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Chevron Pattern Printable Template 06.17.2011

Posted 3 years ago in Retro, Free stuffs, Printables

First off, sorry about my recent MIA status for those of you who noticed. Honestly, I've been holding off on posting because I keep thinking that any day now my new website will be done and online - but it's taking forever! Feel free to harass my web programmer/fiance on Twitter and tell him to get on it! teehee...

Anyhoots, a few weeks ago I made this chevron pattern printable template to use for a tray project I was doing, so I decided I'd put it up on the site here for anyone else to use. A chevron is basically just an inverted v-shaped pattern. It's been in use for many MANY years and has always been very popular in fashion and home decor. It has a very retro-y type of look to it that I pretty much love!

What I have are four templates in total, each a slightly different size. Two thinner ones (small and large), and two larger ones (small and large). Hope that makes sense! Scroll down further to download all four in one happy .PDF file. Save it to your computer, open it up, print it out. You want to cut out on the dotted lines making sure NOT to cut the grey area out. Once you've done that, you can trace the pattern onto something a bit thicker to use as a template (like cardboard), or trace it onto contact paper which has a sticky side, or just use it as is.


I hope to post the tray project that I used one of these templates for very soon. If you make any projects using one of these templates please let me know. I'd love to see them!

This project is featured here (yay!): Ucreate, One Pretty Thing, The Red Polka Dot, Inspiration For CelebrationCraft Crave, also on CraftGawker, Pinterest and mentioned here The Crafty Scientist.

Link party ♥: Remodelaholic, Chic On A Shoestring, The Shabby Nest, Finding Fabulous, Simply Designing, Sassy Sites, Simply Sweet Home, Fingerprints on the Fridge, My Repurposed Life, Design it Chic, Creation Corner, WhipperBerry, Crafterminds, Luxe Boulevard, Katie's Nesting Spot, House of Hepworths, It's a Hodgepodge Life

Make an owl stuffie! (so cute!) 04.06.2011

Posted 3 years ago in Tutorials, Sewing

I love owls. Did I mention how stinkin' cute they are? I've been noticing owls of all shapes and sizes snuggling their way into the hearts of many crafty bloggers lately - they're all over the place. Recently, I came across this owl stuffie tutorial from Ruth at Hammer & Thread and I knew I had to try and make him. So I did! Lookit' those big eyes!

I've been wanting to make a stuffie/softie for quite a while now, but was too intimidated to try. My sewing skills aren't exactly pro, however I found him fairly easy to make. I might even say I had a hoot doing it! (had to). Some parts were definitely tricky; I had a lot of issues pinning and sewing the curves of the backside and tail together, but it came together eventually. There was accidental puckering involved, which looks mostly on purpose. :OP

In the end I was surprised how well he turned out. A big monster thanks to Ruth for the pattern. If you want to make him too, go grab the printable pattern here.

Link parties: Give it to me Tara!, Hop Along Friday, Sassy SitesFacebook Friday

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Ultimate Blog Party 2011! 04.01.2011

Posted 3 years ago in General

Today is all about the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 hosted by the lovely Susan and Janice from 5 Minutes for Mom. This party is all about meeting some new fellow bloggers, but you can also enter to win some pretty fun prizes too!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

For party purposes, here's the Billie Monster low down - I'm Billie, a DIY wannabe and coffeeholic. I'm a Canadian girl who dreams of the ocean and warmer weather! I just joined the 30 something club (yikes!) and am looking forward to tying the knot with The Jeff this September - but I still feel like a kid most of the time (do I HAVE to grow up?).

I've always been a creative person in many ways, so last year I decided to start up this 'lil blog to share some of my ideas and projects with hopes of inspiring people to be creative, and maybe meet some like-minded folks along the way! I haven't been able to post as much as I've wanted, but I plan to change that soon with a new blog design coming any day now. *yay!*  I'll be hosting my first giveaway as well as starting a new link party for shop owners. I've been saying that for quite a while now... but I promise... I am! Pinky swear!

Thanks for stopping by! You can also find me on Etsy and Facebook

Monster Printables: How to make easy felt snowflake coasters 03.16.2011

Posted 3 years ago in DIY, Home Decor, Tutorials, Sewing, Printables

Spring is just around the corner - are you as excited about that as I am? I love spring! Unfortunately, it's still pretty much winter here in Edmonton, Alberta. The weather has been treating us nicely this week, but we STILL have three feet of snow in our backyard!*hrmpfh* So, since it's still more winter than it is spring at the moment, I thought it would be ok to post this quick tutorial on how to make easy snowflake coasters using felt. Keep in mind that you don't have to make snowflakes, you could make ANY shape. Perhaps a flower!

What you need:

  • felt (any colors you like, I had blues/brown/white)
  • interfacing (or extra felt instead)
  • sewing machine (or thread and needle)
  • disappearing ink pen

First, open up the PDF template at the bottom of this post, and save it to your compy. Print out on an 8.5 in x 11 in piece of paper. You'll see that there are two snowflake shapes - one small, and a large one with lines on it. The larger one is the actual size of the coasters (you need two of this shape to make one coaster), the lines are where to sew. The smaller shape is for the interfacing that gets sandwiched between the two larger pieces. You want to have this interfacing in between the two snowflake pieces so it's a bit thicker, and can absorb a bit more moisture. 

Decide how many coasters you want, then cut out twice as many of the larger snowflake piece (if you want 6 coasters, cut 12 large snowflakes). To do that, trace the shape onto the felt with a disappearing ink pen. You only need to cut out one small snowflake shape for each coaster. You can use interfacing like I did, or just use more felt.

With your pieces all cut, lay them out and put them together with one large snowflake on the bottom, one small piece of interfacing in the center, then another large snowflake on top. Make sure you are happy with the colors! If you used fusible interfacing (like I did) make sure you iron it on before you put on your top piece.

Next, you're ready to sew them together. You can do this by hand, or use a sewing machine. The lines on the larger snowflake template give you an idea of how to sew them together. It's all straight lines, so it's pretty easy. Alternatively, you could sew all around the edges if you prefer, but you'd have to make sure the edges of your snowflake pieces line up perfectly. For mine, I turned the top piece slightly so the points didn't line up perfectly - I liked that better.

Tip: For some reason my disappearing ink pen didn't do a very good job of disappearing on its own. *grrr*  If that happens to you, all you gotta do is dab the ink with a wet cloth and it will disappear. 

As always, send me photos if you've made this! I'd love to see them.

This project is featured here (yay!): One Pretty Thing, eHow, also on Pinterest and Craftgawker

Link party ♥: Bella Before & AfterNikki's Nifty Knacks, Blue Cricket Design, Someday Crafts, Creations by Kara, Night Owl Crafting, My Backyard Eden, Sew Much Ado, We Are That Family, Women Who Do It All, Mommy's Online Garage Sale, Take It From Me, Trendy Treehouse, Sassy Sites, The Girl Creative

Handmade items by Billie Monster on Etsy

Softies for the children of Christchurch 03.01.2011

Posted 3 years ago in General, Donate/Volunteer

Leonie from Kiwi at Heart is on a mission (with the help of others) to put handmade softies into the hands of as many children as possible who have been devastated by the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

To find out more about her doll drive and to join in, head over to her blog for more information. Today Leonie has shared several links to softie/doll patterns that you can use as well.

For news updates visit NZ Herald.

Link party ♥: Supermom, Design it Chic, The Mom Road, That 22 Year Old Housewife

Handmade by Billie Monster on Etsy!

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