Happy Harvest Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you love watching the colorful autumn leaves drift gently to the ground, get ready for the change of season with an easy, new fall centerpiece.

Materials

  • Large foam pumpkin
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection 12”x12” Paper Pack
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodle Seals Cardstock Stickers
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodads Pins
  • Bamboo skewers, six
  • Brown/white dotted grosgrain ribbon, 1” wide
  • Brown fabric strip, 1” wide

Tools

  • Xyron *NEW* 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • EK Success Punches: Circle, 1-1/2”; Scallop Circle, 2”
  • Scallop-edge scissors

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

1. Punch one scallop circle and two circles for each of the seven rosettes (“lollies”) from various patterned papers.

2. For each lolly, use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 2”x12” strips from a single patterned paper. (Note: You will need a total of 14 strips for seven lollies; cut strips for each lolly from a different paper.)

3. Accordion-fold strips along “valleys” naturally created by scallops.

4. For each lolly, adhere two matching accordion-folded strips to one another along 2” edge with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Bring ends together to form a circle and connect them using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

5. Gather and gently press accordion-folded circle flat to create lolly. Adhere lolly with three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to center of one punched circle for back of lolly. Adhere scallop circle to center front of lolly using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Using Xyron 1/2” High Tack Tape, adhere remaining circle to center of scallop circle. Repeat to create six more lollies.

6. Adhere Doodads pins to centers of six lolly fronts using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Embellish front of seventh lolly with turkey sticker; set lolly aside.

7. On back side of six remaining lollies, use three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere blunt end of bamboo skewer to center of circle. Punch six additional circles from patterned papers and run through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; cover skewer on lolly back with sticker.

8. Tie length of ribbon in knot around each bamboo skewer.

9. Randomly poke pointed ends of bamboo skewers into foam pumpkin top as shown in photo.

10. Run 1” fabric strip through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and wrap around center of pumpkin.

11. Use extra fabric to make bow; adhere over fabric strip at center front of pumpkin using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

12. Adhere turkey lolly to top of bow using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • You may also use the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to adhere fabric to the pumpkin for a strong hold.

by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

“If the Shoe Fits” Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple clay embellishments and paint turn a wooden plaque into a fun décor piece for your home!

Materials

  • Wooden plaque, 9”x7″
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Black, Green, Orange, Purple
  • Black ribbon, 1/4” wide, 8” length
  • Felt, scraps

Tools

  • Scrub sponge or scruffy pad
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Olive Green, Canyon Orange, Saffron Yellow, Lamp Black; StarLite Varnish
  • Jacquard Products Powdered Pigments: Orange, Green, Purple
  • Dimensional paints: black, yellow
  • Gesso
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, paint palette, soft cloth, wax paper and newspaper (to cover work surface), fine sandpaper, transfer paper, pencil, cardstock, copy paper, paintbrush, craft knife, stylus

Directions

Size

9”x7″

Plaque

1. Print shoe patterns onto cardstock and saying pattern onto copy paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)

2. Condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. On wax paper-covered work surface, roll Black clay to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge or scruffy pad onto surface to make texture. Trace and cut out shoe patterns from textured clay using craft knife. Position shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet.

3. Roll Green, Orange, and Purple clays separately on work surface to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge on surface of each clay to make texture. Use craft knife to cut out 1/4”-1/2”-thick strips of clay for each shoe. Follow color combinations as shown in photo.

4. Roll and flatten four 3/8”-diameter Orange balls (pumpkins) for left shoe. Use toothpick to make eye holes and smile on each flattened pumpkin. Press pumpkins, evenly spaced, along Green strip. Press strip onto left shoe.

5. Cut Purple clay strip and scallop one edge using craft knife. Gently curve and press Purple scalloped edge onto Green strip; blend edges. Press onto center shoe. Add tiny Green clay balls onto Purple scalloped edge; use toothpick to dot centers. Repeat process to add Purple/Green scalloped trim onto top of shoe.

6. Cut two Orange clay strips; press onto right shoe. Cut small diamond shape from Purple clay and smaller diamond shape from Orange clay. Press Orange diamond onto Purple diamond; press onto front of shoe. Roll skinny snake of Purple clay; form into bow and press onto back of shoe.

7. Use paintbrush to apply coordinating-color pigment powders onto each clay embellishment. Bake shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 275º for 10 minutes. Let cool.

8. On newspaper-covered work surface, apply gesso onto front of plaque. Let dry. Lightly sand and remove dust with soft cloth. Paint edges of plaque Canyon Orange; apply second coat if needed. Let dry. Measure 1” in from orange edge; paint front 6” rectangle on plaque Olive Green. Let dry. Measure and mark off center 6-1/2”x4-1/4” rectangle on front of plaque. Paint center rectangle Saffron Yellow. Apply two or three coats for opaque coverage if needed; let dry.

9. Use transfer paper and pencil to transfer saying on top of center rectangle. Trace over saying using Lamp Black paint and paintbrush. Let dry.

10. Add alternating black and yellow dots around center rectangle and edges of plaque using handle end of paintbrush or stylus (if available). Let dry.

11. Apply varnish over entire plaque using paintbrush. Let dry.

12. Adhere shoes on plaque as shown. Let dry. Spot glue clay embellishments if needed. Let dry.

13. Turn plaque over on work surface. Adhere black ribbon ends to corners of plaque to hang. Adhere felt scraps over ribbon ends to reinforce. Let dry overnight before hanging.

by Sandy Rollinger

Candy Corn Wind Chime

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Welcome guests with this “corny” character to show off your Halloween spirit.

Materials

  • White craft foam, 1⁄4” thick, 9”x12” sheet
  • Wind chimes, 6” long
  • Wooden mushroom plug, 1⁄2” diameter
  • Elastic string

Tools

  • Plastic-canvas needle
  • Zig Woodcraft Markers, 6mm: Pumpkin, Yellow, Teal Metallic; 0.5 mm, Black
  • White acrylic paint
  • Transfer paper

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, wax paper (to cover work surface), small round paintbrush

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern, cutting along dashed line. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Omitting face and chime-placement dots, trace pattern onto craft foam; cut out.

STEP 2

On covered word surface, use Yellow marker to fill in front and edges of center section of craft foam. Let dry thoroughly to prevent smudging. Fill in bottom section with Pumpkin marker; let dry.

STEP 3

Transfer facial details and chime placement dots to front of candy corn. Color pupils Teal Metallic and tongue Black. Use Pumpkin marker to color nose; let dry. When dry, adhere nose to face.

STEP 4

With white paint, fill in remaining eye areas, make highlight dot in each eye, and comma highlight on tongue and across top of nose.

STEP 5

Use Black marker to draw stitch lines around top edge of candy corn and across top and bottom edges of center section.

STEP 6

To attach chimes, cut four 8” lengths from elastic. Thread needle with one elastic length; do not knot ends. (See Figure 1.) Working from back, insert needle through one chime-placement dot, then through holes in one chime; reinsert needle back through same hole. Remove needle; pull elastic so ends are even at back. Do not tie ends together. Attach remaining chimes in the same way. Holding all elastic ends together, tie ends together in an overhand knot.

Figure 1 – Side View

STEP 7

For hanger, cut an 8” length from elastic. Thread needle with elastic; do not knot ends. Insert needle 1/4” from center top of candy corn. Remove needle, leaving one end of elastic in hole; pull elastic so ends are even at back. Tie ends together in knot.

by Lisa Weber

Monochromatic Rustic Pallet Wall Art

I love all the monochromatic DIY projects I have been seeing everywhere. I first noticed this trend appearing in paper crafts like card-making a few years back. At first, it looked odd to me. Where was the bold contrast I was so used to seeing? Lately, I have seen a lot of pillows, tote bags, and even wall art completed using this new trend.

When Walnut Hollow introduced their new line of rustic pallets, I was smitten. I have been collecting larger reclaimed pallets, rescued from junk yards and even dumpsters, for quite some time. Oh, I had grand plans to create coffee tables, signage, shelves, and other projects someday. But for some reason, the large pieces of wood never really inspired me to take on such huge ventures. Noticing the pallet craze and the rustic pieces that savvy recyclers and crafters were creating, Walnut Hollow came up with this amazing line that includes a round wood clock, pallets in several sizes, and even arrow signboards.

For this project, I used the 14”x24” rustic pallet. To make this project you will need basic supplies.

Since these are “rustic palettes,” I skipped sanding the wood. I began by deciding on a sentiment and cutting the needed letters from the matboard. Then I carefully arranged them on the pallet.

 Then I glued each letter down using the tacky glue to my rustic pallet wall art.

To add a motif or two to your design, trace a heart on the Elmer’s Foam Board. I did hearts in two sizes, but you can die cut hearts or even use wooden ones instead for this.

Cutting foam board with an X-ACTO knife can be tricky. First, score rather lightly as closely as possible on the traced lines. Go back and cut a little deeper. Finally, cut the lines again, this time attempting to cut all the way through the foam board. If needed, sand any rough edges of the cut heart shapes with a sanding block.

The rest is easy! Spray several light coats of white paint to the wall art. It took two cans to get the opaque white look I tried to achieve here. But I loved the result. Monochromatic Rustic Pallet Wall Art!

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

For a garden that will bloom year round, start with a fabric-covered MAGPANELS Frame-Sized Magnet Board. Create realistic paper flowers with Susan’s Garden dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn and back them with magnets. Switch the flowers whenever you want!

Materials

  • MAGPANELS DIY Framed Magnet Board, 11″x14″
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Off-white silk fabric with textured stripes or fabric of choice, 15″x18″
  • Ribbons: assorted styles in 1/8″, 3/8”, 5/8” widths; wired, 1-5/8″ wide
  • Frame for 11”x14” piece

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn: Helleborus, Plumeria, Dahlia, Hardy Geranium, Cattleya Orchid, Narcissus, Bougainvillea*
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Shaping Mats by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4″, 1/2″; Tombow Power Tabs; Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

*Paper, cardstock, pens, and other supplies specified with each Susan’s Garden flower die

Basic Supplies

fabric shears

Directions

Size

11”x14”

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

1. Following MAGPANELS’ instructions and using spray adhesive, cover magnet board with fabric. Wrap fabric to back of board 2″ on all sides, making sure fabric is smooth and taut. Adhere ends at back of magnet board; let dry.

2. Using photo as guide, apply strip of 1/2″ double-sided tape across top of magnet board, 3″ down from the top edge. Cut nine lengths from assorted, non-wired ribbons. Adhere one end of each ribbon length to tape so ribbons are randomly spaced and tails dangle freely.

3. Using photo as guide, create casually hand-pleated band of 1-5/8”-wide wired ribbon and adhere to double-sided tape strip, covering narrow ribbon ends. (Note: Extend ends of pleated ribbon to wrap to back at left and right side of magnet board, same as fabric.) Adhere ends at back of magnet board.

4. Using 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 5/8″-wide ribbon across pleated band, adhering ends on back of magnet board. Using second strip of 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 3/8″-wide ribbon to center of 5/8″ ribbon, adhering ends at back of magnet board.

5. Following instructions and supply lists that come with each Sizzix Susan’s Garden die, create realistic paper flowers. Allow time for adhesive to dry. Use Power Tab to adhere each flower to a magnet.

6. Place magnet board into frame. Position magnets in a pleasing arrangement so panel looks interesting when the magnets are not in use. Use magnets to hold photos, tickets, memorabilia, cards, and more.

Tips

  • Magpanels Frame-Sized Magnet Boards come in four sizes that match standard-size frames (5”x7”, 8”x10”, 10”x13” and 11”x14”). Your garden can be smaller than the project sample if you need one that fits in less space.
  • Magnet board looks best when at least two flowers are “parked” along the pleated ribbon band; make plenty of magnets if you want flowers there all the time.
  • The collection of Susan’s Garden flower dies is extensive, with dozens of choices beyond the ones shown. Like in a real garden, you can choose dozens of different varieties or stick to a smaller number of favorites (daisies and roses; nothing but poinsettias; only orchids!).
  • To change the garden each season or for special occasions, attach the ribbons with temporary tape and switch to different flower-topped magnets and ribbons.
  • If you want the option of switching the collection of magnets, but do not want to change the ribbons: Use only tone-on-tone ribbons in shades of white and ivory or another neutral palette.
  • Omit the frame; display on a decorative tabletop easel.

 by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Fall Leaves Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Tired of looking for just the right table runner to match your décor? Design your own using basic sewing instructions and stamping techniques. The possibilities are practically endless!

Materials

  • Fabrics, 2 yards each: unbleached muslin; cotton or poly-cotton, light green or color of choice
  • Sage cording, 4 yds.
  • Sage tassels, 3” long

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Stamps: ivy leaves, birch leaves
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Terra Cotta, Antique Gold, Hauser Light Green, Dazzling Metallic Emperor’s Gold
  • Fabric pencil, or dressmaker’s chalk

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick, T-square, straight pins, iron, paintbrush, paper plate, paper towels, container with soap and water

Directions

Size

12”x60”

Table Runner

1. To sew top of table runner, use yardstick, T-square, and fabric pencil, to measure and mark a 13”x61” rectangle on muslin fabric; cut out. See Figure 1. To shape each end into a point, trim away corners as shown.

Figure 1

2. Using top as pattern, cut one backing from green fabric and one lining from muslin.

3. Place backing, right side up, on work surface. See Figure 2. Pin cording to edges of backing so cording faces inward, and cording overlaps at one edge. Pin one tassel, tassels facing inward, to each end. Using zipper foot, sew cording and tassels to backing.

Figure 2

4. Pin muslin layers to right side of backing. Use zipper foot to sew back and front together, leaving an 8” opening at one side for turning.

5. Turn table runner right side out. Whipstitch opening closed; press.

6. Use paintbrush to apply paint to leaf stamps. See Stamping Tips below. Apply paint in a thin, even layer. Practice stamping on fabric scrap until you are confident about the amount of paint and pressure to use. Stamp all leaves using the same paint color at one time. Wash stamp with mild soap and water and dry thoroughly before changing colors. Repeat stamping/cleaning/drying process until all paints have been used.

Tip

  • Instead of making a table runner from scratch, give an old one new life by embellishing with stamped designs, new tassels, or other trims.

Stamping Tips

  • If the stamps include more than one size leaf, apply paint to one leaf at a time, stamp design, then wash and dry stamp before changing leaf size or color.
  • Here’s an easy way to arrange your design. Paint three or four leaves, both birch and ivy, using each color of paint, onto paper. Cut out paper leaves and arrange on table runner. When satisfied with arrangement, pin leaves in place to use as a painting guide.
  • In case of a misplaced paint drop or slip of the stamp, change design slightly and add a leaf to cover the mistake.

by Connie Matricardi

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

MAGPANELS magnet boards and Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks from Ranger are a winning combination. So many color combinations, so many possibilities! We went with rich fall shades and incorporated lots of dots and spots to match the flower stamens and the patterns on the frogs, but you can take this project in any direction you choose.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Large Magpanel Horizontal
  • MAGPANELS Magnets, one for each frog and flower
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Natural Earth Pansy
  • Graphic 45 Typography Collection Papers, 12”x12”: Typography, Imagine
  • Flat-back frogs or other dimensional embellishments
  • Brass grommets, two
  • Rope, ribbon, cording, or push pins

Tools

  • Sequin waste or dot pattern stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Terra Cotta, Sunset Orange, Mushroom, Pitch Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks Gold Metallic Mixatives
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink Applicator
  • Grommet setter
  • Tombow Power Tabs Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, newspapers and plastic bag (to cover work surface), rubber gloves, old shirt

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ x 11-3/4″

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

1. Spread plastic bag covered with newspapers on work table. Use protective clothing as needed, such as rubber gloves and an old shirt. (Note: Alcohol inks will stain; follow manufacturer’s instructions and work in a well-ventilated space.)

2. Place magnet board on newspapers. Working quickly, randomly apply alcohol inks to magnet board using ink applicator, covering majority of metal. (Note: Some silver metal should remain visible.) Apply Pitch Black and Gold last to yield most vibrant spots.

3. While ink is wet, press dot pattern stencil onto surface. Lift stencil and press to surface in another area of board to deposit color. Repeat as desired to create pattern and look of dotted texture.

4. Set grommets in holes at top of board. For hanging, insert rope, ribbon, or cord through grommets and knot ends, or use large push pins to hang board.

5. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and frog using Power Tabs. Use magnets to attach inspirational quote or note cards as desired. Quote and card are cut from patterned papers.

Tip

  • For a masculine look, use fish for magnets instead of flowers. Add a feminine touch by using a piece of lace for the stencil and only flowers for the magnets.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Flowers & Felt Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This project has a secret! Those clusters of flowers and buttons are actually magnets, waiting to be moved and put into use! Felt-covered MAGPANELS magnet boards are the perfect accent for any room. Swap colors to match any décor.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Extra Large Magpanel Vertical
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Pumpkin Spice, Copper, Mac ‘n Cheese
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection, assorted colors: Bouquet, Dahlia
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Wildberry Lace
  • Vintage buttons and crocheted motifs
  • Large black grommets, two

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Branch with Leaves Die
  • Grommet setter
  • Adhesives: Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue; Tombow Power Tabs

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size

14-3/8”x15-7/8”

Magnet Board

1. Cut 9”x18” Pumpkin Spice felt panel. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using spray adhesive, center and adhere felt to center front of Magpanel. Make sure fabric is smooth and taut; adhere ends at back of Magpanel. Let dry.

2. Cut two 4-1/4”x18” Copper felt strips. Adhere strips to sides of Magpanel, overlapping pumpkin felt edges 1/2”. Adhere excess fabric at back of Magpanel, neatly wrapping felt at rounded corners. Clip corners as needed to ease fit. Let dry.

3. Using small dabs of Fabri-Tac adhesive, cut and adhere four strips of crocheted lace to Magpanel; adhere vertical strips, then horizontal strips as shown. Cut lace lengths 2” longer and wider than Magpanel; wrap and adhere ends at back. Let dry.

4. Adhere included felt backing to back of Magpanel to hide raw felt edges. Let dry.

5. Using photo as guide, cut holes in felt and set grommets for hanging.

6. Die cut three branches from Mac ‘n Cheese felt. Adhere to Magpanel using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.

7. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and large vintage button using Power Tabs. Adhere buttons to flower centers using Gem-Tac adhesive; let dry.

8. Cluster magnets in decorative arrangement at upper right and lower left sections of Magpanel when not in use.

Tip

  • No need for a lot of glue! A little bit is all that’s needed for attaching crocheted lace to the Magpanel and for attaching buttons to flowers.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Autumn Hues

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Brisk winds and falling leaves are sure signs that harvest is near. Stitch this autumn-inspired design to update your fall décor.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Chai Tea 28-count Jobelan, 12” x 16”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Just Another Button Company Buttons (2212L, 2247S, 2275T)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch:  As indicated in key
  • Cross-stitch:  1 strand each color

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-3/4”x9-1/2”; Stitch count: 58 w X 95 h

STEP 1

Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

STEP 2

Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

STEP 3

Finish as desired.

by Jackie Hendricks

Apple Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The warm colors, doily accents, and blanket stitching make this pillow the perfect accent decoration for fall. And just so your apples are not all in one basket, stitch an extra pillow for that special friend.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric prints, 45” wide: black, neutral, 1⁄8 yard each
  • Cotton fabric solids, 45″ wide: tan, 3⁄8 yard; red, 1⁄8 yard; brown, scrap (for stems)
  • Cotton fabric stripes, 45″ wide: neutral, 1⁄8 yard; tan and black, 1-1⁄2”x6” (for bowl)
  • Fabric and crochet lace doilies, 4”, two; 6”
  • Black piping, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Black pearl cotton #8
  • Off-white flat-backed buttons, 1⁄2” diameter, four
  • Pillow form, 12” square

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron, pressing cloth, and pressing surface
  • Lightweight iron-on adhesive
  • Tea bags, saucepan, air soluble marker (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, washer, old towel, pencil

Directions

Pillow

(Note: Sew with right sides facing using 1/4” seam allowances.)

1. Wash and dry fabrics. (Note: For small pieces, it is best to wash by hand and air dry to prevent tangling.) Press fabrics.

2. 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.

3. For center panel, cut a 6”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from tan fabric and a 3”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from black fabric; set aside tan rectangle. Use Fig. 1 as guide to pin 6” doily to right side of black rectangle. Trim doily even with top edge of rectangle. Use off-white thread to sew doily to rectangle.

Figure 1

4. For appliqués, print pattern twice. Set one pattern aside to use for placement in Step 6. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace outlines of patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. (Note: To trace pattern in reverse, tape pattern to window during daylight hours, right side of pattern facing window.) Position adhesive over pattern and trace. 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: apples to red; stems to brown scrap; bowl to tan striped. Cut out appliqués on traced lines.

6. Using photo and pattern as guide, position appliqués on right side of center panel and pin in place as follows: apples; stems; bowl. (Note: Dotted lines on patterns show where a pattern piece is overlapped by another piece.) When pleased with arrangement, use iron and pressing cloth to fuse appliqués to center panel.

7. With black pearl cotton, blanket stitch around outside edges of apples, stem, and bowl. In addition, blanket stitch between fabric and crocheted sections of doily. Sew buttons to apples as indicated by “x” on pattern.

8. Sew black print center panel to bottom of tan center panel with right sides facing using 1⁄4” seams. Press seams outward away from center panel.

9. For border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x8-1⁄2” strips from neutral print and two from neutral striped fabric. For corners, cut four 2-1⁄2” squares from black print.

10. Sew one striped border strip to left side and one to right side of center. Sew corner blocks to ends of remaining border strips. Sew assembled corners/borders to top and bottom of center panel.

11. Using photo as guide, pin doilies to corner blocks. (Note: 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 black floss, blanket stitch around center fabric edge of each doily. (Note: Stitches should point toward center of pillow.)

12. 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.

13. For pillow back, cut a 12=1⁄2” square from remaining tan fabric. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to pillow back along piping seams, leaving a 10” opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

Tip

  • To ensure even stitches when blanket stitching, use an air-soluble marker to draw stitches before stitching.

by Mary Ayres