Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Summer Skirts with Simplicity 2606

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Sew Easy Burp Cloth Tutorial

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Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Sewing Pattern Release: Hugh Manatee

This is a long time in the making. I’m happy to share with Craft Buds readers that my Hugh Manatee stuffed animal pattern is now available for purchase! The pattern first appeared in a sewing compilation book, and it is now available as a PDF pattern with full-size printable template and step-by-step color photos.

Hugh Manatee Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern

One of my goals with this pattern was to create a truly inexpensive handmade gift that kids will love. By using coupons at Jo-Ann fabrics, I was able to pick up all of the supplies for two manatees including blizzard fleece and stuffing for just $6, for a cost of $3 per manatee.

And from what I’ve heard, kids really do love them! Here’s what some of my pattern testers had to say:

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Jenn

Jenn made this super-cute blue manatee, and said, “He would have been a super quick project had I had all of my supplies together!”

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Alyssa
Alyssa made a boy and girl manatee, and I am obsessed with her heart eyes, bow and tutu! She said: “My kids love them, they haven’t let them go since I finished them.”

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Stephanie

Stephanie of Swoodson Says added her own spin with these cute glasses! “It was very satisfying to have a quick easy sew!” she said.

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Lisa

I can’t get enough of Lisa‘s polka dot version! I really want to snuggle this guy.

Hugh Manatee Sewing Pattern

Speaking of polka dots, check out the pair of manatees Missy made from polka dot fleece! She said, “I found the pattern to be very easy to follow. This was a fun project, and my granddaughter picked out the fabric. I managed to get both of them out of 1 yard of fabric.”

Hugh Manatee Plsuh Doll by Jamie

How about a mini manatee? Jamie made this awesome 9″ long mini Hugh by downsizing the pattern. “I did follow the pattern throughout and I had no troubles at all! It was well-written and easy to read and follow,” she said. “I have only made a handful of items using patterns so I sometimes struggle with following, but this pattern was very clear.”

Hugh Manatee Sewing Pattern by Bethany

Holy cute! Bethany made this adorable snow-colored manatee, which her daughter affectionately named “Poofy.” She said: “I already had a friend ask me to make two of them for her bosses new twin granddaughters.”

Hugh Manatee stuffed dolls by Kimberly

Don’t be afraid to go wild and personalize your manatees, like Kimberly did. Someone is ready to party! She said, “This was a fun, quick sew and my grands will love it.”

Hugh Manatee by Caroline

Caroline made her Hugh Manatee in a pretty, winter-themed fleece. This would make a great holiday gift idea! “As a newbie, I was able to put Hugh together with the snippets of time that my 4- and 2-year-old allow. Maybe 1.5 hrs total,” she says.

Hugh Manatee Sewing Pattern

How adorable is this lakeside buddy sewn by Jess? Hugh definitely wants to be in the water.

Note: If you substitute fleece for another fabric like quilting cotton, take note that you may end up with some extra wrinkles around the body and tail, which is A-okay since he’s a manatee! The top pattern piece is purposefully larger than the bottom, which is why a material with some stretch works nicely to give Hugh the desired fullness.

Hugh Manatee Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern

Ready . . . Set . . . Hugh!

The Hugh Manatee PDF sewing pattern is now available for purchase at Craftsy. For a limited time, the price will be discounted by 50%, making it only $4. Then, on or around Father’s Day, it will go up to the regular price of $8.

Happy sewing!

 

How to Add or Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee! Get more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy!

Baby Gift Idea: Personalized Wooden Blocks

Are you looking for a personalized gift idea that’s handmade and unique to the recipient? Then you’ll love a new handmade shopping site I discovered called Hatch.co.

If you are a handmade artist specializing in custom embroidery, quilts or any other handmade product, you may want to check out becoming a vendor at Hatch. It’s a marketplace of hundreds of hand-selected innovative makers and artisans who create customizable products.

Personalized Wooden Blocks Baby Gift Idea

It’s simple and fun to customize or personalize an order on Hatch, and there are some really fun and unique handmade gift ideas! Think made-to-order jewelry, custom decor, beautifully designed gifts, and fashion and wedding accessories.

Little Saplling Toys Personalized Wooden Blocks

I ordered 8 personalized wooden blocks for Elliot from a vendor called Little Sapling Toys. (You can also order 5 wooden letter blocks or 11 blocks (or any combination of the sets) depending on the length of the child’s name.) Aren’t they fun?

Little Saplling Toys Personalized Wooden Blocks

Each of the letter blocks has a photo on the back with a word that starts with the same letter. You can order extra blocks with a star or heart on them to use as spacers.

Elliot and Personalized Wooden Blocks

I really enjoyed browsing the selection of customized gifts at Hatch.co. This concept is unique among handmade marketplaces because every product can be customized in some way! With a name, with a photo, with a date or a location. I was this close to ordering a fun Instagram photo pillow!

Father’s Day Special: Free Shipping

If you’re looking to try out Hatch, here’s a special offer for Craft Buds readers! Hatch wants you to try out their site, and they will reimburse your shipping cost up to $10.

To get your discount, just e-mail discount@hatch.co with code ‘DAD14′ in the subject line and Hatch will reimburse the shipping cost (up to $10) to your credit or debit card. This offer is valid for up to 3 separate orders and expires June 14, 2014.

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Fast Teacher Appreciation Gift! (+ Free Printable)

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Last night I realized I hadn’t gotten anything for my son’s preschool teachers and their last day was today. So, we had to do some quick thinking. I love new scissors and I figured it’s something teachers could use so we ran to the store and picked out a few pairs of Fiskars designer scissors in different colors. They also have some fun prints like zebra print or a blue and white design (my favorite!) but those weren’t available at our local store.

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I designed and printed tags, then we cut them out, glued them to cardstock, taped them to the front of the scissors and tied a big bow around the top. After these photos my son signed his name in the white space and I wrote a little note on the back. Fast and easy and the teachers were excited to get new scissors!

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You can download the free printable Thanks for making me so sharp! and/or the You’re a cut above the rest! and there are 4 per page. Happy summer!

printables

 

Non-Slip Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial from sewVery

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Do you have problems with your sewing machine or serger sliding around on the table while you work? I do! I even broke a water glass the other day because it fell off my sewing table while my work station was bumping all around.

I love this smart solution from my friend Veronica, who blogs at sewVery! It features some pretty Maisie by Maude Asbury fabric from Anna Griffin.

Head over to sewVery to see the non-slip machine mat tutorial!

Patchwork Potholder Tutorial with Sewing Mama RaeAnna

My friend RaeAnna, who I have the pleasure of seeing in real life as well as following her sewing blog, has whipped up a fun tutorial for Craft Buds readers today! It’s a pretty patchwork hot pad featuring the Clementine line of fabrics in the Anna Griffin shop. You can make this project with fat quarters or scraps, and it makes a great housewarming gift!

Head over to Sewing Mama RaeAnna for the tutorial!

Panasonic Cordless Iron Review

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A couple months ago I was ironing some pieces for a quilt. The best place for me to set up our iron has the plug on my left and I iron with my right hand. I’m constantly trying to get the cord out of the way so I don’t accidentally iron and burn up the cord. I needed a break from ironing so I checked my e-mail and had literally just received an e-mail asking if I’d like to try out a Panasonic Cordless Iron. My answer was YES!

panasonic iron and case

I’ve had the iron for awhile now and have been able to give it a good test run. I will definitely be using this iron now to replace my old one! It comes in a pretty carrying case with handle that has worked well just for carrying it around the house. It would be especially great for someone taking it to quilting or sewing groups. There’s also a charging base with a retractable cord. The iron has a lot of great features. One of my favorites is that the water tank is detachable so I can just take the tank over to the sink and fill it up. No more trying to pour water into a hot iron! The water tank also has a lid to seal it shut.

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There are 3 steam settings to choose from; off, low or high. The steam also works vertically so you can use it to steam a hanging garment. Just push the steam button! I tried to take a photo but it turns out it’s difficult to steam a shirt and take photos at the same time. You’ll have to take my word for it that lots of steam comes out! There’s also a spray mist button which works great on stubborn wrinkles. I found the steam to be nice and steady while ironing and I didn’t get any water spots on my fabric.

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The iron is just a few ounces heavier than my old Black and Decker. It heats up using the charging base so there are no batteries or anything to worry about in the iron. It heats up in less than 2 minutes and it’s ready to go. You do have to get used to putting the iron back in the charging base so it can stay hot. After using it once or twice I got used to putting it back in the base rather than setting it down on the side of the ironing board. Every couple minutes I’m moving my fabric or clothing around and putting the iron back in the base to re-charge so for me it works really well. It might be an issue for someone that doesn’t set their iron down for long periods of time.

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I’m used to a non-stick sole plate but I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly the stainless steel sole plate worked. There are 3 temperature settings for high, medium and low. There’s a chart to help you choose the correct setting for each type of fabric.

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So to sum it up, you get lots of great features along with no cord to deal with! Ironing is so much easier now that I don’t have a cord in the way. Because the only cord is the base that plugs into the wall, it keeps everything out of reach from my kids so I appreciate the extra safety too.

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If you want to get your own Panasonic NI-L70SRW (just in time for Mother’s Day!) you can order it directly from Panasonic for $59.95 with free shipping. You can also use that link to get more details on the iron and see more photos, or visit here to see a 1 minute demo video.

Disclaimer: I was provided with this iron free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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