1 Year Blogaversary!!!

Waffle Celebrates in Style

Happy Blogaversary To Me!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started Detective Houndstooth.  I’m pretty proud that I was able to clobber together a blog that is somewhat functional and looks half way decent.  That’s also my standard in sewing:  somewhat functional and looks half way decent.  I’ve blogged about 17 sewn items but have made another 10 or so that didn’t make it to the blog.  These are repeats of the patterns I’ve done before and I didn’t have anything more to say about it.  The items I wear the most are basics like the the Kirsten Kimono Tee, Deer and Doe Plantain tee and the SBCC Manhattan trousers.  Of course Waffle uses his bolster bed daily.  I had the privilege of testing 2 patterns, the PR Winter Street dress and SBCC Vesper dress.  It’s really fun to be a part of the process and to help improve the pattern.

 

Most Popular Posts

Although there was a lot of selfish sewing going on, I did manage to post a variety of tutorials and a few patterns.  I think these were well received since they’re my top 3 blog post views.

1) Stash Folding Like a Pro:  Wow! You sewists are serious about your stashes.  I’m happy to say that I’m still using this folding system and my stash is looking as organized as ever.

Free Tutorial Stash Folding

2) Flower Scarf:  This is a free pattern for a quick and lovely flower scarf.  It’s been downloaded almost a thousand times.  I can’t decide if it’s popular because sewists love the scarf or sewist love free things.  It’s probably a combination of both.

Free Pattern Flower Scarf

3) Stacking Ring Toy:  This is another free pattern.  It’s a kid’s stacking ring toy that seems to have gotten a lot of people excited and feeling nostalgic.  I put this pattern out about 3 months ago and it quickly shot up to my top views.  It’s seriously gaining on the Flower Scarf which was released almost a year ago.  This pattern has seen hundreds of downloads.

Stacking Ring Toy
 

 

Not So Popular Posts

The posts that haven’t seen that many eyeballs are my shopping adventures, particular the National City Swap Meet and London shopping post.   I’m thinking these are too location specific and don’t apply to a lot of my readers.  I don’t obsessed over page views.  It’s just that I have limited time to blog and if these aren’t useful to others and I definitely don’t need to read them (I was there), then the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  Thoughts?

National City Swap MeetLondon Shopping

Thanks For a Great Year

Thank you to everyone who have taken the time to leave me a comment.  I know commenting can be difficult when you’re reading on your phones or my spam blocker is a little tooo effective.  I love reading everyone’s comments and gleefully respond to them all.  If you have any suggestions on what I can do more of or things  you hate seeing on blogs (yes, I’ve seen the pattern testing controversy) please let me know in the comments or by e-mailing me at detectivehoundstooth@gmail.com.  Well I think I’ve dissected my year of blogging enough.  I do love data and analytics but I love actually sewing a lot more.  Thanks for following along with me this year.  I hope you stick around for another.

Happy sewing,

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16 Responses to 1 Year Blogaversary!!!

  1. Jill says:

    Happy bloggy day! Glad you chose to put your creations out in the world. And you are quite funny, I must say :)

  2. Congrats on a year! I don’t even know how to check my analytics (or what they are, really), so you are way better at this than me, LOL! I might have to check out the scarf–I’m in need of something to go with the gloves I got my aunt…

    • Oh those analytic. On wordpress they’re in the Jetpack plugin. That’s what I use. It gives you # of visitors, page views, clicks etc. You can also sign up for google analytics which will give you more robust data.

      How about you forget all about it and spend your time on that scarf instead?!

  3. Carrie says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Blogging is so much more work than you expect it to be…so congrats on making it a year! I love reading your posts and look forward to more :) Your posts are always well thought out yet still hilarious!!

    • Aww thanks Carrie! Blogging is a lot of work. I’ve had many moments of “what am I doing all this work for?”. But then I think about all the wonderful blogs I love reading, like yours and I suck it up and get it done.

  4. June says:

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed seeing your work this year!

  5. Carol Faulkner says:

    I liked your shopping posts. I will never get to shop where you do so I like to see what available there.
    Happy anniversary.

  6. Mads says:

    Happy blogaversary!! Can’t wait to see what you make and share in your second year–I always enjoy reading your entries!

  7. Accordion3 says:

    Happy one years blogging!!!

  8. Kyla says:

    Happy 1 year! I love your blog, shopping posts and all… and I just pinned the ring toy post for later :)

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SBCC Manhattan Trousers

SBCC Manhattan Trousers Finished

OMG Pants Are So Complicated

I’ve made pants before and they always looked great… from the front.  For years I was living in ignorance-is-bliss land.  I sorta knew that I had some issues from the back from the Pattern Review pics that I took and quickly deleted from my camera.  One day I put my ill-fitted big girl pants on and got a full view of this horror show via my 3 way mirror.   I have a tutorial for a 3 way mirror using IKEA mirrors if anyone wants to give it a try. Now that I can see my issues clearer, I can clearly see I was still just as clueless.

3 way mirrorI searched the internet and blog-o-sphere and found very little that pertained to pants fitting and even less about my specific issues.  So I spent some quality time with a very used, older edition of Fitting & Pattern Alteration which as 32 fit adjustments that relates to pants.  The book includes an impressive number of fitting issues from cylindrical-shaped torso to large thighs inside to hyper-extended calves.  The adjustments I thought I needed, in the order that I tackled them:

1. Petite adjustment
2. Inward knee adjustment
3. “Droopy butt” adjustment
4. Other FBA aka Full butt adjustment

Petite Adjustment

Since I’m pear-shaped and petite I had debated between starting with the Sewaholic Thurlow pants or the SBCC Manhattan trousers. It seemed to be easier to pear a petite pattern rather than petite a pear pattern. That’s a tongue twister. I felt like too much that could go wrong when petite-ing lengths; especially the crotch curves.  Adding room for more hips seemed less tricky.  So I started with the SBCC Manhattan Trousers which is already pre-petited for me.  Check that one off the list.

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Source: Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Manhattan Trousers

Inward Knee Adjustment

My podiatrist told me about this issue a long time ago. It basically means my knee caps are not at the middle of my leg but a little more towards my inner leg.

Inward Knees

I had no idea that it would manifest more on the back of the pants. This causes diagonal wrinkles that start at your hips and goes in towards your knee at the inseam. The fix is really strange. You pinch out a wedge at the hip/thigh area to remove the excess at the outer seam. Can’t wrap my head around it but it worked.  The red pattern outline is my pattern overlaid over the green pattern which is the original pattern.

Inward Knee Adjustment

“Droopy Butt” Adjustment

I put “droopy butt” in quotations since I don’t think my rear is droopy. Well.. not yet. Rather the fullness is low. So my bottom is shaped more like a half tear drop than say someone with a “shelf butt”.  The fix is to lower the crotch curve to better match my fullness. Droopy Butt Adjustment

The Other FBA (oFBA)

Last on my list is the other FBA or full butt adjustment. In RTW I’m the person who has to wear a size larger to fit it around my hips/butt area, leaving the waist to be too big and gap-y. It was not attractive. I did my full butt adjustment like many of you do your full bust adjustment. I slashed and spread a wedge shape length-wise and width-wise on each cheek. Don’t slash all the way across, i.e. side seam to side seam because you’ll add crotch length which is a whole different issue. I took some trial of adding, putting them on and looking confusing at myself in the 3 way mirror to figure out how much I needed.

Full Butt Adjustment

Final Thoughts on Fitting

I’m really pleased at how they turned out.  I think Betsy had many sleepless nights after hearing about how many versions of her pant pattern I had made. I assured her it wasn’t the pattern. Betsy wrote a great blog post on fitting pants if you need some sage advice or if you want to see her great Ginger jeans.  The reason why I when through so many versions was that I’m non-standard shape so I had to make more adjustments.  Plus I take them one and a time so I can see when I do X, Y happens.  Instead of I did these 10 things and have no idea what caused the fit to get better or worse.

So here are my pants in red denim that feels like thick paper.  I tried the washing it in Coke trick and it didn’t make a difference.  I have had success with this trick in the past.  Unfortunately, the papery fabric looks horribly wrinkly and makes it look like I have fit issues.  Maybe it’s what Anne of Clothing Engineering is talking about in her post about accuracy of photos.   Though I think I still need some small tweaks, I’ve been very happily wearing them everywhere.

SBCC Manhattan Trousers Front

SBCC Manhattan Trousers Back

Happy sewing,
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10 Responses to SBCC Manhattan Trousers

  1. aleah says:

    Okay, I guess I need to make red jeans and photograph them in your backyard now… seems to be a trend.
    These look great! I laughed so hard when I saw your first headline – yes, stupid complicated. BUT, once you have a pattern that fits you can just keep making more!

  2. Betsy says:

    These look lovely! glad you see you have persevered over the UFO pant. Honestly, I had just given up on you, lol! I was sure these were destined for UFO oblivion. but you salvaged them beautifully and I hope you will use them again now that you have invested the time to make them work.

    • They were not UFO pants. Though if you find UFO printed fabric that I would make pants from, I think that would be pretty funny/punny. They were just on stand by as life got in the way of my sewing time. I’m definitely going to make more pants from the pattern.

  3. Caroline says:

    I love the pants, they look great. Here’s to some fun pant sewing when (if) i ever get back.

  4. Gail says:

    Gotta love red pants! The only advice I would offer is to pinch out the horizontal fold at the front crotch. I have to do this adjustment on my pants patterns. I’m a petite too :) You’ve done a great fitting & sewing job on these pants!

  5. Accordion3 says:

    Awesome!

    Your perseverance is very impressive.

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London Fabric Shopping – Tips from a Clueless American

Tip #1 – figure out where the stores are before leaving the hotel room

I recently visited London on vacation. I kinda sorta did some research on fabric shopping which amounted to skimming a couple of blog posts. I found the area with a good cluster of stores and headed there. I decided on Berwick Street in Soho, so off I went.

Source:  Lonely Crafter's Guide to London

Source: Lonely Crafter’s Guide to London

 

 

Tip #2 – Don’t confuse East vs West when coming out of the Tube station

The nearest Tube station to these stores was Oxford Circle. Coming out of the station I was completely at a loss of which way was East. Oh no problem, look for the sun. Oh gee, it’s cloudy in London and I can’t see the sun at all. Like not even a glimmer if it was to my right or to my left. 15 minutes walking in the wrong direction later, I found Berwick St. I recently bought a mini compass from REI that can clip to my sleeve for future preventative care.

Source:  Lonely Crafter's Guide to London

Source: Lonely Crafter’s Guide to London

 

 

 Tip #3 – Don’t get sticker shock when you’re in Soho

I found a few fabrics that I loved but they were over £55 per meter. Wow, that’s like $88+/meter. Apparently the problem with my lack of prior research (see tip #1) was that I had wondered into some of the priciest fabric shops in London. There were some reasonably priced fabrics but they were similar to fabrics I can get locally and not worth hauling all the way across the Atlantic.

Fabrics

 

 

Tip #4 – Pick up sewing magazines at the convenience store

I picked up issues of Burda, Ottobre and Mollie Makes at what I would describe as a convenience store. Drop into a few of these as their selection vary. These make great plane reading and don’t take up too much space. I tried looking in book stores but I didn’t see any magazines.Sewing Magazines

 

 

Tip #5 – Take pics because you won’t remember the shops

After a couple of shops it was all a big blur of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. If you have a fabric in mind that you want to come back and purchase later, make sure you snap a pic of the shop and note where it is.  This is especially useful on Berwick St since there are a multiple Cloth House and Misan stores.

Fabric Shops

 

 

Tip #6 – Have fun fondling

Though I didn’t end up buying any fabric I enjoyed fondling fabrics. Bonus: Fondling is free.  I hope you had a fun time reliving my clueless American fabric shopping excursion with me.

Happy clueless shopping,

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  1. Gill says:

    next time you are here, go to the Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush. and look in W H Smiths for crafty magazines. The hammersmith and city, or district lines will take you to Goldhawk Road

    • Thanks for the tips Gill. Goldhawk seemed pretty far at the time but with my getting lost and the crowds of Soho it probably would be the same amount of time. I wandered into a Waterstone book store and didn’t see any magazines. I was at W H Smith in the Heathrow airport but that’s probably a super scaled down version of their regular stores. Not planning ahead was my downfall.

  2. aleah says:

    Aahh, I didn’t know you were going to Europe! I love London, it’s where we went on our honeymoon (pre-clothes-sewing era, though, so I didn’t do any fabric shopping). I hope you had a wonderful time! You should be proud of your restraint in not buying unremarkable fabric just because you were on vacation; I possess no such restraint usually.
    I can relate to the disorienting feeling after coming up from a subway station – once in Paris I assumed I would be able to see the Eiffel Tower from the tube stop – nope! Cue 20 minutes of wandering around like a crazy person looking at the sky and shouting “where is it? I thought it was tall!”

    • What I didn’t spend on fabric, went to help fund the extravagant dinner at the Savoy Grill. I have little restraint when it comes to great food.

      LOL You sound hopelessly lost like me. I’m surprised how I’ve survived as much traveling as I did. At least on vacation I have someone else to help me get oriented.

  3. Ellen says:

    I will be traveling to London & Paris next Spring on a tour specifically organized around fashion & fabric shopping! This post definitely builds on the excitement!

  4. Betsy says:

    Ah, ha! You and I should have swapped London fabric experiences. I made it to Goldhawk Road and got some real bargains, but wanted the top notch stuff that I will forever be afraid to cut into. At the risk of sounding a bit snobby, when I am importing/hauling fabric across the Atlantic I am looking for those WOW, one of a kind pieces and I will pay for it- monetarily at first then emotionally later when I get home and see how much I actually spent.
    Got my fix at Liberty though!

    • LOLOL I never figured you to be a fabric snob! I kept thinking that this very expensive fabric was going to end up in my stash forever like my very expensive silk Pucci fabric. It’s a border print and I only bought one yard of it so I’m STILL trying to find the perfect pattern for it. Maybe I should send it to you to forever be afraid to cut into it.

  5. Caroline says:

    Did you go downstairs at Misan? They have a great remnants table. In the end I didn’t buy anything either. Most of the nice fabric I saw was comparable to the quality of Mood and much more expensive. UK in general is so freaking pricey. I don’t know how people survive here! That Ottobre cover… Love that they are showing an older and plus size lady, but I have to believe they could have found a better picture of her!

    • I did explore all the floors at every shop. Nothing felt unusual enough for me to pick up. In Paris I picked up a beautiful double sided, different color each side, wool knit that I haven’t seen here.

      The Ottobre issue has lots of great basics. They did a lot with neoprene which seems to be the fabric of the moment.

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Halloween Sewing

Somehow I was super smart this year and finished my Halloween sewing at the beginning of October. Well, really I wasn’t that smart. I just had to finish up before going on vacation. By the time we got back I would be walking into place is scarier than any haunted house…

Joanns Halloween

Cue the Psycho soundtrack.

 

Oh Why Can’t She Be Elsa Like Every Other Girl

Per family tradition I made my niece her first Halloween costume. Since my nephews wanted to be sharks, my SIL decided that their little sister should be a mermaid. Seems easy enough; famous last words.  The first and largest obstacle was finding fabric. My JoAnn’s seems stocked to the rafters with Frozen fabrics. Just a sea of blues, whites and silvers. Bolts and bolts of icy goodness if you’re sewing an Elsa costume. Without good fabric prospects at my local stores, what is a sewist to do? Raid another sewists’ stash of course. First on my list was my IRL sewing friend Julianne from Made by Julianne. She owns a stash of beautifully curated sparkly, glittery, shimmery colorful fabrics. Julianne must have something that is passable for a mermaid tail. Indeed she did! She even had several options for me, along with sage advice about not sewing with sequined fabric. I went with a beautiful seafoam, blue/green, sparkly fabric. It was just perfect. And to complete my supply list, Julianne even shopped the LA garment district with me.

Blogless Kim, me, Julianne

Blogless Kim, me, Julianne

 

Making the Pattern

For the top, I used a onesie pattern, extended the sleeves and made it in a nude stretch knit. I embellished the onesie with shell cups and a sea shell necklace. Mermaid Top The cups were stuffed lightly with polyfil and topstitched. Mermaid Bra CupsFor the tail I drafted a pattern that allowed my niece to be belted into her car seat without having to remove the entire tail. Mermaid TailThe tail is 2 pieces attached with snaps. Mermail Tail Snaps The fin is multiple layers of sheer iridescent green and white fabrics. Mermail Tail Flipper The finishing touch is a starfish and pearl headband that I made from the selvage of the green tail fabric.

Finished Mermaid Costume

Bonus Content: Last Minute Sewist Costume Ideas

  • UFO: Wear UFOs (unfinished objects). If they’re in dire state of unfinish-ness you can pin them to your clothes instead. Walk around hand sewing the garment in a futile attempt to finish them.
  • Blogger: Wear you-made garments. Carry a tripod and camera and start posing at random times while people look at you weird.
  • Bag Lady: Pin handbags (preferably you-made) to you
  • Wadder: See UFO but with wadders
  • Gertie: Wear a vintage dress or you-made vintage styled garment. Wear a blue wig or spray your hair blue (or whatever color Gertie’s hair is currently)
  • Fabric Stash: Wrap yourself in stash fabric. Go around parties adding more to yourself/stash. Cloth napkins, towels, table runners can all be potential stash items.
  • Pattern Stash: See fabric stash but with patterns.
  • PDF pattern: Print and tape a PDF with a gazillion pages and wear it. Extra points for garment appropriate PDF i.e. a taped pants PDF pattern pinned to your pants.
  • Cutting mat: Wear 2 cutting mats like a sandwich board and carry a rotary cutter and a fake severed finger.

What other ideas do you have a for a last minute sewist costume?  Seems like we’re all so busy sewing costumes for others, we don’t have a costume for ourselves.

Happy Halloween Sewing,

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17 Responses to Halloween Sewing

  1. Marta says:

    This is the cutest halloween costume I’ve seen this year! She is so adorable!!!

  2. Your costume is fantastic and your niece is adorable! As they say, WINNING! ;-)

    And yes, the number “Elsa” costumes this year is going to be gag-inducing. The school had a halloween party and there were dozens of them…yeesh! Creativity fail. :-(

  3. Accordion3 says:

    Gorgeous outfit! Cute niece too : )
    Check this out – seems I was right.

  4. Laurie says:

    So Adorable!!! Your niece and the costume!

  5. Raye Ann Clayton says:

    That is the cutest Mermaid ever!!! The costume is great, too :-)
    I love your sewing inspired costumes. If I use one of your ideas, I’ll take a picture for you

  6. Carrie says:

    First off, the costume is simply adorable! I love the tail!

    And secondly, I cracked up laughing at the Gertie costume idea!! And I’m sure you could extend it to many other distinctive bloggers as well :)

    • For sure! Gertie was just top of mind. You can be Tasia by making yourself super pear-shaped (for extra emphasis not that she’s super pear-shaped) and wear a Sewaholic pattern. A yarn wig with some cut bangs, a cute headband and the Coco dress and you can be Tilly. There’s so many ideas….

  7. Nicole says:

    Joann’s at Halloween is truly terrifying. I’ve had to go in twice recently, not even for anything Halloween-related, and the cutting table has been a nightmare–everyone is like crazy competitive! And all the shoppers seem to have such bad attitudes too! So many of them are like 21-year-olds just buying tulle to make sexy tutu’s and they’re like THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M NOT ALLOWED TO JUST CUT THIS MYSELF. I want to be like, “Dude, calm down. I’m here buying zippers and thread for real clothes and if anyone should be mad about the Halloween wait, it’s me, but you don’t see me freaking out about it.” And they’re all like, “I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS.” I’m just like, “Ha, classic.” *end of Joann’s rant*

    • That was a hilarious rant. What’s more hilarious is when they get home with said tulle and try to sew it. ::evil laugh:: They’ll get what’s coming to them.

      There should be a line for Halloween sewers and a line for regular sewists. Like at the airport with the business travelers vs the casual travelers.

  8. Rebecca says:

    That is Soooooo cute! Thanks for sharing the images – your niece is so lucky to have you sew this for her!

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Stacking Ring Toy – Free Pattern

This is the continuation of the Sewing Gift for Sewing Friends blog post.  For my IRL sewing friend, Jill from Oh Crafty One, I made her little boy a stacking ring toy.  This a soft and washable version of the plastic stacking toy I had as a kid.  Unfortunately for me, this doesn’t seem to be a popular sewn item as I found very few tutorials and even fewer patterns.  Does no one need instructions to make one because it’s just some rings?  I’d say that the ring pattern isn’t far from a circle skirt and there are a gazillion tutorial and pattern for those.  Fortunately for everyone, I’ll made this tutorial with a free PDF pattern.

 Stacking Ring Toy

Stacking Ring Toy

Preparation:

Gather supplies:

  • Fat quarters in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and light grey.
  • Polyfil
  • 7.5″ square of 1″ NU-Foam
  • Download and print stacking ring toy pattern.  **If you downloaded the PDF prior to 9-22-14, please re-download the file.  I had an error on page 2, the cone pattern piece.  The curve at the top should be concave not convex**

stacking ring toy download button

Cut pattern pieces from from fabric making sure the color of the pattern piece matches the color of the fabric.  My fabric is Japanese cotton from superbuzzy.  I did have a lot left over from the fat quarters so you can search your scraps piles material instead.

Cut Rings

Wind bobbins.  Since I’m love matching thread colors, I switched over my thread for each piece.  If you want to be a more efficient sewist, you can use a neutral like white on all of them.

Bobbins

 Cut a 7.5″ square of 1″ NU-Foam.  2 squares of 1/2″ NU-Foam will also work.

 

Sew the Cone Base:

  • Fold the cone piece in half the long way, right sides together.  Sew up the sides and across the stop.  Turn right sides out.
  • Stay stitch around the base of the cone and around the square base with the hole. Cone Base
  • Clip to but not through the staystitching.  Place the cone into the square base with the hole and stitch around the circle of the cone.  Cone Base 2

 

  • Attached the square without the hole to the bottom of the cone base.  To do this, stitch the 3 sides, stuff the cone with Polyfill and the base with NU-foam and stitched the last edge by hand or machine.  I used NU-foam because it’s mildew resistant and could handle wet situations like the washer or a child’s mouth.  It’s not the most stable base.
  • **Tip:  To make a steadier base, Jill had the great idea of making the bottom an envelope closure and fill the base with a square of vinyl stuffed with rice.  Make sure you remove the rice square before washing.**

 

 

Sewing the Rings

  • Put the matching ring pieces right sides together.  Sew around the outer and inner edge of the ring and across one of the ends.  It’s best to start with the largest/purple ring because it’s the easiest.Sew ring
  • Turn the ring inside out.  Stuff with Polyfil. I use a flat head screw driver to stuff it all the way into the tube.Stuff the Ring
  • Form the ring by putting the closed end into the open end.Form the Ring
  • Here is where I screwed up a bit.  I formed the circle stuffing a random amount into the open end which changes the size of the rings.  If you look at the finished photo my purple ring is barely larger than the blue one.  To prevent this, you should place the ring onto the cone and pin it to fit around the cone.  This is also another reason to start with the largest/purple ring.  Once you get the size correct, fold up a small seam allowance and hand stitch the ring together using a ladder stitch. Close the Ring
  • Repeat with the rest of the rings going from largest to smallest/bottom to top.

 

 

Recipient Reaction

I did look like Jill’s son enjoyed the toy.  Though he also enjoyed random scraps of fabric so maybe I’ve spent way too much time on this.  I hope someone else can benefit from my efforts.  If you do give the pattern a try, let me know if you have successes or issues it.

Stacking Ring Toy Disassembled

 Link to my Pattern Review.

Happy Stacking Toy Sewing,

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18 Responses to Stacking Ring Toy – Free Pattern

  1. Wendy says:

    Love to make this for my grandson but I can not find any place to download everything I press nothing happens please help this will be a nice Christmas gifts thanks !

  2. Tammy says:

    I would like to make it a bit larger. Do you think if I just increase it by 25% before I print that all will still fit? It should, right?
    Thanks

    • There are a couple of things to consider if you attempt this. First, the pattern pieces won’t all fit on the sheet a paper. I’m assuming you’re going to print at 125% scale and not taking it to a print shop to enlarge. To fill in the missing pattern lines would be pretty easy for the ring and base pieces since the radius is the same all around. So it you can find the center and one outer edge you can figure out the rest of the pattern. The cone of the base will be a little more tricky because you don’t really have a guide of where the middle is. I would recommend that you make your own cone pattern piece by rolling up a sheet of paper into a cone and putting into your sewn rings. Tape. Mark the base and cap. Cut it apart vertically. Add seam allowances. So the second consideration is that you’re also increasing the seam allowances. Rough math is that it’ll be slightly under 1/2″ or 0.46875″ to be exact. You can use a piece of blue tape to mark that on your machine as a guide. Those are the watch outs that I can think of. If I think of anything else I’ll let you know.

  3. Lola Naylor says:

    This is a terrific idea! I am going to make one for my grandson and one for my granddaughter. I’ll let you know how they turn out…. :P Thanks for posting this.

  4. missy says:

    hi for some reason i can not open the link to print the pattern etc ….please help, thank you

    • Hi Missy. I’m sorry you’re having problems. You have to click right on the word “download” which is next to the folder icon. If you’re on Windows, you can either right clicking and choose “save as”? Or if you left click it should bring up another window with the option to either open or save as. I’ve gotten hundreds of downloads so I know the link is working for some, at least. Look for an e-mail from me in your inbox.

  5. Jordana says:

    Hi. I love this stacking toy and want to make it for my son but I must be missing the pattern link. When I click the download button all I get is a pattern for the square base – no cone or rings. :/

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  7. Accordion3 says:

    This is lovely! Well done!

  8. Anne says:

    Oh, that is sooo cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-fabric-stacking-ring-toy/2014/09/22/
    –Anne

  9. Julianne says:

    I love this idea! My husband’s nephew is expecting his first baby any day now, and I think I’ll put together one of these. The center cone reminds me of a serger cone. Nice work!

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