Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Free Plum Princess Embroidery Patterns

Ready to embellish your princess purse with some hand embroidery?
Never tried hand embroidery before? You should give it a try because it's so much fun! Seriously, I am addicted. Grab some embroidery floss, some embroidery needles, and an embroidery hoop from the craft store and you are ready to go. The blog Wild Olive has some really great tutorials on EMBROIDERY BASICS right here that I suggest you read over if you are new to embroidery. She's like the embroidery queen.

I wanted the crown on the front of my purse and so I traced my purse pattern onto my fabric. This was a thin broadcloth so I could see through the fabric when I laid the fabric on top of the embroidery pattern. I traced the design with a pencil. Then I stitched on top of my lines. (I probably should have used my disappearing ink pen but I couldn't find it and I wasn't feeling ambitious enough to tear apart my craft room to look for it).

Download the free embroidery pattern by clicking on the image above. If you haven't already, grab your plum princess purse and gloves pattern in my etsy pattern shop. Remember to use coupon code THANKSGIVING for half off this week!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Plum Princess Gloves Pattern

I've found it's hard to write one of those "I haven't blogged in forever, is anybody still reading?" type posts. Residency is hard... my 18 month old is crazy...yada yada. So I'm just going to skip it and jump into the fun stuff.

I have a new pattern!
The PDF pattern is available here in my pattern shop. (use coupon code THANKSGIVING for half off this week!)

The inspiration came from Christine. She loves to dress up. Seriously, she spends more time during the day in princess dress-ups than in her clothes. Last year for Christmas I got her a little purse and glove set from the store. I was so disappointed. First the quality. Ug. The price 10 bucks, I bet I could sew it for less than that. Then the gloves were a one-size-fits-all which just frustrated Christine because they were too large to play in. Then I thought, I bet I could make something way better. So I did!

The gloves are made from stretchy knit fabric (knit with at least 30% stretch) and use 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric (depending on size and length you are sewing). For the above purple gloves I used a purple crushed panne found next to the stretch velvet at Hancocks. It was on sale and I bought 1/4 yard for only $1.60 and it had enough to make two pairs of size small gloves. SWEET!
The PDF pattern is 25 pages long. It includes printable pattern pieces and photo tutorial instructions for play gloves and purse. The gloves come in four sizes x-small, small, medium, and large in short and long versions. The purse includes pattern pieces and instructions for one handle, two handles, and a color block option, plus bonus applique shapes to add to your purse. That's a lot of options! BUT WAIT! there's more! I also have a page of free embroidery patterns coming tomorrow!

I had a really great group on testers make sure the instructions made sense and that they fit well, and most importantly that their little princesses loved to wear them! They tested all sorts of fabrics, from t-shirts in the up-cycle bin to microfleece. Please note that the pattern went through several revisions and theses photos are showing gloves made at different draft stages. The final pattern has been improved for fit.

These will make really great Christmas gifts this year! Elsa purse and gloves set anyone? This week for Black Friday I am offering 50% off my pattern shop. Just use code THANKSGIVING at checkout. That makes the Plum Princess set only $3 woohoo!