How To: Decorate Pudsey Cookies

Pudsey Cookies Step by Step Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how to decorate Pudsey Cookies. For those of you who are not sure who Pudsey is, he is the mascot of an annual fundraising event run by the BBC called Children in Need. It has raised over £600 million since 1980 and includes an annual telethon.

Children in Need Logo

It’s very common for schools to run bake sales to raise money and these cookies will be a very popular donation. This year the event takes place on the 14th of November, so you have just over a week to make these.

SUPPLIES:

– bear shaped cookie cutter (this is the set I have)
– cookie dough from your favourite sugar cookie recipe
– royal icing
– edible food colours (yellow, red, green, blue and black)
– piping nozzles and bags

COOKIE TIPS

Make sure you chill the dough before you roll it out. I also chill the cookies after cutting them and before baking. This helps to stop them spreading as they bake.

Bake your cookies and allow them to cool. While they are cooling prepare your royal icing. You will need at least half of your icing to be yellow, with small amounts of white, red, green, blue and black. Once everything is ready the decorating can begin.

ROYAL ICING TIPS

Make your royal icing the day before. This will give any air bubbles a chance to rise to the surface. Leave in a large bowl and cover well with some cling film touching the top of the icing to prevent it drying out.

Add the colour before you blend the icing to the right consistency. I prefer to use concentrated paste colours.

To get the right consistency add a tiny bit of water at a time. I aim to have it thick enough to pipe the outline but thin enough to use as the filling as well. This saves time and prevents a noticeable outline when the cookies are finished.

DECORATING THE COOKIES

Pudsey Tutorial steps 1 to 4

1. Take a bear cookie and outline with yellow icing. I like to use a size 2 nozzle for this. 2. Use the same icing to fill the cookie straight away. Make sure to keep the tip of the nozzle down in the icing, this helps to prevent air bubbles. 3. Continue until the outline is all filled in – take care not to overfill otherwise the icing will start to flow over the sides. 4. Leave the cookie to dry.

Pudsey tutorial steps 5 to 8

Before you begin make sure you have your white, red, blue and green icing ready to go.

5. Outline Pudsey’s scarf with white icing. 6. Fill the outline in straight away with white icing. Don’t fill quite to the top as when you add the other colours the icing might overflow. 7. Immediately add small dots of the red, blue and green icing. Hold the nozzle vertically and use a gentle pressure. 8, Add any other details you would like using the white icing. Leave to dry.

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9. Use black icing with a very fine nozzle or a black edible writing pen to add the final details.

Your cookies are now ready. Package them up and help raise some money for Children in Need.

Pudsey Cookies

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Rowan Tee Testers

In case you missed it, I released a new pattern a couple of weeks ago – the Rowan Tee. New patterns take a lot of work, and not just by myself. I always make sure that each size is made by at least two testers, and each pattern usually has two (or more) rounds of testing.

So I’d like to thank the lovely ladies below for testing for me and share some of their amazing creations. I have split them into regular, hoods and stripes but there is some overlap as you can mix-and-match any of the options. As you can see there are quite a lot, so I hope I got all the right names and pictures!

Regular Tees

Row 1 – Brooke (Oliver’s Fancy)Crystal (Stitched by Crystal), Leah, Alison

Row 2 – Karly (Paisley Roots)Sara, Toni-Maree, Candy

Row 3 – Erin (TheBugsBitBoutique)Fay (Fay and Riley)Natalie (Sew Outnumbered)Rita (Conversas De Hermanas)

Regular Tee

Hoods

Row 1 –  Jacq (Begin with B)Clara Belle (Clara Belle Couture), Gemia (Phat Quarters)Maartje (Huisje Boompje Boefjes)

Row 2 – Kate, Kerry (Sutures & Sandpaper), Inês (La Folie), Emilia (sewthatblog)

Row 3 – Fatima (Conversas De Hermanas), Karly (Paisley Roots), Natalie (Sew Outnumbered), Alicia (Playground Pixie Designs)

Hoods

Stripes

Row 1 – Brooke (Oliver’s Fancy), Maria (My Cozy Co), Kate, Kerry (Sutures & Sandpaper)

Row 2 – Crystal (Stitched by Crystal), Sara, Maartje (Huisje Boompje Boefjes), Leah

Row 3 – Fatima (Conversas De Hermanas), Karly (Paisley Roots), Tone (Bless by Tone), Stephanie

Stripes

Also thanks to the following testers (not pictured): Casey, Magda (House of Estrella), Angela, Kim, Ingrid and Ashley.

And if that isn’t enough Rowan Tees – there will be a pattern tour starting next Monday featuring an all-star blogging line-up. More details to follow!

 

 

 

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Rowan Tee Now Available

Rowan Tee Pattern by Titchy Threads

The Rowan Tee is available and in the shop now. It has taken several months work and a lot of help from my amazing group of testers but I think it’s been worth it. I plan to share some of their T-shirts in a post later this week.

The three views in the diagram below give some example combinations. I think my favourite is view C and I would love to make one like that for me!

Rowan Tee Options

The options included are:

  • 2 different necklines – regular neckline or 3 part hood with stripe
  • 2 different sleeve lengths – short or long sleeves
  • 2 different sleeve finishes – regular hem or cuffed sleeves
  • 2 different body finishes – regular hem or cuffed hem
  • 3 different shoulder / sleeve options – regular shoulder, a shoulder stripe or a full arm stripe
  • 3 different pockets options – no pocket, a chest patch pocket or a kangaroo pocket

You can mix and match all the options to get a total of 144 different combinations. To celebrate this the pattern is available at a reduced of $8.50 for the next 144 hours (or 6 days). So what are you waiting for?

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Get ready for the Rowan Tee

I’m very pleased to announce that my new pattern, the Rowan Tee, will be released this Monday! is now available here in my Titchy Threads shop.

Rowan Tee - Squirrels

I first drafted this pattern as a slim fit tee with a slightly wider than normal neck back in May. Since then I’ve made quite a few different t-shirts, fine tuned the fit and added more options, including a hood and a kangaroo pocket.

Rowan Tee - Rainbow

Recently I have been working hard to finish it and would like to thank my amazing testers for all their hard work testing the many options and providing feedback.

Rowan Tee Options

The options included are:

  • 2 different necklines – regular neckline or 3 part hood with stripe
  • 2 different sleeve lengths – short or long sleeves
  • 2 different sleeve finishes – regular hem or cuffed sleeves
  • 2 different body finishes – regular hem or cuffed hem
  • 3 different shoulder / sleeve options – regular shoulder, a shoulder stripe or a full arm stripe
  • 3 different pockets options – no pocket, a chest patch pocket or a kangaroo pocket

Which makes a total of 144 combinations! Because of this, the pattern will be available at a reduced price for the first 144 hours.

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So please check back on Monday for all the details.


 

In other exciting news, I’ve recently become a contributor to a new sewing magazine in the UK called Love Sewing. My Fancy Pants Leggings are featured in Issue 6. Rowan loved seeing himself in a real magazine, although it did make Casper rather jealous.

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I’ve got a few more projects coming up in future issues – some previously blogged and some not. It’s a really great magazine so if you are in the UK make sure you pick up a copy.

 

 

 

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Twisted Tank Pattern Released

I’m very pleased to announce that the new PDF pattern I revealed in the Sewing for Kindergarten series has just been released on my website.

The Twisted Tank has no side seams as they have twisted round to become front and back diagonal seams. The pocket is also (optionally) colour blocked and the angle of the diagonal seam matches the angle on the tank. It is designed so the colour at the top comes down to a perfect V at the bottom of the hem on one side.

Twisted Tank Cover

This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner. It provides a great introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.

This tank is perfect on its own for warm spring days or as a base layer as we move into autumn in the northern hemisphere.

Twisted Tank

The Twisted Tank pattern covers a wide range of sizes – from 0-3 months to 12 years.

Twisted Tank Sketch

Like all our patterns it comes with:

* A very detailed step by step tutorial with colour photos.
* Nested pattern pieces with the ability to only print the size(s) you want, print in black and white and on Letter or A4 paper.
* Additional A0 print shop file.
* Fabric requirements, metric and imperial measurements, cheat sheet and tips.

Twisted Tank

The 20% discount code from the Flip This Pattern Showcase is still valid until the 20th September, so this is the perfect time to buy. Just enter SHOWCASE on the checkout page.

Click here to view the listing on Titchy Threads.

I hope you enjoy making it as much as I enjoyed designing it. Don’t forget to share any you make in the Flickr group.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sewing for Kindergarten

Sewing for Kindergarten

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted any sewing here but I’m excited to be joining the Sewing for Kindergarten series today, organised by the lovely and talented Mie of Sewing Like Mad.

So you may be wondering what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks months. Apart from enjoying the summer holidays with my family I’ve also been working hard on several patterns. Today is the first time I have shared two of those patterns and I am also showing some more of the options that will come with the Rowan Tee. Casper has to wear uniform to school so I chose to make him to comfortable clothes to change into when he comes home. First I will share the outfit and then further down the post are my answers to a few questions that Mie asked everyone who took part in the series.

The first pattern I am revealing is the Twisted Tank.

Twisted Tank

We actually call them vests in England but twisted vest doesn’t sound as good. If you follow Mie’s blog then you’ll know that she’s the queen of colour blocking and I have a feeling she is going to like this pattern. There are no side seams as they have twisted round to become front and back diagonal seams. The pocket is also colour blocked and the angle of the diagonal seam matches the angle on the tank.

Twisted Tank pocket

It’s designed so the colour at the top (purple here) comes down to a v at the bottom of the hem, as shown below by Casper. This pattern will be available in my Titchy Threads shop some time next week.

Twisted Tank side view

We use vests a lot in winter as an extra layer and I plan to make a few more of these for Casper to wear under his uniform. The red jersey is from Dots n Stripes (found here) and I think the purple is from Tissu fabrics. The red one has spandex in and is a nicer quality.

Twisted Trousers

The trousers are another new pattern, called the Twisted Trousers. This time the twist is symmetrical – the side seams twist round to the front and the inseam twists round to the back. It’s a subtle detail that adds a bit of interest.

Twisted Trousers - front Twisted Trousers - back

I chose to add some purple piping to the side seams to highlight the twist and to ensure that they get more wear from Casper, as purple is his favourite colour. I even found some purple rivets, which I absolutely love and may be more excited about than Casper. I found them here and plan to get some of the other colours soon.

I had fun playing with the pockets and made one of the back pockets into a sort of double pocket, with an extra diagonal pocket on top of the regular pocket. I think it would need some snaps to make it functional but I love how it looks. I also twisted the angle of the coin pocket.

Twisted Trousers back pockets

Twisted Trousers - twisted coin pocket

The waistband is a comfortable stretch waistband with drawstring. I’ve ordered some purple twill tape so will be replacing the grey tape show here when that arrives. Casper thought they were really comfortable and wanted to carry on wearing them even after we had finished taking photos. On a side note – when the kids are at school and have after school clubs 4 times a week it can be difficult to find time to take blog photos.

Twisted Trousers - waistband

I bought the corduroy a long time ago from Fabricland. They told me it would get softer with each wash but it hasn’t. It’s a nice weight for trousers though.

Rowan Tee

Finally we have the Rowan Tee, which I’ve already shared here and here. I got the blue bunnies fabric from Spoonflower (on free delivery day) as rabbits are Casper’s favourite animal. It’s the modern jersey and I’m impressed with the quality and softness of it (although it doesn’t seem to be available at the moment). This T-shirt hasn’t been washed much yet so I don’t know how well the colours hold up on this fabric type.

Rowan Tee - hood

This T-shirt has stripes running down both arms and a hood with a matching strip. When the fabric arrived I asked Casper what he’d like me to make with it and he asked for a hooded T-shirt so he’s happy with it.  I lined the hood with a light grey jersey and finished the front edge with some light blue twill tape.

Rowan Tee - hood stripe

The hood is a bit larger than normal so Casper can wear it comfortably as he’s got quite a large head.

Rowan Tee - back view

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten / school?

Yes. Casper is my eldest child. We live in England and he actually started school a year ago but if we lived in America then he would be starting Kindergarten now. Children are 4 when they start school here and the first year is called reception year. We were very lucky that Casper had an amazing teacher last year and settled in really well. After a few nerves this year he is now enjoying year 1 as well.

Do you feel like crying or celebrating?

Both. Celebrating because Casper is ready for this but crying because it’s another milestone that has passed – and because we have to get up early every day now (I am not a morning person).

And what about your child?

Casper has always been very shy so I was very relieved when he went to school happily and didn’t even get upset leaving us on his first day. He has made lots of friends and really enjoys the challenges that school provides.

What type of school (public, private, homeschool) will your child attend?

It is a state school, which means it is free. In England it’s a bit confusing because a public school is a fee paying school. Make sense? No, it doesn’t to me either.

What was your own first day of school like (if you remember ;-)?

I don’t remember my first day but one of my earliest memories is of being deliberately naughty at my first school. Fortunately we moved area when I was 6 and my behaviour improved after that.

This is the last day of Sewing for Kindergarten but make sure to check out some of the other guests’ posts if you are looking for some more inspiration. When I take part in blog series I normally sign up for the latest day possible and this time I ended up sharing the date with my good friend Celina. If her post today is anything like last year’s then you’ll definitely want take a look.

SFK 14 Participants

Thank you Mie for inviting me to take part today!

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September News – Including Sale

This time next week, my Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern is going to be featured in the Flip This Pattern: September Showcase series.

This time it is different to usual – one upcoming indie designer is being featured each day and having one of their patterns remixed by three talented bloggers. My turn is on the 16th September, but there’s loads to see before then.

September Showcase

 

During the series all ten designers are also offering discounts on their patterns! I’m offering 20% off all patterns in my shop with the code SHOWCASE. The sale lasts until midnight PDT on the 20th September 2014.

There is also a linky party and prizes to be won, so head on over to find out more.

Hawthorn Zip-up Sweatshirt

The Hawthorn Zip-up Sweatshirt pattern that I originally released for Willow & Co has come home to my shop this week.

It is the perfect pattern for either Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere or Spring in the Southern so there is no better time to buy it with the 20% SHOWCASE discount.

Hawthorn Detail by Probably Actually

Hawthorn made by Probably Actually

Also on at the moment is a wonderful series called Sewing for Kindergarten by my good friend Mie at Sewing Like Mad. I’m taking part on September 12th. I will be showing new options on the upcoming Rowan Tee and also sharing two new patterns I am working on.

Here is the full line-up:

SFK 14 Participants

Finally, the sewing contest winners were announced at Willow and Co. We were so pleased to see 80 entries sewn! Congratulations to all the winners and everyone that took part. You can see all the entries here.

 

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Willow & Co Contest

In case you haven’t heard – over at Willow & Co we have just announced our first sewing competition and it has over $2500 worth of prizes. Yes, you read that right! All you have to do is make a new (previously unposted) Willow & Co pattern and post a picture of it. You don’t need a blog to participate.

There are four prize pools: most stylish, most practical, best remix and a random draw. We’ve got some amazingly generous sponsors – far too many to list here, so check out this post over on the Willow & Co blog to see all the prizes.

Back to School Competition

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World Cup Footballers T-shirt

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I’m sure you’re aware that it’s Kid’s Clothes Week this week. I used to love taking part, it gives such a great sense of community, a chance to find a few new blogs and some motivation to get at least one or two projects finished. I also love the recent introduction of themes, with the theme for this week being Kid Art. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to join in for at least a year. This T-shirt doesn’t fit with the theme but I’m happy to be sharing something.

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The pattern is my own and will be released some time later this year. It’s called the Rowan Tee, although this one is modelled by Casper. Expect to see a few more versions pop up in the future. The fit is on the slimmer side of regular and it will include a few different options. It also has a slightly lower neckline than a lot of tees – partly because I don’t like to wear high necklines myself and project that onto my children and partly because my boys have really big heads!

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Casper finished his first year of infants school earlier this week and during the year he has developed a passion for playing football. It wasn’t until the recent World Cup that he started watching football on TV though. It’s safe to say that during that month it turned into an obsession for him. I loved his innocent enthusiasm and the fact that he remain hooked despite the early exit and terrible performance of the English team.

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I stumbled across this footballer fabric on a Belgian website and knew he would love it. I think I got the last metre though and I cannot find it anywhere else. It’s a lovely quality fabric and really soft to touch. They have a lot of other unusual jersey fabrics. I arranged the fabric with the England players down the middle of the front, German down the middle of the back, a Brazilian on one sleeve and a Dutch player on the other. We can’t quite work out the player in red, white and blue with a stripe across the body – is that meant to be France or maybe Costa Rica?

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You might have noticed that Casper isn’t playing football in these photos. He had been to a football birthday party earlier in the day and then we went at a family BBQ. He got to play cricket for the first time and has since been asking to play cricket almost as much as football. If you spot any cricket fabric then let me know!

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Are you joining in with KCW? Have you managed to make much so far?

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Make It Perfect Pattern Parade: a linen Poppy Tunic + a giveaway

Linen Poppy Tunic

I’m very happy to be joining the Pattern Parade from Make It Perfect today. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’ll know that I haven’t sewn very much for myself. I learned to sew because I wanted to make clothes for my boys so it’s taken me a while to make the jump. I’m still not quite there but two posts in a row of things for me isn’t bad. I was delighted when Toni asked me if I’d like to join her tour though – signing up to sew women’s pattern is the perfect way to push myself. Toni has a wide range of patterns for women and children and if you read on to the end of the post you’ll have a chance to win one. It was really easy to choose the Poppy Tunic as I’ve considered buying it a few times before but there’s a few others I like the look of.

Linen Poppy Tunic

The pattern has options for a tunic and a dress. I’ve been craving a new summer dress so went for that option but would love to add a couple of tunics to my wardrobe later in the year. I used Robert Kaufman yarn dyed Essex linen in black for the main fabric and a lightweight cotton cambric for the contrast. The latter is called ‘Shine Green Coral‘ by Atelier Brunette and I bought it from M is for Make. I’m not sure why I’m sharing my source because I want to buy the whole collection! Promise you’ll save some for me, ok?

Linen Poppy Tunic - close up

Linen Poppy Tunic

The pattern is well written, concise and easy to follow. I chose to make a medium based on the size chart. My chest tends to measure in a smaller size than my hips so I made sure that it would be wide enough on the hips before I cut into my fabric. I did make a couple of changes to the pattern…

– I lowered the front neckline by 1cm at the front centre and graded it to the original pattern line at the sides. I am a bit funny about wearing things that are too high on my neck and wanted to make sure I’d be happy wearing this.
– I added 1/2″ (the amount of the seam allowance) to the side and bottom of both the front and back chest inset pieces. I then sewed them chest inserts in with regular seams rather than binding and stitching down
– This meant changing the order of construction a little – so I sewed the front shoulder pieces and chest insert together, then the back shoulder pieces and chest insert
– Sewed the bottom of the contrast band on with a 1″ seam allowance instead of folding and pressing the bottom of main fabric before attaching the band
– I added inseam pockets in the side seams. I’m always more likely to wear a dress if it has pockets.

Linen Poppy Tunic - back view

I absolutely love wearing this dress and have had it on a lot since I finished it. I wasn’t sure whether the relaxed fit would suit me but I really like it and it’s so comfortable. It’s really light and airy for summer but would also be perfect in winter layered with a long sleeved tee, leggings and boots. Next time I will try and bring up the bottom of the armhole a bit as they are just a bit too big for me. Otherwise it’s great.

Linen Poppy Tunic

All these photos were taken on Sunday when we walked along the river from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard in the New Forest. I’d like to say a big thank you to my husband for taking them and to my friend Toni-Maree who generously offered to edit them. I have been trying to improve my photography and have recently started to find out more about post processing. Toni-Maree is a lot further along this path than me and I absolutely love her edits, she is very inspiring to me.

Linen Poppy Tunic

Don’t forget to check out the other posts in the Pattern Parade, so many talented bloggers are sharing what they’ve made during the month.

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The Make It Perfect Pattern Parade Virtual Catwalk introduces…

Linen Poppy Tunic - back view

Toni has generously offered to give a free pattern to one of my readers. This is open until 2pm BST on the 23rd of July. I will notify the winner by email after this date. Good luck everyone!

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* The pattern was given to me for free. All opinions are my own.

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