Do you often see craft books where the patterns are printed right inside the pages, including a little note in the corner saying “Enlarge by xxx%”? A decent portion of my craft books have the patterns printed as such, and I often get asked how to handle this situation. I know when I’ve written my books, I wanted to include patterns that were big and detailed – but unfortunately when sewing patterns get so large it’s difficult to include them in a printed book without shrinking them down first. I thought I would let you all know the methods I use to enlarge patterns so you won’t be confused by those little directions anymore, and you’ll be sure to find a method that works best for you!
My newest set of books, called the Sew Me! series recently released! It’s been available for preorder for a bit, but now it’s fully in stock and available for you all to buy! These latest books are written especially for beginning sewers! I actually don’t personally have many friends that know how to sew, so I wrote things books while personally considering all of my close friends who will hopefully take the plunge and try out sewing one day 😀
The series begins with Sew Me! Basics which tackles how to get started sewing from the very beginning: from picking out a sewing machine based on your personality to how to choose the perfect fabric for you. You’ll find loads of helpful charts and illustrations that explain fabric types, color theory, how sewing machines work, and lots more! The added projects help you learn crucial sewing techniques one step at a time – from creating your first seam, trying out appliqué, hand sewing techniques, installing zippers, and sewing buttons just to name a few.
Each project is super simple to understand and follow, with lots of diagrams and helpful photographs to take you through every step. You’ll learn as you go while making pincushions, fabric flowers, pouches, handy wallets, plushes, and even an adorable hat! The projects are easy to customize to your taste and style and will quickly teach you the techniques you need to know to build a strong sewing foundation! I hope you’ll check out the details or take a closer look if you think this book might be for you!
Now once you’ve tried out some simple projects to ease your way into sewing, you might have a better idea of what sort of things you plan to sew in the future; whether they be clothing, accessories, quilts, or home décor. That’s where the next book in the series comes in! Sew Me! Home Décor is like a continuation in the series if you’ve found that you like the home décor projects in Sew Me! Basics. In it you’ll find the same kinds of simple projects with lots of illustrations and easy-to-understand diagrams for a duvet cover, storage boxes, pillow covers, a striking modernist quilt and lots more!
SO if you’re new to sewing, I hope you’ll check this one out and maybe it’ll be for you or someone you hope to teach to sew!
Thanks in advance to anyone who checks out my new books! And stay tuned for more in the future about more books in the Sew Me! series!
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!
The last set of Adventure Time goodness >w< The last two characters I thought would be perfect for these notebooks is BMO and LSP ^-^ Of course BMO is pretty well known to be gender neutral, so he doesn’t have a gender-swapped version – so with that in mind I thought it might be fun to make one of the versions found in the BMO origin story “Be More” just for some variety and because all the MO iterations are so cute!
Once again, the instructions for this set of characters are the same as groups one and two, with one step changed to account for the different appliqué. Hopefully it’s still just as easy to follow ^-^
I couldn’t help myself! I made some more of the Adventure Time dos-a-dos bound notebooks 😀 This time we have Marceline/Marshall Lee with Princess Bubblegum/Prince Gumball. They’re made just the same as the previous iteration, but just some different appliqué this time. So you’ll see that the instructions are pretty much the same, but one or two have changed to account for the different characters ^-^
The notebooks are back! But this time with an interesting twist! I don’t know how many of you have ever heard of a dos-a-dos, but it’s a form of book binding from the French meaning “back to back” as you can see. It’s not a kind of book I see all that often, and I think that’s a shame because I think the effect is so cool! One book makes two because they share a back cover – you simply flip the book over and you can access the other side. With the double-sided nature of the notebook it just seemed too perfect to apply it to the Adventure Time characters and their gender-swapped counterparts 😀 In fact I’ll probably try this out on some of the other characters because they turned out so great ^-^ And they helped to use up a bunch of my paper stash too.
So 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.