I’ve been working on some felt bunny Peeps for some upcoming shows in February and March. These are a lot of fun to make! I especially like adding the little felt flowers and seed beads to dress them up a bit.
While the bunny shapes are cut out with scissors, to decorate the bunnies I started purchasing packages of assorted die cut felt flowers on Etsy. This was working okay, but I was left with a lot of flowers in colors that just weren’t me. So back in December (as a Christmas present to myself) I purchased a die cutting machine, the Sizzix Fabi and it is awesome. It looks like the Fabi might now be discontinued. I guess that is why I was able to get it at much better price than the one listed in the link. But the Sizzix Big Shot is basically the same thing and is more reasonably priced.
Since die cut machines are used mostly by paper artists, I didn’t know much about them. I didn’t realize that I would be able to use dies designed for other platforms and by other manufacturers with my Fabi.. With the Multipurpose Platform (purchased separately), it works perfectly with thin dies without any foam backing. I am loving cutting out my own flowers and shapes in the colors I need.
The biggest drawback of the die cut world for me is that the majority of dies out there don’t appeal to me. A lot of the designs are too cutesy or are too ornate to work well with fabric and felt. But the flowers and basic shapes are great for getting the precision I want on smaller felt pieces. I don’t know about you but I cannot cut a circle from felt with scissors without it always looking a little wonky!
I’ll share some of my favorite dies with you in the coming weeks!
Thank you to everyone who came out to Llewellyn Elementary, the Portland Waldorf School and The Arleta School!
This fall was the first time I was able to fully commit to sewing and selling. But I often think, why am I taking time making all these things? My tagline is “handmade smiles” and yes, sewing makes me happy and gives smiles to my customers. But it’s not like I’m making the world a better place or helping those in need.
So, I decided to donate 50% of my sales to organizations included in this year’s Give! Guide. The Give! Guide includes 141 Portland nonprofits and puts them under one digital roof. They range from nonprofits that focus on animals, civil and human rights, education, environment, health, human services and more.
I am happy to report that together we raised $635 to donate to local organizations! While all the nonprofits are worthy and it was very difficult to narrow down, I whittled it to 5 — giving $127 to each. Thank you to those who recommended organizations to me! I also chose organizations that have been important in my life.
The organizations Chinchilla Whiskers donated to are:
Baby Blues Connection — Provides free support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum depression.
Bradley Angle — Serves all people experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence, by providing safety, education, empowerment, healing and hope.
Farmers Ending Hunger — Partners with Oregon farmers and ranchers who donate extra crops of produce, vegetables, fruit, wheat and cattle to help feed Oregon’s hungry. The donated food is transported and processed for use in emergency relief boxes coordinated and distributed by the Oregon Food Bank’s regional network.
Portland Animal Welfare Team (PAW) — Keeps people and pets together during the most difficult times of their lives by providing free veterinary care to the pets of the homeless and those living in acute poverty.
Again, thank you so much for supporting Chinchilla Whiskers but also for helping others! Happy Holidays!
Had great time at the Kinton Grange Antique Faire & Craft Show yesterday! Thank you to everyone who came out. It was a wonderfully run fundraiser for the Kinton Grange and I hope they make it an annual event.
So far, Chinchilla Whiskers has two more shows lined up this fall. Start your holiday shopping early. Hope that you can come out and say hi! I’ll be adding more to the Etsy shop too!
Scratch Made Market
13770 SW Pacific Highway
Saturday, October 15th
10 am – 4 pm
Featuring over 40 of the areas most talented makers of handmade wares!
Chinchilla Whiskers has added a few new pouches to her shop. As usual, I am obsessed with making pouches, coming up with fabric combinations for them, and trying out new patterns. This is one of my favorite styles to make.