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Happy Star Wars Day!

#doublebuns and my #spacetavern tee. Happy #starwarsday! #maythe4th #maytheforcebewithyou

Hello, friends!

One of my first fandom loves was Star Wars, so of course, I must celebrate May the Fourth, aka, Star Wars Day!

When I was little and Star Wars was entirely new, I’d play Millenium Falcon with my cousins and fight for the right to be Han Solo. I’ve seen the movies an uncountable amount of times since then.

I’ve seen the movies an uncountable amount of times since then. I was lucky enough to have kids that loved it and they played Star Wars, too!

Enjoy some of the Star Wars freebies I’ve created over the years. And may The Force be with you. ♥

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General Leia Organa

Hand Embroidered

Carrie Fisher Tribute on Fandom in Stitches

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R2D2 – Beep, Boop-Beep

Hand Embroidered

Brand new, never before released design! He was designed for my brother-in-law to go with his C3P0 cushion. I’ll stitch him up as soon as I finish my Labyrinth blocks.

C3P0 - We're Doomed
Hand Embroidered
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
Vader 2015
5″ paper pieced
Millennium Falcon 2015 Update
5″ paper pieced
Yoda
5″ paper pieced
R2D2 silhouette
5″ paper pieced

Death Star Canteen

Death Star Canteen

Updated for 2017. With special thanks to Eddie Izzard for the inspiration!

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Stop by Friday for more featured free patterns!

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May the Fourth Be With You

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com
It seems to me that the best way to spend Star Wars Day is to share some of my own Star Wars crafts from the past!
Click image above for spiffy Catnip Lightsabers tutorial. 😉
C3P0 - We're Doomed
A hand embroidery design
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
Vader 2015
Jennifer Ofenstein
5″ paper pieced
Millennium Falcon 2015 Update
Jennifer Ofenstein
5″ paper pieced
Yoda
5″ paper pieced
R2D2 silhouette
5″ paper pieced

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Be sure to stop by on May 6 for my post in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour for Volume 13! There will be prizes!

I have a limited number of Vol 13 available for pre-order in my Etsy shop. Magazines will ship next week!

 

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My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

#FavThings Free Pattern Day is the first of each month in 2016.

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!

January 2016 Flickr Prize for sewhooked.com

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.

Want to sponsor a 2016 prize? Please drop me an email.

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, fun and support!

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

 

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My Favorite Things 2016 Block of the Month sewhooked.com

I Want To Believe: An X-Files Quilt & Stitch Along coming 2016 on fandominstitches.com 

We’re Doomed

C3P0 Cushion

 

I have the great fortune of being surrounded by people that love many of the same things I do. When I began to contemplate the birthday of my brother-in-law, I knew I wanted to start with my C3P0 stitch that I designed earlier this year for The Summer of Stitching.

Enter this fun pillow, made with an 8 1/2″ center, 2 1/2″ & 3 1/2″ borders plus triangles to make it interesting. The pillow front is backed with muslin and I used some straight line stitching to give it a quilted look.

I gifted this pretty yesterday and couldn’t wait to share! Look for it tomorrow on Talk To me Tuesday, along with a giant pile of blankets I’ve been working on for The Linus Connection!

Get the C3P0 stitch for free right here. Find more of my patterns like this right here on Sewhooked and on Fandom in Stitches.

Paper Piecing Vintage with bonus pieced borders

Paper Piecing Vintage is now complete!  Get the ENTIRE block of the month in one for just $12 on Craftsy!

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Summer 2014, Stitched

Summer of Stitching 2014, A Design Invitational on fandominstitches.com

The Summer of Stitching has concluded on Fandom In Stitches!

Next week, there will be a BIG wrap-up post that includes the winner of the Free FiS t-shirt as well as every pattern submitted for the event. Be sure to stop by Fandom In Stitches on Wednesday for that!

At the beginning of the summer, I challenged to design one new pattern for each SoS theme. There were 12 in all, and in the end, I’d designed 15 patterns, though I only stitched 14 of them.

Underachiever, right?! 😉

All of my designs are entirely free, all are hand embroidered and each design works up to approximately 7″ (my blocks are trimmed to 8 1/2″ after stitching).

I hope you find one among the lot that you’ll enjoy!

All of these patterns and more can be found under Free Fandom Patterns:

Kiss The Girl (embroidery)
from The Little Mermaid
Week 12:  I ❤ Disney
Game of Thrones: The Eons
C3P0 - We're Doomed
C3P0 – We’re Doomed
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
Week 10: Star Wars
Mos-es Sup-pos-es
from Singing in the Rain
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
from Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
from Star Trek: The Next Generation (t.v. & film)
Week 7: Star Trek
Aslan: Not A Tame Lion
I see, said the vampire thoughtfully
“I see,” said the vampire thoughtfully.
The first line of Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice
Week 4: I ❤ Books
Our Little Infinity
Our Little Infinity
inspired  by The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Week 4: I ❤ Books
from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Week 3: Monty Python
from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Week 3: Monthy Python
from The Dresden Files: Storm Frontby Jim Butcher

 

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

Smoke Me A Kipper
From Red Dwarf
Week 2: I ❤ Sci-Fi & Fantasy
untested pattern /not yet posted on FiS

Holmes Has A Look
Holmes Has A Look (Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes)
Week 1: Sherlock Holmes

We have a new prize for September! Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween!

Still Stitching!

Summer of Stitching 2014, A Design Invitational on fandominstitches.com

I’m a little behind on sharing my last two designs for Fandom In Stitches’s Summer of Stitching! Be sure to stop by next week for the final installment: I ❤ Disney!

C3P0 - We're Doomed
C3P0 – We’re Doomed
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
7″ embroidered
C3P0 was always my favorite Star Wars character. I love how pessimistic he is and how much he depends on R2D2 without even realizing it. When it came time to design a Star Wars block, he was the first thing that popped in my mind.
Game of Thrones: The Eons
7″ embroidered
I’m a bit behind on Game of Thrones, having only read the books once and only watching the first season of the show. My daughter is currently working her way through the books and as she and I both agree that dragons are one of the best parts of any fantasy novel, I designed this block for her!
Get the free pattern for both designs by clicking on the name under the photo.
Looking for all my fandom patterns? You can find them on the Free Fandom Patterns and under Free Harry Potter Patterns! Visit Fandom in Stitches by even more free designs by a plethora of designers!

This month, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage, shared with the Sewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Jack Leaves The Light On! Winner announced next week!

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