How to make the Black Kitty from the Modern Folksy Kitty Pattern

How to make the Black Kitty from the Modern Folksy Kitty Pattern

For the past couple of years I have offered a kit to make a really cute (not ghoulish) version of my Modern Folksy Kitty Sewing Pattern in Black.  This year I didn’t offer the kit but I am offering the pattern on sale for just $5!  I decided to share here how to make the yellow eyes and face on the kitty so you could easily re create this version. Here are some tips to learn how to make the kitty face~ Cut out the eyes from the yellow felt.  Use an embroidery needle (a needle with a long eye) to sew the eyes onto the kitty using matching yellow embroidery floss.  Use a split stitch to sew the felt to the kitty body. Print out this PDF below as a pattern to cut out the kitty  eyes Black Kitty Kit face In the sewing pattern, there are links to help you learn these simple embroidery stitches. After sewing on the perimeter of the eyes, use black floss (provided) to sew a satin stitch to make the eye center. Again use, the diagram on page 22 of the pattern to help with the stitches. Enjoy making your black Kitty!  I love how it is decor for Halloween but still pretty...

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Seraphina Swan Sewing Pattern all dressed up!

Seraphina Swan Sewing Pattern all dressed up!

I am so excited about my newest sewing pattern, Seraphina Swan!  Swans are a favorite of mine and to bring this idea to life has been a really fun sewing journey.  The original pattern version has wings made from cotton or felt stacked together.  I love that version since you can mix favorite fabrics and give your personal style to your swan. But I was also interested in making a dressed up version.  I came up with this gorgeous gal with her tulle wings and sparkly crown.  Do you want to know how to make your own dressed up version of the Seraphina Swan?  It is easy and fun (of course!) I have to admit, making the wings this way is even faster than the original version.  I used plain white tulle and gold glitter tulle.  These are both very easy to find at your local craft store.  I imagine it would be gorgeous is pale pink or dramatic black too! Making these tulle wings is as easy as folding napkins 🙂 . Below are picture directions…  Now, just like adding the fabric feathers in the pattern, you stack these tulle feathers.  First 4, then three and then three more at the front edge.  I mixed in 1 gold “feather” in each layer.  I love how light and airy they look!  Continue with the binding just like in the pattern instructions. One extra tip for these wings- use a pressing cloth (just a layer of cotton fabric is what i used!) and press these wings flat after you have the wings finished and before you attach to the swan body.  It makes them less pouffy but you still achieve this pretty and floaty look. Now for that cute little crown.  This can be accomplished in many ways!  I used a glitter felt from National NonWovens but the options for making a sparkly crown are endless!   Here is my version… There!  It is so easy to create a beautiful swan!   Don’t forget, now until November 16th, 2017 the brand new Seraphina Swan PDF pattern is only $5!  Don’t you feel like making a swan today?? Let me know in the comments how you would dress up your swan.  I would love to hear your ideas.  If you make a swan, tag me on IG with @gingercakesews and using hashtag #seraphinaswan.  Or, send me an email!  I love to see your creations.    ...

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

You know how I keep blathering on about how much I like giving quilted fabric frames as gifts.  Well, here I go again!  I made a new frame and a set of mother’s day quotes to share 🙂 . Above is the one I am sending my mom.  But I made 2 more for you to choose from!  These will make great mother’s day gifts for you too!  If you don’t want to sew the frame, you could buy a 5” x 7” frame and still use the printables 🙂 Below are the PDFs that you download to print on your own.  These are 5” x 7” sizes and will work for the pattern size 🙂 . Click on the blue words above the saying to open the PDF! totheworld artofliving...

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Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara Soares of Made by Sara is a talented sewer and makes the most beautiful children’s clothes!  She just had her 4th baby (a little boy!) and wanted to make his first made by mama gift.  She chose the Lucky the Elephant pattern. Sara made him at 75% size (better for little hands!), added a rattle while stuffing and made a grabby t-shirt tail (you have to visit her blog to see it!). Less than 24 hours are left to enter the Week 1 giveaway of the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series!  Up for grabs is FIVE  C&T publishing books! Including my book, Sewing to Sell!  This set of books will keep you inspired for a long time! a Rafflecopter giveaway Next week will start out with my friend Kristy of Sweet KM and a brand new Giveaway!  YAY!  I can’t wait to share it with...

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Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

I am so excited for another round of Gifts Sewing this year!  Do you remember when I did a similar series back in 2013?  Well, it has been 3 years and I thought it would be great to do it again!  Not only will you be seeing all the fabulous sewing of some very creative bloggers, but Gingercake is hosting some great giveaways for each of the 5 weeks of the series!  That means you have FIVE chances to win!  Your chance to win this week is at the end of this blog post!ere is the line up of sewers~ Today is the first day of the series and I am so so pleased to have the very talented Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt as the guest sewer!  Heidi lives in Texas with her family and is a fellow author at C & T publishing.  Her book, Sew Organized for the Crafty Girl is a must for getting your sewing life in order! Heidi has a beautiful range of sewing tutorials!  One of my favorites is this pixie cup below.  A great use of scraps and so useful! For the Gifts Sewing series, Heidi sewed an Art Caddy Tote and converted it into a make-up organizer!  She use some of Cotton + Steel’s new fabrics which look adorable!.  Head over to Heidi’s blog to read more about the bag! Love it!  Thank you Heidi! GIVEAWAY ALERT! Since Heidi and I are both author’s for C&T publishing, this week’s fabulous giveaway is a set of FIVE books from C&T!  Included is my book, Sewing to Sell and Heidi’s book, Sew Organized for the Crafty girl!  To enter the giveaway through rafflecopter, just leave a blog comment about what you want to make as a gift this year for the holidays! a Rafflecopter...

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Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

It has taken years for me to find my halloween decor groove.  My kids want to see our house get festive for the holidays and I remember loving halloween stuff when I was a kid too.  But the retail stuff available  can be kinda ugly, right?  And creepy too.  So, here is my compromise!  Still festive and a little spooky, but not over the top. First is my new wreath!  I made this by recovering my spring wreath from this video tutorial.  I simply cut two 7” x WOF pieces of fabric and sewed them together to make an 7” x approx 84” piece of fabric.  Then I sewed it right sides together to make a long tube.  I turned it inside out and covered my wreath just like in the video.  Very easy! The flowers are 2 colors of orange wool felt.  These types of felt flowers are very easy to make!  I used the method described here.  I usually make my cuts kinda wavy to add more imperfection to the flower if that makes sense. I love the simple gathered wreath and felt flowers look.  Not too much and still festive!   Here is a quick photo tutorial for making the flowers.  You can read that link above for more detailed info on making the flowers.Don’t worry, I did get a little spooky for the kids !   A couple of years ago I made these ghosts to fit over my front door lights.   Aren’t they fun?  The kids love them so much and they are so excited to come home from school to see them up.  And they are SUPER easy to make.  I measured how far it is the from the top of the lights (where the glass starts) and down to the ground.  Then I added 1.5” for the casing on top.  I used the WOF and made a large tube by sewing the piece right sides together.  I just used inexpensive muslin fabric that was about 42” wide.  With the height of my lights and front door, I bought 6 yards of fabric for both lights. I used 3/4” wide elastic.  When I sew a casing like this, I use this classic method.  Very simple and easy!  You can see from the photo below that the fabric does not fit over the light entirely.  It doesn’t matter!  It will still look great. Making the face is easy too.  Simply draw a face that you like on a piece of paper.  Cut out shapes to make pattern pieces.  Use pattern pieces to cut out shapes on the black material.  Then use black thread to sew the face onto your ghost.  I did mine backwards and then cut...

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A Dozen Chicks

A Dozen Chicks

It’s no secret I have chicken envy.  I know that I can’t have chickens again this year- we have a new dog, travel plans, and honestly, I can’t stand dealing with chicken poop.  But I love the idea of a pretty little chicken coop and heirloom varities of chickens laying beautiful brown eggs.  Anne’s piano teacher has new chicks and is keeping them in her kitchen in a box for a few weeks.  The kids and I enjoyed looking at them and holding them.  They were all colors and shades and so noisy!   I made a chick pattern for my book, Pretty Birds and decided it would be fun to sew a bunch of chicks for spring decorations.   They are so fun and although not the real thing, they do satisfy a little of my chicken love 🙂 I had a big crew of newphews and nieces here for Easter dinner on Sunday.  Anne asked, Can I give the cousin chicks to take home?  I felt pretty torn- these kids expect handmade cute things from Aunt Virginia.  It is practically assumed in our family!  But this time I said NO.  These chicks are for me...

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I love a good New Year

I love a good New Year

Happy New Year to all you friends out there!  I truly hope that 2015 is your best year yet.  I hope you take risks and follow your dreams and love and laugh and do all that good and wonderful stuff that makes life so wonderful. I just made this banner for our new mantel (as in less than an hour ago!).  Isn’t it cute?  I confess that I didn’t even sew it at all!  I know, I know.  You have seen so many of these banners and they are no longer very special.  But, for me, this one was really sweet.  I grabbed my scraps bin and picked out fabric scraps from my favorite projects of the past year.  Some I blogged about and some that I did not- dresses for the baby, lunch bags, projects from the book, baby quilts for friends, notebook covers for my big girls- all these scraps are special since a project that I loved making is attached to them. 2014 was a fantastic year for Gingercake!  I hope that 2015 will bring more surprises and new challenges including more kits, more youtube videos, and more books!  What are YOUR hopes for...

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Vintage Valentine Penguin Remake

Vintage Valentine Penguin Remake

I have a big cruch on those old vintage valentines that show up on Pinterest this time of year.  I wish I had a bundle of those pretties to send out to all my family and friends!  When I saw this one, it reminded me of a gingercake pattern. That cute penguin looks a lot like our very own Annie's Penguin!  I decided that I had to make a Gingercake penguin to match… It turned out so cute!  I love his scarf and hat so much.  And then the heart (made from using the cut out belly!) really makes him special. The Valentine version of the Annie's penguin has a heart shaped belly, scraf, hat and is holding a cute little stuffed heart.  Do you want to make one too?  It is really easy.  If you already own the Annie's Penguin Pattern, simply use these FREE instructions to convert your Penguin into this Valentine version. Download Valentine Penguin Instructions PDF Download Valentine Penguin Pattern Pieces PDF Good news to those of you who do not own this cutie ba tootie pattern already!  In honor of the Valentine Penguin version, I am going to make Annie's Penguin on sale for only $5 this week.  So, head over to the shop and get your penguin pattern!  Send me an email or post on the Gingercake Facebook page if you make a Valentine version.  I would love to see it!   Here are a couple of other Gingercake Valentinish things from past years… Valentine Hoops Monster Valentines Card People Valentines Valentine Party PreSchool Craft    ...

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Christmas Cookie Party 2013

Christmas Cookie Party 2013

In the past few years, my friends start asking me about the cookie party in Septmeber.  "You are going to have the cookie party, right???"  I will admit that it is pretty fun and pretty wonderful to have a plate full of gorgeous cookies when you head home after.  If you are interested, here is some info about cookie parties of the past~ Cookie Party 2010- in this post, I talk about the invitations and the rules which you are free to "borrow" and in this post, you can see actual photos of the party for that year. Cookie Party 2011- more photos of cookie and holiday decorating! Cookie Party 2012- it did happen but I had just given birth!  My friends came over and cleaned house for me, brought all the party snacks, and even baked my cookie for me!  Haha.  That was wonderful! Cookie Party 2013-  now we are caught up.  THis year I decided to rock the prize giving and make some plans to make and give the winners something fun.  Enter- my beloved Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle fabrics!   There was a snow storm occurring outside the entire time of the cookie party this year.  Did that deter the cookie makers from coming over?? Of course not.  Above are the winners, Erika, Joann and Michelle in their Jingle fabric aprons.  I love that adorable fabric line so much. This year, I had FIVE categories to vote on.  We had best tasting cookie (Erika), Most Beautiful Cookie (Joann) and Best all around cookie (michelle AGAIN!).  I added kid's vote since I felt like they really stacked the voting last year and were not as unbiased as they could have been.  Plus, they loved having theit own category.  The last vote was for most festive/ obnoxious christmas outfit.   Here are Michelle's beautiful and delicious winning cookies.  They were a cookie dough chocolate covered bomb.  Delicious! And, the most festive dresser was… ME!   I pretty much dominated that category!  A couple hours before the party, I was feeling lame for only wearing that red snowflake turtleneck so I took 5 of Kelle's Jingle FQs and made myself a very simple skirt.  I attached it to the turtle neck and added my big 80s belt.  I threatened to wear this out of the house to my 9 year old's school Christmas party and she almost had a total melt down.  HAHA!  I didn't even bother to hem the skirt (see that little bit of selvage??) since I want to still use this fabric for something else.  Hopefully next year the ladies will give me some competition since it was a little akward to win my own...

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Holiday Gifts Sewing Series: Hungie Gungie Bunny!

Holiday Gifts Sewing Series:  Hungie Gungie Bunny!

What a treat I have for you today!  Have you ever visited Hungie Gungie?  I love the modern, hip aesthetic of their blog.  I say "their" because Hungie Gungie is a collaboration of 2 sisters.  I love collaborative blogs, don't you?  It really adds depth and interest.  Any who… Erin sewed up a Modern Folksy Bunny that is amazing!  Go over to Hungie Gungie and check out the details of her bunny AND leave a comment for your chance to win the pattern.  She even brought out matching pants for her beautiful daughter for her adorable photo shoot.  Thanks so much...

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Holiday Gifts Series: Mindfully Made sew a Darling Polar Penguin!

Holiday Gifts Series:  Mindfully Made sew a Darling Polar Penguin!

Our next sewer, Amy Frank of Mindfully Made Studios is close to my heart!  She is a very good personal friend and a big inspiration to me.  We are peas in a pod and have spent lots of time together sharing our love of creating while our kids play.  She is wonderful!  Amy has just started her blog, so make sure you go visit and leave a comment on her giveaway.  Amy sewed up a cute Annie's penguin for neice who lives in Alaska.  You have to see the pocket on the back.  I love it!  Amy is also doing a giveaway of the Annie's Penguin pattern this week on her...

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Beginning of the Gifts series! Featuring S is for Sewing…

Beginning of the Gifts series!  Featuring S is for Sewing…

This month I am doing something special here on the blog!  I have asked some lovely and talented sewers to sew up a gingercake pattern for someone they love in the spirit of holiday gift giving!  So, all month long, some very talented ladies will be sewing Gingercake patterns AND each will offer a pattern giveaway!    Today, we have out first guest.  Have you all ever visited Sofia over a S is for Sewing?  She is so talented!  I love her style and knew she would make something beautiful if I asked her to sew up a Gingercake Pattern.  Head over and see her adorable Lucky Elephants! While you are over there, stay and visit for awhile and look at all her beautiful posts about kids clothes. So pretty!  And!  Ana Sofia is hosting a giveaway of Lucky on her blog so make sure and leave a comment....

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How Bunny got a Pocket

How Bunny got a Pocket

Since I am having the bunny sale this week, I was trying to think of a way to make more versions of the pattern.  In the past I made the bunny smaller by printing it at 65%.  You can read about those here.  Very cute!  I have gotten lots of emails by sewers saying they are excited to use the pattern to make bunnies for the easter basket.  I thought, why not make Bunny the easter basket?! This was surprisingly easy and fun.  I thought it would be perfect for the baby this easter too since she is obviously not going to be eating chocolate or jelly beans!  I am thinking the easter bunny can fill the pocket with baby toys and onsies. To make the pocket in the bunny, you have to just make a couple adjustments.  First, give yourself some extra width so the pillow will stand on its own.   Add about an inch to the base and backside when you are cutting out your pattern.  Like in this fuzzy camera picture below! Follow the pattern instructions with interfacing, sewing the darts, making the ears, and all that other stuff.  Next cut out a rounded piece of fabric for the pocket.  I didn't take measurements here but from the picture below you can get the general idea of size… Before you sew the 2 bunny sides together, attach the pocket pieces to each side of the bunny like in the photo above.  Then, flip up the pocket piece and layer the 2 bunny sides together and sew all the way around the bunny edges and, instead of going straight down the bunny back, sew your seam around the pocket edges.  Trim your seams and clip the corners around the pocket. Turn it right sides out and push the pocket inside.  See?  works!  I then used a funnel and added about an inch layer of rice to the base before I stuffed the bunny with polyfil.  This gave it a nice weighted bottom so it stands up easily. Stuffing the polyfil was a little extra work since you need to keep your hand in the pocket but it doesn't have to be perfect since the bow hides folds in the neck area and when you stuff your items in the pocket it fixes problems there too! I stuffed it with the super simple bibs I made a couple weeks ago.  I went to a baby shower over the weekend and I thought this would have been a perfect gift!  The kids are loving trying to figure out what they can stuff into the pocket.  It would be fun to make one for a big kid that has...

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Preschool Valentine Craft

Preschool Valentine Craft

Here is the craft I am doing with Cal's preschool tomorrow morning.  I admit I was a bit of a grumpy baby coming up with this.  First, I waited until this morning to make my plan.  Second, I kept waffling about my plan.  Third, I had to haul Cal and the baby all the way to Micheals!  But now I am happy and think the kids will like making these boquets for their moms.  What do you think?  Are the craft mom for your kid's party? It is just cupcake liners (3 per flower), pipe cleaners, shredded paper to hold them in, and take out containers (3 for $1!).  Pretty cute and I think the 4 year olds can handle...

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Beachy Tunic in Voile

Beachy Tunic in Voile

Remember when I made this pretty golden tunic for Anne?  While I was at the beach a few weeks ago, I got some pictures of her wearing it.  I love the color on her and she looked so pretty with all her sun kissed freckles (you wouldn't believe the sunscreen we go though with her!) We had a lovely time in South Carolina.  Lots of time in the pool and just exploring the beach.  We went into Charleston once during the week but it was the rainy day and I didn't get much time to explore.  The beach was much easier for the kids to play in than the Outer Banks, NC beaches we usually go to although not quite as pretty. While on the beach we found some treasures… How is your summer vacation?  Hard to believe it is half way over!!  Although I admit the adjustment to summer vacation is hard for me at first, at this point I love having all the kids home and just relaxing into our easy schedule.  The pregnancy is making me less productive but we all seem to like our slow pace!...

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Beachy Days

Beachy Days

We have had a busy last few weeks.  School is done, Elsie had her 8th birthday (for which I made a pretty dress but still haven't taken pictures!) and now we are at the beach.  Phew! This guy is loving his new shovel and not sharing it with anyone… My husband's youngest brother is here from San Francisco with his beautiful girlfriend and all the little girls are in love… My husband is persistant in his attempts to catch bluefish in the surf… and these 2 oldest cousins fight and makeup even better friends than they were...

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Piped Pot Holders Tutorial

Piped Pot Holders Tutorial

We have some picnics to go to this weekend and although I may make box brownies as my contribution, I decided to make handmade cute pot holders to go with my dish to give to the hostess.  This may be my summer staple since I had fun making these and they look really cute! I love a nice potholder.  But my issues with doing a nice binding keep getting in my way!  I don't want to take the time to hand sew it and I can't seem to get a nice machine stitched binding.  It may look great on the front but messy on the back.   On the other hand, piping and I are great friends.  I realized maybe my pot holders just needed piping instead of that traditional binding.  They turned out great! Here is how you can make one too~ ~You need to find a 8.5" circle to trace.  I used an embroidery hoop but a plate or whatever will work too.  9" is fine too and 8" is OK but getting a little small. ~cut 2 pieces of 100% cotton fabric (i used quilting weight) and 2 pieces of insulbrite- all 4 pieces need to be 8.5" round. ~ 30" of piping rope.  Mine is about 1/4" thick (or sometimes I just cheat and cover a store bought binding if I don't have any rope but the store bought is a little skinny for this project.) ~32" strip of 1.5" cordinating fabric cut on the bias ~ 6" strip of 1.5" fabric that is the same fabric as the circles.  This will be your loop.  Fold this piece in binding and iron flat.  It can be on the bias or just with the grain of the fabric. ~You will also need a sewing machine, scissors. pins, cordinating thread, an iron and ironing board. Fold the 32" fabric strip over the 30" of piping rope.  Pin every 6".   Sew down along the strip to enclose the rope and make piping.  See the photo above. Next, take one of your fabric circles, and sew the piping around the edge of the circles.  Have your rope facing in toward the middle of the circle.  I don't use pins here since I find it easier to sew a little, adjust, sew a little, adjust, etc.  But you can do whatever feels comfortable.  Sew along the line you made to enclose the rope in the last step. Once you sew all the way around the circle, overlap the piping and sew through the layers.  See the picture above.  Trim off the excess piping and set this piece aside. Take that 6" piece of binding and sew it closed.  This...

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National Parking with the Kids

National Parking with the Kids

Since we had NO snow days (truly a miracle) off from school this year, we had a break from school of 10 days.  That is pretty crazy for our school district and I took advantage by planning a trip south to see my parents for easter.  We decided to take our time on the way down and made several stops with our big destination being the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   We stayed the night before in Gatlinburg which was crowded but really cute.  We got going pretty early and drove into the park at about 8:30.  This was great because although there were still lots of people around (turns out spring break in the smoky mountains is busy!!), we seemed to be ahead of most crowds for almost the entire day.   After a stop at the visitor's center where we got maps, talked to nice park rangers, and watched a short nature movie about the park, we decided to take a short hike to Laurel Falls. Elsie will earn her hiking badge for Brownies for this little excursion and I am hoping Anne will get one too for Daisies.  For some reason earning badges is a big motivator for kids!  These girls were serious hikers!  This hike was on a paved trail but it was longer than we expected and our 4 year old boy had to bring out his umbrella half way up the trail.  Not sure how this helped but somehow it worked to keep him going. I was laughing but his big sisters did not like this move one bit!  "But it's not even raining and he looks WIERD!" they complained. We finally got to the falls and they were really stunning.  A cool mist was blowing off the water and since there had been a huge rain the night before the water was fierce!!  We were all impressed and agreed the hike in was worth it.   Next we made our way over to Cade's Cove.  The drive over to that section of the park was so beautiful and followed closely next the Pigeon River.  We took a break and the girls waded out into the water.  Cal does not like feeling cold and wet yet so he stayed on the shore with Mommy & Daddy.  Finally we arrived at Cade's cove and I wished that I had packed a better lunch because we stopped to eat out meager snacks at the best picnic location- complete with more water to play in and fire pits and grills.  It would have been fun to have something good to cook up there!   Cade's Cove really did take my breath away.  It is so beautiful...

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Introducing the Modern Folksy Bunny PDF Sewing Pattern

Introducing the Modern Folksy Bunny PDF Sewing Pattern

Ya Hoo!  I wanted to have this finished with plenty of time for easter and now it is complete.  This is a fun and simple pattern– easy to finish in less than a couple hours.  The pattern includes plenty of pictures and full size pattern pieces.   Thank you to my nice blog commenters who helped me with the button eyes and making the ears bigger.   Who wants to make some bunnies for easter???  As usual, for you my blog friends, you can get 25% off this week (until midnight March 20th, 2012) when you buy the new bunny pattern.  The discount code is...

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