Usually I am a pretty strict pattern follower (if I use a pattern, that is), but for this blog hop it was emphasized that we could totally give it our own spin– change the hair, the shirt, make it big, make it small, etc, so I went for it! I followed the basic body form with just a little tweaking, then changed up the head & hair so it looked more like me (it is all about me, after all!). I reduced the pattern to super tiny (a couple inches) and turned it into a mug rug.
This is the back.
Here’s a close-up.
I picked fabrics that reflect my likes (birds and polka dots), did fusible applique like Amy talks about in her pattern, added some hand embroidery for the face, incorporated felt letters (Tea! since it is for a mug rug), and then a little quilting after the whole thing was sewn together. It was fun to make, and I look forward to using it with my next mug of tea!
The pattern was easy to work with and was also easy to edit to make the person look more like me. You should definitely check out Amy Bradley’s patterns! I think this baby quilt one is so cute!
And this cute dog is a free pattern from her! (click the picture go to her site with the pattern and instructions)
Now for the giveaway!
I’m giving away three pieces of handprinted fabric I made (printed on organic cotton), a periwinkle eyelet fabric, and two spools of fun stripey ribbon! If you would like to enter, just leave me a comment! For a second bonus entry, follow my blog and leave me another comment saying you did so.
Giveaway will close Friday March 1st at 8am EST. PLEASE be sure to leave an email address so I can reach you if you win!
Giveaway is now closed! The winner is Caroline.
And be sure to check out the other blogs hopping today!
Tuesday, February 26