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Infographic: Sewing from the Ground Up

Hi everyone! This infographic I just finished up is on a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I got a few fans that told me they’re excited to start sewing after seeing my free patterns. But they admit they don’t have the money to get started buying supplies, let alone a sewing machine, so they don’t know when they can start. It’s such a bummer that hit me much harder than usual because I know that feeling exactly. I personally started sewing with random supplies I found around the house and a broken old Singer.
So I thought I might share the tiny steps I went through to earn the money I needed to make sewing a serious hobby. And in the hopes to make it a little less boring, I put it in infographic form! But you can find the detailed information after the graphic. I don’t know if it will help a ton of people, but it was still freeing to get to share a little of my history with you all this way ❤

1. ASSESS WHAT YOU’VE GOT:
Lots of lists out there will give you the rundown of what every beginner sewist should have. It’s usually something like: sewing machine, thread, pins, needles, scissors, rulers/measuring tape, seam ripper, iron, fabric marker, and your fabric. Gather what you have from this list. If you have none of it, the bare minimum of what you need is:
Thread, needle, and scissors.
You can usually find sewing kits with a thread assortment, needles, and maybe some tiny scissors. Some kits are as little as $2-3 (USD). It’s not perfect, but it’ll do if you don’t have a lot of funds!
To tackle the rest seriously, you could make a list of the remaining supplies you need and their dollar amounts so you have a clear goal to aim for.
Also, I didn’t know anyone else that sewed when I got started, but if you’re lucky enough that you do, ask around! There’s a very good chance a fellow or former sewist might have some hand-me-down tools and fabric for you.

2. SAVE UP FOR THE REST:
a. Take on odd jobs:
I earned the most of sewing money through my brother, who paid me to attach punk band patches to his clothes, haha 🙂 Taking on little mending projects that people sometimes forget about is a great way to get started. This works the best if you have lots of supportive friends and family that know you’re still learning. Ask if they need any of their clothes fixed. With just thread and a needle, you can handle these sorts of jobs:
Note: I find it doesn’t hurt to ask specific questions, haha 🙂 Many people forget they have a shirt missing a button in the back of their closet, or a collection of patches they meant to add to a jacket, etc.

If you’re lucky enough to start with a sewing machine, you can tackle more difficult jobs:

If you manage to earn $5 here or $10 there for each job, that quickly adds up to lots of tools and fabric!

b. Make projects from recycled items:
If that’s not an option for you, or you want to push your skills further, you can also make items to sell from unused household items.

Items like these can be sold at craft shows, conventions, and bazaars. Or you could take the plunge and open up an online shop like on Etsy or StoreEnvy.

And from there?
Hopefully from this it might help you earn enough to get the sewing machine you wanted, or build up the fabric collection you’ve wished for! You can start buying nicer fabrics and supplies so you can make better things to sell, or just make things for yourself and fall back on these tips when you need more spending money!


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New Shop Pattern! Kirin Plush

Hi everyone!
I’ve got a new pattern that I’ve recently added to my Etsy shop 😀

Back when I was doing the legendary creature collection, I had a small handful of people asking for a Kirin (or Qilin). At the time I didn’t know what it was, but I did my research and found so much interesting information! They’re considered much like the Asian version of a Unicorn, as many versions are depicted with one horn and they’re known for being gentle.
I imagined most people also wouldn’t know about the creature, so I was hesitant to add it to the collection. As time went on, I couldn’t get them out of my head, and I knew I had to give it a try regardless of how it was received 🙂 More traditional art depicting kirins have them looking rather horse or ox-like, but more modern takes have them looking more deer/dragon-like, so I went down that route. But just like the original, it has an ox-like tail, a contrasting mane going down the body, and tufts of hair at the feet. And of course a detailed horn you can use singly or in a pair (both versions are common).

To celebrate its launch, I’m offering the pattern for 50% off for the first week!
If you manage to snag a copy, I hope you enjoy it!


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Free Pattern Friday! Eevee Zipper Pouch

I had been getting a lot of requests for a pattern that’s similar to the animal-faced zipper pouches that are quite trendy right now. And when it occurred to me that I hadn’t done any Pokemon projects in a while, I thought I might combine the two! So together it’s a small and cute rounded pouch that has a face of one of the 9 eevee evolutions.
Yes, that’s right! All 9 of them are included! It felt weird to do it any other way, but it ended up being a pretty large undertaking to explain sewing the details for 9 different versions, haha 😀 Hopefully it all goes over well! Unfortunately the pouch itself looks a lot easier than it is. Sewing a curved zipper is often difficult for people, and getting the ends of the zipper to work into the pouch is tricky and similar to doing y-seams. So I rated it a 5/10 in difficulty. If you’ve had some practice with zippers you might feel comfortable giving it a try for someone special 🙂

They’re fully lined and look great inside and out, so you can be sure if you made this for a convention they would really steal the show – especially if you make the set of 9 together! Do you have a favorite? Mine’s probably Leafeon ❤


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Infographic: Fusible Web Applique

I recently whipped up another infographic! 😀 I wanted to get to this topic much sooner, but I felt I needed to tackle more basic things first.
This one goes over the steps involved in fusible web applique in a fun flowchart form. Applique is probably my favorite technique because of its versatility, so hopefully this chart will show all the possibilities you have when using it depending on the tools and skills you have.
It works much the same way as other flowcharts — you start at the top and answer questions brought up in the gray boxes. From there you follow the arrows based on your answer to get to the next step. While it doesn’t go over exactly how to do all the different stitches, it should still simplify the process as a whole.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about satin stitching as well, so I hope to tackle that one in an infographic soon too 🙂
In the meantime, I hope this one is helpful!


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New Shop Pattern! Jellyfish Plush

Hello everybody!
I’ve got a new pattern that I’ve recently added to my Etsy shop 😀

A few months back I introduced an octopus pattern that came with extra parts for several animal variations, and since then I’ve had the nagging idea to do other sea creatures. The first to come to mind was a jellyfish. This one in particular is a slight diversion from the typical looking jellyfish, as it has big flowy ruffles and wide tentacles. It’s more inspired by Clara from the adorable anime Princess Jellyfish. So it is an atypical pattern in that sense, but it was kind of a guilty pleasure for me and I couldn’t help but want to bring it to life 🙂

It was free to the first 50 people to download ♥ So I hope you all enjoy your copies!
But for everyone else I’ll be offering it at 50% off for the first week as part of the launch special. I hope you’ll give it a look!


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Free Pattern Friday! Totoro Plush

Hey everyone! It only seemed like a matter of time before this guy made another appearance, right? It’s probably the most highly requested plush character I get, and I’ve done so many other Ghibli projects it seems only fitting.
So this pattern is for a classic roly-poly shaped plush done up just like Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. It looks great in either gray or blue so it looks like either the large Totoro or the smaller Chuu-Totoro. You can also give it a big friendly grin or leave it off and it looks equally cute.
The belly is done by sewing outward curves to inward curves, so that makes it a bit challenging – not to mention all the hand-sewing for the ears, arms, and tail. So I gave it a 4/10 stars in difficulty.
I hope you all enjoy!


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MCC Send-off Giveaway Winners!

Hi everyone!
I have the results for the MCC Send-off Giveaway! There were over 1200 entries to the giveaway, so thank you to everyone that entered!
The prize emails were sent out last night, so if you’re one of the winners here, be sure to check your spam folder 😀

The randomly chosen winners were:

In 1st place, who won 5 patterns, was Patricia Doe over at http://mademoiselledoe.com
In 2nd place, who won 4 patterns, was Katherine Evans who is OonaWingedWolf at DeviantArt
In 3rd place, who won 3 patterns, was Echo Dorr
In 4th place, who won 2 patterns, was Lisa Jonte who can be found over at Spoonflower
and lastly in 5th place, who won 1 pattern, was Vanessa Marold

I feel like the contest and giveaway were super successful and I had a ton of fun doing them! I hope you all enjoyed the fun as well 😀 And thanks again to everyone that entered!
So now we’ll finally be back to our regularly scheduled blog posts — including a new free pattern coming up this Friday! ♥