03 February 2016

Faux taxidermy Fox stitch-a-long.......getting prepared.

I have my Fox pattern printed out ready to start photographing the first tutorial for the stitch-a-along.

Are you going to stitch Frankie the Fox along with me?

Full details in the previous post. Check it out and see if you want to join in. the fun.

If you have any questions hit me with them!


01 February 2016

Faux Taxidermy tutorial and stitch-a-long

Welcome to Cupcake Cutie's first Faux Taxidermy Stitch-a-long!


In my Etsy store I sell a range of Faux taxidermy hand sewing patterns. They are pdfs and instant downloads so you can print them out and get sewing straight away.

They are really easy to follow patterns with lots of photos and diagrams so perfect for beginners.

I know many of you from instagram and facebook have said you have already purchased patterns but are a bit nervous about getting started. This stitch-a-long is designed to give you a boost (or a kick up the backside!) and get you stitching. YOU CAN DO IT....no really you can.


Our first stitch-a-long pattern is going to be....... Frankie the Fox...

...he is a lovely chap, quite amenable and a nice easy one to begin with.

Now don't fret because I am going to be sewing right along with you. I will be walking you through all the steps as we sew Frankie and I will be sharing photos and any helpful hints I can think of along the way.

We will complete the Fox over a series of  blog posts so you can go at your own pace. Best of all you can ask questions in the comments section of each blog post if you get stuck.


You don't have to sign up to join the stitch-a-long but you will need to grab the pattern which you can find HERE.


The first Cupcake Cutie Stitch-a-long begins very soon so grab you pattern, felt and craft supplies and stay tuned as we will be starting around mid February 2016. Be sure to follow me on instagram or facebook so you don't miss details on when the first stitch-a-long tutorial begins.

In the meantime if you have any questions please let me know via comments or social media.


16 November 2015

FREE PATTERN: Giant hama bead lollipop (perfect for a Katy Perry costume!)

So if you follow me on facebook or instagram you have probably seen my recent Katy Perry costume. Let me remind you...
Anyway I had so much fun making my giant hama bead lollipop I thought I would share the pattern with you in case you ever need a giant lollipop accessory in your life!

You will need one large round and one large square peg board and lots of different colour hama or perler beads.

As the round and square boards can't be joined I just placed very carefully together!

Here is a close up if you want to follow the pattern exactly...

Once I had ironed my lollipop my stick wasn't quite strong enough to hold up the lollipop head so I had to get my thinking cap on...

So I made two extra sticks and stuck one on the front and one on the back using a super glue...

....and lots of pegs to hold it while it dried.

Add a bow and you are set.

I waved my lollipop around all night at my costume party and it is still all in one piece even after letting the kids loose on it over the past few days.

The accessory you didn't know you needed!

Have fun!


13 November 2015

Free Pattern: Cactus Christmas decoration

Christmas is fast approaching and it is time to start to get stitching!
Why not start with a felt Christmas Cactus? He's cute, he's quirky, he will look great hanging on your tree.

So let's get started!

You will need:

The pattern which you can DOWNLOAD HERE for free
Green felt (A4 piece)
Dark green felt
Scrap of red felt
Black 12mm safety eyes (or black felt if you don't have eyes)
Green machine sewing thread
Light green embroidery floss
Red embroidery floss
Black embroidery floss
Ric rac or ribbon for the hanging loop

Cut out your cactus shape and pin it to your green felt and cut out (seam allowance is included). Pin the cut out cactus to the green felt and cut around to make the second piece.

Lay your two cactus pieces out so they are mirror images.

Take 3 strands of green embroidery floss and sew your prickles by making giant cross stitches in the positions shown on the pattern. Make sure you don't put any crosses where the eyes should be. For the back just mirror image the crosses or random crosses are just fine!

For the holly cut out two leaves of dark green felt and one ready berry. Overlap the leaves slightly, lay the berry over top and using 3 strands of red embroidery floss make a cross in the middle of the berry ensuring you have secured all 3 pieces together.

Lay the eyes down in the position shown and push down on them to leave a dent in the felt. Then cut two small slits where the dents are and insert and secure the eyes. NB My eyes are a little high here and the foot on the sewing machine only just made it past them!

Using 3 strand of black embroidery floss and back stitch add the eyelashes and mouth as shown on the pattern.

Place the cactus pieces right side together and pin REMEMBERING OF COURSE TO INSERT THE RIBBON FOR YOUR HANGING LOOP BEFORE SEWING..... because of course I totally forgot!!
So lay your ribbon down as shown (so beautifully!) below.

Note on the pattern piece where the stuffing holes are before sewing around using straight stitch. There is a 5mm seam allowance included.

Turn right side out and stuff from either end.

Use 2 strands of green sewing thread and ladder stitch the openings closed, continuing to add stuffing as you sew closed.

Position the holly wherever you fancy and  use one strand of green floss and a hidden stitch to sew it in place.

Congratulations it's a Cactus!

Kim xxx

21 September 2015

Swans and Flamingos


Gosh it has been a busy few months in my creative world. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will know how fortunate I have been to win my section of The Clever Creations Project in association with The Market NZ and Your Home and Garden Magazine.

So I am very excited to introduce Featherstone the Flamingo and Suzie the Swan!  They are big and beautiful and full of personality. Featherstone is a little cheeky, Suzie is sophisticated.

Featherstone and Suzie are available exclusively from The Market NZ and not from my online stores. I am of course still making each and everyone with many teeny tiny stitches.

These two birds then inspired me to ditch the hoops and to super size my other animal heads.

I love how they appear to be floating on the wall.

So far Gladys, Terence and Ronnie have been enlarged and of course......
....Ursula the Unicorn.

And because the creativity was well and truly flowing I decided I needed to design some swan and flamingo cushions (as you do!)

So introducing Fred the Flamingo cushion and Serena the Swan cushion...

.....made of felt and full of personality they are a fun addition to your decor. Designed for gentle cuddles only! It also got me thinking what if Fred and Serena got cosy what would their offspring look like.....hmmmmm little Swamingos perhaps?

Anyway all the animal heads and bird cushions are now available in my Etsy and Felt stores. Most are made to order but some are ready to ship.

And well I have also been doing a bit of weaving too (not enough for my liking!) and have opened another Etsy store just to indulge myself really, give me an excuse to make more and more wall hangings. It is so addictive and very relaxing.  My weaving instagram feed is here with a link to the shop.

And I promise I am going to add some step by steps of how to weave so you can get started too.
We are off on a road trip in a couple of weeks and I am going to take my mini loom and wool and camera and hopefully get some decent photos to help get you started.

Looking back this is only 2 months work (not including the many animal head orders that have also been made and sent). I feel like I don't get enough done every day but thinking about it now it is no wonder the bags and wrinkles under my eyes have their own postcode.....I have been very busy!

Now I should really go to bed.....but maybe a little instagram first!

Thanks for reading

23 June 2015

Learn to weave with cupcake cutie

So we all know about my obsession with faux taxidermy, well I have another love in my life too....WEAVING!

My new passion for weaving is all consuming and I want to share all my tricks and tips with you so you can get your weaving groove on. I have set up a dedicated instagram account for my weaving at @cupcakecutieweaving where I will be sharing works in progress and any tips I have learnt so far.

I will then add all these handy tips to my new Weaving page (see page tab above) as a handy reference for you.

I can't wait to get started!


17 June 2015

Win an Ice Cream Splat Narwhal

WIN, WIN, WIN.....you can win one of my ice cream splat Narwhal softies .......

....and lots of other cute goodies over on the Twinkie Chan blog as part of her June sponsor giveaway...

Look at those little happy pills, so cute! Enter HERE to win. Good luck!

And while you are on Twinkie's amazing blog check out her quirky crochet, it is so cute. Her patterns are a great incentive to hone my crochet skills.