12/05/2020

Micro Mini Sew Along 2020

It's May again, which means the Micro Mini Sew-A-Long is in full swing!  It runs May 1st - 31st which gives you plenty of time to whip up a super small adorable creation! This is the 3rd year of the sew-a-long and already there have been some amazing little quilts made.
If you would like to take part in the Sew-A-Long (aka SAL), simply follow me on Instagram at Berry_Birdy for updates, and #microminisal to see who is participating and their tiny, cute little entries to win some fabulous prizes!

What's a Micro Mini?

It's a teeny, tiny little mini quilt that is 8" or smaller. (The first year it was 6" and I decided that 8" may be better for those who are trying out tiny sewing for the first time :)).

How do I participate?

Follow Berry_Birdy on IG and use #microminisal when posting your amazing small creations on Instagram so everyone can see, and you will have the chance to win some cool prizes! You can use whatever sewing or quilting technique you wish, with your own pattern, or any design you like.
Every week there will be a winner chosen, so you have 4 chances to win some great items.

Your project just needs to be 8" or less in size.  You can make one a day, or one a week, or as many as you like! There are no limits to how many you can make and tag #microminisal.  Simply sew to your hearts content :) I will be posting some of the patterns that I have used, and many you can find here on my blog too.

Every week there will be prizes given away to some lucky talented makers by our sponsors.  Each week the winners will be chosen by them.  There are a variety of items to win, such as fabric, patterns, needle minders, gift certificates and more.

Our most generous sponsors are;
@SewFoxyMama, @Simplyeelene, @warm_crochet, @simplylovefabrics, @rosebudbirdie, @sewshyblondie, @rosie.taylor.crafts, @thebobbinjar, @stitchhappycompany, @sandiloves2quilt, @linzenart


What if I have more questions?

You can contact me on IG with your questions, or email me @ berrybirdy@yahoo.ca


This little Veggie trio I just completed and I thought I would share the paper pieced pattern that I created for them! Click on the link below for the free pattern!


I hope you have a chance to check out the lovely minis that are being made! Smiles and Happy sewing!

13/03/2020

Paper-pieced Easter Egg

With the Spring season approaching I decided I would share this sweet little egg that I made last year to use up some pretty scraps I had laying around... I crocheted the flower using embroidery floss because I had it in the peach color that matched so well.  You can make one too by using the simple paper-pieced pattern below. Simply print it off on 8 1/2" X 11" paper (the egg should be 8" tall). Start at the bottom, and work your way to the top.  Layer with batting and backing and sew around the outer edge to keep the layers together, do this slowly to prevent the fabrics from stretching. You may also wish you quilt it in the seams. Cut the binding on the bias (at an angle) and carefully sew it on the outer edge without letting it stretch as you sew. Add crochet flower and button or other embellishments.


Click the link to download the egg pattern, or drag the image to your desktop and print :)



16/11/2019

Mini Pinnie Cupcake

Mini Pinnies are showing up everywhere! Have you made one yet? This mini cupcake has been one of my favs and will be featured in Make Modern Magazine in the coming year! I thought it would be fun to share with you my pattern and instructions so that you can make one too! It only takes a few scraps of fabric, felt, embroidery thread, and a coin or metal washer.  I'd love to see yours when you finish, so don't forget to tag me on it on IG and please always post where the pattern came from so others can try it too. :) Happy sewing!


FIND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE LINK BELOW;

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eNC8nfbHCYscgcj7rZLNP4GspszObP94/view?usp=sharing

04/10/2019

Teeny Tiny Pincushions!

Sew-a-longs are quite popular on Facebook and Instagram with the ability to post lovely creations every day and share the wonderful things we have been working on together in groups.  The most recent one I have participated in was hosted by the delightful @tinkerellen on IG.  I have included some pics of the little gems I have been sewing up, and have had a few requests for a couple of the patterns! I am overjoyed when there are others that would like to create the things that I have made :)

The instructions are for the strawberry hexie pinnie and the snail pinnie.  The hexie is paper pieced, so you will need to print out the pattern and the sew onto the paper with the paper pieced method, then sew the entire front onto a back fabric leaving one side open to turn.  Then, stuff with batting and if you like, sew a little ribbon on to the last edge.

For the Snail Pinne;  You will need to print out the pattern, then cut out your shapes from the paper.   Place them onto your fabric, (right sides facing) and cut a 1/4" seam allowance around both pieces. 
Do the same for the head and the body.  Sew the head onto the body piece with right sides together using a small seam (approx 3/8" or smaller) for the front and back.  Sew the front and back together leaving the bottom open for turning and stuffing.
Turn right side out and stuff firmly.  Hand stitch the bottom closed and sew through both layers in the centre for the snail swirl shape on the back.

Thanks for following and enjoy making your mini's!!


27/04/2019

Micro Mini Patterns

If you will be joining me in the Micro Mini Sew A Long during the month of May, then here are a few of the tiny little patterns that I have used in some of my Micro Mini projects.

Simply print them off and use Paper Piecing to create these tiny little quilts. (You may also blow them up or shrink them down (yikes!) if you would like different sizes too. :)

Don't forget to use the tag #microminisal when posting your creations on Intagram.
Happy sewing!

Micro Mini Sew A Long 2019

Welcome to my blog, and information about the upcoming #microminisal which will be starting May 1st - 31st. There was some fantastic minis made last year, and I couldn't help but do it again this year.
If you would like to take part in the Sew-A-Long (aka SAL), simply follow me on Instagram at Berry_Birdy for updates, and #microminisal to see who is participating and their tiny, cute little entries to win some fabulous prizes!

What's a Micro Mini?

It's a teeny, tiny little mini quilt that is 8" or smaller. (Last year it was 6" and I decided that 8" may be better for those who are trying out tiny sewing for the first time :)).

How do I participate?

Follow Berry_Birdy on IG and use #microminisal when posting your amazing small creations on Instagram so everyone can see, and you will have the chance to win some cool prizes! You can use whatever sewing or quilting technique you wish, with your own pattern, or any design you like.
Every week there will be a winner chosen, so you have 4 chances to win some great items.

Your project just needs to be 8" or less in size.  You can make one a day, or one a week, or as many as you like! There are no limits to how many you can make and tag #microminisal.  Simply sew to your hearts content :) I will be posting some of the patterns that I have used, and many you can find here on my blog too.

Every week there will be prizes given away to some lucky talented makers by our sponsors.  Each week the winners will be chosen by them.  There are a variety of items to win, such as fabric, patterns, needle minders, gift certificates and more.

Some of our most generous sponsors are;
@SewFoxyMama, @Makerpinco, @Simplyeelene, @warm_crochet

What if I have more questions?

You can contact me on IG with your questions, or email me @ berrybirdy@yahoo.ca


27/09/2018

Fabric Fortune Teller

Remember making these with your friends?  I always liked to create funny messages for my friends to choose! Now you can make one that will last...out of fabric! This pattern is great even for a beginner sewer who is familiar with a sewing machine, and comes with photos and instructions to help you put it together. Have fun!








11/07/2018

New Patterns in my Etsy Shop

I've been working on a few new patterns, and with the help of some very good pattern testers, they are ready to be posted in my Etsy Shop.  I am having fun creating some tiny little things lately (along with my micro mini dresdens) and am really excited about this tiny "Perogy Pouch".  It is about 3 3/4" wide, and there is no hand stitching on it... which means it is quite fast to make.


I also included in the pattern an alternate size option, in case this is a little too small for a beginner... I personally think it's a perfect way to use up those zippers that are super small and for some reason, I had lots of them in my zipper stash!


No exposed seams, and also has a small loop for hooking on your key chain.


Head on over to my Etsy to try out the pattern for yourself :)



07/07/2018

Canadian Summer Quilt Along

I am thrilled to have been chosen to be apart of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along with many other Canadian designers who created blocks that remind them of our wonderful country!
I chose the Beaver and have him holding a stump of a tree that he just chewed off.  When I was growing up and went camping with my parents every summer, I remember being amazed seeing the lovely homes these creatures make. I have always had a fear of swimming, and the thought of having to swim into my house would be terrifying, so they are intriguing to me :)

I am pleased to offer this pattern for your Summer Quilt along and I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did! Happy sewing! Click the link below for the PDF File.