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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!

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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!

 

 

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Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial and Free Pattern

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Today I’m going to show you how I made this cute fox towel. Hooded towels are pretty easy to sew up and are great for toddlers and older kids who have outgrown their hooded baby towels.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

We have included a free pattern for this towel. When  you print it out, make sure that you are printing at 100% and check your 1″ square to make sure that it printed at the correct size.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Let’s get started!

 

What You Need:

One full size towel

One hand towel of a matching color

1/4 yard of white cotton fabric

A bit of black fabric for the nose

2 black buttons for eyes

1/2″ double fold bias tape (enough to go around the front of the hood, or the entire towel if preferred)

Fusible Web

Interfacing

You will also need the pattern pieces…

Download this tutorial and the pattern pieces free here

 

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

The first thing to do is print out your pattern and cut your front and back hood pieces as well as your main ear peices from the hand towel. Be careful in placing the pattern pieces so that you can fit all four of them on the one hand towel. Next cut out your muzzle, nose, and center ear pattern pieces and trace them onto the smooth side of your fusible web. Cut out your traced pieces (you don’t have to be precise at this point as shown above) and iron them onto your cotton fabric, following the directions on the package. The ear and whisker pieces will go on the white fabric and the nose will go on the black fabric.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Cut out all of the pieces from your fabric. Starting with the center ear piece , remove the backing and iron it onto the right side of one of your main ear pieces. Topstitch around the ear using a zig zag stitch. I set my stitch with a width of 3 and a length under 1. This will vary by machine and preference, so you might want to test on a scrap piece. Repeat for the other ear.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

You may want to add interfacing to the back side of your ear at this point to help them stand up straight. Cut a piece of interfacing that matches your main ear piece and iron to the wrong side of the fabric, following the directions on the package. Repeat with the other ear. Now, take one of your back ear pieces and place it on the front ear piece that you just added the white to, with right sides together. (If you added interfacing, this means it will be showing when you sew). Sew around the two sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave the bottom of the ear open.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Clip the tip of your ear, being careful not to cut through your stitches.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Flip right side out and poke out the tip of the ear. Repeat for the other ear.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Now we will work on the whisker pieces. Remove the backing of the fusible web and iron onto the front of your towel, leaving a narrow triangle between both. Topstitch around both whiskers using the same zig zag stitch as you did for the ear. When you get to the edge of the whiskers you will have to go slowly and leave your needle in your fabric, lift up your presser foot, and pivot your fabric around the tight turns. Lower  your presser foot and continue  sewing up to the next turn.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Repeat for the nose, using a black thread to topstitch. Leave your nose up 3/4″ from the bottom of your towel, as you will be adding bias tape here and you don’t want to cover your nose.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

We are now going to sew the hood pieces together using a French seam. Place the front and back hood pieces together with wrong sides facing. Place the ears face down on top of the towel where you like them. Angle them toward the center of the towel, so that when they are flipped up, they end up angled out. Pin your hood and ear pieces in place and sew around the outside edge of the hood with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Trim your seam allowance down by half.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Now, turn your hood inside out and sew around the edge from this side also using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Be careful that you are sewing on the outside of the seam you already created so that it won’t show when you flip your towel right side out. Now your seam will be encased and won’t be visible from either side.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

We can now attach our hood to the main towel. First, find the center of one of the long sides of your towel and mark it with a pin.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Find the center of your hood, and face down, match it with the center of your towel.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Pin your hood to your towel, keeping the hood 1/4″ to 1/8″ lower than the towel. Sew your hood to your towel with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Lay your towel with the hood facing down.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Take the edge of your towel and fold it up so that it covers the seam and creates a straight line all the way across the top of your towel. Pin in place.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Sew 1/8″ from the edge, from one side of the hood to the other.

 

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

We will now add bias tape to the front of our hood. You can also choose to add it around the entire towel. I like my bias tape to match the whiskers, so I make my own. For a great tutorial on making your own, go here. Place one edge of your bias tape against the raw edge of the front hood piece, leaving about 1/2″ overlap on each end. Sew along the first fold, or 1/2″ in from the edge.

 

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Open your bias tape out and press. Now starting at one edge, take the extra 1/2″ you left and fold it in and under the bias tape.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Now fold your bias tape down along the first seam, or until it touches your towel.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

Now fold it over the raw edge and pin in place. Continue all the way down your hood, folding in the excess 1/2″ on the other side as well. Topstitch the bias tape down close to the edge, being careful to catch the front side of your bias as you go. Sometimes it’s best to pin and stitch from the front, so that you make sure the topstitching looks nice and even from the front.

Hooded Fox Towel Tutorial & Free Pattern

You’re fox towel is now done! Be sure to share with us on the Mummykins and Me Facebook Group.

 

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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!

 

 

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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!