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Hi, I'm Pauline.
I believe that toy-making should be
SIMPLE and FUN for everyone ~
so anyone can give it a go!

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Week 5 ~ Creative Spaces Blog Hop ~ Storing sewing threads, buttons and other sewing stuff!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-08-16 20:02:14

OOPS, I am a litte bit late for this week’s Creative Spaces Blog Hop. This week’s theme is all about How to organise sewing threads, buttons and other sewing stuff ~ so I’m going to say, I was getting myself organised first! hee hee πŸ™‚

* If you missed week 1 (My Studio before and after) you can read it here…
and week 2 (My favourite Sewing Tools) you can read that here
and week 3 (Sewing Room ORGANIZING TIPS) you can read that here
and week 4 (Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric) you can read that post here.

I’ve been having fun checking out all the fabulous organizing ideas from the other designers and seeing how they store sewing threads, buttons and embellishments! Don’t forget to visit the other blogs so you don’t miss an opportunity to win something fun from the fabulous sponsors: Aurifil, Bosal, Crafter’s Edge, Daylight as well as the giveaways on different blogs – you never know what’s there, unless you take a look!

**AND don’t forget to check out MY GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!!!**

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NEW Narwhal sewing pattern!

Posted under BlogNEW Softie Patterns on 2018-08-07 19:21:11

I’m very excited to show you my NEW toy pattern – a Narwhal sewing pattern!

Meet Nate the
NARWHAL!

Narwhal toy pattern

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Week 4 ~ Creative Spaces Blog Hop ~ Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-08-06 23:39:21

Welcome to Week 4 of our Creative Spaces Blog Hop. This week’s theme is Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric so you’d think this would be the most exciting post for a fabric-a-holic like me…

and it would be, IF I HAD FABRIC to SHOW YOU!!!

 

Before I tell you where my fabric’s gone – let me remind you – >>>
Don’t forget to check out MY GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!!!

* If you missed week 1 (My Studio before and after) you can read it here…
and week 2 (My favourite Sewing Tools) you can read that here
and week 3 (Sewing Room ORGANIZING TIPS) you can read that here

AND… you will be able to get your ‘fabric fix’ by visiting the other lovely designers who are part of our Creative Spaces Blog Hop!!! Here is the list of the Blogs you can visit to check out how they deal with their fabric scraps! haha!!! πŸ˜€

Mondays

Tamarinis

Cherry Blossom Quilting

Tuesdays

Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations

Wednesdays

Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting

Thursdays

Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs

Fridays

 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts

Saturdays

Quiltoni

Swan Amity

Sundays

Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

 

 

OK, where’s my fabric gone???

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Week 3 ~ Creative Spaces Blog Hop ~ Sewing Room ORGANIZING TIPS

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-07-30 13:12:26

Welcome to Week 3 of our Creative Spaces Blog Hop. This week’s theme is Sewing Room ORGANIZING TIPS  so you will get heaps of inspiration from the 16 designers posts.

* If you missed week 1 (My Studio before and after) you can read it here…
and week 2 (My favourite Sewing Tools) you can read that here

 

 

* AND don’t forget to check out MY GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!!!


OK, here goes ~ Week three: 
My Sewing Room ORGANIZING TIPS.

I was wondering how I was going to say ANYTHING on this topic AND I know a LOT of my close friends would NOT believe me if I said I can offer advice on how to organizs a sewing room… BUT I seem to have surprised myself! While taking photos around my sewing studio for this post, I realised I AM quite organised… I just keep it well-hidden! AND that is MY secret TIP for keeing your sewing space organized… keep things hidden!!!! πŸ˜€

TIP 1. CURTAINS!

I don’t sew a lot of things besides my softies, mainly because I don’t get the time to do much else, but also because there’s something about sewing a purely practical item (like curtains or pillow cases) that just doesn’t appeal to me – personally. Don’ get me wrong, I drool over quilt patterns and would give my right arm, (or maybe left leg!?) to have the time to make my own “memory quilt” from all the left over bits of fabric that I have been saving from my toy-making projects. BUT, back to the point, I HAVE sewn some curtains – ONCE – for my sewing room! They are made from plain calico (muslin) and ‘blend in’ so well into the background of my sewing studio that I almost didn’t think about them, until I was photographing the ‘choas’ under my desk-space, and then the penny dropped ~>

Look at what the space would look like without them!

 

I realised –

curtains ARE

an organization trick! πŸ™‚

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Week 2 ~ Creative Spaces Blog Hop ~ My favourite sewing tools.

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-07-23 17:56:30

Welcome to Week 2 of our Creative Spaces Blog Hop. This week’s theme is My favourite sewing tools so you will get heaps of inspiration from the 16 designers posts. If you missed the first week (“Studio before and after”) you can read it here.

Don’t forget to check out MY GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!!!

 


OK, here goes ~ Week two: 
My favourite Sewing Tools.

Reading through all the other designer’s posts about their favourite tools, I can’t help but feel a little bit in awe of all the amazing things they create and the cool sewing tools they use! I have always specifically tried NOT to use specialised (or very expensive tools!) because I want to be able to say that

ANYONE can sew my toys ~
you don’t have to go out and spend lots
to begin making softies!

So my favourite sewing tools are mostly just common things you have around the house BUT that doesn’t mean they aren’t exceptionally handy sewing tools for toy-making!

 

Right, here are my 7 favourite sewing tools…

 

No 1 is a CHOPSTICK

Yes, you heard correctly!!! πŸ™‚ Why a chopstick? Well, they make the perfect turning tool! This one in this pictue has chineese writing on it, but any chopstick will do.

They are great for ‘poking’ out small and sharp parts of a soft toy like Hedgehog spikes….

 

…and turning long and involved parts like Seahorse tails! πŸ˜€

 

 

No 2 is a children’s PAINTBRUSH

A big chunky children’s paintbrush makes the best stuffing tool. They are easy to find in a stationery or art & craft store and ar really cheap! Cut the bristles off half-way down so it looks like a stencil brush and there you go – get stuffing!!!

Cut-off paintbrush

 

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