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pattern // a pearl birthstone for june

June Pearl Pattern

Pearl is June's birthstone, which is a bit of a challenge when it comes to making an embroidery pattern. Well, actually it's not much of a challenge at all, being just a circle, but therein lies the challenge. How do you make a circle with a face look interesting and still like a pearl?

Well, you choose a pretty pearly color (in this case DMC 677), and you add a few lines to make it look like it has some shine. And then you just go with it. There have been and will be plenty of more detailed birthstones in this year-long collection.


In this PDF you'll find the mini version to go on a hexagon, the large version if you're so inclined, and the hexagon and half hexagons to make the EPP portion of this be project that I'm dreadfully behind on. I've stitched all my embroideries, but I have a few months worth of EPP to catch up on.

I know some of you are actually ahead of me, and it's so fun to see the photos on Instagram! Even if you're just joining this free version of the Wild Olive Stitching Club, or even if you just want to make a single birthstone, we'd love to see your pictures too! Just share and tag them #wildolivestitchingclub.

And then click the tags below to find previous posts in this series. Happy June Stitching!

printable // kawaii tie father's day card

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card


Dad might not need one more tie for Father's Day, but this card gives a nod to ties (cute ones at that!) while letting you or your child create a little piece of art. Just print out the pieces and then decorate the tie with a fun and easy art technique.

It's become a tradtition that I give my dad a cute Father's Day card in my Wild Olive style. He loves it...or at least he acts like he does because he's my dad! Last year I gave him this french fry box card, and he still has it! But I mean, who wouldn't want a cute card with a face?

The printable PDF has two ties, so you can easily make a few cards or have a back-up in case one tie gets messed up.

Ready to design a tie for dad? Let's get started!

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card

You will need:

White Cardstock
Colored Paper or Cardstock
Scissors
Markers
Spray Bottle
Glue Stick

DOWNLOAD THE FATHER'S DAY TIE CARD PDF

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card

Print the tie page on white cardstock and the "Happy Father's Day" page on colored paper.

Cut out a kawaii tie (or two!) and decorate it with markers. If you're making this with a child, obviously they would do this!

Instead of using markers, crayon resist is another fun process to decorate the tie.

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card

Fill the spray bottle with water and set it to mist. Spray the tie a few times so the marker ink starts to bleed. I misted mine about three times.

Let the water dry on its own (it doesn't take too long) or blot it with a paper towel. The cardstock will be damp, so let it dry out.

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card

While the tie is drying, fold the card page in half. Add a message and sign the inside.

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card
Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card

Attach the finished tie to the front of the card.

Father's Day Printable Kawaii Tie Card

Now you can give the card to your dad, a dad you know, or the dad-like person in your life. You know he's gonna love it and wish that he had a real tie just like this!

calendar // a pearlescent pearl for june



Well, hello, June! How it is we arrived at June already astounds me. The year is nearly halfway gone already! But I don't want to get ahead of myself too much.

June's birthstone isn't what we think of with birthstones too much, as it's pearl. And actually, to be fair, there are a few other birthstone options for June, but pearl is traditional. And I do love pearls. They're a classic. But they're also simple, which makes this month's calendar (and the pattern to come) also simple.

And you know what? I'm in need of simple. Currently I'm in the process of trying to work ahead so I don't fall behind when I take a summer vacation (which I'll share more about later...). Unfortunately it's not been going very well! So I'll keep this post simple and sweet so I can go back to work and you can download these calendars!

Add them to your desktop, phone or tablet. You could even print one to hang near your desk or pop it into your planner!


Also, I have a new privacy policy here on the blog. Just in case you were wondering...

podcast // moths, mending, and making on a deadline

The Very Serious Crafts Podcast - Episode 3

This week, episode 3 of The Very Serious Crafts Podcast dropped. And as has been the case with each episode so far, I laughed through almost the whole thing. Well, except for when I was horrified. For that to make sense, all I can say is, give it a listen.

In "Moths, Mending, and Making on a Deadline", we chat about the things we're excited about and some tales of woe. And we invite you to grab of cup of coffee (maybe even a slice of cake) and join us. Oh, and be sure to check out the show notes, where you'll find more info and some fun and interesting links.

If you haven't listened to my new podcast with Red-Handled Scissors and Hands Occupied, episode 3 is a great place to jump in (and then maybe go back and listen to the first two episodes too!).

Subscribe to The Very Serious Crafts Podcast

Of course, we'd love it if you subscribed so you don't miss a single episode. New episodes release every other Monday, and you can listen with a whole bunch of podcasting apps and feeds. You'll find them all on our website.

pattern // an emerald birthstone for may

May Emerald Birthstone Embroidery Pattern

We're five months into 2018 and this free birthstone-themed stitching club. And it would seem that mid-month is when these patterns release, regardless of when I'd like the patterns to show up. But hey! You've had a free pattern every month so far, so let's call that a win.

This month we're stitching an emerald-cut emerald. Of course, with all these patterns, you could really make them any stone you want. You're really getting a total of 12 gemstone shapes!

I chose a blue-ish emerald green for my stitching (DMC 3850), which I love the look of. It's almost a dark teal. The tricky part was when I went looking for fabrics to match so I can add the EPP half hexagons around this, I realized that I have a severe lack of emerald fabrics. Typically my favorite greens have more yellow, and the rest are truly teal.

Not wanting to buy more fabric (pause: that's a lie...I almost always want to buy more fabric), I decided to make it work and found a few that I think give it an emerald feel.

May Emerald Birthstone Embroidery Pattern

I also managed to finally stitch a wonky April diamond! And none have their EPP surrounding them yet. But they will.


And remember, you can access all the #WildOliveStitchingClub birthstone patterns, including the layout for a special birthday placemat. I'll share more about how that goes together later in the year. I promise!

Happy Stitching!

process // the making of a sun hat

Reversible Linen Sun Hat

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to design a sewing pattern for a hat, you're in the right place. Or, if you'd simply like to laugh at what the process looks like, you're still in the right place. Because I drafted my own pattern for a sun hat, it was an experience, and I'd love to tell you all about it.

Now, I wouldn't have really been looking to make a sun hat, but several factors came together to make it happen. First, I had a bout of skin cancer last year. (Read about that here!) I was told that I really need to take extra precautions to protect my skin, and that includes wearing hats. So I started buying a couple, just so I could follow doctor's orders. Then, out of nowhere, I was asked to make a sun hat for The Spruce Crafts.

Was I planning on sewing my own hat? No. And I certainly hadn't considered creating my own pattern! But it kinda felt right. I would make a hat that I would be happy to wear, and I would get to share that with others.

To get ready, I looked at sun hats online and even checked out a few patterns. The construction options were all pretty much like those I had been picturing in my head. So I drew my first pattern pieces in Adobe Illustrator to give it a go.

Making a Sun Hat: From Pattern to Posting

For my first try, I simply assembled the paper pattern pieces to see how things fit together. This included lots of tape and even some stapling. I haven't watched much Project Runway, but I think this is how they do it, right?

What I got was something that looks like a doggy cone of shame. All things considered though, it went together better than expected and I found where I needed to make a few small adjustments.

Making a Sun Hat: From Pattern to Posting

After a ridiculous amount of trouble with fusible interfacing (a tale I share in Episode 2 of The Very Serious Crafts Podcast), I made a fabric prototype. Well, half of one.

Before making the lining piece, I tried this on and it was too small. Still, the shape was pretty good and things mostly fit together. The one change I decided NEEDED to happen, was that I had to reduce the number of pieces that made the brim. I had three on the crown and four on the brim, which just didn't look right.

Making a Sun Hat: From Pattern to Posting
Making a Sun Hat: From Pattern to Posting

I made my pattern alterations and made a new prototype. I could tell after the first half that my brim was different, but I thought maybe it would still work for me. In making the pattern pieces larger to compensate for having three instead of four, I apparently went a little overboard.

The crown also seemed to have changed, but I have no idea how. At any rate, I sewed the whole thing together and got this floppy hat version. It fits me, but it wasn't the look I was going for. At all. I haven't decided yet if I'll actually wear it. Perhaps in the backyard?

Making a Sun Hat: From Pattern to Posting

It was time to fix pattern pieces again! I trimmed some brim, which involved a bit of guesswork. Yes, there's math involved, but I had already exhausted my math skills to get this far. Which, I will say, I was still pretty close on.

At any rate, I felt confident enough to work with the actual fabric I was planning for the hat. It's my favorite linen to use for...well...nearly everything. I embroider on it, I sew with it, and in general I just love it.

The only thing about this linen is that sometimes some irregular bits work their way in. So when I noticed a chunk of something that wasn't so pretty, I decided to pull it out. I've done this before and it was fine. Well, this time it was a little close to the edge of the fabric, and I managed to just fray the thing. Ugh. What to do?

I'll tell you what. I wasn't remaking this thing again! So I just sewed that fraying edge right into the seam. There's interfacing fused to it, so hopefully it holds. I'm living on the edge here.

Making a Sun Hat: From Pattern to Posting

As I watched this version coming together, I knew this was the one. And not just because I didn't want to start over! No, I could see that it was right.

I convinced my sister to model for me, which you see above. We took so many photos and I used just one of her. After editing pics and writing up the instructions, this was officially finished.

Reversible Linen Sun Hat

And now I have a hat that I love, that's actually more like two hats because it's reversible. It's fun both ways, and the crocheted trim comes with a special memory of buying it while on a trip to NYC with my sister Anna and my friend Katie.

But even though I didn't want to have to start on making another version of the hat, I'd actually make more of these. I even have some bright fabric that looks very beachy and well-suited for this design.

So that's my tale of what it looks like to design a sewing pattern for a sun hat. If you'd like to skip the designing part and just start sewing, you can find my free pattern and tutorial at The Spruce Crafts!

calendar // an eager emerald wallpaper for may



Happy May! It's time for a new calendar wallpaper, this time with May's birthstone of an emerald!

The thing I love about this month is that it reminds me of Nanny, my grandma who passed away. Her birthday was in May, so when I see an emerald birthstone, she comes to mind. And isn't it nice that things like that keep special people close?

Plus, I do think that emeralds and emerald cut stones are pretty fantastic.

For this month, enjoy a wallpaper with an emerald-cut emerald! Download the size you want and add it to your desktop or lockscreen on your phone or tablet.


And just for a few fun peeks back at April...

Peapod Necklace

Keeping with the green theme, I made these peapod necklaces as a Mother's Day project for Handmade Charlotte. You can add one pea bead for each kid in the family!

Oh, and I got to design some Peter Rabbit I Spy game cards!

Mother's Day Locket Printable

Necklaces must have been on my brain because I also made a printable kid craft locket. It's a wearble card that you can fill with a photo or a hand-drawn self portrait.

Felt Tote Bag

Finally, among other things, I sewed up this felt tote bag for The Spruce Crafts. The bag itself was designed by Sherri Osborne, but then I updated it and added some extra felt decoration (Felt-Fetti from Benzie Felt!).

And now, it's time to get back to sewing, stitching, and oh so much crafting!

PS: Happy birthday to all the May birthday babies!

announcing the very serious crafts podcast



Folks, I started a crafting podcast. A Very Serious Crafts podcast, to be specific.

This wasn't really in my plan for this year, or even anytime really. But it happened, and here's how:

About six weeks ago, Haley from Red-Handled Scissors tweeted about her desire for a crafting podcast that was more conversational and not interview-focused. She said she wasn't really up for making said podcast though. I chimed in that her idea was actually something I could see myself doing (especially since my brother has been trying to get me to do a podcast for a while now).

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. And although Haley said she didn't want to start something like this, I kept talking with her about it. She said she would consider participating, and before long, we decided that this was officially going to be a thing...with the two of us working together.

But we also knew that it would be helpful and more fun to have another voice in the mix. Independently, we each thought of Heidi from Hands Occupied. And when we asked if she'd be interested, she said yes!

And thus, the Very Serious Crafts Podcast was born.

Haley, Heidi, and I are all very serious about crafting because it's our hobby. It's our work. It's pretty much our life (you know, with family, pets, and a few other things thrown in!).

Podcasting Setup

You can tell how serious this podcast is because I wear pink cat ear headphones when we record. It's very serious. But while we're serious about crafting and podcasting, we're also a little sarcastic and we like to laugh.

In each episode, we talk about what we're currently making or some of our favorite crafting stories and obsessions. We hope that when people listen, it feels a little like joining your friends for a crafting session at the local coffee shop.

The first episode is available now, and new episodes will drop every other Monday.

We hope you'll give it a listen and consider subscribing (we're on iTunes, Google Play, PodBean, SoundCloud, Spreaker, and Stitcher (if only because it has a crafty name!)

I really didn't see this podcast coming, but I can say with full confidence that I'm seriously excited about where this adventure is heading!

pattern // a diamond birthstone for april

April Diamond Embroidery Plans

Every month so far this year, I've planned on sharing the birthstone embroidery pattern earlier in the month. And then it takes me longer to stitch and post it. This time it's so bad that I didn't even stitch it yet.

But I did choose the fabrics I'm going to use for my EPP! And I picked out the color I'm planning to use to stitch my diamond! Rather than make you wait any longer, I'm just going to make you imagine how it looks stitched, and then hopefully I'll catch up for next month.


I'm stitching mine in DMC 955. It has the minty color I chose to represent the diamond (because I didn't want to go with gray or try to use white on a white background). And a little color is nice. But if you're stitching on a darker color (which, ironically, I am!), you could go with white floss. Or even DMC E5200, which is their metallic white.

Now, let's see how many of you stitch this up before I do!

NOTE: This is part of the free Birthstone Wild Olive Stitching Club. Find the previous posts and patterns here. With this club, you can embroider the 12 birthstones and combine them with English paper piecing to make a birthday placemat!

We'd love to see your stitching progress along the way. Share on Instagram and tag your photos #wildolivestitchingclub

calendar // a sweet diamond for april



Welcome to April! A month that is apparently so special that it gets a diamond for its birthstone, and a sweet smiling one if you're shopping for Wild Olive diamonds!

Since it was released in November, I've been obsessed with the Animal Crossing Pocket Camp app. It harkens back to the days when I would stay up until the wee hours playing Animal Crossing on Game Cube. What does that have to do with this month's birthstone calendars?

Well, sometimes the characters in the game look at the ocean and say something like "It looks like a sea of diamonds! Wouldn't it be wonderful to dive in? No, you're right...that does sound painful." Or they'll say that "seashells are like nature's diamonds! Wait, I guess diamonds are nature's diamonds!"

Anyway, I can't help but think of these silly quotes now when a diamond is mentioned! Download your own calendar wallpaper with one of nature's diamonds below. Save what you need to your devices and set them as your background wallpapers or lock screens.


At the start of each month, I also like to do a little recap of a few things that happened in the previous month. Things that may have been shared elsewhere, but not here.



For starters, April 1 was the end of my World Vision Care Kits project, and although shop sales didn't quite meet my goal, it was close and I have a plan to fill in the gap and finish the project. In fact, supplies are ordered and a wonderful group of girls will be helping me assemble them next week! More info on that coming soon.

Friendly Fast Food Printables

These kawaii fast food printable packages are a freebie at Handmade Charlotte, and they're fun for play or to wrap small gifts!

Ribbon Tag Blanket
Catnip Mouse Cat Toy

I sewed this ribbon tag blanket and a catnip-filled mouse for The Spruce. I also drafted a pattern for sewing a sun hat, which I think I need to write an entire post about. Because it was the first wearable with a shaped pattern that I've ever made on my own. It was a learning experience, and I'm really happy with the results!

Bunny Balloon Printables

Leading into Easter, I made these printable accessories to create a wacky, wobbling bunny balloon. And you know what? It doesn't have to only be an Easter Bunny! Grab the printable at Hello Bee.

That's a just a smattering of things. There was also work behind the scenes on things that will come along in the next couple weeks, the next couple months, and even further down the road. They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but I'd say that craft supplies and new projects might just be this girl's best friends!

PS: Right now it feels more like chilly February where I live, but I'm going to trust that April weather will come soon. So for all ou April birthdays, happy birthday and I hope you're experiencing happy weather!