2010 guest blogger series: make a bale of turtles with Jodie

by Admin on 29/09/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to introduce you to Jodie from vintage ricrac. Jodie is another fellow aussie gal, an impeccable crafter and great all round gorgeous person. I have been lucky enough to meet Jodie a couple of times and listen to her talk and she is as fabulous and inspirational in person as she is on her blog.

My name is Jodie and I blog at www.vintagericrac.blogspot.com where I make toys and not-toys. I used to sew with selvedges and now I don’t. I wish I had more time to spend in the sewing room.

Hi, I’m Jodie.

Apart from the crazy need to dream up little back-stories to all sorts of inanimate objects, especially toys, I also love the crazy terms given to a group of things. Did you know a group of turtles is called a bale ? Neither did I!

These teeny turtles have been haunting my blog for a very long time. When Kathreen asked me to do a guest post here on Whip-Up I knew the turtles were the way to go! These guys are super tiny and super-cute. You can find full downloadable instructions and pattern sheet [below] to make a whole bale of turtles for yourself. All you need is some felt, embroidery thread and a Best of the 80’s soundtrack and pretty soon you’ll have a party!

Pattern Pieces For Party Turtles

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1 Julie @SeriousSewing September 29, 2010 at 7:09 am

You’ve got quite a party going there! I love the circle garlands, too. Felt toys are also a great way to teach kids basic hand sewing skills. The felt doesn’t ravel, big uneven stitches are fine and the projects are quick for immediate gratification. My kids sewed lots and lots of Pokemon when they were learning.


2 mimi k September 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hi Jodie! Great to see you over here on Whip-Up!


3 Vicki September 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Is there another way to download these adorable turtles without having to sign up with facebook or scribd? I would really appreciate having this pattern. Thanks so much.


4 susan jonsson September 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm

These are the greatest…..Just what I need to cheer up this glum, foggy, wet day!!!!!!!!!!!!! A wee bit of cheer never hurt anybody….Thanks so much Jody!



5 Robyn September 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Love them!! Thanks :-)


6 cleo September 30, 2010 at 2:45 am

I am fortunate to have a few of Jodies patterns … now another one!! EEEEK!! they are awesome patterns !!


7 Diana Martin October 2, 2010 at 6:47 am

I’ve heard of a bale of hay, but a bale of turtles?? These are the cutest, and the perfect addition to any party. In fact, they MAKE the party!


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