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Freebie Friday! Quilt-as-you-go Train Case

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This project was a lot of fun to play around with :D It’s kind of a triple threat in that it helped me use up some cotton scraps, I got to try out some more travel bag ideas for my upcoming trip to Metrocon, and I got to experiment with quilting in bags and pouches (and how it holds up as a stabilizer). With all that in mind I’d say it was a rousing success! They come together super fast and allow a lot of room for fun improvising. They’re a lot more forgiving to make than most train case patterns, because they’re not done the conventional way. You’ll see you use a box dart to make their shape instead of sewing curved seams or having to bind edges.

While you might be tempted to make this in whole cloth without any patchwork, I found that the finished case isn’t as sturdy without the extra quilting stitches going through it for support. So I would definitely recommend doing the quilt-as-you-go method in some fashion to get those extra seams going through your case.

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New Crafting Challenge Plush for April!

Hey everybody!
March was a wild ride for me :D I opened myself back up for hoodie and hat orders on my Etsy shop, and I’ve been doing things made-to-order style for all my wonderful customers ^-^ I usually prefer to make products first and sell them ready to ship, but this way I can make just the right characters and sizes that people want.

One thing I hadn’t anticipated were all the little suggestions and requests people had for some items, like changing the face, adding a tail, using different ears, etc. Just tiny little things I never would have thought to add, but I’m happy to do. It’s pretty refreshing, actually! The only downside is it’s made me super busy this month, as you could probably tell from the sparse posts xD Rest assured that I’m working on more scrap-busting projects with every free moment I have, and you should be hearing about some book updates soon as well!

But on to the fun stuff! Being the first of the month I’m here to introduce a new punny food animal plush that you can earn! To continue the lovely spring theme from last month we have:
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Alpacarons!

This one is another silly pun that hit me like a bolt from the blue x3 It’s a combination of alpaca and macaron (the adorable French cookie sandwich), so together we have a big puffy macaron with cute alpaca features :D Being so delicate and sweet, a macaron seems like a perfect food for springtime. The project itself isn’t too difficult, but it calls for a lot of gathering and hand-sewing which may not be your forte.

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★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and April 30th (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.

(If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.)

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from March when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Freebie Friday! Gunter Plush

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Wenk wenk! I haven’t done some Adventure Time fanart in a little while so I was starting to have withdrawals. I’ve wanted to try out making a Gunter plush for a while and since I had all the right colors in my fleece scraps I decided to jump at it while I could! I just love how fat and huggable this little guy turned out. He’s just the right size for squeezing or lounging beside you. All that’s left to do is make a whole army of them and then retreat to a magnificent ice cave :B

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New Freebie Plush Pattern for March!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a good year so far! I can’t believe we’re already in March :D I’ve been chugging along with book edits and updating my Etsy store for the past month. For March I’ll be fulfilling orders for all the new aviator hats and hoodies I’ve been selling to you wonderful folks, but hopefully in my off time I can work on some more stash-busting projects to share with you all! ^-^

To get to the heart of the matter, though. I’m still going strong with the punny food animal theme for this year’s Monthly Crafting Challenge! January was a Cinnabunny plush, February had a Red Velvet Cupkit, and for March it’s…

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Chick Peas!

This food animal pun is kind of a classic, but I just couldn’t resist making it, because what else is cuter for spring than a couple of bright yellow chicks in a pea pod? Also I believe March covers part of the season for chick peas, so that’s a nice plus as well ^-~ I had a lot of fun putting these together x3 Each chick is about the size of an orange, so their wings, beaks, and feet are so tiny! But once you get them all basted in place, the rest of the chick comes together quite nicely. And the pouch is a ton of fun to come together as well, especially once you get to stuff the chicks inside xD

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So how do you get this pattern?
If you haven’t already, start off by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

So what if you’re already signed up for email alerts?
That’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep sending me photos every month and you’ll get a new free pattern.

Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from February when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Store Update! Aviator Hats Are Back!

Hello everyone!

After taking another short break for book writing, I’m happy to say that my Etsy store has another update!

The faux suede steampunk aviator caps are back in stock :D with a few new custom variations to choose from. These hats were a big hit last year when I debuted them during a giveaway, and I’ve been working hard to bring them back as soon as I could ^-^

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Most of the original color choices are back, along with a few new colors including light gray and red. All of the original ear choices also apply, including cat, fox, and rabbit. But now there is also a deer ear option which comes with little plush antlers! You could also opt to have the antlers on a rabbit hat to make it a jackalope x3

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Also in the update are some of my hoodie designs brought back as made-to-order options. While I am prepping for my attendance to Metrocon in June, it’s still a ways away so I thought I’d offer up these listings for purchase until I have to focus on Metrocon more ^-^ I’ll likely have these listings up for about a month or two until I have to focus on the convention entirely and then I’ll have to bring them down until everything blows over.

I hope you all enjoy the new creations! I’ll be here taking orders, prepping for the con, and designing some new free patterns for the blog in between ^-~ See you next time!

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Freebie Friday! London Calling Bag

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This project is quite intensive, because it was one of those passion projects. I’ve been needing a huge bag with loads of pockets to carry every little thing I need when I’m out of the house for a while. It has a large back pocket, zippered front pocket, pockets inside for a sketchbook, pens, and a hidden pocket too :) I used it during my most recent move to Daytona and it really saved me! Holding all that paperwork, pens, keys, electronics – it took quite a beating!

Maybe all the bells and whistles on this bag will save you too :D The outside has a big Union Jack decoration because I can’t stop watching British TV :B The bottom uses vinyl so it’s a bit more durable and resilient against moisture. And instead of a strap adjuster, it uses a belt buckle for an unusual touch (also because I ran out of strap adjusters XD).

It should be noted that since I’m busting my scrap stash, you’ll find that I used a lot of accent fabrics for different parts of the bag, but in the pattern I boiled them down to just outer fabrics and lining fabrics. The pictures should make it clear what’s what of course, but if you want to get the exact look that I did, read through the instructions first before cutting your fabric and I’ll tell you when I deviated from the main pattern.

At 51 steps, this is easily my longest project yet x_x I read over it several times to make sure there weren’t any errors, but since it is a free project it I can’t guarantee that it’s foolproof. Do let me know if you run into any snafus as you work so I can make fixes for the next brave sewist!

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New Freebie Challenge for February!

Happy February everyone! I’ve had a busy January xD I was actually working on more books! And hopefully some that you’ll get to see very soon. Luckily things have slowed down a bit and I’m able to brainstorm for more stash-busting projects – maybe even get back into making some more hats or plushies! We’ll see how things pan out this month.

Either way, as a nice break from the craziness of the past month, there’s a new Monthly Crafting Challenge freebie on the horizon! As I mentioned last month, this month’s theme is punny food animals. January had an adorable Cinnabunny plush, and for February we have…

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A Red Velvet Cupkit! (or, Red Vulpine Cupcake x3)

This one is a cross between a red velvet cupcake, and a red fox kit (kit being a baby fox of course ^-~). Being February with Valentine’s Day coming up, a lovely red cupcake just seemed fitting. It’s sized like a nice big over-sized cupcake, has scalloped frosting edging, perky little ears, and of course a sweet foxy face :D You could of course leave off the face and ears and have a darn good cupcake pattern of your own as well.

So how do you get this pattern?

If you haven’t already, start off by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

So what if you’re already signed up for email alerts?

That’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep sending me photos every month and you’ll get a new free pattern.

Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from January when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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