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Pineapple Turkey


My family has a Thankgiving tradition of setting up a pineapple turkey. If you do a Google image search for 'pineapple turkey' you'll find that we're not the only family with this tradition. We have an old felt turkey head that would have been part of my mom's thanksgiving table growing up. Then one year it went missing. The tradition needed to live on, so we made a new one.

Pineapple Turkey

We eventually found the vintage turkey, but decided that the new one was cuter. To up the cuteness a little more, I made a set of printable turkey heads so you can have a pilgrim or Native American (or both!) pineapple turkey on your table this year!

Pineapple Turkey

Download the Printable Pineapple Turkey Head PDF.

Print the page(s) on card stock, and cut around the shape. Fold the head in half so the two sides match up.

Pineapple Turkey

Punch a hole in the center of the fold.

Pineapple Turkey

Use double-sided tape (or glue) on one half of the head, then slide a short wooden skewer through the hole and lay it on the tape.

Pineapple Turkey

Fold the other half of the head down and press the edges to hold it together. Try not to press firmly in the skewer, as it will crease the neck.

Pineapple Turkey

With the pineapple laying on its side, stick the turkey head in the bottom of the pineapple.

Pineapple Turkey

If you're feeling extra industrious, add some feathers in the top part of the pineapple. But actually that part works perfectly well as tail feathers all on its own.

Gobble, Gobble!

the annual mollie's turning 29 sale // 2014 edition

This week I'll be celebrating my thirty-*cough* birthday, and one of my favorite birthday traditions is sharing the festivities with you! And what that means is that it's time for...



The Annual Mollie's Turning 29 Sale! I won't tell you how many of these we've had now, but I will tell you that this is your chance to save big on everything in my Etsy shop.

Today through Friday, the 28th, save 29% on your total purchase. Enter the code MOLLIE29 in the coupon code box at checkout, and your discount will be taken off immediately.

If you've been eyeing some patterns, now is the time to order!

Happy birthday savings to you!

project // EPP Turkey Towel

EPP Turkey Towel


I'm shocked that Thanksgiving is only a week away. Less than a week, really. But I find that some of my favorite holiday crafts happen when I'm running short on time. Thankfully, the project that I finished up today doesn't take very long. Even if you are a slow stitcher, you can make this before you need to start cooking.

English paper piecing always makes me happy, so I really wanted to come up with a design for Thanksgiving that would use this technique. A tiny turkey seemed appropriate. Stitch this towel for yourself, or bring it as a gift for your Thanksgiving host!

Here's what you need:

A flour sack towel (pre-washed and dried!)
Small pieces of fabric
Embroidery floss
Fabric glue (optional)
Needle and Thread

Turkey Towel EPP Templates

EPP Turkey Towel
EPP Turkey Towel

These shapes go together like regular English paper piecing. I hadn't tried this kind of half hexagon before, and I found that if you work the sides in a particular order, they come out well.

Fold the long edge over first. Fold the next side over, and stitch through the fabric layers.

EPP Turkey Towel
EPP Turkey Towel

When you reach the end, at the second short edge, make sure that the long side is still folded in. Then fold the short end down and baste.

EPP Turkey Towel

A happy little half hexagon!

EPP Turkey Towel

You'll need one whole hexagon, and six half hexagons. These are all 1-inch hexies, and they're in the downloadable template, but in case you want to do your own, it's good to have this info. You'll also be making one (just a bit larger than) 1/2-inch hexagon.

EPP Turkey Towel

Join the halves together, then stitch them onto the whole hexagon and join the tail feather sections. When you're done, give it a good ironing.

By the way, you can also make these half-hexagons by using half-square triangles and placing the the seam across the center of a whole hexagon, but I wanted to be able to do this project wherever and whenever.

EPP Turkey Towel

Embroider the turkey face and make the tiny hexagon. Or, if you're like me and enjoy doing things the hard way, make the tiny hexagon and then stitch the face.

EPP Turkey Towel

Remove the templates from all of the sections, and place the turkey head on the body, overlapping the tail feathers a bit. Stitch around the head with running stitch.

EPP Turkey Towel

Position the turkey where you want it on the towel. I placed mine so it is centered along the bottom edge.

EPP Turkey Towel
EPP Turkey Towel

This step is optional, but it always makes me feel a lot better. Apply a bit of fabric glue to the back of the turkey. It doesn't need to be a lot. Just go around the edges (not too close though!), and maybe along the seams too. It makes it less likely that your turkey will bunch and shift.

EPP Turkey Towel

After the glue has dried, stitch around the edge with running stitch, hiding the knots between the layers.

EPP Turkey Towel

And that's how you make a turkey towel the week before Thanksgiving and still have time to peel the potatoes, thaw the turkey, make the stuffing, cook the cranberries, and bake a bunch of pies.

EPP Turkey Towel
EPP Turkey Towel

I mentioned in the supplies list that you should use a pre-washed and dried towel for this. It will prevent your turkey from crinkling. That said, it will look nicer longer if it's used more for looking pretty than for drying post-feast dishes. Just keep that in mind.

EPP Turkey

You could also use this little turkey for other things too. I've started a second one that I plan on making into a little ornament. To do that, I'll add a second turkey (but without the head) to the back. Maybe with some stuffing in there? The non-edible kind, of course.

EPP Turkey Towel
EPP Turkey Towel

Is it weird to be so thankful that EPP exists? Because I really am grateful that we get to make fun little things like this.

stitch it with wool // learning crewel embroidery with craftsy

Stitch it with Wool


99% of the time I embroider with stranded cotton floss. It's easy to find, inexpensive, and what I'm used to using. However, I love different kinds of stitching threads, and when I find new (or old!) kinds to try, I often buy a few skeins just to have around.

Stitch it with Wool

My local needlework shop has quite a selection, and some time ago, I found these wool threads. I haven't really used them (other than a small test shortly after I bought them). But I'm so glad that I had them so I can now out them to use with the techniques I learned in Craftsy's Stitch It With Wool: Crewel Embroidery class!

Stitch it with Wool


If you're not familiar with crewel, first, I promise that it's not cruel. (Sorry...I couldn't resist!) Crewel is very much like regular free embroidery, the kind I usually do. In fact, there's a HUGE overlap of stitches! But there are some key differences.

Stitch it with Wool

The biggest difference is that you use wool threads and yarn. But I learned from instructor Kristin Nicholas that another element that differentiates crewel from other embroidery is texture. That comes from the wool, but also from stitches that really emphasize texture. The embroidery process is a tactile experience normally, but I like the idea that the finished item will be more tactile too!

As I mentioned, there are some standard stitches, as well as some special stitches and variations on stitches that are used in crewel work. Some of them I've heard of, but never tried, but there were a few that I had never even heard of! It's nice to know you can get started right away with some base knowledge, and continue to learn more unique and advanced stitches.

Stitch it with Wool

Stitch It With Wool: Crewel Embroidery teaches all of this, along with what kinds of materials work best, how to prep and manage crewel yarn, and what steps to take for finishing. Kristin has been doing crewel since she was a little girl, so she knows what she's talking about.

Even with all her experience, this class isn't all perfect stitching, which can almost be discouraging as a beginner. One thing I love about Craftsy classes is that you can always count on a few "oops" moments. Seeing what mistakes look like and how to correct or avoid them is more helpful than perfection, wouldn't you agree?

Stitch it with Wool

I can tell you that I will be going back to this class again and again, especially because I think that crewel ornaments are going to be on my list of Christmas gifts to make this year! And since Craftsy classes are available and yours to keep forever, I won't feel rushed to learn every little bit right away.

Would you like to stitch with wool and learn crewel from Craftsy? For just one week (the offer expires 11/25 at 11:59pm MST), you can purchase this high definition video class for the amazing price of just $14.99.


I hope you'll give it a try!

This post was sponsored by Craftsy, but the words and thoughts are all mine.

crafty nyc spoils

NYC Spoils

Last week I shared a few photos from my trip to New York, and I hope you don't mind, but today I'm going to show off my souvenirs. Being a crafty kinda gal, my primary purchases were fabric and other supplies! I find that souvenirs like this are perfect for me because they find purpose in projects, but I always manage to remember where they came from.

My big shopping spree was at Purl Soho. I usually have reverse buyers remorse, regretting the things that I didn't buy, and that happened with the bag above. It's a zip top project bag, and they had some canvas bags too. Why didn't I buy more of these? They are perfectly useful, very cute, they show off where you've been shopping, and they were a deal too. Silly Mollie. I guess I'll have to go back.

NYC Spoils

Essex linen by Robert Kaufman has always been something I've wanted to try out for embroidery, so I got a big piece of that, as well as a couple chambrays. I don't have an official plan for them yet, but I'm thinking of starting with some zip pouches. Maybe they'll make up for the project bags I didn't buy?

NYC Spoils

My sister and I both picked up this little fat quarter, so that told me I "needed" it, and why not grab some matching felt too? I have some of this heathered felt in other colors, and it's super soft! Just before my trip I bought some expensive Japanese embroidery needles (I'll be writing about them soon), so I really didn't need more fancy needles. But these cross stitch needles came in a sweet wooden case that says Purl Soho, and I couldn't resist. My friend Katie bought some needles for the same reason!

NYC Spoils

These fabrics do have a real purpose. I've been growing my collection of small cuts of prints that will work in the English paper piecing mega quilt that I'm slowly stitching. I kept looking for fabrics in colors that would be perfect, and the purple and pink here were perfect.

As for the Liberty, remember my reverse buyers remorse? The last time I saw my friend Katie was in London, where I didn't buy any Liberty fabric, and I've regretted it for years. Since we were seeing each other and were at the next best crafty place, I decided it was meant to be. I'm in love with this print too!

NYC Spoils

Meanwhile, at Brooklyn General, I bought a quarter yard of Cotton + Steel, again, planning to use some for my EPP quilt. I had hoped that they would have the All the States prints so I could use them for something special for my 50 States Stitching Club, but alas, no such luck.

And that was my big crafty shopping. However, I managed to forget to take pictures of the Japanese craft books that I bought at a delightful Japanese bookstore. I think they might deserve a post all their own...

slowly stitching

Half hexagons

Life has felt hurried lately and I don't like it. Sometimes it's necessary, but I still don't like it.

My days have been filled with graphic design work, secret sewing, and keeping up with the 50 States Stitching Club. All of it gets done as quickly as I can, because there are many more things coming down the pipeline.

I need more slow stitching.

So I work towards that. Christmas coming soon threatens my plans, but I'm gonna do everything I can not to let it. I'm determined to have myself a slow stitching little Christmas...and if I figure it out sooner, Thanksgiving too.

Officially, I probably don't have time to be stitching these English paper piecing shapes, but a moment of slow stitching was needed. It's just a small project, so that justifies it, right? If all goes well, I'll share it here with you this week.

How about you? Do you enjoy slow stitching? It's become a whole movement, and I like it.

framing embroidery in an ikea frame

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA


So, I've been working on this little Christmas sampler for just about a month now. It's not that it takes a long time to stitch, I've just been setting it down and getting distracted. In fact, by stitching only in red, the process is a lot faster than most pieces of this size.

2014 Christmas Sampler
2014 Christmas Sampler
2014 Christmas Sampler

The pattern for the 2014 Christmas Sampler (which I hope will become a yearly release) is now in my shop. There are gnomes and mushrooms, a tree and stars, and lots of happy Wild Olive faces. It's sized to fit a 5x7 frame (my sample stitching is just a bit larger than the final pattern, so the real thing fits better than what you see), and the goal was so you could frame it easily.

So, grab an IKEA frame (or your favorite kind of frame), and let's get this embroidery ready to display!

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

What's nice about IKEA frames is that they have plastic instead of glass in them. For this framing tutorial, we're not going to put the embroidery under the plastic, which would flatten the stitches. Instead, we'll wrap the fabric around the sheet of plastic.

Typically, these frames come with a protective coating on both sides of the plastic. I've left it on for the photos (so you can see it better), but you'll want to remove that.

Oh, and just as a side note, this post is not sponsored by IKEA...I just like them and their frames!

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

If your embroidery is on a light color, cut a piece of card stock, or a doubled piece of paper to the size of the plastic. The backing of the frame is dark, so the paper prevents that from showing through.

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

Lay your embroidery face down and position the plastic rectangle so it is centered on the embroidery. Cut around the sides so there is about 1 inch on each side. Then, slide the white paper under the plastic.

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

Wrap the edges to the back and secure them with washi tape, tucking the corners as neatly as you can. It doesn't have to be super pretty, but you do want to semi-stretch the fabric evenly. Also, the tape won't need to hold the fabric long-term, so don't worry if it doesn't want to hold permanently. It just needs to hold it tight while you're framing.

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

Make sure that the embroidery is centered and looking how you want it, then place the wrapped piece in the frame.

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

Tuck the corners as needed and then secure the frame backing in place.

How to Quickly Frame Embroidery with Help from IKEA

And with minimal effort, you've got embroidery that's ready for displaying or gifting! Which means, even if you take until the last minute to finish those stitches, you won't have to fret about what happens next.