Diane from CraftyPod is directly responsible for my English paper piecing hexagon obsession. So when she recently release some EPP patterns using other shapes, I had to try them out! I bought this Flower POW Mug Rug pattern and while I've only finished one so far, I have four others in progress. I can't stop making them, they are so fun! I've done triangles before, but diamonds and curves are completely new to me. The pattern comes with fantastic photos and illustrations and is really well written and easy to follow. Plus, Diane has included links to all her ... Read More
English Paper Pieced Candy Corn Pattern!
So this is going to be an early Free Pattern Friday, and it's a different kind of pattern! Instead of a cross stitch pattern, I made my first ever English paper piecing pattern. I'm posting it today instead of Friday because tomorrow will be the big link up of all the awesome Halloween projects that everyone made! Alicia from Felt With Love Designs organized a Halloween crafty tutorial link up. I did a Christmas one last year and a flower one this last spring so I was excited to take part. I am usually so bad about making projects based on a holiday or season, ... Read More
Finished Cross Stitch Pendant!
I got a lot of votes on which design I should use for my tiny embroidery hoop. Despite most people voting for the bird, I just had to go with the flower. I feel like I will end up wearing it more. I still plan on using the bird for something, I'm just not sure what yet. A couple people asked me how the back is finished so I thought I'd show off how it works. There are two flat circles that go with the hoop. The fabric is glued around the inner hoop and then a piece covers it on the back. If you want to get your own mini hoop you can get one from Dandelyne at Etsy. ... Read More
Months and months ago I bought this tiny embroidery hoop from Dandelyne on Etsy. I was really excited but like so many other times I buy cool things, I get nervous to use them. I feel like I'm not going to come up with a good enough project to do them justice. I finally decided I just needed to stitch something up for this hoop so I can make it into a necklace. I stitched up a couple possible designs and I can't decide. I've ruled out the spider, (though Evie requested I make it into a necklace for her) so it's between the bird and the flower. I'm leaning towards ... Read More
M Button Monogram
Mira's birthday is quickly approaching (in a week I'll have a one year old!) and I realized I had a project I did months ago but never shared. I had made Evie a button monogram, so I thought it was only fair for Mira to get one too. It's been too long since I've done a monogram project, they've been replaced with hexagons. I'm going to have to remedy that soon! I have a huge jar of buttons left over from when I made Evie's monogram. I used tweezers from the start this time and didn't burn myself as much with the hot glue which is definitely a positive thing! ... Read More
WIP Wednesday – Hexagon Update
I haven't been working on them as much, but I'm still slowly making hexagons for my quilt. I am up to 1594 now, so I'm getting there! Although I was debating going even bigger and making it a queen size instead of twin. It would require about 1,000 extra hexagons than I originally planned, which sounds daunting, but I figure if I'm going to do it I might as well go all in! And really, if I'm already making 2363, is 3284 really that many more? I was originally going to wait until the end to start joining but I think I'm going to start soon. I'm really excited to see ... Read More
Fabric Flower Cards
I participated in another toddler craft swap and brought these fabric flower cards. I got the idea from a project we did at storytime and decided it would be perfect to make as Mother's Day cards. I gave everyone enough to make two cards and it was a great way to use up some of my scraps! When we did the project at storytime it was on a full sheet of paper and there were two flowers. The cards were 5x7" and I decided two flowers would be too small for the 2-3 year olds. There would have been a lot of little pieces, so I just did one larger one. The outer circle ... Read More
Since I obviously needed yet another hexagon project, I whipped up this little headband. I really, really love the mini hexie necklace that Haley at The Zen of Making posted so I wanted to try out using smaller hexagons. She used 1/4", I didn't go quite that small. These are made with 1/2" hexagons. Evie's favorite color changes whenever I asked, but the day I worked on this she decided it was green. I made five hexagons and whip stitched them together. I traced the shape onto a piece of felt and cut it out. I was going to do an invisible stitch to attach them, ... Read More