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Free Patterns from Books: Home

Some publishers release a free pattern (or two) from a craft book to celebrate a new release. In honor of Craft Book Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite patterns that you can download for free online and we’ll feature a different category each week. You can even use one of these patterns to participate in the Craft Book Month linky party through the end of September. Now on to this week’s projects for the home!

 

From Sewing with Oilcloth (Wiley): Chalk Cloth Table Runner

 

From Applique Class (Wiley): Petal Pushers Table Runner

 

From Stash Happy Patchwork (Lark): Bento Box

 

From 100 Pretty Little Projects (Lark): Scorchin’ Potholder
and Spot On Pillow

 

From Scrappy Quilts (Wiley): Sun-Drenched Strips Quilt

 

 

Free Pattern Features: Totes + Winner

One of my first tutorials was for a tote. They’re incredibly useful in so many everyday activities! They also make great gifts and can be used in place of a disposable gift bag. And, some of the simpler patterns are great for a beginner. Here are some of my favorites but there are tons of tote tutorials out there!

Just like it’s name implies, The Market Tote from Bijou Lovely is a sturdy bag great for groceries or the farmer’s market.

Market Tote at Bijou Lovely

Market Tote at Bijou Lovely

 

The Knot Tote at Me Sew Crazy is a fast and cute project to whip up.

Knot Tote at Me Sew Crazy

Knot Tote at Me Sew Crazy

 

This Mini Market Tote from Chubby Hobby has some nice extra details on the handle and in the bottom corners.

The Market Tote at Chubby Hobby

The Market Tote at Chubby Hobby

 

Gardening season may be wrapping up this year, but get started on this great Garden Tote featured on Sew Mama Sew for next year!

Quilted Garden Tote at Sew Mama Sew

Quilted Garden Tote at Sew Mama Sew

 

And at think liz. is this Diana Hobo with pretty pleat details.

Diana Tote at think liz.

Diana Tote at think liz.

 

And lastly, our winner of the $25 Crafty Girls Workshop giveaway chosen by random.org is the lucky Ariane! Ariane, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information.

Ruffly Flower Tutorial

These ruffly flowers are fast and easy to make! To get started you’ll just need a stack of fabric cut into squares. I used nine 3″ squares from knit fabric so it wouldn’t fray (you may want to use more squares for a fuller flower). Fold the square in half, in half again, then into a triangle as shown in the diagram below. Then cut a curve into the top of the triangle to form the petals.

Here’s my pile of cut flowers. You can see that they’re not exactly identical but it won’t be noticable in the final flower.

I found it easiest to fold the flower into quarters, and stick the needle through the folds and string them all together. Once you’ve run the thread through all the flowers, bring it back around to the beginning (upper right photo) and tie it off (lower photos). Once you’ve tied it off the flower petals will be in a circle. Set it on a flat surface and fluff out the petals. This version is ruffly on top and the bottom is flat. For a ball shape make two flowers the same size and then sew them together.

My final flower arrangement! These are fun for headbands, shirt or bag embellishments, or just decoration.

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Free Pattern Features: Cats

Last week we looked at dog-related sewing projects so this week we’ll focus on some items for your furry feline friends! Just like last week, a few of these projects would work for dogs too.

From Sew 4 Home is this cute and cozy pet bed.

Pet Bed at Sew 4 Home

Pet Bed at Sew 4 Home

 

At Craftstylish is a tutorial for a cat mat to protect your furniture or to use for food and water bowls.

Patchwork Cat Mat at Craftstylish

Patchwork Cat Mat at Craftstylish

 

Fantastic Toys has a fantastic set of patterns for a variety of cat toys.

Cat Toys at Fantastic Toys

Cat Toys at Fantastic Toys

 

From Canadian Living is this fur lined kitty tunnel for your playful pal.

Kitty Tunnel at Canadian Living

Kitty Tunnel at Canadian Living

 

And because these colors and this cat are so fun together, here’s one more pet bed option from Design Sponge.

Pet Bed at Design Sponge

Pet Bed at Design Sponge

Crafty Kitchen: Stromboli Recipe

This recipe is the one I am most often asked for. It’s what we make when a big group of people comes over (I think we’ve made up to 8 in one night before!) and it’s an easy to prepare meal. Basically it’s a rolled up pizza that’s good fresh out of the oven or cold from the fridge the next day. Each stromboli loaf serves approximately 3 or 4 hungry adults.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 eggs yolks (save whites separately for glaze)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 pound pepperoni (or whatever toppings you normally like on pizza)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: Spaghetti sauce for dipping.

Basic instructions:

  • Roll or stretch out dough into a rectangle approximately 10″x14″ or larger. Mix the next 6 ingredients and spread over the dough. Cover with pepperoni and/or other toppings (sausage, onion, green pepper, etc.).
  • Roll up dough into a loaf and pinch the seam together and fold over the ends. Place seam side down on greased pan (or a pan covered in non-stick foil) and brush top with egg whites.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until top is well browned. Slice and serve with spaghetti sauce for dipping.

 

Step by step instructions with photos:

1. Thaw the dough. It usually takes about 6 hours to thaw. I take it out of the freezer bag and rub it with olive oil and place it in a loosely covered bowl. In the warmer months I just leave it on the counter and in the winter I put it on or near a heating vent. You can find the frozen dough in the freezer section, usually near the garlic bread and frozen rolls. It usually comes in a bag of 5 or 6 loaves. You can also make homemade bread dough.

2. Let the dough thaw until it at least doubles in size. The larger it gets, the easier it is to stretch so it’s okay if it even triples in size.

3. Stretch out the bread dough into a rectangle. Mix together the egg yolks and seasonings.

4. Spread the egg/seasoning mix over the dough.

5. Put on all your toppings then roll up the dough.

6. Pinch the seam shut and fold over the edges.

7. Place on greased pan, or pan covered in non-stick foil, or pan covered in foil sprayed with Pam with the seam side down. Brush with egg whites.

8. Bake until brown. Some cheese will probably bubble out.

9. Slice and serve! Serve with spaghetti sauce for dipping. (I usually use a can of Hunt’s Roasted Garlic and Onion.)

Free Pattern Features: Dogs

It’s fun to pamper pets whether you are a pet lover or know someone who is. Here’s a few ideas for those special dogs in your life. And if you’re a cat lover, don’t worry! I’ll feature a list of cat ideas next week (although there is some overlap both weeks).

First up, Urban Threads shares this cute tutorial for a dog hoodie.

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

 

At the Purl Bee is this cute and easy customized dog leash.

Dog Leash at The Purl Bee

Dog Leash at The Purl Bee

 

This great tutorial for a collapsible travel dog bowl is featured at craftstylish.

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

 

Have some fleece scraps? Use this tutorial at HGTV to braid a fleece rope dog toy.

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

 

And lastly from Martha Stewart are these fun pet ID tags with a free downloadable template.

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Free Pattern Features: Softies + Winner

These cute little softies (plush animals) are fun for kids and adults alike! There are lots of patterns available for purchase on Etsy but here’s a few you can try out for free.

First up is this adorable little hedgehog from LollyChops. I’ve always thought a hedgehog would be a cute pet but this version would be a lot easier to care for.

Hedgehog from LollyChops

Hedgehog from LollyChops

 

Molly Monkey is from mmmcrafts and you can customize her colors and clothes for any kid!

Molly Monkey from mmmcrafts

Molly Monkey from mmmcrafts

 

Chez Beeper Bebe created this Mooshy Belly Bunny from recycled T-shirts. Just like the name says, it looks squishy and delightful.

Mooshy Belly Bunny from Chez Beeper Bebe

Mooshy Belly Bunny from Chez Beeper Bebe

 

And lastly, we already featured Pippa the Fox and Rascal the Raccoon from Ruffles and Stuff awhile back in our Fresh Picks. They’re just so cute here they are again in case you missed them the first time around!

Pippa and Rascal from Ruffles and Stuff

Pippa and Rascal from Ruffles and Stuff

Winner!

The winner of Margot Potter’s book, New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs, chosen by random.org is Shaiha! If you’re Shaiha, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information. Don’t forget to enter our current giveaway for the Slice Fabrique!

Fresh Picks for Thursday, 8.4.11

Sometimes, life doesn’t go as planned. Like yesterday, when our server went down for about 8 hours. Though the Craft Buds site was inaccessible, we’re back up now and planning to change servers to make sure we can continue to give you the best Craft Buds ever!

Please bear with us over the next day or so if you get an error message when logging into the site. We’re aware that there may be a slight delay in switching servers, and we’ll do our best to continue everything as planned, including our . . .

Giveaways! You can still enter the Margot Potter book giveaway (through Friday night) and the Slice Fabrique giveaway (through Tuesday night). We may adjust those end dates if we experience more delays with our site, so please bookmark these links and check back if you get an error message.

Here are this week’s Fresh Picks!

Fruit Mini Cards

Fruit Salad: Learn how to make these fruity mini cards at Little Lovelies! Allison explains paper piecing with stamps and colorful paper to make little gift tags that really pop.

Fabric Pom Pom tutorial

Shake Your Pom Poms: It’s a bright twist on the traditional pom-pom trim. Learn how to make your own fabric pom poms from this colorful tutorial at Maureen Cracknell Handmade.

Baby Girl Sandals from Leather

Leather Be: Can you believe these baby girl sandals are handmade from faux leather? Get the tutorial at Make it and Love it.

Redecorating a Room

Before and After: If you’ve ever attempted to redecorate a room from start to finish, you’ll appreciate this family room re-do at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar! It has lots of cute decorating ideas, like this jar filled with whimsy.

Adoption auction fundraiser Adoption Auction jewelry

For a Cause: Go shopping for a cause at the Gotta Have Faith Fundraiser Auction, to support adoption. Online bidding for handmade items starts Thursday at noon and ends Monday! Thanks to Kristy at Hopeful Threads for sharing.

Convertible Dress/Skirt

This dress/skirt is made with rows of ruching for lots of elastic-ey stretch, and a hidden drawstring so you can easily adjust the fit depending on how you plan on wearing it. The drawstring also ensures that if a toddler pulls on your dress/skirt, it won’t fall down! This was my first experience with ruching but now that I’ve got it figured out it’s a great way to make skirts! I’m already planning other clothing ideas using this technique.

For materials you’ll need:

  • 1 spool elastic thread
  • regular thread
  • knit fabric (approx. 1 yard of fabric, 36″x60″, but detailed measuring instructions are below)
  • approx. 1 1/2 to 2 yards 3/8″ twill tape (found by the bias tape), ribbon, or something similar for the drawstring (length depends on your measurements and if you’ll be using the dress as a halter or not)

To get started you’ll need to measure the widest part of your body. I’m a pear shape, so I measured around my hips. Then multiply that measurement by 1.25 and that will be the width of your fabric. For the length, I wanted the dress version to fall just below my knee and the skirt version to fall to just below my ankles. If I wear the skirt just slightly lower on my hips, the measurement to meet both requirements was 35″ (and I’m 5′ 5″). Add an extra 1″ that will be folded over at the top to create the drawstring casing. If you plan on hemming the bottom, add another 2″ to the length.

For ruching you’ll need elastic thread. I found it in the notions department of Joann Fabrics and it came in either black or white. Wind this by hand onto your bobbin and do NOT stretch the thread as you wind. Next you’ll thread the bobbin into your machine exactly the same as you would with thread. For the top thread, you’ll use just standard thread that matches (or contrasts with) your fabric. Using the longest stitch option, test out the stitching on a scrap of fabric. When I first tried this with my newer model Singer 4830C, the elastic was pulled so tightly through the bobbin assembly that my fabric just bunched up as I sewed and it was too tight to stretch properly. I have an old model singer (6212C) and when I tried it on that it worked just fine. From what I’ve read, most sewing machines will do fine but it’s a good idea to test yours out before getting too far into the project!

Start sewing 2″ down from the top of your fabric with the right side facing up. Leave several inches or more of thread and elastic hanging out at both sides of the fabric and do a little backstitching. As you sew, slightly pull your fabric so it’s nearly flat as it goes under the needle. Continue sewing rows 1/2″ apart for as far down as you like. I did 8″ of ruching. The photo below on the left shows how I gently stretched the fabric, and the right photo shows how the fabric looked without any pulling.

When finished sewing each row, tie the thread and elastic ends together. Between this and the backstitching, you should have very secure threads. After tying trim off the excess thread.

Switch your bobbin from elastic to regular thread and with right sides together, sew up the side seam. If it bothers you to only have a seam on one side, you can add a seam to the other side by sewing along the fold as close to the edge as you can.

Then using the steam setting on your iron, gently steam the elastic thread without pressing down the iron directly onto the fabric and it will scrunch up a bit more.

Now we’ll work on the drawstring. At the top of the dress, use your sewing machine and normal thread to create a 3/8″ buttonhole 1/4″ away from the edge of the fabric where you want the drawstring to come out. I put mine right in the front center so I could use it as a halter top but you could also put it off to the side if you don’t plan on using the halter option. I used pins to mark where I wanted to put the buttonhole.

Fold over the top toward the inside of the dress so the raw edge is just below the first row of stitching. Then, with the right side facing up sew all the way around 1/8″ above the first row of stitching. This is the trickiest part of this dress because you’ll need to sew very slowly and keep checking underneath the fabric to make sure that it’s being sewn down correctly.

Then thread your drawstring through the casing and out the buttonhole and you’re finished! The photo below shows the inside of the dress.

Optional: Hem the bottom of the dress/skirt.

Additional notes:

  • When deciding on the width of your fabric, the 1.25 times my widest measurement ratio worked well for me, but before deciding on your fabric width, you may want to wrap some fabric around yourself and make sure it feels comfortable for your preferences and not too loose or not too tight.
  • For the drawstring you’ll want to use something fairly flat because you’ll be tucking it inside the garment. The flat cotton twill is hidden by the ruching but a cord or something round would show through a little.
  • I was able to sew six rows of ruching with each really full bobbin. Before sewing each row make sure you have enough elastic to finish, otherwise you’ll need to rip out the row and start over.
  • If you haven’t sewn a buttonhole before, there’s a great tutorial over at the Purl Bee.
  • To avoid having to thread the drawstring through the casing, I sewed a length of embroidery floss into the casing of the dress and had the ends coming out of the buttonhole. I had to make sure not to stitch down the floss, but when the casing was done I just tied the floss to a safety pin, pinned it to the strap and pulled it right through!

And here’s how it looks using the straps as a halter top.

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Free Pattern Features: Selvages! + Winner

I’ve been seeing bags of selvages up for grabs in contents and in online shops and I’ve been wondering what people do with all those selvages. Here’s just a few ideas, but there’s tons out there! This is a great way to use every scrap of fabric you can. I’ve included just a few ideas here but you can find even more inspiration at Selvage Blog.

Fussy Cut shares this fun version of a mug rug/potholder. What a great gift for someone who loves to sew and cook!

Selvage Mug Rug at Fussy Cut

 

From Tallgrass Prairie Studio is this colorful spiderweb quilt tutorial.

Selvages Spiderweb Quilt at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

 

And from Living with Punks is this “Bookworm Skirt”. It’s gotten a lot of blog attention but just in case you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!

Bookworm Skirt from Living with Punks

Bookworm Skirt from Living with Punks

 

And just for fun, this project doesn’t include a tutorial or pattern but I thought it was worth including this incredible selvage dress from Ric-Rac!

Selvage dress from Ric-Rac

Selvage dress from Ric-Rac

 

The winner of the $30 credit to Dewberry Lane is:

#15 Beth T.

She said, “I receive the Dewberry Lane newsletter.” Congratulations Beth, and please check your e-mail! If you didn’t win this time, please stop by the weekly list of giveaways and enter a few more.

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