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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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Freebie Friday! Tri-fold Wallet

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This project came about because I realized I could probably use a new wallet. I’m not exactly sure what kind will work out best for me, so I’m trying out some different shapes. This particular one has a lot of the basic features: loads of pockets for cards, a slot for bills, and a pocket in the back for coins. I’ll have to see how it handles carrying my things. But if it doesn’t work out for me, maybe it will for you! I love that it gave me a chance to show off some of my large print fabrics because the whole wallet is basically one big sheet. The lining is made from polyester lining to deplete my stash, though it was a bit of hassle to work with so I’d probably recommend sticking with a thin cotton if you’ve got it.

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Holiday Sale & Freebie for December!

Happy holidays everyone! The last month of the year is finally upon us ^0^ It’s been a real crazy ride this year for me, writing lots of books and still trying to balance sewing for myself and for my store in between XD

With all the new products I’ve got in my store I want to extend a little special to all of my followers to get us through the holiday season! From now until Thursday, December 18th I’m offering 10% off all purchases at my Etsy store! December 18th is the last day you can expect to order from me and still get your items in time for Christmas if they’re purchased within the United States. Just use coupon code HOLIDAY2014 ♥ no minimum purchase necessary!

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But onto more important matters! The last of the 2014 Monthly Crafting Challenge patterns! It’s such a bittersweet sendoff this month, because I saved my favorite pattern for last but I’m also sad to see my collection of Japanese snack foods end :< I’ll try to keep looking ahead to next year and get excited about that however ^-^ I just hope you all love this last pattern as much as I do!
The pattern for this month is a stuffed kitty donut!

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These aren’t a traditional Japanese food at all, in case you can’t tell :3 But all I know is for the past year I’ve seen these adorable pictures of donuts from Japanese bakeries frosted to look like little kitties (amongst other animals). Where each face is delicately painted on with frosting and the ears are formed with more icing. I fell in love at first sight and had to make a plush version.

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I have yet to see any bake shops on this side of the world give it a try, so for now I’ll have to settle for stuffed versions if I don’t try to make it myself :D

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

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 it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, and remember to check back next year for a new set of Monthly Crafting Challenge patterns! I’ll see you all then!

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Black Friday Weekend Sale & Store Update!

I hope all of my American friends had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

I’m over here taking advantage of some Black Friday fabric deals online ^w^ and I thought I would pass the favor along to all of you as well! So this weekend I’m running a 15% off everything in the store sale :D no minimum purchase required! Just use store code BF2014 from now until November 30th

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And to help facilitate your holiday shopping, my store also got another little plush update! As mentioned last time, this week’s update is filled with a collection of red plushies, ranging from fuchsia to magenta to burgundy ^0^

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First up, there are loads more punk bunnies in fuchsia, hot pink, and bright red. Each one has its own kind of ear detail – the red has tiger stripes while the other colors have different variations of plaid. So you can pick the plaid that you like the most :D

After that are more ninja bunnies, but this time in fuchsia instead of violet. As before, she has a little shuriken in one hand and a blinged out katana on her back. There are also some new pink and fuchsia narwhals and octopi as always, as well as some new robots. But I’m most excited about the character in dark red: the steampunk circus bunny. She’s based off of a bunny hat design I had done previously with black and white stripe details and lace trim – and the whole thing is brought to life in plush form! I think her sweet little face really evokes the look of a poor little bunny that’s run off to join a very Jules Vernean circus.

As for what to look out for next, be prepared for some gray plushies ^-^ Most likely a lot more quirky designs from my big-headed sitting plush collection. I’ll see you all then!

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Freebie Friday! Chain Chomp Plush

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I made this plush mostly to help clear out some of my fleece scraps, but also because it seemed like something really simple that would make a huge impact, and I don’t think I was wrong :D I just love the huge menacing grin on this guy! If there are fans of the Super Mario games out there, you might recognize this as one of the minor enemies you defeat in your adventures. It was a lot of fun seeing him come together, and even more fun getting to swing him around when he’s done :3

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Store Update – Purple & Yellow Plushies!

Hello again everyone!
My Etsy store got another update today ^-^ As promised, this time around is a group of purple and yellow plushies. There are a lot of rehashes of previous characters, but a few new creatures managed to sneak in too :D

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Like with other updates there are some narwhals and octopi in yellow and purple as well as another little robot in a butter yellow. There are also more punk bunnies in purple now with matching Union Jack details on their ears. A new character I’m happy to show off is a little violet-colored ninja bunny! Not only does she have a little shuriken in her hand, but a katana on her back as well – blinged out with beads, decoden style! I had made a group of girly ninjas like this in amigurumi form before, so I was so glad to get to create it in minky plush form as well :D

And lastly is the batch of Puff Monsters ^-^ This will probably be the last batch of Puff Monsters you’ll see, so if one of them has caught your eye, be sure to snatch him/her up before they’re all gone! There’s an annoyed puff with his caffeine fix, a little witch puff complete with broom, and another dapper puff with a fluffy mustache. I think he might be my favorite so far – just love that little bowler hat x3 Just remember from here on out I’ll just be doing original designs. It was a ton of fun getting to collaborate with Bianca Roman-Stumpff ^0^ And I’ll see if making more in the future is in the cards based on how her fans react.

As for what’s next, you can expect to see a collection in the red spectrum – everything from burgundy to fuchsia to hot pink. I’m actually moving in a week or so — not far, just a few towns north — so you might see my Etsy store go on a short vacation, but if all goes according to plan I shouldn’t be held up too badly. See you then!

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Freebie Friday! Yoshi Egg Potholders

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Putting together this project was kind of a lucky break for me :D At my house we’re in desperate need of some more potholders, particularly because I do a lot of baking and cooking and somehow the ones I have always end up disappearing! I had some extra scraps of terry cloth and seeing the colors I had to choose from – white and pastel shades of pink, blue, and green – the boyfriend commented on how much they looked like Yoshi eggs, so it was an easy choice from there! They’re essentially dinosaur eggs, so if you’re not familiar with Yoshi you can just think of them like that ^-^ The egg shape makes it ideal for giving your hand a nice wide area to grip the potholder with, and the pocket on the back is helpful for keeping it on your hand. I know most potholder patterns include a loop for hanging, but I never use those so I kept them off of mine. I hope you agree that the finished egg looks just like it came out of the Mario games :D

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