Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hugh Manatee: Baby Lock Summer School!

I'm releasing my Hugh Manatee sewing pattern free for a limited time as part of Baby Lock's Summer School sewing series! Scroll to the bottom of this post for the download link.



I designed this pattern in 2011 to be included in a sewing book, and released it as a standalone PDF several years later. You can see my pattern testers' versions here on Craft Buds.

It's a great sewing pattern for kids to make with their parents, and you can easily make it for under $10 total in material costs. Pull out those fabric store coupons, and you can buy your fleece fabric for even cheaper! One of my goals with this pattern was to create a truly inexpensive handmade gift that kids will love. By using coupons at JOANN, 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.



The pattern is available as a PDF pattern with full-size printable template and step-by-step color photos. I'm offering it for free this summer as part of the Baby Lock Summer School series!

You are welcome to download and print this pattern for personal use. You may not resell the pattern. You may not resell items made from this pattern without written permission.





Monday, June 15, 2020

kraft-tex Woven Basket

This week, I was ready for an easy sewing project that I could prep while listening to a Zoom call. Anyone else have Zoom fatigue? It's a real thing! I think it helps me stay motivated by doing some crafting in the background, so this kraft-tex project was on my mind.

If you haven't tried kraft-tex, it's a faux leather that cuts as easily as paper but sews up like fabric! There are many creative applications you can add to the kraft-tex: stamping, printing, dyeing, embroidery, painting, and more.

kraft-tex woven basket

I started with the woven basket pattern from the book Create with Cork Fabric by Jessica Sallie Kapitanski (Stash Books). I adapted the pattern, making my basket about an inch shorter and using one less weaving strip. 

I used Saffron kraft-tex for the basket and Linen kraft-tex for the weaving strips. I think the kraft-tex is a nice substitue for cork fabric in this project, and I'm going to try some other home decor projects from the book as well! It has some very cute jewelry I'm dying to make.

kraft-tex woven basket

I picked up the lining fabric from someone in my quilt guild, since we had a scrap swap. I love this fabric (not sure who makes it), and especially for this project because of the colors and the cool "woven" design! 

kraft-tex woven basket

It turned out so cute and I can't wait set it out with some napkins for our next cookout! It's also the perfect size for stashing sewing patterns. :)

kraft-tex woven basket

kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020

I’m looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I’ll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones). Here are my past projects.

May: kraft-tex Succulent Plant
April: kraft-tex Pillow Boxes for Gift Wrap
March: kraft-tex Flat Zipper Pouch Tutorial
February: kraft-tex Wallet
January: Wide Zipper Pouch

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit CTPub.com and search kraft-tex.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.



Saturday, May 23, 2020

kraft-tex Succulent Plant

I love succulents! A couple years ago, I got together with some girlfriends and we had a succulent planting party, where we each brought our own containers and came home with a variety of little planters ready for shelf life. I was pretty sure I could take care of these plants, since they are low maintenance and don't need to be watered as often as other plants. Let's just say they didn't last too long.

 kraft-tex succulent 1

So I decided to make my own paper succulents, but using kraft-tex! I followed the tutorial at Dream Posy. You can find the complete project and download free templates and SVG files for both the succulent and paper planter box here.

 kraft-tex succulent 4

I used Emerald kraft-tex for the succulent and grey cardstock for the planter. After each layer of the succulent was cut from kraft-tex with scissors, I gently curled the leaves around the tip of my finger. At this point, you could use pastel chalk or paint to color the edges of the leaves, to make them look more realistic.

I used a glue stick to attach the layers together at the center, from largest to smallest. I attached the entire kraft-tex plant on top of the cardboard planter (with packaging tape), which rests at an angle for easy shelf display.

It turned out so cute and I can't wait to add it to my ladder shelf!

kraft-tex succulent 5

kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020

I’m looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I’ll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones). Here are my past projects.


April: kraft-tex Pillow Boxes for Gift Wrap
March: kraft-tex Flat Zipper Pouch Tutorial
February: kraft-tex Wallet
January: Wide Zipper Pouch

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit CTPub.com and search kraft-tex.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commision.
 



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