Free

Free, Illustrator Tutorials

Make a quick and easy scalloped border with Illustrator

When it comes to knocking up something like a scalloped border, I like to keep things quick and easy. Illustrator is the perfect tool for creating useful little vectors like the one above. They can be welded to other elements and saved as SVGs to be cut with cutting machines like the Silhouette, for example.

I have written up a free tutorial, PDF format, and if you would like to create your own and follow my ten-step programme, download it here:

Hope you find it useful.

Cutting files, Free, Pop Ups

Free Dracula Pop-Up Template for Halloween

Here you go! A free Dracula pop-up card template. When you open the card with him in the middle, he stretches his arms wide to take a wicked nibble as vampires like to do!

This pop-up is based on Frankenstein pop-up on Robert Sabuda’s site. The instructions for how to fold and stick Dracula down on your card are the ones that Robert Sabuda has created a slideshow tutorial for on his Frankenstein so follow the link here:

Robert Sabuda’s pop-up Frankenstein

You can get the Free Dracula SVG file here:

Drop me a comment to say Fangs for the template when you get a mo!

Free, Other, Sewing, Tutorials

Ideal craft fair sellers and purse-friendly gifts – free phone case pattern

Heylo Dare! A Friday Freebie. I made a couple of phone cases last night. They took me about half an hour each and I wasn’t hooshing them along. Nope, a gentle pootle along with cups of tea and cake kind of make.

The template is easily adjusted and you can add a key fob or a lobster claw to clip to a bag strap or purse. Lots of possibilities.

Most importantly, they do all the wonderful things that us sewists love:

  • Use small pieces of fabric (stash busters)
  • Cheap to make
  • Quick to make (half and hour or so!)
  • Easy to make
  • Can be gussied up gorgeous for all ages and genders
  • AND very useful!

All of the above add up to craft fair sellers and gorgeous gifts that won’t bend the pennies or bust the bank.

The one in the picture is for my phone which is a Sony Xperia but the pattern is simple and easily tweaked to suit your phone or other sizes – Google to look for popular phones and their dimensions.

Anyhoo, here’s a free PDF including the template and instructions with photos and illustrations by me. Enjoy!

Cutting files, Free, Papercuts, Sewing

Teabag Taggy

I am sewing away to get a few more things made in time for a craft fair in Naas next Saturday and am finishing off a couple of teapot cosies ( like this one:  tea cosy ) and popping on a little teabaggy taggy to tie round the handle. Notice the perfectly parallel stitch lines around the edges? Twin needle. One snag is that you can’t pivot around corners like you can with a single needle but no matter, on simples shapes like this, corners are easily manouverable. A twin needle gives a lovely pretty finishing detail.

The template (such as it is, being so simple) pieces are kept in a small, foldover wrapper, see below. The surface design was created with a rubber stamp (Imaginesce range, I think) which was scanned then converted to a brush and pattern in Photoshop. The beauty of doing this is Versatility. The image can be scaled up or down and printed in any colour to suit myself and can be accomplished in a one-stop-Photo-Shop-sit-down-and-create moment.

I used very lightweight (80 or 90 gsm) printer paper for my wrapper and it looks very sweet tucked under the ribbons of my noticeboard (have a peep at how to make one here).

I’m posting the wrapper template for you to share and have fun with.  It’s a straightforward shape to cut and not a single tricky fold to tackle anywhere but the end result is pretty cute and useful.

There you go!

Cutting files, Free

Love to you, two!

A re-posting of two firm favourites: welded word files in DXF (Studio compatible) and SVG (a fairly universal format for cutting machines). First posted back in 2010 but over time (Why? Damifino) the link got broken so am making them available once again.

They’re free to download here:

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