Patterns

Monday, August 14, 2017

Grow your own fabric

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Recently a friend sent me a link for a video about Allan Brown, who harvests wild stinging nettle to create his own fabric. He makes it look incredibly easy, and I find myself wondering what other plants can be used (I’m based in South Africa so stinging nettles aren’t so common) and whether or not I have the courage to give it a try.
 
Here’s the video for those who wish to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0SFRIZqkfE
And isn’t it amazing, if we put our minds to it (and managed to find the time) we could really create custom garments from scratch, from the thread up... and can you imagine the money we could save from all that store-bought fabric hoarding – I have at least 15 crates... that’s right CRATES of fabric at any given time. – and of course this process can be used for creating balls of yarn for knitting and crochet projects too.
 
While looking more into the concept of using plants to create fabric, I came across something else that is completely wonderful – GROW YOUR OWN LEATHER IN YOUR KITCHEN! - Suzanne Lee has come up with a method where you can grow your own leather! It’s a wonderful, magical tea that ends in happiness. Here’s her TedTalk video so you can see more on the subject. https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_lee_grow_your_own_clothes
 And while a dream of finding the time to create all these wonderful things, I must admit for right now, it’s just a little easier for me to pop online or into the nearest fabric store, but perhaps there’s no time like the present to start a new fabric adventure...

 A brand new FUN range

 We have recently launched a brand new range of fun, printed items such as t-shirts, hoodies and mugs. We know that you are just going to love them! CLICK HERE to view the full range now.
Use the Coupon Code SEWFUN01 to receive a 10% discount off your first purchase from this range... why not use this opportunity to stock up on a few Christmas gifts for all the avid sewists, knitters and crochet fans in your life!
 

A note from the editor

a must read for all pattern designers

Sewing is in my heart, outside of my family, it’s the one thing that I am most passionate about. My goal is to grow a business and a team of sewing, knitting and crochet pattern designers, who are just as passionate about their craft as I am, which is why I have set up a marketplace for designers on www.nonstopcraft.com, not only are patterns designers welcome to sign up for FREE and start earning money from their downloadable patterns straight away, but I have also compiled an eBook (FREE when you sign up) to help designers to be as successful as possible.
 
To sweeten the pot, so to speak, I’m also running a competition for all designers who sign before the 31st August 2017, and load at least 5 complete, downloadable knitting, sewing or crochet patterns before then, ready to sell – one sewing pattern designer and one knitting / crochet pattern designer (that’s two prizes) stands the chance to win one full month’s advertising for FREE – that’s right for the full month of September, the winners will have all of our blogs and email campaigns centered on their designs only – plus social media campaigns too – what an amazing prize for a budding pattern designer!
 
Terms and conditions of the competition:
  • All designers must be selling their own patterns, no copies of other designer’s work allowed, it must be original work.
  • All designers must have no less than 5 designs already up for sale in their online stores before 31 August 2017 to qualify
  • All designs must be in a downloadable pdf format, ready to download and print on purchase by clients.
  • The winning designers must be able to supply one new, free sewing pattern for every week of September, as per the advertising details supplied in the FREE ebook, which you will receive upon registration

Good luck to all those who sign up!


Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

a MUST READ for all pattern designers

A note from the editor

Sewing is in my heart, outside of my family, it’s the one thing that I am most passionate about. My goal is to grow a business and a team of sewing, knitting and crochet pattern designers, who are just as passionate about their craft as I am, which is why I have set up a marketplace for designers on www.nonstopcraft.com, not only are patterns designers welcome to sign up for FREE and start earning money from their downloadable patterns straight away, but I have also compiled an eBook (FREE when you sign up) to help designers to be as successful as possible.
 
To sweeten the pot, so to speak, I’m also running a competition for all designers who sign before the 31st August 2017, and load at least 5 complete, downloadable knitting, sewing or crochet patterns before then, ready to sell – one sewing pattern designer and one knitting / crochet pattern designer (that’s two prize winners) stand the chance to win one full month’s advertising for FREE – that’s right for the full month of September 2017, the winners will have all of our blogs and email campaigns centered on their designs only – plus social media campaigns too – what an amazing prize for a budding pattern designer!
Terms and conditions of the competition:
  • All designers must be selling their own patterns, no copies of other designer’s work allowed, it must be original work.
  • All designers must have no less than 5 designs already up for sale in their online stores before 31 August 2017 to qualify
  • All designs must be in a downloadable pdf format, ready to download and print on purchase by clients.
  • The winning designers must be able to supply one new, free sewing pattern for every week of September, as per the advertising details supplied in the FREE ebook, which you will receive upon registration
 Good luck to all those who sign up!

Button Fever

Today we are sharing with you some of our new, fun wooden buttons which are great for all kinds of knitting and sewing projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Plus many, many more - CLICK HERE  to view them now 

Featured pattern of the week

High Waist Wide Legged Pants

This is one of the must have trends of 2017! Our pattern is incredibly easy, and great for beginners. If you haven’t got yours yet, CLICK HERE to grab your sewing pattern now!
  

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FUN PRINTED FABRICS

We love fun fabrics... especially ones that helps us to get through the middle of the year! Here’s our current top 5 fun prints, that we felt that we just had to share with you too...
 
Winnie the Poo! We just LOVE this fabric and had to start off with this classic children’s favorite! CLICK HERE to view this fabric in our online store.
 
The Nightmare before Christmas, Jack Skellington inspired print! A HUGE LOVE LOVE LOVE from us here at NonStopCraft. CLICK HERE to view this fabric in our online store.
 
If you love skulls and that vintage inspired Pin-up look, why not have a look at this skull and roses fabric. CLICK HERE to view this fabric in our online store.
 
How much fun is this My Little Pony Inspired Fabric! CLICK HERE to view this fabric in our online store.
 
And last but not least... kitties and spooks! How incredibly adorable is this? And if you order it now, it’s sure to arrive just in time for Halloween! CLICK HERE to view this fabric in our online store.

This week’s pattern for subscribers

Star Trek Inspired Doggie Jacket

We have to admit, one of our pattern designers is a pit of a Trekkie... and she has designed this incredibly cute doggie jacket which is going out FREE to all of our newsletter subscribers this Friday! If you’re not yet signed up, pop onto www.nonstopcraft.com to sign up today!
 

Featured pattern of the week

The Little Black Dress

Make your own fun, any time, and very essential Little Black Dress with this really easy to follow sewing pattern for our Strap Dress
 

Sign up to sell YOUR PATTERNS

Make money selling your own patterns with us!
Start selling your sewing, knitting or crochet sewing patterns through www.nonstopcraft.com and receive this FREE ebook to help launch your new online business!
 

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Top ten favourite sewing gadgets

Every day sewing is made much more simple – not to mention FUN, with the gadgets we get to use in the process. This week at NonStopCraft, we decided to put together our top ten favorite sewing gadgets
  • Quilting clips - perfect to help keep fabric in its place when your layers are just too thick for pins, or for when you are working with particularly thick or  fabrics
    • Pinking shears – we just love that we can finish off fabrics to prevent fraying / unraveling with these scissors – especially for those of us who don’t have an overlocker / serger.
     
    • The rotary cutter makes cutting difficult and slippery patterns a breeze! 
     
    • We LOVE this little handheld sewing machine... we use it mostly when appliquéing delicate laces to bridal and evening wear – it makes the process of appliqué so much easier. It is also great for small quick jobs, like hemming a pair of pants, or sewing a patch onto a garment.
    • Key-chain measuring tape – as a dressmaker on occasion we may be caught out without a measuring tape – from experience we know that this can be quite embarrassing, this key-chain can help to prevent those embarrassing moments
     
    • Oh My Gosh! Laser scissors... never cut skew again with these awesome scissors!
       
      • Stack and store bobbins – if you are big on saving space, like we are with our hundreds of different colour threads, then this may just be the gadget for you!
       
      • Have no trouble threading your needles again with this handy little tool!
       
      • Magnetic seam guides – this fun and bright seam guides will help you to keep to that seam allowance
       
      • And finally... one of our absolutely favourite dressmaker’s gadgets, a portable steam machine... it’s truly amazing the amount of times a dressmaker may just find one of these handy
       

      This week’s pattern for subscribers

      Ladies Winter Jacket

      This sewing pattern was designed for winter fabrics, and is the perfect casual jacket to wear during the winter months. Sign up for our newsletter by Thursday 13 July to receive this pattern FREE on Friday 14 July 2017. 

      Featured pattern of the week

      Fiona Cape

      This is an elegant cape, made to look like a draped blazer from the back, it is perfectly suited for formal and evening functions.

      Sewalong of the week

      Fiona Cape

      Watch the sewing video tutorial for our Fiona cape, CLICK HERE and come and sew along with us and discover how easy it is to put such a stylish garment together.
       

      Sell Your Own Patterns

      It's Free to Sign up!

      Happy Sewing!

      Monday, June 12, 2017

      Season of the waistcoat

      Here at Boo Le Heart Sewing Patterns, we believe that there are few garments more stylish than a well created waistcoat... which could explain why we have such a large selection of waistcoat patterns, for men and ladies CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RANGE NOW.
      Here are a few of our more popular designs
       
      Sara Ladies Waistcoat – CLICK HERE to view it now
       
      Ladies Short Waistcoat – CLICK HERE to view it now
       
      Simple Waistcoats two pattern pack – CLICK HERE to view it now
      And of course our ladies waistcoat patterns always go beautifully with our high waist skirts. Here's a pack of four sewing patterns to help you to create the look.
      High Waist Skirt 4 Pattern Pack - CLICK HERE  to view it now

      This week’s pattern for subscribers

      Men’s TwoTone Waistcoat

      That’s right, hot on the heels of our very popular Ladies Two Tone Waistcoat, this coming Friday we are launching our men’s version, which is going out FREE to our newsletter subscribers FIRST before appearing in our online store.

      The Waistcoat Connoisseur

      Buy the ready-made product!

      We have had many request from clients who wish to purchase the finished product of some of our waistcoats... here’s a link to an online store that specializes in selling our waistcoat designs. CLICK HERE to view the store now
       

      Our Featured Sewalong

      Out TwoTone Waistcoat sewalong is already up and ready for you to watch, including the FREE sewing pattern for our Ladies TwoTone Waistcoat.
       

      Happy Sewing!