New Free Pattern – Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier FaceI’m working on some new plush ideas – dogs! I’m starting with Boston Terriers, who happen to be one of my favorite dogs. I just finished up the pattern for a face I’m going to be working in felt. Download the Boston Terrier Face Pattern it and try it for yourself!

My Robot Owl Obsession and a Plush Owl Robot

Owl RobotWhen I was a kid I was obsessed with the movie Clash of the Titans, particularly Bubo the robotic owl given to Perseus to help him on his quest. My childhood owl robot obsession didn’t end there. I desperately wanted a Tomy HootBot. I think I first saw one at Radio Shack when I was a member of the Battery Club and had gone in to get my weekly free battery. I was ( and still am) such a geek!

Now I am making cuddly PlushBots and am proud to present my newest creation – OwlBot. He’s available in my Etsy Shop.

On The Workbench – Plush Owl Robots – With Free Pattern!

Owl Robots CutoutCurrently on my workbench are some owl robots. They’re anxiously awaiting needle and thread so they can come to life!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s what they will look like when I’m finished with them. Of course each one is unique, but you get the idea. Want to try your hand at creating an owl robot? Get the free Owl Robot Pattern!

Learning to Use a Serger Sewing Machine Part 1

Serger Project #1A few years ago I was given a serger, I was so excited! All I had to do was thread it. I was rarin’ to go until I opened the thing. It was scary, just look at it! I put it off… and now it’s been nearly two years since the poor thing has been sitting around my studio. I’ve decided to do a blog series to document the trials and tribulations of my serger experience.

Step 1: Cleaning and Oiling
I’m using q-tips, canned air and some t-shirt rags. My first issue is the handwheel won’t turn. After a bit of research I found out that a serger needs to be oiled twice a month or after a period of being idle. Since this one has been sitting for years it most definitely needs some oil, I hope it gets things unstuck. Wish me luck!

Anatomical Human Heart Wall Banner

Heart Wall BannerOne of these things is not like the other, well it sort of is! This cute wall hanging banner features three hearts, one of them just happens to be an anatomical human heart. This would make a fun room decoration that is sure to get some double takes!

Available in my Etsy Shop.

Quick Tip – Use Packing Tape for Cutting Felt Shapes

When I was first working with felt I had a heck of a time trying to get the shapes I wanted cut out precisely. I used cardboard cutouts and my trusty rotary cutter for straight lines, but anything else was a pain in the you know what. I tried everything including straight pins and disappearing ink (that didn’t disappear) fabric pens to no avail. Luckily I found this handy tutorial over on Wee Folk Art! All you need is some wide packing tape!

Cut out your paper pattern leaving a little bit of space around the cut line and tape around all the edges on top of your piece of felt.

Cut out your shape along the pattern line and admire your perfectly cut felt!

Presenting NerdBot!

NerdBot This is NerdBot. He loves to read science fiction novels – especially Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick. His favorite physicists are Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein.

Adopt NerdBot today and he will help you with your homework, teach you about quantum mechanics, and take you on a journey through the cosmos! Available in my Etsy Shop.