18/07/2022

Mini Needlebook Pattern

Sew up this darling needlebook in no time and use up some sweet little fabric to showcase in the centre! These make great gifts for your quilting and sewing friends.

 


You can find the custom made pins in my shop on Instagram @berry_birdy_shop 



Instructions;

Copy the template to your desktop and print it out so it measures  2" X 2 1/2". Cut it out leaving at least 1/2" around the outer edges.




1. Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 - 1.8mm. 

2. Beginning in the centre of the envelope, place the cat (or other fussy cut fabric in the centre covering the #1 space. The pieces need to be slightly larger than the area they are covering. 



3. Place a pink strip along the #1 and #2 line with right sides together on the wrong side of the template (the back of the paper). Pin in place. Hint; It can be helpful to hold it up into the light for positioning.

4. Flip the template over and sew along the line in between the #1 and #2 areas extending at least 1/8” beyond the line on either end—this is your seam allowance. Make sure your fabric is at least as large as the section next to it that it will be covering. Trim any excess fabric along the seam to about 1/8”.



5. Turn the template to the fabric side (the wrong side of the paper) and open the seams. A wooden seam roller can be helpful for this. 



6. Place on your next fabric right side down onto the previous pieces. This one will need to be sligtly bigger as it is covering #3. Pin in place.

7. Flip the template over and sew along the line next to #3.



8. Trim any excess fabric along the seam to 1/8”.

9. Repeat this process sewing the adjecent pieces until you have sewn up to #8.

10. Remove the paper. The tight stitches help with this, but you may also wish to spray it lightly with water, wait a minute, then remove the papers. You may find it helpful to use tweezers. Do not get too picky about small pieces of paper, it is fine to leave some and, even at times I have left them all especially on a tiny project such as this. 

11. Sew a 1” X 2 1/2” green strip to either side of the envelope. Press seams open.



12. Sew a 1 1/2” X 3 1/2” strip to the bottom of the envelope.



13. Sew a 3 1/2” X 6 1/2” piece of green fabric to the top of the envelope.

14. Layer the pink dot fabric and the needlebook front with right sides together. Place the fusible batting piece in the centre leaving 1/4” on all sides.



15. Sew a 1/4” seam around sides and bottom, just catching the edge of the batting in the stitching, leaving the top open for turning.

16. Turn right sides out and gently press out corners with a pair of scissors.

17. Slip stitch opening and press well.

18. Cut 1 piece of white felt measuring 3” X 8”.  Place it on the pink dot fabric (inside the needlebook).

19. Fold the needlebook in half and stitch ascross the top 1/4” from the edge. Be sure the felt is caught in the sewing.



20. Sew a lace or ribbon along the top edge if desired.

21. Sew the flower button on the bottom corner of the envelope and tie with embroidery thread.

You can find more of my little patterns in my Etsy shop!

www.etsy.com/shop/berrybirdy














01/05/2022

Micro Mini Sew Along 2022

It's May again, which means the Micro Mini Sew-A-Long has now begun!  It runs May 1st - 31st which gives you plenty of time to whip up a super small adorable creation! This is the 5th year of the sew-a-long and if you check out the tag #microminisal on Instagram you will see hundreds of micro mini creations that are inspiring and soooo darling!
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 quilted project 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 :)). It can be a tiny quilt, a postcard, a luggage tag, anything you would like that is quilted.






How do I participate?

Follow @berry_birdy on Instagram and use #microminisal when posting your amazing small creations 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 winners chosen, so you have lots of 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 :) You can also find some of my most popular creations now available in a pattern and sold in my Etsy shop! Click here for the pattern :)



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, irons and more!

Our most generous sponsors are;
@sewfoxymama, @simplyeelene, @warm_heart_scissors, @daisitogel, @olisohome, @poppiecotton, @rosie.taylor.crafts, @arabesuescissors, @sewmuchmorefabrics, @sandiloves2quilt, @quilt101, @hobbsbatting and @fabricpop


What if I have more questions?

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



14/04/2022

Mini Paper Pieced Egg

 Mini Paper Pieced Egg

There is always time for a last minute gift, and you can whip this sweet egg up in no time!

SEWING TIPS;
When sewing the binding around the egg, begin sewing on the side or bottom, gently “guide” the binding in (no pull but gently push) around the curves.
You can find full instructions for making this heart on my YouTube Channel - BerryBirdy.
www.etsy.com/shop/berrybirdy or IG @Berry_Birdy

Paper pieced pattern can be found at the end of the instructions.






Instructions;
Photocopy and cut out the rectangle template. (You will cut out the egg shape later on in the sewing process.)

1. Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 - 1.8mm. 

2. Beginning in the centre of the egg (the tiny square), gather two 
pieces of fabric and place them with right sides together. The 
pieces need to be slightly larger than the centre square areas 
 (about 3/4” X 3/4”). Place the pieces on the wrong side of 
the template (the back of the paper). Pin in place. Hint; It can be helpful 
to hold it up into the light for positioning.

3. Flip the template over and sew along the line in between the 
centre squares extending at least 1/8” beyond the line on either end
—this is your seam allowance. Make sure your fabric is at least as large 
as the section next to it that it will be covering. Trim any excess fabric along
the seam to about 1/8”.

4. Turn the template to the fabric side (the wrong side of the paper) and open 
the seams. A wooden seam roller can be helpful for this. This heart has lots of seams 
and using a seam roller saves time from constantly running back and forth from an iron.

5. Place on your next fabric right side down onto the previous pieces. This one will need 
to be slightly bigger as it is covering the next piece in the pattern . Pin in place.

6. Flip the template over and sew along the next line.

7. Trim any excess fabric along the seam to 1/8”.

8. Repeat this process in a log cabin pattern sewing the adjecent pieces. When you have sewn up to the bottom edges, then sew the top two sides.

9. Remove the paper. The tight stitches help with this, but you may also wish to spray it lightly with water, wait a minute, then remove the papers. You may find it helpful to use tweezers. Do not get too picky about small pieces of paper, it is fine to leave some and, even at times I have left them all especially on a tiny project such as this. 

10. Cut out the egg shape along the outer edges.

11. Place your egg wrong sides together onto the backing fabric. Pin it in place. 
12. Sew on the rick rack starting at the bottom point, stitching it on as close to the edge as you can. Now trim off the backing.

13. Cut a bias binding piece 1” X 14” long. Begin sewing it on at the top inner point with a 1/8” seam. Gently guide the binding around the outer curves, be careful not to pull the binding while sewing. 

14. Sew around the heart to the top inner point to meet the binding where you began. Trim binding leaving about 3/8” or less if you can. 

15. Trim off the excess backing fabric. Tuck under the end of the binding. Fold the binding over and under to the back. You may need to use quilt clips or pins to hold it 
down while you stitch it down.






06/04/2022

Micro Mini Bunny Quilt

Micro Mini Bunny

With Easter approaching I simply had to share with you all this super darling little bunny pattern, especially with the Micro Mini Sew along coming up in May! Find the pattern at the end of the article with a link to download. Finished quilt measures 5" X 4 1/2" tall.

(Micro Mini sew along from May 1-31, 2022)





What is the Micro Mini Sew Along? During the month of May on my Instagram and Facebook page, you can join in the fun of “sewing small”! Dig out your tiny scraps, reduce patterns, or simply go for it and stitch up a quilted project that measures 8” or less. There will be challenges throughout the month including, “smallest quilt”, “treasures from the trash” (sewing a project with only fabrics from your trash bin). Will there be prizes? Oh yes! There will be 15 sponsors this year and some amazing prizes including fabric packs, patterns, quilting tools, needle minders, and more. 



How can you participate? All you need to do is create your own Micro Mini Quilt and post it during the month of May using the hashtag #microminisal on Instagram or Facebook, sponsors will then choose their favourites as winners. I must warn you, once you start sewing small, it can be very addicting, and you will begin to look at your scraps in a whole new way :). Need some inspiration? This will be the forth year of the sew along and there is plenty of teeny tiny quilts posted on the #microminisal page on Instagram for you to admire. You can also find how-to videos showing tips and tricks for sewing your little makes such as, tiny binding, making a 1 1/4” nine patch, and plenty of improv ideas.



Even if you decide you would just like to follow along in the fun, that would be great too! We love comments, feedback and sharing. See you in May!



Click here to download the  Micro Mini Bunny Pattern 




03/02/2022

Micro Mini Log Cabin Heart Pattern

Love is definitely a funny thing. The dictionary describes it as an intense feeling of deep affection. Wikipedia explains love as ‘encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states.’ However we try to explain it or understand it, love is very exciting, complicated and even painful.  I have spent a good portion of my life dedicated to those I love, by comitting my time, energy, and efforts while creating lasting and meaninful relationships. I have collected these lasting memories that are being stored on the shelves of my life. James M. Barrie said it perfectly; “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” I still remember my first love...Ah! The sweetness of young love! We were in Grade 1, and on Valentine’s Day he presented me with the most wonderful handmade gift, a stuffed heart. It was made of flannel and had white lace around the outer edges. It looked like it was something he made, with hot glue holding it together, although I am sure he must’ve had help from his mother, can you just see her? I had kept it for years, and cherished it. So what do we give those we love? Just as this boy put his soul into a small stuffed heart, I too, do the same in my creations. There is a small piece of me in everything I create, and if you enjoy sewing, quilting, or creating as I do, then it might be the same for you too! Lets dig through those fabrics and make something that will create lovely memories for those special people in our lives so they can have ‘roses’ all year long.

Heart Valentine

Materials Needed;
3/4” strips of pink fabric measuring at 1”- 6” in length
7” square of backing fabric
1 1/8” X 16” fabric for bias binding
16” of small rick rack

Finished Size; 6 wide” 


SEWING TIPS;
When sewing the binding around the heart, begin sewing on the bias 
binding at the inner point, gently “guide” the binding in (no pull but gently push) around the outer curves.
You can find full instructions for making this heart on my YouTube Channel - BerryBirdy.
www.etsy.com/shop/berrybirdy or IG @Berry_Birdy

Instructions;
Photocopy or cut out the heart template leaving at least 1” around the outer edges. (You can also find the template on my blog; berrybirdy.blogspot.ca). 

Please note; the diagrams are showing only the centre area of the heart.
1. Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 - 1.8mm. 

2. Beginning in the centre of the heart (the tiny square), gather two 
pieces of fabric and place them with right sides together. The 
pieces need to be slightly larger than the centre square areas 
- #1 & #2 (about 3/4” X 3/4”). Place the pieces on the wrong side of 
the template (the back of the paper). Pin in place. Hint; It can be helpful 
to hold it up into the light for positioning.

3. Flip the template over and sew along the line in between the 
centre squares extending at least 1/8” beyond the line on either end
—this is your seam allowance. Make sure your fabric is at least as large 
as the section next to it that it will be covering. Trim any excess fabric along
the seam to about 1/8”.

4. Turn the template to the fabric side (the wrong side of the paper) and open 
the seams. A wooden seam roller can be helpful for this. This heart has lots of seams 
and using a seam roller saves time from constantly running back and forth from an iron.

5. Place on your next fabric right side down onto the previous pieces. This one will need 
to be sligtly bigger as it is covering #3. Pin in place.

6. Flip the template over and sew along the line next to #3.
7. Trim any excess fabric along the seam to 1/8”.

8. Repeat this process in a log cabin pattern sewing the adjecent pieces. When you have sewn up to #38, the semi circles can simply be sewn one side at a time.

9. Remove the paper. The tight stitches help with this, but you may also wish to spray it lightly with water, wait a minute, then remove the papers. You may find it helpful to use tweezers. Do not get too picky about small pieces of paper, it is fine to leave some and, even at times I have left them all especially on a tiny project such as this. 

10. Cut out the heart shape along the outer edges.
11. Place your heart wrong sides together onto the backing fabric. Pin it in place. 
12. Sew on the rick rack starting at the bottom point, stitching it on as close to the edge as you can. Now trim off the backing.

13. Cut a bias binding piece 1 1/8” X 14” long. Begin sewing it on at the top inner point with a 1/8” seam. Gently guide the binding around the outer curves, be careful 
not to pull the binding while sewing. 

14. Sew around the heart to the top inner point to meet the binding where you began. Trim binding leaving about 3/8” or less if you can. 

15. Trim off the excess backing fabric. Tuck under the end of the binding. Fold the binding over and under to the back. You may need to use quilt clips or pins to hold it 
down while you stitch it down.

You may want to sew a ribbon to the top so it can be hung as a gift tag or ornament. Hint: you can enlarge the template for a mug rug size heart too!

Download the PDF version HERE





27/11/2021

Holiday Stocking

Use it or loose it

by Lesley Chaisson of Berry Birdy Designs

I read a story of a quilter who had bought and saved many precious quilting fabrics for years. Her stash was impressive and quilting skills admired. Upon her untimely passing however, her quilting fabrics were given away and sold off (of course for a portion of the cost of them!). There was no one in the family who had interest or 

desire to continue on with her most beloved hobby. Why do I share this with you? First, let me tell you about my daughter. A few years ago she bagan sharing her 

fabric collection with me by presenting me with various pieces of 2 1/2” squares. She would cut them up for her projects and her fabric packs on Etsy, and then give some to me. The little square piles ended up in baskets, on shelves in my sewing room, and carefully stacked neatly in drawers, until I eventually decided they needed a better home. Once these darling pieces started piling up, I realized that when I started a new project, I would venture to these piles and gather pieces which 

eliminated cutting fabric and time choosing fabrics. Many of my patterns are made of small scraps and tiny fabrics, so they worked perfectly! While admiring my fabric collection one day, I decided to cut 2 1/2” squares from every single one of my fabrics. The fat quarters, I would cut a strip off, and the larger pieces, I would cut more from. Why? I was using these already cut squares more than anything else in my collection because they were handy and I found I was experiencing a different kind of joy than just buying them and “saving” them. I realized that I was becoming this woman, who had a lovely fabric collection, that was carefully saved...for someone else and my fabrics could possibly become as her fabrics. I’ve heard that buying fabric and using it are two separate hobbies, but I wanted them to both be mine. So, what do I suggest? Buy, Cut. Use. Enjoy. The pleasure you receive from using them is truly a different experience all together, and you wont regret it!

Here is my most recent pattern using my collection!

Find the instructions to make the stocking HERE

Find the STOCKING TEMPLATE HERE and the second one HERE

Find more of my patterns at Etsy.com/shop/berrybirdy

 








23/10/2021

Petite Patch Pumpkin Potholder

 Petite Patch Pumpkin Potholder

Try to say that one 3 times faster and faster! This darling potholder is so fun to have in your kitchen and could also be made into a mug rug or even a small wall hanging with your Autumn decor. 

Perfect for using up your tiny scraps, it can be a little tricky sewing with such tiny pieces. I do recommend  using a small tool such as a tiny pair of scissors or a stiletto to help you with guiding them into the sewing machine. 

Please share your creations with me on IG and tag me @Berry_Birdy! Smiles and happy sewing!

Open the PDF version here; https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m4_DPTAOzfT5fAWeUrefkcPZ9pQ5gCCK/view?usp=sharing




Check out more of my patterns at www.etsy.com/shop/berrybirdy










16/08/2021

Eye Pad Pattern

 Ahhh Sleep!! One of the most wonderful things in the world....except how many nights do we spend tossing and turning only to get up multiple times for babies, the dog barking, the windows are open and it starts to rain... Sleep is a precious thing to everyone and most of us don't get enough of it. Here is my answer. Introducing the new EYE PAD. No monthly payment plans, no special case for it to go in, no apps or downloads, just a simple pattern and you are in dreamland! 


Materials Needed;
9" X 4" piece of front fabric or letters that are sewn together with a 
border to create a 9" X 4" piece for the front
9" X 4" piece of thin batting
9" X 4" piece of fussy fabric
1 1/8" bias strip for binding 18" long
Matching thread
1/2" wide elastic (enough to wrap around the back of the head from eye to eye

Steps;

Trace the Eye Pad template onto the front fabric. 
Layer the front, batting and backing fabric. Sew along the traced line.
Cut through all layers very close to the stitched line. 
Sew on elastic to either side of the back of the Eye Pad, be sure it is not twisted.
Sew on the binding to the back of the Eye Pad around the outer edges with a 1/8" seam.
Fold the binding over and under to the front and sew it close to the edge with matching thread.

NOTE: The template should measure 7 3/4" X 3 5/8" for sizing.

Check out my YouTube Channel for complete instructions and more videos!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuC1ht8NH_VJr82K3AeHAqQ



26/03/2021

Hunny Bunny

 Hunny Bunny

Ready for Spring, tulips, sunshine? I think we all are welcoming it with open arms this year especially!

If you'd like to add something sweet to your Easter decor, or basket, this little bunny stitches up super fast, and you can use scraps, an old quilt, linens, or any fabric for this darling creation. Grab some buttons from your stash and let's get sewing!







For more darling creations, check out my Instagram at @Berry_Birdy


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!