Sunday, September 8, 2013

Free pattern: Curious George!

Calling all curious monkeys!

My little man’s birthday is coming up, and we are doing it up in a Curious George theme.  I even ordered just the banana Runts (who eats the other ones, anyway?) as part of his birthday favors.  Now, my little guy has autism, and when he loves something, he loves it as fiercely as it has ever been loved.  George has been one of his favorites (and a HORRIBLE influence on him, I must say!) since the beginning.  This mom is always good for something homemade on special occasions, and I have wanted to make him a Curious George pillow for his three stuffed Georges to hang out with for a while now.  But I have been waiting and hoping and adding my name to request lists, and so far I haven’t seen a pattern for one.  I could be wrong, but in case I’m not, I finally got around to designing it myself.

Here he is, in all his yellow and brown glory!
The computer-generated image.
The real deal!

I would consider this block to be at about an advanced beginner level.  It really comes together quite easily and is pretty forgiving.  This comes out to be a 10” square block (without the seam allowance), and it is a paper-piecing pattern.  Once again, I was unable to put in section letters or colors.  I realize that is very frustrating, but hopefully these blocks are simple enough that you can add that information yourself to the patterns.  I will update my patterns once I have the capability to add all that.

I don't normally embroider on my blocks, but look at that face!
The mouth and nose are embroidered with a simple backstitch.  All I did was take the computer-generated image that you can find on the cover sheet of the pattern and blew that up to 10” square, which is the size of the block.  I then cropped out what I didn’t need and converted it to black and white to save my colored ink, and held it up to the window to trace it lightly so I would have my embroidery pattern.  Very high-tech.  :)  This would be easy to free-hand, however.  You could also appliqué something on, or even use a fabric pen to add it.  Of course, George is pretty recognizable even without the mouth, so you could leave it off entirely and be just fine.

George tested and approves of this pillow.

I turned mine into a simple throw pillow for my son’s bed by adding about 2” of sashing on each side.

This would be great blown up to a larger size for a little wall quilt.  You could add some blocks with bananas, or find a cowboy hat pattern and do it all in yellow to make the famous yellow hat.  I would love to see what you come up with!

You can download the pattern here or on Craftsy.

I hope your little monkeys enjoy.  :)


  1. Hey Jessica! I went back and read about your issues with numbering your pattern designs. Just my 2c - I actually do most of my pattern work in QA, including the main pattern output. Then I manipulate the pattern for distribution in Illustrator, including adjusting/moving/changing the piece numbers, and some fine tuning I've worked out over time, specifically on the sides that have to be glued together. Output from both QA and EQ7 are directly editable in Illustrator. I output the sample images with real "fabrics" from EQ7. If you can't afford Illustrator you can try Inkscape, it's free. :) That would be a good temporary step for you, until you upgrade to EQ7.

    1. That is really good advice; thank you! Some designers have the most perfect patterns, and while mine are functional, I am definitely jealous. :) I find that my biggest pet peeve about most design programs is the way the output is generated. I have been pulling things into PSE to create the piecing keys, but I can only do so much from there. I will have to try your method as well.

  2. George is all set up for next Wednesday on FiS! :)

    1. Wow, thank you so much! FiS is my version of the big leagues. ;) I am so honored and glad to finally be able to contribute to a group from which I have taken so much.


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