Friday, February 6, 2015

My New Job [and a free pattern!]

Candy Heart Sewing Pattern

So about a month ago, I started a new job. I'm working for the Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machine brands in their Education department, doing a mix of some social media, online content creation, and downloadable project management. It's pretty cool!

Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff [along with Singer] are now all owned by the same company. Their headquarters are just outside Nashville, which I didn't even know when I first moved here. Who'da thought! They also have a large office in Husqvarna, Sweden.

Five weeks in, I can say it's been really great so far. I wanted to share one of the projects I've done, because there's a free pattern download, and because it's GIANT CANDY HEART PILLOWS and I kind of can't get enough of them. I really love giant versions of food. I don't know why, I just do.

Candy Heart Sewing Pattern

In fact, I kind of like anything that's the wrong size. Like the giant iPhone in the Apple store, which in my mind would make a really good pool float, or those tiny Japanese erasers that look like fruit. [A few years ago I made a giant tomato pincushion, and in the post I go into great detail about how much I love things that are the wrong size, so read it if you're looking for more.]

These hearts are really fun to make. There's a free downloadable pattern on both the Pfaff blog and the Husqvarna Viking blog. It's exactly the same pattern, either link has it...so I guess pick your favorite brand and click that one!

Candy Heart Sewing Pattern

The download also includes six free embroidery files for the captions, in case you have an embroidery machine. If you don't, you could always make the letters out of felt and whipstitch them on.

I've been starting to learn how to use the embroidery machines, and I have to say, it's pretty awesome. I never really thought I was very interested in it, but now my brain-wheels are slowly starting to turn with all the possibilities.

So you just might see some of that here...in the mean time, go make some hearts!

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Sounds like a great job. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.

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  2. Those are super cute, they'd be perfect for the day bed in my sewing room! Congrats on the new gig.

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    1. ooh good idea! i have to admit, i really wished i could jump into a huge pile of these, but there was nowhere in my office to do this safely [and secretly]. so if you make some for your day bed, pile them up and jump into them for me!

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  3. Um, you MADE these?! They're so awesome! And what a fun job! Do you think I could convince the Swedish office to hire me? I love Sweden!!! Put in a good word for me, will ya? ;)

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  4. I'm jealous, how am I going to incorporate huge squishy candy into MY job??

    But really, those are amazing and this sounds like a great job for you. Congrats!

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    1. Ok if I'm being honest I do work for a candy company and there are large plush candy pillows lying around BUT STILL

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    2. lol...you probably have the only job in the world where it's normal to have huge squishy candy laying around

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  5. I'm so glad to hear this!! We'll have to figure out a good time for an event (read: party) at my shop :D:D Go #teampfaff

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  6. Ok so I went and visited your linked post for love for all things giant and I gotta know, did you ever make a pattern for that giant tomato pincushion??? I would love to make one of those for my sewing room and use it as a ottoman for guests to sit on...or just my cat.

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    1. no i didn't, sadly :[ BUT i bet you could use the amy butler gumdrop pillow pattern and just add green piping and the leaf thing on the top:

      http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/products/patterns_display.php?id=31

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  7. Congrats on the new job, it sounds awesome! Totally loving these pillows too. SEW GOOD ;)

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  8. I was wondering what you have been up to! Glad to hear that you have an awesome new job!

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  9. So happy for you and your new gig lady! And I mean, it's plushy candy hearts! Pretty much awesome. xoxo

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  10. Those pillows are crazy awesome!
    Congrats on the new job, sounds like a great gig.

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