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SNEAK PEEK INSIDE

ISSUE 9 PDF PAT TERNS / SEWING ARTICLES / HANDMADE BUSINESS TIPS

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Contributing Pattern Designers ALICIA BROWN Felt with Love Designs www.feltwithlovedesigns.com Alicia created Felt With Love Designs to share the fun and creative toys and activities she designs for her daughter. Her favorite toys to design are finger puppets, quiet book pages, and softies. Her blog specialises in felt projects but also covers lots of other sewing adventures. She has contributed the Circus Toss Game pattern to this issue.

JEN HAGEDORN Tie Dye Diva www.tiedyedivapatterns.com Jen has been creating PDF sewing patterns since 2007. Her collection at Tie Dye Diva Patterns focuses on easy-tosew and easy-to wear classic designs with just a touch of whimsy. Jen lives in Northern California with her husband and three children, where she loves to eat chili-spiced chocolate and collect beach glass. Jen has contributed the Ringmaster Top and Ringmaster Pants to this issue.

SARAH MARQUET Ric Rac and Retro www.ricracandretro.bigcartel.com Sarah is the designer and creator behind Ric-Rac & Retro. She opened Ric-Rac & Retro in 2013 and quickly became known for her raw-edge appliqué designs. With a background in Education, Drama and English, Sarah loves making things with a bit of a literary touch about them. She loves how appliqué is all about the attention to detail and giving new life to fabric scraps. Sarah has contributed the Trapeze Eloise and Vincent the Victor patterns to this issue.

LISA RATFORD two pretty poppets www.twoprettypoppets.com Lisa began sewing at a very young age and has dabbled in many different types of sewing and craft projects over the years. She has always had a love of bags, so much so that she decided to start designing her own! Producing expertly written, easy to follow PDF sewing patterns for practical, everyday bags is what two pretty poppets’ is all about. Lisa has contributed the Statement Clutch to this issue.

KRISTIE GILBERT BOO!Designs www.boodesigns.com.au

MICHELLE HALL The Toffee Tree www.thetoffeetree.blogpost.com.au Michelle is the creator at The Toffee Tree, which began as a personal blog in 2012. She loves making practical and playful things with a storytale spin that encourage young imaginations. She also loves anything chocolate, the colour green and works as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist.

Kristie is the designer behind BOO! Designs. What started as a little hobby in the evenings has now become a thriving full-time business. Kristie designs out of her home studio in Brisbane and has a online store selling modern sewing products which compliment her patterns where she works alongside Grandpa BOO! to pack and ship orders. Kristie has contributed the Cross bow Dress pattern to this issue for this issue.

LAUREN HARRIS Tadah Patterns www.tadahpatterns.com.au

Michelle has contributed the Picnic Mats to this issue.

JODY HERBERT Jody’s Crafty Creations www.jodyscraftycreations.com

Lauren is the face behind Tadah! Patterns (formerly Fresh Patterns), creating styles with have a nod to nostalgia and a fresh take on sewing. Tadah! Patterns are all about celebrating modern sewing with designs that are accessible, funky and above all fun! She has worn many hats in her adult life, most of which have revolved teaching. She has contributed the Pseudo Smocked Romper to this issue.

CASSIE MASSOLIA Lily Shine Boutique www.ilyshineboutique.com

Jody lives on a small farm in East Gippsland Victoria with her husband & two kids where they run beef cattle. It’s busy but lots of fun and they love living there. She loves sewing, making & designing her own softie toys and loves teaching kids to sew too. Jody has contributed the Cheeky Monkeys pattern to this issue.

ALANA PRITCHARD Rosie Petal www.facebook.com/RosiePetalKids Alana is the creator behind Rosie Petal, a boutique which specialises in fun, everyday separates for girls and boys. She has been sewing for over 20 years, and has recently made her first pattern after not finding what she was looking for in the PDF world. Alana has contributed the Good Fortune Wrap to this issue.

Cassie is one of the designers for Little Lizard King sewing pdf patterns. She entered the creative world as a children’s boutique sewist (Lily Shine Boutique) and transitioned to pattern design a year ago. She loves seeing customers take one of her patterns and add their own brilliant creativity and pizzazz- it truly brings the pattern to life! Cassie has contributed the Timeless Treasure Skirt to this issue.

MARINA ROUSSEL Peach Patterns www.peachpatterns.etsy.com

LAUREN WRIGHT Molly and Mama www.mollyandmama.com.au

Marina has been blogging, designing and pattern making for some years, first as Wink Designs and now as Peach Patterns. Marina is on a mission to create designs that fit well and that her girls (and customers’ children) will actually want to wear. Each pattern has to pass the “tree climbing test” to get the tick of approval! Marina had lots of fun creating the Carnival Jacket pattern for this issue of One Thimble.

If you have a tutorial, pattern or an article that you’d like to contribute to One Thimble OR an idea or technique you’d like us to cover, I’d love to hear from you at hello@onethimble.com.au

Feeling the urge to get creative but not sure where to start? Lauren from Molly and Mama has a passion for encouraging beginners on their creative journey. Her patterns and tutorials are perfect for all sewing levels, lots of fun to make, and great to get the creative juices flowing! Lauren has contributed the Christmas Felties pattern to this issue.


Article Contributors

BRITT BAZZICA The Owl Barn

LEANNE BENSON Sewn by Leanne

GEMIA CARROLL Phat Quarters

MIQUITA CLARKE Damaya Designs

DEANNE COOMBES Fabric Pixie

JESS DEWIT Gracious Threads

EDITOR + CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jen Kennedy

PHOTOGRAPY + STYLING Chrystal Ellis - Poetic Light Photography

COVER STORY Cross Bow Dress by BOO! Designs

CHRYSTAL ELLIS Poetic Light Photography

RACHAEL GODFREY Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow

RACHEL HUNSAKER Golden Rippy

GET IN TOUCH! Article and pattern enquiries hello@onethimble.com.au Advertising enquiries advertise@onethimble.com.au Need help? KATIE MAGRIPLIS So Sew Katie

LAUREN MARTIN Wish you were here dolls

BELINDA MEGINLEY My Little I Designs

KYLIE MCGINNITY Handmade Kids

REECE MONTGOMERY Happy Okapi

MARIS OLSEN Sew Maris Designs

help@onethimble.com.au

LINDA ROSE Sew Happily Ever After

LEESA SIMPSON Sew Boxes


Contents

PERFECT POINTS

60

Learn how to sew Half Square Triangles and increase your quilting accuracy.

INVISIBLE ZIPS

68

Learn how to sew an invisible zip with Maris and then apply your knowledge on the Lorraine Skirt!

SEWING TECHNIQUES & TUTES

Sew Perfect Points ...........................................................60 Free Motion Applique Trouble-shooting ............................64 Fussy Cutting ..................................................................66 Invisible Zip Tutorial .........................................................68 Hoop Tent Tutorial ............................................................72 Insulated Lunch Tote .......................................................78 I-spy Bag .........................................................................82 Velcro Closure Bow Tie Tutorial ........................................87 Dolly Tutu Tutorial ............................................................89

TROUBLESHOOTING FMA

64

Find out the most frequent problems people face when attempting FMA (Free Motion Applique) and some tips to address them.

FUSSY CUTTING

66

Learn how to get perfect fabric placement everytime by using Jess’s fussy cutting tips.

HANDMADE BUSINESS ARTICLES

Tips to help with your market stall.....................................98 Top tips for “Flat Lays”...................................................100 How Handmade RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) has helped my business grow ..........................................92 Shop the Shoot - circus styling.......................................106 Social Media Planning......................................................96


PDF PATTERNS GOOD FORTUNE HEADWRAP 109 Multi-size headwrap to use up spandex or knit fabric scraps

VINTAGE CIRCUS SIT UPON

114

Individual picnic circles. Includes star applique, sprocket or starburst.

VINCENT THE VICTOR

133

Free Motion Embroidery pattern.

TRAPEZE ELOISE

143

57

Losing your Sew-Jo and how to get it back

Free Motion Embroidery pattern.

CROSS BOW DRESS

ONE STITCH AT A TIME

153

Woven dress with a statement back bow. Side invisible zipper. Size 0-8

THE CARNIVAL JACKET

175

Woven or stable knit jacket. Includes 4 style options. Size 3-12

TIMELESS TREASURES SKIRT 211 Ruffled, tiered suspender skirt. Exposed back zipper. Size 1-10

CIRCUS TOSS GAME

227

Felt game panel and beanbags. A fun activity for your next party.

RINGMASTER PANTS

249

Woven pants with elastic waist and ruffle detailing. Size 1-10

RINGMASTER TOP

272

Woven top with side elastic gathers & loop closure. Size 1-10

THE STATEMENT CLUTCH

294

Clutch purse in 3 sizes. Includes inside pocket and wrist strap.

CHEEKY MONKEY SOFTIE

313

Fleece softie with velcro hands.

FESTIVE FELTIES

327

Includes mouse, reindeer and cupcake templates.

PSEUDO SMOCKED ROMPER 338 Woven romper with faux smocking. Pleated or gathered. Size nb to 3.

SEWING WITH KIDS

30

Part two of our series on Sewing with Kids. Find out how the girls went in the Country Fair competition. Read Gemia’s thoughts on what she and the girls learnt through this experience

REGULAR COLUMNS

Letters to the editor..........................................26 Dear Ripper......................................................28 Sewing Spirit ..................................................45 Trending Fabrics .............................................52 Gift Guide........................................................54 Offers & Discounts .......................................107 Ziplines ........................................................108

SPECIAL FEATURES

Sewing for character .......................................30 What’s your sewing style quiz .........................35 How to sew a capsule wardrobe ......................36 Interview with 3 designers ..............................39 Supporting the small guys with big results ......50 Loosing your Sew Jo and how to get it back ....57


GENERAL

how to’s

We’ve made some changes! FOR ONE THIMBLE …

The e-zine and pattern pieces are in the one PDF document. The pattern tutorials and pattern pieces are grouped together at the back of the PDF file. The articles are grouped in sections - all the general sewing articles are together, as are the sewing technique and handmade business articles. When you purchase the e-zine you’ll also receive a link to download a ZIP file which has all the stand alone patterns in it. That way you can just open up a single PDF on your mobile device if you want to.

THE

legal

JARGON

The PDF patterns in this e-zine come with cottage licences. What that means is that if you sew from home to sell at markets or online via Facebook, etsy, madeit etc. you can definitely sell items made from the patterns in the magazine without needing to purchase a separate license. Please note these patterns themselves, the photographs & the content of the e-zine ARE covered by copyright and may not be shared. They are for your personal use only. Each person who wishes to use these patterns should purchase their own copy. If you are unclear on this please ask at help@onethimble.com.au If you’d like to see One Thimble continue and grow please send your friends and peers to our website to purchase their copy of this e-zine at www.onethimble.com.au Your support, encouragement & purchase means the world to me & ensures we can keep going for another issue!

Disclaimer Every effort has been made to ensure that the included patterns, tutorials and articles are accurate, however One Thimble accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions, loss or damages or other consequences arising from the included information, patterns & tutorials. The views and comments expressed by contributors are not necessarily that of the editor. You should consult experts for advice specific to your circumstances before relying on any of the included information.

Future

ISSUES

If you’ve drafted a pattern or written an article or have an idea, that you think would fit in future issues of one thimble, please contact us at hello@onethimble.com.au If you’d like to advertise in future issues of one thimble, please contact us at advertise@onethimble.com.au


On the following pages are the photoshoot pages for this issue. To see more images of items made with patterns from One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine be sure to check out the One Thimble facebook page and the One Thimble facebook group.

One Thimble is all about inspiring conďŹ dence in enthusiastic home sewists - whether they’re sewing for pleasure or to make money in a handmade business. We want One Thimble to provide the tools to help your sewing soar! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek inside Issue 9! Issue 9 will be available to purchase via www.onethimble.com.au from Friday 13th November 2015.


Photography: Poetic Light Photography Carnival Jacket option B shown. Fabric: Robert Kaufman House of Denim Dot Chambray in Indigo


CARNIVAL JACKET - Peach

Patterns

• • • •

All season jacket. Make with woven or stable knit fabrics. Four style options. Size 3-12.

SKILLS LEARNED • •

How to sew an exposed facing. How to sew sleeves.


CROSS BOW DRESS - BOO! DESIGNS •

A cross over strap dress featuring statement bow on the back. Made from woven fabrics with a side invisible zip. Make as a dress or peplum top. Size 0-8.

• • •

SKILLS LEARNED • •

How to sew an invisible zip. How to make a removable bow.


Photography: Poetic Light Photography Fabrics Used: Skirt portion of the dress - Cotton + Steel - Basics - XOXO on the rocks Bodice - Jacqueline de Jonge - Be Colourful -Anthology Black & White Stripe Straps - Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (C) Bandai Namco Games Inc Bow - Mystique Gold Spandex


Photography: Poetic Light Photography


CIRCUS TOSS GAME - FELT WITH LOVE DESIGNS

SKILLS LEARNED •

Sewing with felt.

VINTAGE CIRCUS SIT-UPONS

• •

How to sew with waterproof fabric. How to piece a sprocket or starburst pattern.

Felt Game Panel and beanbags.

- THE TOFFEE TREE

Individual picnic mats. 4 style options.

GOOD FORTUNE HEADWRAP - ROSIE PETAL

• •

Multi size headwrap. 3 width options.

• •

Sewing with spandex. Sewing a concealed seam.

Photography: Poetic Light Photography


RINGMASTER TOP

- TIE DYE DIVA

• • • •

A top with elasticised side panels. Made from woven fabrics with a loop button closure at the back. Built in cap sleeves keep shoulders covered. Size 1-10.

SKILLS LEARNED • •

Applying a bias facing. Sewing a continuous lap placket.

RINGMASTER PANTS - TIE DYE DIVA

• • •

3/4 length pants with ruffle trim. Flat front, elastic back waistband. Size 1-10.

SKILLS LEARNED •

Sewing a flat-front waistband.

Photography: Poetic Light Photography Ringmaster Top Fabric: Robert Kaufman House Designer Small Pearlized Spot in Mint Ringmaster Pants Fabric : Spotlight basics filligree tone on tone


VINCENT THE VICTOR FMA

Vincent the Victor Pattern Template copyright 2015

RIC-RAC AND RETRO

• • •

A free-motion embroidered applique design. Change scale when printing to adjust size of the applique. Create using an applique backing.

TRAPEZE ELOISE FMA RIC-RAC AND RETRO • • •

Trapeze Elouise Pattern Template Copyright 2015

A free-motion embroidered applique design. Change scale when printing to adjust size of the applique. Create using an applique backing.

SKILLS LEARNED •

Free Motion Embroidery.

Photography: Poetic Light Photography


FESTIVE FELTIES - MOLLY AND MAMA • • •

Cupcake, Reindeer and Mouse template. Use for ornaments, hair accessories, gift tags etc. Handsew using woolfelt.

SKILLS LEARNED •

Handsewing with felt.


PSEUDO SMOCKED ROMPER - TADAH •

A romper featuring faux smocking on the front. Made from woven fabrics with an elastic waistband. Make with gathers or pleats. Size newborn to 3.

• • •

SKILLS LEARNED •

How to faux smock.

CHEEKY MONKEY - JODY’S CRAFTY CREATIONS • •

A softie made from fleece with velcro on its hands and feet to help it hold on. Make with a bow tie or tutu.

SKILLS LEARNED •

Sewing with fleece.

Photography: Poetic Light Photography Fabric : Cotton and Steel Supreme Solids ‘Just Peachy. Contrast fabric Cotton and Steel ‘Hana Black’ from the Frock collection (Rayon)


TIMELESS TREASURES SKIRT - LITTLE LIZARD KING • • • • •

Ruffled suspender skirt. Make with lace or woven fabrics Cross over back straps. Exposed back zipper closure. Size 1-10.

SKILLS LEARNED • •

Sewing an exposed zip. Sewing ruffles.

Photography: Cassie Massolia Fabric: Michael Miller - Wee Sparkle in Opal Palette


THE STATEMENT CLUTCH - two pretty poppets •

This clutch is the perfect way to showcase a beautiful piece of lace or a unique fabric, with the flap and turn lock being the centerpiece for all to admire. 3 sizes.

SKILLS LEARNED •

Inserting a turn lock.

Photography: Alison Hally The Statement Clutch fabric: beige and black striped remnant and vintage lace The Statement Clutch hardware: antique brass turnlock from Handbag Hardware Australia.

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