I previously worked at Echidna, who sold Brother sewing & embroidery machines and having a sewing background it took me a while to choose projects where I could incorporate embroidery designs into them. This however, would have to be one of my favourite quick, easy-to-make projects that’s perfect for all ages.
If you want the full free pattern and tutorial head over to the Echidna Sewing blog, which is also a great place to start if you’re wanting to get a Brother embroidery machine (Australia only).
Some of my favourite embroidery designs come from Urban Threads because they do loads of cute characters, like this little pug design.
The final outcome looks so similar to those you would find in stores like Typo! Plus, it’s super easy to make and you only need the starting range embroidery machines to create this, which includes a 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoop.
And because I like to create more than one project at a time, I’ve experimented with a few different types of fabrics and layouts.
Here is a quilted example.
Finally, since I also love my Brother ScanNCut I also created a “Pug Life” pencil case. So easy to set up and iron on!
I hope you enjoy this quick project!
Most of you would have seen that Craftsy has now changed over to be called ‘Blue Print’. I do most of my freelance projects off Craftsy because the patterns are amazing and a large portion of them are free, so perfect to recommend to newbies. Plus, you can learn pretty much any craft you like through the best method that works for you – videos, tutorials, sewing patterns etc.
Designer – Sew Desu Ne
There is a designer, Sew Desu Ne that sells toy patterns but most of her projects are currently free. I’ve only made one of her patterns but so far I’m really impressed. Her patterns are really well written with step-by-step picture diagrams, which is perfect for any beginner sewer. Plus, they’re absolutely adorable!!
Bat Plush Toy
This is an example of her Bat Plush Toy that I attempted and absolutely love!
I’ve never really made toys before so I would consider myself a beginner in this field. The brown bat I accidentally put the ears on the wrong way but gosh, he’s still so cutie patoodie!
If you have kids or friends you can create or give these to, I highly recommend going over to Choly Knight’s Blueprint page and checking these out. Maybe you should also add them to your Blueprint shopping cart while they’re free!! You never know how long it might last!
It’s summer time in Australia, which means it’s time to start stitching up some of my favourite outfits, including dresses, shirts and skirts. I haven’t really made anything for myself for a while, despite sewing most weekends for freelance work.
Here are a few of my top picks to create this summer. Now I just have to make sure I have some nice fabric lined up ready to go!
I love making dresses that are trendy for work and that you can also wear on weekends. Here are a few of my latest favourites.
BurdaStyle Asymmetric Dress
BurdaStyle Striped Sheath Dress
Description: These adorable animal potholders are so much fun and easy to make! All views have appliquéd back, quilted front, lining and a hanging loop.
Pattern: Kwik Sew K0238 Quilted Pot Holders
Material: Cotton, Teflon coated heat proof batting and standard batting
I picked up a bunch of Kwik Sew accessory patterns when they were on sale the other day to make some fun little projects for kids. These adorable kitchen mittens are perfect if you have some little chefs in the house.
It’s a great way to introduce kids to sewing while combining them with something fun like baking! I think it’s a win, win for parents!
I made two out of the three designs on this pattern but once you get the general layout of the front you could easily create and applique your own face onto them.
It was certainly a quick, easy and fun project to make, I highly recommend to all parents. Or if you have nieces or nephews like I have, it would make the perfect gift!
Description: Beach bag featuring a fold over zipper opening and has a handy front pocket, a large back pocket, shoulder length straps, and a large divided inner pocket.
Material: Denim and Tropical Cotton Sateen
Pattern: Craftsy – The Senna Tote Bag
I recently went to Bali and the whole idea was to get some surf lessons, while having a tropical beach holiday of course! Unfortunately the week before we went there was an offshore cyclone and the waves ended up being 14ft! Way too big to learn in. However, I still made myself a brand new tote bag to take with me to the beach and poolside.
Description: Create a pet bandanna that fits nicely over their collar so that it doesn’t fall off. Decorate with trims or embroidery! This bandanna was part of a sewalong to donate to animal shelters Australia wide
Pattern: Echidna Sewing free pattern
So I haven’t been as active lately on my blog because I’ve been writing up some exciting posts for Echidna Sewing including monthly sewalongs, sewing and or embroidery projects and some ScanNCut projects! Here is a pet bandanna that I created for the July sewalong for the Animal Welfare League Australia.
Description: Harem style kids pants with drop crouch and stretch waist band. Also a knotted drawstring for an extra touch of decoration.
Material: Stretch Knit and ribbing from Spotlight
Pattern: BurdaStyle Children’s Button Jumpsuit
I had been searching the internet for an easy pair of harem pants to make for a friend’s son, without having to pay $15 – $20 for the pattern. I found this great one by Burda Style B9342 but I just didn’t have time to go to the shops, since it wasn’t downloadable.