Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 4

WEEK 4: Mermaid applique block #2 Onto another mermaid today! I loved drawing this little cutie because her pose is so dynamic ^-^ It’s put together just like the others: print the pattern, trace the outlines, fuse to the fabric, and cut the shapes. I would recommend fusing the cameo frame first, then fusing the small round bits above and below afterwords. Lastly you can … Continue reading Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 4

Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 3

WEEK 3: Dolphin applique block Part 2 of the applique blocks! Today is a simpler shape, a cute jumping dolphin 😀 It’s put together just like last week: print the pattern, trace the outlines, fuse to the fabric, cut the shapes, fuse to the background fabric, and finally sew around the edges. You can find all the steps explained in detail in Week 2. When … Continue reading Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 3

Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 2

WEEK 2: Mermaid applique block #1! In week 1 we covered the gathering and cutting your fabrics. This week we begin appliqueing all the blocks! Since there is so much to applique for this quilt, I’ve broken down exactly how I do it for this first week. Then you can just rinse and repeat for the following weeks 😀 1. Print & trim the pattern. … Continue reading Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 2

Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! It Begins!

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I made a new quilt this year! Specifically it was a birthday gift for my boyfriend’s co-worker’s daughter, a sweet little girl who is currently in love with mermaids! Since I just had a few weeks until her birthday, I thought I could make something simple out of some Disney Little Mermaid fabric. But sadly I couldn’t find any at my local Joann’s. So immediately I got an artistic itch and said that I would just draw my own mermaids! So here we have the result 😀 a simple and modern quilt made of 9 blocks: 5 of mermaids in their own unique cameo frames and 4 of different sea life.

Now that the quilt-along is over, you can download the whole pattern via .pdf here:

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Freebie Friday! Kitty Purse

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This project came about because I realized I needed a purse that was a little more suitable for professional occasions, so I thought I would try making up a cute pattern that was a little on the subdued. I’m not quite sure if I got exactly to that mix of professional with subtle cute, but it was fun trying nonetheless! I used some extra corduroy to make this particular purse, and I think the dark reddish brown does a good job of looking stylish without being too over the top.

For this particular project I tried out a lot of new interfacing to see how it stacks up for stabilizing thin corduroy. You could leave it out as you prefer, of course, but I think the Pellon 50 I used did a good job of making thin corduroy into something more substantial. The lining includes several side pockets as well as a hidden zippered pocket. I ran out of strap adjusters by this point, so I tried out using a buckle instead. A little unorthodox, but I think I like it! Maybe you will too 😀

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Happy Hobbit Day! Bonus Pattern: The Sting Plush

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Happy Hobbit Day everyone! Today marks the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins ^w^! With the newest The Hobbit movie installment coming out soon and my undying love for second breakfast, it seemed silly not to celebrate 😀 As you might know, I held a giveaway where I gave out this little cutie about a month ago, since I knew for a while that I wanted to do something special for Hobbit Day 😀 So I’m very glad I finally get a chance to share the tutorial with you! The sword shape is very simple to do with just a bit of appliqué and some stuffing, but the real kicker is the bit of satin stitching I did in glow-in-the-dark thread to simulate Sting’s ability to glow blue when orcs are near >w< Hopefully you’ll give the pattern a try whether you have special thread or not – it’s just perfect for pillow fights!

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Freebie Friday! The Engineer’s Pouch

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I did something a little steampunky again ^-^ It’s nothing to get too excited about, just a little pouch that I thought would work nicely looped through someone’s belt. Last year I made by boyfriend Batman-themed utility pouches that were a ton of fun to sew, so I wanted to dabble in it again. Since I still had lots of leftover brown and gold fabrics, the combination of this little brown pouch with gold gears seemed like a nice fit! I can totally imagine wearing this on my belt to hold my scissors, pins, and measuring tape >w< It features a flap with turn lock closure, two upper loops for going around your belt, and a small gusset on the bottom to give it a bit of extra depth.

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Freebie Friday! The Power-up Quilt Blocks

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The pixel art is back! If you all remember the Heart Piece Pillow Cover, you’ll remember my love of all things 8-bit >w< I’ve been itching to make something pixely again so I gave it another go! With some leftover light blue fabric I thought maybe I could get some quilt-block sized squares to resemble the items panel from Super Mario Brothers 3. Granted of course the items in that panel didn’t include a 1-up and a coin x3 but I had to make the items that my fabric stash would allow.

The pixels would have been far too small to make the blocks pieced, so I assembled the icons with appliqué instead 😀 I think it was a bit quicker than piecing all the little squares together, but I wouldn’t say one method is better than another 🙂 For large pixels I think squares are still a fun way to go. Maybe I’ll revisit these blocks later and make more ^-^ enough for a full quilt!

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Freebie Friday! The Nyan Cat Notebook

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Prj037BSo are you all the type that loves Nyan Cat or just finds it annoying? I’m the former >w< Sure the song is an addictive and repetitive earworm, but it’s just so darn cute, I can’t help it! I actually made another notebook just like this for my boyfriend a long while back while he was going through a whole bunch of overtime so he’d have something to look forward to when he got home from all that work. The Mario Block Plush was actually one of them, and this was another 😀

I got the idea because I absolutely love bookbinding, though I’m not nearly as skilled at it as I am with sewing. So long back that I barely remember, I bought a multi-pack of rainbow paper. It was for a school project that I don’t even remember the details to XD as I probably just used about 10 sheets and was forced to hold onto the rest. I guess that means I must admit that not only do I have a fabric stash problem, I have a paper stash problem too ;o; To tell the truth not only do I have those papers to get rid of, but a while back I got addicted to buying scrapbook paper stacks that I thought were particularly pretty. You’ll see a sample in steps 10-11. I guess I need to get cracking on more notebooks like this if I want to use up all that stuff.

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Freebie Friday! The Floppy Disk Coasters

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Greetings from Tampa! :B In my 7 months of having this blog I’m finally doing my first automatic post. This weekend I’m in Tampa attending Metrocon, a huge anime convention that I’ve been frequenting for 10 years now! I’m selling all of my cutesy wares that have inhabited my Etsy store for some time. I’ll be back on Monday, so you might not see many comment or email responses from me until then. In addition, my store might change a bit depending on what I’ve sold at the convention. Anyway, onto the sewings!

I’m dating myself today! Are most of you out there old enough to remember floppy disks? :B I don’t know where I would be at this age if it weren’t for them. I remember in middle school my brother and I purchased about 3 dozen of these babies for just a few bucks from a store that was having a going out of business sale. Then we would take trips to the library and use the internet to fill up each disk with the tiniest of snippets of our favorite things XD .jpegs, .gifs, books (in .txt format of course), and .midis. We’d fill up all those disks during the hour that we had then bring them all home x3 It was kind of pathetic but it was all we had during those burgeoning internet years.

Anyhow, I was excited to use the floppy disk motif, but a square could be used so many ways x3 I could have made plushies or pouches I guess, but I thought coasters would be fun! And with all the cotton prints I’m trying to use up it gave me a chance to make the disks look like the brightly colored novelty disks my brother and I caught on sale sometimes. Though of course you all could go with the traditional black ^-^

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