Month: March 2015

Sleepy Dollie Free Pattern + Tutorial

Christina Platt’s Bamboletta Dolls are one-of-a-kind, treasured friends for children all across the world. Each doll is a work of art, made with the highest quality materials, lots of love and plenty of important details to make them extra special. We’re honored to have Christina share her Sleepy Dollie pattern and tutorial as part of our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies

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Softie Du Jour: Samantha

Here’s another favorite we just had to remind you about from our Toys + Softies tutorials. The free Tooth Fairy Doll pattern was designed by Samantha Liz for Sew Mama Sew readers. This happy doll is big, loveable and always ready for the next lost tooth!…

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Sewing Softies + Dolls for Charity

Sarah from Dolls And Daydreams® knows all about sewing for charity. Her campaign to sew dolls for children in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake was a tremendous success. We hope Sarah inspires you sew dolls and softies for charity, and perhaps to participate in our Soft Toy Drive to Benefit Children in Foster Care.

Pictured: Mayan Families Doll Drive distribution for the children of Guatemala.

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Softie Du Jour: Drygoods Design

These awesome stuffed blue and sperm whales are from a free tutorial created by the talented folks at Drygoods Design, a lovely fabric and goods shop in Seattle and online everywhere at Details like zippers and selvedge edges add extra whimsy to these magnificent stuffies!

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Tagalong Teddy Free Pattern + Tutorial

Designer and author Betz White is here with a free Tagalong Teddy Pattern from her book, Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow. We thought this teddy was an essential accompaniment to the growing cast of characters in our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies series!

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Softie Du Jour: Sarah

This Little Red and Wolf Sewing Pattern is an eBook and pattern play set. Sarah Hanson of Dolls and Daydreams has a vast collection of doll patterns and stuffies too. (You’ll love all of the fairy tale characters!)…

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Monogram Zip Pouch Tutorial

Melissa Mortenson from Polka Dot Chair is author of Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teens will Actually Love. The book is full of projects you can sew for your tween or teen, because Melissa strongly feels you don’t need to stop sewing for your children just because they are getting older! Melissa shows you how to make this cute, Monogram Zip Pouch. It’s perfect for your favorite tween, teen or for you!

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How to Appliqué with Plush Fabrics

Myra Harder and her daughter launched their latest venture, Robinson Pattern Company. Lately their company patterns focus on fun pillows using soft plush fabrics for appliqué. To introduce you to the Robinson Pattern Company and provide you with some tips for plush appliqué, Myra and her daughter created a free PDF Tutorial, full of tips for using plush fabrics to appliqué your own designs. There’s a giveaway too!

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Do You Have What it Takes to Run a Business?

Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business, runs the UK-based The Sewing Directory. She gave us some excellent ideas for How to Cope with the Sense of Isolation When Working from Home earlier this year, and now she’s back to get you thinking about whether you are ready to run your own business and if you have what it takes to succeed…

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Introducing Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner is a Boston-based artist who makes fabric art toys for grown-ups. Her original, one-of-a-kind artwork represent a range of characters from sweet babies to buff, tattooed men. Each one is a mix of reclaimed, new, vintage and over-dyed fabrics and trims; they are meticulously crafted with hand-embroidery and applique details.

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Softie Du Jour: Jodie

Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac recently added to the fun of our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies series with Fig the Mouse, a free pattern. It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite from the impressive selection in Jodie’s amazing softies repertoire, but we absolutely love her robots…

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10 Expert Tips for Sewing Softies

We asked Mariska Vos-Bolman of the Fluffles and DIY Fluffies soft toy brands to give us her top 10 Expert Tips for Sewing Softies. Mariska is also the author of Sew Cute to Cuddle, a new book with twelve original patterns for you to sew…

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“Trunk Up” Elephant Free Pattern + Tutorial

Pauline designs soft toy patterns and creates original softies at Funky Friends Factory. She has a tutorial coming up next, but first we want to share the darling Trunk Up Elephant Pattern Pauline designed for our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies series. This is a free pattern for you to download, sew and perhaps even enter in our Spectacular Softies Contest!

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Softie Du Jour: Lisa

Lisa sells delightful dolls in her Phoebe & Egg shop, plus she has free patterns and tutorials for you to learn to sew the dolls and clothes on her blog. For every doll Lisa sells she donates one doll to a child in the foster care system…

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Essential Techniques for Knit Clothing

Learn important information about sewing with knits on any machine, including tips for various necklines and hemming techniques. Karen LePage, founder of Gentle Clothing, is a “sewing with knits”-expert. Gentle Clothing is your source for artisan garments made from sustainable textiles, and Karen is your source for information on sewing knit clothing!

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Introducing Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac

When she’s not working at her library job, Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac spends as much time as she can making toys, designing toys, thinking about toys and playing with toys. Take a look at some of her work and learn more in her introduction…

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Introducing Lisa from Cucicucicoo

Lisa from Cucicucicoo has a new felt food sewing tutorial for you next, complete with an extra prop or two to take the project to the next level! Lisa specializes in upcycling and refashioned items, and is about to open her new pattern shop. Learn more in her introduction…

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Easy Felt Breakfast Food Tutorial

Allegra, a talented and very professional 16 year old sewist, may just be our youngest contributor yet here at Sew Mama Sew. Allegra blogs at Skirt Fixation with her mom and sisters, and she loves making felt food! Learn how to make Allegra’s Easy Felt Food Breakfast Set…

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Introducing Helen from Bustle & Sew

Helen from Bustle & Sew designs softie, embroidery, appliqué and quilting patterns. She also produces the monthly Bustle & Sew Magazine, shares free tutorials and runs a blog, with lots of updates on her work and life in her small town in the UK…

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