Five Speckled Frogs and a Speckled Log Free Pattern April 16 2015
My Favorite Wrist Pin Cushion! March 05 2015
Here is a fun little pattern we are offering for free as a download. It is a great pattern for gift giving. You can make them and sell them as a fund raiser. That's alright with me. I just hope you would put our website on the sales tag. We also have a great video tutorial. You can find the pattern here.
Cameo Couple February 13 2015Here is another free pattern that I think you will enjoy. It includes a Pilgrim, Cowboy, Colonial and Pioneer couples. Be sure to enjoy the free video
How to Machine Quilt June 26 2014
I hope this how-to video will be helpful. Machine quilting is easy, there are just a few techniques that will require practice. It is a wonderful way to make the dimension pop and finish off that quilt beautifully.
Snowmom June 23 2014
This is a free pattern that has been available for a few years. I decided it needed a video to help you succeed. I think you will enjoy this video and feel a little more brave to try it. You can download the pattern here.
Flower Bead Necklase June 13 2014
I really enjoy taking smaller pieces of things and making them into something with a greater design. Beading is one of those infectious skills that I know you will enjoy. This is one of my favorite designs. These directions may not be standard beading form. It is written in layman terms for the beginner.
Materials for one beaded flower:
- 5- 3 mm beads(11/0)
- 10-5 mm (light purple in drawing) bead
- 5-mm clear bead
- 5-12 mm pearls
- WildFire string by Beadalon
- #12 beading needle
- Necklace attachment
To complete one necklace. I like to make 12-13 flower sections and about 3 1/2 inches of stringed beads on each side of the flowers that will go up around the neck. Be sure to adjust this to the size of necklace you would enjoy.
Next, thread a 5 mm bead, clear bead, 12 mm pearl, clear bead, 5 mm bead. In this drawing the clear bead is smaller than the first bead added here. The necklace made in the video and pictured above have these two beads the same size. Bring the thread through the next 3 mm bead in the original ring. Pull this tight. It will look like the pearl has two legs anchored into the original ring.
Bring the string back up through the last leg or second leg. String a 12 mm pearl and one leg(clear bead, 5 mm bead) Bring the string back through the next small bead in the original ring. Pull this tight. It will look like two pearls and three legs. Return the thread up through the last leg (one 5 mm and one clear bead). Add a 12 mm pearl, one clear, 5 mm (another leg) and bring the thread down through the next small bead in the original ring. Return the thread up through the last leg, add ad 12 mm pearl and another leg (one clear and one 5 mm).
Continue around until there are five legs and four pearls. Bring the thread up through the first leg and string one more 12 mm pearl, bring the thread through the pearl next to it to complete five legs and five pearls.
Pull the whole thing very tight.
Next, come out through a pearl and string on another 5 mm bead. Take the thread through the next pearl. Add a 5 mm bead and go back through the next pearl. Each time pull the unit tight until it all pulls up and mounts.
This picture shows how the unit mounts up. Reinforce this unit by going around the outer edge several times, pulling the thread tight. I like to thread through the beads to the original ring and tie it off with the tail. Trim the tail and pull it up through a bead so that the knot will not show.
You can attach the flowers together anyway you like. I used 3 mm or 11/0 beads to create what may look like a link between the flowers. I used 7 beads attached between the smaller beads added last on the outer edge of the flower. Then another 7 beads on the other side as shown below. I went around this several times pulling tight until it held a rounded shape. Be sure to tie and secure the threads. Notice that there will be more beads on the lower edge of the flower than the top. This is partly because there is an odd number of beads, but it also helps the necklace lay in a gentle curve around the neck.
Add a string of bead to each side and attach a clasp. Make these as long as you like.
Hope you enjoy this pattern!
Free Felt Lion Puppet Pattern June 11 2014
Here is another tutorial for our free felt puppet pattern.
Begin by cutting out all of the individual parts. Everything is cut twice except the lower lip and muzzle. The mane dimension are in the pattern. You can download it for free.
Using a double thread of embroidery floss whip stitch all of the facial features to one layer of puppet body.
Cut the ears from the back puppet and whip stitch to the back of the ears of the puppet face. This will cover the stitches that will show on the back from whip stitching the color in the center of the ears. This will also work well when inserting the mane between the puppet layers.
Notice the layers for the eyes and the section of mane below the lion chin. The lower lip is also added and stuffed. Whip stitch around the muzzle and before it is closed add stuffing. This adds dimension to the little face.
Blanket stitch the two layers of puppet body together, leaving the lower edge open and blanket stitch separately. The mane was slipped between the layers.
French knots were added to the eyes to add a sparkle. Add a pom pom to the nose. This little puppet turns out so cute. We hope you enjoy this little pattern.
You can find this pattern here.
Love Bear June 05 2014
This is a great beginning project for children. It works well for fast and darling humanitarian projects. You may have a women's shelter in your area that would love donations. The pattern is free to download.
- Felt for the eye, heart and ears
- Pom pom
- Matching thread
- Marking pen
- Embroidery floss
- Copy of pattern
Cut the pattern out on the outside solid line. Place the paper pattern on top of two pieces of fleece. Mark the exact pattern to make an exact sewing line. This will give you an exact shape far more exact than negotiating a seam allowance.
Trim outside the seam. Clip into the V so those shapes will turn shape. Cut a small opening where the heart will be placed. Turn the bear right outside out through that hole.
Trim the pattern around the ears and arms and legs. Use this pattern and top stitch the shape around the ears, legs and arms to help shape them.
Trim the pattern down again under the head. Stuff the head and top stitch the shape under the head.
Stuff the tummy and whip stitch the opening closed. Cut the heart, ear color, and eyes from felt. Cut the eye lids out of matching fleece. With matching thread whip stitch the heart over the tummy opening. I like to add a little more stuffing to the heart before I close it. Whip stitch the muzzle to the face. Add a little stuffing to it before closing it.
Notice how I make the stitches in the whip stitches perpendicular to the edge of each component so it looks like a blanket stitch. Whip stitch the eyes and place the eye lids over the eyes. Whip stitch around the rounded edges of the eye lids. Use two strands of embroidery floss make french knots to add a sparkle to the eyes.
Add the pom pom for the nose. This little bear turns out great! I hope you enjoy it. You can download the pattern here.
Felt Elephant Puppet June 04 2014
Here is another helpful tutorial for our felt puppets. I love elephants and this is a darling design we offer for free. We hope you enjoy it.
- Copy of your pattern
- Grey Felt
- Pink Felt
- Black Felt
- Matching thread
- Scissors and needle
Tape the elephant ears to the basic puppet paper pattern so that the ears and body are cut as one piece. Cut two body/ear units, two trunk, two center ear color contrasting sections, and two black eyes and two grey eye lids.
Place a double layer of felt trunk together and using two strands of grey embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the dimensional part of the trunk. Place the trunk on one layer of elephant body and whip stitch the upper part of the trunk to the face. With matching thread whip stitch the ear color to one layer of the elephant ears. With black embroidery floss whip stitch the eyes. With grey embroidery floss whip stitch the rounded part of the grey eyelids on top of the eye. With white embroidery floss make two French Knots for a sparkle in each eye. Place the two layers of felt puppet together and pin.
Using matching grey embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the outer edge of the puppet. Blanket stitch the straight lower edge with the layers separated giving the opening some reinforcement.
You can find this free pattern here.