Happy April Fool's Day!
This is, indeed, a day of firsts for me! The obvious one is the date. But also? It is the grand opening of my very own Etsy Shop! I am excited, nervous, tired and...excited to open it up. There is always the fear that no one will care. That my slaving over the sewing machine and pouring out my heart and soul into each creation will be for naught. Well, it's not really for naught because I do love the whole creating process, and I love what has come out of it lately...but I would feel a little red in the face if there is nary a bit of interest from anyone else. I am, however, ignoring those feelings and just flat out going for it! So, please go have a look-see at what I have to offer! I hope there is something there that you love!
Another first? I am going to post a wee tutorial...in fact, it is an Itty Bitty Tutorial! When I first posted these little creatures on Craftster, I was asked to make a tutorial for them. I have never made one before, so forgive me if it makes no sense or seems all muddled. If there is something that doesn't seem quite right to you please send me an e-mail and I will try to answer all of your questions. Also? I know it shouldn't need to be said, but please please please only use this pattern for your personal use. Do not make an Itty Bitty Oddity to sell, that's my job. :)
Ok! So, here we go....
NOTE: IF YOU MAKE AN ITTY BITTY ODDITY WITH THIS PATTERN AND TUTORIAL PLEASE ADD IT TO THE Itty Bitty Oddity flickr group AND SHARE YOUR CREATION! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!
First, download the pattern, print it out and cut out the pieces.
Gather all your supplies:
You will need fabric, I used Alova Suede for the head part and cotton fabric for the bottom part. The pattern pieces, a chopstick or tweezers for turning and stuffing, 6mm safety eyes if you so choose to use them, a pen, an iron and thread.
Use the pen to trace the pattern onto the fabric, making sure to mark the dot at the top of each of the body pieces. You will cut 6 body pieces from each fabric and 8 of the arm/leg piece.
Now arrange them in a pretty flower pattern. Don't skip this part...it's fun!
Okay, so now we are going to sew the head pieces to the body pieces right sides together. I like to rotate which one is on top as I sew...also for fun...and I sew them all at once so that they are connected. I use a 1/4" seam allowance for everything.
This is what they will look like...see how fun? It's like an Itty Bitty Oddity pendant!
Now do the same for the arm and leg bits.
Next, we iron! Iron the body piece seam open, and turn and press the arms and legs. First detach them, and I also trim the seam on the arms and legs before turning and pressing.
Take two body pieces, right sides together, and match the seams up. Pin the seams...this is one of the rare occasions I use pins. I don't like pins. I find the whole pinning process tedious and time consuming. But! You know what I like even less than pinning? Ripping out the seam and having to sew it again, so sometimes? I concede with the pinning.
Did you remember to put those dots on the pattern? If not, go ahead and do so now. I'll wait...did you get them? Great. Now we sew from one dot to the next, like so...whoops that was punny...can you tell it's late? *sigh*
Sorry about the cruddy pictures, my camera likes to pretend the background is what I am trying to focus in on, but I hope you can get the idea from these. Now do this again adding to this piece. You should have three parts sewn together. This will be the front. Using the last three body parts, sew two together as usual, but when adding the third piece leave a hole of about 1 1/2" for turning. I didn't take a picture of this one, sorry. This is when I usually put the face on. For some I use 6mm black eyes, for others I simply embroider everything...you do what you want. Here is my example:
You still with me? We are almost done, I promise! Again, I am going to apologize for the quality of the photos...I really had no idea they were this fuzzy until I pulled them up on the computer. But, anyway, now is when we pin...again! with the pinning! First we pin the arms and legs to the front of the body ah-like so:
And then we pin the back to the front, right sides together, matching the seams as closely as possible. I didn't take a picture of this part either. Sorry.
All this is left is to sew the back to the front all the way around, turn right-side out and stuff and close using whichever closing stitch you prefer. Stuff the dickens out of it. The more you stuff, the cuter they are I have found. You should end up with something like this:
You can leave it like this if you so choose. Or? You can accessorize! With things like hair!
Or wings, even. Which I did, because this one is a fairy that was made for the girl. She named her Kiwi.
And there you have it! An Itty Bitty Tutorial. I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, folks! And if you use this tute, I would love to see what you create! Send me a link or an e-mail! I would love to see an army of Itty Bitty Oddities taking over cyber-space. EDIT: WE NOW HAVE A FLICKR GROUP FOR ITTY BITTY ODDITIES! PLEASE ADD YOURS!
Here is another example of how to make them different. I made this one for the boy, he named him Cooly. He has the power to ward off monsters...it's the mohawk.
And if you are, like me, too tired to make one right now but would instead like to adopt one, here is an example of what is now available in my Shop!
I hope to see you there! And happy sewing!