Cherry Blossom Festival


We have an amazing selection of novelty fabrics at The Oz Material Girls including this lovely range, Cherry Blossom Festival
Featuring Oriental Kokeshi dolls in pretty pink and purple tones

You can also win this fabulous bundle via our Facebook giveaway

Win a FQ Bundle of Cherry Blossom Festival



And don't forget we are offering FREE Australia wide postage for the whole of August for all orders over $50  on our website


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Happy August! Free Oz Wide Postage all month!


Can you believe we are in to another new month, this year is certainly flying by.

It is a great time now to start thinking about your Christmas projects , with only a few months to go before it is upon us.....so we are offering FREE Australia Wide Postage for all orders over $50, for the whole month of August. And be sure to check out our fabulous giveaway which ends Sunday night on our Facebook page!

We also have some new arrivals and some fabulous specials with ranges up to 50% off so it is a great time to stock up and also take advantage of our FREE Postage Offer

Insurance of $3.50 is required for all orders

New Holly Hobbie 

 

Back in stock and selling fast - Woodlands Critters!


 

New Moda Pre Cuts




Don't miss your chance to win this gorgeous FQ Bundle from the Satsukirange by Robert Kaufman, just click on the picture to view the details!
Ends tomorrow night


Until next time

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Collaborate for a Cause 2014

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If you haven't heard about C4AC2014 then we would love to show you what one of our customers Leanne, has collaborated with other handmade businesses to create, for such a great cause!

“Floral Delights” for “River’s Gift”.
A couple of months ago I was approached by Sarah from Pretty Little Petals to join Collaborate for a Cause 2014 (C4AC2014).

C4AC is a fabulous way businesses within the Handmade industry are raising funds for selected charities around Australia.  It involves combining our talents and products, to produce collections that are then auctioned online.

Together Pretty Little Petals, Luscious Little Things, Sassy Little Sistas And Polka Dot Polly and Sewn by Leanne have put together “The Ultimate Girl’s Bedroom Collection”.  

And we thank Shutter & Blush Photography for their skills at highlighting our work.  This package will go for auction from July 25th-27th 2014.
You need to register to bid on the items at http://goo.gl/l6AZq0
All proceeds from this Collection will go towards Rivers Gift - a Charity supporting SIDS Research .

  

“Floral Delights”  is a single bed Quilt (80x60”) designed and quilted by myself, Leanne Benson.  I was inspired by my stash of beautiful girly designer quilting cottons bought from "The Oz Material Girls”, and Robert Kaufman’s “Squared Up” Quilt top design.  The Quilt contains designer fabrics from Riley Blake, Art Gallery Fabrics, Tilda Fabrics, Robert Kaufman and Michael Miller.  The batting is 100% Cotton.

The design of the Back allows this adorable Quilt to be reversible.  I also created a matching standard size pillowcase.

I have really enjoyed working in this Collaboration, so much that plans are already being made for 2015.

    

Custom Single Bed Quilts are available at Sewn by Leanne, simply contact me at sewnbyleanne@gmail.com.  For further examples of my work please visit 
www.fb.com/sewnbyleanne ; 
www.sewnbyleanne.etsy.com 
and soon to be published www.sewnbyleanne.com.au .
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Kids & Novelty Fabric

How gorgeous are these kids novelty fabric designs and just for you we are offering a 20% discount code you can use right now on our website! Just enter KF20 at checkout to redeem - valid till Friday 25th July.
( this code is not valid on other sale items or in conjunction with any other coupons)


As always we have some fabulous FREE gifts on our website when you order ! You will be given the option to add a gift at checkout, from orders starting from just $40. And all orders over $150 have FREE postage Australia wide ( $3.50 insurance is required and added at checkout )



So grab yours today before they sell out!

Teeny Tiny Zoo Teeny Tiny Zoo Fabric

Daiwabo Elephant Fabric blue Daiwabo Elephant Fabric Pink

Monkey and islands kids fabric Monkeys on blue quilt fabric

Blink owls on aqua Mini spots quilting fabric


And be sure to check out these ranges that are close to selling out


Holly Hobbie fabric

Bumper 2 Bumper cars fabric

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse fabric
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Pattern Review - Criss Cross Dress

Hello hello!  Melissa here from Ms Midge, I'm back with another great pattern to review!  This time round it is the CRISS CROSS AVERY DRESS by Pink Poodle Bows.   I have a few of their patterns, so was keen to give this one a go, for a nice fresh Summer look!   If you pop over to Patterns Only, they have 20% off at present!
First things first - this is a PDF pattern, and can be made in sizes 12months - 5.  After making a size 5 today, I'm pretty sure it would be quite easy to upsize it a few sizes - which is great, because I would love to make one for my nine year old daughter.  If you've never upsized before, I did a tutorial HERE.
Ok, as per my usual routine, I printed the pattern out and got stuck in to sticking it all together.  Nothing confusing about that.  You will end up with FOUR pattern pieces.


From those four pattern pieces, you will end up with NINE pieces of fabric cut out.  I'm making a point of telling you this, because I confused myself!  There's a front and back, a front and back bottom (border), a back casing, and four bodice pieces - two in each co-ordinating fabric.  So yes, it is a lined bodice!


The instructions are really quite easy to follow, and there aren't any steps that I didn't have trouble with.  I got my handy chopstick out to help with turning the bodice pieces (i.e. straps) out the right way, and I chose to top stitch everything.  I just think it gives it a better and neater finish.

When it came to the gathering part for the front skirt piece, the pattern gives you instructions to use a basting stitch, which of course if you're used to you'll be ok with doing.  I have mentioned in other tutorials my love for a gathering short cut.  So I'll give it out again!  If you set your sewing machine to the tightest tension, i.e. highest number, and your stitch length to the longest setting you will be able to pop your fabric in and as you sew, it automatically gathers for you.  Life-saver in my books!



There really isn't many tips or tricks I can give you for this pattern - it's straight forward and rather quick and easy to whip up.  I made the size 5, and my little model is a size 4, so it was a tad big.  BUT I do think the elastic lengths they provide to be put in the back casing, could be shortened to suit a tinier frame.  I have it pinned at the back for photography purposes!  Alternatively, you could also widen the bodice pieces at the front for a bit of a bigger frame.

All in all - a super pattern that I would recommend to basically anyone who would like to make a great Spring/Summer dress!


I used some of my personal fabric stash for this review, but rest assured - the girls have plenty of beautiful bright prints for such a pretty dress!  Go CHECK THEM OUT!
Thanks for reading, I hope you find this helpful and will see you again soon!
Melissa x
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Putting the spotlight on Angel Lea Designs

Today we are getting to know Anthea from Angel Lea Designs - you can view her fabulous range of pdf instant download patterns here

Tell us about you?

I’m Anthea; I live at Port Lincoln, South Australia with my husband of 13 years, my 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son.

I have been creative and crafting for as long as I can remember. As a child I made my own Barbie doll clothes and dolls house furnishings, and since then have honed my skills through years of experience at the sewing machine, sewing clothing for myself and my children and items for the home.

How did your business name come about?

“Angel” is from my daughter’s name, Angelia. “Lea” means meadow and as we live on our own “meadow” I thought it was appropriate but I also liked the sound of the two names together.

Tell us about your products and which are your favourites and why?

I design a range of fresh and fun patterns including children’s clothing, soft toys, bags, appliqué designs and anything else that takes my fancy! My patterns are easy to follow and include detailed step-by-step instructions and lots of photographs, making them achievable for even the beginner sewer. 




My owl pattern is my favourite and it was also my first softie pattern. From that I discovered a love for softie making so you will definitely be seeing a few more softie patterns from me in the future!

My other favourite patterns would have to be Fergus the Frog and Cleo the Cow because they are so cheerful and cheeky looking and make me smile just looking at them.



Where do you find inspiration for new designs?

I always find this question hard to answer. I would have to agree with what someone else said that ideas come about through the creative process. Working on one project can lead to ideas for another. The hardest part is usually making myself get started.

What does the future hold for you


I hope that in the future I’ll still be designing new patterns – I have so many ideas in my head that I want to try out so hopefully I will get the chance to turn those ideas into patterns. I’m currently working on a fox softie pattern so hope to have that out before too long.

 
  
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Do you love surprises!

We all love surprises...right?

Well if you do then you are going to love our Crafty Clubs
What is a Crafty Club... well it is a subscription you can sign up to and each month we will send you a new kit, pattern or fabric pack....you decide!

Do you love fabric, patterns or find it hard deciding on what fabrics go with patterns.... we are sure to have a club perfect for you!
Just click on the pictures below to view details about each club

The Handbag Club!
The Softies Club!
The FQ Club!
The Jelly Roll Club!
The Pattern Club!

The Charm Square Club!
The Stash Builder Club!
The Christmas Club!
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