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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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Freebie Friday! Zipper Wrist Rest

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This is a project I’ve been needing to make for the longest time! I’m sure more of you can sympathize with that kind of situation. I could just as easily have purchased a wrist rest for myself, but I just kept telling myself I’d have time to make one. It took a while, but I finally did :D

I wracked my brain trying to think of a character I could do that would mimic the shape of a long wrist rest, and nothing seemed to feel natural to me. That was when I realized that I don’t have quite enough stuff that shows off that I’m a seamstress! So I thought a wrist rest shaped like a zipper might take care of that handily. Mine is filled with tiny micro pellets, which seem similar to poly pellets but they’re much smaller and are made of Styrofoam instead of plastic. The outside is made from fleece which is slightly stretchy so when you rest your wrists on it, it has that nice squishy feeling that a woven fabric can’t really match.

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Freebie Friday! Bow Clutch

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I have been seeing so many cute pouches with a bow motif on the sewing blogs over the past year! Whether they have bows attached or the pouch becomes a bow itself, it’s really common theme and I just love all of them. I thought I would add my own version to the dialogue with this little pouch here. I made a few versions but the ones I liked best were out of satin, which seemed fitting because it looks like these babies would make good bridesmaid or prom clutches – at least something cute to bring to a special occasion. Whatever fabric you decide to use, I would definitely recommend it be solid or from a small print. I tried these with a large print and the motifs just get lost in the folds of the bow, so you can’t really tell what’s going on.

The step-by-step photos I think make the clutch look harder than it really is, and it’s easy to get disoriented and forget what goes where. I would suggest using labels that point which side is up and which side is the right side if you get confused after glancing through instructions before getting started.

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2 Year Blogiversary & New Monthly Crafting Challenge!

Happy New Year everyone! My blog is 2 years old today :D 2014 really went by quickly, likely because I was so busy writing books. Since the beginning of this blog in 2013 my first goal was to share my adventures in destashing my fabric collection, which is actually still going after all this time! I still have a decent amount of quilting cottons, some knits, satins, fleece, and a smidge of heavyweight fabrics. Call it a recipe for disaster, but I’m thinking I might actually get my fabric stash down to a manageable amount this year. I’d even be happy with just nearly full boxes of everything x3 no more overflow! As of today, I’m up to 66 free projects I’ve collected ^-^ it’s been a real wild ride, but I’m hoping I can get that number up to at least 100 by this year or next year to really bring my stash levels down.

In other news, today starts a new year of the Monthly Crafting Challenge! Back in 2013 I made a set of sushi plushies and challenged you all to earn and make them throughout the year, and 2014 was a set of Japanese snack foods in plush form. Now that 2014 is all over, you can now purchase all the patterns together at a huge discount. I have to say 2014 was successful because I got nearly 3 times as many project photo submissions as 2013! Thank you so much to everyone that made something and sent a photo in :D It’s really the highlight of my day to see your work ^0^ just keep ‘em coming!

Now, in 2015, I have a whole new set of 12 plushies to earn for you all…

Wait for it…

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Punny food animals!

So the story behind this is the projects from last year like the Kitty Donut, the Takoyaki octopus ball, and the Usagi Manju were some of my favorite projects to make – and I get the feeling they were some of your favorites too! I mean, combining cute animals and awesome food, how can you go wrong? So to do more of these foodimal combinations I thought it might be more fun to include a pun in every way that I can. I’m sure you can get my meaning: hush puppies, corn dogs, porcupine-apples, etc. But I have a set of different ones, ones you may have never heard before, and hopefully much funnier! (Though I’ve been told I have a weird sense of humor – prepare for a silly ride :3)

For January, it all starts with this adorable Cinnabunny!

In case it’s not obvious, Cinnabunny is a combination of cinnamon bun and bunny but with twice the cuteness of course ^-~ It’s a very simple plush that’s a rolled up bit of fabric to make the distinctive pinwheel shape. Add to that some perky ears (dripping with cinnamony goodness) and an adorable blushing face and you’ve got the first of 12 punny food animals. Of course for January I picked a cinnamon bun because winter just seems like the perfect time to cozy up with a warm bit of doughy goodness like that.

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). 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.

If you’ve already signed up for emails, 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 December 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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Freebie Friday! The Big Shopping Bag

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I’ve been putting off this project for a long while now, which is so silly! For quite some time now I’ve needed a few new reusable shopping bags to bring along with me to the grocery store and whatnot. I have a few of the store-bought kind that were given to me as prizes, promotions, etc., but I really needed something a lot bigger to fully round out my collection and handle some of the bigger things I buy.

I don’t know why I put off making one for so long, seeing as how I had plenty of fabric and it would have gone quickly. But I finally decided no more procrastinating. I figured if I was going to take the project seriously I would take the bag a bit more seriously too. The main body of the bag is quilting cotton reinforced with some quilt batting, but the sides and bottom are vinyl for extra strength and so I don’t have to worry about the cotton getting dirty. The handles go all the way down the side of the bag so they’re held on strongly, and they’re extra wide so they don’t cut into your shoulder when you’re carrying something heavy. I’ve found that this thing can tackle even the biggest jugs of milk or detergent that I buy from the wholesale club :B

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