Buying Online

Are you unsure about buying electronic patterns in an online store? Are you worried about how to download your pattern, how to get it straight away or even if you can open the file and print it? You need not worry as you can try out the whole process before you make a payment.

There are two FREE patterns available on the Happy Bobbin Website. All of our patterns are in PDF format therefore if you can download and open one of the FREE patterns you will have no trouble with any of the other patterns. Simply add one pattern to your shopping cart, create an account and checkout as normal. Follow the prompts and on the Order Confirmation Screen you will see a download link. This is exactly the same as if you had chosen any other pattern and paid for your purchase with Paypal.

If you would like to view an example of the Order Confirmation Screen you can do so by clicking here.

If you navigate away from the Order Confirmation Screen all is not lost. There is a second download link that you can access for a short time after your purchase. Access the second link through the My Account link at the top of the Happy Bobbin Website. You will see a list of your previous orders. Click "view" next to your most recent order and on the Order Summary Page you will see a download link next to each e-pattern.

If you would like to view an example of the Order Summary Screen you can do so by clicking here.

Of course, if you get stuck or can't access your
download you can send me an email!!


Wonderland Stitchery Pattern

I've had this cute Wonderland stitchery pattern drawn up for a while, but it has taken me until last weekend to get the stitching finished. I absolutely love the white rabbit from this set of 4 designs. I think he's possibly the cutest rabbit I've seen in a long time. What do you think?

Maybe the best thing about the Wonderland embroidery pattern is that each of the 4 designs comes in two sizes. Now that I've finished stitching the smaller size I want to experiment with the larger size and see what else I can make. I have a few more ideas for this embroidery pattern which I hope to share with you soon.

The pattern includes four designs based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll and influenced by paper doll styles. The designs are Alice, the Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit and Mad Hatter.

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Perfect Bows Pattern

Today I've added a great pattern to the collection which can come in handy for so many uses. Do you make costumes, clothing, bags, accessories, soft toys? Then you can use this pattern and make perfect fabric bows everytime too!

I love making these bows and then attaching a badge back instead of sewing them directly on. This allows me to mix and match, taking a bow from my garment and putting it on my bag, or pinning it in my hair.

They also look fantastic if you dress them up with some lace. Add it into the seams, or down the centres, or add some dangly beads from the centre join. There are so many possibilities.

I first started seeing this style of fabric bow a couple of years ago when I was heavily into Lolita Fashion and Costuming (or Cosplay), however they were also used a lot on Victorian and Rococo Era clothing. I can also see them applied to Steampunk outfits and many other styles. Smaller fabric bows are ideal for hair pins or hat ornaments and larger ones look great on bags. Soft toys are another application I can think of, but I'm sure you'll have many other ideas as well.

The pattern includes the method I use to make these bows and I've also included instructions on working out your pattern to make any size bow you like.


Steampunk Cameo Pattern

You knew this one was coming, so it is about time she had her debut. Here is one of my favourites - Steampunk Cameo of a Woman.

She is a little intricate, but her beautiful upstyle hair bun with strands coming loose is what I love about this image. Many cameos feature images of older ladies and it is only more modern cameos that feature youthful faces, however this beautiful young woman is a perfect mix of old and new, well suited to join the steampunk silhouette pattern range. I hope you like her.

Just like the other patterns in this series she is provided in two sizes. If you have any trouble getting started remember you can download more consise instructions for needle turn applique from the free section of the shop by adding it to your cart when you checkout.


Happy New Year! + Pattern

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the festive season brought you everything you wished for and you and your family are happy and healthy. If you've got a little time off I hope you've been getting some relaxation in like I have, and hopefully some stitching as well.

I'm very happy to share the first pattern of the new year - Steampunk Airship.

This design is one of my favourites from the Steampunk Series. I love the little smoke trail coming from the smoke stacks. This was fun to design, based on a zeppelin and a sailing ship. The thin areas connecting the ship and balloon/zeppelin are tricky, but can be achieved using the needle turn applique technique. You could also do this using a normal applique technique if you carefully stitch along all the edges. I'd love to see how you sew this one!