Posted on

Free Scarf Cuff Tutorial & Purse Charm Pattern

Scarves are such a great accessory to add dimension and texture to a great capsule wardrobe; but quite frankly, some scarves are just unruly and it can be confusing how to tie or wear some. A recent Pinterest scan revealed a very adorable solution: a scarf cuff! A bit of work later and here is a cute free scarf cuff tutorial for you!

This little beauty is an accessory for your accessory. Not only is it darling, but it’s functional, too. Plus with absolutely no modification it makes a great purse charm too.

Here’s how to make one of your own:

What You’ll Need

  • Supplies – Purchase (or gather) your pretties and closures.
  • Fabric – Leather, faux leather, felt, etc. The cuff uses less than a 5” x 11” piece of fabric, so this is a great scrap buster. You could even use a woven fabric with a bit of interfacing.
  • Closure – At least two sets of metal or plastic snaps. While this tutorial pictures snaps, you could easily use Velcro, buttons, or even magnets!

To download your pattern pieces and full tutorial, click here:

Preparation

  1. Print the pattern. There is one rectangle for the band and five graded flower shapes. If you have a cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette, etc.), the provided pattern works great as an imported image.
  2. Cut your pieces. You can simply use one layer of each size or even layer several flowers of each size for a more substantial look. If you are using a woven fabric: cut two rectangles with an added seam allowance, sew right-sides-together, turn right-sides-out, and topstitch).

Assembly

1. Pierce or punch each flower.

2. Layer the flowers and secure together.

3. Pierce or punch the center of the band and attach the opposite piece of the closure used in Step 2 above, making sure the flower and the band connect/snap together.

4. Pierce or punch each end of the band and attach a closure to each end, making sure they connect/snap together.

Celebrate! You did it!

Wear your me-made scarf cuff proudly, and please be sure to share your creation on Mummykins & Me’s Facebook page to inspire others to make their own scarf cuff – or bracelet, or purse charm … the possibilities are endless!

And check out the FREE Mummykins & Me infinity scarf tutorial for two-times the fun!

Posted on

Free Animal Pillow Pattern

Kids will absolutely love these cute and cozy little pillows from this free animal pillow pattern!

 

These fun, easy to make pillows are the perfect size to use fat quarters, or material left over from other projects. Embroidered (or painted) facial features mean these pillows remain cozy to snuggle with.  These pillows close up with a ladder stitch for a clean finish. Not sure how to sew a ladder stitch? Fear not! This tutorial will show you how it’s done.

This tutorial is only a baseline to start with. Get creative! Play around with different facial features. Embellish your pillows with ribbon or lace. Use yarn to give them hair or add a bow. Make them look like zombies (for the boys!). Whatever your heart desires!

 

To download your pattern pieces and full tutorial, click here:

Materials:

  • Quilting cotton (or any other woven fabric similar in weight) is perfect for this project
  • Poly-Fill (stuffing)
  • *Optional: Ribbon, lace, embroidery floss or fabric paint (for facial features)

3/8in Seam Allowance included

Preparation – Use the provided pattern pieces as a guide to cut out your material. The butterfly, kitty and bunny are all cut on the fold. The bird is not. You will need to cut 2 of each piece– a front piece and a back piece (mirror them for the bird). Be sure to transfer markings for facial features and openings as well.

Tip: To transfer the eyes, use an embroidery needle or the tip of a seam ripper to poke holes along the lines. Place pattern into position on fabric piece and color with chalk or a fabric marker. Remove pattern piece and connect the dots. If using a marker, I recommend doing this on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric so your makings don’t show up on the final product.

 

STEP 1 – Decoration

The sky is the limit, you can decorate the pillows as much or as little as you want. Here’s some ideas of how I did the ones on the cover of this pattern.

1.1 Start by embroidering your eyes & nose.

I’ve used a simple backstitch to embroider the eyes and nose, but you could use whatever your favorite stitch is. Or even paint them on with fabric paint (following manufacturer’s instructions).

Note – The butterfly does not have any embroidery markings.

1.2 For the Bird: If adding tail feathers for the bird – Cut a length of ribbon approx. 18in long. Loop the ribbon 3 times and use a pin (or baste) to hold it together. Pin the ‘tail’ upside down on the front of the bird piece according to the pattern markings. Baste into place.

1.3 For the Butterfly: If adding lace – Run a strip of lace down the middle of the butterfly and sew into place.

1.4 For the Butterfly antennae – Cut a piece of ribbon about 7in long. Tie knot on both ends. Fold ribbon in half.

Optional – Singe the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

Pin upside down to the top, center front of butterfly.


STEP 2 – Assembly

2.1 Pin your back piece on top of your front piece, right sides together.

2.2 Sew, using a 3/8in seam allowance. Start from one end of the opening and work around to the other end of opening.

TIP – Be sure to tuck in bird feathers so as not to sew them into the seam allowance.

TIP – To get a nice, clean point, I find it easier to sew an ‘X’ rather than sewing a continuous line and pivoting.

2.3 Clip your seam allowance around the curves and on the points (take care not to cut through your stitching). Fold right side out and press.

STEP 3 – Fill and Close

Use Poly Fill to stuff your pillow to desired ‘fluff-ness’.

Use an invisible ladder stitch (also called a blind stitch) to close opening. If you’ve never done a ladder stitch, don’t worry it’s super easy. Here’s how:

3.1 Thread your needle with matching thread and tie ends together in a knot.

3.2 Now, insert needle up through the seam allowance. This will keep your knot hidden inside the pillow.

3.3 Bring needle directly across to the other side of the opening. Insert your needle and run through the fold of your seam allowance about 1/8 of an inch. Move needle to opposite side again and run through seam allowance 1/8 in. Pull tight. Notice how it resembles a ladder? Repeat until you reach the end. Tie off your stitch and run the excess thread through the inside of the pillow to hide the knot.

 

To download your pattern pieces and full tutorial, click here:

Fancy trying a zombie version of the Cute Animal Pillows? Check out Amy’s zombie version on her blog!

Posted on

Felt Flower Tutorial and Pattern

Felt Flower Tutorial & Free Pattern

Felt Flower Tutorial & Free Pattern

 

Fire up your glue guns! I have a fun and quick tutorial for you today on how to make these cute felt flowers and all you need is a glue gun and some felt sheets. They are great for headbands or decorating other projects.

 

>> First download your pattern pieces and the full tutorial here <<

 

Then print and cut out your pattern. There are two size flowers. The large flower makes a 3.5″ flower, while the small flower makes a 2″ flower.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

Cut out one of your circle bases for each flower you want to create and six of your flower pattern. Cut as many leaves as you would like for your flower.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

Add some glue to the middle of your flower and press in half.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

Add some glue to the center of the flower and fold in half again.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

Your flower petal will now be folded in quarters. Repeat for the other five petals.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

Add glue to your circular base and place four of the petals down on the base, with points meeting in the center.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

The bottom will look like this.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

Add glue to the center of your flower and place the other two petals in the center.

 

Felt Flower Tutorial

If you are adding leaves, you can glue it to the bottom of your base and you are done! You can simply glue them onto your project, or if you are making a thinner headband, you can cut another circular base and sandwich the band between the bases. Stay tuned next month, for a fun headband project!

 

 

Posted on

Hooded Bunny Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

Hooded Bunny Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

Hooded Bunny Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

When my son started growing out of his store bought hooded towels I decided to try my hand at making him some versions with regular sized towels and I was really happy with how they turned out. Now that my daughter is getting older, it’s time to start making some for her. Today I’m going to show you how to make a bunny hooded towel–perfect for Easter and also for gift giving!

Hooded Bunny Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

Hooded Bunny Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

They are pretty easy to make and are so warm and cozy when finished! First you will have to download the hood pattern as well as the bunny face applique pattern. Make sure you print at 100% and check the 1″ square on the pattern.

Hooded Bunny Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

 

What You Need:

1 full size towel

1 hand towel in a matching color

2 buttons for eyes

A cotton fabric for the interior of the ears and the cheeks/nose

Fusible web

1/2″ double fold bias tape (See this tutorial on how to make your own)

You will also need the pattern pieces…

Download this tutorial and the pattern pieces free here

 

Getting Started:

First, cut out your front and back hood pieces from your hand towel. Make sure you place them right so that you can cut both pieces from the one hand towel.

Next, we will work on our appliques for the front of the hood.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Trace your muzzle and nose pieces onto the smooth side of your fusible web. (This is the picture of fox ears, but it’s the same concept). Cut around the pieces and place them with the fusible side down onto the fabric that you want to use. Iron on as recommended in the directions on the box.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Cut out your fabric pieces and peel the backing off the heart nose piece. Place on the muzzle and iron on as directed.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Next peel the backing off the muzzle piece and iron on to the center bottom of the front hood piece, leaving it up about 3/8″.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Next we are going to stitch around both the nose piece and the muzzle piece. I chose to use a pink thread around the nose and white around the muzzle, but you can use the same color if you want. Set your machine to zigzag with a width of about 3 and a length of around 1. This will vary by your machine and preference, so you may want to test your stitch on a scap piece before stitching on your towel. Stitch around your pieces, sewing about 3/4 of the way on the applique and 1/4 of the way onto the towel.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Next, using a washable fabric marker mark where you would like the mouth and whiskers. Using the same method as above, zigzag stitch over your markings.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Now we will construct the ears. Place a towel ear piece and a lining ear piece with right sides together. Stitch 1/4″ around the ear, leaving the bottom section open so you can turn it right side out. Depending on how thick your towel is, you may need to leave a bit of the side open as well so you pull the ear right side out. You can then just topstitch the side closed.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

We are going to create French seams on the towel hood, so place wrong sides of the front and back hood pieces together. Place the ears hanging down along the front as shown above. Pin the sides and ears in place and stitch around the outside edges of the hood with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Trim your seam allowance down by 1/2.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Now turn your hood inside out. Press if needed to keep the seam flat as we are now going to sew around the edges of the hood from this side. Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance feeling as you go to make sure you are sewing on the outside of the inside seam so that it doesn’t show when you turn it right side out.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Your seam should now be hidden from both sides. Turn right side out and press if needed.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

We can now attach the hood to the towel. Mark the center of your towel with a pin along one of the long sides.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Place your hood face down and match the center of the hood with the center of the towel.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Pin together, placing the hood 1/8″ to 1/4″ below the towel.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Once your hood is sewn on, flip everything over so you are looking at the back of the hood.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Fold up the edge of the towel so it lies flat all the way across and hides the seam you just sewed.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Pin in place and sew 1/8″ from the top edge of the towel.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

The next step is to add bias tape to your hood. You can choose to just add it to the hood, or you can add it all the way around as I did in this version. First place your bias tape face down on your towel with raw edges lining up.

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Sew around the bias tape with a 1/2″ seam allowance, or along the closest fold mark. When you get to the corner, fold the bias tape back at a 45 degree angle and create a crease with your finger. Lay the bias tape straight again and sew up to your crease. Backstitch.

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Next, fold the bias tape back along the crease you created.

Hooded Towel Tutorial

And fold it straight along the edge, so that raw edges line up around the corner.

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Starting at the edge of the fabric, continue sewing until you get to the next corner or are finished.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

When you get to the end, fold one end back about 1/2″.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Place the other end over it and cut off excess. Continue sewing until you reach where you started.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Once you have it sewn all the way around, open up your bias tape and press out away from the towel.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Next take your bias tape and fold along the outside seam.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

Place it over the edge of the towel and pin in place.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

When you get to the corners, fold one side to the edge.

Hooded Towel Tutorial and Pattern

The tuck the other edge in and over the other so that it forms a 45 degree angle. on the corner. Sew close to the inside edge, attaching the bias tape all the way around.

And that’s it. You’re bunny towel is done! Make sure you share photos of our cute little bunnies on the Mummykins & Me Facebook page!

 

 

Posted on

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

I’m excited to share with you all this super easy tutorial for making felt animal masks. Plus you can find a free pattern for the four masks shown here. My kids loved them and had fun galloping around the house…I may have joined in the fun!

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Two of the patterns are woodland creatures — a fawn and a fox. You could add a cute bow to the deer, or some little antlers if you wanted to change it up a bit.

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

The other two patterns are a unicorn and a dragon. The unicorn can easily be made into a horse by omitting the horn. You could really make these your own by switching up the colors. One of the fun things about these is the ability to experiment.

So let’s get down to the tutorial.

 

What You Need:

  • Felt in the colors you prefer for your animal
  • Fusible Web/Iron-on Adhesive
  • Ribbon or elastic
  • Matching thread (optional)

You’ll also need to download the pattern pieces …

GET THE PATTERN HERE

Note – the pattern is  in PDF format. You’ll need the free Adobe Reader, or a similar program installed on to open it. Make sure to print it at 100% (no scaling) to get an accurately sized mask. There is a 1 inch square on the first page you can measure to check you’ve printed it at 100%.

 

Getting Started:

To start print out your pattern pieces. Make sure you print them at 100% and check the 1″ square to be sure they printed the correct size.

Cut out all of the pieces and trace them onto the smooth side of your fusible web, grouping them by color.

Felt Mask Tutorial

Cut around each color group and iron onto your felt. Check your iron settings aren’t too hot for your felt. I ironed on a cotton setting and had no problem. Also be sure to read the directions for your particular fusible web to be sure you are doing it correctly. One last note is to be sure that you are tracing and cutting out mirror images for items that go on both sides of the face like the whiskers on the fox.

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Cut out your felt pieces, peel off the backing from the fusible web and iron them onto the main mask piece one by one.

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

After you have ironed on all of the pieces, trace your main pattern pieces onto a piece of felt and cut out. You do not need fusible web on this pieces since it is already on the back of your other main piece.

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Cut a piece of ribbon to fit around your child’s head. I cut my ribbon to 38″. Place it down across the center of your pattern.

Felt Animal Masks Tutorial

Peel the backing off your main pattern piece and iron it onto the back piece, layering the ribbon between the pieces. Cut out the eyes, trim around the mask if any stray parts are showing.

Felt Animal Masks

If your ribbon will fray, fold the ends back 1/4″ and then a 1/4″ again and then sew close to the fold.

Felt Animal Mask Tutorial

The last step is optional, but I feel it gives it a more professional look. With matching thread, topstitch along your pattern pieces using a longer straight stitch. I set my length to 3. This also helps hold everything together.

And that’s it you’re done! We would love to see your versions. Show them off on the Mummykins and Me Facebook page!