Free Pom-Pom Turorial


For the last couple of weeks I have been working on a two new pattern.  One of them uses a pom-pom to decorate the top a tartan beret, so I thought I would create a pom-pom making tutorial to share. 

In this free tutorial I show you three different methods for making your own handmade  pom-poms, the traditional method using two disks of cardboard with a hole in the centre, and two different styles of pom-pom makers.

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The Insiders Guide To Starting An Online Sewing Pattern Business

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 Earlier this year I bought this e-Book from Abby Glassenberg on all the ins and outs of creating a successful online sewing pattern business.  I was so encourage by what I read I decided to accelerate my plans to start designing and selling my own sewing e-Patterns.

That decision has created a transition phase for my business as I move away from making other peoples patterns and selling finished toys and start designing my own patterns to sell.  This scene of ‘transition’ has filtered through out other areas of the business too.



You will notice a few new headings in the top menu.  Over time I will add a drop down menu to some of these headings.

The first to get an extended menu is ‘Tutorials’, the first addition here is
“Trade Secrets’.  Penguin foot, before & afterThis is where I will add all the tips and trick I have learnt over the many years I have been sewing, many of these are techniques used by professions sewist to either speed up work or give a professional finish to your project.   The very first tutorial to be add is a simple trick to reduce the visibility of the seams on your plushies that are made from fabrics like fleece and Minky.

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Last month I released my first sewing e-pattern … yay me!  It took several weeks of hard – but fun work.  I explored and learnt so many new things, not just to do with developing a sewing pattern but also things like how to create PDF files, how to merg and compress PDF’s.

Click here to read more about my new pattern and where to buy it.


 When I started my Pinterest account, there was no such thing as a Pinterest Business account.  It’s a great place to find and store resources but many of the boards were more personal interest things like cute pictures of kittens and puppies.Pinterest Banner

After a while things started to look a bit messy, so this year I have started “The Great Pinterest Clean Up of 2014″.  I’m slowly working my way through each board and reorganising things into separate categories so – hopefully – things are easier for find.  Here is an example from my Dolls and Soft Toy boards of what I mean …

PicMonkey Collage

Well – that is it for now, thank you for stopping by, until next time …

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Introducing “Karli & Kutta Penguin”, Arctic Friends ~ A New Sewing e-Pattern

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After two months of hard work it’s finally here! My very first soft toy sewing e-Pattern. These “cute & cuddly” guys are listed and ready for you to buy and sew your very own Arctic Friend.  Available from either Etsy, Madeit … Continue reading

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Project 3 ~ The Elephant & Under-body Gussets : (Stuffed Animals: from concept to construction ~ Part 4)

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In the third project from the book “Stuffed Animals: from concept to construction” by Abigail Glassenberg, I learnt about making an under-body gusset. The Project. As with the last two projects there was a pattern to make which demonstrated the … Continue reading

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‘Stuffed Animals, …’ (by Abby Glassenberg) review part 3 – Project 2 ~ Bumblebee!

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Bumblebees & Geometric Shapes. Making the Bumblebee. This is the first project in Abby’s book, ‘Stuffed Animals, from Conception to Construction’, that starts to teach you about using 3 dimensional shapes, starting with geometric shapes, the first being  spheres.  The bumblebee is … Continue reading

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Wow … March already! Come and see what’s new at Nittens & Patches this year.

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Well, here we are, half way through March already.  Can you believe it?   It seems to me that the first few months of every year just flies by, before you know it, we are starting to think about what … Continue reading

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Who Was The Real Santa Claus?

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A few weeks ago my husband handed me this little book opened to a page just over three quarters of the way through  & suggested I read it. The book is called ‘Stories Behind Men of Faith’ by Ace Collins … Continue reading

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The Owl & The Pussycat Went To Sea In A Beautiful Pea Green Boat, …

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat BY EDWARD LEAR Owl & Pussy-cat I The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea    In a beautiful pea-green boat, They took some honey, and plenty of money,    Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl … Continue reading

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Moving House!

Just a short post to let everyone know that I am moving house this week.   My Internet is being disconnected tomorrow morning & won’t be connected at the new house until wednesday the 9th October. Shops! All 3 shops … Continue reading

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Amazing Designers: – Funky Friends Factory

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We all have our favourite shops, whether they are a bricks & mortar business or an online shop, these are the people we go back to time & time again.  Not just because they have the ‘stuff’ we want or … Continue reading

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