A Couple of Cross Stitch Ornaments

OK, one more Christmas post. Just bear with me! I contemplated saving this until next Christmas, but no! I love these little guys too much!

Over the last couple of years, I’ve really loved getting back into cross stitch. I love walking to the book store at lunch way too often, to see if the new issues have come yet. Since they are all UK magazines, they are always way too late for my liking…

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I’m totally in love with the Retro Christmas designs from Emma Congdon in the December 2017 Issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. I want to make them all!!! Then the other little guy came from Issue 298 (November 2015) of Cross Stitcher magazine.

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I love almost everything about mid century modern design and this group of patterns, is perfect for an easy stitch. I don’t know why I picked this one to start with, but I love how it turned out!

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As you saw with my tree skirt, my Christmas colors are not the traditional red and green, so I kept it up here. The stitching is a light green and hot pinkish color. it almost looks red, but it’s actually a bit more pinky. Then I took a plain 3″ hoop and painted it with a teal blue glitter paint.

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And I love this little reindeer guy! The pattern included a lot more outlining stitches, but I liked it without the other stitches! So I stopped! It definitely gives a slightly different look than the designer, Durene Jones, intended, but I like it! (you should check out her FB page, becuase there a bunch of cute free designs!)

 

I was drawn to it with the outlines, but once I got through with the background, I liked it just the way it was.

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And of course, glitter! It was intended to be a brooch, but I changed that too to make it an ornament. These may not be mid century mod designs, but I’d love to make the rest of these designs too!

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And the backs. I noticed that I don’t see the backs of cross stitch projects online very often! This is the first time I’ve made a project that the back may be seen. I almost wish I had used a teal back on the bigger piece. But I’m learning… Next time will be better.

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I need to get some new projects going now. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. And I’ll admit, my tree is still up…

Doggy Bandana Tutorial- Holiday Edition

Ok, there really isn’t any other edition other than the holiday edition! But you can make these dog bandanas for any occasion you’d like!

They are super simple, reversible and just fit over the collar so that there’s not another thing around the pups neck!

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Oh, and did I mention stinkin’ adorable???

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Here’s the story… I’m kinda obbessed with my dog and follow a lot of big white Great Pyrenees on IG (mine’s a mix, but very much a pyr in her own right!) and I see so many with these cute bandanas. Then the other night, when I was supposed to be making Christmas presents, this whole bandana thing popped in my head as a super easy thing to do. So I made two!

I put the kiddo and pup to bed and took Lulu’s collar. She was soooo not happy about me taking her collar! I don’t know why. And she seemed very happy to have it back the next morning.

I’ll show you how I made mine.

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First step is kinda obvious… You have to cut the pieces out! You can download the pattern here. And cut out two pieces.

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Along the top edge, the squared off edge, sew a French seam. First, sew along the top with a very scant 1/4″ seam, fabrics wrong sides together. Then fold the fabrics over at the seam, now right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. Easy peasy, but if you would prefer a more detailed French seam tutorial, they are all over the internet.

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Now you are going to sew a 1/4″ hem along the short, straight side. (the sides perpendicular to the French seam. Sorry, not a great photo for this step.) Fold over a 1/4″, then fold over another 1/4″ to hide the edges and stitch.

Then fold over, right sides together, and stitch along the triangle edges.

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Be sure to trim the edges at the point of the bandana to avoid bulk before turning right side out.

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Turn it right side out through the collar holes. Next I marked my stitching line from corner to corner, about 1 1/2″ from the French seam.

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Then topstitch and you’re ready to insert the collar!

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Look at that model pose!

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They really are super cute and quick! Now this one is sized for about a 65/70 pound dog with a 1″ collar. You can resize for a smaller dog and use the same process.

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I ended up giving the reindeer one to her cousin before she had a chance to model that one. I might just have to make another one! A quick and easy sew for a festive pup! Let me know if you have any questions!

 

The Grumpy Cat Halloween Pillow

I grew up with cats, but now I’m allergic, so I’m totally a dog person. But as soon as I saw The Grumpy Cat pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts, I knew I had to make it!

The last thing I needed was another Halloween pillow, but I love, really love, Halloween pillows! Anything Halloween really… And since I have a ton of Halloween fabric, I need ot use it, right?? So I purchased the pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts Etsy store.

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The Grumpy Cat a super easy make! It also comes in two sizes. I made the small one at about 8×10 inches.

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Are you also curious about the pumpkin? Now this is a pattern that I didn’t purchase… I just winged it. It’s inspired by the Mini Pumpkins pattern from Sew Kind Of Wonderful using the Mini Quick Curve Ruler. I’d recommend buying the pattern so your pumpkins aren’t lopsided like mine are! But for my pillow it works. I love the little pumpkins though!

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I just used a bright orange for the back. And I didn’t use an envelope style pillow. I put a zipper in it. My go to used to always be the envelope back, but I think it’s going to be the invisible zipper from now on!

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I’m loving this invisible zipper! This one isn’t quite as invisible as others I’ve made, but pretty close. I use a couple of tutorials, one from Sew Katie Did and one from Stitched in Color, for the invisible zipper.

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So there you have it! Another Halloween Pillow to add to my collection! I kinda want to make a quilt to. One grumpy cat at the bottom with a bunch of pumpkins… Maybe a witch’s hat? Who knows! I’m finishing my second Halloween quilt now, so I don’t know if I ever will, but I like the idea.

What are you stitching this Halloween?

A Harry Potter Project Pouch

This week is Harry Potter’s birthday and I have a couple of projects to share for the celebration!

I made a project pouch for the kiddo! I’ve been realizing that there are a lot of projects that I want to make, but I end of up quilting more than making fun things as well. I’ve been wanting to make some project pouches so when I got issue 76 of Love Patchwork and Quilting and saw the pouch project, I decided to make one!

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The project is the Zip It Up Pouch by Minki Kim. I’ve kinda become obsessed with magazines, but now I have too many with too many projects to make! It was fun making this one! Even if I might not have followed the directions 100%…

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I love the little clear pocket on the front. I think on my next one, I might put a snap on the pocket. I thought about putting in some elastic, but decided against it.

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The pouch in the magazine was actually quilted. I decided not to quilt mine, but you could. I also took out the quilted back and used a piece of clear vinyl on the back so you can see which project you have in the bag.

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I tried my hand at machine binding… I’m horrible at it. this corner is the best one. I know, I should show the corner I messed up, but I’m not going to! Ha! It was the best way to sew on the binding with the vinyl, but I think I have a slightly different plan for the next one! I think I’m faster at hand sewing the binding than at machine binding because every time I machine bind something I have to pull part out and try again!

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What is your favorite pouch pattern? I really like this one! And I’m excited to make some more for each of the projects I want to take on vacation!

 

 

Another 1 Hour Basket

I’m going through all the pictures I have of unshared projects and here’s another one!

Even though this one is old, I love it! This is a 1 hour basket that I made for a SMQG swap ages ago! This wasn’t my first rodeo, as they say, with the one hour basket. Which technically isn’t one hour if you are piecing and quilting it. Well, at least not for me! I made another one back in 2015. Both times I used the tutorial from Kelby Sews.

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For this one I used the techniques from Sew Katie Did’s Psychedelic Baby Quilt Class. I made a bunch of triangles, sewed them together and then added a top and bottom border.

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For this one, I used ribbon for the handles, rather than making actual handles. And I used some of my favorite fabric, the sprinkles from Cotton and Steel!

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I mentioned this was for a swap. And in the swap, I got this awesome Sew Together bag made by Kristy. I LOVE this bag! I use it all the time! But I’ve always been scared to make my own, so I was so excited to get it in the swap!

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OK, here’s where I need your help! Every year, I make the kiddo’s teacher a tote bag. This year his teacher is a Mr. Do I make a Mr. a totebag? Or do I make a Mr. a 1 hour basket for his desk? Or do you have an even better idea for a Mr. teacher? I was kinda thinking a 1 hour basket might be a nice idea…. Hmmm! Love to hear your thoughts!

Harry Potter Snitch Valentines

We still enjoy making our own Valentine’s over here! What about you?

This year we went with a Harry Potter theme, because we all love Harry Potter of course! (Ok, do you want in on a little secret? The truth is, I’m not the best planner and to get my Valentine’s done early enough to share, doesn’t actually happen… So the truth is, these were from last year! shhhh…)

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We designed the card, ordered the lollipops and gold paper and they turned out really cute! If I say so myself!

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We ordered the lollipops and the gold candy wrappers from Amazon.

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Super easy, just wrap the lollipops in the gold wrappers so they look as round as possible. Repeat for as many Valentine’s as you need.

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You can download the free Snitch Valentine by clicking here. They print two to a sheet, so print half as many pages as you need Valentines! And then cut out the 5×7 Valentines.

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This next part is a little more lollipop specific. The printable does show a circle of where to cut out the hole for the lollipops. I found that I had to enlarge the circle a bit and make a slightly different shaped, a little elongated shape. I suggest you start with the printed circle and then put in your lollipop and see how you need to enlarge it for your specific lollipop to fit halfway in. You also want to cut two little strips at the bottom to put your stick through.

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And repeat and repeat!

Oh, yes, don’t forget to sign them!

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According to the kiddo, the Harry Potter Snitch Valentines were a hit! Do you think they would be at your house too? We’ve broken out my Harry Potter books from when they first came out and we’re reading our way though the books! We’re only on Book 4. Have you read them? Re-read them? With your kids?  I’m loving re-reading them with my kiddo!

We’ve also made Penguin Valentines, Out of this World Star Crayon Valentines, Lego Valentines, Quilted Postcard Valentines and Pixelated Valentines.  And now Harry Potter! Enjoy!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

A Mountain Pillow- Quick and Easy Handmade Gift!

Every year my office has a White Elephant gift exchange with a theme at our Holiday party. Last year the theme was High Low.

We never really tell each other who got what, so I’ve never actually made a gift for the exchange. This year, I had a little problem…

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I bought these beautiful beaded snowflakes from Blair at Wise Craft Handmade. They start high in the sky and end up low on the ground… Get it? High Low….

Well, the day of the party I decided I didn’t want to give up any of my ornaments and I needed to come up with something else to give at the party!

I’d been seeing a lot of these mountain pillows. I got the ornaments at our local handmade craft show. And at the craft show, there were a few people selling these mountain pillows. Most of them were made of beautiful felt and were way over my price range. But I kept being drawn to them! And then I had a great idea…. I’d make a new gift. I’d make a mountain pillow! High Peaks, Low Valleys… High Low!

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I just happened to have this grey fleece that looked kinda like the felt that all the others were made of. And I had this fluffy white fleece, which I totally think looks like fluffy snow!

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Although I didn’t actually made a tutorial, I’ll tell you how I made it! It was so easy and quick, I didn’t even have time to think about pictures! ha! I cut out the mountains, sewed on the snow on top. I made a front and back, with snow on both front and back sides. Next I sewed the front and back together, right sides together and then turned it right side out and Boom! A mountain pillow! SOOOOO easy!

And the pillow was stolen a couple of times, so it was a hit!

These were all adults that loved it, but they could be fun in kids rooms too! Adventure themed rooms… So many possibilities and such a quick make!

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A Halloween Cross Stitch!

Did you have a fun Halloween? We had a great night! Friends over for chili dinner before trick or treating and the rain held out! All week they were saying it was going to rain tonight, but it didn’t! Yippie!

And then the evening ends and the lights go off so those older kids don’t keep coming to the door while I’m in my pj’s and my son is running around in his oldies like a crazy kid from too much sugar!  That’s when you need a sign on the door that says Keep Away! or maybe, Sorry, We’re Closed…. Or even, Sorry, We’re Dead! Ha!

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Originally, that’s exactly why I bought this cross stitch pattern from Satsuma Street. I wanted to hang it on the door to tell people we’re done handing out candy. Only, there were a couple of flaws in my idea! I live on a hill, so it’s not like anyone would see it without climbing the stairs to my front porch anyway! And secondly, you can see that my from doors are glass doors, so once you get to my porch, you’ll see me and I’ll end up giving you candy anyway….

Like the monster wreaths? We made those 6 years ago and still put them on the front porch every year!

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So instead, I hung it on our art wall in the dining room!

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I may not be quite as old as my assistant, but my eyes aren’t what they used to be! so a little hint about working with black Aida fabric… I always put a white piece of fabric in my lap while I worked on it. It does really help see the holes in the fabric!

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There are many tutorials out there about how to finish the back. First, I layered a piece of black quilting cotton with the black Aida fabric. I then happened to have a piece of back foam core. S oI cut that the size of the inside of the inside hoop. I was planning o nincluding hot glue in this, but I didn’t end up needing hot glue. I put the design and the black quilting cotton in the embroidery hoop just as you would anytime. then I folded it over and put the black foam core inside the hoop, from the back. The foam core fit so nice and snugly, that it didn’t need hot glue!

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So, my husband took my white backdrop and used it in the decorations. I wasn’t sure how I would actually take pictures of all my Halloween projects. Then I saw my assistant in a whole new light! He can actually hold things! He’s more than just a pretty skeleton sitting on the porch!

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I hope everyone had a super fun Halloween! Now it’s on to Thanksgiving projects, a QuiltCon quilt and Christmas projects! What are you up to now that Halloween has passed?

 

A Halloween Pillow

Well, I had started a Halloween quilt back in January, I think… Despite the 10 months, I didn’t get it done….

No quilt, but I did get a pillow done! And I love it! I keep looking at it admiringly as I walk by the couch!

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I also like seeing it with the other pillows I’ve made over the years. I love seeing the different styles and fabrics I’m into over the years!

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For the pillow, I’m using a lot of the fabrics that I’m using my quilt. Or a different color way… Most of the fabrics are from the Cotton and Steel collections. I LOVE their holiday lines! LOVE them! Was this the best fabric to use for tiny piecing? I don’t know, really!

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Last month I took a paper piecing class with Giuseppe Ribaudo, aka Guicy Guice. I’m not sure why I did, since I’m pretty well versed in paper piecing. Honestly, when I signed up, I thought it was a small piecing class, not paper piecing. It never dawned on me that his small piecing was paper piecing! Ha! Anyway, I’m glad I did! He shared his Mini patterns with us and I picked Courthouse Step block. I almost didn’t go because I had so much birthday party stuff going on and the whole paper piecing thing. But I’m glad I did! he was super nice and a lot of fun. And I loved seeing what everyone else made from the patterns! And I love my block!

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Guicy Guice centers a lot of his minis in a neutral background so I thought this neon bat fabric would be great. And I did some matchstick quilting. I love doing matchstick quilting on small projects. One day I’ll do it on a larger project. maybe… ha!

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I loved this fabric so much that I bought it in two color ways!

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And if you know my pillows, I always do envelope backs because I’m kinda lazy that way… But this time I decided to put a zipper in it. I used to always put zippers in pillows. Especially when I was selling pillows. If I can do it when I’m selling them to other people,, why can’t I do it for myself? I did use Sew Katie Did’s tutorial to remind myself how to do it. Its’ not hard at all, but I used to be better at hiding the zipper than I did on this one. Luckily the fabric matches it!

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Have a Happy Halloween from my photo assistants!

A Quickie Halloween Decorating Upgrade

I looked at my blog and noticed that I’ve posted about 8 times since last Halloween! And I have about 4 Halloween posts for this year… That goes to show you how much I love Halloween! And how much I miss blogging more often! Anyway, here we go with more Halloween fun!

My sister in law also likes to do it up for Halloween and she posted a a picture of her mantle with these fanastic mirrored skulls! They were beautiful. They totally inspired this project!

 

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When I went to Value Village I found these pumpkins that I thought would be fantastic nice and shiny silver! They are a little too ‘country chic’ for my décor, but a little paint can change that in about ten minutes. So I grabbed them! Not only does Value Village have a ton of costumes, but there’s also a lot of fun décor to be found there.

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And I just happened to have this mirror spray paint at home. So I decided to use it for this project. Notice the bottle says ‘Looking Glass’…  Well, it’s meant for painting on glass…  But whatever, right? Why not give it a try. These aren’t fine heirlooms that I’m dealing with. Just some nice secondhand decorations that need a new life, so let’s give it a try!

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The first coat had the look of old glass that the spray paint is supposed to give, so I was having some high hopes that it would work. The second coat covered it and gave it a just a nice flat silver color. Not exactly the look I was going for, but I love them none the less!

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The experiment did not get me the fabulous mirror look that my sister in law’s décor has, but I do love my new pumpkins! And the more matte finish may even be just the right finish for my décor!

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I love them! What do you think? How many projects have you updated with a quick bit of spray paint? You check out others I’ve done, like Christmas reindeer and more reindeer, sea shells and Easter bunnies!

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!