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Free Pattern Friday – Groovy Mushrooms

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

I always look forward to getting to share with you. ♥

Groovy Mushrooms

Today I’m sharing an old favorite.!

This was my very first hand embroidered pieces made in 2010 or 2011. This was early in my days of learning to hand embroider. This little hoop hangs next to my desk as a reminder that we’re always learning. Also, I think it’s sweet. 🙂

Groovy Mushrooms was inspired by a vintage hand-drawn pattern that came to me in a pile of other things. Date and original designer unknown. I can tell you that the original version was brittle with age and practically fell apart in my hands when I held it. This is my own take on that original doodle.  I share with you now in homage to the unknown, but obviously groovy, artist!

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Free Pattern Friday – Big Linus ♥

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

After an April that was all about ME, I wanted to share some fun charity projects in May!

First up is a child-sized quilt pattern I designed inspired by the heart logo of my favorite blanket making charity, The Linus Connection.

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Made of 5 1/2″ squares and half square triangles, this is an easy peasy quilt to chain piece. Make it for a wee one you love or for your favorite blanket charity.

Bonus points if you make one for The Linus Connection!

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This is a quick to watch tutorial on chain piecing from Shiny Happy World.

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

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Free Pattern Friday – Crazy Cakes!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Today is my birthday!

*throws confetti*

I recently spent a whole lot of time cleaning up the hard drive on my computer. During this adventure in bytes, I found tons of unfinished patterns, sketches, doodles, and whatnot, all of which I’d never shared.

At some point it the distant past, I sat and doodled a slew of cupcakes with personality for hand embroidery. Why? Not a clue, but when I rediscovered these designs, it occurred to me that nothing could be more perfect for my birthday post!

I hope you enjoy these personality-filled cupcakes to hand embroider. Happy birthday to me!

Crazy Cakes by Jennifer Ofenstein

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Pro-Tip: I use Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy for all of my hand embroidery projects. Print designs on this water soluble fabric using your printer, stick it on your fabric and stitch! It rinses away cleanly when you’re done. Easy, peasy perfect transfer every time. This isn’t a paid endorsement, but the above is an affiliate link. I really do use this stuff all the time! 😉 Check your local quilt store or order online.

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

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Stop by Sewhooked on the second and fourth Mondays of every month through June for the Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (PPV2017)!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

 

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

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Do you enjoy my free content? Consider Becoming a Patreon Patron and help keep me keep creating and sharing!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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Curly Swirly Butterfly!

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Curly Swirly Butterfly is now available for just $2.95 in my Craftsy Shop.

I drew Curly Swirly Butterfly a couple of weeks back when I was sick and didn’t feel like doing much but doodle. In this case, my doodle turned into something so fun, that I even made it available as a t-shirt and bought myself one, too!

This fun pattern can be backstitched, stem stitched, or finished using your favorite embroidery stitch.

GREAT BIG THANKS to Robin & Rainey for stitching this sweet design up for me. (Click the links to check them out on Instagram!)

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Our March drawing is for a fun set of fabric from the fabulous Vanda, all the way from South Africa!

The prize includes 20 cotton fabric pieces ranging in size from 5.5″ x 8″ to 10″ x 11″.

Visit Vanda at Quilt in Piece.

Entering to win is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

DRAWING to be on MONDAY, April 4, 2016. 😀

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31 Days of Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

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We’re back again with another fun and free project for 31 Days of Halloween!

Get ready to hold your breath, because we’re going way outside my comfort zone today!

It’s…

*gasp*

APPLIQUE!

All Hallow's Eve by Jennifer Ofenstein (2)

That’s right, friends, today we’re turning our paper piecing brains towards applique.

You see, many years ago, my hubby and I were on a super tight budget with one toddler and a baby on the way.

In an effort to make our little home festive for Holidays, I would make decorations for our front door out of supplies I had on hand.

All Hallow's Eve 1997

In this case, those supplies included my little sewing machine, black felt and, no kidding, orange denim.

I remember painstakingly sketching a witch on a broom onto felt with a piece of chalk I’d sharped as much as possible.

The result was a not-terrible banner that we used for many, many years.

That was 1997.

As you can see, the banner (above) has seen better days!

All Hallow's Eve by Jennifer Ofenstein (1)

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Don’t want to applique? You can also hand embroider or even stencil this pattern!

My opinion of the traditional Halloween witch has changed greatly since 1997, so our new friend here is much cuter and definitely curvier. I imagine she’s wearing her Halloween best as she rides her trusty broomstick to a fun party, perhaps in Hogsmeade!

The pattern prints at approximately 7 1/2″. If you want something bigger, try out my tutorial for enlarging/reducing patterns!

Omni Arc for Circles

If you are lucky enough to have an OmniArc Ruler, try using the 8″ circle guide to create your moon.

I ironed my fusible webbing in place first and then folded the orange fabric before cutting with my rotary cutter. Follow the instructions as printed on the ruler.

Your moon will be about 1/2″ bigger than the one in the pattern, but it will still work great for, oh, say a 12″ quilt block or fun Halloween cushion!

No such luck? You can also cut around a ceramic plate with your rotary cutter!

Need fusible web? I recommend Misty-Fuse, Steam-A-Seam 2 or Heat’n Bond Light.

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!

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31 Days of Halloween – Jack-O-Lantern Dishcloth Tutorial!

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s Talk to Me Tuesday, we continue with the fun of 31 Days of Halloween by sharing a new tutorial!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Hot off the sewing machine, a festive, Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel topper!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin Template
  • Dish Towel of your choice
  • small amount of batting
  • small amount of orange fabric
  • scrap of black fabric
  • 2 – 2″ x 22″ strips of green fabric (fat quarters work great or you can sub-cut a WOF)
  • fun thread color (optional)
  • pinking shears (optional)
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Press both 22″ strips in half, pressing one end of each strip under 1/4″. Press in half again.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Stitch across the turned under end and down the length of each green strip.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Now you’ll have this!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Depending on the size of your towel, you may need to cut it in half. My towel was 23″ long. If you don’t cut your towel in half, then cut the seam allowance off the top end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Run a long basting stitch along the raw edge, being sure to leave long tails on each end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Use the basting to gather the towel. Now, set aside for the fun part!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Cut your orange fabric into two pieces approximately 7″ square (mine was a little wider, so I just left it). Cut out and trace the Pumpkin Template onto the right side of one piece of orange fabric with an erasable fabric pencil. I used my white Sewline pencil.

I marked a four inch space to help with the opening later on. This is optional.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Baste the orange fabric you just traced on to the batting with a few dots of washable school glue.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using your fun thread and a wide stitch (I used a 3 on my Juki), trace the pumpkin line.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Starting at the top of the pumpkin, echo the shape  an inch or so inside the line. You don’t have to be perfect here, every pumpkin is unique!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Mine looks like this.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using your black fabric scraps and a pair of scissors, cut out the face you’d like for your Jack-O-Lantern. I decided to go super simple, trimming as needed until it was just the way I wanted.

Baste these pieces on with the washable school glue. Hit it for a few seconds with your iron to dry the glue.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using the same stitch as before, stitch around each facial feature, being sure to back stitch as needed.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Trim the entire thing with pinking shears. The face is done, yay!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Place completed face right side up on the remaining piece of orange fabric.

Slide the unstitched ends of the green ties into the top center and secure with a pin.

Measure a 4 inch opening at the bottom (this is what those marks were for back when I was tracing), Mark each side with a pen or erasable fabric pencil, marker, etc.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Sew around, on top of the original stitch, leaving the 4″ opening at the bottom. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Insert the previously prepared towel in the opening (the back fabric is still untrimmed).

Adjust as needed until it is as even as possible.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Sew the opening closed. Depending on your machine, you may need to raise your presser foot or use a walking foot. You know your machine best, so do what works best for you.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Now, it’s time to trim off the back! Use scissors or your pinking shears to trim close to the stitching, being sure not to cut the front fabric.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Here we go, all done! What a happy Jack!

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TTMT #327 – Back…again

Summer shenanigans have been keeping me away from home. Today’s video is another short one, but I hope to be back to full speed by next week!

Three Patronuses Stitched by Jennifer Ofenstein

Three Patronuses Free Pattern

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