Freebie: Print Your Own Little Miss Mushroom Girl Valentine’s Day Card

Posted Saturday 4 February 2012 and filed under: Freebies & Tutorials

To celebrate the re-opening of my etsy shoppe later on this month, I thought I would offer up a free printable Happy Valentine’s Day card featuring Little Miss Mushroom Girl and bits of favourite fabric:

You can download the card for free by clicking on this link: Little Miss Mushroom Girl Valentine’s Day Card by One Red Robin

The file is in PDF format, and is A4-sized. There are two copies of the card on a page so an individual card is A5-sized. Simply download the file, open the PDF, print out as many copies as you would need on cardstock, cut each page in half to separate the cards, and write a message in the big heart. Easy!

These cards would look super sweet delivered in handmade envelopes using magazine pages, wrapping paper, etc – another fun project that kids can do as well. Here’s an easy-to-follow tutorial I found on Fairy Cardmaker’s blog on how to make different sized envelopes: Envelope Tutorial: How to Make Card Envelopes.

If you would prefer to sew something up for Valentine’s Day, I also have a free pattern for a Heart Softie that you can make over here: Make a “Sweetheart”

*Little Miss Mushroom Girl Valentine’s Day Cards are for private, non-commercial use only :-)

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Tutorial: How to make a Bunka-style doll

Posted Friday 21 January 2011 and filed under: Craft: Softies & Dolls,Freebies & Tutorials

Tutorial: How to Make a Bunka-style Doll

As mentioned in the previous post, I tried my hand at making a Bunka-style doll.

To make the doll, I referred to the photos in this tutorial by Naramachi Beniya as a guide:

However, since it was in Japanese and did not provide pattern pieces, I drew up my own pattern pieces and put it together using my interpretation of the photos. I understand that traditional Japanese Bunka dolls are made in specific way, which is why I am referring to my doll as Bunka-style and not truly a Bunka doll.

I thought I would share how I put my Bunka-style doll together if you are interested in making one.

You can download the pattern pieces and instructions (in a zip file) from here: Bunka-style Doll Pattern & Instructions by One Red Robin (size: 4.8MB)

Although I’m really happy with the way the doll has turned out, there are a few things I would change with the next doll:

  1. Use muslin instead of calico
  2. Try a 2-piece pattern for the Head and see if this will produce less wrinkles and a smoother shape overall
  3. Use a slightly heavier fabric for the Bonnet (the Bonnet on this doll is quite floppy)
  4. Use a one-piece gathered panel for the bottom part of the dress for more volume
  5. Try colour-fast fabric markers for the face
  6. Maybe add some shoes :-)

If you make one, please do let me know as I’d love to see it!

The auction of Fidelity the Fawn for the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal is still open! Please do bid HERE!

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Brooch Display Frame Tutorial

Posted Sunday 20 June 2010 and filed under: Craft: Other Projects,Freebies & Tutorials

A few weeks ago, I tweeted this whilst waiting for the phone guy to turn up at our new place. The brooch display frame was really easy to whip-up and took less than 15 minutes. I added a few more improvements since then and thought I’d share it with you, should you have a love of brooches too :-)

What you’ll need:

  1. An empty frame with a stand – it should include the frame itself, glass, a piece of cardboard, and the backing to which the stand is attached.
  2. Fabric of your choice
  3. A piece of thin batting
  4. A strong, hardy stapler
  5. A pair of scissors

First step: Take the frame apart. You’ll be using the cardboard for the rest of the steps, so you can put the other pieces of the frame to one side.

Second step: Place the cardboard on the batting and using the cardboard as a template, cut around it so that you have a piece of batting in the exact same size as the cardboard.

Third step: Place the cardboard on the fabric and using the cardboard as a template and leaving a 3cm (or 1 and 1/2 inch) border, cut around it.

Fourth step: Place the fabric you have cut from the Third step with its right-side facing down. Then place the piece of batting in the centre. Then place the cardboard on top.

Fifth step: Start with one of the shorter sides and fold fabric over the cardboard. Staple as close to the edge as you can, down the side, ensuring that all layers are stapled together. This will ensure that the staples won’t show when you put the frame back together.

Sixth step: Repeat the Fifth step on the opposite short side, making sure to pull the fabric taut as you staple down the edge.

Seventh step: Repeat Fifth and Sixth steps for the long sides, making sure to pull the fabric taut as you staple down the edge.

Eighth step: Put frame back together. For my frame, I put fabric-batting-cardboard piece in the frame first, followed by the piece of glass (since I may want to re-use the frame in the future), and then the backing piece.

And that’s it! Now it’s time to pin your brooches on! Make sure that when you do pin them on, the pin goes through both the fabric and batting. You could fancy it up by using antique or more extravagant frames.

I must thank Dear Fii for providing the idea :-)

*My display above holds some of my growing brooch collection (haven’t unpacked them all yet!). Top row: American Eagle Outfitters brooch; Betty Jo owl; Finki brooch. Middle row: Love by Geneine Honey Deer brooch; American Eagle Outfitters brooch; Vintage owl brooch. Bottom row: Diva Cameo brooch; Betty Jo Cuckoo Clock; Malgorzata Bird Brooch.

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Free Woodland Girl 2010 Calendar!

Posted Wednesday 27 January 2010 and filed under: Craft: Other Projects,Freebies & Tutorials

Hope you will enjoy this Woodland Girl 2010 Calendar!

I was hoping to post this up since just after Christmas but life got in the way. Thankfully I had a quiet night last night (after a fun but tiring day celebrating Australia Day with the girls!) and finished it up. Sorry for the slight wonkiness :-)

It’s scaled to print on A4-size paper and you can download it for free here: Woodland Girl 2010 Calendar

(Thank you for the continued messages of cheer & support I’ve received. I’m moving on, going strong :-))

EDITED 28/01/2010: Thanks for the lovely comments :-) and welcome if you have stumbled over here from WhipUp! Thank you to Wendy for pointing out that there is a day missing in the month of January!! So sorry!! I have fixed this and the calendar is now correct. Please download again if you downloaded the calendar before today. Sorry for the mess up!

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Softie Goodness Abounds & Free Owl Cushion Softie Pattern!

Posted Thursday 1 October 2009 and filed under: Craft: Softies & Dolls,Freebies & Tutorials,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

Have you heard the good news?? The annual Softies for Mirabel appeal is now on for 2009!

Organised by Pip, Softies for Mirabel seeks softies and dolls handmade by YOU. Pip will collect them and they will be donated to the Mirabel Foundation at Christmas, who will in turn distribute them to children affected by parental illicit drug use. This is a great opportunity to use your creativity for a worthy and invaluable cause.

For all the details, please go over to Pip’s here. Donations need to arrive at Mike’s by December 10 – that’s PLENTY of time to pick a softie to make, cut up the peices, sew it up, and make it lovely!

Also in softie news, The Toy Society have started organising the co-ordinated Christmas Toy Drop for this year. If you want to be kept in the loop on progress and details, make sure you’ve got their website bookmarked. I understand a mailing list for the Christmas Toy Drop 2009 will be up shortly. Also, have you heard that they had their first ever toy drop in IRAQ? How awesome is that?!

I’ve realised that I haven’t put up a freebie in quite a while so to celebrate all this softie goodness I hope you will enjoy this new free Softie Pattern: Oh-Oh the Owl Cushion :-)

I made him originally for my nephew and he came together really quickly so I thought it might be a good project to share.

You can download the pattern (instructions and template) by clicking here (it’s a PDF file).

Please excuse my hand-drawn template pieces – I really wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible so I haven’t had a chance to polish up the templates but hopefully they will make sense to you! :-)

He is super easy to make and there is a lot of scope to play with and combine different fabrics and prints. Feel free to make one (or more) for the Mirabel and the Toy Society appeals!

P.S. You can also find a whole heap of free softie patterns and softie-making tips over at the Softie Making website!

◘ Don’t forget that the September Sale is now at the One Red Robin Shoppe! 15% off softies and cushions and a 2-for-1 offer on all art prints (i.e. buy one and get one free!). Ends October 2nd!

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Free Stitch Pattern: Little Bear

Posted Tuesday 26 May 2009 and filed under: Freebies & Tutorials

Here’s a free stitchy pattern for download:

She’s based on a sketch I did of this other Little Bear. I haven’t stitched her up yet but I was thinking of using fabric applique for the skirt and balloons, satin-stitching the snout and shoes, and using tiny buttons for the eyes :-)

Feel free to download your copy right here: One Red Robin’s Little Bear Embroidery Pattern

All you need to do is print it out, use transfer paper/pencil to trace the pattern, and iron-on to your chosen fabric.

I’ve fallen ill again. Bleh. I miss being able to smell and taste food!

Please excuse the shorter posts this week. I will be going back to full-time work next week and there is a still a heap of stuff to sort out and complete before then.

Wishing you a lovely (and healthy!) week.

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Free Stitch Pattern: Little Mushroom Girl

Posted Saturday 17 January 2009 and filed under: Craft: Other Projects,Freebies & Tutorials

It’s funny how things randomly link up together sometimes. I’ve been reading “The Boss of You” since the beginning of the month and it got me thinking about new things I wanted to try this year. Then Red Chocolate chose the theme “Eye Spy something new to try in 2009” for last Sunday’s round. Then I drew up this postcard. Then with the whole “something new in 2009” buzzing around in my head, I started thinking about turning some of my little illustrations into embroidery patterns. Then Jane and Becky left comments on my postcard post about stitching the girl featured in the postcard! Weird hey?

Anyways, I have followed their suggestion (thanks ladies!) and have turned the little mushroom girl into an embroidery pattern:

Please click this link to download (it’s in PDF format): Little Mushroom Girl & Bunny Stitch Pattern

Just print it out, use transfer paper/pencil to trace the pattern, and iron-on to your chosen fabric.

Here’s what I’ve done with mine:

I cut out a piece of red ‘n’ white polka dot fabric for the mushroom hat and appliquéd it on (used iron-on adhesive); used mainly split stitch; used satin stitch on the frills of the dress; running stitch detail on the apron; and a bit of reverse appliqué for the rain-drops. It sits stretched over a 300mm embroidery hoop.

Here is it hanging above my youngest’s cot (yet to put more artwork on those empty walls!):

Other ideas for this pattern:
>> Make it into a panel for a cushion or a quilt block, or
>> Pretty up a plain canvas tote by embroidering it on one side, or
>> After embroidering, cut around the shape of the girl leaving a 2-3cm space around the whole girl. Cut a matching backing piece from your favourite patterned fabric. Sew together around the edge using a 1cm seam allowance with right-sides facing and leave a small gap for turning out. Turn right-side out and stuff with poly-fill. Ladder-stitch closed the opening. And ta-da! A little softie girl :-)

Hope you have fun with this and please send me pics of your work if you get a chance to stitch her up!

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Make a “Sweetheart”

Posted Tuesday 5 February 2008 and filed under: Craft: Softies & Dolls,Freebies & Tutorials

And speaking of making one’s day (following on from the previous post), have you heard about the “I Heart Mirabel” appeal that Mikes is currently running???

In short, make a heart in any medium; get it to Mikes by Valentine’s Day; they will sell them @ $10 each on March 8th, and ALL proceeds go to the wonderful Mirabel Foundation. Full details are here.

I made these little “Sweethearts” for the appeal.

Want to make one too?? If so, I quickly whipped up a pattern & template which you can download for free right here.

Make one for the appeal or make one for Valentine’s Day – or even better, make one for the appeal AND for a loved one for Valentine’s Day! :-) Everybody wins!

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How to Make a Simple & Versatile Soft Doll

Posted Wednesday 28 March 2007 and filed under: Craft: Softies & Dolls,Freebies & Tutorials

I’ve received a number of emails asking me about how I got started sewing soft toys. The short answer is that I got inspired by what I saw on all the lovely craft blogs and wanted to make something for my daughter (as I was a new Mum at the time). So after a bit of experimenting with the basics of sewing, I drew up my own pattern, which was a very simple shape and the first Baby Chibi doll was born (which looked something like this).

I’ve learnt so much from other crafters and online tutorials along the way (and continue to learn) that I thought it might prove helpful for someone out there to have access to a pattern and instructions for a very simple doll. And so I came up with Ruby :-)

Ruby is made up of basic shapes and her construction is also pretty simple. The fun lies in the embellishing and finishing of the doll. I made this first Ruby with a mix of fabric including wool-blend suiting, cotton print and corduroy. You may also note in the instructions that I have tried not to be too prescriptive with the embellishments or how to do the face – this is where your creativity and imagination take over!

Every few weeks I hope to publish a variation of this basic Ruby Doll. The first two will be Yelena Ruby (a Russian/Matryoshka inspired variation) and Haruko Ruby ( a Japanese/Kokeshi inspired variation).

To download the pattern and instructions for Ruby Doll#1 for free, please click here.

And if you do happen to make one, please let me know – I’d love to see it! Please let me know of any problems you had with the pattern or instructions as well. (And if there is enough interest, we can set up a Flickr group).

P.S. Thank you for all your comments on my previous post – my laptop has been very temperamental of late so I am currently on my my hubby’s PC but will respond to your emails/comments once my laptop decides to co-operate again :-)

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How To Make A Notebook-&-Pencil Holder

Posted Thursday 30 November 2006 and filed under: Craft: Other Projects,Freebies & Tutorials

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m in the middle of making some gifts for family and god-children. One of the gifts to be given to my younger godchildren will be a Notebook-&-Pencil holder.

Here is a completed holder:

And the holder opened up:

This is quite a straight-forward gift to make and I thought I’d provide a tutorial on how I went about putting this one together. Please note that I am no sewing expert :-) so please excuse my rather barbaric methods and lack of proper sewing vocabulary :-) Please also note that this is an image-heavy post, so allow a few minutes for all the images to load up.

This holder has been made to comfortably fit an A5-sized 100-page notebook. You may need to alter the dimensions for larger notebooks.

What You’ll Need

  • A 40cm x 28cm piece of fabric for the outer cover (I used a heavy-weight canvas cotton print)
  • A 40cm x 28cm piece of fabric for the inner lining (I used a light gingham)
  • A 40cm x 18cm piece of fabric for the pocket (I used the same light gingham as the lining)
  • A 40cm x 28cm piece of interfacing
  • Two strips of ribbon, each 30cm in length
  • Materials for embellishment e.g. felt, buttons, etc


1) According to the instructions for your interfacing, attach interfacing to the wrong side of the outer cover fabric.

2) On one longer side of the pocket fabric, turn in the edge 1cm, then turn in again 1cm to make a clean edge and sew down hem. It helps to iron it down before sewing to keep it in place.

3) Putting the ‘sandwich‘ together.

a) Place the lining fabric down with the right side of the fabric up. Then place the pocket fabric on top, with the right side up also, so that left and right edges line up with left and right edges of lining fabric.

b) Place the two pieces of ribbon across the lining fabric, just above the top edge of the pocket fabric. Ensure that one edge of one piece of ribbon slightly overhangs the left edge of the lining fabric, and one edge of the other ribbon slightly overhangs the right edge of the lining fabric.

c) Place outer cover fabric on top with wrong side facing up and ensure the edges of the ‘sandwich’ are all lined up. Pin in place, making sure ribbons are securely pinned in place.

4) Starting in the middle of the top edge, sew the sandwich together using a 7mm seam allowance. Leave a 10cm opening at the top edge.

5) Clip the corners (if you want pointy corners) and turn inside out. Slip-stitch opening closed and iron out flat. You can skip this next step if you prefer, but I like to stitch around the edges (about 2mm in from the edge) just as an added step to secure the sandwich together.

6) Marking & sewing in the pockets. This holder has been designed to hold pencils so if you are planning to include larger pens or textas, you will need to adjust the following measurements. For standard pencils, from the left edge, mark 2cm in, and keep marking every 2cm until you have marked 10 pockets for the pencils. Mark at the top and bottom edge to ensure a straight line and mark in the lines (they are hard to see in the picture below but I have marked them in with eraseable fabric pencil).

7) Sew down the lines from top to bottom. Ensure that the thread you are using to sew in the pockets matches both the lining and outer cover as it will be visible on both sides. You should end up with 10 thin pockets for the pencils and one large pocket for the notebook. This is what the outer cover looks like after sewing down the pocket lines (and before I clip the excess thread).

8) Embellishment. I decided to feature the recipient’s initials so I cut out the letters in wool felt.

I stitched the initials and some cute buttons on a circular piece of the yellow gingham and appliqued that onto a piece of wool felt. I then stitched it onto the upper corner of the outer cover. Please note that if you do embellish, you will have to keep it towards the top section of the cover so that you don’t accidentally sew over the pockets!

9) And finally, apply some Fray Stop (or similar product – available at craft stores) to the raw edges of the ribbon to prevent then from fraying.

And there you go – a simple Notebook-&-Pencil Holder! I hope this tutorial was easy to follow and understand.

Variations include making a patchwork cover (rather than using one piece of fabric), or converting the holder into a pencil roll by shortening its length and width, sewing pencil pockets all across the width, and attaching both pieces of ribbon to one side only so that it can be tied around the roll.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about the instructions or any feedback on improvements. And please let me know if you do end up making one – I’d love to see it!!!

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