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project // strawberry scissor case

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Do your embroidery scissors need a bit of extra protection? Sew this strawberry scissor case and your embroidery snips will look cute as they stay safe. Of course, a case like this also protects your projects from your scissors. No points poking at any stitches!

I've made other scissor cases before, but I thought that making one shaped like a happy strawberry would be fun. I was right! Mine came out...let's say...organic. And that's just fine, because sewing small things with curves doesn't need to be something to fret over.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

The scissors that I made this for are tiny. Just 2.75" tall, and if you search for tiny embroidery scissors, you'll find these and others that would easily fit in this strawberry. My pair came with a little sheath, which I lost, so this will come in handy. If you have larger scissors, you can definitely enlarge the pattern.

Here's what you need:

Pink or red fabric
Scrap of green felt
Black and white embroidery floss
Sew on Snap
Basic sewing tools

DOWNLOAD THE STRAWBERRY SCISSOR CASE PATTERN PDF

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Cut out the template pieces and check to be sure that your embroidery scissors will fit in the strawberry. Allow at least .5 inches around the edges. Mine has a little more room than that.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Cut out four strawberry pieces from pink or red fabric and one stem piece from green felt.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Embroider the seeds and face on one strawberry piece. I used six strands of thread for this, working the seeds and eyes with french knots and a scallop stitch for the mouth. If these elude you, here's a video that may be helpful!



Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Place the embroidered piece with one of the other strawberry pieces, right sides together. Sandwich the stem between them so the flat edge aligns with the top of the strawberry. Pin the layers together. Pin the other two strawberry pieces together as well.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Sew around the two strawberry pieces, leaving an opening for turning. Clip the curves so there's less bulk.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Turn the strawberrys right side out, open the seams, and press them with an iron. Sew the openings closed with ladder stitch.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Hand sew one side of a snap to the top of each strawberry piece, making sure that they line up with each other. Sew only through the one layer of fabric so the stitches don't show.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Hold the two strawberry pieces together. I found it helpful to go ahead and snap them together.

Use three strands of white embroidery floss and stitch a line of running stitch across the top of the front piece only. This is just for decoration.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Continue stitching down the side and around the bottom, but this time stitch through all the layers.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

When you reach the point where you started stitching across the top, change to now only stitch across the top of the back layer. This way the front and back look the same.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

Slip your scissors inside and the snap the case closed to keep those snips safe in their strawberry home!

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

It's the happiest kawaii strawberry scissor case you've ever seen! Okay, so it may be the only kawaii strawberry scissor case you've ever seen, but let's not quibble over details.

Strawberry Scissor Case Sewing Tutorial

I realized that I happen to also have a pair of vintage embroidery scissors that are the same size as the gold pair, so they may just have to share this case. Unless of course I think of another design to make for the others!

Thes are especially good for me to have because I ALWAYS ALWAYS drop my scissors. Maybe this way they'll have a chance of keeping their points pointy.

project // ahsoka tano neck pillow

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY


Star Wars Day is upon us (May the 4th!) and I'm so happy to share my latest project inspired by this series of films and now television shows: the Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow. This pillow is a little silly, but also practical, and sewing with fleece is pretty forgiving. As with many of the Star Wars projects I've made, this was a gift for my brother, who you get to enjoy modeling his present.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Now, let me tell you a little about the process that led to this. It was coming up on my brother's birthday and I knew that I needed to figure out what to make him. Because Ahsoka Tano (SPOILER!) made an appearance in the latest season of The Mandalorian and it was announced that she would be getting her own series, this former Jedi Padawan was my obvious choice. I usually make stuffed figures, and I was mentally processing what that would look like here, when my other brother suggested a neck pillow.

Instantly I pictured it and am so thankful for his brilliant idea!

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

What I love about this is that while it's definitely designed to be worn around the neck, you can also wear it on top of your head to look like Ahsoka! I mean, why wouldn't you? Haha!

As you can see, this corfortably fits an adult male, but it's also suitable for teens. You could probably shrink the pattern if you wanted a much smaller version for little kids, but I'm not sure it would be necessary for elementary ages.

Are you ready to make your very own Ahsoka Tano neck pillow so you can relax and watch your favorite Star Wars episodes? I know you are!

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

You will need:

Paper and Tape
Anti-Pill Fleece in Light Gray (or white), Blue, and Brown
Stuffing
Basic Sewing Tools (including a sewing machine)

DOWNLOAD THE AHSOKA NECK PILLOW PATTERN PDF

A Note About Fleece: You only need a small amount of each color, as you'll see in the pattern pieces. However, because of the stretch, if you're buying fleece by the yard, you need to purchase 2/5 yard of the gray and 1/8 yard of the others. If you have fleece on hand, it's helpful to know that the largest gray piece is approximately 8-1/2 x 13 inches with the long side NOT stretching.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Print the two pages of the pattern at 100%. Tape the pages together so the edges meet. There will be a gap in the printing, but that's okay.

Also, you'll see that the final version is a little different than what's in the photos. I added a line to show which direction the fabric stretch should go.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Cut all the pieces apart.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Pin the pieces to the felt and cut them out, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

You need two each of the pieces cut on the fold, and four each of the others (two regular and two mirrored). Remember as you cut these that fleece does have a right and wrong side.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

With right sides together, pin the top of the brown piece to the bottom of the Gray 1 piece. Start at the middle and pin towards the edge.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

When you finish pinning both sides, it should look like this. Sew this seam with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Next, pin and sew the Blue 1 and Blue 2 pieces onto Gray 1. Always remember to pin and sew with right sides together.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Continue adding pieces, alternating between the gray and blue until you've make the entire shape. Sew a second piece just like this one.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Pin the front and back pieces together. Sew around the edges, leaving a section of the brown open for stuffing. Back stitch at the beginning and end!

Try to match up the stripes/seams, but don't worry about that too much. It's more important to ensure that you are sewing across those seams and you don't have any gaps. Before you turn the pillow right side out, check that all the seams are intact.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Turn the pillow right side out and start stuffing it. Start at the bottom of the head tails (yes, that's officially what these are called!) and fill the pillow so that it's fairly firm. Add the stuffing in small bits so that it doesn't get lumpy.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Sew the opening closed with a needle and thread, using ladder stitch. The fabric stretches, so just take your stitches each about 1/4 inch from the fabric edge.

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

And now you have an Ahsoka Tano neck pillow! I kinda love it and it was hard to give this away to my brother. In fact, my sister asked me to make one for her too. It hasn't happened yet, but it may still...

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

Now, my brother doesn't live near me anymore, so I had to mail this off to him and wait to see and hear his reaction. My sister-in-law took these fantastic photos and they're basically recreations of the quick text photos I got when he opened the box. He is silly like this always and I'm not really sure what these are necessarily about, but aparently...

Ahsoka Tano Neck Pillow DIY

...he felt that this was a big secret? Haha!

At any rate, I hope that you have as much fun making this as I did and as much fun using and wearing this as my brother!

If you loved this project and want to support my work, you can do so by buying me a coffee through Ko-fi. But I do love making and sharing these with you, so there's no pressure!



Finally, many thanks to Hannah Johanson for taking these photos of my brother and her new husband. I promise we warned her about what she was getting into when marrying him.

calendar // sweet strawberry house wallpaper



It's officially May and that means a new Kawaii Crossing calendar, this time with a sweet strawberry house! And that means a month of strawberry fun (plus a few other things, of course). I'm so ready for it!

When I started this set of little homes for my little town, I didn't expect to go on a nostalgia spree, but once I started, I couldn't stop. March's house reminded of the Smurfs, April was Care Bears, and obviously this time we have Strawberry Shortcake. Have I already started adjusting my plans for the month's ahead so things fit with childhood favorites? Yes. Yes, I have.

But let's get this month going with a new wallpaper for the device of your choice!



Strawberry Basket Beanbag Game

To lead us into some strawberry goodness, I would like to draw your attention to this sweet little beanbag toss game that I designed for Hello Bee. These are like the classic strawberry pincushions, but bigger and filled with beans. I still love them!

pattern // colorful cloud house embroidery design

Colorful Cloud House Embroidery Pattern


Are you ready for another rainbow? I just HAD to embroider this month's free Colorful Cloud House embroidery pattern. And now you can stitch it too! I promise it will bring back all the Care Bears vibes as you work on this.

Colorful Cloud House Embroidery Pattern

Just like all the patterns in this series, the free PDF includes a tiny version (which is what I stitched) and a larger version (which would be adorable on a banner like you see here!). And to be honest, an even larger version would be pretty great. Yeah, I think you should consider making this large enough to become a Kawaii Crossing cloud house pillow.



Colorful Cloud House Embroidery Pattern

I decided to stitch mine on light blue fabric so that it has a sky feeling. And even though it essentially makes the cloud blue, I think it still works. For the rainbow, I think it would also look really cute if you stitch the lines with chain stitch so that it's more solid. Since the rest of mine was thinner lines, I went for consistency.

Want to use these designs as felt applique? The ready-to-cut pattern for stitching these with felt pieces is available to those who've supported me recently on Ko-Fi. I will say, This uses fewer felt pieces with still plenty of embroidery. (For example, I think the rainbow is best embroidered, rather than tryind to cut fiddly strips...and the perfect time to use chain stitch!). As always, you're of course free to figure these out on your own. But it's always appreciated when you support me in this way!


Colorful Cloud House Embroidery Pattern

If you stitch this or any of the Kawaii Crossing designs, I'd love to see! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@molliejohanson).

printable // take a rainbow poster

Take a Rainbow Printable Poster
Wall Background Photo by melodi2 from FreeImages

Do you need a rainbow today? Please take one! We've all seen the posters advertising something and along the bottom is a row of tabs you can tear off to learn more. Recently I've seen more of this style of poster but instead of an ad, the tabs have some little fun phrase or encouragement. So I thought, wouldn't it be so fun if people could take a rainbow with them? I know that I'd like to carry a happy rainbow in my pocket.

All you have to do is print out the poster, cut the tabs, and hang it up for folks to enjoy!



Take a Rainbow Printable Poster

Print out the poster on regular paper and then grab your scissors. Cut the tabs apart in the white space between each rainbow.

Take a Rainbow Printable Poster

You may want to fold the tabs along the dashed line so that they are easier to tear off, but you don't have to.

Take a Rainbow Printable Poster

Each little rainbow reminds me of a stick of gum. Did you ever eat Fruit Strips gum as a kid? Yeah, that. But also, I know that there have been many times when I've received some small note or reminder and I've kept it in my pocket. Any time I reach in to that pocket (especially jackets or things that aren't frequently washed), just feeling the note was a reminder. And who wouldn't want to know that they have a rainbow in their pocket? Take a Rainbow Printable Poster

You can tape your poster up somewhere so people can see it. Here are some ideas: on a message board at a coffee shop, on a school locker, in your break room at work, or even outside your home! Anywhere that you're allowed to tack up a little sign.

Rainbows are just one of those things that make people smile. For me, they're also a reminder of God's promises, and I really like keeping those reminders close!

pattern // colorful cloud house cross stitch

Colorful Cloud House Cross Stitch Chart

I don't know about you, but I can't get enough rainbows. Ever. Which is what made this free Colorful Cloud House pattern (with a rainbow over it!) so much fun to make. And I hope you'll have as much fun stitching it. I'm currently stitching the embroidery version which will be here soon. If I didn't have a dozen other things to finish, I'd be stitching this cross stitch one too!

One thing I want to point out with this is that the cloud (which is actually the house part here) is of course white, and i didn't outline it with back stitch in the pattern. My personal taste with cross stitch is less back stitch. But that means that it would be best stitched on colored Aida. Light blue or turquoise will give it the sky look, but even stitched on black I think it would be so striking!

All of that said, if you are stitching this as a town and it's on the same fabric with other houses (or last year's shops!), you may want to back stitch around the cloud part. I'd probably go with the lighter blue. Sound good?



project // plastic canvas bargello pixel art

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art


Plastic canvas crafting is underrated and today's project will hopefully help fix that. Because we're making pixel art with large bagello-stytle stitches! This style of stitching is fast and easy to learn, and it makes a little kawaii rainbow to hang on your wall, so what more could we ask for?

I first started thinking about making a stitched piece like this while I was researching a needlepoint project. I saw some fun kits that used all vertical stitches, which reminded me of pixel art, but also bargello embroidery. Bargello is a type of needlework that uses long stitches to make gorgeous designs. Hello Bargello is pretty much the spot to find modern patterns and kits, but I was going for something different with mine.

With pixel art in mind, I thought of this more like I would plan a cross stitch pattern and then figured out the stitches from there. Making a rainbow was pretty much a no-brainer.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

The finished piece is about 4-1/2 inches square, and because it's small, it's a quick project. It also is perfect for hanging on your wall along with a few other either larger or smaller pieces of art, embroidery, or a quilting. AND older kids will be able to catch on quickly to make one.

Now, let's pause and talk about tapestry wool for a moment.

Fist, many thanks to Benzie Design for providing the wool for this project. They are my favorite felt source, and the fact that they carry tapestry wool too is amazing. When doing projects like this, you can use regular yarn, but tapestry wool is just so nice to work with. And it's a good way to have small amounts of lots of colors.

By the way, Benzie is currently transitioning from carrying Anchor to now DMC. Both work and they have similar colors so you can use what you like!

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

You will need:
Scissors
Large tapestry needle
10-count/mesh plastic canvas trimmed to 45x45 squares
Tapestry wool or similar weight yarn

DMC tapestry wool colors used:
7005
7762
7431
7548
7711
7958
NOIR
BLANC

DOWNLOAD THE RAINBOW BARGELLO PIXEL ART PATTERN

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

When you start, leave a short tail on the back and stitch over it to secure the yarn. A knot won't work here!

Each stitch comes up through one hole, skips two holes, then goes down. I like to work each stitch from bottom to top. On the pattern, each square is actually going to be three stitches, so this block of three stitches counts as one.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

Always work in the same direction with your stitches. If you're working bottom to top like I did, do that for every stitch. On the back you can see how the stitches are almost as solid on the back as they are on the front. This uses more tapestry wool that stitching other ways, but it gives a much better result

Use this technique to stitch the entire filled in design. When you end a length of yarn, weave it through the back of stitches, preferably behind the same color yarn.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

When it comes to the face, stitch the eyes just like the other squares in the pattern. Then, add the smile with back stitch. You'll need to stitch through holes that you already filled in, but these lines will still show up and just be next to the other stitching.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

Here's how it looks all stitched! You could stop here, but let's finish those edges and make them pretty...and add a hanger!

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

Start a piece of tapestry wool in the same color as the background and weave it through the back of a few stitches. Next, whip stitch around the edge of the square. Start in a lower corner and work toward the top.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

When you reach the first top corner, skip the whole top and go through the second top corner leaving a section of tapestry wool that will be the hanger. Secure it with a whipstitch or two at that corner.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

Weave the end of the yarn through the back of the stitches.

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

Start a new piece of yarn and whip stitch the top of the square, then continue around the other sides. Be sure to keep the hanger out of the way as you stitch!

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

And that's all there is to finishing this off! If you want you can also cover the back with a square of felt, but I personally love having the work show on the back. It's part of the process!

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

PlasticCanvas Bargello Pixel Art

If you like this design and want to make more, I have three more designs available to those who support me at Ko-Fi. There's a bee, a flower, and chick in an egg. Because spring!



Would you be interested in more designs and projects using this style? Tell me in the comments! I for one had so much fun working on this that I'll be looking to add more plastic canvas stitching into my crafting!