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pattern // triple star (perfect for a summer table runner!)

Triple Star Bandana Runner

Celebrate summer with a super easy embroidered table runner! This free Triple Star embroidery pattern is perfect to stitch onto table linens and lots of other things too. Stars are a patriotic symbol, but depending on the colors you use, they can just be cute.

I'm showing off my pattern on table runner that I made with literally two simple hems. That's because it's made with toweling. This material comes by the yard and the sides are pre-hemmed. That's because it's designed for making, well, towels. Of course, you can do so much more with it!

Triple Heart Bandana Towel

Back in February I showed how I hemmed and embroidered the toweling to make some towels with a Triple Heart design. The "triple heart" and now "triple star" idea comes from ranches with similar names because the bandana print feels very dude ranch to me.

The bandana toweling I used for both the kitchen towels and the table runner was provided by Missouri Star Quilt Co., and they have it in several colors. They also have other toweling with some very cute fabric patterns. If you order from MSQC and use this (affiliate) link, you'll save 20% on orders over $50, while supporting the work I do.

The process for making the table runner is pretty much the same. The only difference is the length. To make the runner, I used two yards of toweling and left it UNCUT. The towels were two yards cut into three towels.

After you trim the ends to make sure they are straight, you just double fold the ends and stitch across. Add the embroidery, and you're done! You end up with a runner that's about 18x70 inches.

Triple Star Bandana Runner

I haven't embroidered my runner just yet, but I didn't want to wait any longer to share this pattern and idea with you. At least I've done the hemming, right?

Now, as I sit here thinking about this delightfully easy material to make things with, I'm considering more uses. Placemats would be fun because you'd just need to cut the fabric down to 12 inch pieces. And I've been considering making some narrow curtains too.

Of course, any simple project where you can add embroidery is a good idea in my book!

project // kawaii hexagon mini pincushion

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Pin cushions often are cute just because they are. But I wanted to make something extra cute and kawaii so I made one that's mini and has a sweet smiling star on it! The design and the colors are absolutely inspired by Sanrio's Little Twin Stars, who aren't really stars, but that's not even the point.

I also wanted to see if I could use my Hexagons and Scallops deep-etch dies from Benzie to make a mini pincushion. Really, I love finding all kinds of new ways to use these shapes so this was a natural fit.

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Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

AND...I also used my Squares and Scallops die to make a matching needle book! The pattern and tutorial for the needle book is over on the Benzie DIY Inspiration blog today, so go over and check out that out. It has the same colors and designs mixed in so you have a little felt spot for all your pins and needles.

Crafting should be cute, right?

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

The design on this pincushion fits on a 1.5-inch hexagon (each side measures 1.5 inches) so you could make something similar without the Hexagons and Scallops die. BUT I do love the deep-etch dies and I keep making more patterns to go with them. Just saying...

Now, how about we make a little pincushion?

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

You will need:

Wool Blend Felt in kawaii colors (the sample uses pink, lemonade, swan, foxglove, and coral)
Embroidery floss to coordinate with your felt (the sample uses DMC 310, 727, 598, 3608, and 3706)
Hexagons and Scallops Deep-Etch Die and Cutting Machine
Freezer paper
Needle Glue (optional)
Poly-pellets (optional)


Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

First, choose the colors you want for the base of of the pincushion. Cut out two scalloped hexagons and one plain hexagon.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Trace all the other pieces onto freezer paper and then iron them onto your felt. Cut out the pieces and then peel off the paper from the wedges. Leave the paper on the star.

I made four wedges out of each of three colors. The shapes are reversible, so don't sweat it if they get mixed up a bit!

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Embroider the face on the star using three strands of black embroidery floss. The eyes are French knots and the mouth is a scallop stitch. After you stitch the face, carefully tear away the paper.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Arrange the wedges on the plain hexagon. They'll make a smaller hexagon in the middle. You may find it helpful to hold them in place with a dot of glue.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Use two strands of matching embroidery floss to stitch down each of the pieces. Use whip stitch close to the edge of the felt.

It's okay if you can't get the pieces to match up perfectly in the middle. That part will be covered by the star.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Add the star to the middle just like you stitched down the little triangles.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Layer all of the hexagons so you have the two scalloped hexagons at the back, with the decorated hexagon on top. Using three strands of embroidery floss, stitch around the sides with running stitch. Leave one side of the hexagon open.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion
Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Add some Poly-pellets and then some stuffing to your pincushion. Try to get the pellets on the bottom and the stuffing on the top. The pellets are there more for weight, so you can also skip them entirely.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Stitch the opening of your pincushion closed and make sure it's securely knotted. This is especially important if you used the Poly-pellets.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Add some pins and you're set! Cute pins are always a plus.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion
Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

The cutest little pincushion to hold your pins. The only thing better is when you also make the matching needle book.

Kawaii Hexagon Mini Pincushion

Because sometimes I just quickly stick needles in a pincushion, but that's not so ideal. I'm going to make a point to use my needle book as intended. Oh, and if you go check out the post for making this companion piece, you'll find that it has a secret helpful bit of magic that holds more than just needles!

Sewing Bee Felt Ornaments

Know what else would be cute on a mini hexagon pincushion or even the cover of a needle book? My Sewing Bee felt ornament designs!

Happy stitching!

project // disney snacks mickey ice cream bar ornament

Mickey Ice Cream Bar Felt Ornament

What could be better on a warm day in the happiest or most magical place on earth than a Mickey ice cream bar? How about one that doesn't melt? Make a felt ornament version of this classic Disney snack and you can enjoy it forever.

I'm a big fan of the Disney parks so this year I've been making kawaii Wild Olive-style Disney snacks out of felt and embroidery. The patterns are all free and you can find all of them here.

My mom would like me to make enough of these to fill a small Christmas tree, and honestly, I'm on my way to that! If you like that idea too, join me in making Disney snacks felt ornaments.

But now, let's stop in at Disneyland... Mickey Ice Cream Bar Felt Ornament

Since I'm not a big ice cream eater, I didn't get an actual Mickey ice cream bar to take a picture along with my ornament, but I almost think this is better. Because I love how at the ice cream carts they have plastic versions of all the treats. Seriously, how fun would it be to have one of these?

Anyway, I opted to use a prop ice cream as, well, my photo prop. Very original.

Mickey Ice Cream Bar Felt Ornament

Let's move on and talk about making this ornament. All the ornaments in this series go together the same way. They are very much like my other felt applique ornaments, but a bit simpler. You can watch my YouTube video showing one of my Halloween ornaments from start to finish.

The Mickey "premium" ice cream bar is just two pieces. The chocolate part and the stick. Easy!

I used wool blend felt from Benzie Design (affiliate link). I cut the circles with my Circles and Scallops die, also from them, but you can use the circle templates in the PDF with plain or decorative scissors if you'd like. Scallops are my favorite, but pinking shears work great too!

Freezer paper is helpful to cut the small shapes. Before removing the freezer paper, I stitched the face with three strands of black embroidery floss. It's just two French knots and a scallop stitch.

Next, I layered and stitched the pieces onto the front circle with a tiny whip stitch and two strands of embroidery floss.

To assemble the ornament I used running stitch around the edges, then I filled in with a second round of running stitch. This is technically holbein stitch and it looks the same on the front and back. By the way, most of the time I add a tiny bit of stuffing inside my felt ornaements, but for these Disney Snack ones, I've kept them flat. I kinda like them both ways!

Then I just used embroidery floss to make a little hanger.

This one is pretty quick to stitch, so you might be able to make it faster than it takes for a Mickey bar to melt. Okay, maybe not at Walt Disney World in summer.

Speaking of summer, I have a new set of felt ornaments available in my Etsy shop!

It Felt Like Summer Felt Ornaments

It Felt Like Summer includes nine designs with tropical themes and all the things that make you think of summer vacations. Hang them on an all-seasons tree, use them as air fresheners, make them into a little garland, or just add them around your home to make you smile!

pattern // pumpkin piles embroidery design

Pumpkin Piles Embroidery Pattern

Did you know that in May, we're halfway to Halloween? That makes this a great time to pick up a not-so-spooky stitching project like this pumpkin piles embroidery pattern! The stacks of gourds are ready to decorate a pillow in a super cute way, which is exactly how I like my pumpkins to look.

This design could even work for all of the fall season, which is perfect if you start now and stitch through the summer. Best of all, the pattern is 100% free!

Pumpkin Piles Embroidery Pattern

On the mocked-up pillow cover, I showed stitching the pattern all in black, and I actually think that would be adorable. Very Halloween. But of course, you can make the pumpkins orange with other color accents, or go a little more kawaii with the colors you see here.

I honestly love seeing pastel pumpkins, especially with some pink in there. So for the color version, I chose some suggested shades like that. Again, you can use any colors you want.

Pumpkin Piles Embroidery Colors

If you want to go with the colors in the example above, I'd use the following DMC colors: 310, 840, 743, 3825, 3340, and 3716.

These would also make a great color combo for other kawaii Halloween stitching projects!

Pumpkin Piles Embroidery Pattern

There aren't any specific stitch instructions/recommendations in the pattern (though you should spot running stitch right away), but that just means you can have some fun with it. And if you're newer to embroidery, you might want to check out my new beginner's course, Super Cute Intro to Embroidery. You'll find some tips for making the faces extra cute too!

Many thanks to Missouri Star Quilt Co. (affiliate link) for sending me the stitchable pillow cover!

Spoopy Time Embroidery Pattern

If you're looking for even more things to make for Halfway to Halloween, be sure to check my Etsy shop or take a look in the Wild Olive blog archives!

project // felt sampler quilt wall hanging

Felt Sampler Quilt

Do you love quilts like I do? Even when they aren't made in tradtional ways, I love their look. Which is why I decided to make this felt sampler mini quilt to hang on my wall! It has 12 different quilt blocks, but I never touched a sewing machine. In fact, you could make this entirely no-sew, but I think a few stitches by hand make it extra special.

Want to see the whole thing?

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Felt Sampler Quilt

For my sampler quilt, I chose quilt blocks that I really like, but you can make this lots of ways. The colors will make a big difference in the overall look, but so will the blocks and placement. You could even choose to make this more like a regular quilt with only one or two different types of blocks, but just repeating them instead of making it a sampler.

And because I can't help but leave room for lots of options on any of the projects I make, there are several ways you can hang your felt mini quilt too. But we'll get to that later.

Felt Sampler Quilt

To cut out all the felt pieces for my quilt blocks, I used my three sets of Cozy Quilt Block deep-etch dies, which I designed for Benzie Design. The three sets are Sylvia, Jeanette, and Mollie, all named for my grandmas! If you aren't familiar with how these dies work, I recommend watching my YouTube video that shows the process from cutting apart the metal pieces (and when not to) all the way to rolling the felt through the manual cutting machine.

Now, here's what you need to make your own:

Two 12x18 sheets of felt (see notes on felt below)
Felt in various colors for the quilt blocks
Cozy Quilt Block deep-etch dies and manual cutting machine
Squares and Scallops deep-etch die OR ruler and rotary cutter Craft glue
12-wt embroidery thread/perle cotton
Hanging clip holder OR dowel rod and string

Note: I always recommend wool or wool blend felt, and I used Benzie Design felt for this. Their 12x18 sheets are hand cut, so they may not all be exact. HOWEVER, there's a bit of wiggle room when it comes time to assemble the quilt.

Felt Sampler Quilt

For each quilt block, cut a 4x4 inch square from one of the large felt sheets (keep the other one intact!). Use the deep-etch dies to cut out all of the felt pieces for the each block. Be sure to keep the pieces together so you can tell which block is which.

Each of the deep-etch die sets shows some inspiration for what blocks you can make with each set, but you can make even more than what is shown.

Felt Sampler Quilt

Arrange the quilt pieces on the square and use a tiny dot of glue to hold each one in place. This just keeps the pieces from moving while you stitch them down.

If you want to make your project without any stitching, you can use more glue to hold them more permanently.

Felt Sampler Quilt

You may want to try out some color arrangement on the blocks early on, even more you glue anything down. When you decide how you want everything, take a photo to remember!

Felt Sampler Quilt

To stitch down the pieces, thread your needle with 12-wt embroidery thread. You can also use several strands of regular embroidery floss.

Stitch around the shapes with running stitch, spacing the stitches as evenly as possible. I went for this because I like seeing the stitches.

Felt Sampler Quilt

One quilt block all finished!

Now, I probably shouldn't point this out, but originally I was going to have this orange peel design turned 45 degrees, which you can see in the phone photo. I DIDN'T look at that before I started gluing and stitching, so I ended up with a different look. But I share that to say that ultimately if the pieces fit together and you like how they look, it's not wrong! Go with what you like.

Felt Sampler Quilt

Make all your blocks following the same steps. Some have pieces that fill the entire square, but some are more open like the hexagons and orange peels. Those ones won't be as thick on your finished quilt, but they all still work together.

Felt Sampler Quilt

To prepare the backing that will hold all your quilt blocks, fold the top edge down about 1-1/4". Pin it in place and then stitch across the edge with running stitch. This will be the back.

This makes a little channel that you can run a dowel rod through. I did this even though I'm not using a dowel because I wanted an area that I could clip onto without attaching directly to the quilt blocks.

You could also glue this folded channel, as long as you leave room for a dowel (if you're using that).

Felt Sampler Quilt

Starting at the bottom edge, begin gluing the quilt blocks down to the backing. Make sure they are all lining up with each other and the edges. It's okay if the blocks hang off the edge of the back a bit, but you want everything to fit together nicely.

If any of the backing felt shows, you may need to trim it down with a rotary cutter and ruler. Just don't cut your quilt blocks!

Felt Sampler Quilt

And look at that! You have a felt mini quilt! This honestly makes me so happy.

Felt Sampler Quilt

To hang my quilt, I used a ring clip holder, which I received from Missouri Star Quilt Co. It just clips on to each end of the top edge.

Felt Sampler Quilt

It has all the feeling of a traditional quilt, but with colors and materials that give it a cute and modern vibe. But I also love that you could make this lots of ways and get entirely different looks. Just like any kind of quilt!

Felt Sampler Quilt

Speaking of different looks, if you go to Missouri Star Quilt Co. and search for "ring clip holder" you'll find several styles and sizes. I used the 12-inch heart for my wall hanging, but the 8-inch version would hold a mini quilt that has a 2x2 or 2x6 grid of quilt blocks. That would be cute too!

Felt Sampler Quilt

Happy stitching!

learn to embroider in a super cute way!

Super Cute Stitching Sampler If you love kawaii cute things and want to learn how to embroider, I'm here for you. In fact, I have an all-new course that's designed for beginners.

There are lots of embroidery courses and I've certainly made plenty of embroidery tutorials here on my blog and some on YouTube. But I wanted to make something that would take you from start to finish. From what materials to use all the way to how to soak, iron, and frame your stitching, all in one place.

Super Cute Intro to Embroidery is just that. It's an online class filled with videos to each you all the embroidery basics. But it's not just about learning some stitches. It's also a way to do that while making things super cute.

Super Cute Stitching Sampler

I created a special sampler pattern that allows you to practice all of the stitches and use adorable candy colors, while learning how to get ready to stitch and finish off the project. Actually, there are two version of the sampler so you can choose if you want to stitch a heart or a star in the center of your design! In the lessons you'll also learn several ways to stitch faces and add some extra cute details.

In 2+ hours of video, plus written instructions, with stitch diagrams, you'll learn:

• What supplies you'll need
• How to prepare your fabric
• Multiple ways to transfer a pattern
• How to separate strands of embroidery floss
• How to hoop your fabric
• The Basic 3 stitches I use (back stitch, scallop stitch, and French knot)
• More stitches: straight, star, running, split, stem, chain (2 ways!), lazy daisy, satin, and long-short
• A bonus stitch for making faces
• How to strip embroidery floss
• How to soak and iron your embroidery
• A simple way to frame your finished stitching
• How to add a bit of extra cuteness to embroidered faces

Super Cute Intro to Embroidery will prepare you for all kinds of embroidery, whether you're stitching my kawaii-style embroidery patterns or designs from other creators. Super Cute Stitching Sampler

My goal is to teach more people to embroider. Which is where there is a low, one-time cost for registration. And then you get full access to all the class content.

I want to make all my favorite stitching techniques accessible, enjoyable, and super cute. Even if you've never picked up an embroidery hoop and needle, YOU CAN DO THIS!

Now, if you're already an experienced embroiderer, this course may not be for you. But if you've just dabbled a bit and want to feel more confident, this will help get you there! It would also be a great class to assist you as you teach a young crafter how to embroider. It's not designed for specifically kids, but I think they would love it!

Super Cute Stitching

You can find my Super Cute Intro to Embroidery course at SuperCuteStitching.com, where you'll also find some other fun stuff. And more to come soon!