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.


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


  • 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



Hoop stabilizer in embroidery hoop.


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.


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


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


Turn design to back and center mat over embroidery design.


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


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


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.


Insert matted design into frame; replace back of frame.

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (

Burlap-and-Fabric Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Carry your latest craft project or magazine in this handy and stylish tote accented with burlap. Choose from the wide selection of home décor fabrics available at most fabric and craft stores to create a look that’s just right for you!


  • Fabric: cotton decorator, 54″ wide, 1⁄2 yd.; coordinating-color burlap, 1 yd.
  • Flat buttons, 3⁄4″, 12
  • Piping, 4 yds.
  • Heavy cardboard, 3-3⁄4″x14-3⁄4″


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, needle




Tote Bag

1. Cut two each of the following rectangles from cotton and burlap: 15″x20″ (bag/lining); 1-3⁄4″x17″ (handle/lining); 1-3⁄4″x5″ (side straps/lining). For pocket, cut one 6-1⁄2″x9-1⁄2″ rectangle from cotton and one from burlap.

2. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew piping around pocket front, 1⁄4″ from edge. Sew pocket front to lining, leaving 3″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Pin assembled pocket to bag front with bottom edge 5-1⁄2″ from bag bottom edge. Machine-stitch on top of piping, along side and bottom pocket edges.

4. Sew piping around two long sides and one short side of burlap strap fronts. Sew strap fronts to linings along piping stitching. Trim corners and turn straps right side out. Baste raw edges of straps to side of bag front (bottom edges of straps should be 3″ from top of bag; see photo).

5. Sew bag front to back along sides and bottom. Line up side and bottom seams at each corner and stitch 4″ straight across fabric, 2″ from corner seam (Figure 1). Trim corner 1⁄4″ from stitching. Sew front and back of bag lining together in same way as outside of bag, leaving 4″ opening in middle of one side.

6. Sew piping around top of bag 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending on one side. Sew outside of bag to lining along piping stitching on top edge, matching side seams. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Hand sew opening closed.

7. Sew piping around burlap handles 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending in a corner. Sew burlap handles to fabric handles along piping stitching, leaving 2″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners. Turn handles right side out. Hand-sew openings closed.

8. Sew two buttons to end of each strap on front of bag. Sew two buttons to end of each handle, attaching them to top of bag front and back. (Note: Bottom edge of handles should be aligned horizontally with bottom edge of straps and vertically with pocket edges.)

9. To make hard bottom for bag, cut two 4-1⁄2″x15-1⁄2″ rectangles from burlap. Sew burlap rectangles together along two long sides and one short side. Trim corners and turn right side out. Insert cardboard rectangle. Turn under raw edges of burlap rectangles 1⁄4″ and hand-sew along edge. Place in bottom of bag.


  • Personalize your bag by adding an inital to the pocket using embroidered iron-on lettering.

by Mary Ayres

Witch Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble – it’s time to make this wall hanging, on the double! Put a spell on all of your Halloween guests with this bewitching decoration.


  • Natural osnaburg, 1⁄4 yard
  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: black/brown plaid, 1⁄2 yard; orange solid, 1⁄8 yard
  • Black felt, 6” square
  • Wooden items: split eggs, 2-1⁄2” long (witch head), 7⁄8” long (bat body); ball (witch nose), 3⁄8” diameter; split ball (spider body), 1” diameter; holly leaves (bat wings), medium, two
  • Black grosgrain ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 16” length
  • Black buttons, 1” diameter, two
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Quilting thread: ecru, black
  • Low-loft batting, 11-1⁄2” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pumpkin curly raffia doll hair
  • Plastic wiggle eyes: 3mm, two; 4mm, two
  • Plastic spider ring, 2” across
  • Pull-apart spider web (or fiberfill stuffing)
  • Forked branch, 16” long
  • Wire: black, 19-gauge, 14” length; black floral, 6” length


  • Acrylic paints: flesh, black, white, red
  • Paintbrush
  • Embroidery and quilting needles
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Powdered blush
  • Air-soluble pen
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, tracing paper, straight pins, sandpaper, toothpick, cotton-tip swab



11” square (not including hanger)

Center Panel

1. With pencil, mark a 6” square on osnaburg fabric. Do not cut out. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Set hat patterns aside.

2. Using lettering pattern and air-soluble pen, line up pattern with pencil lines on fabric so spider line is 3⁄4” from left edge. Trace letters and spider line onto center panel. (Note: For easier tracing, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace letters.)

3. Place panel in embroidery hoop. With two strands of black floss, backstitch letters and spider lines. Make French knots as indicated by dots on pattern. Cut out center panel 1⁄4” beyond pencil lines.

Wall Hanging

1. (Note: Sew with right sides facing in 1⁄4” seams. Press seams away from center panel. Use photo as placement guide throughout.) Cut a 1”x28” strip from orange solid fabric. Sew strip to one side of panel; trim even. In same way, sew strip to other side, then top and bottom, of panel. Top and bottom strips will cross over side strips.

2. For plaid border, cut one 2-1⁄4”x44” strip from black and brown plaid fabric. Sew to center panel in same way as orange strip.

3. For backing, cut an 11-1⁄2” square from plaid fabric. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Sew edges, leaving a 5” opening at bottom edge. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

4. Using ecru quilting thread, stitch as close to seam as possible (stitch in the ditch) between the center panel and orange border. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Use black quilting thread to stitch in the ditch between orange border and plaid border. (Note: To save time, quilting may be done by machine.)


1. For nose, sand one side of ball flat. Paint nose and head flesh. (Note: To keep the nose from rolling while painting, use double-sided tape to hold it in place.)

2. For eyes, dip handle end of paintbrush into black paint and dot on face. (Note: Wide end of egg becomes forehead and narrow end becomes chin.) With white and toothpick, add a highlight dot to each eye.

3. For mouth, use handle end of paintbrush and red to paint two dots side-by-side about 3⁄4” below eyes. Use toothpick to pull dots to a point, making a heart; make lip lines on each side. Use cotton-tip swab to apply blush to cheeks and tip of nose. Adhere nose to face.

4. For hat, use pattern to cut materials as indicated. Sew hat pieces together, leaving bottom open. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff lightly with fiberfill.

5. For brim, cut slit in center as noted. Insert top of head through slit in brim so 3⁄8” of head is exposed above brim; adhere to secure. Fold back of brim to back of head. Adhere head to lower right corner of wall hanging. Adhere top of hat to brim.

6. For hair, cut four 4” pieces of raffia; gently pull curls apart. Fold each length in half and adhere folded end to head under hat. For bangs, adhere a small piece across forehead.


1. Paint remaining wooden items and floral wire black. Set floral wire and spider body aside.

2. For bat, adhere 3mm eyes to narrow end of body. Adhere wings to back of body. Wrap black wire around pencil to curl; pull curls apart. Place one end of wire behind top of witch’s hat; sew in place with matching thread. In same way, tack top spiral to wall hanging. Adhere back of bat to wire end.

3. For spider, cut floral wire into three 2” lengths for legs. Adhere center of each length, evenly spaced, to back of body; bend ends of wires to curve. Adhere 4mm eyes to center top of body. Adhere spider to end of line, next to “for”.

4. For hanger, cut ribbon length in half. Fold one piece in half and place folded end 1” from top and 3⁄4” from right edge of wall hanging. Place button over fold and sew through both layers to secure. In same way, sew ribbon and button to left side.

5. Set wall hanging on a flat work surface; place branch 1⁄2” above top of hanging. Spot glue sides of ribbon to branch; knot ends of ribbon on top of branch. Trim ribbon ends into a “v”.

6. Stretch small amount of spider web across branch. Adhere plastic spider to left side of branch.


  • If you don’t sew, try making just the witch to put on a door hanger or plant poke.

by Chris Malone

Fiskars Amplify Shears Winners!

As National Sewing Month comes to a colorful, creative close, it’s time to announce the lucky winners of a pair of NEW Fiskars Amplify™ RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears.

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 winners, as chose by, are Diana and Sharon! Congratulations, ladies! I will contact you via email for your mailing information.

Wishing you many happy sewing hours to come!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things (

Great Finds Friday: Sewing Essentials Winner!

Happy Friday, Crafters! In honor of National Sewing Month, we’re here to announce the lucky winner of the Great Finds Friday: National Sewing Month Edition giveaway offered here on the blog on September 13th.

Guest blogger Jennifer Davey,, presented an amazing assortment of goodies and gadgets from Clover and Creative Solutions that any sewing enthusiast would love! Plus, Jennifer is including one of her divine, handmade Pillbox Pincushions. If you missed the original post, click on the bold blue link above. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fabulous products featured in the post:

The winner, as chosen by, is Trish Nicholls. Congratulations, Trish! We’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.

Watch for another great giveaway on Great Finds Friday, September 27th. Your kids will love it!

Happy Sewing!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff (


Riley Blake and Accuquilt Giveaway Winner!

September is National Sewing Month! To help celebrate, we’re here to announce the winner of the Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle valued at $60 offered on Jennifer Davey’s blog post on September 6th. For more details about Riley Blake, Accuquilt, and the wonderful pillbox pincushion Jennifer created, read her post here!

The winner of the Riley Blake and Accuquilt giveaway prize, as selected by, is Diana, who said she’s hoping to teach her granddaughters how to sew. Congratulations, Diana! We’re sure these fun fabrics will help. We will contact you for your mailing address.

Happy Sewing!

Dawn @ Crafts ‘n things (

Great Finds Friday: National Sewing Month Edition

There are two things any seamstress must have: the proper tools and a place to put them. Today, I am pleased to share a few of my favorite “must haves” for any seamstress no matter the skill level. These items are traditional sewing tools but with a fresh new take.

My friends at Clover and Creative Solutions have generously helped me put together the perfect sewing stash. So, on to the fun part of Great Finds: the GIVEAWAY!! If you are the lucky winner you will receive…

Some of my favorite tools by Clover that every sewing basket shouldn’t be without …

and of course the products featured today

And from Creative Solutions the perfect place to store all your new tools

AND a Pillbox Pincushion made by yours truly.

Giving us a retail value of well over $100 dollars, which would put a smile on any seamstress’ face.

All you have to do for your chance to win is comment on this post, then for an extra chance click on over to my blog and comment on my Friday Finds post for 9/13/2013.

Post your comments by 12am PST 9/19/2013.

Everyone needs great storage and Creative Options brings us practical storage solutions with flare. The Tapered Tote is the perfect sewing basket that will fit all your sewing basics and currently comes in two great color choices.

Love the idea of a thimble but never could find a comfortable one that would stay on my finger. Clover brings us the solution.  Protect and Grip Thimbles have flexible rubber for a comfortable fit that stays put and a metal thimble cap to protect your finger.

Wonder Clips and the New Jumbo Wonder Clips hold multiple layers together without damaging or distorting the fabric. Perfect for vinyls, piles, and heavy weight fabrics. Wonder clips all have a flat back that makes it easy to feed to the presser foot. The clips also have seam allowance markings. Check out a few clever ways to use these great tools… here.

And last, but certainly not least, Accuquilt.  Have you ever envisioned the die you need for a project, just to find that no matter how hard you looked and how many companies you look at, your perfect die just doesn’t exist? Well Accuquilt has the solution in Create your own GO! Custom dies. Send them the concept, approve the design, and your die ships in 5 business days! And if you are one of the first 100 you get a little something extra. Go check it out at

Don’t forget to post your comments by 12am PST 9/19/2013 for your chance to win the “perfect sewing stash”.


by Jennifer Davey (

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.


  • 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


  • 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



(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.


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

by Mary Ayres

Pillbox Pincushion

Simplicity in quilting and everyday utility make this Pillbox the perfect project to try your hand at quilting. With a few simple seams and a little stuffing, you will be moving your pins into their new home before you know it.

Today, my favorite people at Riley Blake and Accuquilt have provided supplies for one lucky winner to make your own pincushion!

For your chance to WIN an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle, leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced here on the Crafts ‘n things blog on Monday, September 16th.


  • Riley Blake Serenata Cotton Fabric, scraps
  • Riley Blake Buttons, 1-1/2″, two
  • Cotton batting, 1/4 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread


  • AccuQuilt GO! Die Tumbler, 3-1/2″ (55015)
  • AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
  • Doll needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, sewing machine, pins, hand sewing needle, iron and pressing surface



2-1/2″x 4-1/2″


1   Cut two tumbler pieces each of three prints using Accuquilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and GO! Tumbler 3-1/2” die. Cut two 4-3/4″ circles from coordinating print.

2   With right sides together, sew two tumblers together along long side with 1/4″ seam. Continue in same manner, alternating prints until all pieces are connected. Press seams to one side.

3   Pin tumbler strip and circles to batting and cut to fit. Machine quilt fabric to batting in desired design.

4   With right sides together, sew ends of tumbler strip together to create ring.

5   Fold ring in half evenly and place pins in either side. Fold matching pin mark ends with pins. Find quarter marks on circles by folding circle in half and marking in same manner. Repeat to find other set.

6   Matching quarter marks of circle and tumbler ring with right sides together; pin in place and machine-sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Attach bottom circle in same manner, leaving 2″ opening to turn.

7   Turn right side out. Fill cushion with fiberfill until firm.

8   Slipstitch opening closed.

9   Position button on center of circle. Sew through center of cushion using doll needle, adding bottom button on opposite side. Sew back and forth, pulling to make buttons push into cushion; secure.


For a little additional fun, create a pocket on alternating tumbler pieces by cutting three tumblers from one fabric. Create pocket by trimming 3/4″ from wide end of tumbler. Sew along cut edge with right sides together. Turn fabric right side out and press edge. Pin pocket front in position on matching tumbler piece and sew together into tumbler strip as directed. Add as many or as few pockets as you would like.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST for a chance to win an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle.

For an extra chance to win, take a quick click over to my blog and follow me.

Retail value of these products is about $60.00. To purchase your own, visit and to order or to find a retailer nearby.

by Jennifer Davey (

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.


  • 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


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

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, dryer, transfer paper, pencil



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


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.


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


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.


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