More Items added to the glossary ~ Tools

NittensAndPatches_glossary_Tools_CollageThis week I have been busy photographing all sorts of different tools and gadgets I use to add to my glossary of Tools and Notions.

I have more to add, but I’m still editing the photo’s, plus I’m sure there are some I have missed ;)

To keep the pages from getting too long, I have divided the tools into four separate pages.  From the ‘Tools and Notions’ homepage, you can find the four different links – divided alphabetically.  Or if you hover your mouse over the Glossary mene at the top, you will see the four different pages there in a drop-down menu under ‘Tools and Notions’.

Until next time …

Happy sewing   signature-pink-2


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Sarah Starfish ~ A New PDF Sewing Pattern.



Sarah is a cute little Starfish rattle. She makes a quick and easy DIY baby shower gift or a gift for any time.  Her arms are great for small hands to hold and her large cartoon style eyes gives her a fun personality that will capture the imagination.


This pattern takes approximately 30 minutes to make and is a great ‘scrap buster’ project.

I have included the two most popular instruction styles in this pattern – quick step-by-step written instructions for advanced sewist as well as a step-by-step photo tutorial for the beginner sewist.


There is also a clickable table of contents as well as links to other resources available on my website.

It is also designed for people in the growing handmade industry who wish to sell the toys they make (Please see my Policies page for more information on my copyright NittensAndPatches_Sarah-Starfish_Pattern-cover-4arequirements ).

This is an original sewing e-pattern to make a stuffed toy starfish.

  • This 14 page pattern includes:
  • Ready to print pattern templates (no need to resize).
  • Written instructions for advanced sewist as well as Coloured photos with easy to read step-by-step photo tutorial.
  • A list of materials, tools.
  • Pattern Language: English
  • Pattern Format: Adobe PDF file – 1.41 MB
  • Skill level: Confident Beginner and requires basic machine and hand sewing and embroidery skills.
  • Includes “Trade Secrets” hints for a more professional finish.

What others are saying about Sarah …

I have my patterns tested by some lovely ladies; here’s what a couple of them had to say about this pattern.

This little starfish is so cute. She was really easy sew. It only took we about 30 minutes from start to finish. My daughter drew her mouth on when I wasn’t home, so I will be making another one. This one came out really cute anyway. Thank you very much! I have already cut out another one and I’m  going to sew it up tomorrow. … 

Thank you again. It was really fun! [Fran McGuire]

sarah the starfish picture by fran McGuire

Congratulations on the pattern and instructions. Everything worked so good. …  You did a great job and I get the feeling that I didn’t have a lot of work testing for you. Everything is already well done. … My Sarah Starfish  did a little trip to the beach today and tomorrow she will be donated to charity. I will have to make at least two more, because my own kids loved her sooooo much!  

Thanks for having me testing this one too, 
Magda E.Sarah1 by Magda E

Available now at …

Buy Sarah at Craftsy  Buy Sarah at Etsy  Buy Sarah From MadeIt

 By for now ..



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12 Fun Easter Crafts To Do With The Kids This Weekend.

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   YAY!  The Easter Bunny is coming soon — it’s almost time for Easter egg hunts and chocolate overload ;) While you’re waiting for your Easter egg hunt, here is a list of 12 Fun Easter Crafts to do with … Continue reading

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Good Earth ~ A Celebration of Craft & Craftsmanship.

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In the wake of Etsy’s most recent move to go public and become just another money making machine (for a few), one company is standing up for all those values that Etsy once believed in. After seeing this video from Good … Continue reading

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Introducing: A Glossary Of Sewing Terms & Tools.

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The rise of the Handmade industry has swung the doors of the cottage and craft business wide open resulting in innumerable home based business  raining down on us through the internet like pixy dust — all pretty and shiny and mesmerizing. Crafty … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Sewing With Ease.

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Today I am sharing some tricks I’ve learnt over the years when it come to sewing with ‘Ease’ .  So, what is ‘ease’? … Put simply, ease is a small extra amount added to the measurement of a pattern.    In … Continue reading

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#Art_Chain Challenge: A Glimpse Of Some Other Creative Adventures

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The other week I was nominated by Jenny  from Fluffmonger to take part in the 5 day Art Chain challenge that has been doing the rounds on Facebook.  Although I thought this sounded like fun, I didn’t think I had the time to take … Continue reading

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Review: PicMonkey – Online Photo Editing Program, Plus a Short Tutorial.

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I have been using PicMonkey for about two and a half years now to edit ALL my photos, so I thought it was time to write a review about this amazing program. Essentially PicMonkey is an online photo editing program, but … Continue reading

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The 2015 EU VAT Tax & Why I Can No Longer Sell To Customers In The EU …

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 Important update: Thanks to Etsy changing their minds regarding collecting and remitting the new EU VAT, all my patterns on Etsy are again available as instant downloads and available to everyone — including all you fine and lovely folks in … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2014, you were full of adventure and change.

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At the close of each year we always seem to want to take one last look back at what we have done with the last twelve months. For me, this year has really focused on two things, fine tuning what … Continue reading

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