Category Archives: Free Pattern

How to Make a Fabric Roll Up Paintbrush Holder

Tutorial for Watercolor Paintbrush Holder
I made a bunch of cute bags for Christmas Gifts which I completely forgot to take pictures of. Just imagine something amazing and I’m sure you’ll have it about right.

I made a bag for my mother-in-law, who paints watercolors, and I wanted to make a paintbrush roll up holder to match her bag, but I had no idea what sort of size or shape would be needed. So, I carefully measured hers when we were there over the holidays, and promptly forgot the measurements.

I had figured there would be 10,000 of these tutorials on the web, but the ones I found were not super helpful, so I’m making my own. I did find a lot of tutorials on how to make crayon caddies, but for the life of me I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t just use the crayon box to hold your crayons? Unless you are like my mom and make your kids use the worn out nubs of scrap crayons from other kids’ yard sales. (“They color just the same! What are you making such a fuss about?”) In which case, please just buy them a cool crayon box (She-Ra please!) from the actual store to spare them a little dignity.

ANYWAY, if anyone can shed some light on why everyone is making these crayon holders, I am genuinely interested. In the mean time, here is how to make something that will definitely be useful to anyone you know who watercolors or paints or otherwise needs a fashionable way to carry around brushes.

Tutorial for Watercolor Paintbrush Holder


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Carrot or Carrot? Free Pattern and Survey

Hey hey hey! The Veggie embroidery patterns are getting closer. I’m sitting on my 95 degree front porch drinking iced soymilk/espresso, my laptop is burning a whole in my skirt, and I’m staring at these two drawings of carrots gardening, wondering, which is better? Or should I include both? I suppose I’m more inclined towards the curly haired carrot, since, you know, I’m curly haired. But the straight mohawk carrot has a gentle fierceness I appreciate.

So, long story short, I’m offering these for free, and if you want to embroider up a sample of them and give me a critique on my patterns, I’ll give you a bunch of free patterns, and uh, seeds from my garden, and uh, whatever else you want that I have around, say, a couple of black and white cats and a orange-headed boyfriend? But those are just for borrowing, I’d want them back.

(Just kidding, boyfriend!) (I know he’s reading this.)

(Cats can’t read, I can say whatever about them! Ha!)

Ok, so in sum:

1.  Which carrot is better? (Optional answer: You hate both carrots.)

2. Do you want to test some patterns for me?

3. My boyfriend is not for sale or trade.

Veggies on Their Way!

Veggie Pattern In ProgressVeggie Pattern In ProgressBecause it’s raining too much to do much with my veggies in the garden, I’ve decided to finally finish my Veggies Extravaganza pattern series.

Oh did you not know I was working on a Veggie Pattern series? That’s because I have been very lazy, ahem, secretive about it.

The only hint I have given was the free “Kale On Guitar” pattern I put out in February.

I’ll do some more free veggie patterns sometime soon (definitely within the next five years!).

I’m stitching up the sample For Sale patterns right now.

One thing that is amazing about veggies is that their little sprouts taste just like the big version of themselves. I know because I generally eat all the sprouts that I thin out. Waste not, want not! Most startling this morning was the tiny, tiny cucumber sprout full of cucumber flavor, if a cucumber was a leaf.

Free Pattern: Owl Applique

Owl Close upEveryone is making owls these days. Or maybe owls aren’t cool anymore, as of today? Whooo knows. I made a quilt with a fabric owl on it and wanted to make the pattern available. I used Pellon Wonder Under fusible webbing for applique. Enjoy!

My favorite knock knock joke:

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Who Who?
What are you, an owl?

Click here for the pdf!

Free Pattern – January Tea Fiesta!

Fiestaware teapot and HedgehogI’m so excited, my computer is back with all of my data friends! Yay!

To celebrate, I’m going to post this free pattern that I meant to post last month. I really dislike the way the hedgehog turned out but I am so over the moon for my Fiestaware dishes (made in WV!) that I just love this image. Here is the link to a free pdf!

PS: I just love the way images of embroidery turn out when you scan them. You can see every thread! It is so hard to get detail in photographs of embroidery.

Kale on Guitar

For some reason I have “Kale on Guitar” stuck in my head to the same tune as “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney.

I was going to do something like one free pattern a week or month – certainly not two days in a row – but I thought putting this up here would help stop the continuous loop of “Kale on Guitar.”

Of course there are worse things in the world to be hearing on a loop, like certain singers whose names start with G and end with A and also have a G and A in the middle.

I Want a New Pie!

Wait, is this a metaphor?I heard on NPR that Pie and Kale were going to be very trendy foods in 2011. This is very exciting news for me as I really like Pie and Kale, and though I have never tried Kale Pie, I can imagine it being delicious with mushrooms and maybe pine nuts or something. So anyway, since I am way ahead of the curve on this kale/pie thing, I guess I’m going to be really popular this year! Yeah!

Of course, the ever-positive thinking boyfriend pointed out that now kale might get really expensive, if it becomes trendy. Because spinach used to be cheaper.  Gah!

But, whatever, a new year, a new pie! I love this quote by Winona LaDuke:

“We don’t want a bigger piece of the pie, we want a different pie.”

Yes, I realize it’s a metaphor, but what a delicious one! Here’s to social justice in 2011 – and to free stuff – because if you click on the picture, you’ll get a free pdf of the drawing I used to make the pie.