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new embroidery kits from missouri star quilt co.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

Did you know that February is National Embroidery Month? I love embroidery and I love new embroidery finds. I also am on a bit of a mission to help connect people with embroidery because I know that it's something anyone can learn to do. Which is why I was especially excited about the embroidery kits that Missouri Star Quilt Co. released this month!

Missouri Star Quilt Co. (MSQC) has been one of my favorite places to get quilt supplies for a long time. And it makes sense since "quilt" is right there in the name. But some of the products they stock are great for embroidery too. They just didn't have the FULL range of items I'd be looking for. But now that's changed! They have a whole section of gorgeous tools and supplies, from high-end embroidery hoops to ready-to-stitch items to every DMC color of floss.

And then there are the kits. But before I show them off, let me mention a few things.

MSQC Embroidery Go Bag

First, I'm an MSQC Partner. That means the links in this post are affiliate links, but also, they will automatically apply a discount for you on eligble items. It also means that MSQC sent me these items as part of the partner program.

Next, last month, before I knew that these kits would be coming out, I put together what I call an embroidery go bag (pictured above). I used one of their quilting project bags and filled it with fabric, transfer material, thread, scissors, hoops, and more. So imagine my surprise when they unveiled this beauty:

MSQC Embroidery Kits

When I first saw the bag, I didn't know it was a kit, but I immediately recognized that it would PERFECTLY fit an embroidery hoop. And when the box arrived holding this, I was so excited because it was on my wishlist.

Officially, this is the "Learn Embroidery Stitch by Stitch with Missouri Star" kit, but I'd say that it's a great little set, even if you already are an experienced embroiderer. Let's start with the bag itself.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

Before you even unzip this bag, you have to admire this wonderful detail. There's an outside pocket WITH A ZIPPER. This is so handy for keeping the things you reach for all the time, even when the bag is closed. But the zipper means you don't have to worry about losing anything. It's so well thought out.

MSQC Embroidery Kits
MSQC Embroidery Kits

Inside, you'll find three more pockets. One is just a basic pocket, one has an elastic strap to help hold hoops or other items in place, and the third is a mesh pocket with a zipper. And the bag is nice and thick, so you can add more items in the middle without even using the pockets.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

The "kit" items include this custom printed sampler fabric that has 11 stitces to practice. And if you look in the upper right corner you'll see the enamel needle minder of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. logo. At least right now, this is the only way to get that needle minder!

Because I've been stitching a long time now, I've never actually embroidered a sampler like this. I mean, I've stitched samplers and even designed my own, but a printed one is new for me. I think it'll be fun to do this even thought I know the stitches.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

If you don't know these embroidery stitches, they have you covered because there's a little spiral bound book that has excellent diagrams showing the most common stitches you'll want to know. The book also includes patterns and guides for nine designs, and those same designs are included pre-printed on peel 'n' stick wash away stabilizer. Plus a sheet of blank wash away stabilizer!

There's also DMC embroidery floss, a stitchable tea towel, a hoop, a water-soluble pen, needles and needle threader, and a mini scissors. The hoop and scissors aren't as high quality as the ones that come in the heirloom kit, but they do the job.

If you're new to embroidery and want to get something that is more than just a "make this one thing" kit, Learn Embroidery Stitch by Stitch is a perfect place to start. You'll be able to make a tea towel right off the bat, but you'll have supplies and tools to keep going. And it'll all be organized in one place!

But if you not new to embroidery, you may still want to buy this just for the bag alone. I really love it that much!

MSQC Embroidery Kits

But if a beginner's kit wasn't enough, MSQC put together the Ingrid's Wildflower Heirloom Embroidery Kit. This was definitely designed for the more experienced embroiderer/quilter, but it's still good for someone who is ready to take the next step.

Inside this hexagon-shaped tin you'll find embroidery supplies and patterns to make an embroidered floral quilt. This doesn't include the fabric, but you can buy that separately as a kit or use your own fabric choices.

Let me tell you. I gasped when I opened this. First, I love the nod to the past with a floral embroidered quilt and the fact that it's designed to be made as an heirloom. It's gonna be a labor of love. But the items included are also just so thoughtful.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

There's a mini notions kit that includes a very nice pair of embroidery scissors, needles and needle threader, and a needle minder with a sweet little bee (based on one of the patterns in the beginner's kit!). They are all held on a folding card that shares the story of the kit's namesake, Ingrid.

Nostalgia will get me every time. And especially here because I learned to embroider from my grandma who's mom immigrated from Sweden, just like Ingrid. She didn't make stitched squares that I sewed into a quilt, but Nanny and I made things together and this kit feels like a family connection for me too.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

The embroidery hoop in here is a VERY nice hoop. You can probably see that just from looking at the photos, but you can also really feel it. Smooth, beechwood and quality hardware. The embroidery thread is perle cotton, which feels very vintage and I like that.

But to really make this a kit that is easy to use, each of the floral patterns is pre-printed on wash away stabilizer. You can just peel and stick it onto your fabric. This is especially a good choice because the suggested quilt fabric is denim. These patterns aren't just quick and easy to use, but they also make it so you can see the pattern markings on the dark fabric.

MSQC Embroidery Kits

All of the items are wonderful, but I really lost it when I pulled out these cards. Separate from these there's a booklet telling you how to make the embroidered quilt, but these are all about the details. They are hexagon-shaped which I adore and they have stitch diagrams and detailed instructions telling you how to embroider each of the 20 flower patterns.

I think all kits should be this well-planned.

One thing that I was a little worried about with the patterns on wash away stabilizer and the instructions on these cards was what if you wanted to embroider the designs again. Or what if something happened while you were stitching and you couldn't reuse the printed patterns. They thought of that too. There's a page in the set of cards that directs you to a digital download of the patterns. You'll have them forever this way!

Friends, I can think of no better way to end National Embroidery Month than by treating yourself to a special kit from Missouri Star Quilt Co.! And while you're there, check out the embroidery section to see more items that they now offer. They've made it so easy to find almost anything you might need.

Many thanks to MSQC for the opportunity to share these fun new products!

project // disney snacks popcorn felt ornament

Disney Popcorn Felt Ornament

Stitch your favorite snacks from Disney as felt ornaments or charms! Today I'm sharing a felt appliqué pattern of a box of popcorn. It's the first in a series of patterns for making felt ornaments, all based on some of the classic treats you can get at a Disney park.

Last month I shared an embroidery pattern with a bunch of snacks, and I mentioned that Disney has a whole new line of Merch that features their snacks. Now, I had the idea to do this before their announcement, but when they said there would be a specific snack each month, I thought I might just play along. At least a bit!

So February has popcorn as a feature and here we are with popcorn!

Disney Popcorn Felt Ornament

This is a minimalist pattern, in the sense that the download includes the pattern pieces and this post is just a summary of how to make it. No step-by-step photos for these!

For supplies, you'll need felt (I recommend wool blend felt from Benzie Design) and embroidery floss, plus freezer paper and iron, scissors, and a needle. You can cut the smaller circle with a scallop shear, or use my Circles and Scallops deep-etch dies, also from Benzie Design. You do need a manual die-cutting machine for the dies.

If you've ever made any of the felt ornaments from my Etsy shop or even on my blog, you'll be familiar with the process for this popcorn ornament and the ones to come.

If you haven't made one of these, I recommend watching my YouTube video showing an ornament from start to finish. It's from another pattern, but the process is the same.

On this particular ornament, I embroidered the popcorn details with scallop stitch and three strands. For the "Disney dust" on the popcorn box, I used three strands again, and formed the twinkles with scallop stitch and the rest with French knots. All the appliqué is done with two strands and whip stitch.

One thing that's slightly different on this than on my usual ornaments is that I stitched around the edge with holbein stitch. That's basically running stitch, and then you go back in the opposite direction and fill in the gaps with another round of running stitch. It looks like back stitch, but it's the same on both sides, which makes it prettier for a hanging ornament.

Disney Popcorn Felt Ornament

I love going to Disney parks, but popcorn isn't one of my most favorite snacks. So when I took my popcorn ornament to Disneyland recently, I opted to take a photo with the actual Disney snack merch. Just look at that adorable bag in the background! The top really looked like the real deal.

Of course, this ornament design doesn't have to only represent Disney popcorn. You can decorate the box differently or even leave it plain. And I know we usually think of ornaments for the holidays, but I think they are fun to use as little decorations any time of the year. Maybe even as a way to count down to a Disney trip!

project // triple heart embroidered bandana towel

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Show your kitchen some love with some new embroidered towels! You can sew these up with adorable toweling that looks like classic bandanas or another print. And to go with the banadana look, I designed a free pattern inspired by dude ranch emblems. I'm calling this the Triple Heart design, complete with my signature smiles.

My mom loves bandanas, and will often use them as simple cloths on tables under dishes and such. So I knew she would like this toweling. I got several yards to make several towels, but I may get more to make a table runner to match. It would be so easy!

If you're not familiar with toweling, it's 16 inches wide and comes with the edges pre-hemmed and ready to go. You buy as much length as you want. I cut mine into three towels, but you can leave it one length for a runner.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

I'll show you how I made mine, but you can easily put your own spin on this project!

Here's what you need:

• Bandana toweling - 2 yards makes 3 towels
• Black embroidery floss
• Iron transfer pen and tracing paper
• Iron
• Embroidery hoop
• Embroidery needle
• Embroidery scissors


The bandana toweling I used for this was provided by Missouri Star Quilt Co., and they have it in several colors. They also have other toweling! Of course, you can also use pre-made kitchen towels. If you order from MSQC and use this link, you'll save 15% on most items while supporting the work I do. They have just added TONS of embroidery supplies, so you can find almost everything you need from them (they don't have iron-transfer pens to use with this).

Now, let's make some embroidered towels!

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Pre-wash and try the toweling. Cut it into 24 inch lengths or whatever size you want for your towels. Be sure to square up the cut ends.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Hem the two cut ends, pressing/folding the fabric twice. I made my hems about 3/8". Sew the hem, backstitching at the start and end.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Trace the triple hearts pattern onto tracing paper with an iron-transfer pen. You can use another transfer method if you prefer, but on a darker, thicker fabric like this, I'd recommend water-soluble stabilizer as an alternative.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Press the pattern onto the towel, centering it along one hemmed end. Mine overlaps some of the printing on the towel, and I was fine with that. You can, of course, choose an area that is less printed (or use another type of toweling).

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

For this, I suggest using a large embroidery needle or even a chenille needle, which in this pack is labeled as a "chunky" needle. I love that!

These cleverly color-coded needles are from the Lori Holt Nifty Needles pack. It doesn't show what size each type is, but just seeing the colors on the eyes is so helpful.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Place the towel in a hoop and embroider the heart design with all six strands of embroidery floss. I went with black for everything.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Use back stitch for the heart outlines, scallop stitch for the mouths, and French knots for the eyes. When forming those I wrapped the needle just one time so I could keep all six strands and not end up with GIANT eyes.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Give the towel a good ironing, and then it's all finished!

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

I hung one towel unfolded on our oven and then added a second folded towel in the middle. It shows off the full bandana print on these towels AND adds some dimension with the folded one on top.

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

I think these are so cute for Valentine's Day, but also for any time of year. AND I got some navy bandana toweling because I think that I should make some star towels for summer. What do you think?

pattern // kawaii-style disney snacks and treats

Disney Snacks Banner Mockup

When my sister and I travel, we are very much about the food. This is especially true when it comes to food and treats at Disney parks. Some of the snacks you can get at Disney are so iconic that you see them and know exactly what they are all about. And I felt that I needed to honor them with an embroidery pattern.

As I was planning this pattern, I learned that Disney also had snacks and treats on their minds, and that this year they are releasing two product lines that feature many of the foods that fans like myself hold near and dear. Did they read my mind? Maybe. But their announcement did confirm that I was on the right (monorail) track.

For my pattern, I selected what I thought were the top contenders, but honestly I could add more. Maybe even a whole second pattern. So if your favorite isn't included here, tell me in the comments!

This design includes Mickey balloons (which I know you can't eat, but they are a treat to get!), Dole Whip, a Mickey ice cream bar, popcorn (in a basic box...no fancy bucket here!), a Mickey waffle, a Mickey caramel apple, a churro, and a Mickey pretzel.

Some of these are a little different from the actual food, and that's because I wanted to put my own Wild Olive spin on them. If I'm going to add a kawaii face, it's really weird when the thing already has a face...even Mickey's face.

I put all the foods together in one design with some Disney dust sprinkled around. That makes this perfect to stitch and frame in a hoop or add to a hanging pattern as I'm doing.

BUT you could also use the patterns on their own. For example, you could stitch the Dole Whip on a t-shirt pocket or add some churros to your favorite park bag. And yes, these are a little small for some things, but you can definitely enlarge them.

Because they are small, I recommend using three strands of embroidery floss for all the stitching EXCEPT for the tiny dots of salt and sugar on the pretzel, churro, and caramel apple. For those, use one or two strands and pull those french knots tight! I'm also using scallop stitch (like I do for the faces) to make the little twinkles in the Disney Dust. I'm LOVING how they are turning out.

You can use any colors you like to represent these foods (some of them change from time to time at the parks, so you can get creative!).

Now, how about this pattern?

I recently started a photo album on Flickr (yes, I still use it!) and you can see my growing collection of travel food photos there if you'd like. Here are a few Disney favorites:

Churros at DCA
Mickey Sourdough Bread at DCA
Flight of French Fries at EPCOT
Moogan Tea at Oga's Cantina in Galaxy's Edge
Mint Julep and Mickey Beignets at Disneyland
Mac n Cheese Cone at DCA

So many yummy things to eat at my favorite place to visit!

project // epp biscornu

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Have you ever stitched a biscornu? It's a type of pin cushion with an unusual shape. Last year I made a cross stitch pattern for a mushroom-themed biscornu (cross stitch is probably the most common way to make these), but I wanted to try using English paper piecing.

For full disclosure, it was actually that I found these adorable heart buttons and I knew they'd be perfect on a biscornu. But yes, I did also want to use EPP to see if it would work the way I anticipated. And I think I can safely say that it did work! In fact, this turned out exactly as I expected and now I want to make more. Perhaps with some embroidery next time.

But for now, a simple biscornu that's just in time for Valentine's Day.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

The design for the the piecing is based on a bow tie quilt block, but I used one fabric for the center square and another fabric for all the rest. It's slighly different on the bottom. I wanted a way to show off the heart buttons while making this easy to sew by hand. If you've ever sewn a biscornu, you know that it can be a little mind bending. The EPP shapes made it simple to follow.

I'm not going to go through the basics of English paper piecing here, but if you need help, I have a few YouTube videos.

You will need:

Glue stick
Needle and Thread
Sewing Clips or a Pin
Two Buttons (those with 2 holes are easier to use)


EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Print the templates on cardstock, cut them out, and then baste the fabric on the pieces. I recommend thread basting for this, but you don't need to stitch through the templates.

Assemble the top and bottom into the bow-tie block design.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion
EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

With the right sides facing, stagger the top and bottom pieces as shown. Each side of the square has two sections, so you can align the ends of the staggered sections.

Sew the overlapping section with tiny stitches. Because this is a pincushion, there will be some stress on the seams.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

When you reach the end of the first section, it will look like this.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion
EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Fold the entending end down to meet the edge of the section that is "around the corner." Pinch it together and continue sewing.

Repeat this process around the edges. It will feel weird at times, but as long as you sew the next section of the top to the next section of the bottom, it will work. This is why the EPP sections help you keep the stitching even and guide the process.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

When there is just one section left to sew, it should look like this. You can see the shape of the biscornu now. At this point, I recommend knotting the thread, but leaving it connected.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Remove all of the templates and turn the biscornu right side out. Gently poke the corners into shape.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Fill the cushion with stuffing, working it into the corners. You want it full and firm-ish.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Clip or pin the open edges together. Use your thread that's still connected (or start a new one) and sew the opening closed. To make this as invisible as possible, I used ladder stitch. Again...tiny stitches!

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

You can leave it just as it is, but to add a button, thread your needle with a doubled piece of thread. A longer needle is helpful here. The ends should be through the eye of the needle with the folded loop at the other end.

Come up through the center of the biscornu, leaving the thread loop exposed.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Thread a button onto the thread and then go back down through the button and the biscornu.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Bring the needle through the loop of thread and pull it tight to secure it.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Add a second button, and go back through the biscornu, pulling the thread enough to draw the center in slightly. It gives your pin cushion a little dimple in the middle.

Go back and forth from the top and bottom a few times, working through the button holes (this is the trickiest part!).

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

End off the thread with a secure knot. I tied mine around the button stitching, plus added a knot and popped it through the fabric, all hidden under the bottom button.

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

Obviously I had to find all my pink and purple pins so I could coordinate the whole thing! I love the way the sides come up and show off the fabric from the bottom. It really just makes me smile!

EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion
EPP Biscornu Pin Cushion

What do you think? Should I try some more biscornu EPP patterns...maybe with embroidery too? By the way, if this looks entirely intimidating to you, I promise it's actually pretty simple and quick to stitch up. Give it a try!