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Catnip Lightsaber – Free Tutorial

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

In between Much More Important Things, I’ve been making kitty toys here and there for our cat family members.

Last weekend, I made something new, tubes of fabric filled with Poly-fil & catnip. They were easy to make and the cats love them.

Your kitten pic for the day. The Kitty Kickers have gone over extremely well!

While watching this little guy, 8 month old Iliad, and his brother Ramses, play with their catnip tubes, it occurred to me that they could be much, much more fun to watch!

Enter, CATNIP LIGHTSABERS!

Have I seen The Force Awakens recently?

Yes, twice. Why do you ask? ;)

These aren’t much more complicated to make than the original single piece of fabric version. I made both shown here in about an hour, and that includes stopping to take pictures. Easy peasy!

As usual, this tutorial is for your personal & non-profit use. I would LOVE for you to make these both for your own kitties and your local shelter!

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

You’ll need:

  • 2 – 5″ x 8 1/2″ pieces of fabric in blue, red, or the lightsaber color of your choice
  • 2 – 5″ x 1 1/2″ pieces of grey or silver fabric
  • 1 – 5″ x 6 1/2″ piece of black or black printed fabric
  • Poly-fil or batting scraps
  • catnip (I used a leftover packet from a cardboard scratcher)
  • funnel
  • sewing machine
  • iron (not absolutely necessary, but helpful)

EDITED TO ADD: To make a solid cat kicking tube, use a 5″ x 23″ish piece of fabric and skip to the third instruction.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew together pieces as shown:

Blue>Grey>Black>Grey>Blue

Backstitching is recommended for stability.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Press all seam allowance in one direction.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Fold in half, with the black fabric in the center.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Lock the seams in with the opposite-facing seam allowance. Press.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Fold in half lengthwise. You now have a right sides both inside and out, giving you a “lining” for your lightsaber.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around. Start on the “saber” end with raw edge to the end and nearest you.

Be sure to backstitch where the thread crosses in the corner.

Leave the folded end (black fabric) unstitched. This is where the stuffing will go.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Here’s what you should have now.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Trim seam allowance to a scant 1/4″ or so, cutting corners close. Here’s where that backstitching comes in!

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Using the method of your choice, turn the tube so the seam allowance is inside.

I use a large crochet hook to help with the process.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Here it is, ready to stuff!

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Alternate catnip and Poly-Fil, stuffing as needed. A funnel will make this much easier. A cat will not!

(This tutorial is Marie approved.)


Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

The crochet hook I used earlier worked a treat for squishing everything in.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

I used two or three tablespoons of catnip total, making sure there was plenty at each end.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

To save yourself a little grief, make sure you end with stuffing or you’ll have catnip all over your sewing machine.

Don’t ask me how I know. ;)

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Keeping the seam to one side, flatten the end. Because this is a fold, you don’t have to worry about raw edges.

This can be hand stitched, but I chose machine stitching for durability.

Are you the happy owner of Wonder Clips? They are not necessary, but very helpful to hold the end closed.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Stitch across and back a few times.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

A very secure closure and we’re done!

Jedi Iliad

Iliad is a Jedi, like his father before him.

Sith Ramses

Ramses is too cute to be a Sith Lord.

Ramses & Iliaid Catnip Lightsaber face off

Hours of entertainment for kitties and humans alike!

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Want a chance to win a fun, free prize each month during 2016? It’s easy! Make today’s tutorial  and share it with my flickr group. You’ll be entered to win for each photo you share! Winners to be announced on the first Friday of each month.

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That’s that, my friends! I hope you enjoyed today’s free tutorial!

 

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Turkey Talk Sale Extended!

Turkey Talk from Sewhooked

Today only SALE EXTENDED!! Get Turkey Talk, a pattern to paper piece and embroider from my Craftsy shop, for just $2.95 (regularly $5.95).

Turkey Talk alternative blocks

Make just the Turkey Talk block for a quick and easy Thanksgiving project!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, Fall 2015

The winner of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from last week’s Blog Tour is Mary Fredrichs. Congrats, Mary!

I still have a few copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 12 in my Etsy shop. I’m happy to personalize a copy for you today!

 

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My Favorite Things 2016!

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I’ve been teasing the 2016 Sewhooked project for some weeks now and I just can’t wait another day!

Beginning January 1, 2016 and each month for the rest of next year, I will be sharing My Favorite Things!

My Favorite Things will include 12 patterns to paper piece in both 6″ and 12″ as well as a number of bonus blocks to mix and match your own favorites.

On the first day of each month, you’ll have the opportunity to download that month’s pattern for free. After the first day, each pattern will be available for a small fee from my Craftsy Pattern Shop, with the entire block set available for sale by December.

I plan to include instructions for at least one possible layout to create a quilt from your blocks, but knowing me, I will have more than one by the time we get to December!

I hope you’ll join me in 2016 for what I hope will be a super fun event!

My Favorite Things 2016 Block of the Month sewhooked.com

Plan to play along? Copy & paste to your blog!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group to Quilt Along with our community in 2016!

I am currently looking for sponsors for monthly giveaways for participants. If you’d like to sponsor a month, please drop me an email.

Happy stitching!

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Coming January 2016

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 12 Blog Tour

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Welcome to my post for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 12 Blog Tour!

I’m extra excited to share today’s patterns because it’s not only one of my favorite things I’ve shared with Quiltmaker, but it’s one of my favorite patterns that I’ve ever designed!

I had such fun creating this block and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Be sure to keep reading to the end to find out how to be entered to win today’s prize!

Special Delivery block by Jennifer Ofenstein, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, 2016

Here it is: Special Delivery!

You’ll find this red-wearing fella and his sleigh full of presents on page 19 of Vol. 12.

See more of my Sunbonnet Sue designs.

Special Delivery block by Jennifer Ofenstein, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, 2016 To add a to the fun, I embellished my block with hand embroidery (patterns included in the magazine).

Special Delivery block by Jennifer Ofenstein, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, 2016

How about a snowflake? Here in Austin, Texas, it’s likely to be the only snow I see this year!

I also had a lot of fun playing with Special Delivery and combining this block with some of my other designs to see what kind of fun quilt layouts I could come up with.

Here are two of my favorites:

Table Runner idea with Special Delivery and On, Dasher! by Jennifer Ofenstein

Here, Special Delivery meets my reindeer block, On, Dasher! for a fun Christmas-themed table runner.

Quilt idea with Special Delivery and On, Dasher! by Jennifer Ofenstein

This layout is a bit more ambitious, with the same number of blocks as the table runner, but with the reindeer set in an arc. I just love this idea! Imagine this with a fun snowflake print fabric or lovely hand embroidered embellishments like oodles of snowflakes and reins for the reindeer team!

On, Dasher! A paper pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein

Like On, Dasher? You can find him in my Craftsy Pattern Shop!

Just like all of my patterns, Special Delivery and the above fun layouts were designed in EQ.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, Fall 2015

And now, I have the pleasure of giving away a free copy of this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!  

To enter to win, share your favorite winter activity in comments. Easy peasy!

Only comments that include contact information will be eligible to win.

Winner to be contacted Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Get a personalized copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 12 from my Etsy shop. My supplies are limited, so order now!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour!

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31 Days of Halloween – Nothing But Sincerity

31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

A very happy Halloween my friends!

We made it, it’s the final day of 31 Days of Halloween!

Over the last month, we’ve stitched, pieced, cooked and prepared Halloween costumes! We’ve revisited old favorite crafts and discovered new ones. I hope that at least one of my Halloween projects caught your fancy and gave you something fun to work on during the month.

If you’d like to revisit our month of Halloween, simply scroll back through Sewhooked starting with this post or click the banner above for a summary of each day and links to all the Halloween goodness.

Thank you, thank you for sticking with me until the end!

I have one last Halloween-themed craft for you today. It’s  a little something to keep your hands busy while you enjoy watching Halloween movies and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Let’s start with this little clip from one of my all-time Halloween favorites, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

I watched this Halloween gem when I was a child and then shared it with my own kids. It’s still a favorite in our house.

Nothing But Sincerity (Peanuts Stitch) by Jennifer Ofenstein

With Linus’ optimism about The Great Pumpkin in mind, I created a little hand embroidery pattern for you that I’m calling Nothing But Sincerity.

This sweet stitch is 7″ x 10″, perfect for a 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) block.

My version is entirely backstitched, but feel free to use any stitch you like.

Won’t it make a lovely pillow or addition to a Halloween quilt?

Download Nothing But Sincerity

Want to Enlarge or Reduce this pattern? Find out how here!

Need embroidery help? Try the Quilting Help page over on Fandom in Stitches! We have lots of great links to useful tutorials.

Nothing But Sincerity (Peanuts Stitch) by Jennifer Ofenstein

The pumpkin was inspired by the scene in the clip above. 

Need a little more Halloween love?

Visit Fandom in Stitches today

for a very special Halloween installment!

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise next Tuesday for one lucky participant!

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31 Days of Halloween – Two Little Hooters

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It’s the penultimate day of 31 Days of Halloween!

Each Friday in October, I’ve featured some of my Halloween-inspired patterns that are available for sale in my Craftsy shop.

Today, we revisit a sweet pattern called Two Little Hooters.

Two Little Hooters

15 1/2” x 18 1/2” Wall Hanging
Paper pieced and Strip Pieced

Two Little Hooters includes full-color paper pieced patterns with cutting and piecing instructions for the quilt shown above.

Previously $8, Two Little Hooters is now Just $5.95 in my Craftsy Shop!

Two Little Hooters

Two little Hooters is a versatile pattern that works in just about any color scheme. Want something fresh and light? Try pastels on a light background!

Two Little Hooters Halloween

This awesome version was created by Kristel over at WIP Girl!

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise after Halloween for one lucky winner, to be announced Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

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