Romona had to say about her tutorial:

This tutorial is yours to get inspired with. Please use it to create your own creative album and all I ask is that you tell others where you got this to give me credit for my efforts.

My thanks to Meeri who first showed me what a coffee filter album is.

Before starting, you may just want to read this on your computer rather than print it. Throughout the tutorial I used a lot of colour illustrations from my own album and that will take a fair bit of ink to print.

To make these albums, you don’t need to been overly artistic or have a big set of skills, but what you do need is the desire to open up your creative mind and let your muse help you. A lot of time we get caught up in thinking we can’t make something like another person or do it as well or any number of thoughts. Remember, everyone starts at the beginning as well and just did what we all have to do to improve our abilities. Practice, experiment, and repeat many times.

Enjoy the process of making your album and try not to get too hung up on details. Let go of the rules you think exist about what is supposed to match with what, IE: does this lace look right, what about these pictures or colours. Forget that, just relax and play. That’s what kids do, don’t take yourself too seriously. The only thing to decide on before you start is, do you want this album to have a theme. If so you will have to collect your papers etc. based on that theme.


Please respect Romona's Terms of Use - Feel free to share this tutorial, but please remember to give me credit for the information contained here.

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Romona King of Northbrook Designs. Romona is a crafter, doll maker, painter, needlework artist, and mixed media artist. You can visit her Northbrook Designs blog online at http://northbrookdesigns.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Northbrook Designs shop at http://www.northbrookdesigns.com/.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Half Past Midnight, A Witch's Cat Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just love adorable creatures.  If you do, too then you'll be pleased to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has an adorable cat pattern to share.  I hope you enjoy making "Half Past Midnight, A Witches Cat".


Half Past Midnight, A Witch's Cat Pattern

Copyright © 2008-2009 - 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 Half Past Midnight, A Witch's Cat:  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 follow the instructions below:

1)  Trace the pattern pieces onto felt or the fabric of your choice. I trace mine onto the felt and then sew around it before cutting it out. If you choose to cut your kitty out and then sew it, please add 1/8" seam allowance to your pattern.

2)  With all your pieces sewn, cut as close to the seam edge as possible. Felt does not fray and this will make it easier to turn. To turn your tail, push a drinking straw down inside your tail and then, using a wooden skewer, push the sewn end of the tail into the straw with the skewer. Like magic, it will start to turn! If you have trouble turning your arms and legs, use the same method to turn them.

3)  Sew on your face and star eye patch with some decorative stitching. To hold the pieces in place, I use a fabric stick glue that can be found at your local sewing store in the quilting section. It keeps everything in place while you work.

4)  Stuff your kitty starting with the arms and legs, then the body and finally fill your head as tightly as you can. Sew up your kitty using a ladder stitch, as shown below.




5)  Embroider your kitty's face, add one winking eye and one regular eye (I used a vintage 9mm shoebutton for my regular eye) and a collar with a bell (I found these cute pumpkin jingle bells in the button section of my local sewing store). Now, here's a little bit about the kitty you just made:

Meet a magical little kitty named Half Past Midnight. The witch who owns him named him that because he's not exactly black - he's navy blue. The same color blue that the sky turns when it's lit by a pale blue moon which isn't that often you know. He's also got the most peculiar marking in the shape of a star over one eye. That's the eye he winks when he he wants to do magic. He also has an extra long tail that he swishes at the same time to increase his magical powers. Mystical, yep. Cute, you betcha.

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

Pretty Little Monsters Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just LOVE softies - especially the ones that Lisa Bunting Thoms designs for  Q.D. Patooties. In fact, I like to say I'm her biggest fan.  Of course, Lisa has many, many fans.  Meet "Pretty Little Monsters!"  They're too adorable to resist.


Pretty Little Monsters

Copyright © 2010 - 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:  I was going to put this up last night but my scanner was acting up. So I finally finished my monsters and have drawn up the pattern so you guys can make your own! I was going to upload it last night but my darn scanner would not cooperate.  So here it is in all it's Monster-y glory.

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.  All of the instructions are printed directly on the pattern.

There are instructions on the pattern but I'll go over them for you here as well.  Please note there is a 1/8" seam allowance built into this pattern.  Trace the pattern onto the wrong side of your fabric.  Working with the two back pieces, place right sides together.  Sew from Point a to Point B and from Point C to Point D making sure to leave your opening for stuffing.  Open your fabric and then pin the front side of of the monster to the back side with right sides together.  Sew, turn, fray chek and clip cures.  Stuff and sew up the back of your monster using a ladder stitch.  When you give him a face, you have a choice.  You can either make a "cheering monster" or a "jeering monster." The "cheering monster" will have his hands up in the air and be happy and the "jeering monster" will have his hands down by his side and be all sad.  So with one pattern you get a twofer -- two monsters in one!

After you make your monster, I'd love to see them. If you're on Flickr, it's really easy by joining the q.D.PaToOtieS group there.  I will start picking some of the photos I find on there to share on my Blog. 

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


Free Pattern for Count Truffula, Vampire Piggy! From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just LOVE softies - especially the ones that Lisa Bunting Thoms designs for  Q.D. Patooties and she has a wonderful Dracula pattern to share.  Here's Count Truffula!

Count Truffula, Vampire Piggy!
Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her pattern:  Sorry it took me so long to upload this but when I went to open my software last night that I usually use to clean up my patterns, it said the link wouldn't work so I guess I will have to find my discs and re-install it. In the meantime, I am hoping you all can read my chicken scratch handwriting on the pattern pieces to make out what goes where!

Click on picture to enlarge.
Materials:

1/4 yard Felt or Other Material for Pig Body 
Scrap Felt for Ear Lining, Mouth Lining, Eyes and Teeth
1/8 Yard Felt for Cape
Embroidery Floss
Yarn or Ribbon for Cape
Sewing Machine (a little too much to do by hand)
Poly Fil
Embroidery Floss
Needle 
Thread
Craft Glue
Pipe Cleaner

Instructions:

1.) Copy and save pattern to your hard drive by double clicking on the pattern image. Right click on the pattern and then choose "Save Image As" and name the file.

2.) Print your pattern and cut out all pattern pieces. Trace pattern pieces according to the number required for each pattern piece onto your fabric.

3). Starting with the ears, line up the bottoms of both the inner and outer ear pieces and then topstitch the inner ear piece to the outer ear piece. You may tack them in place by pinning, basting or using some craft glue if you feel uncomfortable just sewing them without them being securely in place. Repeat for the second ear and then set aside.

4). Next, line up the notch on the fangs pattern piece with the notch on the mouth pattern piece. Topstitch the fangs to the mouth piece (as with the pieces above you can secure them the same way if you like before you topstitch) and then position it underneath the cut open mouth on the front pattern piece of your piggy vampire. Pin in place and then sew by machine or by hand if you choose.

5). Find the nose pattern piece and position it about an inch above the open mouth on the front piece of the pig pattern. Make sure it is centered and then stitch in place by hand or machine.

6). Position each eye between the mouth and nose and about an inch and a half from the side on the front piece of the pig pattern. Secure them prior to sewing with by basting or with a little craft glue just to make sure they are even before you sew them into place permanently. Sew them in place by machine or by hand.

7). Set the front piece of the pig pattern aside and sew all of your arms and legs making sure to leave them open at the top for a little stuffing. I did not turn mine but just clipped them close to the seam, filled with a little Polyfil and then pinned them to the right side of the front piece of your pig pattern making sure the open pieces of each part were pinned to the edge of the pig pattern and all of the closed ends of the arms and legs pointed in towards the mouth. Pin on the ears the same way. Set this aside while you complete the back of your pig.

8). Sew the back piece of your pig pattern from Point A to Point B and then from Point C to Point D leaving an opening to stuff your pig. Set this aside and work on your pig's tail.

9). Sew your pig's tail together. I didn't turn this either just clipped close to the edges and then inserted a small piece of pipe cleaner (bent in half) to make it curly. Set your pig's tail aside.

10). Pin the right sides of both the front and back pieces of your Pig Pattern together and then sew around the outside. Now you can turn your pig and clip as close to the seam as you can. Stuff your pig with Polyfil and you are ready to sew up his back seam. He's transforming before your very eyes!

11). Grab your pig tail pattern piece and pin at the very bottom of the open seam on your pig's back. Ladder stitch it in place as you are sewing up the back of your pig. Your getting close now -- he's almost done!

12). Lay a small piece of felt down underneath your completed pig. Cut out a rectangle the length of your pig and 1 1/2 times the width of your pig. Using a large eyed needle, thread it with yarn or ribbon and do a running stitch about 3 inches down from the top. Leave a long tail on each end so you can secure it around your vampire piggy's neck.

13). Count Truffula is now complete and is ready to start sucking the life out of all of your chocolates! I would hide them now if I were you.

Now that you've completed your Count Truffula, Vampire Piggy, snap a photo and send it to me or just drop it in the q.D.paToOtieS Flickr Group. I'll show off your creation and send a link back to you at your Blog or on Flickr. 

As with any of my patterns, this is not intended for commercial use but just for the fun of making for yourself or your friends.

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 


Monkenottukhamun 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 another wonderful pattern to share. I just love Lisa's creations and "Monkenottukhamun" is just too adorable for words!


FREE Pattern for Monkenottukhamun

Copyright © 2008-2009 - 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 Monkenottukhamun:  So here's his official "story." Because if you know anything about me, all of my softies have to have a "story." Meet King Monkenottukhamun, pronounced monkey-not-too-common, (meaning you don't see mummified monkey pharaohs rising from the dead to carry out a curse for disturbing his tomb). This little guy is just in time for Halloween. Maybe he can pick up some treats while carrying out his curse or something. I mean, what could make you happier in the afterlife - a room full of solid gold banana statues or a tub full of chocolate?

And now for the directions. Click on the pattern itself to see it full size. Then, right click on your mouse and "Save As" to your hard drive. Using your image software, print out the pattern onto cardstock or paper if you prefer. Cut it out and then trace it on to your fabric. Now, this is how I make my monkey. I cut out the muzzle in a lighter fabric and set it aside. I cut out the tail, sew it and set it aside. Next, I trace my monkey onto my fabric. I either cut enough fabric so I can fold it and have it doubled or cut a piece of the same size and put it behind the first piece of fabric where I trace my body pattern. Then, I sew around the monkey, following along the lines of the pattern leaving about a 3-inch opening at the top of the head to stuff him. Then, I cut him out as close to the seam as possible and turn him. Using a fabric glue stick, I put glue on the back of my muzzle and position it on the face where I want it so when I go to do my hand stitching around it, I know it is firmly in place and isn't going to slip around on me. After I embroider my facial features, I stuff my monkey and sew up the head. Then I put on my monkey's eyes (either glass eyes or sew on buttons) and sew on his tail. For the final touch, I rip long pieces of white muslin fabric and wrap my monkey in it. I tack it along the way with thread. I use tea dye to get the "aged" effect along with some Prismacolor woodless pencils. If I get a chance to make another one, I will make a tutorial of the whole process.

Enjoy your little mummy monkeys and if you use this pattern, please remember to give me credit!


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


Thursday, October 01, 2015

How To Create Fabric "Prim" Sunflowers by Denise Bailey

I just love the Fall and thought you might like to see a tutorial by Denise Bailey that we published in October 2007 for creating a wonderful primitive sunflower decoration that would be perfect for the Fall. Enjoy!


How To Create Fabric "Prim" Sunflowers by Denise Bailey
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Denise Bailey

Materials needed:
muslin
scissors
Mark B Gone pen
needle
upholstery thread
1 small coffee can plastic lid
1 lid from pringles can or similar size
coffee stain*
cookie sheet & foil
polyester filling

*Coffee Stain
3 Tablespoons instant coffee to 1 cup hot water
2 Tablespoons vanilla
note : for grungy sunflowers add approx. 1/4 cup or more of cinnamon. Mix and let sit. After a short while the cinnamon will form a 'sludge' on the bottom of your pan. This sludge is what you apply to get the grungy dirty look.

Directions:
With your Mark B Gone pen, trace out 4 large circles using the larger plastic lid as your template. Trace 1 small circle with the smaller plastic lid.

Using the tracing line as your cutting line, cut out all circles.



Place the 4 larger circles on top of each other. Center the small circle over these and pin in place.

Halloween Printable - Trick or Treat Bag Label Free Tutorial From Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy Blog

If you love Halloween like I do you'll be happy to know that Karen Watson has a wonderful craft project tutorial on her The Graphics Fairy blog showing you how to make a trick or treat bag.  Have fun!



Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved  - Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy.

Here's what Karen had to say about her craft project tutorial:  Today I'm offering this fun free Halloween printable label! (I created this label using a vintage Halloween image from this site. The moon and stars background is from an antique playing card.) You can print up this label and use it to decorate a plain bag for an instant Trick or Treat bag! .

Please respect Karen's TERMS OF USE: - The Graphics Fairy is an Angel Company. You are free to use all clip art and photos, with the exception of the banner, in any of your projects created for resale or pleasure. Please do not use more than 4 of the graphic images within any one project, or single blog/website page. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website. Thank you!  My craft projects and tutorials are Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved  - Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy.

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Karen Watson. Karen is the owner of The Graphics Fairy/ and Fleurish a brick and mortar store located in Leesburg, Virginia that specializes in well priced vintage furniture, stylish lamps, Italian paper products, and French glassware.