When I designed this Mini Snow Globe pattern, I had this little pattern hack in mind and couldn’t wait to try it! I finally did yesterday and was really excited about the results.
I’m not sure what I want to make with it but, Tina, one of my many lovely and creative customers on Instagram, suggested that it would make a fun page in a quiet book for kids! I couldn’t agree more! I also thought it was funny she suggested it because my sister, Kid Giddy, just had a customer do a super fun pattern hack on her Ugly Sweater Block involving a zipper!
How adorable?! When my sister posted the Ugly Sweater Block hack on her Instagram a few weeks ago (I didn’t want to post her customer’s photo without permission, but be sure to go check it out!), I commented, “This would be sooooo cute in a quiet book!!”. Tina’s comment on my mini snow globe hack created a full circle moment for Kerry and I because we, years ago (more than a decade!), wanted to make quiet books for her girls and other family members.. but never got beyond the drafting of designs. I had to call her to tell her the irony of Tina’s comment yesterday and mine a few weeks ago.
As a result, Kerry and I talked, had a pow-wow of ideas back and forth, discussed more about the next collaboration we’ve been planning over the last month+ to do together (erm.. that we haven’t announced yet and is coming in early 2019) (!!) and are SO excited to bring you lots of SUPER fun projects this coming year using a combination of our already existing patterns, more fun pattern hacks and brand new patterns!!
Are you excited?!?! I am SO excited!! I love when you can use a pattern for more than one thing! It’s something I always try to consider and implement when designing. Do you like when you can use a quilt block for more than one project? I would love to know – tell me in the comments below!
Ok… now for the Mini Snow Globe hack!!
This pattern hack is really simple. The hardest part is picking out the glitter or confetti you want to use. Tough, huh?! 🙂 And of course getting your hands on some clear vinyl (or a color tinted one if you so choose). I purchased a small roll of it from Joann’s years ago for other projects, but sometimes packaging (for things like baby onesies or sheets) are made out of the same vinyl and are a great way to up-cycle! (Make sure it’s soft and flexible.)
I have to say, it’s been awhile since I’ve sewn with clear vinyl and the last time I did was on my old sewing machine – I put a little baby powder on the vinyl so it wouldn’t get caught on my sewing machine or presser foot. Since I didn’t want baby powder inside the snow globe (and because I don’t have a teflon presser foot, or maybe I do and I just don’t know it) I remembered my creative and vinyl-guru, Natalie of @SewHungryHippie, (she sews vinyl like a boss and she’s got great tutorials on her website and snazzy kits in her Etsy shop), who suggests using Scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot when sewing with vinyl. Oh hello, Helpful Natalie, thank you for your brilliance. 😍
~ Snow Globes Pattern (FREE right now if you are a participant of my 2018 Tomte Sew Along, but available in my Etsy shop once the sew along is over – after Dec 17th, 2018)
~ One 4.5″ x 5.5″ piece clear vinyl (or any color, just as long as it’s see through)
~ Most fancy, fun or daring glitter/confetti you can get your hands on
~ Scotch tape or a teflon presser foot
~ Utility knife or not nice sewing scissors
Prep your sewing machine with a teflon presser foot or put a small piece of scotch tape on the underside of your regular presser foot (make sure not to cover the space where the needle will stitch through).
Step 1: Sew section A of the mini snow globe but only pieces A1 through A3.
Step 2: Place your piece of vinyl on the right side of fabric (it should extend beyond each edge of the section). Tape upper corners of paper to vinyl on the back side so that it doesn’t slide around on you (see photo at right).
Step 3: Finish sewing section A as normal (I would suggest not using nice sewing scissors or cutting blades to trim your 1/4″ seam allowance during this part since you’ll be cutting through the vinyl). I went nice and easy with this step and lifted the section a little off my sewing machine while sewing so it wouldn’t get caught.
Step 4: Assemble remaining sections together as indicated in Snow Globes pattern instructions, but before sewing Section C/A/D to E, you’ll want to add your most favorite glitter/confetti. To do this, I took a small piece of scrap paper, rolled it into a cone shape and taped the side so it didn’t pop open. Then, I tucked the small end of the cone into the top of the Mini Snow Globe (between the fabric and the vinyl) and sprinkled the pink confetti into it (see photo on left).
If you need to press your block afterwards, do so on the fabric only – only around the globe shape of the vinyl on the front (DO NOT iron on the back since some of the vinyl will be in the seam allowance and will likely melt). Iron on a low temperature setting, no steam. Don’t let that iron ruin all your snow globe magic!
That’s it! You’re done!
The Mini Snow Globe comes with a Large Snow Globe in my new pattern – Snow Globes. The Large Snow Globe comes with 4 interchangeable bases to create that perfect snow globe in your finished project. The Mini Snow Globe finishes at a 6″x6″ block and the Large finishes at 12″x12″. The pattern is given FREE to participants of the Sew Along this year (must provide email to receive) and will be available for purchase in my Etsy Shop after the sew along is over. If you would like more information about the 2018 Moss & Lotus Tomte Sew Along, visit my blog post about it here. There’s just more than a week left of the sew along and you can still join in!
So.. who’s making a SNOW GLOBE?? I would love to know and feel free to share your makes on Instagram and/or in the comments below (be sure to use the hashtag #MossandLotusSnowGlobes)!