Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ready, Set, Gift of the Day!

It's that magical time of the year again my lovelies - time to get crafty!  And to help you get started, I'm having my 7th annual 12 Days Of Gifts Special, beginning tomorrow Monday, Dec 3rd!  So, if you're looking for a fun and easy gift to make for someone special, now's the time to gather up your sewing supplies and get ready for some crafting fun!  There's still time to create something special for everyone on your list!  
 Beginning Monday, I'll be offering a different pattern or pattern set on sale in my Etsy shop for 50% off the regular price.  
So, if there's a particular pattern you've had your eye on, please be sure to check my Facebook Page and Instagram feed daily as I'll post an announcement each morning with the day's Gift of the Day.
This special will only be on for a limited time, so please don't miss it! 
Happy crafting everyone! 💕

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Free Tutorial - Christmas Angels Paper Dolls

You know, it's never too early to get started on your Christmas crafting, so here's a fun little project I created to get you and your kids inspired!  These adorable paper doll angels are printed onto card stock and then coloured with coloured pencils, though you can use paint, crayons, felt markers, glitter, crystals, etc. to pretty them up.  They're held together with tiny mini brads which enable them to stand up on their own.  These can easily be stored for future use simply by removing the mini brads, gently flattening and layering each one between a sheet of tissue paper (if you're planning on adding glitter).  A perfect gift to make for someone special that can be cherished every year!
I am also providing a set of already-coloured angels which just need to be cut out and embellished with glitter (if desired) for those of you who'd like them.  Here's what you'll need:
Printer and Card Stock
Coloured pencils, felt markers, paint, crayons, etc.
Sharp pair of scissors
Mini brads
Awl or thick needle
Clear-drying craft glue and a Q-tip
Glitter, flat-backed crystals, etc. (optional)
Click here to download the black and white templates. 
Click here to download the coloured templates.
 Please read through instructions first before beginning this project.   
Print each template separately onto card stock. 

Colour or paint the dolls.  (Skip this step if you've printed the already-coloured set.)
  Cut out angels.
There are many ways for you to embellish your paper angels; a simple way is to add glitter to their wings, flowers, leaves, etc.  Start by applying a fine layer of glue onto the area with a Q-tip.  Too much glue may cause the card stock to warp or buckle.

Then sprinkle glitter over the layer of glue, allow to dry thoroughly and tap off excess.
Pierce each of the 4 dots (two on either side) near the top of the straight edges with a thick needle or awl.
Fold the sides towards the back of the doll and connect pierced holes together with brads, opening the prongs and laying them flat on the inside of the cone.

And voila, that's all there is to it!  Hope you'll have fun making these!


 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Free Pattern - Cutie Bear Wrist Pincushion

Hey there! It's been a while since I last shared a free pattern tutorial, so I thought this little bear pincushion would be perfect! 
It's fun and easy to make and it's a great project for beginner sewists! In fact, my 11 year old niece Amy, whipped one up this afternoon and it turned out super adorable!! She's planning on gifting it to her Mum, which I think is a wonderful idea, though I think I'll be keeping mine all to myself!! ;)
 Here's what you'll need to make one Cutie Bear Wrist Pincushion:
Sewing supplies such as a pair of embroidery scissors, pins, needles, tape measure, pinking shears (optional)
3x6 inch felt for head and outer ears (brown)
Scraps of felt for inner ears (pink), snout (cream), nose and eyes (black) and bow (yellow or blue)
For the wrist strap, you'll need to determine the circumference of your wrist and then add 1 inch to the length. So for example, if your wrist circumference measures 6.5 inches, add one inch which will make it 7.5 inches. Cut a length of felt so that it measures 3/4 of an inch x 7.5 inches.
Embroidery thread/floss
Disappearing ink marker and ruler
Stuffing and stuffing tools such as an orange stick or chopstick
Pink coloured pencils
1x 7mm snap
 ☛ Click here to download the pattern.
 Please read through all instructions first before beginning this project.
 Please Note:
 Print pattern onto regular printer paper.  There's no need to re-size the pattern or to add a seam allowance.
Cut out pattern pieces.  Pin paper pattern pieces directly onto the felt and carefully cut around pieces.
I've used one strand of embroidery thread/floss to stitch pieces together and sew up seams.  Keep your stitches small, neat and evenly spaced. 
Wrist Band
- I used a pair of pinking shears to cut out my band, but you can easily use a pair of regular dress-making scissors.
- Sew snaps on either end so that the band fits snugly around your wrist.
 
Bear
- To mark the grid on the front of the bear's Head (don't worry about marking the back), keep the pattern piece pinned in place and gently lift the outer edges, using your disappearing ink pen to mark the beginning of the lines onto the felt. 
- Remove the pattern piece and use the ruler to connect the lines. This grid will help with the placement of the facial features.
 - Sew the Nose onto the Snout using tiny stitches, then embroider a tiny mouth.  Center the Snout onto the front of the Head and applique it on, leaving a tiny hole for stuffing.  Add a few pinches of stuffing and close the hole.
- Position Eyes onto the face and sew in place.  
- With white embroidery thread, make a couple of tiny straight stitches in the top right hand corner of each eye and nose.  This will give the illusion of light reflecting off the eyes and nose.
- If desired, you can create little eyebrows at the top of each eye and lashes at the outer corners.
- Fold the front and back pieces of the head in half vertically, wrong sides facing and whip stitch the cut-out V-shaped darts at the top of each piece.  
- Place the Head front onto the Head back, wrong sides facing and pin together.
- Starting at one of the dots at the bottom of the head, whip stitch all the way around to the dot on the opposite side.  
- Add stuffing to the top of the head, using your orange stick or chopstick to gently push the stuffing up inside.  Continue to fill the head, making sure that it's nice and full, but not to the point of it becoming bulgy.
- As you near the opening, start whip stitching the area closed, adding more stuffing as you close to round out the chin area.
 Ears
- Stitch the Inner Ears onto the front of the Outer Ears.
- Whip stitch front and backs of outer ears together, wrong sides facing and leave an opening at the bottom.  
 Add a little pinch of stuffing to each ear and whip stitch bottoms closed.


 - Pin ears onto head seam and ladder stitch front and back of each ear onto seam.
 















 - Using your pink coloured pencil, smudge a little colour onto the cheeks.








Bow
- Fold Bow in half.  Whip stitch the two short edges together.
- Fold bow so that the stitches run down the center of the bow.
- Position short edge of Bow Center onto the center of the stitches, then whip stitch the edge in place.
- Wrap the bow center around over the front of the bow, overlapping the opposite short edge at the back.  Stitch in place, leaving the thread attached. 

- Pin bow just below snout and stitch in place.
- Center the Wrist Strap onto the back of the head. Pin in place then stitch the center area onto the back of the head.
And voila!!  You've got yourself a very sweet little pincushion!
I hope you'll love making this adorable pincushion!  Please feel free to post pics of your Gingermelon creations on Instagram using the hashtag #Gingermelon, or share your photos on my Facebook page.  And you're always welcome to sell your little makes, I just ask that you offer GINGERMELON design credit in any written description please.  Thank you!