Sunday, April 12, 2020

Creating Dashed Lines and Curves in Photoshop CS5

I have been making a lot of doll sewing patterns using Photoshop CS5.  I've been having a lot of trouble making the dashed seam lines actually look good.  I see other digital patterns for sale with perfect, uniform dash lines.  I searched everywhere online, including YouTube, to find a way to do it in CS5.  I found tutorials for the newer Photoshop and even Illustrator, but not CS5.  I came really close to just purchasing CS6 (on ebay for around $100) or the new CC for $9.99 a month (which I think is ridiculous because after a few years, you've spent hundreds of dollars on it, when I purchased CS5 for $40 when I was a student.)  Anyway, I FINALLY found the solution!  And now I am sharing it with you.  I have a YouTube video on it here.

Ok, so the first step is to create a DASHED BRUSH.
- Select square brush, set to 3px (My canvas is always set to 300dpi.  Not sure if that matters.)
- Click brush panel (the little paint brushes in a cup icon, shown below)
- click “Dual Brush”
- Set as follows:
     Size: 30px
     Spacing: 168%
     Scatter: 0%
     Count:  10
You can play around with the settings to make it how you want.
- Create new preset from this brush (so it can be saved.)

Now, you could stop here and it would work for your dashes, using this new brush.  You can make straight lines by holding down the SHIFT key while drawing your line.  If you hold it down before starting, the line will be straight up and down or side to side.  But if you click your starting point, then hold shift and click your ending point, it will make it straight from each point.  However, curves are very difficult to make exact, as shown below:

 So to make the curve, you need to use the PEN tool.
1. Create a new layer.
2. Select Pen Tool (the keyboard shortcut is "P")
3. Draw your line or curve (keep reading on for tips)
4. Right-click the line, click “Stroke Path”
5. Select “Brush,” (make sure the correct brush was selected beforehand) and “OK”
6. Hit “Enter” to end the path, otherwise it will continue the path.

Tips for using the pen:
Click your starting point, click and drag the next point for curves, or just click for a line.  If you need to edit it, click CTRL or ALT at the points to change them.  There's an excellent tutorial on YouTube.

Hope this helps!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Over the Oven Towel Hangers (Toppers) and Oven Mitts

With our new kitchen, I wanted something to match and look really nice.  I made some over the oven towel hangers (towel toppers) and matching oven mitts.  The mitts I had before were from Pampered Chef and I loved them.  They were double thick terry cloth.  So I found some patterns online.

For the oven mitt, I used the pattern that came with Insul-Bright, but I used the instructions from Crafty Gemini.  I made two mitts, one for each hand, so they are mirrored with terry cloth (from a hand towel) on the bottom side of the mitt and a cute kitchen-themed fabric I got at Joann's.  For the lining and loop, I used a solid gray Kona fabric from Joann's.

For the towel toppers, I used a pattern from Craft Warehouse and modified it (basically changed where the button and button hole is.)  For the dress, I got ideas from several places and decided to make my own.  I used the same kitchen-themed fabric as the oven mitts and some gray and black homespun fabric that I found at Joann's on the clearance table.  The towels were from WalMart.

You can download my FREE patterns and instructions here.

Towel Toppers and Oven Mitt Patterns

Pattern and instructions for two types of towel toppers and oven mitts.


Dress Towel Topper

·         1/4 yard main fabric
·         1/4 yard contrast fabric
·         1/2 yard interfacing
·         Button or trim as desired
·         hand towel
·         1/2” Ribbon

Towel Topper

·         1/4 yard main fabric
·         1/4 yard contrast fabric
·         1/2 yard interfacing
·         Button
·         trim as desired
·         hand towel

Oven Mitt

·         1/4 yard main fabric
·         1/4 yard lining fabric
·         1/4 yard Insul-Bright
·         1/4 yard warm and natural batting


·         I used a towel for one side of the oven mitts.
·         If you are going to quilt the oven mitts, cut 11x16” pieces of each and quilt together before cutting out the pattern.


RST: Right Sides Together
WRT: Wrong Sides Together
RSO: Right Side Out
WSO: Wrong Side Out

Dress Towel Topper

1.  Cut one piece of lining, one piece of main fabric, and two pieces of interfacing.  Note: If using fabric with a one-directional design, you can fold the pattern in half and add 1/4” to top, as I did.  You may also choose two different fabrics to make it reversible.

2.   If using one-directional fabric, stitch pieces RST. (Note: in these photos I am working on a different topper, thus the different fabric.)

3.  Iron the interfacing onto the main fabric and lining (wrong sides).   Using a scrap piece of fabric, lay on top of the neck opening, making sure it is at least over an inch around the opening, RST.  Stitch all the way around the neck opening.  Do this on the main fabric and the lining.

4.  Trim, cut curves, and fold over edges underneath.  Topstitch.

5.  (You may choose to add the button on the front now, or later.  I chose to do it now so that it wouldn’t go through the lining.)
RST, stitch main fabric to lining, just on sides.  Clip curves and corners.  Flip RSO. 

6.  Cut Towel in half.
7.  Gather or pleat top edges of towel pieces.
8.  Fold in bottom edges of dress, about 3/8” and press.
9.  Pin or Clip towel inside opening.  Stitch.  Repeat on other side.
10.  Cut two 21” pieces of ribbon.   Pin or clip in place along edge of bottom of bodice.  Topstitch ribbon.  Then continue topstitching all along the sides.

Towel Topper

1.  Cut out 1 main fabric, 1 contrast, and 2 interfacing.

2.  Iron on interfacing to each fabric piece, on wrong side, according to interfacing directions.
3.  RST, stitch all along edges, except bottom edge.  Clip curves and corners.

4.  Turn RSO.  Press.  Add Button and button hole, where indicated on pattern.

5.  Fold bottom edge in about 3/8” and press.

6.  Cut Towel in half. 

7.  Gather or pleat on raw edge of towel.   Pin or clip in place.  Stitch.

8.  Insert towel in topper.  Pin or clip in place.

9.  Stitch, then topstitch all around the topper.

Oven Mitt (Not Quilted)

1.  For each oven mitt, Cut 1 from main fabric, 1 from contrast (I used a towel), 2 from lining, 2 from warm and natural batting, and 2 from Insul-Bright.

2.  Place in this order:
·      outside fabric, face down
·      Insul-Bright, shiny metallic side face down
·      batting

3.  Zigzag stitch all the way around, through all layers.  Repeat with other side of mitt.

4.  RST, stitch, keeping the bottom open.  RST, stitch lining, keeping about a 5” gap on the side.  You will need this to turn it later.  Clip curves.

5.  Cut a piece of fabric 5 x 2 1/2” for the loop.  Fold it in half, lengthwise.  Press.  Fold each side in to meet in the middle, then fold over again (like double fold bias tape).  Press.  Topstitch.  Fold in half, raw edges together.6.  Turn outer piece of mitt RSO and place on your hand.  Then, place lining piece WSO and slip it over the mitt on your hand, so that the lining and outer piece are RST.  Match up the raw edges.  Slip Loop inside, between the lining and the outer piece.  Clip or pin.  Stitch all the way around the mitt on raw edges.

7.  Using the gap in the lining, pull the mitt through.  Stitch lining gap closed.  Push lining into oven mitt.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

How to get Windows 10 for Free

I have been using Windows 7 for the last 10 years and I like it.  I really didn't want to upgrade to Windows 10 because I tried it out when they had their free trial and I didn't like it.  It is very different from Windows 7.  Everything is becoming too much like mobile apps, which I don't like for a desktop.  I even bought a new computer specifically with Windows 7.  Then they decided to quit support for Windows Essentials (Support for Windows 7 ends in January of 2020, followed by the end of support of Windows 8.1 in January of 2023), so I was forced to get Windows 10.  

They offer a free upgrade on the Windows Website.  

You also have to make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • Display: 800x600

But after you upgrade, you'll have to update your drivers.  Otherwise your computer could lag really bad, as mine did.  I have a DELL, so I just went to, logged into my account and downloaded "Support Assist."  It scanned my computer and automatically updated all my drivers for me.  Now it runs smooth.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tired ALL the TIME

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Last year I suffered with low energy, I felt like I just didn’t have the strength to do anything.  I went to the doctor, had tons of blood tests done, and after $500, was told I was anemic.  I took iron and vitamin D supplements and after a few months, my energy returned.  Now I’m suffering with being tired all the time.  You know the feeling you get when you’ve stayed up all night and your eyes are sore and want to slam shut? That’s me . . .ALL the TIME.  I went to bed early last night, and according to my fitbit I got over 9 hours of sleep.  I woke up in the middle of the night for about 45 minutes.  I was wide awake and had to force myself (through meditation) to go back to sleep.  When my alarm went off, I felt like I had just barely gone to sleep.  I was so tired.  I don’t understand what is going on with me.  I eat healthy, I take my vitamins, I get on average 7 1/2 hours of sleep.  I bought a fitbit a few months ago just to keep track of my sleep because I honestly thought maybe I wasn’t sleeping at all during the night.  I’m at a loss.  I think I’m going to have to see a doctor.  I just don’t want to spend another $500 on doctor bills.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Above Couch Home Decor

This is what I've been working on today. Above our couch has been an empty wall since we remodeled our kitchen in November. I got everything from Joann's fabric and spent a little over $60 for everything. It was all on sale, plus I had a 25% off coupon.

The door on the left was Halloween. I painted over "trick or treat" and used my sizzix eclips to cut out "Home" with some self-adhesive vinyl. I then took out the Halloween decorations in the wreath and added my own.

I also used my cutting machine for the sign on the bottom (and I think to myself what a wonderful world.)

I spray-painted the "family" gray. It had been orange.
Now I just need to pick out some pictures for the frames!

Here are the links to the products I used:
Frames - (8x10) (11x14)
Spray Paint - Matte Shadow Gray
Floral - Daisy and Berry Bush

Monday, September 2, 2019

Gamer Pregnancy Reveal Shirts

My sister is having a baby!  So she sent me some pictures of these adorable onesies and I had an idea to use my cutting machine to make her some.  Then I figured I could also make some matching shirts for her other two girls.  Then we had this awesome idea to make pregnancy announcements with these shirts, so that's what I did instead.   I of course needed to use up my stock since I was just going to be getting rid of it anyway.

So here's what I made:

Dad wears this one:

Mom wears this one:

 Kids wear these:

You can download the svg files here.

Remember to use the mirror option when cutting these on iron on vinyl.

If you're interested in having some custom-made tshirts made, please feel free to contact me, using the contact form in the upper right corner.  I normally charge $10 each, depending on the cost of materials.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

DIY Minion T-Shirt with Sizzix eClips 2

A long time ago I created a Minion T-shirt for a coworker of mine who loves minions.

Then recently (like within the last year or two, maybe three) I bought some more yellow T-shirts because I wanted to make more minion T-shirts to sell.  I am clearing out my stash of crafts, so I figured I’d better do something with these T-shirts.  So, I decided to make more minions.  Perfect for Halloween coming up in just a couple months.


  • Bright yellow T-shirt
  • 11x6” SILVER iron-on vinyl
  • 7.5x4.5” WHITE iron-on vinyl
  • 3x2” BLUE (or brown, or whatever color you prefer for the iris)
  • 4x2” BLACK iron-on vinyl
  • Parchment Paper
  • My svg minion design (cuts all together, or separated.)


Make sure when you place the vinyl on the cutting mat, it is shiny side down.  You will be cutting backwards.  Because my design is the same either way, there is no need to mirror it.  For the settings, I use blade depth 4 and pressure 5 for the regular Cricut* iron-on vinyl, or pressure 6 for the glittery iron-on vinyl. Pressure 7 will cut through the plastic, which you don't want. 
*Silhouette Heat Transfer Paper is much thinner, so you only need pressure 4.

Also, so that I’m not wasting vinyl, I like to group the designs together.

After cutting out the designs and taking off the outer pieces of vinyl that you won’t be using, iron your T-shirt.  Then lay the SILVER piece down towards the top of the shirt.  Do not take off the plastic!  It is used as parchment paper.  Make sure you do not iron for too long or it will start to melt the plastic.  About 15-20 seconds is all it takes.  Of course, each iron is different.  I use parchment paper on top of the plastic, too.

After you’ve completely let it cool (which can take several minutes), carefully peel off the plastic.  Be patient or you could ruin it!  Then I like to go over it again with parchment paper, just for a few seconds.  Then lay down the WHITE pieces.  If the pieces are separated into two pieces, make sure they are not overlapping the plastic.  (I’ve done this, and had to peel off the entire white piece and cut a new one.) You shouldn’t have to cut them in two pieces, though, if you keep them at the same distance apart as the original design.  It is also much easier for placement if you leave the two on the same piece of plastic. 

Lay down the parchment paper over the top of the entire design.  This is very important because if you get direct contact with your iron on the vinyl, it could ruin it.  Iron for the same amount of time, again letting it completely cool before taking off the plastic.  Again, go over it again with the parchment paper.

Then lay down the blue circles and do the same.  Then the black pupils and goggles ends.
When you’re completely done, flip over the t-shirt and iron the backside.  I recommend putting parchment paper between the shirt where the design is, and the ironing board.


  • Make sure your blade is sharp
  • Use masking tape on the edges of the vinyl to keep it down, when on the mat.