Perching Parrot Cut n Sew Challenge Entry

Sewn example of an Eastern Rosella Perching Parrot

Spoonflower Cut n Sew Challenges have been few and far between since I learned of Spoonflower’s existence in late 2014. I am excited to say I have an entry in the current Fat Quarter Cut n Sew Challenge. These Perching Parrots Eastern Rosella (Male and Female) Soft Toys are featured on the 21″ x 18″ Panel. I do hope you will have a look at the entries and click ‘Select’ to Vote for the ones that are the best Cut n Sew Panels. There are so many amazing designs! Don’t forget to give them a Heart to indicate they are your Favorite too. If the Challenge is very popular perhaps Spoonflower will hold another one soon! Within the next 6 months would be great!!!

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Custom Fit a Bridle

Oopsy Wardrobe Malfunction Custom Fit a Bridle Blog Post


Oopsy! What do you do when your Hobby Horse Bridle does not fit properly? A “wardrobe malfunction” can be embarrassing, can’t it? Help is available!

Learn how to custom fit a Bridle to your “Wish for a Pony” Hobby Horse or Spoonflower Cut n Sew Faux Suede Horse. Understand why size differences can occur depending on the fabric and materials chosen. Make small corrections for a perfectly fitting Bride so your Hobby Horse is ready for play or display!

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Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Mane and more

Determined not to let Arthritis stop her from making Hobby Horses for her Grandchildren Maker Therese has kindly given permission for her methods to be shared on my Just Bananas Over Soft Toys Blog! Having experienced the inconvenience of stiff fingers and Arthritis in my own hands I appreciate the effort Therese has put into taking the following photos. Those with less nibble fingers may find it helpful to use the tutorial in conjunction with the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF available on Etsy.

Maker Therese writes “Some may prefer this method, others may not.  I’ve learned a great deal of my crafts and hobbies from others who shared with me.  I’m just passing on the tradition. If this helps others to sew this wonderful hobby horse and get more of what is beautiful and creative into the world, I’m all for it… I’ve worked out another time saver for myself that you may like. I have 19 grand-children so far, with the oldest being 15 years old.  You can see why I will be making many of these, and why I’m trying to make it easier on my hands…..I think the beauty of your pattern is that it allows for everyone’s individual creativity.  I think the most serious problem that I will have, is to stop sewing them.  I love all the possible colors, the variety of yarns, and the sheer joy on a child’s face when I give it to them.”

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Reynolds Freezer Paper Home Printer Experiment in 7 Steps

Reynolds Freezer Paper showing roll, non shiny/matt side plus shiny side photo from Reynolds Freezer Paper Home Printer Experiment in 7 Steps Blog Post

Reynolds Freezer Paper showing roll, non shiny/matt side plus shiny side

Reynolds Freezer Paper has a shiny plastic coating on one side that adheres temporarily to fabric when ironed and once removed it can be reattached several times before losing its gripping ability. Having discovered (via several discussions in Facebook groups) the existence of such a potentially useful product I was very keen to try it for myself. Continue reading


Finger Pocket Fish Tutorial: How to Fussy Cut Abstract Fabric

The “Fussy Cut” technique gets its name from the definition of “Fussy” = requiring careful attention + “Cut” = the removal of areas of Fabric via the use of Scissors. In other words instead of merely placing Paper Pattern pieces on the fabric in a haphazard manner careful attention is given to the location of the Paper Pattern piece in order to make the best use of particular areas, features, patterning and colours of the chosen fabric. Continue reading


“Turn a Toy” Tutorial How to turn Fingers

Do you need a quick easy method for turning a variety of finger shapes the right way out?

Then this little Video could be just what you are looking for!

Just Bananas Over Soft Toys is now available for viewing on YouTube! Videos will include ‘How to’ Tutorials and some ‘Demonstrations’ of some of my early Youth Hobby interests.

There aren’t many clips available as yet but more will be added as time goes on………so keep your eyes ‘peeled’!!!