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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

DOWNLOAD THE TRIPLE HEART PATTERN PDF

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:

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

DOWNLOAD THE BOW TIE EPP TEMPLATE PDF

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!

project // felt valentine treat trio using benzie dies

Felt Treat Trio

Cook up some felt Valentine's Day treats with me using my Circles and Scallops deep-etch dies from Benzie Design! I used a variety of sizes from just one set of dies to make each of these three sweets. They are perfect for making some soft and oh-so-cute Valentine friends.

Felt Treat Trio

The three treats I made are a linzer cookie, a donut, and a truffle. Each one is a littler more advanced than the one before. I think they'd be great as a little ornaments, but I may just leave mine as my own play foods!

Felt Treat Trio - Dies

If you aren't familiar with these dies, I designed them last year as a helpful companion tool for the felt ornaments that I make for my shop (and sometimes here on the blog). The set of dies has varying sizes of smooth circles and scalloped circles, some of which have stitching guides. And they work with manual die-cutting machines, like the Sizzix Big Shot you see here.

The dies make cutting the pieces for these and other projects so easy, and I'm thrilled to have them! If you don't have a die-cutting machine, you can still use this project as inspiration, hand cutting circles and using scallop shears.

For the sake of describing how to make each treat, I'll be referring to the circles by size, with the largest size 1 and the smallest size 4. You'll also need felt, embroidery floss, craft glue (optional) sequins, stuffing, and an embroidery needle.

Now, let's get started!

Felt Treat Trio Linzer

For the linzer, use the scalloped circle 2 and cut out two of those. Then cut a scalloped circle 3 from the middle of one. Finally, cut a smooth circle 3 for the filling.

Felt Treat Trio - Donut
Felt Treat Trio - Donut

For the donut, cut two smooth circle 1 pieces and cut out the center with the smooth circle 4. Try to get both of them centered as best as you can!

Then, make the frosting with the scalloped circle 1, cutting out the center with scalloped circle 3. Save the cut out piece!

Felt Treat Trio Truffle

To make the truffle, cut one smooth circle 1 piece and use the center of the donut frosting (or cut a scalloped circle 3).

I got ahead of myself and added the sequins to the top of my truffle. To add these, use three strands of embroidery floss and stitch the sequins in place with french knots.

Felt Treat Trio - Faces

If you want faces on yours (and why wouldn't you?), embroider them now with three strands of black embroidery floss. Stitch the face on the linzer in the middle of the filling, stitch the face on the lower part of the donut frosting, and stitch the truffle face centered about 1 inch down from the top of the large circle.

Felt Treat Trio Linzer

Glue the linzer filling to the middle of the solid cookie piece (you can skip the glue and hold it in place if you prefer).

Felt Treat Trio Linzer

Layer the cut-out cookie piece on top, aligning the scallops and stitch holes. Stitch around the cookie with running stitch, then go back in the other direction and fill in the gaps (this is called holbein stitch). I used three strands of matching embroidery floss.

Felt Treat Trio - Donut

Add sprinkles to the donut frosting with six strands of several colors of embroidery floss.

I was originally going to do my sprinkles with beads but had a beading needle situation. And you know what? I'm glad because I love the Valentine's Day sprinkles I stitched.

Felt Treat Trio - Donut

Place the frosting on one of the donut pieces and stitch it down at the center. I used two strands of pink floss and whip stitch in the curves.

Felt Treat Trio - Donut

Next, layer the second donut piece behind and make sure the holes are aligned. Stitch around the inside circle with holbein stitch and three strands of matching thread (that's running stitch, then going back to fill in).

Stitch around the about half of the outside of the donut with running stitch first. I used the same tan thread, but in hindsight I'd probably go with pink.

Felt Treat Trio - Donut

Add stuffing to the section of donut that's stitched. Then stitch a little farther and add more stuffing. Continue around the donut until it's all stuffed and stitched.

Felt Treat Trio - Donut

Finish off the donut by filling in the running stitch to complete the holbein stitch.

Felt Treat Trio Truffle

Start the main part of the truffle by stitching around the edge of the large circle with running stitch.

Felt Treat Trio Truffle

Pull the working thread to gather the edges in, forming a little pouch. Fill the center with stuffing.

Felt Treat Trio Truffle

Pull the thread to fully close the top, then secure the thread.

Felt Treat Trio Truffle

Place the small scalloped circle over the opening. Use two strands of pink embroidery floss and whip stitch to attach it to the top of the truffle.

Felt Treat Trio

Three treats all stitched up! I made these in Valentine's Day colors, but you could easily make these in flavors for any time of year. They're just so cute!

Felt Treat Trio
Felt Treat Trio
Felt Treat Trio

I was so excited to use the deep-etch dies to make such different kinds of items! Any time you can get creative with tools and supplies is a good day by me.

Speaking again of the dies I designed, I also created a set that is called Stamp of Approval, which has stamps, hearts, and an X and O you can use in different ways!

Stamp of Approval Deep-Etch Dies
Stamp of Approval Deep-Etch Dies
Stamp of Approval Deep-Etch Dies

The stamp backing pieces have two sizes, plus lots of heart sizes. I used them to layer and make things you might expect, but also to make some "love bugs" by adding a bit of stitching.

Stamp of Approval Deep-Etch Dies

I'm working on another felt Valentine right now that uses the small rectangle to be a little envelope. I think it's going to be cute!

Felt Treat Trio

Whether you already have a set of Circles and Scallops dies or maybe this is the nudge that leads you to get them, I hope you enjoy making trio of felt treats!