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November 03, 2009


Katie B

This is life-changing! Thanks :)


Now I want to make Mrs. Perkins. I have a giraffe love working since I was young! Nifty tip.

Amy (badskirt)

I'd like to add a tip of something I used instead of a skewer when I made Mrs Perkins in the past.

We bought an extra bamboo sushi rolling mat and snipped one end of free. I can pulled out a stick when I need it and the rest stay tied together neatly.

The sushi mats have no sharp ends, so I don't have to worry about accidentally using the pointy end and stabbing my fabric.

Loving tip tuesday! Thanks!


A cuticle (orange) stick makes a great alternative to the skewer. It has a nice defined point, but is not so sharp that it will puncture the fabric, and is stronger than a skewer so withstands lots of poking and prodding.


You are pure genius!!

Claire - Matching Pegs

Instead of the drinking straw, I have always used the old, empty barrel from a twist-up-crayon. It is a similar size to the drinking straw, but sturdier.

I also use the wrong end of a fairly fine paintbrush, which is slightly pointed, but not enough to break through the fabric.

Great pictures Melly. I hope your horse comes in ;-)

Maree @ Farmyardcrafts

Oh Melly... my husband will love you! He's the one I always make turn the "little pieces" cause he can do them better than I can. A straw?! I wouldn't have thought of that. Thank you for sharing your tricks and tips! I'll be off to steal some straws from my local take away establishment... !! Mr Farmyard's life will now be loads easier... !!


WOW - a straw? With all the wonders of modern technology, who would have thought the versatility of a little old straw!


Debbie@Snuggleb Toys

Awesome I always struggle with the little bits, now no more, thanks Melly


Thank you Mel, that is an excellent tip. I would never have thought of that. I await the next tip with eager anticipation.

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