Sometimes I have a hard time accepting that "just in time" is still in time, and that's okay. But since fast and easy projects are sometimes just what you need, "just in time" really is okay. And I'm okay with that.
Today, March 31, is the last day of triangle month around here, so how about one last triangle item...one that is perfect for Easter and spring? Because I just know that you were looking at your wall and thinking, ya know, this wall could use a string of triangle-shaped carrots!
I know you were thinking that!
Of course, I'm here to help you out and give you not just your average banner of carrots, but happy kawaii carrots. They really will make your wall 137% happier.
Print the carrot triangles on orange paper and print the tops on green paper. I used Astrobrights papers, but they would also look so very sweet if you print them on construction paper. Construction paper is typically 9x12 inches, so you'll need to cut it down to fit your printer, but it's worth it. Trust me.
After you cut out the pieces, fringe the green tops and tape them to the back of the carrots. You should even be able to attach the string at the same time, making this even faster.
Of course, you can use these carrots other ways too. Make a tall string of them, place them in your windows, use them as giant gift tags, or even have a carrot hunt!
Happy carrot crafting!
Let me tell you a quick story. It goes back to my fundraising goal for Lent and even a bit further back than that. I was told that I would need at least $1500 to build Caregiver Kits to help those suffering from Ebola. And I started thinking about how that would even be possible in just about 40 days, and I was overwhelmed and discouraged. So I prayed.
The next morning I received an email from the folks who ran the Ultimate DIY Bundle back in January. They were talking about making the bundle available again for a very short amount of time, and I just knew that this was an answer to prayer.
You can read more about the Caregiver Kits plan here, but the thing to know is that this is the last week of my sales going towards the kits. I'll give another update at the end of the week, but right now know that everything I earn in my shop, from my blog, and from the Ultimate DIY Bundle is going towards helping those with Ebola. 100% of profits.
My Seasonal Stitching Clubs (pictured above) are part of this bundle, but they are just a small part. There are other sewing patterns (I'm crazy about the Alison Glass quilt patterns!), and honestly, I'm still making my way through the other eBooks and eCourses that are included.
When the Bundle ran in January, I know that many of you took advantage of this incredible offer. If you missed it then, I encourage you to take a look and see if even a few of the resources would be helpful to you. I have a feeling they would be.
Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days – from 9am EST on Monday, March 31 until 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1.
And here's the thing. The Ultimate DIY Bundle has a 30-day money-back guarantee. That's not a sales pitch, it's just what they do. If you decide that you're not happy with the bundle, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund.
Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include…
A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $71.95 Value), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.
Don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 69 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. (And do remember that 100% of what I make from each purchase will go toward Caregiver Kits!) All you need to do is take action by 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1!
This amazing deal ends in just…
Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here. Oh, and if you want to help spread the word to help me reach my Caregiver Kits, I sure would appreciate your sharing of this post!
I'm home again from my trip to Seattle! I'll share a full trip recap next week, but this is just a quick check-in, as I'm still dragging a bit. I had a list of crafty places I hoped to visit, but when you're the only stitcher/sewist/maker/crafter in a group of four people, you might only get to stop at the yarn shop that you happened to walk by.
So Much Yarn in the Pike Place Market area of Seattle is a great little shop with lots of beautiful yarns, and I enjoyed my visit very much. But just because I craft, does not make me a knitter. This seems to surprise folks, one of whom is my brother.
As we walked through the store, he commented on the things I knit, and how much I must love the place. Although I've explained that I CAN knit (though I rarely do), he somehow sees knitting as the universal craft. Does he notice that I hold fabric and thread in my hands, rather than yarn and needles? I'm not sure what he thinks I've been knitting!
He's not the only one to make this mistake, however. When I try to explain what it is I do, many people use knitting as the go-to craft. I suppose it's one that people are more familiar with.
While we're on the topic of knitting and Seattle, I did get to see these knitted props from the Walkie Talkie Man music video whilst visiting the EMP (the exhibit closes next week). A crew of knitters made everything (including some instruments which weren't on display), then animators used them for some live-action and stop-motion animation. Awesome, right?
But with its embroidery and coconuts with faces, this Architecture in Helsinki music video is more my style. Crafts plus music are a good thing however they are made!
So here's my question: Do people ever expect that you do a particular craft when they hear that you make things?
Tomorrow morning I'm leaving for a short trip to Seattle. I'm leaving at a time of the morning when I'm not sure if there's even oxygen. And I'm far from ready. I haven't packed, I haven't finished all of the freelance work I wanted done before I go, I haven't run errands, and I haven't scheduled a single blog post.
But I have cut hexagons so that I can craft while I'm traveling. Priorities, right?
So this is just to say that I'll be away for about a week, and while I might post something while I'm gone, don't be surprised if this space stays a little quiet. When I'm back, we'll make something Eastery...I promise!
The snow is finally almost gone in my yard. We've been able to leave the front door open some days. There's barely any green showing, but compared to a month ago, it feels like we've had a heat wave. Like these March days are a teeny tiny taste of the tropics.
Whether it's freezing or sweltering where you're stitching, my new pattern set is designed to help you feel like you're on vacation!
You can find it now in my shop, but I'd like to tell you a little more about this first. The patterns and colors were designed to complement the Aloha Girl fabric line from Moda. A customer asked if I could design some patterns that could be used in 1-inch hexagons along with these fabrics. What a great request!
The Teeny Tiny Tropics have a Hawaiian vibe to them, but they are generally tropical island in theme. There are some foods, creatures, and a few natural beauties too.
I asked for some help in getting these stitched, and my sample stitchers knocked my socks off! I can't thank them enough. Check out their amazing work:
A quilted sunglasses case? Perfect. Thanks, Kristan!
The words on this aren't part of the pattern set, but they are a brilliant addition from Nichole.
Stitched cards are a quick and easy way to send some embroidery and encouragement! Thank you, Bree!
How about a pastel tropical mug rug? This one from Cassidy just makes me smile.
And another mug rug that is a great example of how these fit within 1-inch hexagons. And Noemi added pompoms to the binding!
Many thanks too all my stitching friends.
Just as a reminder, now through Easter, all of the profits from my pattern sales are going towards building World Vision Caregiver Kits that will serve those suffering from Ebola. You can read more here.
And a quick update on the project! Right now your purchases have raised just about $800. Wow! And those gifts are being doubled by a very generous reader and her family. My goal is $1500, so with the matching gifts, we're there! But what if...what if we made it to $1500, and that amount gets matched? It could happen, and next week I'll have another way to make that happen.
Right now, I'm just so happy to be adding a new pattern to the Wild Olive Teeny Tinies collection!
When she heard that I was planning a year of shapes, my friend Wendi told me about an idea she had for a stuffed toy that used triangles. I was very excited and I'm soooo happy to have Wendi of Shiny Happy World here with us today. Thank you, dear! Please welcome her!
Hi there! I'm Wendi from Shiny Happy World. As soon as Mollie announced that her shape this month was triangles, I knew I had just the right project to share with her.
I don't know if this little toy is a dinosaur or a dragon – I think it depends on the fabric. :-)
Several years ago I was playing around with simple shapes and I started to experiment with seeing how much I could simplify a design, and still have people see it as a specific animal. I turned a simple block made with four triangles into a penguin, a chick and a dinosaur/dragon. Over at Shiny Happy World today I'm showing people how to adapt the pattern a teeny bit to make a kangaroo.
How many animals can you make out of this basic shape?
Print the pattern page. Cut 5 squares for the ridges down his back, 3 triangles from the main body fabric, and one triangle from contrasting belly fabric.
The ridges down his back are simple prairie points. There's no sewing involved – just folding.
Fold a square in half from corner to corner to make a triangle.
Fold that triangle in half again to make a smaller triangle with all the raw edges on one side, and clean folded edges on the other two sides.
Repeat with the other squares to make five prairie points.
Lay out one body-colored triangle and stack the prairie points along one edge. I like to nestle the folds together so they look like overlapping plates from both sides. The raw edges should be lined up with the raw edge of the triangle, and leave a little room at each end of the stack for your seam allowance.
Lay another body-colored triangle over the first, right sides together, with the prairies points sandwiched between them. Sew them together from dot A to dot B.
Notice that you aren't sewing from edge to edge. You're actually sewing along the dotted line marked on the pattern piece. You can transfer marks to your fabric to indicate the corners of the inner, dotted triangle, but it's ok to just eyeball it as you sew.
When you open up the seam it already looks like a dinosaur!
Sew the third body-colored triangle to the pair as shown. On this one you're going to leave an opening for turning and stuffing. Leave about 3 inches.
Remember not to sew all the way from edge to edge. Stop when you get to the previous line of stitching.
Press that seam open. This will give you nice clean edges to sew when you stitch that stuffing opening closed later.
Sew the belly-colored triangle to the set as shown in the photo.
Lay the piece out as shown in the previous photo. Fold the right corner over so that you're sewing the flat top edge of the belly panel to the flat top edge of the middle body panel.
You just created a 3D dinosaur body out of a flat shape! If you hold up the corner you can peek inside and admire his nice back ridges.
Fold up that last flap and sew the last two edges.
Don't try to sew both edges with one continuous line of stitching. Sew one edge, backstitch and remove it from the machine. Line up your last edges and sew the last edge.
Turn him right side out through the stuffing hole. Poke out the corners as nice as you can get them and add stuffing. Stuff all the corners first and then fill in the middle so you don't get floppy points.
Sew up the opening with ladder stitch.
Now try one with different fabrics. :-)
I made this fancy magenta dragon (she even talks fancy!) out of velvet and tissue lame. I do not recommend this for sane people (you have to use a press cloth to make the prairie points out of tissue lame and sewing velvet requires you to pin approximately every 1/8th inch) but the results are fun!
I love that embroidery is something you can pick up and learn in a very short amount of time, and also something you will never master. There are so many stitches, and just when you think you've seen it all, you find a new stitch or a new way to use what you've already learned.
Yesterday I stitched my first "Sprat's Head" (sometimes also called Arrowhead Tack) stitch.
It's right up there for you to see, and it's not perfect. It was my first try after all! I also stitched it on felt, which might not have helped, but I had a plan. It involves triangles and green, and you'll see it start to take shape.
I've just learned this, but jump in with me and try Sprat's Head stitch for yourself! (If you're left handed, you'll want to reverse the direction of these.)
The stitch makes a little triangle, so you need to sort of envision the triangle you want, or mark it on your fabric. Come up at the left base of what will be the triangle, and take a tiny horizontal stitch at the apex.
Go down at the right of the base, and come back up on the left side, just to the right of that first stitch.
Take another horizontal stitch just below the apex. Go down on the right side and back up on the left.
It's really easy to have these points be too close together, which will draw in the sides of your triangle. My first one had a lot of this. Be sure that you're staying right on the triangle "lines" and not going under the lines created by the floss.
Again, go down at the right of the base, just to the left of the previous stitch down there, and come up on the left, to the right of the previous stitch.
Keep these points close together to have a more solid triangle. I haven't played with spacing out the stitches more. Hmm...that could be interesting.
Keep going until the base is solid with stitches.
You've got a nice little triangle now! Mine is more acute (skinny!) than most of the examples I found for this stitch. Do a search for Sprat's Head stitch and you'll see what I mean. But again, I had a plan. And it was a perfect way to practice this new stitch:
Because by the time I reached my third Sprat's Head, I was really happy with the shape. All I had to do was add a mini stitch to be the stem of my shamrock!
You could make this a four-leaf clover, but I like the shamrock and its connection to the Holy Trinity. It might only be folklore that St. Patrick used the symbol, but it's still a beautiful way to look at it. Now I'm going to make something with my newly stitched shamrock! I'm thinking headband or maybe a necklace!
Oh, and something fun for today, Friday the 13th! All orders from my Etsy shop will receive a FREE DIY lucky charm, my Lucky Me embroidery pattern!
May I start this little project with a confession? I planned this pin entirely because I wanted to use sequins again. In fact, last month when I was making a sequiny (sequinie?) garland, I knew that I needed to make a gold coin sequin something.
And who can resist putting felt strips into rainbow order? Thus, the "Gold at the End of the Rainbow Pin" was born.
This little pin (or brooch if you want to be fancy) is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, or really, any day. Because rainbows and sequins. So grab your supplies and let's make something kawaii-cute!
You will need:
A rainbow of felt (scraps are fine)
White felt (or another color for backing)
Fabric or craft glue
Black embroidery floss
The colors of felt I used for my rainbow are: Swan, Fern, Ochre, Orange, Strawberry, Lavender, and Purple, all from Benzie.
Cut a 1/4'' x 1-1/8'' strip of felt from each rainbow color. Cut a 1-1/2'' x 2'' piece of white felt.
These measurements don't need to be exact. Just be sure that each rainbow strip is the same, and that they fit on your white backing piece. You can adjust the size/shape as much as you like.
Glue the strips to the backing in rainbow order, leaving a larger white area at the bottom. This is where the sequins go.
Glue the sequins on so they overlap with the rainbow and each other. Watch out for glue that will try to come through the holes...you don't want that to goop up the front of the sequins!
After the glue has had a chance to dry, thread the needle with three strands of black embroidery floss. Stitch the face with knot stitches for eyes and a scallop stitch for the mouth. It's pretty easy to get it in the right place, because the bands of color divide the space for you!
Glue the pin to the back. You should be able to cover up the stitches at the same time. Handy, right?
After the glue is dry, your pin is ready to wear! There's a bit of green in there too, so no pinching on March 17th!
By the way, I considered skipping the face, and stitching the colors down with running stitch. I think that would look pretty awesome too, but the face was too important, right? Right.
Bottom line: Rainbow Felt + Gold Sequins = Yes.