Machine-Embroidered Framed Burlap Monogram

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a beautiful framed monogram with your embroidery machine using Embroidery Designs from Five Star Fonts Embroidery.

Materials

  • Natural burlap fabric, 8″x10″
  • Cutaway embroidery stabilizer, 8″x10″
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Frame, 8″x10″ with 5″x7″ mat

Tools

  • Embroidery machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Swirly Embroidery Frame Design
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Runway Model Embroidery Font
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, fabric marking pencil, steam iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Hoop stabilizer in embroidery hoop.

STEP 2

Remove any wrinkles from burlap by pressing with warm steam iron. Center burlap fabric over stabilizer in embroidery hoop, ensuring weave of burlap is straight when placed in hoop. Pin burlap to stabilizer keeping pins outside embroidery area.

STEP 3

Create monogram with embroidery software using Frame and Runway Model Font from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Load embroidery design on machine and start stitching.

STEP 4

When design stitching is complete, remove embroidery hoop from machine and remove design from hoop.

STEP 5

Turn design to back and center mat over embroidery design.

STEP 6

Center cardboard frame backing over mat. Using fabric marking pencil, trace around frame backing on stabilizer.

STEP 7

Using sharp scissors, trim away excess stabilizer and burlap using trace marks as guide.

STEP 8

Lightly spray back of mat with temporary spray adhesive. Turn design to front and center mat over embroidered monogram frame. Press and smooth with fingers to adhere.

STEP 9

Insert matted design into frame; replace back of frame.

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Maple Leaf Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Maple trees will soon color the fall landscape with their changing leaves in brilliant shades of red and gold. Capture the beauty of the season with this decorative pillow made from soft, textured wool felt.

Materials

  • Wool felt: light brown, 1⁄4 yd.; burnt orange, scrap
  • Off-white cotton fabric, 3⁄8 yd.
  • Brown flat buttons, 7⁄8″, eight
  • Jute twine
  • Brown pearl cotton
  • Pillow form, 12″ square

Tools

  • Embroidery needle and off-white sewing thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, dryer, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Wet felt; dry in dryer for “crinkly” look. (Note: Wet colors separately and wring out excess water before placing in dryer.)

STEP 2

Cut two 8″x12-1⁄2″ light brown rectangles. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut leaf from burnt orange. Adhere leaf to one rectangle. Transfer details and lettering. Blanket stitch around leaf edges and stem stitch words.

STEP 3

Adhere jute twine to leaf veins and stem. Blanket stitch over twine. Sew buttons loosely to both rectangles, 3″ from corners.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2″ off-white squares; sew together with right sides facing using 1⁄4″ seam; leave 10″ opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form; hand-sew opening closed.

STEP 5

Place light brown rectangles on off-white pillow. Wrap twine around buttons on both sides; tie into bows at sides and trim ends.

by Mary Ayres

Celebrate National Sewing Month with Fiskars and WIN!

HAPPY NATIONAL SEWING MONTH, CRAFTERS! September is National Sewing Month and to celebrate, we’d like to invite you to post your favorite fabric projects to the new Community section of the Crafts ‘n things® website. You’ll need to register on the site; just click here and you’ll be on your way to sharing your favorite sewing projects with a community of creative souls just like you. While you’re there, click on the Newsletters tab to sign up for our free Craft of the Day emails, as well as notification when each new issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly goes live. We don’t want you to miss a minute of crafting inspiration!

Join in the excitement this month by visiting great craft industry manufacturers like Fiskars®. They’ll be celebrating all month long on their website, as well as on Facebook and other social channels. They are running an Instagram/Facebook contest in September which features ways to find inspiration for your sewing projects. It promises to be lots of creative fun! You’ll also find loads of inspiration on the Fiskars site. The Fiskars design team is one of the best, and they always provide great project ideas and tips.

Fiskars has just released their new Amplify™ RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears, which were used to create the darling upcycled Denim Pocket Banner shown above. Here’s a link to the project.

Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears are designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics. These premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks. Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, the shears sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through heavy materials. This amazing innovation in scissors technology means that sewing and quilting enthusiasts can expand creative boundaries and work with more adventurous materials than ever before.

The shears are fantastic with denim, canvas, and a host of other heavy-duty fabrics. Here’s another fabulous project available on the Fiskars site; it’s a floor cushion made from a rug! Pricey floor cushions can cost $40 and up, even at discount stores, but you can now make your own from a $5 throw rug and a few everyday supplies. How cool is that?! Here’s a link.

For a chance to WIN a pair of the new 8” Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears for yourself, leave a comment on this post by September 29th at midnight PST telling us what current sewing project you’re working on. Limit one entry per visitor, please.

For an EXTRA CHANCE TO WIN, be sure to “Like” Fiskars on Facebook. Click here. Add “I liked Fiskars” to your blog comment and you’ll be entered twice. Two lucky winners will be announced on our blog on Monday, September 30th.

Retail value of the shears is $29.99 and they can be ordered now on the Fiskars site www.fiskars.com or purchased at JoAnn stores. Shears feature a protective sheath to keep the blades safe and the shears come with a lifetime warranty.  Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control. The Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears belong in every fabric crafter’s toolbox.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Wool Felt Pie Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Mmmmm! You’ve just baked one of your luscious homemade pies and need to transport it to a special event. Your dessert will be a stand-out when you deliver it in style in this colorful, eye-catching pie carrier.

Materials

  • Wool felt: bright pink, 3/8 yd.; black, 3/8 yd.; light brown, turquoise, light gold, med. gold and white scraps
  • Brown flat buttons, 9/16”, six
  • Six-strand embroidery floss: bright blue, two skeins; black

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, pencil, transfer paper

Directions

Size

12-1/2”

Pie Carrier

(Note:  Put a few dabs of glue under felt pieces to temporarily adhere them to felt circles in place of pins, if desired. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.)

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut: 12-1/2” circle and six 1”x3” strips from pink felt; two 12-1/2” circles and one half of 12-1/2” circle from black felt; top of pie shape from brown felt, cutting out slits; bottom of pie shape from white felt; “PIE” lettering from light gold felt; 3/8”x10-3/4” strip (pie crust) from medium gold felt; seven 1/2”x2-3/4” strips from turquoise felt.

2. For top of carrier, pin or adhere black half circle to pink circle with round edges even. Use photo as guide to pin or adhere white and brown pie pieces, and lettering to top of carrier.

3. Use blue floss to blanket stitch around outside edges of pie, including slits in top, and over straight edge of black circle. Stem stitch around “PIE” letters close to edges.

4. Pin or adhere turquoise strips across white pie shape with center strip straight and outside strips angled outward. Trim ends of turquoise strips even with white edges of pie. Pin or glue gold crust strip across top of white pie shape, covering cut edges.

5. Use black floss to single feather stitch over gold crust strip, and blue floss to straight stitch through center of turquoise strips.

6. Transfer “homemade” centered above pie. Use black floss to stem stitch letters.

7. Pin pink and both black circles together with front side of pink circle facing out. (Note: There will be three layers: one pink and two black.)  Use blue floss to blanket stitch around edges of circles to join them, leaving 14” opening at bottom. (Note: Center opening under “PIE” letters.) Blanket stitch over open edge of top of carrier separately; blanket stitch open edges of both bottom pieces of carrier together.

8. For buttonholes, cut 1/2” slits in pink strips, 1/2” from one end. Stack strips together in pairs with slits lined up. Use blue floss to blanket stitch over edges of strip pairs to join them.

9. Wrap embroidered strips over edge of carrier, centered under “PIE”, and on both sides of pie. Use blue floss to sew buttons to strips on bottom of carrier to attach them with buttonhole on opposite end. Sew buttons to top of carrier, matching them up with buttons on bottom. (Note: Do not sew buttons through strips on top.)

10. Insert pie into carrier. Wrap pink strips over edge of carrier and button strips.

by Mary Ayres

Tea Caddy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.

Materials

  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Basic Supplies

measuring tape

Directions

(Note: The blue words listed in this blog are links. To access, select these links, then download and print.)

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen.  See “Tea Caddy Design Chart“.  (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)

STEP 2

With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.

STEP 3

For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inch (7 x 11 cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14 cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.

STEP 4

Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.

STEP 5

On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.

Reprinted with Permission

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Decorative Jam Jar Cover

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Stitch this sweet design, courtesy of Harper Crafts, to decorate jars of homemade preserves.

Materials

  • Printed fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Braid trim or lace
  • Ribbon
  • DMC Embroidery Threads

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Directions

Size

Size of stitched area: 1-5/8” diameter; size of finished design: 3” diameter

Jam Jar Cover

1. Cut out a circle 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) in diameter from the linen and embroider the berry basket or desired design. See Photo 1 and “Decorative Jam Jar Cover Design Chart“. (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.) Fold edges under 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) all around.  (Note: The blue words listed above are links. To access, select the link, then download and print.)

Photo 1

2. Cut out a circle 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter from the printed fabric. Center the embroidered fabric on top and sew together. Then sew the braid or lace around the edge of the circle.

3. Cover jar and tie with ribbon.

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Reprinted with permission from Embroidery pour le Jardinier: 100 French Designs for the Gardener by Sylvie Blondeau (Harper Collins Publishers), ISBN: 9780062250049 (http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Embroidery-Pour-Le-Jardinier-Sylvie-Blondeau/?isbn=9780062222657)

 

Bless My Bloomers Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Blooming with color, this whimsical pillow is embroidered with all the fun inhabitants of a garden and will be the perfect addition to your summer décor.

Materials

  • Muslin, 11”x18”
  • Cotton fabrics, coordinating spring solids and prints of choice
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, 11”x18”
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: 310, 367, 780, 817, 839, 844, 3350, 3362, 3821, 3834, 3835, 3852, 3853, 3862
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-Fil Stuffing

Tools

  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, transfer paper, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut the following from fabrics of choice: back, 16”x23”; top strip, 2-1⁄2”x18”; bottom strip, 2-1⁄2”x20”; right strip, 2-1⁄2”x13-1⁄2”; left strip, 2-1⁄2”x16”; bow, 1”x12”.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer design to muslin.

STEP 3

(Note: Use two strands floss and backstitch, except where noted differently, to embroider design.) Backstitch as follows: Rabbit and shovel handle, DMC 844; “Bless My Bloomers”, whiskers, shovel loop, bees and solid line on bee bodies, dotted line around bees, and ladybug outline, DMC 310; eyes (French knots) and nose (satin stitch) DMC 310; star on rabbit, third flower from left and dashed lines on bees, DMC 3852.

STEP 4

Backstitch ladybug dots/circles, DMC 817; watering can handle, sides, checkerboard, spout outline, radish outline, and right flower center, DMC 3834; watering can spout, watering can top and bottom, spout dots (French knots), left flower, and inner radish lines, DMC 3350.

STEP 5

Backstitch carrot and second flower from left, DMC 3853; right flower, DMC 3835; left flower center, DMC 3862; center of second flower to left of shovel, DMC 839; center of third flower from left, DMC 780.

STEP 6

Backstitch stem/leaves on left flower and third flower from left and carrot top, DMC 3362; stem/leaves on second flower from left, and right flower, radish top, and ground line, DMC 367; sunflower, DMC 3821.

STEP 7

To assemble, sew fabric strips to muslin, with right sides facing, in the following order: top, right, bottom, left. Trim as needed; press.

STEP 8

Use small straight stitches to attach small fabric scrap to ear. Tie fabric bow; sew to rabbit. Blush cheeks.

STEP 9

Sew pillow front to back with right sides facing, leaving 3” opening for turning. Turn right side out and stuff. Whipstitch opening closed.

by Melinda Brooks

Sheep-and-Tree Bookends

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Sheep are great fun to embroider. Try sketching a few sheep to help you get started—the important thing to capture is the round wooliness of them and the way their ears stand apart from their faces at right angles. They are very forgiving subjects because the wool disguises their actual shape (unlike cows which are really hard to draw). When sheep are out in the fields at their most wooly, take some pictures so you can record how they gather together in little groups, some sitting, some standing, with the faces turned at different angles.

Materials

  • A wooden block—This one was made of oak and was a 6 inch cube sawn in half diagonally. Oak is nice and heavy. You could have two cubes of wood if you prefer, and adapt the design for a square shape by putting the tree in the center.
  • Fabric to cover the bookends—I used antique French ticking in neutral colors as a contrast to the front.
  • Very light wadding (batting)
  • Threads (embroidery floss in choice of colors)

Tools

  • A staple gun

Stitch Type

  • Knot Stitch: See Tutorial Page 4
  • Loopy Stitch: See Tutorial Page 4
  • Rollover Stitch: See Tutorial Page 4
  • Satin Stitch: See Tutorial Page 4
  • Slip Stitch: See Tutorial Page 6
  • Split Stitch: See Tutorial Page 2
  • Stem Stitch: See Tutorial Page 2
  • Straight Stitch: See Tutorial Page 1

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, tracing paper, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Prepare the block by stapling the wadding to it as neatly as possible.

STEP 2

Cut pieces of fabric for the face you plan to embroider and its opposite face, allowing 1/2 inch extra all round. Staple the plain piece to the block though the wadding on the overlapping fabric, but not too close to the edge.

STEP 3

Fold the panel you are going to embroider over the block so you can mark the area of the embroidery. Do not embroider within 1/4 inch of this fold to allow yourself a bit of leeway when fixing the panel to the block. Print template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print template.) Using the template, lightly trace the fence onto the panel and stitch, followed by the tree. The fence is worked in single thread and you can use either stem, split, or straight stitches. Use a different brown for the fence than the one you use on the tree. See Stitches Tutorial (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, and Page 6). Stitches Tutorial reprinted with permission from Hand-Stitched Home: Inspirations, Ideas, and Projects by Caroline Zoob (Harper Collins Publishers). Some sample references may not be available for viewing.

STEP 4

Now work the tree. I always start with the trunk, working a single thread in long and short stitches to give the effect of the bark. Flare the trunk out at the bottom, imagining as you do so the way that tree roots spread out and make the ground beneath them bumpy. Build the tree trunk and branches upward with satin stitch and knot stitch using single thread, and then use rollover stitch to create a few ridges in the bark. Add the leaves using stem stitch.

STEP 5

For the sheep I use 4 strands and make tiny stitches next to each other, but do not pull the thread right through the fabric. You could use knot stitch, but I like using these loopy stitches as they feel a bit woolier. When you are happy with the body of the sheep, add their black faces, ears, feet, and tails.

STEP 6

Add blades of grass going across the legs of the sheep and the fence posts and some behind. Lastly, if you choose, add the little bird on the fence post.

STEP 7

Iron your embroidery. Staple it to the padded block. Cut a piece of fabric that will stretch around the long diagonal side and bottom of the block, allowing enough for a 1/2 inch turn under on all edges. Slip stitch the fabric to the block, starting with the embroidered panel diagonal edge and continuing around, joining the two ends underneath the block as in the picture below. Alternatively, take the block, fabric, and embroidery to an upholsterer and ask him or her to do it for you!

by Caroline Zoob

Reprinted with permission from Hand-Stitched Home: Embroidered Inspirations, Ideas, and Projects by Caroline Zoob (Harper Collins Publishers), ISBN: 9780062250049

Earthly Angel Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Show mom just how special she is this Mother’s Day with a one-of-a-kind crafted gift. This easy-to-sew pillow can be created in a variety of colors and fabrics, so make an angel that looks just like Mom, right down to a dress in her favorite color.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric, 45” wide: tan, 3/8 yd.; flesh-tone, scraps; medium brown print, 1/8 yd.; black print, 1/8 yd.; green print, 1/8 yd.; blue and blue/tan plaid, scraps
  • Lightweight cotton batting, scraps
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fabric and Battenburg lace doilies, 3”, four
  • Off-white piping, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Light blue satin ribbon, 1/8”-wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Embroidery floss: black, blue, dark brown, flesh, gold, green, off-white.
  • Flat-backed buttons in colors of choice: 1/2” diameter, six; mottled brown, 5/8” diameter, four

Tools

  • Air-soluble marker
  • Pellon Wonder-Under Lightweight Fusible Web Adhesive
  • Optional: red acrylic paint; 1/4” stencil brush, tea bags, saucepan

Basic Supplies

scissors, pinking shears, pencil, ruler, transparent tape, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, embroidery needle, embroidery hoop, iron, pressing cloth, paper towel

Directions

Prepare and Cut Fabrics

1. Wash and dry fabrics. For small pieces of fabric, it is best to wash by hand and let air dry to prevent tangling. Press fabrics.

2. For center panel, cut an 8-1/2” square from tan fabric. For border, cut four 2-1/2”x8-1/2” strips from medium brown. For corners, cut four 2-1/2” squares from black.

3. If desired, tea-dye doilies for a vintage look. To tea dye, fill saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes; remove tea bags and stir. Place doilies into tea, stirring fabric occasionally. Check every five minutes until desired color is achieved. Remove fabric from tea; squeeze out excess liquid. Line dry or place in dryer with old towel (to absorb the tea). Press doilies. Wipe out dryer before drying other items.

4. For appliqués, print and cut out patterns, cutting along dashed lines; set lettering pattern aside. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace outlines of remaining patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive, omitting halo on hair pattern and flower stems on grass pattern. For wings, trace one wing and one reverse onto paper side of adhesive. Cut out appliqués just outside traced lines; remove paper backing.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse iron-on appliqués to wrong sides of following fabrics: hair to medium brown; dress to blue; face and legs to flesh-tone; shoes to black; grass to green; wings to cotton batting. Cut out appliqués on traced lines, using pinking shears to cut top edge of grass.

6. If desired, drybrush angel’s cheeks with red acrylic paint. To drybrush, dip brush into paint and wipe on paper towel until almost dry. Apply paint to cheeks in a circular motion.

Center Panel

1. Using lettering pattern and air-soluble marker, trace pattern onto right side of center panel. The “E” in “Earthly” should begin 5/8” from left edge and 9/16” from top edge of center panel.

2. Using photo as guide, position appliqués on right side of center panel and pin in place as follows: grass (side and bottom edges should be even with panel side and bottom edges), shoes, legs, dress, face, hair, and wings. (Note: Dotted lines on patterns show where a pattern piece is overlapped by another piece. For example, legs are overlapped by shoes and dress; wings are overlapped by hair and dress; etc.) When pleased with arrangement, use iron and pressing cloth to fuse appliqués to center panel.

3. In same way as lettering, use patterns to transfer remaining details to center panel: halo, facial features, dress details, line to divide legs, line to divide shoes, and flower stems.

4. (Note: Use three strands of floss for blanket stitching, one strand for hair bangs, and two strands for all other embroidery.) With matching floss, blanket stitch around outside edges of hair, wings, dress, legs, and shoes. In addition, blanket stitch lines dividing legs and shoes, working stitches toward the left. For grass, blanket stitch along top edge; stitches should begin between pinked points and end approximately 1/4” from top of grass.

5. With dark brown floss, stem stitch lettering and hair bangs. With green floss, stem stitch flower stems. With gold floss, stem stitch halo. With blue floss, stem stitch arm lines on dress. With black floss, straight stitch eyes.

6. For apron, use pinking shears to cut a 1-3/4”x2-3/4” rectangle from blue/tan fabric. Sew a gathering stitch along one long edge of apron, 1/4” from edge. Gather apron to measure 1-1/4”-wide at gathering. Pin apron to dress; gathering stitch should be even with dashed line shown on pattern. Sew apron to dress using blue floss and stem stitch.

7. From satin ribbon, tie a 1” wide two-loop bow with tails; trim tails even. Tack bow to center neck of dress. With off-white floss, sew to top of each flower stem one button in color of choice.

Assemble Pillow Front

1. (Note: Sew with right sides facing in 1/4” seams. Press seams outward away from center panel.) Sew one border strip to left side and one to right side of center panel. Sew corner blocks to ends of remaining border strips. Sew assembled corners/borders to top and bottom of center panel.

2. Using photo as guide, pin doilies to corner blocks; outer edges of doilies will extend over edges of pillow front. Trim doilies even with edges of pillow front. Sew doilies to pillow front using matching thread. With dark brown floss, blanket stitch around center fabric edge of each doily; stitches should point toward center of pillow. With off-white floss, sew one 5/8” diameter brown button to fabric corner of each doily.

Finishing

1. Beginning and ending in a bottom corner, sew piping around pillow front, 1/4” from edge. Clip piping seam at corners as you work, to round edges.

2. For pillow back, cut a 12-1/2” square from remaining tan fabric. Sew pillow front to pillow back along piping seams, leaving a 10” opening at bottom for turning and stuffing. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form into opening. Hand sew opening closed.

Tip

  • To trace pattern in reverse, tape pattern to window during daylight hours, right side of pattern facing window. Position adhesive over pattern and trace.

Add Your Own Touch . . .

  • Create a treasured keepsake from packed-away baby clothes.
  • Use flower-shaped decorative buttons instead of round buttons.
  • Extend the lines of the angel’s dress, leave off the apron, legs, and shoes, and appliqué several angels onto a tree skirt or table runner for the holidays.

by Mary Ayres

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday on the Crafts ‘n things Blog! Before we take a look at some fabulous new craft books that have just been released, we want to announce the lucky winner of the Wishy Washi Tape prize package offered on the April 12th blog post. The winner is Ruby Thursday. Ruby told us that she loves to use washi tape to cover her phone case for a unique look she can change whenever she likes. Congratulations, Ruby! Please contact Stacey at tape@wishywashi.com to claim your prize.

Now, here are three new craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will inspire cute ‘n cuddly, warm ‘n fuzzy projects for home, gift-giving, craft fairs, and good causes close to your heart.

Adventures in Pompom Land: 25 Cute Projects Made from Handmade Pompoms by Myko Diann Bocek, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 978-1-4547-0386-0.

Welcome to Pompom Land, where handmade wool pompoms are transformed into cute creatures of all kinds. All projects reference basic techniques explained in Pompom Making Essentials, which walk you step-by-step through the pompom-making process, as well as the basics of needle felting. Different textures, small felt details, needle-felted appendages, and the illusion of fluffy feathers, manes, and tails add to the appeal. Projects include precious birds, darling woodland inhabitants, farmyard friends, zoo animals, popular pets, holiday designs, and more. With the author’s guidance and just a few basic materials (wool yarn, wool roving, wool felt, and desired embellishments), you’ll soon be creating personalized, beloved pompom critters for all occasions. Adventures in Pompom Land retails for $17.95.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, Storey Publishing (www.storey.com), ISBN: 978-1-61212-042-3.

When extra skeins of yarn are left over from knitting and crochet projects, it’s easy to collect quite a yarn stash. Editors Durant and Eckman scoured the crochet community to find the best crochet patterns using only one skein of yarn. The result is 101 gorgeous projects by well-known pattern designers from the U.S. and abroad. Projects hail from a wide variety of contributors, many of whom are bloggers, published designers, yarn shop owners, Etsy shop sellers, authors, and creative-industry professionals. Projects are organized by yarn weight and include scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, socks, bags, purses, jewelry, baby clothes, home décor, and amigurumi (Japanese-style crocheted stuffed toys). The book also includes clear stitch diagrams and a techniques glossary that will help even new crocheters succeed. Crochet One-Skein Wonders retails for $18.95.

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 978-1-4547-0363-1.

In her first two Doodle Stitching books, Aimee Ray proved that doodling isn’t just for paper anymore. Now, she brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread. The book’s 20+ projects feature a wide array of techniques beyond basic embroidery, all fresh and accessible and with extra motifs so you can personalize your creations. Techniques include cross stitch, redwork, crewel, sashiko, stumpwork, and more. Designs are delightfully modern and enhance a variety of surfaces including cloth, paper, canvas, and upcycled ready-made clothing. Don’t miss the Flower Hill Zipper Pouch (the perfect quick, creative, colorful accessory), the Butterfly Wrist Cuff (learn to tint fabric with crayons), and the Canvas Cuckoo Clock (the clock really works).  Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond retails for $14.95.

I’d like to send these three beautiful books to three lucky winners! Simply leave a comment that answers this question: “What new-to-you craft do you most want to try?” We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on May 10th.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff