Free Pattern Friday – Coffee Love

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I am relatively new to the coffee drinking scene. Somehow I managed to survive the first three years of Evie's life without coffee. But now things are different, it didn't take long for me to become a "don't talk to me before I've had my coffee" person. My Tea Love cross stitch pattern is consistently my most popular, so I figured I would expand the caffeine love to coffee. When stitched on 14 ct Aida the final piece is about 5.5" so it should fit into a 6" hoop. Download the PDF here – Coffee Love Cross Stitch Pattern There are more free patterns to ... Read More

A Little Paper Pieced Fox

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One of my 2016 goals is to stop doing swaps and start sending things to people directly. Recently, Cheri, aka tinkerellen I had commented on a photo Cheri had posted asking her where some fabric was from and then she sent me some. It was super awesome of her and I wanted to send a little package thanking her. If you follow Cheri on Instagram you'll notice she has a thing for foxes so this was the perfect chance to try out the free fox paper piecing pattern from Stars & Sunshine. I absolutely love how it turned out, I had a hard time sending it away. I want to ... Read More

No Scrap Left Behind – How to Make a Patchwork Panel

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I have a bit of a problem with scraps... Though I hesitate to call it a problem because it's not really a BAD thing. I have a ton of scraps that I've accumulated, both through cutting up my fabric and scrap packs I've bought and been given. I was talking to Alicia from Felt with Love Designs as I was sorting through my scraps and we came up with the idea for the No Scrap Left Behind Challenge and we would love for you to join in! Here's how it works - Every month we will announce a theme. The first month we are keeping it simple and open, just make any Small ... Read More

Stitch Love: A One Year Celebration! With Free Embroidery Patterns

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Please note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk.* One year ago today Mollie from Wild Olive had the book Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small: Cute Kitties and Cows and Cubs and More...and a Yeti* released. I reviewed the book and made an adorable whale purse. I also participated in the Stitch Love Valentine's blog hop last year and the Stitch Love-Along. I am very lucky to call Mollie a friend and was so excited when she asked if I wanted to stitch up some new free patterns to go along with her book's one year anniversary. ... Read More

Pouches for Everyone!

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Pouches were one of the first things I started sewing when I got my machine and zippers terrified me for a really long time. I always had trouble with the way everything went together and always ended up putting the lining upside down and there was a lot of seam ripping. However, I am proud to say that after rapidly making 8 pouches for gifts, I can finally construct a lined zipper pouch on the first try. Late last year I split an order of zippers from ZipIt on Etsy with a friend. I got 12 of them thinking they would last me forever but I am already figuring out ... Read More

Free Cross Stitch Patterns – Tsum Tsum

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Last year I made a whole bunch of Tsum Tsum cross stitch patterns for a swap. I've been meaning to release the patterns for awhile and this week I got a message giving me the push to finally do it. (Please note: Affiliate links are indicated by an asterisk*) The finished Tsum Tsum is 2 'x 2.5" when stitched on 14 ct Aida. I used the DMC Water Soluble Cross Stitch Canvas* so I could stitch it on quilting cotton. Download the PDF here – Tsum Tsum Cross Stitch Patterns There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my ... Read More

Cross Stitch With a Purpose – How to Make a Pattern in Photoshop

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I haven't been cross stitching as much lately and I realized one of the reasons is because I just have so many cross stitches and a limited amount of places to put them. So this year I wanted to do a monthly series on how to cross stitch and then explore alternative ways you can use your cross stitches besides just framing them or displaying them in a hoop. So first I thought I would show you how I make my patterns in case you wanted to make your own. I use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. These screenshots are from the Creative Cloud version but this ... Read More

&Stitches Secret Santa Exchange with Free EPP Pattern

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Among all the Christmas craziness I realized I never posted about the &stitches secret Santa exchange I did! Please note, this post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk.* My partner was Aimee from Daisy Eyes and I embraced a tea theme for her package and included a reusable mug and sleeve, octopus tea infuser*, and a mug rug. My tea cup cross stitch pattern is consistently my most visited post and I wanted to play around with it a bit. I made the pattern into an EPP pattern and made a mug rug for it. I know it probably would have lent itself really ... Read More