One Thimble Issue 18 - Hello Moon (pillow) !

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One Thimble Issue 18 is here!!!! It's my favourite sewing magazine by far as each issue contains many patterns with a good variety to them, and the articles are always amazing, and the pictures always inspiring!

For my review today I sewed up the Mrs. Moon pillow! (there is a mister too with a cute mustache in the pattern!)

*I do want to say VERY clearly I added glasses to this - the glasses are NOT a part of the pattern pieces. But my Cheeks wears glasses and as she is just starting to read I thought a reading pillow for her would be great. As you can see in the below picture I simply folded the pattern in half and drew glasses onto the pattern for making my own pattern piece*

Mrs. Moon is a pretty quick sew, she took me about 1.5hrs to cut and applique and sew.  For the applique I applied it free motion applique style. 
The pattern uses wool felt in the directions, I used woven for everything and felt like it worked out perfectly (and saved me a trip to the fabric store). Free motion applique allowed me to use woven for applique pieces and not worry about a lot of fraying thanks to heat n bond lite.

Issue 18 contains the following patterns:

ORIGAMI RAGLAN SWEATER & DRESS (sizes 80-164cm / 9-12mths-13 to 14 years)
SUPER TOUGH JEANS (sizes 3-14)
#120 FOOTLOOSE LEGGINGS (size 2-10)
ABBY’S BALLERINA TIE TOP (sizes 12mths-14)
PICCOLO MOONFACE  (Mr and Mrs Moon template included)


In the e-zine you’ll find the following articles & tutorials (and one of those special features is by me!) and I can tell you that that posture article is AMAZING! and a coverstitch is officially on my to buy list...

Head on over to pick up Issue 18 HERE 








Kittens. A soft Art Project

Sharing a just for fun project today! I made my own pattern for these posh kittens! I have detailed photographs of all three in the post!

I had so much fun playing with their details, every kitten has a unique outfit and removable headband.

The bodies are all squared off and the arms and legs very lightly stuffed so they are more pose-able.

All the dolls are the same 17" approx length and the pink and blue have fully removable dresses.

I love the big vintage pom poms on this kitties headband and dress!

This next one has a gorgeous crown with flowers and a sweet ladybug button. 

She has a top that is always on her and a removable skirt.

All 3 made out of a lovely soft muslin and Jennifer Paganelli fabrics.

These dolls will be for sale ! I'm working on setting up an Etsy... But if you want one in the meantime feel free to email me or message me on my fb page :)

Narwhal I love you - FREE SVG file

Today I have a guest on the blog!!! The SUPER talented Karly from Paisley Roots! 
I don't (yet) have a cutting machine, but I wanted to try my hand at seeing how my FMA patterns would work converted to SVG. Karly graciously offered to test out my very first SVG file (and it is FREE) and now here she is to tell you all about it ! 

Hey guys! It's Karly from Paisley Roots and today I'm sharing this adorable Narwhal SVG that Jeanine made, just in time for Valentines Day! 

I'm really awful when it comes to Holiday makes. Mostly because I don't like clothing having a small window of time to be worn and I'm also not really one to follow the crowd. My mother still calls me "Table 9" and I wear that name proudly. Narwhals aren't your typical Valentines print, which I love, so these fit in perfectly with mine (and really my kids) personalities. I also feel that these can be worn year round, which is another huge win for me!

So onto details!
You can grab the text in Cricut Design Space and upload your Narwhal SVG in there.

Never used Cricut Design Space before?
It's really easy and even though it has features exclusive to Cricut Access, you can still use it for FREE. You do need to have a Cricut machine to cut out the design though.

You will want to make an account on there, then you can start designing!
This is what your art board will look like once you upload the Narhwal SVG.
Hit the green "Make It" button on the top right of the screen to proceed.

At this point you will want to make sure your Cricut Machine is on.
Also, make sure you hit "mirror" on each artboard.
(I may have forgotten to hit "mirror" when cutting the vinyl out on the blue shirt, which is why it's facing the wrong way....)

The "Mirror" is at the bottom of each art board on the left of the screen.

After you hit continue (located at the bottom on the right) you will be asked to set your material.
Click on "Iron-On" on the top row second to the last on the right hand side.

Once you hit that you will be prompted to put your mat into your machine and hit the arrow button. 
Once the mat is placed in the machine the "C" button on the Cricut machine will start blinking and once you push that, sit back and enjoy the magic!

It's really addicting and fun!

This SVG of the Narwhal calls for 6 colors, although you can go totally rogue and do as many or little colors as you want. Like with this blue shirt I only used 5 colors of Vinyl:
Silver Foil
Silver Glitter
Lipstick Glitter
Metallic Blush

I only used 5 colors for the white shirt too..... 
Pink Foil
Multi Glitter
Metallic Blush

You will want to iron on your design in layers, just like you would if you were sewing them like an FMA. 
Body first, then you can pretty much lie the rest on top and iron them all on at the same time.
Just make sure you keep the plastic covering for the main body and place it over ALL the pieces as you iron them since you need that protective layer between the vinyl and your iron. 

Thanks Jeanine for having me over and for the crazy adorable Iron On design! 
Happy Valentines Day!!

The Cafe Collection

I've started being a lot pickier about what I choose to test lately... in part because I want to work on some of my own projects and testing does use up considerable sewing time. 

BUT, when LLK does a testing call - I always pay attention! I just love their style and this Cafe Collection is no exception!

Don't worry - no coffee in her cup! I put hot water in there so she could hold it during pics and keep warm hands (it was -10C)

I tested 3 out of 4 patterns in this collection. The Tacoma (cardi), the Vancouver (suspender skirt) and the Seattle (beanie).  The red shirt is the LLK perfect 10 - my go to plain tee pattern!

The Seattle beanie comes with a wide size range and has just a little slouch in it, it is reversible too! a fun and fast sew designed for knit fabric. I used a cotton lycra in med weight, but if you used something with more drape the hat would slouch a bit more.

The Tacoma is a cute cardi, also a pretty quick sew if you do the simple version like I did. BUT it does come with a ruffled version and a bib front version - so you can get a lot of looks with a single pattern. There are pockets that can be added on as well... but I skipped those because I did not feel they would look right with the lace trim I sewed onto the cardi fronts. The cardi took me about 20/30 mins to sew and is designed for knit fabric.

The Vancouver skirt can be simple or suspender! Of course I went suspender because who doesn't love cute suspender circle skirts!??? I also did the simple circle skirt and not the hi-lo version. The suspender skirt has a great strap across the top of the shoulders to keep it in place and prevent the straps from falling down. This is also a pretty quick sew at less than an hour as a circle skirt has no gathering in it and is also designed for knit fabric. The version without the straps would likely be a 20/30 min sew. 

******The Cafe Collection ON SALE*******
The bundle includes Portland, Tacoma and Vancouver!!! get the reversible Seattle Beanie for FREE!! During release, the bundle will also be on sale for a further discount!!!!
(the one I did not test - but it is sooo pretty!) Portland:

Now please excuse me while I go buy  the Portland during the sale... 

All my fabrics are from True North Fabrics - a great Canadian company I like the quality of their knits and they also have a shipping guarantee.

Happy sewing!

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