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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Customer Creations - Softies

One of the things we love the most at TOMG is seeing items made from our fabric and patterns.

If you would like to be featured on our blog and have used fabric or patterns purchased from either The Oz Material Girls or Patterns Only, just post the pictures direct to our Facebook pages ( TOMG or Patterns Only) with a few lines about the item and a link to your Facebook page

Today we are featuring gorgeous sofites and toys made by some of our very talented customers - which is your favourite?

Magoo Monkey softie made by
Kelseys Kuties

Doll softies made by 

Softies made by
Monkeyíng Around

Dee Dee dolphin softie made by

Hobby Horse softie made by
Dusted with Love




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Hints & Tips

We have some fabulous tutorials and tips on our blog, so today we will be linking you to a few of them.... if it's upsizing a pattern, fussy cutting, adding a zip or, then read on and just click on the pictures to view the full tutorials

Is there something you are struggling with and would like us to do a tutorial on, just comment below and we will see what we can do!

How to upsize patterns






Zipper do do da - Part 1





Until next time

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