Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

June 03, 2008

Free patterns, tutorials and recipes

The links below are to various sewing and craft tutorials and recipes that I have posted here on my blog. I hope you find them useful. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact me.

All my tutorials are licensed under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. To see what this means, look over here.

NEW Tutorial - "Hem along"
The hem-along is underway. Weeks 1 to 4 have been posted, covering double and single fold hems, hemming stretch fabrics and blind hemming by hand and machine. After a short break .... I will be covering rolled hems, faced hems, scalloped edges, Euro-hems, flared hems and more! (Re-commencing September 2009)

Tutorial - "Seam-along"
A 9 week series of posts covering various ways to sew and finish seams. Includes French seams, Hong Kong finishes, overlocking, falt fell, channel seams and more. Downloadable PDF available soon.

Tutorial - make a shower cap
A downloadable PDF pattern and instructions for sewing your own pretty shower cap. The shower cap has a bias binding trim and a nylon waterproof inner.

Tutorial - make a gadget wallet
A downloadable PDF pattern and instructions for sewing a soft carry case that will hold a gadget such as a small digital camera or a GPS.

Tutorial - make a fluffy teddy card (kiddy craft)
Downloadable stencil for creating this furry friend on a card.

Tutorial - make a gingerbread cottage
Hint and tips for creating your own gingerbread cottage from scratch. Includes details of patterns, baking and decoration. I am not able to cook with eggs for our family, so also includes details of making royal icing without egg whites. Available as downloadable PDF.

Tutorial - freezer paper stencilling
Hints and tips for creating a fabric printing stencil using freezer paper. Includes information about choice of paper, creating your stencil and inking and setting the design. Available as downloadable PDF.

3-by-3 kiddie canvas
This nine square picture canvas is a super easy project. The picture is designed to be either free-standing or hung. The squares are individual canvases padded with batting and fabric. The corner designs are appliqued and the child's photo is inkjet-printed to a special cotton fabric. The canvases are secured with a plastic backing and then again around the perimeter with ribbon. The tutorial includes designs suitable for a boy or girl.

Tutorial - create a stencil image from a photo using Microsoft Word
A workaround for those of us who don't have the fancy graphics software to help create stencils. Available as a downloadable PDF.

Tutorial - add special characters to your blog post
Add symbols and other characters not usually found on your computer keyboard to your blog post.

Stand-back-and-throw (simple) meal ideas
Don't get me wrong ... I do like to cook. But sometimes I just like things to be easy: to stand back and throw. Includes recipes for main meals and sweet treats. Do try the easy-peasy no-bake cheesecake!

More ...


  1. i came across ur site looking for a recipe for NO EGG ROYAL ICING, and happened upon a flurry of cute ideas, shops and delicious looking recipes. ur fudgy 'short' cake is calling my name and will be greeted quite kindly, im sure, when the hubs comes home in a few days! yumm, cant wait. thanks so much!

  2. Thank you for all the lovely tutorials. I appreciate that you took the time and effort to write them.

  3. We were so excited to find the "Egg free royal icing", as three of us cannot have eggs. Making Gingerbread houses was a first this year with our kids because we finally found an egg-free icing.
    Thank you so much!!


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