Feature Issue 11

One Thimble Issue 11 Blog Tour

One Thimble Issue 11 preview

The theme for the newest issue of One Thimble magazine is ‘Urban Jungle’. There are 12 PDF patterns included in the issue as well as 26 articles, all for $25 AUD (so if you’re in the US it will be much less!) The articles range from regular features such as a gift guide featuring items handmade in Australia (while keeping them related to the theme) to articles on sewing techniques and tutorials. As a bonus there are also exclusive discount codes included!

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Each of the patterns included in the issue* have beautiful photos showcasing the pattern using the Urban Jungle theme.

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What caught my eye most about this issue was how well so many of the patterns seem to complement one another. The toys and accessories are all animal related (baby shoes, baby quilt, cross-stitch wall art, FMA, and the two toy patterns). 

One of the articles that interested me was one on sewing with laminated cotton. Laminated cotton is similar but not the same as oilcloth which I’ve used before. I haven’t tried laminated cotton yet and have been interested in trying it out however from what I’ve seen it’s not as inexpensive as oilcloth. There are lots of good tips for sewing with it as well as links to tutorials that I need to try.

The Hood Creature free motion appliqué (or FMA) pattern included in this issue is super cute and is a perfect match with the hoodie pattern. I’ve used one of the designer’s (StitchART by Jeanine) other FMA patterns in a pair of PJ’s I sewed up for my oldest daughter recently. You can check it out >>HERE<<, it’s really cute. Free motion appliqué is super fun and fairly easy to do, I will be for sure stitching up one of the hood creatures soon.

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Felt 3D Animal Puzzle by Felt With Love Designs

No surprise to those that know me, but I really wanted to sew these up. I love felt and I have a fairly good size stash of wool felt on hand, although my colour choices are somewhat limited at the moment.

Included in the pattern are templates for a giraffe, elephant, rhinoceros, octopus, unicorn, turtle, lion and alligator. Since I didn’t want to use the same colour felt for more than one animal (to make it possibly easier for my 2.5 year old, although maybe she’d have been fine), I made just the elephant, octopus, unicorn, turtle and alligator.

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As expected the 6-year-old, Silly Bean, claimed the unicorn for herself, which was fine because the octopus was Miss V’s favourite. They liked them so much in fact that they actually slept with them the first night!

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These were fun to make and not too difficult. There are three layers of felt and in between Heat’n Bond* to help them stay together. I used a lightweight Heat N Bond because that is what I had on hand but I think a heavier weight would work better as it took a lot of heat and pressing to get the second and third layers to adhere as the felt was thick.

Interested in seeing more from Felt With Love Designs? You can see the other patterns of theirs that I have sewn up HERE and HERE.

The Felt 3D Animal Puzzle was Felt With Love Designs’ contribution to the magazine. You can purchase this pattern separately for $3 AUD >>HERE*<< or it is included with the purchase of the magazine.

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Roly Poly Sloth sewn by Lulu & Celeste

Roly Poly Critters by Swoodson Says

These are just soooo cute, I couldn’t resist making one. The sloth is adorable so that was the first one I wanted to sew. The fabric suggestions for Roly Poly Critters are to use felt or fleece but I’ve seen some versions using different fabrics that are super cute too. For mine I decided to stick with the fabric suggestions and made it out of felt.

I didn’t have any safety eyes or noses on hand and didn’t know where to buy them locally and with no time to wait for an order to arrive I decided to cut out eye and nose shapes from felt and sew those on. I need to work a little more on sewing around the small curves to make the stitching neater but otherwise it was a pretty quick sew. About 1.5 hours from cut to finish including interruptions from Miss V.

Roly Poly Sloth sewn by Lulu & Celeste

SO SO cute. These will make fun baby gifts. My only wish is that there had been overlap with the animals between these and the baby quilts*. But I guess I could try hacking one of the critters into a bunny! They would make a cute set to give at a baby shower.

I have made many of Swoodson Says’ patterns before. You can see the ones I’ve blogged HERE and HERE, and read an interview with Stephanie of Swoodson Says HERE.

The Roly Poly Critters can be purchased separately for $7 AUD >>HERE*<< or get it with the purchase of the magazine.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY OF ISSUE 11 NOW*

For more One Thimble inspiration, check out the rest of the tour stops below:

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Tutorial: ‘Quick’ Fabric Bunting Tip

I’m back with a ‘quick’ fabric bunting tip. I originally shared this tip on Patchwork Posse but I brought it home to the blog today. In the tutorial I posted earlier this week, I make the bunting two layers that are sewn together and then turned right sides out. Today I’ll show you an alternative method which is much quicker!

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Extra Materials needed:

  • Pinking shears or a rotary cutter with a pinking blade.

Instructions:

Follow the instructions in the original tutorial up to Step 2 but use a 3/8″ seam allowance instead of 1/4″.

Now, instead of placing two triangles right sides together, place them wrong sides together and sew.

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Once your triangles are sewn together, pink the edges using your shears or rotary cutter. Then continue on with Step 5 in the tutorial to attach your bunting flags to the bias tape.

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I hope you have fun making your bunting. If you make a bunting from the tutorial please share a picture/link, I’d love to see it!

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P.S. Check out more of my tutorials and quick tips here!

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Tutorial: Fabric Bunting

I first shared a fabric bunting tutorial on Mabey She Made It and a second version on Patchwork Posse. I’ve updated the tutorial, added new pictures and am finally bringing the post ‘home’. Enjoy!

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For this bunting I used store-bought bias tape but you could make your own if you prefer. At the end of this post is an example of a bunting that I’ve made using handmade bias tape.

There are many ways to make bunting, this a double-sided sewn version with hidden seams.

Finished Size:

My bunting is 6′ long, with 9 flags/triangles each measuring approx 5.5″ in length.

Materials List:

Rotary cutter
Mat
pencil
cardstock
fabric for flags
1 package bias tape

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Fabric Bunting Instructions:

1. Decide what size you want your triangles to be, for this bunting I made each side of the triangle measure 6″ long with a 1/4″ seam allowance included, so my finished triangles are about 5.5″ long. Draw your triangle onto cardstock and cut out. (Or you could also cut out onto freezer paper).

2. Using your cardstock triangle trace out onto your fabric. You will need two triangles to make one finished flag. So for mine I cut out 18 pieces.

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3. Wrong sides together sew two triangles along the two side edges. Clip the corner and trim close to the point. Repeat with the rest of the triangles.

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4. Turn right sides out and press. Optional: Topstitch along the two sewn edges. If topstitching, press again. Repeat for all triangles.

5. Open up the bias tape. Fold the short ends of the bias tape in by 1/4″ and press. Stitch in place.

6. Decide on the layout you like. Leave 1″ gap between each triangle. Baste the triangles to one edge of the bias tape in the order you like.

7. Fold the bias tape over and sew along the entire folded over edge.

Give your bunting one final press and voila! You are done

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Dive Into Dolmans: Shwin Day Tripper

I’m taking part in the Dive Into Dolmans Blog tour hosted by Tibeca of Sewing by Ti and co-hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn, Made by Melli, and Creative Counselor. Read through to the end for a discount code!

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For my post I tried out the Day Tripper by Shwin. This is a pattern I’ve owned for awhile now but had never gotten around to sewing it up until now. Not sure why not as dolmans are super fast sews. A front piece, back piece, neckband, sleeve bands, and waistband and you’re done! (Although for this one I didn’t sew on the waistband as I wasn’t sure if the length was good yet or not)

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Now please forgive me, I’m not photogenic at all and white washes me out but I’ve had this fabric I purchased from Fabricville in my stash for months now and wanted to make myself something it. Don’t like it, too bad! Ha. This is why I’m usually behind the camera and not in front of it!

I like dolmans. I’m not sure if they’re the best top for my shape* but they’re super duper comfy. I like this one too because the sleeves aren’t super wide. I hate when I have a top that you can see right through the armhole into your shirt clear as day as is sometimes the case with store bought dolmans.

I sewed up the size L. My bust measurement was at the lower range for the XL and my hips were between the M and L. I like that the pattern gives finished measurements so I decided on the L so that I wouldn’t be swimming in the top. I didn’t want it to be sliding all over my shoulders and I’m glad I went with the L. The fabric I used is also pretty stretchy so I didn’t want the top to get too stretched out and even bigger after wearing it awhile.

*What’s my shape? I think I’m an inverted triangle. My shoulders are wider than my hips, but my bust measurement is just half an inch bigger than my hips, so I think I may qualify as a rectangle as well.

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I think I have a bit of a swayback thing going as there is pooling going on in the back but overall I’m pleased with the top. It might not be perfect but it’s definitely wearable.

Here’s a chart detailing all the features:

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Something that’s not mentioned on the chart though is that Day Tripper says it can be made using lightweight wovens as well as knit fabrics. I haven’t tried that out yet though.

It wouldn’t be a fun post if there weren’t any giveaways or discount codes, right? Shwin Designs is offering a $3 discount with the code DAYTRIP on purchase of the Day Tripper pattern. Good until the end of April 2016, so don’t delay!

 

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In case you’ve missed a stop check out the full tour list below:

Diving Into Dolmans Week 1

Sewing By Ti- Sew Much ado Sea Farer

Creative Counselor- Sewing Cake’s The Tee

Sew Sophie Lynn- Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice

Made By Melli- Patterns for Pirates Sweet Tee

Guest blogger: Rebel and Malice- Jalie Dolman #3352

 

Diving Into Dolmans Week 2

Sewing By Ti- Create Kids Couture Donna’s Dolman

Creative Counselor- Blue Dot Patterns Georgia

Sew Sophie Lynn- EYMM Kymy’s Dolman

Made By Melli- Love Notions La Bella Donna

Guest bloggers: Rebel and Malice- Kzjo Poppy

Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Little Kiwi’s Closet Take Flight Dolman

 

Diving Into Dolmans Week 3

Sewing By Ti- Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee

Creative Counselor- Seamwork Aberdeen

SewSophieLynn– Hey June Aurora

Made by Melli-Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee

Guest Bloggers: Sew Far North – EYMM Assymetrical Top

Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sleeve Sweater with Assymmetrical Collar

Dos Natural Sistas- Hey June Aurora

 

Diving Into Dolmans Week 4

Sewing by Ti: Jalie #3352 Dolman

Creative Counselor: Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee

SewSophieLynn- Itch to Stitch Carey

Made by Melli – Shwin Day Tripper

Guest Blogger: Sew Far North – Seamingly Smitten Women’s Dolman Sleeve Sweater

Mahlica Designs: Fancy Tiger One Hour Top

 

Diving Into Dolmans Week 5

Sewing By Ti: Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice

Creative Counselor: EYMM Natasha

SewSophieLynn- Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Made by Melli – Maria Denmark Kimono Tee

Guest bloggers: Sew Far North – Nap Time Creations Easy Breezy Summer Tee

Lulu & Celeste: Shwin Day Tripper

Earth Day Projects Round Up

I hope you enjoyed the Earth Day Blog Hop! If you missed one of the stops on the mini hop check them out here:

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Vicky Myers Creations  –  Coral and Co.  –  Seam of My Pants  –  EYMM  –  Create 3.5  –  PenSeb&Rox  –  Candice Ayala

But not to be missed I collected an extra 45+ upcycling and recycling projects to share with you. I’ve created a completely separate collage of children’s crafts with recycled materials which I will be posting later.

50+ projects using upcycled and recycled materials

I have also pinned these projects to a board full of Upcycling, Recycling and Refashioning projects so be sure to check it out too for even more ideas. Click on the pictures below to get to the post! There are even more projects listed near the bottom too.

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Quilted Heart Coaster Tutorial

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shirts to pillows

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and even more upcycling, recycling and refashioning ideas:

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