Pincushion

by Marni Franks

Materials

Main fabric – 10 1/2in square

Contrast fabric – approx 4in square

Sheet of Mylar

Fabric glue

Sewing machine

Thread

Needle

Buttons: 2

Method

From your background fabric cut one 10 1/2in square.

From a sheet of cardboard or Mylar make a 9in square template. This needs to be subjected to the heat of the iron so it either needs to be something that can take the heat like Mylar or something cheap like cardboard that you can replace easily.

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Grab some washable fabric glue – Sewline Glue Pen or Roxanne’s Baste It Glue.

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Centre your 9in template on the wrong side of your background fabric. Press the top and the bottom edges in towards the centre of the template making sure that the edges are against the template and crisp.

Place glue in the corners of the square (the folded edge) and press the sides in towards the centre in the same way, the glue will set with the iron’s heat and hold it all in place.

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Pull out your template gently.

Fold your square into quarters and press to get your guidelines for the next step.

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Open up your square with the raw edges facing up. Pick a corner and fold it into the centre. Press lightly. You really want your outside corners to be as accurately folded as possible so in this step make sure you focus on them and if your centre is overlapping for the outside corners to work that’s ok and I give you permission to fudge this as needed. Once your corners are good press firmly.

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Place the square with the folded side up (so you can see the centre points), then fold the corners in to the centre, this time making sure that the centre points match perfectly!

Measure inside the folded unit and cut a square of your contrasting fabric to that size. I tend to cut mine 1/8in smaller so that I know it fits perfectly.

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Pin the folds down and stitch the centre in a little cross to secure the points down on the contrasting fabric.

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Pick any of the openings and fold back, curving it gently, not pulling it too hard and press it with the iron. Fold back all of the openings that match the first one you have done (keeps the folds looking consistent like when you do cross-stitch). Press each fold and pin to secure. Fold the opposite openings back to match, pressing and pinning as you go.

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Pick a curve and stitch the full arc, crossing over your little centre cross – this way you will only be stitching four rows and not have to start and stop for each mini arc. Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of each row.

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Measure your finished window and cut a back for your pincushion that is a half-inch bigger all the way around. Align one edge of your window section to one edge of the backing and pin.

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Start stitching on the edge that is opposite the aligned edge you just pinned. Reverse stitch and then stitch all the way around leaving a 1 1/2in opening for turning.

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Trim the edges off leaving a wide edge at the opening. Notch the corners.

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Turn the pincushion out the right way. Stuff firmly with toyfill.

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Ladder stitch the opening closed.

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Pull in the middle of your pincushion with a button either side and use your preferred method for attaching buttons.

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Stick your favourite pins in it and you’re ready for your next sewing project!

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Mushroom Dude Card

by Dawn Lewis

Materials
White Cardstock – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″   and   2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″   and 2 1/8″ x 5/8″
Red Cardstock – 3 7/8″ x 2 3/4″
Black Cardstock – 4 1/2″ x 5″
Double sided tape
Sweet Stamp Shop – Foxy
Sweet Stamp Shop – Just The Basics
Acrylic Block
Distress Ink – Barn Door
Distress Ink – Tea Dye (optional)
Distress Ink – Embossing, clear
Distress Ink Tool with foam pad
Embossing powder – clear
Heat Gun
Bone Folder
Ruler
Method
Fold the larger piece of white cardstock in half, and press the fold using the bold folder.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the red cardstock and adhere to the centre of the front of the card.
Place the mushroom stamp from the Foxy set onto an acrylic block.  Ink up lightly with embossing ink and stamp a row of mushrooms across the bottom of the square of white cardstock. Sprinkle over the clear embossing powder and tap off the excess.  Repeat stamping and adding embossing powder until the panel is full.  Pour excess powder back into the jar.
Place the square of card onto a heat-proof surface, and heat with the heat gun.  You will see the powder change and become glossy as it melts.
Place the square of card onto a craft mat or piece of paper, and apply Barn Door Distress Ink using the tool with a foam pad, in a circular motion.  Start on the mat/paper with a circular motion, then move the ink onto the mushroom square.  Apply the ink lightly in the centre, and more heavily at the edges.
Option: Apply a little Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges and randomly in the centre of the mushroom square.
Use a ruler to tear the edges off black cardstock to create a 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ square mat layer.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the mushroom square and stick it onto the black mat.  Apply double sided tape to the back of the black mat and stick it onto the front of the card.
Use the ruler to tear a second black mat 2 1/4″ x 7/8″.  Apply double sided tape and stick to the front of the card, below the large matted design.
Place the greetings ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Dude’ onto the acrylic block.  Ink up using Barn Door Distress Ink, and stamp on the strip of white cardstock.  Use the comma stamp for proper punctuation!  Ink lightly around the edge with Barn Door using the Distress Ink tool.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the stamped & inked greeting, and stick onto the centre of the small black mat.
Sweet Stamp Shop sets are available in the shop at www.dawnlewis.com.au
Direct link to stamps in the shop …  http://dawnlewis.com.au/?page_id=15&catid=40

 

“What Does the Fox Say?”

by Dawn Lewis
Materials
1 x A5 white cardstock
Foxy stamp set (Sweet Stamp Shop)
Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black
Journal Card, 3″x 4″ (Kaisercraft, Favourite Things)
Distress Ink, Peeled Paint
Distress Ink, Dried Marigold
Distress Ink tool with foam pad
XPress It Blending Card (small piece for Fox)
Copic YR07 (ciao or sketch)
Copic 0 colourless blender (ciao or sketch)
Acrylic block, small
Vellum, 6cm x 6cm
Small piece of white cardstock, approximately 10cm x 5cm
Scrap of orange cardstock
Double sided tape
Scissors
Method
Fold the white A5 cardstock in half to create card base.
Place the heart stamp from the Foxy set on the acrylic block. Ink up in Peeled Paint, and stamp to create a staggered background on the front of the card base.
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Clean stamp and return to stamp sheet.
Place the card base on a craft sheet or piece of paper.
Ink up the foam pad on the distress ink tool, and start in a circular motion on the sheet, then move the ink onto the edge of the card.  Work around all sides, moving quite a way in as the ink becomes lighter on the foam pad.
Note: I have a foam pad for each of my distress inks, and write on the felt side with a sharpie to match to the inkpad.
Switch to Dried Marigold Distress Ink, ink up the foam pad, and using the same circular motion, ink around the edge of the journal card.
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Place the fox stamp onto the acrylic block, ink up in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp onto the blending card.
Watch the video for the Copic watercolour technique used to colour the fox, and colour your fox.
Watch video here.
Cut out the fox using a small pair of sharp scissors.
Cut 3 x 2cm strips from the vellum.  Stamp two of them along the base with the grass stamp inked up with Peeled Paint.  Dry.  Stamp a mushroom in Dried Marigold on the left of one of the pieces of vellum with grass.  Dry.
Tear across the top of the stamped pieces of vellum and adhere along the bottom edge of the journal card.
Stamp three speech bubbles from the Foxy set on the white cardstock.  Stamp one of the fox cries in each speech bubble.  Stamp the ‘what does the fox say?’ text on the white card.
Cut out the speech bubbles with sharp scissors.  Cut the ‘fox say’ title into a close rectangle.
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Cut a piece of orange cardstock slightly larger than the ‘fox say’ title, and layer them together.  Then stick the layered pieces onto the centre of the last piece of vellum.
Use the photo as a guide to stick everything down.  Slide the fox underneath the vellum so he appears to be sitting in the grass.

Fox Card

By Dawn Lewis

Ingredients
Half a sheet of A4 white cardstock
Quarter sheet of orange cardstock
Scrap of black cardstock
½” circle punch (optional)
Scissors
Pencil
Glue or double sided tape or adhesive roller
Ruler
Bone folder or stylus
Optional: paper or bulldog clips

Method
Print the Fox Card pattern sheet printable and cut out the pattern pieces.
Cut the white cardstock in half.
Trace around the head shape onto one piece of white cardstock.
Trace around the ear shapes onto the same piece of white cardstock, in the gap space left and right of the head.
Trace around the half head shape onto the orange cardstock. Cut out.
Trace around the nose & eye shapes onto the black cardstock. Cut out.
Option – Use a ½” hole punch to punch the eye circles (they will be slightly smaller, but that is what I used on the sample card).

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Place the two pieces of white cardstock together (use a couple of paperclips or bulldog clips if they’re a bit slippery) and cut out the fox head on the tracing line.
Cut out the 2 ear shapes from the leftover white cardstock.
Apply adhesive to the back of the orange piece, then line up the edges and stick onto the white card front.
Apply adhesive to the back of the eye and nose pieces, and stick them down (refer to the photo for placement).
Place the ruler vertically on the back section of the card (see photo) and score a line down the left hand side. This is how you make the card open.

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Apply adhesive to the section to the left of the scored line.

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Line up the front of the card, white side down, matching the edges, and press to adhere. This is the secret to making a shaped card without a straight edge!
This card will fit into a C6 envelope.

Option: You can use a white gel pen, a tiny white circle punch or a dot of white paint to add highlights to your fox eyes.

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Origami Fox

Marni here,

So today I filmed a quick tutorial on how to fold a basic fox origami.

We’ll be doing more videos like this – with projects to demonstrate techniques, as freebies if we discover quick projects, when we do product reviews and if we interview anyone.

Enjoy!

 

You will need:

– a square of paper (any size you want, the more sizes the bigger your foxy family will be)

– rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat/paper trimmer/pencil, ruler and scissors

– bone scorer, fingers or butter knife

– camera (so you can send in photos to us!)

Freebie!

On this bright Monday morning we bring you the first (of many) foxy freebies!

Simply click on this link to download it.

Mini Card to print 6x4

Print at your favourite photo printing kiosk.

Cut in half and stick to a blank mini card base (1/4 A4 cardstock folded in half).

Fox drawn by Kate (Etc Anime).

Template coloured & created by Dawn Lewis.