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As I’m sure everyone in the world with web or media access has heard, on the 22nd of July the world welcomed the newest heir in line to the British throne, Prince George.

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To celebrate his arrival, designer Fiona Goble and the Ivy Press have released this free pattern, which includes dolls and outfits for Princess Catherine, Prince William, and wee Prince George.  Fiona Goble published a fun book of patterns called Knit Your Own Royal Wedding in preparation for Kate and William’s wedding in 2011.

If you strive for authenticity, you might like to make a little baby shawl for your knitted prince in the same style as the gorgeous Filmy Fern shawl that was the official gift from New Zealand.

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Shannon from luvinthemommyhood blog sent this super cool pattern over for her infinity scarf – It’s a comfy, warm flannel Infinity scarf that can be worn over 13 ways – and isn’t she just totally cute!

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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 ina braun, she runs a studio and creative space for teaching and design in Mountain Springs NJ. It is a workspace where fine knitting and crochet patterns, yarns, fiber and fabric are curated.

Today for this guest post I have decided to share the pokey pinwheel blanket once more, when it was first released as a free pattern on ravelry many people assumed it was a doggie blanket … not at all … my patterns are named for dogs I love … and pokey was the perfect candidate for this one. This pinwheel blanket is a repeat of a familiar pattern but with a variety of edgings to give people a one visit sampler.

Pokey’s pinwheel blankie … also known as the grasshopper pie blankie … is a perfect summer-time inspiration in the Spud and Chloë “sweater” yarn for the body of the blankie and “fine” for the trim. The grasshopper pie blankie is reversible and about 32” in diameter. The original version is shown with 10 different trims … 10 slices of grasshopper pie to sample! Take time to read through all of the instructions once before you start. Check that you have all the “ingredients” for a successful grasshopper pie! Pokey thinks his profile shot is his best look!

You need
3 skeins of Spud and Chloë “sweater” in grass and one skein of Spud and Chloë “fine” in popcorn and/or dachshund. There is a good amount left over if you use two colors for the trim. Should be enough to make a baby hat or socks. I’ll be fiddling with that later!!!

US #9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles, 16” and 24” circular needles of the same size. You might also wish to have a 32” circular needle if you think that there are too many stitches on the needle once you are on the homestretch. It is manageable with the 24” circular!

If you wish to make the crochet trim you will also need an “I” (5.5 mm) crochet hook.

Gauge
The sample has a gauge of 4 sts to the inch … so go ahead and make a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch to know that you will be on track.

Notes:
When joining a new skein you can actually splice the yarn, twist it together again and work carefully over those stitches. Keeps you from having to knot
the ends and weave them away. “Sweater” is a three ply yarn with very soft fibers that will ply together beautifully.

Download the pdf pattern here.

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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 welcome Tina Givens to Whipup, Tina has a new book of children’s clothing patterns just released titled Sew Tina! 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Décor Items for Kids and later in the month I will be participating in her blog/author tour which should be a blast! Tina is a multi-talented woman – she not only designs patterns to wear and use and make but designs fabric and stationary too.

Character Blankee

I love illustrating for children, and wanted to create something in fabric—using stitches instead of paper, paint, and ink. I sketched out a few little characters and fell in love with free-motion stitching. The instructions below are for a little blanket, but the same method can easily be adapted for wall art, quilt tops, or a cushion front.

Materials

Templates for the bunny and piggy can be downloaded here.

  • Scrap fabrics for appliqué, enough for character pieces
  • Fusible interfacing, lightweight (enough to attach the character pieces)
  • Craft felt to fit your finished appliqué, about 16 x 20 inches
  • 2 pieces of fabric for blankee top and backing, 18 x 21 inches
  • Cotton batting, 18 x 21 inches
  • Fabric to make binding, enough for a strip that is 2 x 85 inches
  • Tina’s Tip: When making the binding strip, consider whether you want to miter the corners or not. If mitering, cut the binding on the bias. Otherwise, binding cut along the grainline will work just fine.

  • Tools: Basic Sewing Kit + Free-motion presser foot
  • Seam allowance is 1/2 inch unless otherwise noted
  • Before You Start Here are some material suggestions:

    Scraps—For the characters faces, use something that is a light-colored solid or with a minimal pattern design. Otherwise, the facial features will be lost. Consider mixing up your scraps so different fabrics will be next to each other.

    Background fabric—It’s best to use 100 percent cotton (light to medium weight), and to select this fabric after you have determined your scrap selections. Choose something that will make your appliqué stand out the most. Likewise, the felt border around the character will help create a distinct outline, so choose the color accordingly.

    Thread—Regular all-purpose thread is fine, or you could use a machine embroidery thread. I love using a chocolate brown color, because it makes the stitching look like it was done with an ink pen.

    Cutting and Preparation
    1. Download the templates found in the materials section and enlarge the template of your choice to your desired size.

    2. Fuse interfacing onto the wrong side of your selected scraps prior to cutting out any pattern pieces.

    3. Place the tracing paper on top of the character you wish to appliqué, and trace each individual part that will be cut from a different fabric, separating them out. For the Flying Pig, for instance, trace the beanie hat as a piece, his face as another piece, then the goggles, and so on. (I cut out his nose in the same fabric, for added dimension.)

    4. Cut out the individual pattern pieces, and pin them onto the interfaced scraps. Cut out each shape in fabric.

    5. Place each piece directly onto the felt, following the template. Pin each piece down securely. Don’t worry if you can see the interfacing peeking from under the cut appliqué edges—it will soon be hidden by the stitching.

    Tina’s Tip: When I do sketch (free-motion) stitching, I begin with larger or base pieces, like the pig’s face and head. I then stitch around the goggles, and save smaller details for last.

    Sewing Instructions
    6. Start stitching the pieces in place, one by one. When you are ready for smaller stitched details, like eyes and teeth (for the bunny), use a pencil or disappearing fabric marker to draw them as shown on the pattern, then stitch. Eyes are simple, just make a little circle and fill it in by stitching around and around. When you clip the ends, you can leave a 1/4-inch thread tail, which look like eyelashes. Once you have finished stitching all parts and pieces onto your felt base, press everything flat.

    7. Cut the felt around your character, about 1/4 inch from all stitching and fabric edges. This will create an outline of solid felt, which is a vital component of this busy appliqué. It serves as a separator of color and pattern, and creates a three-dimensional effect for your little character.

    8. Pin the character appliqué, felt side down, front and center on the right side of your blankee top. Again, use sketch stitching around the edges of your character, along the previously sewn lines. For any extra little details, such as the propeller motion lines, stitch directly onto the background fabric.

    9. To assemble the blankee layers: Lay the backing fabric right side down, lay the cotton batting on top, and finish with the appliquéd front, right side up. Pin around all edges and through all layers. Baste close to the raw edge on all sides.

    10. Make your own double-fold bias tape and bind the edges of the blankee.

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    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 Lia from Lia’s space. I love Lia’s original and easy to follow tutorials, her style is a little bit quirky and I like that.

    I am a full time working mom of two little misfits. I’ve learned how to sew when my second daughter was about to be born and fell in love with sewing and fabrics ever since. I run a furniture company and a small children clothing shop with my friend. I’ve started blogging after I had my first daughter. I started reading other people’s creative blogs during those countless (never-ending) express breast milk pump sessions.

    Today I want to introduce you to my modern take on Indonesia’s traditional shadow puppet (wayang kulit). This traditional entertainment, using shadow and light, is usually accompanied by Indonesian traditional gamelan music.

    What you will need:

  • Felt fabric for body, arms and legs
  • Felt fabric for hair
  • 2 wooden chopsticks
  • embroidery threads for face
  • 8 pairs of snap buttons
  • step 1.
    Cut out all the felt pieces for the body and hair. Embroider the face on the front body piece before you start. Use the PDF pattern provided here.

    I used buttonhole stitch function on the computer and stitch all over the body, leaving a gap to insert the balloon stick. You can also use zig-zag stitch or just the plain straight stitch

    step 2.
    Sew all around the leg and arm parts.

    Once everything is ready, install the snap buttons as pictured (2 on the body’s arms, 2 on the body’s legs, 2 on the upper leg, 1 on the lower leg, 2 on the upper arms and 1 on the hands)

    step 3.
    Sew the hair and free sew the hair all around using straight stitch to give it texture.

    step 4.
    Sew the chopsticks at the end of bot hands, you can glue the sticks first then sew over it.

    step 5.
    Make the dress, sew the pocket onto the front side of the dress, then sew the side and top of the dress. You’re done :)

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