Floral Heart Ring Pillow

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Delicate embroidered details accent this beautiful satin heart pillow to create the perfect keepsake of your wedding day.

Materials

  • Fabrics, 1/3 yd. each: ivory satin, unbleached muslin
  • Fairfield Industries Poly-fil Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Sheer ivory ribbon, 1/3 yd.
  • Light avocado silk ribbon, 3 yds.
  • Scallop-edge ivory bridal lace, 3/4 yd.
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Lavender Lt (#211), Pistachio Green Vy Lt (#369), Yellow Lt Pale (#745), Delft Blue (#800)
  • Plastic wedding rings, two

Tools

  • Chenille needles: #22, #24
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Mechanical lead pencil

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two 12”x13” rectangles from satin fabric. Print pattern. Center pattern face down on wrong side of one fabric rectangle. Tape fabric, right side up, to light box or sunny window; use mechanical pencil to trace pattern. (Note: Inner heart line is seam allowance; do not trace.) Circles on pattern represent French knots; use very small dashes when tracing pattern onto fabric to ensure knot will cover pencil mark. (Note: Mechanical pencil draws much thinner lines than traditional pencil; floss must cover pattern lines.)

STEP 2

Sew zigzag stitch around raw edges of fabric to prevent raveling. Baste heart outline. Place fabric in embroidery hoop.

STEP 3

(Note: For all embroidery, use two strands floss and #24 tapestry needle. Use #22 needle for silk ribbon leaves.) Stem stitch Pistachio Green Vy Lt vines. Use silk ribbon to stitch lazy daisy leaves. For flower petals, wrap floss three times around needle to stitch Delft Blue French knots on solid circles, stitch Lavender Lt French knots on open circles. For flower centers, wrap floss two times around needle to stitch Yellow Lt Pale French knots.

STEP 4

To make pillow form, trace two hearts onto muslin; cut out hearts 1/4” beyond traced line. (Note: Sew with right sides together with 1/4” seams throughout.) Sew pieces together, leaving 4” opening on one side. Clip curves; turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Whipstitch opening closed. Set aside.

STEP 5

Sew satin pieces together, 1/4” inside basted line, leaving 4-1/2” opening on one side. Clip curves; turn. Carefully press as needed.

STEP 6

Sew center of sheer ribbon length to center of embroidered pillow front. Place pillow form inside pillow; whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 7

Beginning at center top and using photo as guide, sew lace to pillow edge with scallops toward embroidered center. Tie rings onto ribbon.

Other Options

  • Use white or off-white floss and silk ribbon on white or pastel satin pillow.
  • Replace French knot flower centers with seed beads.
  • Stitch flower/vine design on bouquet ribbons.

Lasy Daisy Stitch Using Ribbon

To create the Lasy Daisy stitch using ribbon, bring needle up at A. Keep ribbon flat, untwisted, and full. Insert needle down through fabric at B and back up through at C, keeping ribbon under needle to form a loop. Pull ribbon through, leaving loop loose and full. To hold loop in place, insert needle through on other side of ribbon near C, forming a straight stitch over loop.

by Linda Wyszynski

Ribbon-Embroidered Jewelry Bag

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Personalized with the bride’s initial, this beautiful ribbon-embroidered jewelry organizer is a gift that every bride is sure to love.

Materials

  • White fabrics: moiré, 1⁄4 yard; satin, 1⁄2 yard; medium-weight fleece, 1⁄4 yard
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 4mm wide: pale grass green, 3⁄4 yard; periwinkle, 1 yard; light pink, 1 yard
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Light Pink, Avocado Green
  • White satin ribbon: 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄4 yard; 3⁄8” wide double-sided, 1⁄2 yard
  • White satin twisted bias cord, 3⁄16” diameter, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Lavender/pink multicolored seed beads
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 1⁄8” wide, 2⁄3 yard

Tools

  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Chenille needle, #22
  • Air-soluble marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins

Directions

Embroidering the Bag

1. Cut a 9”x13” rectangle from moiré fabric. Slightly round edges of one 9” end (will become front “flap”).

2. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) To make initial pattern, draw 1-1⁄4” to 1-1⁄2” tall initial on paper. Use air-soluble marker to transfer initial and floral motifs to rounded end of fabric, centering initial between motifs.

3. Click HERE to print the Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial to use as a reference. Thread needle. Insert ribbon end through eye of needle, pulling through 3” length. Pierce 3” length with needle, about 1⁄2” from end. (See Fig. 1) Pull back on opposite end until it locks securely around eye of needle.

Figure 1

4. To secure ribbon, insert needle through fabric, leaving a 1⁄2” length at back. When taking first few stitches, catch the length with needle at back.

5. When finished stitching design, tie a slip knot to secure ribbon at back. (Note: Do not drag ribbon from one design to next. Fasten off and begin next design with new ribbon.)

6. For initial, use Light Pink floss and chain stitch to embroider letter, working from bottom to top. For stems, use Avocado Green and stem stitch. For buds, use periwinkle silk ribbon and lazy daisy stitch.

7. For spider web rose, use Light Pink floss for base and light pink silk ribbon for rose. For leaves, use pale grass green silk ribbon and lazy daisy stitch. Attach beads with white thread, sewing through each bead twice.

Sewing the Jewelry Bag

1. For lining, cut one 9”x13” rectangle from satin fabric and one from fleece. Set aside.

2. For pockets, cut three 8”x9” rectangles from satin fabric and three 3-1⁄2”x8” rectangles from fleece. Fold each satin pocket in half to measure 4”x9”; mark center. Open and place fleece rectangle on center line, just inside 1⁄2” seam allowance. Fold satin again; pin along folded edge.

3. Cut three 8” lengths from hook-and-loop tape. Center and sew “soft” half of each tape strip along back folded edge of one pocket. Cut a 9” length from 5⁄8”-wide ribbon; sew to pocket front over hook-and-loop tape stitching, sewing close to ribbon edges. Set pockets aside.

4. For lining, mark 9”x13” satin rectangle at 4”, 4-3⁄4”, 8-1⁄8”, and 9” points along 13” edges, measuring from straight edge up toward rounded edge. Sew remaining hook-and-loop tape halves to lining just below 4”, 8-1⁄8”, and just above 9” marks.

5. Place one pocket at top edge (opening downward) and one at bottom edge, matching hook-and-loop tape; pin to secure. Mark 1⁄2” from bottom of remaining pocket. With hook-and-loop tape facing up, align pocket marking with 4-3⁄4” marking on lining. Sew bottom seam of pocket, stitching twice for added reinforcement. Fold pocket up, aligning with hook-and-loop tape. Baste or stitch around edges of lining/pockets for stability.

6. Baste fleece rectangle to wrong side of embroidered front. Cut two 9” lengths from 3⁄8” wide ribbon. Pin one length to center front. Set aside remaining length.

7. Pin straight edge of bias cord around front of bag; sew in place. Place front/fleece and lining together with right sides together; pin to secure. Sew together just inside cording seam line; leave bottom open for turning. Clip corners and trim seams; turn right side out. Slipstitch opening closed.

8. Fold bag into thirds and mark center point of front; unfold. Center remaining ribbon length 4” from bottom edge of front on right side; pin to secure. Fold again to check ribbon placement. Sew in place through all layers of fabric. Fold bag and tie ribbon to close.

by Linda Wyszynski and Annette Calhoun

Bluework Floral Towel

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Wipe away your dishwashing blues with this pretty dishtowel accent in classic blue and white.

Materials

  • Blue Chambray stripe tea towel
  • White fabric doily with crocheted or lace edge, 8” square
  • Blue satin ribbon, 1/4” wide, 5/8 yd. (optional)
  • Blue embroidery floss, one skein

Tools

  • Needle and white thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, safety pin

Directions

STEP 1

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.)

STEP 2

Transfer pattern to doily. Use one strand of floss to stem stitch design.

STEP 3

If applicable, use safety pin to weave ribbon through openings in edge, beginning and ending at back. Trim ribbon ends to 1⁄4” and whipstitch ends together.

STEP 4

Pin doily diagonally to center front of dish towel. Sew doily to towel with invisible stitch.

Tip

  • Nearly any size or shape doily will work for this project. Just adjust the pattern size to fit the center.

by Mary Ayres

From The Heart Hanging

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A thoughtful or kind wish to another goes a long way – and this piece certainly extends wonderful sentiments to a friend.

Materials

  • Fabrics: linen, 1⁄4 yard; cotton homespun, 20 different scraps; green silk, scrap
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Firm Needled Cotton Batting, 9”x11” rectangles, two
  • Embroidery floss: black, off-white, yellow
  • Frame, 9-1⁄2”x11-1⁄2”
  • Off-white button, 9⁄16”

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Cardboard rectangle, 9”x11”
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web HeatnBond Ultrahold Iron-on Adhesive, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)

STEP 2

Cut a 5-1⁄2”x7-1⁄2” rectangle from linen. Cut three 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2” rectangles (A), six 2”x2-1⁄2” rectangles (B), five 2-1⁄2” squares (C), and four 2-1⁄2” squares (D) from cotton fabrics. (Note: Remaining two fabrics are for star and heart.)

STEP 3

Using Fig. 1 as guide, arrange rectangles and squares around linen rectangle. Sew side rectangles and squares together, and then sew to sides of linen rectangle. Repeat for top and bottom pieces.

Fig 1

STEP 4

Cut two pieces from iron-on adhesive, slightly larger than star and heart. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse adhesive to star and heart. Fuse star and heart to border.

STEP 5

Transfer words to linen rectangle. Use one strand black floss to stem stitch words and to blanket stitch star and heart borders, and two strands black floss to blanket stitch border of linen rectangle.

STEP 6

Secure button to bottom border with black floss. Use two strands yellow floss to blanket stitch border around button.

STEP 7

For yo-yo, cut 2” circle from green silk. Turn edge under 1⁄8”; sew gathering stitch around edge. Pull up gathers tightly; knot and clip thread. Use invisible stitch to hand sew yo-yo to top border. Use two strands off-white floss to blanket stitch around yo-yo.

STEP 8

Layer fabric piece and cotton batting on cardboard; pull fabric edges over cardboard and glue edges at back. Place mounted design inside frame.

by Mary Ayres

Easter Ornaments in Felt

At the recent CHA show in Anaheim, I renewed my acquaintance with the folks at the Kunin Group. This company makes felt fabrics but with a difference – they are made in the USA from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It’s a product you can feel good about because it is helping keep plastic out of landfill and that’s a great idea.

There are all sorts of felt fabrics in the range but the one I particularly love is the one shown here – it is printed felt fabric with a floral pattern. It is colorful and cute and, if you love to do just a little bit of sewing, the shapes in the pattern make it fun and easy to embellish the ornament with as much or as little sewing as you like.

Materials

  • Printed felt
  • DMC #5 Pearl cotton, in assorted colors
  • Small buttons
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Scissors, pins, and needles

For this Easter Egg ornament project, I cut two pieces of patterned felt in an egg shape. On one side I sewed some small buttons and added just a touch of embroidery. I used DMC #5 Pearl Cotton – this is a twisted thread embroidery cotton of which you use the entire thickness so there is no need to separate it. It is lovely to work with and it has a beautiful luster which looks great on this project. I sewed some simple embroidery stitches following the printed shapes on the felt.

When you are done, cut a narrow strip of felt to use to hang the ornament. Sew around the edges of the two shapes (printed side out) with blanket stitch and catch the loop as you sew the edge. Before finishing, stuff gently with a little fiberfill.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

 

Ribbon-Embroidered Pillow

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These delicate, dimensional flowers might be popping up on more than a pillow sham once you learn how easy it is to do silk ribbon embroidery!

Materials

  • White pillow sham 16” square
  • Pillow form, 16” square
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 4mm wide: periwinkle, 1-1/2 yards; creamy yellow, 1/2 yard; light avocado, 1 yard; lemon yellow, 1/2 yard; dusty purple, 3/4 yard; lichen green, 1/2 yard
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 7mm wide: light pink, 3/4 yard; pale shamrock, 1/2 yard

Tools

  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paints: Olive, Cool Blue
  • Ivy or leaf rubber stamp of choice
  • Chenille needles: #20, #22
  • Parchment paper, 15-3/4” square

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge

Directions

Pillow

1. Handwash sham; lay flat to dry. Press. Insert parchment paper to protect back surface while stamping front. Place sham on flat work surface so opening is positioned vertically in back. Mix equal parts Olive and Cool Blue. Apply paint evenly to stamp with sponge. (Note: Practice on scrap fabric before stamping sham.) Beginning 2-1⁄2” from upper left corner and ending 3” from lower right side, stamp ivy on sham as shown in photo. (Note: Designer applied stamp several times to achieve results shown.) Let dry 24 hours before proceeding.

2. To thread needle, insert ribbon end through eye of needle, pulling through 3” length. Pierce 3” length with needle, about 1⁄2” from end. Pull back on opposite end until it locks securely around eye of needle. To secure ribbon, insert needle through fabric, leaving a 1⁄2” length at back. When taking first few stitches, catch the length with needle at back. When finished stitching design, tie a slip knot to secure ribbon at back. (Note: Do not drag ribbon from one design to next. Fasten off and begin next design with new ribbon.)

3. For periwinkle flowers, work seven petals using lazy daisy stitch. Make large creamy yellow French knot at center. (Note: Wrap ribbon around needle three times for French knots.) Make three avocado lazy daisy leaves.

4. For light pink flowers, make three lemon yellow French knots close together for center. Work nine light pink petals using straight stitch. Make three pale shamrock straight-stitch leaves.

5. For dusty purple bud clusters, make one group of five dusty purple French knots and one group of seven. (Note: Leave ribbon slightly loose to form “sloppy” knots.) Make random lichen green straight-stitch leaves around each knot.

6. Insert pillow form into sham.

Tutorials

Silk ribbon stitching only looks intimidating. Follow the tutorials below to find out just how easy it can be to embroider with ribbon.

Straight Stitch

To create a straight stitch, come up at A, then go down at B, keeping ribbon flat. (Note: May be taut or loose depending on desired effect.)

French Knot

Bring needle up through fabric; smoothly wrap ribbon once around needle. (Note: For this project, wrap ribbon round needle three times.)

Hold ribbon securely off to one side and push needle down through fabric at starting point.

Lazy Daisy

Bring needle up at A. Keep ribbon flat, untwisted, and full. Insert needle down through fabric at B and back up through at C, keeping ribbon under needle to form a loop. Pull ribbon through, leaving loop loose and full. To hold loop in place, insert needle through on other side of ribbon near C, forming a straight stitch over loop.

by Linda Wyszynski

 

Love Grows Here Pressed Flower Picture

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Seeds of love are the best kind to plant! Let everyone know love is in your home with this elegant embroidered display.

Materials

  • Wooden frame, 5”x7”
  • Off-white solid cotton fabric, 5”x7”
  • Cardboard, 5”x7”
  • Brown craft paper
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Assorted pressed flowers and leaves

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Therm O Web Acid-free Mounting Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, medium-grit sandpaper, damp soft cloth

Directions

STEP 1

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 heart and lettering to fabric center.Use two strands floss to stem stitch lettering.

STEP 2

Follow mounting adhesive manufacturer’s instructions to adhere cardboard to back of embroidered fabric. Arrange flowers as desired; use small amount of fabric adhesive to adhere to fabric. Place finished piece in frame.

STEP 3

To give a “distressed” look to new frame, apply several coats of black paint; let dry. Lightly sand frame edges until desired look is achieved.

STEP 4

To give back side a finished look, cut a rectangle from brown craft paper slightly larger than frame back; adhere in place. Use medium-grit sandpaper to trim excess paper from frame. Gently wipe paper with dampened cloth. (Note: Paper will dry taut.)

by Mary Ayres