I’m stoked to be a part of Swoodson Says tour of her patterns. She is one of the first bloggers I think really helped me get more involved in the blog community because she is kind of a blog guru. She has 2 young kids and designs PDF patterns for soft toys and also, a backpack. One of the things that stands out about the toys she has designed is they can be made to copy a special adult in their life, or just give them ideas to aspire to. It is a lot of fun and a pretty cool way to let kids explore new things.
I won the first pattern that she put out: The Little Artist Palette and that was just perfect for my daughters who were obsessed (and still are) with Rapunzel. It’s been almost a year and they still love pretending to paint (as well as do the real thing)
I knew I wanted to make it in a cotton woven this time, and have fun with some scraps since we have so many. I included a minion piece. Yes, a minion. Because this is all about kids imaginations, and damnit if they don’t do minion like things all-the-time. I made a soft paintbrush with the last one, so this time I included a tutorial for a soft paintbrush to go with the palette.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. For this tutorial, I used 2 scraps, but you can also use ribbon or yarn.
For the base of the brush, cut a piece 6×4 inches (LxW) and the brush piece 2×4 (LxW)
Step 2: Place RST (right sides together) along one of the width ends.
Step 3: Optional:: I ironed the base of the brush over 1/4 in. You will want to do this if you are attaching anything other then fabric.
Step 4: Sew the brush and base pieces together like they are in step 2. Fold brush pieceover so that they are flat.
Step 5: Fold RST with the long sides touching edges. Sew along bottom and along side. Be sure to backstitch at beginning and end.
Step 6: Grab a tool or pencil, and push right side out.
Step 7: Fill with stuffing until you get to bottom of brush line.
Step 8: Sew closed. You can use sewing machine or hand sew closed like I did.
Step 9: If using fabric for brush, snip down fabric to great brushhair
Step 10: If you want to hide stitching, put a piece of ribbon around that is 4 inches long. Be sure to burn the edges so they don’t fray.
Step 11: Hand stitch in place.
Voila, you now have a little paint brush for the little palette (and no mess for this painting)
The pattern is great for a puzzle pr matching game, pretend play, an applique, pillow, gift for artist friend. The pattern includes a tutorial with photographs and a digital pdf pattern with 4 pages to print for pattern. You will love how easily the pattern goes together, and this is a great project to get you used to hand stitching without wearing you out.