Monday, September 18, 2017

Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern

Hello! Today I have two posts over the two really sweet and adorable Patchwork Toy Sewing Patterns, so make sure you check {Bently Fish Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern post}.

Are you ready to make some fun patchwork toys for your furry families and friends? Over the last four years, we have been making toys for our dear Lucky, the boy who gives us all the fun ideas to make little toys for him to play and chew on! Before summer arrived, I've came up with a new and fun toy idea to make. 

I had sketched lots fun objects, but the little bone sketch quickly spoke to me. I had sew and test out drafts of the bone templates before finalized the Lucky Bones outline! These Lucky Bones are really cute and fun to make! It is truly one of a kind handmade toy for our furry families and friends and perfect holiday and birthday gift making for furry families and friends!  Also for you to share your love of patchwork with them! 

These Lucky bones are fun to make and great to boost up the scraps bin and turn them into something fun and playful toys for our beloved furry friends and families!  These are really cute and fun to throw around for the furry friends to chase and catch! 

Of course, I couldn't resist making one for myself!  As the fun factor it is so cute to turn one of these Lucky Bone into a pin cushion! I just had to keep one for myself and didn't send this to Lucky!

Over the summer, I have also made and gifted many Lucky Bones away! My furry friends are so in love with their new toys! According to their mama, they pretty much guarding their Lucky bone whenever and sleep on it! Pretty cute! 

Fifi snapped all the Lucky photos for me while Lucky plays and sleeps on his Lucky Bones.  He gets pretty excited about new toys, always! He knew it is from his "second" sister, who spoiled him overly!

The Lucky Bones seem the best rest pillow for his short snout and just "big" enough for him to hold in his mouth!  He surely knows how to hide his toys as mama consistently finding Lucky's toys in the house and drop them in Lucky's lost and found bucket.

After made dozens of Lucky Bones this early summer! I have made another dozen and ready to gift to my furry friends and saved a couple for Lucky!

Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern comes with 7 pages of step by step instructions and included one template page! 
You'll need: 
-Fabric Scraps
-Backing fabric
-Polyester Fill
-Coordinate colored sewing thread
-Permanent Marker

For the first time, I am running a dual pattern listing in both {Etsy} and {Craftsy} Shop.  Within the dual pattern listing you'll received both {Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern} and {Bently Fish Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern}. 

You can also check out as single pattern listing:

Dual Pattern Listing via {Etsy} and {Craftsy} shop
Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern can be find via {Etsy} and {Craftsy} shop. 
Bently Fish Patehwork Toy Sewing Pattern can be find via  {Etsy} and {Craftsy} Shop. 

Yet, I couldn't help myself not to design a patchwork toy pattern for our kitty friends. So I've designed another patchwork toy sewing pattern, Bently Fish for our kitty friends and families! 

Thank you again for all of your enthusiasm coming here to read about the creations I share with you. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate it! It is truly pleasure create these two patchwork toy sewing patterns and wish you'll love it as well! Something fun and cute! 



Bently Fish Patchwork Sewing Pattern

Hello, Did you get a chance to visit {Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern post}? Today I am running two sweet and fun patchwork toy sewing pattens. 

While designed and created the Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern. I also had made a whale alike patchwork toy and sent to my kitty friends.  It wasn't quite perfect as I knew the pattern could be improved and gave it more fun, playful look and highlight patchwork aspect more. Following weeks, I have done a lot fish drawings and drafted quite a bit before finalized the Bently Fish's shape. 

The Bently Fish is slightly different from Lucky Bone in making.  It has extra cotton twill attached to the Bently Fish. It is for tying a string to wrap around a wood stick.  It also uses two templates instead of one. Around the turning points, they need to take time and slow down to sewing and make it smooth for later.  Other than that it is a pretty sweet Bently Fish Patchwork Toy to gift. 

I've made a dozen of Bently Fish and also couldn't help to save one for myself as a Bently Fish Pin cushion. These are also perfect as little patchwork gift to quilty friends, fun and sweet! 

We have turned these Bently Fish into garland and hanging around the window for the fun! These Bently Fish are not quite in rainbow color scheme, but I had pleasant time sewing and playing in colors.   The finished size is easy for pick up and play around. Another great way boost up scrap bins and turn these into fun and cute little patchwork toys!  These would be perfect for holiday and birthday gift making for the furry friends and families!

Now, a dozen of Bently Fish and a dozen of Lucky Bones are ready to gift for the up coming holiday! I am very excited about all prepared this year for the extra special gifts this year!

Bently Fish Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern comes with 7 pages of step by step instructions and included one template page! 

You'll need: 

-Fabric Scraps
-Backing fabric
-Polyester Fill
-Coordinate colored sewing thread
-Permanent Marker

For the first time, I am running a dual pattern listing in both {Etsy} and {Craftsy} Shop.  So you will receive both {Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern} and {Bently Fish Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern}. 

You can also check out as single pattern listing:

Dual Pattern Listing via {Etsy} and {Craftsy} shop
Lucky Bone Patchwork Toy Sewing Pattern can be find via {Etsy} and {Craftsy} shop. 
Bently Fish Patehwork Toy Sewing Pattern can be find via {Etsy} and {Craftsy} Shop. 

Thank you again for all of your enthusiasm coming here to read about the creations I share with you. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate it! It is truly pleasure create these two patchwork toy sewing patterns and wish you'll love it as well! Something fun and cute! 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Patchwork the Travel Outbound Bag

There is a small pile of hand quilted patchwork panels that I have done and saved over the years and continue adding to the pile. I've always jump right in new ideas and start sewing. Then take up tremendous time to hand-quilting the pieces. Over the time, I probably walk away most of initial ideas then drop everything and moved on! These are not quite abandon pieces, probably just needed some good motivation push to complete them.  Lately I've getting some new ideas and working through them as I go. 

These two tiny patchwork panels finished in an odd measurement 8.25"x4.5". It won't fit well into an 8" nor a 6" zipper. Between these two sizes would be the size 7" zipper and it would really be just right size! However, size 7" is not an usual zipper size that I used around here, so had acquired new zippers for them. 

When I first designed the {Travel Outbound Bag Sewing Pattern}, I had an in-between idea/ decision on making the pattern into a patchwork style or keep the sewing panels simple. It was a challenging call at the time {as I heart patchworking so much},  but I knew for traveling that things will get wear up quickly, so final call was using linen and linen cotton blended fabrics. 

But you know what? I've been curious about how the {Travel Outbound Bag} would look like in the patchwork style! It was just something that I've always wanted to make one, but not finding the time to actually sit down for the process of making. 

After going through the box, I found these two patchwork panels were actually perfectly for making a patchwork style {Travel Outbound Bag}! The only change that made was sewing with a patchwork exterior pockets instead of one piece cloth.  I've also changed the rivet set into a snap set which allows to open up the front exterior pockets (both side) then added a little leather for extra embellishment/ design look. 

I am excited that finally filled up my curiosity after publishing the pattern. It is the kind of patchwork style that I had pictured in my mind {all this time} and it gives more versatile look, probably the patchwork love in me!  I can't wait to make a second patchwork style Travel Outbound Bag, I can't go wrong with all the tiny stitches {smile}.

Travel Outbound Bag Sewing Pattern is available via my {Etsy} and {Craftsy} pattern store. 
Hand quilting tutorial is {here}

Meanwhile, I have some patchworking fun coming next week! I can't wait to show you more!  

more later, 


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Between Stitches

After 1700 plus miles and nine states of road tripping, I was ready to sit down and simmer through  adventures that made with papa. He has returned home almost a month now! It seemed just yesterday that he was sitting in the kitchen and having coffee with me.

I have been working between stitches; knitting and hand quilting throughout the summer time.  Knitting is really addictive once the stitch concept start making all the sense and comfortable with different knitting stitches.  I've finished two cowls, one for me and the other one for S, and a mini cowl for a little friend. There are few more cowl patterns I would like to try later this Fall.

My goal of knitting a shawl might not be too far to reach! While watching the tutorial online last week, I've also followed and cast stitches on. Pause the tutorial as I move on the stitches. There were some simple mistakes that I still make, such as yarn in the front rather in the back. After a few tries, I have GOT it! You know, that felt so encouraging! I've studied different yarn weight when I found something that don't understand, asking lots questions about what is better type of yarn to use, and really have my hands on!

After so many years of learning to knit, I really have feel this year is the year that the timing was right! Perhaps I've made friends who sew and knit this year?!  The shawl that I started yesterday is growing and it is not perfect! I made mistakes on even and odd stitch row (bummer), but I've decided to keep on going this time rather than taking it apart ( I always do when so many mistakes in between rows).  Shawl making is coming pretty quickly I have to say!

I am a newbie to this whole knitting hand craft side and loving learn and discover new skills and knowledge! I probably need to start watching for all good yarn sales for now and if you have a place you like to look, please share with me!

Alright, maybe enough of knitting talk! Hand quilting has taken most of summer time as well! Picking up some work in progress projects and really have them finish rather than sitting around! I like cross off projects and have a new project start on the side!

During the late August, I sat down and finish quilting the French Country Inspired Quilt for my friend. It made to her 60th birthday! The quilt top was sitting nearly 4 years in the box! It was finished 77"x90"! I really love how it turned out! The colors are really mean for E;  blue, white, and rose buds. When I first started it, I knew I wouldn't make a scrappy and colorful look quilt for her, since it is not her! Something match her personality and her home! But then I wanted to add some radomes of "scrappy" style into the quilt, so the nine-patch blocks were randomly place before piecing together.

Summer went by quicker this year particularly! Most of the time we were on the road and home for a day or two doing laundry then pack again for next adventure! Our favorite visit this summer is Niagara Falls and Thousand Island! You might not know, we stopped for every soft ice cream service! Papa's favorite treat all time here!

Thank you for loving the {new tutorial}! I was eager to work on it when things were slowing down a bit here!

More later,


Thursday, September 7, 2017

A simple tutorial- About Hand Applique

Hello! Happy Fall! You all know Fall is my favorite season at all time! Cool temperature, warmer lighting, sip tea (any time of the day) and best to that is I am knitting like a mad lady lately! ( Maybe that would be another post). Finally I get around to write this simple hand appliqué tutorial for you. I simply like to share what I use for the process and all the tips that I received from other master hand appliqué sewers. 
So, here we go...

Here are some basic tools that I've used and felt they are a good investment for Hand Appliqué. 

Freezer Paper: You can find Freezer paper in most of grocery store. It comes in a long box. One side  
 of the Freeze paper is coating glossy and the other side is paper finish. You'll draw on the paper finished side and adhere the glossy (plastic coating) side to the cloth with a hot dry iron. 

Gutermann 100% Polyester Thread: I love how fine the thread is and very sturdy! But you can use 
most type of fine thread for the hand appliqué purpose. I would avoid 100% cotton thread as I found it doesn't give clean stitch look on the appliqué pieces. 

Crystal clear Ball pins: This is the best type of pins that I found and love it. It comes with two sizes. 
These are fine, sharp and so easy to pin through layers of fabrics. 

Applique Pins 3/4" steel: These pins are pretty thick, but short. The appliqué pin doesn't catch the hand sewing thread easily because it is short. I use maybe 3-4 pins through out the entire applique pieces. 

Hera Marker Slim: This is a great investment for any type of sewing. The slim Hera Marker
comes with a sharpie point side that allows you to "tuck" the seams in and the opposite side's top comes in a small angle that can make marks on cloth easily. 

Pen : More like mechanical pen.  It allows to draw on the cloth easy and gets clear and accurate lines. 

Appliqué Sharp Needles: Get a pack of these needles! They are probably by far the best hand              
sewing  needles that I've been using for years to come. I love the length and the thickness of the needles! But if you have some sewing needles around you can just use what you love! 

Water Soluble Ink Pen: When you draw on cloth you want to make sure that you'll get to your project within a week or two or some of the drawing lines will fade away due the the moisture in  
the air. 

Scissors:  A small pair of scissors that's sharp and allows to cut clean edges. 

Trash Bowl:  I have a few of these trash bowls on the table. When work on hand appliqué there will  some small cuts to make and thread to clip. I keep them in the bowl then clean after finish. 

Step 1: It is important to scale the pattern to the desire sizes. If you are a beginner, I recommend to scale appliqué pattern to a large percentage, so you can get some good practice before small scales, so you don't feel discourage!

I like to talk about this LED light Pad! I love it here! When my old-time light box didn't work as I hoped, I began to search for a Light Box, so I can have it around and even though about to build one. But I came cross this LED light pad last year when I was working on an illustration project. It does most of the tracing trick for me, even on fabric! This is really a personal preference for investing a new tool. I've shared with S for her drawing, so it is a good investment for us!

How this work? It doesn't have a plug! You'll insert USB core into a computer (where USB is at) or a power bank. Simply touch the turn on button on the left and the light will come up. Make sure stay in a darker environment for better image showing.  It is pretty thin and light weight, too!

Step 2: Place the appliqué pattern to the light pad ( I used a small piece of washi tape to held the pattern in place). Lay a piece a Freezer paper ( Big enough for the pattern) on top of the appliqué pattern. Use a pen to trace images. You'll want make sure you do a good job in tracing the pattern because these are becoming appliqué templates for each piece. 

Finish Tracing Pattern on Freezer Paper

Step 3: Keep the appliqué pattern on top of light pad. Place the appliqué background cloth on top of the pattern. Use water soluble ink pen to trace images onto the cloth.  

 Step 4: Now you shall have traced the pattern onto cloth and freezer paper.

Step 5: This is an important step before starting hand appliqué pieces. I always study the pattern before I start; making indications of first, second, third. What does that mean? You ask? Appliqué is a like cut and paste process to a project. Only here, we use cloth instead of paper, we use thread instead of glue. So when you are layering your pieces down you want to know which one goes first  then second then third.

Clover mini Iron: This is another really cool tool that I like to share with you. I have had this mini iron about 7 years now! But I rarely use it the first couple of years because it is somewhat dangerous around small children.

How this mini iron works? The mini iron comes with an attached plug and a little turn just below the metal part to turn the iron on. It takes 3-5 minutes to heat up the top. However, thhe whole top that made from metal is "HOT". I have burn myself a few time because had it sat so close when I work. The little rest stand gets hot as the metal top is rest on that. So, be so careful after you unplug it. Let is sat a good 10 minutes before putting it away.

I have to say this is a pretty amazing tool when it comes working with appliqué pieces, but I always ask to be leave alone when I am using it.

Step 6: How I like to start the appliqué pieces. I always like to start with image that takes maybe two or three pieces to make into one appliqué image.  The small tulip comes with three small pieces, so it is ideal for a start.  Cut the individual freezer paper pieces out.

Step 7: Adhere the freezer paper piece to the RIGHT side of the cloth that you have planned. 

 Step 8: Repeat for other two pieces.

 Step 9: Single thread the appliqué sharp needle. Make a small knot at the end.

Step 10: This step might be slightly differ than others. I didn't like working with a freezer paper on top of the cloth, so I gently trace around the template with mechanical pen. So that leave the template shape on the cloth.

Step 11:  Place the appliqué piece on to the background cloth. On the Step 3, you've spent some time to trace the pattern onto the background cloth. This would allow you to place the appliqué piece to the correct place. ( A like drawing with black pen, now you are filling in with colors, but this time with cloth).  Use a small crystal pin to stab on the points of appliqué piece and background cloth, so they are match in place.

 Step 12: Insert the appliqué sharp needle behind the small appliqué piece. You can start anywhere, but I like to start from edge point.

 Step 13:  Gently use the needle point or finger to fold the line that you have mark from Step 10 

Step14: Start stitching.  Run the needle down through both layers of fabric. Then catch the thread from the preceding stitch under the tip of the needle. You'll follow along the drawn line and finish up the piece; gently pull the thread tight and repeat for all the pieces.

Step 15: Since there is a third piece that will cover on both side pieces. I left the edge close to center unstitch.

 Step 16: When finish, double knit the end.

 Step 17: Repeat step 10-16

 Step 18: Now when two pieces have down. It should look like this.

 Step 19: Add on the third appliqué piece to close up the unstitched edges.

 Repeat for all tulips appliqué pieces.

Step 20: When it comes with curvy appliqué piece.  You'll find a single traced freezer paper is not thick enough to make the curves show during ironing process. You can adhere two pieces freezer paper together before cut out the image or even layer three pieces freezer paper together, so it creates a "thicker" template.

 Step 21: Do the same for the center small circles

 Step 22: Place the freezer paper template on the WRONG side of the cloth with hot/warm iron.

Step 23: Cut 1/4" seam allowance around the cloth that adhered with freezer paper template. Gently make small cuts around the curves, but not too close to the template.

Step 24: Use tip of the mini iron and gently iron on the angles of the templates. It will take a few  ironing times. When you iron the appliqué cloth, use your finger as aid to fold down the edges down as well.

 Step 25: The appliqué piece should have some nice curves after good ironing.

Step 26: Making small circles. It is very similar to how make a small yo-yo, but only with a small piece of freezer paper inside. Make running stitches around the seam allowances (seam allowance need to be less than 1/4"}

 Step 27:  Gently iron the circles then really carefully pull the paper out.

Step 28: For curvy applique piece, I've always over done with using pins. I try to match up the appliqué piece and the background lines together.  I always use extra pins then take out pins as I work on. 

Insert the appliqué sharp needle behind the appliqué cloth ( Step 13) then start small hand stitches around the piece. Use appliqué needle points to tuck in any seam allowance that come out and use the needle point to shape the appliqué piece as you go along the process. 

Step 29:  Place the small circle on top of the finish curvy appliqué piece. Gently stitch along with circles.

Now, I'll continue to work on the piece and writing a second post on flower stems appliqué and show you more of this process along! Then a finish touch of how to frame the work. So stay turn for future post on hand appliqué.  I do believe that hand appliqué is truly something more about hands and stitches making. I used to not hide out all the hand stitch threads, but now I do have more application of seeing some small thread showing and that is part of the reason I use red thread, a more promising process to myself.