I got the opportunity to review Issue 8 of One Thimble Magazine and I love this issue! It has tons of great patterns and tutorials that are great projects that you can make in a short period of time. The reason why this is so awesome is that some of our projects take so long, and we can get burnt out on sewing so having simpler or easier projects is nice. This is also a great issue to gift beginners or to use for teaching sewing.
The magazine was provided to me free in exchange for the review of the pattern. The statements regarding the magazine content is all my own.
This issue includes:
12 PDF Patterns
6 Full tutorials
Articles to help your business
Articles about teaching kids to sew and sewing for kids
Article about styling a photo shoot
Sewing tips: Rulers, Bias Tape, Topstitching
Trends and Inspiration
The 12 patterns include a dress, skort or skirt, skirt, blouse, purse, backpack, hat, headband, tee shirt, softie, wall decoration, and a quilt. These projects are all meant to be easy to complete and they do not use a ton of materials. They have some new to me designers, which is a great way to get to know them. I made the Desert Fox softie, the Cosmos Skirt and the Coco Flower Crown.
The Desert Fox is a cute little softie that my fox loving daughter was so excited for. It was designed after the Fennec Fox aka Desert Fox. It has oversized ears and eyes that feel like a cartoon. The pieces do not include seam allowances so you need to be sure to include those. I made mine completely by hand over 2 days and approximately 5 hours. So if you do it with a machine, it can be extremely fast. The pattern was made for felt, but you can use fleece, or experiment with other fabric. It is the perfect size for little ones or even adults who want a hand size softie.
The Cosmos skirt is a super fast reversible skirt with a scalloped hem. This is such a fast project that is a great way for a beginner to move into that confident beginner stage. The scallops take a bit more care, and the waist is made with fold over elastic. However, the pattern is put together great and very easy to understand. This is a gorgeous project that goes together very quickly. It also doesn’t take much. I made a size 4/5 and only used about 1/2 a yard of each fabric. That means my daughter has a pretty and comfortable shirt with 2 looks in one! Score for this mama!
The Coco Flower Crown has endless possibilities. The different flowers and succulents leave your imagination running wild. Once you figure out what you want, they go together very easily. There are way too many variations for me to compute, but just know there are TONS of choices!! I attached mine to a fold over elastic headband and it turned into such a vibrant head piece. You can make a more simple headband, a hair tie, bows, corsage, or embellish purses, clothing, etc. It really is an endless pattern.
The magazine also features lots of other information like tutorials and articles with helpful topics. The tutorial I am most excited about combines hardware and sewing: Sewing Room Clock. Yes, an actual functioning clock made out of fabric and a clock kit. How awesome is that? Once i get the supplies, that will definitely be on my to do list for my sewing area.
There are also lots of articles regarding topics to help if you sew for business, sewing tips and how to teach children (and boys) to sew. The patterns+the tutorials+the useful information makes it well worth the price.
Is there a certain pattern that catches your eye? The Jackalope tee and the Cactus Wall art are the next ones I want to make.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win the magazine or get a full refund if you already purchased it.