Category Archives: Tutorials & Downloads

Icecream42 (Don’t miss the free PDF at the bottom of this post!)

The newest free sewing pattern and tutorial for Superbuzzy is finally here!  About a month ago, I made the trek to the Superbuzzy warehouse, and Kelly and I had a great time picking out all of the supplies for this project.  This time, we worked up a trio of felt ice cream projects that serve double duty:  The ice cream cookie sandwich is a gift card holder.   The “Tasty Treat” ice cream carton is a gift box, and the waffle cone has a small loop so it can be tied to a gift as a present topper.

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If you’ve been wanting to make some cute felt food, but were intimidated by directions in Japanese, this may be the perfect gateway project.  An added bonus?  This is the first of the everkelly-superbuzzy tutorials that doesn’t require a sewing machine (although a few of the steps can be sped up by machine if you’re in a hurry).  As for me, I enjoyed relaxing with a hand sewing project and a good movie in between trips to the freezer for some real ice cream.

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Click here to download the Free Sewing Pattern + Tutorial (PDF) for the Felt Ice Cream Projects!

We’d love to see your photos if you make some felt ice cream of your own!  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.  I really hope you enjoy this one!  Looking for our other free projects?  So far, we’ve made eco bags, place mats, and a zakka lunch kit.

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Also, I just want to give one more shout out to the opportunities to contribute to the relief efforts in Japan.  Yesterday, I mentioned that Superbuzzy and Knitting Fever Inc. are matching donations (so your $5 donation can turn into $20 for the American Red Cross Japan relief fund).  Kelly covered some more donation opportunities in her latest newsletter, and I wanted to share them here as well.  There is an opportunity to purchase sleeping bags for $6 from Exxel Outdoors which will be shipped to the tsunami and earthquake victims through Missions Unlimited.  Missions Unlimited is preparing several cargo planes full of supplies, and they are accepting donations (see here for a list of needed items).

Missions Unlimited requests that, rather than donating one of several different types of items, that donations be quantities of 1 item (i.e., 10 jars of baby food, instead of 1 jar of baby food and 1 roll of toilet paper). If you are in the Ventura, CA area, Kelly can accept your donations at the warehouse. If you are not in Ventura, please send donations to:

superbuzzy Japan Relief
c/o Missions Unlimited
251 21st Street East
Jasper, AL  35502
Thanks!

Minding My Manners

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You might remember a few months ago I asked everyone to name their favorite Storybook Lane character?  Well, it turns out Alice won.  (Just barely!  All four of our leading ladies are quite popular.  I have a theory that it depends entirely on what color hair your daughter/granddaughter/niece/special child has.  Am I right?)

Anyway, I made a little thank you note featuring Miss Prim + Proper herself and shared it with my mailing list subscribers.

Would you like one too? It’s not to late.  Just add your name to the box on the right, and I’ll send it to you.

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Free Storybook Lane House Download

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I am starting to hear from shops who have received their shipments of the Storybook Lane fabrics.  I am so excited!

I have been busy behind the scenes getting all of the sewing patterns proofed, printed, and off to the shops.  I am also working on a list of stores who are carrying the fabrics + sewing patterns, so if you see it in stores, let me know!

While you’re waiting, I wanted to give you a little gift to get your Storybook Lane village started — a free sewing pattern to make a simple, plush house.

[8/12/12 Note:  The free house pattern below is for the simple, plush house.  For the Fold-down House Play Set with the handle, please see the Little Red + Gretel Storybook Lane Booklet.]

I love this pattern.  It was a collaboration with my Mom, and we spent a lot of time cutting out and sewing up houses and figuring out how to get consistently cute results.  Top of my list was a nice, crisp roof-line.  I think you’ll like our method.

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Download instructions:  Just click on the the image above to open the PDF.  Then select “Save As” to keep a copy.  If you’re printing this out at home, make sure that your printer is set to print at 100%.  Otherwise, your house template may print out too small!

For those of you who already have fabric in your hands, there are a few things to know:

  • The houses are printed with bleed (just like a quilt block would be).  So you don’t want to just cut out the house as it’s printed on the fabric and stitch it together. Be sure to use the cutting instructions and template in this free pattern download.
  • House side walls should always be cut to measure 7 3/4″ wide x 6 3/4″ tall (using a 3/8″ seam allowance).
  • The house-shaped pieces should be cut with the attached template.

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Tip: I like to trace my templates onto clear, template plastic and then use a rotary cutter and mat to cut out my shapes.  That way, I can line up the base of my template and seam allowance using the bottom of the potted plants and fences as a guide.  (You could probably do the same thing with tissue paper.)  Fabric gets stretched and washed a lot during printing, so this is the best way to make sure your house looks nice and straight.

I am working on some fun videos to answer some common questions.  And of course, I’m always here to chat, so please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at kleecreel(at)everkelly(dot)com.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

(P.S. – The house with the handle is the Fold Down House Play Set which is part of the Storybook Lane: Little Red + Gretel pattern book.)

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Christmas Classics from Ever Kelly

Hi guys!  I know it’s been a little quiet around here.  I have been running from one major deadline to the next (and that doesn’t even include the big one on December 25th!).  I keep wanting to say something profound or share more insight into the stuff I’ve been working on, but by the time I have this thought, I’m usually knee-deep into the next thing already.  I can’t wait until I can afford some help!

I wanted to point out some of the fun holiday projects from years past just in case you missed them.

Silly Christmas stickers:

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These are silly (free) Christmas stickers my husband and I made.  You can download them here.

Quick and Easy Christmas Stocking Pattern:

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This free download includes a template and instructions to make a very easy Christmas stocking.  The pattern is designed by Russell from the Sewing Arts Center (with instructions by me).

Handmade Gift Ideas:

Looking for some last minute gift ideas?  Here are a few free patterns I’ve made that would make for great holiday gifts.

Reversible Eco Bag:

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Find the eco bag pattern and tutorial here.

Gratitude Journals:

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Here is a Gratitude Journal worksheet to make a custom fabric cover for any notebook.

Place Mats:

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This version (above) was for Halloween, but it would be so easy to make a holiday version.  Simply use a tree (or other holiday shape) and some Christmas fabric instead.  Halloween Placemat tutorial here.

Sewing Needle Case:

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Easy enough for a beginner and always gets tons of compliments! Sewing Needle Case pattern and tutorial here.

Hope your holiday is off to a good start!

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Tips for Felt Sewing Projects

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Happy Friday, everyone!  I came down with a bad cold this week (yucky), so I am feeling behind today as we head into the weekend.  However, I really wanted to share a few beginner tips on sewing with felt for anyone who wants to tackle the Ice Cream projects I shared this week.  (There’s a lot of information in the instructions already – they’re 10 pages long -  but this is some more general info for beginners.)

Felt can be a really fun and forgiving material to work with, but I think it helps to know a few tricks of the trade.  I used to just march into the craft store and grab a big stack of the $.25 stuff and proceed with out a plan or pattern.  Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn’t.  It can be fun to experiment, but to get those really crisp, detailed projects you see, here are a few things I’ve found really helpful:

1)  Perfectly Cut Shapes. Good sewing always begins with good cutting.  If you’ve ever tried to cut a circle out of felt and ended up with a wonky, wobbly lump instead, you know that cutting felt can be frustrating.  The trick is to use freezer paper.  Trace your template onto freezer paper and iron it shiny side down onto your felt.  Then cut through the template and the felt at the same time.  This will give you that elusive, crisp edge.  The freezer paper peels right off, and you’re left with shapes that look like this:

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Many felt projects – especially when you’re dealing with tiny, felt food items – don’t have any seam allowances.  You are stitching the raw, cut edges of the felt to each other so tip #1 is really important.

2)  High Quality Felt. 100% Wool and wool blend felts can seem really expensive, and I totally get that there is a time and place for the cheap acrylic and eco-felt you find at the craft store.  So what’s the big deal about wool?

The 100% Wool I used for the ice cream projects is thick, smooth, and luxurious.  If you’ve ever cut a piece of acrylic felt and pulled on the edges a little bit, you can feel it start to tear and weaken in the middle.  100% Wool is sturdier, less fuzzy, and will hold it’s shape.  There is some heft and body to 100% Wool.

The other difference is that when you are sewing through acrylic and eco-felt, your needle and thread can create holes as the fibers tear away from each other.  There is a great, classic post and side by side comparison on acrylic vs. wool here.  When sewing with wool felt, you can remove stitches and they will not show.  If you’re doing detailed embroidery work, this can make a huge difference if you need to take out a mistake.

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3) Cardboard Inserts + Glue. The first time I purchased a Japanese felt food kit (these adorable cookies, below), I was a little bit surprised to see that they were using cardboard inserts and glue to create perfectly round shapes, domes for the macaroons, crisp slices of pie, etc.  Wait, isn’t this cheating?! No, it’s not cheating.  It’s just smart.  I really recommend learning to make a few basic shapes: a dome, a cylinder, etc.  The kits are nice because they contain everything you need and all of the shapes are pre-cut for you, so it’s not too hard to decipher the directions.

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4) Master the whip stitch. There is a lot of talk out there about the blanket stitch, and it can make for a nice decorative detail on felt applique projects.  (Although I have to be honest, it looks a little bit “country” to me.)  However, if you’re working on something small, I think the whip stitch is easier and more forgiving especially if you match your thread to your project.  When you are stitching around tiny curves, the blanket stitch can create awkward spacing issues where the thread is just not hugging the curve.  To master the whip stitch, focus on keeping your needle perpendicular to the felt and keep your spacing even.  Each time you move your needle to the side to create the next stitch, you are creating that nice diagonal line.

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I hope this is helpful and not too boring!  If you have tips of your own, please chime in.  I’d love to hear them.  Have a great weekend!  I’m hoping to feel well enough to get back to organizing around here.  Wish me luck…

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Free Sewing Pattern: A Trio of Sweet Treats

Icecream42 (Don’t miss the free PDF at the bottom of this post!)

The newest free sewing pattern and tutorial for Superbuzzy is finally here!  About a month ago, I made the trek to the Superbuzzy warehouse, and Kelly and I had a great time picking out all of the supplies for this project.  This time, we worked up a trio of felt ice cream projects that serve double duty:  The ice cream cookie sandwich is a gift card holder.   The “Tasty Treat” ice cream carton is a gift box, and the waffle cone has a small loop so it can be tied to a gift as a present topper.

Icecream45

If you’ve been wanting to make some cute felt food, but were intimidated by directions in Japanese, this may be the perfect gateway project.  An added bonus?  This is the first of the everkelly-superbuzzy tutorials that doesn’t require a sewing machine (although a few of the steps can be sped up by machine if you’re in a hurry).  As for me, I enjoyed relaxing with a hand sewing project and a good movie in between trips to the freezer for some real ice cream.

Icecream46

Click here to download the Free Sewing Pattern + Tutorial (PDF) for the Felt Ice Cream Projects!

We’d love to see your photos if you make some felt ice cream of your own!  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.  I really hope you enjoy this one!  Looking for our other free projects?  So far, we’ve made eco bags, place mats, and a zakka lunch kit.

Icecream39

Also, I just want to give one more shout out to the opportunities to contribute to the relief efforts in Japan.  Yesterday, I mentioned that Superbuzzy and Knitting Fever Inc. are matching donations (so your $5 donation can turn into $20 for the American Red Cross Japan relief fund).  Kelly covered some more donation opportunities in her latest newsletter, and I wanted to share them here as well.  There is an opportunity to purchase sleeping bags for $6 from Exxel Outdoors which will be shipped to the tsunami and earthquake victims through Missions Unlimited.  Missions Unlimited is preparing several cargo planes full of supplies, and they are accepting donations (see here for a list of needed items).

Missions Unlimited requests that, rather than donating one of several different types of items, that donations be quantities of 1 item (i.e., 10 jars of baby food, instead of 1 jar of baby food and 1 roll of toilet paper). If you are in the Ventura, CA area, Kelly can accept your donations at the warehouse. If you are not in Ventura, please send donations to:

superbuzzy Japan Relief
c/o Missions Unlimited
251 21st Street East
Jasper, AL  35502
Thanks!

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