Raileigh is almost 18 months old. I am steadily working to bring her from the pink and brown baby nursery to a full fledged big girl room. For the theme, I decided to go with owls. I am starting with the smaller things, like pillows and decorations, and I will work my way up to her bedding. I thought some owl shaped pillows would be a fun and cute way to accessorize her new room. So, I went in search of a good pdf pattern that I could use. Imagine my excitement when I came across TWO at Gingercake!
Virginia is the incredible woman behind Gingercake. I have thoroughly enjoyed talking with her as I created my owl pillows. She has been a great communicator in case I needed any assistance with the patterns. So, before I get into all the details of Virginia’s creations, let’s get to know her a bit better. I am pleased to introduce Virginia of Gingercake!
Name and Location: Virginia Lindsay Freeport PA (about 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh)
,br>Where did you get your etsy shop name, Gingercake, from? Gingercake is from a nickname my brother called me when i was little.
What inspired you to open your etsy shop? I love sewing and creating. I have 3 little kids and I have so much fun making things for them! I thought I would like to make up my own patterns for kids and then sell the items made from the pattern. But I discovered what I prefer is to create and perfect a pattern but I don’t like sewing the same thing over and over again. Etsy has a been a perfect place for me to showcase my work and I like the thought of other people sewing up fun projects that I created.
Apart from creating things, what do you like to do? I love to garden and decorate of course! Cooking- not so much. But I keep thinking that if I make my kitchen look cuter with paint and fabric that maybe I will be more interested in cooking??!!
Is there any craft you don’t know how to do but wish you did? I really want to know how to knit. I have yarn and needles and ideas but just can’t seem to sit down and start working on it. Maybe next winter!
Do you have any odd facts about yourself you’d like to share with us? I am almost 6 ft tall and I get totally freaked out when people throw things to me. It’s like all this pressure to catch it and I just hate that feeling!
If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would you choose? Georgia O’Keefe. Such amazing colors & a very interesting life.
What is your greatest accomplishment is life this far? Having a healthy and happy family
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? raising teenagers!!! Having a awesome garden. Spending time with my husband & kids.
Anyone or anything else you’d like to tell us? Sewing is such a great way to create. The fabrics today are so beautiful that you have a gorgeous palette to work with. There is always something new to make and what you are doing is so useful! I like that in my life right now- making things that are beautiful AND useful.
Once I saw the owl pillow patterns at Gingercake, I had to contact Virginia to see if she was interested in having one of her owl pillow patterns and her shop featured at Wee Share. I was incredibly delighted when she said yes! I was also very excited when Virginia sent over both of her owl pillow patterns. I could not wait to get started on Max and Lola!
Max was the original owl pattern at Gingercake. He measures roughly 10″ x 10″ when completed. After creating Max, Virginia came up with Lola. She is the perfect companion for Max. Lola measures approximately 10″ x 11″ when completed. Both owls come with easy to follow directions. The materials and techniques used for each are very similar.
The first thing I did after receiving the patterns was print out both sets of pattern pieces and the directions. I read through all of the directions before doing anything else. Then, I carefully cut out all of the pattern pieces. I made sure to keep the pieces for each owl separate. It would not work so well if I got the pieces for each one mixed up. A few of the pieces had to be taped together, so I got out some scotch tape and did this as well.
I had already purchased all of the fabric for Raileigh’s room, so I knew exactly what I was going to use to create my owls. I pinned all my pattern pieces to the fabric and started cutting. I used a few remnants I had on hand as well for the eyes and beak. Once all of the fabric had been cut, I started to get excited. I laid out all of the pieces as they were going to be sewn together and you could really see the pillows taking shape. I knew they were going to be the perfect addition to Raileigh’s room.
Next, it was time to start sewing. I decided to start with Lola. Both owls require the use of the zig zag stitch. This isn’t a stitch I use incredibly often, so I practiced on some scrap fabric before getting to work on Lola. With every piece I added, I could see the pillow really starting to take shape. The directions were very easy to follow and I was never unclear as to what I should so next. However, it was comforting to know that Virginia is only an email away if I did get stuck.
Raileigh was trying to help me while I created Lola, so it took a bit longer than usual to complete her. After I had created the pillow form, it was time to start stuffing. I feel like it takes me forever to stuff things. I am never sure about the exact amount of stuffing to put inside. So, Raileigh and I sat watching Benji and I stuffed Lola. After finishing the stuffing, I used a simple whip-stitch to close the hole. Finally, Lola was complete!
After completing Lola, I noticed I had used pretty much all of my polyfil while stuffing her. So, Max will have to wait until I make it to the craft store again. I am incredibly anxious to make him. I have all the pieces cut out and sitting on the table. I know that he is going to look perfect sitting in Raileigh’s chair beside Lola! If it wasn’t absolutely freezing outside today, I would probably already be at the fabric store getting more supplies!
In addition to Max and Lola, Virginia has some other great patterns for sale at Gingercake. Her love your lunch box pattern is a great design. It would be perfect for little ones and adults alike. Virginia also has another lunch box pattern, the waste free lunch bag. Other patterns at Gingercake include the art caddy tote, crayon art folio, on the go organizer, and pleated girls dress. Virginia also has a few owls already made and ready to be sent to you.
If you love Virginia’s patterns, but aren’t sure where to start, then I have a great source of inspiration for you. Virginia has created some flickr groups where you can see creations that others have made from her patterns. The Max and Lola owls flickr group has some really cute pillow creations. I need to go and upload my Lola for everyone else to see! There is also a crayon folio and art caddy flickr group. I saw one art caddy made from the same fabric I have cut to make a shirt from. It’s really neat to see what different people can see in different fabrics. If you create anything from Virginia’s patterns, make sure to upload it to the flickr groups. You never know when what you make will inspire someone else!
I am incredibly excited to announce that Virginia has agreed to do a giveaway at Wee Share! One lucky reader will get to choose any pattern at the Gingercake etsy shop! What an exciting giveaway. Thank you, Virginia!
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Mandatory Entry (MUST be done before any extra entries will qualify)- Go to the Gingercake Etsy Shop. Tell me which pattern you would like if chosen as the winner. (Feel free to mark this pattern as a favorite!)
Extra Entries (Must leave a separate comment for each entry):
– 1 extra entry- Heart the Gingercake Etsy Shop
– 1 extra entry- Follow the Gingercake blog (leave username in comment)
– 1 extra entry- Become Virginia’s flickr contact (Leave your flickr username in comment)
– 3 extra entries- Upload your creation to the Max and Lola flickr group or the crayon folio and art caddy flickr group (Include link to your photo in comment)
– 1 extra entry- follow Wee Share using Google Friend
– 1 extra entry- subscribe to Wee Share via email (must be activated to count)
– 1 extra entry- follow WeeShare on twitter (include your twitter ID in comment)
– 1 extra entry- tweet about this giveaway (may be done daily) You can use this tweet: Love to sew? You will love Gingercake~ Fun & functional sewing patterns! Win one of your choice @WeeShare http://tinyurl.com/ylesf73
– 1 extra entry- Enter another one of my giveaways (You can enter as many as you would like, but you can only get one extra entry TOTAL in this giveaway)
– 1 extra entry- Leave a comment on a non-giveaway post. Please provide a link to the post you commented on.
– 2 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to the giveaway (please include web address of blog in your comment)
– 2 extra entries- add my button to your blog. Let me know where I can find it!
– 10 extra entries- Make a purchase from Gingercake. Make sure to let Virginia know that you found her at Wee Share. Let me know what you bought!
Giveaway will end at 11:59 EST on March 1, 2010. Open to US residents only. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.