Archives: Week 24

The heart and soul of Shiny Happy World is in the archives. There are hundreds of free patterns and tutorials and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the information. Every Friday I share just a manageable sliver – a peek at what was happening during the same week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. This is Week 24.

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2011

How to Gather Fabric - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

In this post I show two different ways to gather fabric – one that’s great for short bits and one that works really well for long pieces.

2012

How to Change Colors in Single Crochet - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I was so intimidated by changing colors when I started crocheting amigurumi – but it’s actually really easy. And I love making striped critters!

2013

An Experiment with Fabric Grain - two elephants from Shiny Happy World

To illustrate what the grainline is (and what impact it can have on your finished stuffed animals) I made two elephants – one with the pieces cut on the indicated grainline, and one cut with the grainline going in the opposite direction. It’s so interesting to see the difference!

2014

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I love this little guy with his spots and his silly tongue hanging out. 🙂

2015

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Another exceedingly huggable stuffed animal. This beaver is perfect for pairing up with a Woodland Critters quilt!

2016

Continuous Stitching - repeating embroidery patterns to fill any space, any size
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Remember the GIANT cat and flowers project I shared in last week’s archives? This is the embroidery pattern I used for all those flowers. It’s a seamless repeat, so you can stitch an area of any size! Plus there are a couple of grids that are VERY handy.

2017

Scary Squares easy monster quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World
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This is my easiest monster quilt pattern – and it’s so much fun to make! I especially love recommending monsters for beginners. Nobody can tell you that you made the horns curve the wrong way, or the nose the wrong shape, or the eyes crooked – your monster is YOUR creation!

2018

How to Add a Door (that opens!) to your quilt block - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I put a fussy-cut unicorn behind that door. 🙂 This is such a fun technique – and you’re not limited to just using it with blocks with doors! Hide a bird or squirrel in a treetop! Or the sun behind a cloud! Or a critter inside a car or truck!

2019

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This silly frog makes me smile every time. 🙂

2020

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Such a shaggy fellow – good for his arctic environment.

2021

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One of my very favorite patterns ever – especially when made with striped fabric like this version! Someday I will make a chameleon quilt with every block a different color.

2022

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Mix and matchable templates to make AT LEAST 21 different breeds of dog. This was SUCH a fun pattern to design!

2023

A post all about how to work with digital clip art.

 

Archives: Week 23

The heart and soul of Shiny Happy World is in the archives. There are hundreds of free patterns and tutorials and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the information. Every Friday I share just a manageable sliver – a peek at what was happening during the same week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. This is Week 23.

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2011

How to Stitch Fly Stitch - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Perfect for tiny little fireflies!

2012

Easy Needle Cushion - a free pattern

Since needles have no heads, they can easily disappear into the center of a regular pincushion, never to be found again. I created this needle cushion to solve that problem!

2013

How to Attach a New Piece of Yarn with Single Crochet - a tutorial from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

A very handy (and secure!) way to attach clothing, manes, prickles, and other bits to crocheted stuffed animals.

2014

Mouse prototype - one step in the design process at Shiny Happy World

A peek at the design process for a little stuffed mouse.

2015

I love adding my applique patterns to other projects – like this handy bag designed by Betz White. The link takes you to a detailed description of how I did it, along with a link to the original pattern.

2016

A BIG new embroidery project! This cat surrounded by embroidered flowers is in an 18 inch hoop!

There’s that same cat popping up again a year later – this time in a GIANT applique/embroidery project. That’s a quilting frame – not an embroidery hoop. 😳

2017

Letters and numbers (and a few punctuation marks) designed especially to work with my applique patterns. Add a name, animal sounds, dates, and more. Have fun with them!

2018

How to Work with Eyelash Yarn without Crying, Swearing, or Throwing Away Your Crochet Hooks - video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Eyelash yarn adds the most amazing fuzzy texture to your stuffed animals – but it’s kind of a nightmare to work with it. I figured out a better way! (And it works with other specialty yarns too!)

2019

Colorful fabrics can show through any white fabric appliqued over them. Here’s how to prevent that if it bugs you. 😁

2020

Another desert animal with absolutely ENORMOUS ears! This is an antelope jackrabbit.

2021

***Included in Week 23 Sale***

You can use this pattern to make just about any songbird. It was super complicated to design – but I think it’s super easy for you to make. I’m super proud of this pattern!

2022

Pretty, pretty daisies. I made them with every background color under the sun and put them in the Bouncing Bunnies collection because they coordinate with all the bunnies.

2023

More daisies! (Am I obsessed with daisies every June?) I designed this print for a dollhouse wallpaper challenge and loved it so much that I made it in a larger scale as well.

2024

A cute papercut donkey with a big grin. 😁 I released this as a wallpaper with a June 2024 calendar – but you can still get it without the calendar – and it’s a free download.

 

Archives: Week 22

The heart and soul of Shiny Happy World is in the archives. There are hundreds of free patterns and tutorials and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the information. Every Friday I share just a manageable sliver – a peek at what was happening during the same week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. This is Week 22.

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2011

How to Make a Zippered Bag - free tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Don’t fear zippers! This is a great first project if you’ve never sewn with them before.

2012

How to Embroider with No Knots - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

You don’t have to. I’m personally pro-knot! But sometimes you don’t want knots (or tails) and this is one way to do it.

2013

Space embroidery pattern
***Included in Week 22 Sale***

A pattern inspired not by actual space, but by Saturday morning cartoons set in someplace far more silly. 🙂

2014

An easy tip showing my favorite way to transfer those dots on the pattern making the position of the eyes.

It’s a simple little trick.

2015

Caterpillar Phil from Shiny Happy World
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A super fun little caterpillar with a magical trick to sew all those segments together.

2016

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One of my bestselling quilt patterns.

2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - a video lesson from Shiny Happy World

I used to teach kids sewing classes in the summer and these snakes were always a HUGE hit. In this post, my daughter (age 11 at the time) teaches kids how to use a sewing machine.

2018

Make a Wall Hanging - How to Add a Wonky Churn Dash Frame to Your Favorite Quilt Block - tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Turn any quilt block into a fun wall hanging with a fancy frame and everything!

2019

One of my favorite extra things to do with a basic block pattern is to make it bust out of its frame – like a monster whose horns are too wide to fit, or this frog snatching a fly out of the neighboring horse’s block. This post shows how to do it!

2020

I had never heard of a fennec fox until I was researching desert animals for my 100 Day Project. I learn so many awesome things from my work!

2021

The drawing that inspired the 100 Birds Projects – and therefore the Backyard Birds quilt pattern.

2022

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Make a silly spider monkey.

2023

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This cat looks soooooo satisfied.

2024

Make a gentle gorilla.

 

Archives: Week 21

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the 21st week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

How to Bind a Quilt - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Some people hate binding. I absolutely love it! I use a combination of machine and had sewing and I adore those last couple of evenings with my beautiful new quilt in my lap.

2012

Dimples - a free pincushion pattern from Shiny Happy World

My favorite pincushion shape! I have multiples and keep one at my sewing machine, one at my ironing board, and one to rove around with me wherever I’m working.

2013

Hacky Sack - a free crochet pattern from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

An easy beginner pattern and a great way to use up scraps.

2014

How to Hide the Messy Back of a Hooped Embroidery Piece - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

If you care about that sort of thing. 😁 I normally don’t, but if I’m making something like a Christmas tree ornament where both sides may be visible, I’ll often finish the back this way.

2015

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Super cute! But fair warning – this is my most difficult stuffed animal pattern.

2016

QAYG wavy stripes and grids - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

A video showing how I do all my favorite wavy line quilting. I use these designs ALL THE TIME.

2017

Bear Lovie pattern from Shiny Happy World
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My very favorite project for quick and easy (and cuddly!) baby shower gifts.

2018

The Big Bag - a free large tote bag pattern from Shiny Happy World

I based the size and shape of this bag on a tote I got IN HIGH SCHOOL and still use decades later. It is, in my opinion, the perfect bag.

2019

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One of my most popular woodland critters.

2020

A silly monster as part of my 100 Day drawing challenge. I love the bumps on his skin and his groovy turtleneck.

2021

The start of a terrific work in progress – calculating the fabric needed for my quilts in ALL the common sizes and as many different layout possibilities as I can think of.

2022

My fun Good Dog fabric collection in a pretty pink palette.

2023

A very pretty experiment. I need to make more of these!

2024

Look at this fantastic quilt that Carolyn made with the Beep Beep pattern! I love that pieced binding! And the plaid van!!!

 

Archives: Week Twenty

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the 20th week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

How to Mend with Fun Patches - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I LOVE mending with visible patches. Sometimes I sew one on just for fun – even if there’s nothing to mend. 🥰

2012

How to Miter Corners with Double Fold Bias Tape - tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I like to use this to outline patch pockets.

2013

Wjat else can you o with a unicorn pattern? Show & Tell from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

One pattern – four different animals. Make that dollar holler!

2014

Emma Elephant - an easy felt elephant pattern from Shiny Happy World
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She’s ready to decorate for a party!

2015

Turn Franklin the Fat Cat into Totoro

My daughter adapted the Franklin the Fat Cat pattern to make a Totoro – and you can too! I share the pieces and instructions in this post.

2016

Everything You Need to Know About How to Applique - terrific info from Shiny Happy World

One post with links to ALL my tutorials for different applique techniques.

2017

Noisy Farm quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World
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Lots of farm animals making lots of noise. 😂

2018

Scribbly Outlining Applique Pieces - tips from Shiny Happy World

This has been my favorite way to do outline stitching for quite a few years now. I just love how it looks!

2019

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The pattern also includes a horn to make it a unicorn!

2020

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Such a sweet face!

2021

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Emperor penguins are just the coolest!

2022

I add catchlights to all my eyes now, and I love how it really brings them to life! (I use the fabric paint method – and the post includes a link to my favorite brand.)

2023

More bird fabrics! And coordinates to go with them! I also did that same bird print with gray and taupe birds on a deep blue background.

2024

Some thoughts on the value of slow and steady progress – in crafting and in life.

 

Archives: Week Nineteen

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the 19th week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

How to Machine Quilt - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Everything you need to know.

2012

How to Make a Sewing Machine Cover - a free tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I show you how to measure your machine to get a custom fit.

2013

My Favorite Tip for Machine Quilting without Swearing

You know how frustrating it is to manhandle a big quilt through your machine and then realize you just sewed a whole long row without any bobbin thread? Yeah. Me too. Here’s how I keep that from happening.

2014

Sweet Sylvia Snail - a free embroidery pattern from Shiny Happy World

I just love her sweet face.

2015

Free Felt Matroyshka Pattern from Shiny Happy World

Make a bunch in different colors!

2016

Best Practices for Working with Digital Patterns

How to download, how to save, how to print.

2017

Baking Day pattern collection from Shiny Happy World
***Included in Week 19 Sale***

The pattern includes the dress, the apron (including the cupcake embroidery pattern), the cookies, the spatula, and the baking tray. This is one of my favorites!

2018

Turn any Quilt Block Patterns into Cute Coasters - tutorial from Shiny Happy World

You can use any of my quilt block patterns to make cute felt coasters! The instructions also include general info on resizing my patterns – useful for SO MANY other possible projects.

2019

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Such a cutie!

2020

I drew this emu as part of my 100 Days project in 2020. It became the Eloise Emu/Orly Ostrich pattern. I just love her cheerful face!

2021

I redesigned the free bee pattern!

2022

I also did the same fabric designs in a mostly-pink palette and called it Squeaky Toy. 😁

2023

Another fabric collection – this one inspired by Mary Blair. The top right design (in sea glass colors) is now my desk pad and it makes me so happy every single day.

2024

I created a printable cut paper version of the adorable otter pattern. It was a free wallpaper download – and you can still get it! Just without the May 2024 calendar. 🙂

 

Archives: Week Eighteen

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the 18th week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

Bloom embroidery pattern from Shiny Happy World
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Beautiful blooms, embroidered with just a few easy stitches.

2012

How to Attach Flat Spots to Amigurumi Using Running Stitch - a tutorial from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

The best way to attach bits that you want to be flat – not puffy.

2013

How to Quilt a Big Quilt on a Standard Sewing Machine - video

Yes – you really can quilt a big quilt (even king size!) on a standard sewing machine. I’ve done it – and I show you how.

2014

Chirp - a bird quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World
***Included in Week 18 Sale***

My first bird quilt – and I I still love it!

2015

In a nutshell – no. 😁

2016

Hand Quilting without Marking - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

All the little tricks I developed because I’m always afraid the marking won’t wash out.

2017

Giant applique pets made with Michael Miller Fabrics - patterns by Shiny Happy World

A terrific collaboration that led to TWO new projects.

2018

Penelope Panda - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

A free pattern for a cute panda!

2019

It’s not really any harder than making two standing legs.

2020

I drew this giant anteater as part of my 100 Days project in 2020. I need to make an applique pattern with this guy!

2021

A golden-fronted woodpecker from my 100 Birds Project. I don’t know why that’s the name – the gold is on the back!

2022

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One of my favorite bugs. 😁

2023

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A silly chimpanzee. 😁

2024

Look at the gorgeous quilt that Amanda made with the Woodland Critters pattern!

 

Archives: Week Seventeen

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the seventeenth week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

Mini Tote Bag pattern - free from Shiny Happy World

A handy little tote bag. You can use it with any of my applique patterns – just reduce the size.

2012

Triangle Tote Bags - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Another fun little bag!

2013

cover image of a large pink flower for the free Pretty Posy applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

A free – SUPER simple – flower applique pattern. Make this with any fabrics in your stash, though I do love striped stems. 😁

2014

How to Make a Topsy Turvy Doll from Any Rag Doll Pattern - a free tutorial from Shiny Happy World

This is a free tutorial to make a fun topsy-turvy doll out of any of the Dress Up Bunch doll patterns.

2015

Donating Handmade Toys and Quilts

Lots of great suggestions for where (and how) to donate your handmade toys and quilts.

2016

Raining Rainbows - free embroidery pattern from Shiny Happy World

A terrific free embroidery pattern for beginners. It uses just one stitch – the easiest there is!

2017

Easy Eye Options for Applique - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Sometimes you just don’t want to applique teeny tiny eyes. This post has LOTS of alternatives.

2018

How to Make a Quilt Label - tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Shrink down one of the blocks from your pattern, embroider it, and use it for a label. This post shows how.

2019

Scallops are great edges on skirts and fairy wings, and also make edges for hair!

2020

I drew this tree frog as part of my 100 Days project in 2020. I loved him so much I turned him into the Troy the Tree Frog applique pattern.

2021

A handy post with lots of extra information – and a downloadable shopping list to take with you to the fabric store!

2022

***Included in Week 17 Sale***

I was getting lots of requests for specific dog breeds – this was the first half of my response. 😁

2023

Cute forest-themed fabric collection available in this shady purple and also in a deep forest green color palette.

2024

Thoughts on living life at a walking pace and taking time to notice the flowers.

 

Archives: Week Sixteen

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the sixteenth week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

Goody Bags - free sewing pattern from Shiny Happy World

Great little reusable gift bags or party favor bags!

2012

Because big buggy eyes should really be round. 😁

2013

Does Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy work on wool felt? YES! It's fabulous!

Nutshell answer: YES! But definitely read the post for all the details. 😁

2014

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

One of my favorite free felt projects.

2015

Evolution of a Sleeping Bag - a process post

A little peek behind the scenes at the design process.

2016

Tips for Quilting a Cuddle Fleece Back - video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

The first time I used cuddle fleece for the back of one of my quilts, my daughter came to me and said, “Mommy. [insert pause for dramatic effect] You should never use anything else on the back of your quilts.” I haven’t. 😁

2017

How to Add Sashing to a Quilt As You You Quilt - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

It’s easy to add sashing and borders to a Quilt As You Go quilt.

2018

How to Applique Dark Eyes on Dark Faces - tutorial from Shiny Happy World

This is a question I get all the time – for making both quilts and stuffed animals. This post shows a few different ways to do it.

2019

One of my favorite settings – and you can use it with any of my square-block patterns, no resizing needed.

2020

A walrus I drew as part of my 100 Day Project in 2020.

2021

A velvet-fronted nuthatch from my 100 Days 100 Birds project.

2022

My very favorite color collection. I use these fabrics ALL THE TIME.

2023

***Included in Week 16 Sale***

One of my bestselling patterns, updated with a couple of new animals and SVG files for use with electric cutting machines.

2024

An adorable opossum.

 

Archives: Week Fifteen

Let’s tiptoe down memory lane to see what I was doing during the fifteenth week of every year since the start of Shiny Happy World. 🙂 Click on the images to go to the posts.

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2011

How to Sew Napped Fabrics - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Velvet and corduroy can make such fun projects – but they creep like crazy when you sew them. Here’s how to counter the creeping. 🙂

2012

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This is one of the very first amigurumi I ever made. I still love it!

2013

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I love this little weirdo.

2014

It could be a cardinal, a blue jay, a cedar waxwing, a tufted titmouse. Just change the colors!

2015

How to Count the Number of Stitches in a Round of Crochet - a tutorial from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

A necessary skill for making amigurumi – and not at all tricky once you know how to do it.

2016

Fun Faux Fur Makes Extra Awesome Rag Doll Hair - tips from Shiny Happy World

This makes SUCH fun dolls!

2017

Dinosaurs - an easy applique quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World
***Included in Week 15 Sale***

Everyone loves dinosaurs, right?

2018

Play with Your Layouts - Multiple Possibilities for One Quilt Pattern - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

All of my quilt patterns show a sample layout – but that’s always just a suggestion! This post shows lots of layout possibilities you can use with any of my patterns.

2019

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Such a cutie!

2020

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I love this guy’s grumpy face. It’s like he’s saying, “Hey! The bird feeder needs filling!”

2021

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A sweet Mama and Baby – with time to make it before Mother’s Day. 🥰

2022

Some of my silly monsters on a notebook.

2023

All the fabrics I used to make my Woodland Critters quilt sample – and also an easy peasy cheater version of my pattern.

2024

Driving across the country to move from North Carolina to Oregon, I designed this fun fabric featuring the snow-capped mountains I saw along the way.