October 29, 2012

Last year for Halloween I made family costumes based on Jake and the Never Land Pirates. I often get questions about the vests. How I made them, what pattern I recommend, etc. So I decided to make the vest pattern and share it with my readers. This pattern is available for FREE. You can also find Jake's Headband Pattern here. Here it is, just in time for a last minute Halloween costume.

Easy Pirate Vest Pattern

FREE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY - By downloading this file you agree to the following terms: This pattern is for use in your own projects; not for commercial use. Please do not distribute these files to others, but refer others here to download for themselves instead -- these files are given freely for download from my site only. Thanks for your understanding! Your own designs created with these files may be submitted to magazines, contests and Internet galleries, with proper credit given to Maggie Muggins Designs. If you have questions about the use of a file please contact me through email.

Here is the Pirate Vest Pattern. This pattern includes directions for lining the vest. It isn't necessary depending on the material you make the vest with (ie: felt) but lining makes vests look more professionally made and helps them last longer! Trim it up with gold and add buttons and it can be a Jake Vest. Leave the trim off and it's a Cubby Vest. Round the front corners off and you can use it to make a Cowboy Vest!


*If you find mistakes or have problems please leave comments or send me an email. Please share photos of completed projects in my flickr group here.

October 5, 2012

You've seen the shirts and onesie I made. Guess what? I've decided to share the Silhouette cut file with all of you as well. The font I used for this is Funky Olive it's a free download on dafont.com.

Cousins Camp Logo


FREE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY - By downloading this file you agree to the following terms: This file is for use in your own creative projects; not for commercial use. Please do not sell or offer these downloads as your own creations. Please do not distribute these files to others, but refer others here to download for themselves instead -- these files are given freely for download from my site only. Thanks for your understanding! Your own designs created with these files may be submitted to magazines, contests and Internet galleries, with proper credit given to Maggie Muggins Designs. If you have questions about the use of a file please contact me through email.


*Note: Remember to flip this if you are cutting it out in heat transfer vinyl or on other products that would have to be cut in reverse.


October 4, 2012


The one down-fall of ordering our Family Reunion Shirts from Custom Ink is that the shirt style I chose did not come in infant sizes. So I had to make one shirt for the new baby in the family.

My first attempt after getting the file ready was to cut it in Freezer Paper. Unfortunately the small detail inside some of the letters was too much for Freezer Paper this time. The pieces ripped, tore off, curled up, drove me nearly mad. So I looked into my other options.

I got a roll of Silhouette Stencil Vinyl to try. I didn't wash the shirt first and I used fabric paint instead of the ink so maybe those two things contributed to it leaking at the edges. I have to confess - while it looks cute I was disappointed.

Any one else out there tried this vinyl and have suggestions for me?

SILHOUETTE STENCIL VINYL
Cousins Camp Onesie

Baby Onesie Detail

October 3, 2012

Hello everyone! I had a wonderful summer and enjoyed several great weekend trips. Somehow that extended all the way into October. Why? Summer has just kept on going here in the Seattle area! We've had such great weather and so little rain. Watching my kids play and enjoy the sunshine was way more important than getting a post up here.

So what crafts and things have I been making in my absence? I have tons to share. To begin let me show you the T-Shirts I made for Cousin's Camp this year!

My brother wore a funny T-Shirt last year that said "If you knew my family you would understand." We all joked that it would be the perfect shirt for a Family Reunion. So when we planned the reunion this year with the theme of "We Are Family" those shirts were just right.

I designed the logo and love how it turned out.

Cousins Camp Logo

Instead of spending hours searching for plain tees to fit everyone and then making them - I found a reasonably priced printer to order them through.

Custom Ink was wonderful to work with. The upload of my design was easy and my absolute FAVORITE part was their "Sign-up Sheet". You email everyone on the list and they have the link to go order. They also can see how the shirt will fit on different sizes and get a really good fit. Their measurements were very accurate and everyone got a shirt that fits great! Getting the order ready was a breeze and it was fabulous.

The company had the sample images sent quickly and even called me about the size of the logo right away. I had it a little too large for the smaller hirts and they wanted me to have the choice of re-sizing the logo just for the small shirts (an extra charge) or just re-sizing it for all shirts (no extra charge). I re-sized it for all of them and it still looked fabulous!

Custom Ink Sample

When the shirts arrived I was so impressed by them. Okay - it was more like I squealed in delight! These are silk-screened not just printed so the quality is amazing. I will for sure be using Custom Ink again!

CUSTOM INK!
Family Reunion T-Shirts

Logo Silk Screen onto Shirts

Close up of Family T-Shirt Details