A new beginning…

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Pattern Patti started out as an Etsy retailer and has evolved into a pattern designing company that sells out there in the world as well as Etsy. For some time, I have felt that the name Pattern Patti didn’t really represent what I want my pattern company to be. I want to encourage new sewers and teach some basic skills with sewing patterns for cool stuff.  The new name captures that vibe much better.

So, I’m pleased to introduce you to Schoolhouse Patterns. Sewing is Always in Session.

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There is a new Facebook page, a new Twitter account, the new website  is in the works and the Etsy shop has had a makeover. Please check them out and like and follow to your heart’s content.


There is also a new mailing list for Schoolhouse Pattern News. You can sign up here. Please sign up so I can keep you in the know.

Thanks,

Cindy

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It’s my birthday! You get a present!!

kindle sleeve newsletter imageHi all. Tomorrow is my birthday and I would like to celebrate with you.  I have decided that I want to give a little gift to you. For today only, 12/2/12, if you buy any pattern in the shop, you get one free. FREE! When you checkout, just leave a note for me in the ‘note to seller’ box and tell me which pattern you would like. How about that?

Why today? Well, my hubbie’s taking me away for a couple of days and I don’t want to work while we’re gone. That’s all. Have a grand day!

 

p.s. Stay tuned for some changes hopefully in the next few weeks.

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Cyber Week Special – Yay!!

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November 26, 2012 · 2:43 pm

Boo! and a little pattern update

Well, happy Halloween to you all. Trick-or-Treating? We’ll be heading out tonight. I’m hoping that the kids score a lot of chocolate, enough that they lose count and don’t realize that its dwindling as I pilfer over the next few days.  Finger’s crossed!

Now, because of this….

and this…

I’ve made changes to this…

and this.

Those silly folks over at Apple keep adding products and changing sizes. So, to keep up with them, I’ve added measurements to my existing patterns for the iPad Sleeve and iPhone Case to accommodate the iPad Mini and iPhone 5. I’m pretty excited about the iPad Mini. I could be talked into carrying one of those around. I wonder if Santa reads my blog. Be sure and visit my Etsy shop to find these and other patterns.

later,

Cindy

p.s.  If any of you have purchased either of these patterns from me on Etsy, comment on this post with your email address and I’ll send an updated file to you. Peace!

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Stuff

Hello all. It’s been a while. No excuses for you.

Moving on. Let’s bring this meeting to order.

First on the agenda… Pattern Patti is having a Back to School sale in the Etsy shop. $5 for all PDF sewing patterns. This is a great deal and a greater deal on a couple. Two of the patterns are half price. Check them out.

Second…I’d like to showcase one of the patterns that is on sale.

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The Earbud and Mp3 Pouches. Do you keep your earbuds in your purse or do your kids keep them in their backpack? I never carried mine with me because I hated for them to get tangled or dirty. However, there are occasions when I’d like to listen to the music on my phone and need my earbuds. The earbud pouch is the answer. It’s just big enough to hold the earbuds and keep them safe and clean. 

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After I made a couple, my oldest asked if she could have one to put her iPod Nano touch in. It was pretty snug, so I made a larger one, hence the Mp3 version of the pouch. It’s just large enough for the Nano or any small Mp3 player plus the earbuds and USB cord that that accompany it.

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This is such a quick sew. I can make one in minutes. I would call it a beginner pattern. The trickiest part is sewing around those curves. The supplies needed are decent sized scraps of fabric, some white flannel for interfacing and some Velcro. I decorated one of them with a button. It’s just sewn on by hand.

The PDF is only $5 from now until Monday, August 6th, 2012.

Moving on to the third item on the agenda. (Hopefully this post is not getting too long). I just wanted to let you all know that Pattern Patti is on Pinterest. I’m there pinning all of the beautiful fabrics, amazing quilts, sewing tutorials and those great recipes, eCards, and cleaning tips. Follow me there so you can waste lots of time too. I love it!

Lastly… I just wanted to hint that there might be a change or two or announcement or exciting news regarding Pattern Patti in the near or not so near future. We’re cookin’ somethin’ up. No telling how long it will take to bake. That’s all.

Now, who’s taking the minutes?

Later.

 

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500th Sale celebration!

In honor of Pattern Patti’s 500th sale on Etsy, we are offering every PDF pattern in the shop for $5. This sale is for 5 days only, so stock up! I’m so pleased to be able to offer these savings to you. I’m sure you’ll find something that you can’t live without.

Happy Sewing, Cindy

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Make something.

7 days. You’ve got 7 days until Valentine’s Day. Just enough time to sew a little mini tote for your sweetie. Bling it up with some V-Day applique and it’s a perfect gift.

Get the pattern in my Etsy shop.
      

     

   

Happy Days!

Cindy

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Amen

Here’s a printable for you. Kind of silly, but I suppose you could hang it by your desk. Click it. Right click the larger one and save picture as. Enjoy. :)

 

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New pattern and give away!!!

Hey all, just wanted to introduce you to the newest addition to the Pattern Patti sewing pattern line.

The Ruffled Wristlet is a zippered pouch that boasts a detachable wrist strap.

Perfect for grabbing as you run out the door for a quick trip to the store. I use mine as a wallet and throw it in the big bag when I’m going to need my hands free.

Make the key fob (free pattern, look to your left), add another lobster clasp, and you will always know where your keys are.

This pattern is available for shops in print and PDF format. But for you sewists, the pattern is available in PDF format in my Etsy shop.

I haven’t sold any of these yet and I’d really like to. So, if you run over to the shop and buy the Ruffled Wristlet sewing pattern, like me on facebook and let me know that you read about it on my blog, I’ll give you another PDF pattern from the shop for FREE! Yay! The first 5 buyers will recieve the free pattern.

See ya later!

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Stuff It! for Christmas – an upcycled doll skirt

Stuff It! For Christmas continues with another tutorial for the 18” doll. I have girls. We have dolls. This is what we do.

I love hand-me-downs. We have gotten them from my niece who is 3 years older than my oldest. After she wears them, they get passed down the line, through all of her sisters. After we’re finished with them, we pass them on to a little friend, although not all clothes make it that far down the line. You know how jeans look after a while. Holey knees stop the handing down dead. I always hated to throw those jeans away. Here’s a way to keep them alive. Turn your holey jeans into a skirt for your dollys. This is an upcycle tutorial.

This is so simple. You are going to cut the end of a jeans leg and turn it into a skirt. Decide how long you want your skirt to be. I cut this one 8” long. Since my girls are getting bigger and their jeans are getting bigger, this skirt turned out a little wider than I would like. It will look much better with smaller jeans.

What you need:

1 pair of jeans

A 9” long piece of ¼” wide elastic per skirt.

Get going:

So, cut your leg off.

Turn the leg inside out.

Turn the raw edge of the leg down ¼”. Press.

Turn that edge down another ½”. Press. We’re making casing for elastic.

Stitch around the folded edge of the leg, 3/8” from the edge, leaving a 2” opening.

Place a safety pin on the end of the elastic.

Pin the other end to the skirt so it won’t get pulled into the casing.

Push the safety pin through the casing until it comes out the other side.

Stitch the 2 ends of the elastic together.

Let them slide into the casing and stitch the opening closed.

That’s it! You’re finished.

Now, you can customize this skirt in many ways.

  • Use some khakis instead.
  • Applique on the leg, or better yet, use legs that are already appliqued.
  • Sew a ruffle on the bottom. I now have a ruffle tutorial for this skirt here.
  • Sew a bias binding around the bottom edge.
  • Use a shirt sleeve like the banded t-shirt sleeve.

I’d love to see what you come up with. Join the Pattern Patti flickr group and show off your creations.

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