6/22/2016

Introducing the June Bug Pattern

I love this new little doll pattern!  My girls have been begging me to make them some "like me" BIG dolls, and I'm really excited about how they turned out. You can purchase this DIGITAL PDF doll pattern in my Craftsy Shop or my Etsy Shop.


The pattern is different from my other patterns.  For one, the dolls are larger.  They are 14 inches tall.  Another big difference is that this pattern is meant to create a doll body out of knit interlock, instead of a woven fabric.  This creates a doll which is soooo soft and cozy.  Plus the added benefit is that you can sculpt these little dolls....everything from fingers to a cute little belly button!

Of course if you don't want to make the doll from knits you can use a woven fabric...all you have to do is add a seam allowance to the existing pattern.  But really...stick with the knits.  It's soooo worth it, plus the pattern gives several tips about how to make sewing with knits a breeze...and all you need is a basic sewing machine that at least has the capability to do a zig-zag stitch.  No serger required.  I promise! 
The pattern includes instructions for how to make the doll (with two different hair styles), a shirt/short combo, a bathing suit, a dress, a pair of shoes, a pair of sandals, a headband, and a quilt.  That's a lot of goodies!   
What can you expect from this pattern?  It's a lot like my other patterns in design.  It's 33 pages long with over 150 color "how-to" pictures.  This includes 8 pages of full size template pieces.   In terms of licensing, this pattern is intended for the home sewer.  You are welcome to use my pattern to make dolls for a small scale craft fair or online shop, but no mass production, okay?
 Just like my other doll patterns, this isn't a difficult pattern.  It does however involve working on a smaller scale, which can make things a bit more challenging (and probably more appropriate for the intermediate sewer).  Here's what you should know in terms of basic sewing skills:

Sewing straight seams, zig-zag, back-stitching (and when to use) with a sewing machine

Ability to adjust length of stitch on your sewing machine to make stronger, smaller seams and longer seams for gathering

Using hand-sewing (the Ladder stitch) to close the doll body and basic embroidery stitches (whip stitch, chain stitch, back stitch) is helpful but not required.

Pressing with an iron to fold in seam allowances

Ease of working with small seam allowances (1/4 inch) and sewing in small spaces.

Some experience transferring an image (the face template) onto the fabric (for embroidery) is helpful, but not required.
Those of you that have been following my blog for a while know that I like to accompany my pattern releases with a tutorial here on the blog.  Next Monday you'll be able to see the whole tutorial for the mini quilt here on the blog!  (The link will go live at 6am). It's a great way for you to get an idea of what my pattern is like. 
If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to leave a comment below (or send me an email at snugglebuguniversity (at) gmail (dot) com. You can purchase this doll pattern in my Craftsy Shop or my Etsy Shop


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6/20/2016

A Sneak Peak...

I'm  working hard on what might be my favorite pattern yet! There's so many details to tell you about, and I can't wait to share!  I hope this little June Bug pattern will be available in my pattern shop by the end of this month.  Until then, it's back to pattern writing!

XOXO, Jill

6/13/2016

Pretty Little Necklaces


Hi all,

Things are kind of crazy here.  We're wrapping up the school year, and things here have been busy busy.  We've had end of school field trips, and parties, and an upcoming dance recital, visitors....and it's been so much fun!  My kids have been begging me to make necklaces for their teachers, and so we decided to give it a go.  I figured we needed some more grown up looking beads though, so we headed to the craft store to pick some up.

We were inspired by a couple of pins on Pinterest.  First this pretty little yellow necklace and then this beauty from Anthropologie.  Both are similar in principle, just two rows of beads and a more rustic looking cord.

The blue ones came together really quickly.  We just threaded the small beads on one strand of leather, and the larger beads on another strand.  I tied the two together at the end of the beads on each side.  Easy peasy.


The next one was a little more difficult because the beads had small openings.


 I used some cord, rings, crimp beads and covers.  I did all the tricky stuff, while Lu helped string the beads.   


Basically, I just attached each string of beads to the rings.  I put a crimp bead closest to the ring, and after I "crimped" it I covered with a crimp cover.  




I hope you enjoyed this little look into our beading adventures...and I hope your summer is off to a good start!

I'll be back here soon with some sewing updates.  I'm working on a new pattern and I can't wait to share all the details with you!

Until then, I hope you have a great week!

XOXO,

Jill


6/06/2016

Easy to Make Birthday Crowns

Hi guys!  Today I'm over at Make It and Love It showing how you can make some very simple birthday crowns. Anyone who follows my blog knows that my oldest daughter LOVES birthdays.  And she plans them months in advance.  So yes, even though her party won't likely be until August, she's already working out all the details.  

And apparently this year her birthday plans involve birthday crowns.  I think we found out a very clever way for them to hold their shape, and can't wait for you to read all about it!  The whole tutorial is can be found here. 


And in case you are interested in more party goodness, I've made a "party gallery" on my blog where you can see all of our party posts.   I imagine that if Lu has anything to say about it, we'll be adding several projects to this gallery in the next few months!  (I've also added galleries for home projects,  kid crafts, and sewing tutorials too!  Check them out!  It's a great way to see all of my favorite blog projects in one place.)

You can either click on the galleries linked above, or view them below:


Bug Bash

Art Party

Puppy Dog Party

Rainbow Tea Party

Butterfly Pinata

Strawberry Shortcake Party

Sugar Cubes

Rainbow Jello

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5/30/2016

That Time Ellie Put A Hole in Our Door...And How We Fixed It...

You guys!!!!!!! Can I tell you I never really thought I'd be excited about a door?  Well, umm...I am.  We have old hollow core plain doors in our house.  I never really liked them, and we've talked about upgrading them at some point, but truthfully it wasn't high on our priority list.

And then this happened.   A particular little person decided to go all Tarzan on the closet door in our entry...swinging on it back and forth, and somehow this happened.  No bueno. Let's just say I was not happy.


  It turned out to be a complete blessing in disguise though.  We thought we'd have to replace the door... until I realized that I could upgrade the door by adding trim (and thus covering up the hole!)

It is such a huge improvement that I had to share it here.

This door makeover was so simple (and cheap!) that I'm moving on now to upgrade some of the other doors in our house now.  Closet and garage doors are the easiest because you only need to do one side of the door, so we're sticking to these doors to upgrade for right now.   It's amazing how much a "new" door adds to the space!
Alright, who is ready for more details?

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