People have often asked me if I make neckties (in addition to the bow ties I’m already known for), and why I don’t make them.
The truth is, I’ve never had an interest in making them since I rarely wear them. However, lately I’ve been wanting to make a few neckties because I had some gorgeous fabric that isn’t suitable for bow ties: it’s either too thick, or the pattern is too large to make an impact in the relatively small area of a bow tie. Continue reading →
The Big Dots Collection is a cut & sew pattern designed to give you seven bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Each bow-tie has colorful dots on one side, and coordinating stripes on the other. Continue reading →
I’ve just finished creating a new pattern I’m calling “Mod Boxes”. It was inspired by my love of all things Mod+Retro. While some of these are certainly festive enough to wear to a holiday party, none of them screams “Christmas Tie!” and they could be worn throughout the year. These patterns will be available soon on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap (for a limited time), a bow tie cut-n-sew pattern, and even a pattern to make matching pocket squares (or dinner napkins). [Update: the bow tie cut-n-sew and pocket squares patterns are now available for sale on Spoonflower.] Continue reading →
I designed these ties a few weeks ago as a cut & sew pattern (ie, all 9 ties appear on one yard of cotton sateen fabric). I’ve received the fabric and made all nine of the bow ties. Here’s what they look like finished:
I designed this easy-to-sew soft Toy Robot for Spoonflower’s “plushie pattern” contest (my first experience making a soft toy, AND my first time using Sketchup 3D software.) The challenge was to design a soft toy that would fit on one fat quarter of fabric (18″ x 21″). It was a tough challenge to get all the necessary parts and pieces of the Robot to fit, but I finally figured it out without having to reduce the size of the finished piece. When completed, this soft Toy Robot stands over 17″ tall.
Keep reading for the sewing instructions to make this adorable stuffed Robot. Just purchase one fat quarter of the fabric for each Robot you want to make. [Hint: If you’re making more than one, change the repeat from “centered” to “basic repeat” under layout options when you order the fabric. Then you’ll get FOUR Robots on a single yard of fabric, which is much cheaper than ordering four fat quarters. For the contest, designed MUST be “centered”.) It was designed for the quilting-weight cotton (which is the least expensive fabric Spoonflower offers), but you can print it on other fabrics as well. Continue reading →