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printable // kawaii stationery magnetic bookmarks

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Mark your page with these printable stationery items that are also magnetic bookmarks! Instead of tucking in the pages of your book, these fold over the edge and hold together with thin magnetic tape.

This is not my first time making bookmarks like these, and in fact, most of these are updated versions from my first two sets of these, but now in more pastel colors. (Check out the original set one and set two) I also made a kitty version, which I also love! But updating these was a fun way to make something to go along the new embroidery pattern I just released!

Desk Mates Stationery Embroidery Pattern

This is also an update, in a way, because I had this old pattern that I called the Office Workers and it was in need of some attention. So I took inspiration from that, but really made this something new. It's stationery tools and supplies, but super cute and also with the idea of stitching them as patches. So along with the patterns, the nearly all-new Desk Mates set comes with a tutorial for making hand-embroidered patches.

But let's get back to making these bookmarks!

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

You will need:
Paper or cardstock
Thin magnetic tape (This is almost paper-thin...not the typical craft stuff)

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Print the bookmarks and cut them out.

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Fold the bookmarks in half...sort of. For the pencils and washi tape strip, you should actually fold them so that the points extend past the flat part from the other side.

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Cut two squares of magnetic tape. The tape dispenser has a place to tear off the tape, but I prefer to cut it with scissors so the edges are perfectly smooth.

Place the two pieces together, with the non-sticky sides touching. They will naturally find where they need to stick together, and they won't be aligned. This has to do with magnet polarity science! It's also important so your bookmark sticks together correctly.

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Place the magnets on one half of the folded bookmark. The two pieces should still be a little askew.

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Press the other half of the bookmark down so that it sticks to the sticky side of the top magnet.

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

When you open the bookmark the magnet pieces should be stuck in place and ready to use.

Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Fold the bookmark over a page in your book so it can mark where you left off!

Printable Stationery Bookmarks
Printable Stationery Bookmarks

Follow the same steps to finish the rest of the bookmarks, and you'll never lose your spot. You could also use these as reusable tabs for marking favorite recipes or projects you want to make in a craft book!

pattern // cozy cocoa house cross stitch chart

Hot Cocoa House Cross Stitch Chart

Cross stitch friends, your time has come! It's offically "share the cross stitch version of the latest Kawaii Crossing design day!" Okay, so I made that up...it's not a real holiday. I suppose you knew that though.

Anyway, let's jump into this!

I mentioned in my post with the embroidery version of this that I'm going to choose one way to stitch each house each month, and not make one big project. That's just how I need and want to work on it this time around. But that's not how YOU need to do this! There will be consistently sized patterns/charts for each house each month in 2021 so you can make them all together if you want.

At the same time, I wanted to simplify things a little as I was working on these, so I'm not making one large chart with all the houses on streets. This way I can just focus on the individual house charts and files. Buuuuut...I'm making them the same size as the shops from last year, so if you're comfortable with small changes to charts, you can use the streets from 2020 and just swap in the houses for the shops. You'll need to adjust the grass around the houses too, but I have confidence in you!

If you're really confused by how this would work, let me know and I may be able to create a little walkthrough.

Now, for that pattern! The PDF below has the thread colors in it so you don't have to guess from the sample image above.

To be fully transparent about this, I'm already feeling a little sad that I'm not cross stitching the whole thing! But I do think I'll cross stitch the next house to come out. And maybe this will also give me the opportunity to make other fun things along the way. Ideas are brewing!

pattern // cozy cocoa house embroidery

Cozy Cocoa House Embroidery Pattern

First free embroidery pattern of the year? Yes! If you didn't see my previous post, this year I'm going to be designing adorably-shaped homes for the residents of my Kawaii Crossing town. Last year, shops...this year, houses!

The first house is a cozy hot cocoa house and I'm not entirely sure who lives here, but I know that they built a snowcat outside. And then they promptly went indoors to have some hot chocolate with marshmallows AND whipped cream, because that's how we do things around here. (By the way, there's a good chance that we'll eventually see the resident who lives here...it's only a matter of time.)

I'm making these patterns for both embroidery and cross stitch, and the cross stitch chart will be coming soon. Also, this time around I decided not to lock myself into only stitching one version of the patterns, and definitely not trying to stitch all versions! But in fact, I'm planning to try out fun ways to stitch or present the patterns. For example, I might try using the cross stitch charts to make Perler bead or Diamon Dotz art. 

Cozy Cocoa House Applique

Today, rather than strictly embroidering this pattern, I thought it would be fun to add some felt appliqué. I LOVE combining felt and embroidery, especially for times when I want some solid color in objects without all that fill stitching. Trust me...this is much easier. 

If you've ever made any of my felt ornaments, you'll be familiar with how I do the appliqué and embroidery, but I also recently made a video showing how I stitch the felt down (in the video it's two pieces of felt, but it works with felt on linen too!).

You can use pattern shapes to cut out the felt, then trace the embroidered details onto tracing paper and stitch through the paper and material. Tear the paper away when you're done stitching.

To make this a little easier, I did make a version of the pattern that has the pieces separated out for felt appliqué, and I'm sharing that with the folks who support me through Ko-Fi. If you've supported me recently, you should have access to the pattern through my page. 

I probably should say that you can buy me a hot chocolate since this is a cozy cocoa house! But while we're talking hot chocolate, do you have any favorite mix-ins for this nice warm beverage on a snowy day?

calendar // new year, new kawaii crossing houses

Who's ready to flip the calendar page to January 2021? All of us? Yeah. But one thing had me hesitant and that was saying goodbye to the little shops of Kawaii Crossing and this theme I started last year. Then I realized something...I didn't have to say goodbye!

In fact, those little shops would have to be just the start of what's in this cute little town I'm creating. Because what's a town without adorable homes? So that's what we're doing.

January is starting us out with a hot cocoa pot house that has a snow kitty out in front. I think it's probably nice and cozy in there, don't you? I'm fairly certain that the resident of this home always has a nice warm beverage on the stove so they are ready to welcome visitors.

Now, let's get to those wallpapers for the month!

Just like last year, there will soon be matching patterns to go with this. It won't be quite the same as last year, but also, sort of the same? All in good time...

pattern // kawaii crossing tree lot cross stitch + embroidery

Kawaii Crossing Cross Stitch Progress 
I definitely had a plan to finish stitching my November Kawaii Crossing pattern before starting on December, and that the whole thing would be done by now. Guess what! That didn't happen!

And when I went to take this photo I realized just how many things I have around that are evidence of why I haven't finished this yet. And it's okay. If you are in the same boat as I am and you haven't finished stitching this or a hundred other things, I'm here to say it's okay. Make things when you can and enjoy the process.

But wanting to give you a fighting chance at finishing your Kawaii Crossing street before 2021, I'm here to deliver the last patterns for both embroidery and cross stitch!
  Kawaii Crossing Tree Lot Cross Stitch Chart 
This will fit into the last spot on the street, with flowers next to it. If you haven't stitched those yet (you'll see them on the full pattern), you could add some extra Christmas trees so it looks like a fuller tree lot. 
For the embroidery version, I suggest using a thicker stitch like chain stitch for the posts holding the lights, and maybe even for the tree trunks. You'll see that shown in the color version in the PDF!

And now I need to get back to more stitching that isn't this project. But eventually (maybe early January), I'll finish mine and will post a photo here! Speaking of January, I need to make a decision about what fun year-long project to do next...

review // Brother ScanNCut DX cutting machine + felt wreath project

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX<

It's Christmas crafting time around here. There's no denying that. And I could be stressed about it, but instead I'm trying to craft smarter. Which is one reason I was very happy to review Brother's ScanNCut DX SDX85 cutting machine. Any chance to creatively make fun things in less time, right?

So here's a little background for you before I get into the review and share what I made. First, I've used another cutting machine a little, but I don't have a lot of experience with all the things you can make, especially because I'm not big into doing vinyl cutting projects. At least, I haven't done that a lot so far. What I couldn't do with the other machine I've used is cut fabric or felt.

The ScanNCut DX SDX85 cuts both fabric and felt, as well as papers, vinyl, and even balsa wood, and it senses what you're cutting. Those are exactly the kind of features that I'm looking for. Beyond that, this scans items to create cutting files, even without a computer attached. I was intrigued by the possibilities!

So with all that said, before I get to what I found while trying this out, I want to be clear that Brother sent me a complimentary ScanNCut to review, but I'm doing my best to give you an honest opinion.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

Straight out of the package, I was a little overwhelmed to be honest. But I followed the quick start guide and made the sample project: a cute little gift box. I think this is the kind of paper cutting project that we often think of with machines like this. And that's okay! It even got me thinking about what some Wild Olive gift boxes might look like. Anyway, it was very easy. The touch screen let's you find the built-in designs and make something in a jiffy.

With this success under my belt, I stopped reading the directions. Yes, I'm that person. But I kinda wanted to see how intuitive it is. Also, the full manual is online, so I didn't go looking for that. Anyway, I poked around in the menu and was able to figure out how to scan and gave this a try:

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

This is a page of my embroidery floss bobbins, which I adapted a bit to eliminate extra items on the page. I printed this on my regular printer on decent card stock. Next, I placed the page on the cutting mat and loaded it into the Brother ScanNCut. I chose to have it scan for cutting and it did so quickly, then it pulled up the sample outline on the screen. One button later and it was cutting the bobbins.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

And here's how they came out! It's not a perfect cut, but that's pretty close if you ask me. I'm thrilled and I see all kinds of things I can use this for. As a hint, YOU could use this for a ton of my printables too. Just print, scan in the ScanNCut, and select the area to cut.

By the way, if you'd like to print, scan, and cut some of these, here's the updated file:

The real test for me though was going to be cutting felt. I did pull out the booklet to see if I needed to do anything special for felt. I read it multiple times and there was a part I was a little confused by, but no...it said to use the regular mat and blade. Yay!

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

For this one I set up my own file on my computer and then sent it wirelessly to the Brother ScanNCut.

Even as it was cutting, I could tell it wasn't going right. Sigh. It didn't stick on the mat properly, and I suspect part of that was the wool-blend felt I used.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

But I pulled the pieces off and trimmed what didn't cut all the way through (which was only a few small spots). You can see how a few of the leaves had bits cut out of them, but I wasn't gonna sweat it for my plan.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

I decided to try again and with three changes: First, I pulled out my brayer (a tip I read for cutting felt to really help it stick down). I also trimmed my felt piece a little smaller (because I noticed the edges were in the way of the roller wheels). Finally, I used a damp cloth to wipe off the fibers from the felt to help the next round adhere to the cutting mat.

All three of these helped and I had better success. It's still not cutting this felt perfectly, but gave me lots of great cuts. I'll continue to try other things that may help, but the point is I'll continue using this with felt, even when it's not perfect 100% of the time.

So now, let me show you what I made with my custom cuts!

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

I wanted to make felt picks to add to some twisted willow wreaths that came from Dollar Tree. My custom design was inspired by boxwood branches, but it's sort of just a fun little shape. For each felt "branch" I ironed the pieces in half to give it a little crease. Next I cut a piece of floral wire and hot glued it to the back.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

Then I wired the branches to the willow wreath. By the way, I found that I could use the scrap pieces from between the true cut pieces to make some extra bits that are smaller, but work for adding fullness to the wreath.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

To hang the wreath, I looped cotton ribbon around the wreath and tied a knot.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

All ready for hanging! And okay, so this won't actually hang outside because I live near Chicago and it just wouldn't like the elements out here.

Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

But it's cute, right? I actually made two of these and they hang in a double window in the kitchen, per my mom's request!

If you'd like to make your own wreath like this, either from felt or cardstock, you can grab the PDF or SVG cutting file here:


Trying the Brother ScanNCut DX

So what's my verdict?

The Brother ScanNCut DX SDX85 is easy to use and I found it intuitive to navigate (mind you, I do a fair amount of graphics type of work). Cutting from the built-in designs was a breeze, as was adding designs from other sources. Scanning printed elements and letting it figure out the cutting also worked well and I'm soooo excited to do more with this. Cutting felt, which I reeeeally want to use more, isn't 100%. At least based on what I've tried so far. I'm willing to put in more work to figure this out though.

If you're considering buying a cutting machine, this one is impressive and worth a good look.

Many thanks to Brother for sending this to me for review!

pattern and project // embroidered felt ornaments for 2020

Embroidered Felt Ornaments 
Today's post is a combination of old and new. These embroidered felt ornaments are an old project that I made for a guest post back in 2011, but they never made their way to this blog. I remembered them at the same time that someone suggested that I should make some patterns that are an ode to this wild year of 2020. As I drew new designs, they seemed perfect for making using this felt ornament style that I still love, all these years later.

First, let me say that these Christmas 2020 designs are not here to make light of what is a weighty year. But they are a light-hearted way to remember some of the objects that have marked 2020: a mask, hand-sanitizer, and toilet paper. Oh, the toilet paper! Sometimes making something silly is a good way to reflect on hard things.
2020 Christmas Ornament Patterns 
So here's how this works. You can download the traditional and 2020 Christmas ornament patterns. Stitch them following my "vintage" tutorial, or use them however you choose! Of course, you can also use other patterns to make this type of ornament. They really are fun to make, and I happen to know folks who have these and still hang them on their tree each year! 

Embroidered Felt Ornaments 
Here's what you need:

Felt (I always use wool or wool-blend)
Embroidery floss
Tracing paper
Craft glue

Embroidered Felt Ornaments 
Trace the pattern on tracing paper. Embroider the design through the paper and one layer of felt. Cut around the ornament shape and then cut another piece of plain felt that matches.

Carefully tear away the tracing paper.
Embroidered Felt Ornaments 
Spread glue on the back of the embroidered piece, then place the plain piece on the back. When it dries, the ornament will be slightly stiff.  

Embroidered Felt Ornaments 
Cut a piece of embroidery floss and thread it through the top of the ornament. Tie the ends together to hang the ornament.

Make one or a whole bunch! They're so easy and fun. I especially like how using felt makes a good background for white embroidery floss, which is great for the snowflake face mask or the toilet paper bow on the wreath.

If you like Christmas 2020 patterns, you should also check out my Ko-Fi page! Folks who buy me a coffee get access to a free printable version that's in full-color and ready to use as gift tags!

calendar // december's kawaii crossing tree lot wallpaper

Have you noticed that Christmas decorations are going up early in and on a lot of homes this year? We're all ready for some light and magic, and, well, Christmas. With that in mind, this last installment in Kawaii Crossing may already be late. But we're finishing off with a tree lot, including a not-so-little tree-shaped chalet.

Truth time: we started getting live trees maybe 10 years ago, but we've never chopped down our own tree or even gotten one from a lot. We usually end up with one from Menards. In fact, I visited a tree lot for the first time this week! It wasn't fancy, but it felt charming, just as I'd like to think the Kawaii Crossing one would be in real life!

Ready to add some holiday cheer to your screens? Grab a wallpaper!

Oh boy. When I draw the last design for the year, the end of a thing becomes very real. There will still be matching patterns to come for this, but Kawaii Crossing is almost done and I'm a little sad. Better start thinking about what to do for 2021...

project // holiday red cup for sew a softie

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

I've been a fan of holiday red cups at Starbucks and other coffee spots for a long time and I'm so happy that I finally have a pattern to sew your own! This little red cup softie is cute and huggable, and the pattern can even be used to make an ornament. It's also part of Sew a Softie for the Festive Season, where makers are sharing tutorials for easy projects kids can sew.

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

This little cup is easy enough for young sewists to make, and it has removeable parts so its fun for pretend play too. You can take the lid off and slide the cuff on and off as well. It's the kind of thing you may want to make a few of so you can have your own coffee shop and serve all your stuffed animals!

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Here's what you need:

Felt in red, white, and green (or another color!)
Embroidery floss
Pins (optional!)


Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Cut two cup pieces from red felt. Cut four lid/cuff pieces from white felt (this one shape makes both parts). Cut one heart from green felt.

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Use all six strands of embroidery floss and stitch a face on the cup. Use three strands of embroidery floss and stitch the heart onto one of the cuff pieces. Make sure that the wider edge of the cuff is at the top.

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Sew the two ends of the cuff piece together with running stitch. Sew around the two sides and the top of the lid.

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Sew the cup pieces together with running stitch, but leave the top open.

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Add a bit of stuffing to the cup. Sew across the top of the cup to close it up.

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Slip the lid on the top and then slide the cuff onto the cup. Your holiday cup is all ready to play with and enjoy!

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Red Cup Sew a Softie Project

Isn't it a cutie? It's so easy to make, but it definitely makes me smile and I hope that's true for you too. 

If you want to make this as an ornament, print out the pattern at about 60%. You can skip the stuffing for this version. Then, stitch through the lid and the top of the cup with a piece of embroidery floss and tie the ends together to make a hanger.

It's perfect for anyone who loves coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!