My First Sewing Project – Roll Up Brush Organizer

Hi everyone!

I apologize for my absence over the last two weeks!  I’ve been ridiculously busy!  After this week things should slow down again!

I went home this past weekend and spent Saturday with my Mom learning how to sew on a machine.

As you know, I’ve been crafting all my life but machine sewing is not something I’ve ever really tried!  My mom and I figured that now was as good a time as any for me to learn!

My mom found a pattern on Pinterest that she thought I’d like, and we got started!

IMG_5969Here are my supplies.

I picked two complementary fabrics out at Jo-Ann’s.  The yellow looking one is actually a very pretty light cream with gold flecks!

IMG_5972We laid out the cutting board and all of our supplies on the dining room table.

IMG_5978I sewed the lining and outer fabric together with the tying ribbon and then folded part of it up to create a pocket for my brushes.

IMG_5985A little action shot for you!

Sewing the large pocket was pretty easy!  I had a ton of trouble when it came time to sew the individual brush pockets though!  The sewing machine wasn’t being very nice to me and kept jumbling up my thread at the beginning or end of almost every stitch!  The seam ripper and I became great friends during this portion of the project!

The sewing machine and I eventually got it figured out, and I was able to finish all the individual pockets several hours later!

IMG_6014Here’s my finished organizer!

IMG_6026I created several different sized pockets to accommodate the various sizes of my makeup brushes.

IMG_6032The pockets also fit my Tombow markers!

IMG_6022All rolled up with a pretty mint bow!  So cute!

I got quite frustrated during certain portions of this project, but I absolutely love how it turned out!

The colors and pattern are PERFECT!

Do you enjoy sewing?!

What was your first project?

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Cursive Initial

Hi everyone!

I made this little project for one of my grandlittles the other day and decided to share it with you! IMG_1176Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used muslin)
  • Needle
  • Pencil

IMG_1179DMC Floss Colors

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 326 – magenta
  • 712 – cream (optional)

IMG_1187We’re going to start with the light green thread and feather stitch around the edge of the hoop. IMG_1189I’ve never used the feather stitch before this project.

I was surprised with how much I liked it.  It’s easy, quick, and pretty.  What more could I want? IMG_1195The feather stitch is a great way to create vines and ivy. IMG_1198After completing the wreath, place a dark blue, double wrapped French Knot on each “leaf” on the inside of the wreath. IMG_1202Keep going around the circle.

My fabric is very thin, so you can see the connecting threads under the fabric.  That really started to annoy me, so I went back and cut the connecting threads and tied them off. IMG_1204Use the magenta thread and place double wrapped French Knots on each outside “leaf.” IMG_1209Keep going around until the circle is complete. IMG_1212The finished floral wreath. IMG_1216Use your pencil to draw a cursive initial in the center.

I chose “J” because my grandlittle’s name is Jessica. IMG_1218Use the magenta thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the initial. IMG_1220If you’re not a fan of the Stem Stitch, the Back Stitch would also look pretty!IMG_1228Once the initial is stitched, the project is complete!

So simple but so pretty!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Teacup and Saucer

Hi everyone!

I have another fun, shabby chic embroidery project to share with you!

This is the companion to the floral teapot project I posted earlier this week.  IMG_0378Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_0380DMC Floss Colors:

  • E415 – metallic silver (optional)
  • 744 – yellow
  • 819 – light pink
  • 3712 – medium pink
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we’ll be using.

Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

If you’d like to make the teacup exactly match our teapot from earlier this week, you can use this motif instead.  IMG_0386Print out your motif and trace it with your Sharpie. IMG_0389Trace the teacup onto your fabric. IMG_0390Start with the light pink thread and Stem/Outline Stitch around the top of the cup. IMG_0393Continue down the sides of the cup. IMG_0396Finish up the cup by stitching the handle. IMG_0397Now, use the yellow thread to Back Stitch the lemon slice. IMG_0402Use the dark pink thread to Back Stitch the saucer.

Once the saucer is stitched, the project is complete! IMG_0411So cute! IMG_0580They look so good together!!

I love them!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Teapot

Hi everyone!

I have a pretty, shabby chic embroidery tutorial to share with you!

I actually made this, and another project I’ll be posting about later, for my Mom for Mother’s Day. IMG_0315Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_0318DMC Floss Colors:

  • E415 – metallic silver
  • 819 – light pink
  • 3712 – medium pink
  • 3752 – light blue (optional)
  • 3815 – dark green
  • 3817 – light green

IMG_0328I chose metallic silver thread, because I wanted to bring out the silver in my fabric.

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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the teapot motif we will be using. IMG_0324Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie. IMG_0326Trace the teapot onto your fabric. IMG_0332Use the light pink thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the body of the teapot. IMG_0334Now, stitch the lid, but leave a hole where the knob at the top of the pot will go. IMG_0337Continue on with the light pink thread and Stem Stitch. IMG_0343Finish up the spout and handle. IMG_0347Now, we’re going to Back Stitch the knob.

I’ve never used DMC metallic floss before, and it was SUPER hard to thread!  It took me forever! IMG_0351Continue with the silver, and Back Stitch the center of the flower. IMG_0352Use dark green thread and the Stem Stitch for stem. IMG_0356Use light green thread and the Back Stitch for the leaves. IMG_0360Finish up the leaves. IMG_0364Use the medium pink thread and Lazy Daisies for the flower petals.

These petals are the same width at the top and the bottom, so make sure you keep the petal open and not connected at the bottom. IMG_0368Once the petals are done, our teapot is complete! IMG_0371I absolutely LOVE the way this teapot turned out!

It’s so shabby chic!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Ice Cream Cone

Hi everyone!

I have a sweet, summery project to share with you!

IMG_0224Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0225DMC Floss Colors:

  • 210 – purple
  • 744 – yellow
  • 893 – pink
  • 964 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_0236Print out the motif, and trace it with your Sharpie.

In the beginning, I wasn’t going to stitch the cherry.  Later on, I decided I wanted it, so I added it in.  It’s up to you!

IMG_0239Using your pencil, trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_0241We’re going to start with our yellow thread and Back Stitch the cone.

IMG_0246Since our design is so small, I decided to use smaller stitches.

IMG_0249If I ever stitch this design again, I’m going to make the stitches intersect instead of overlap on the body of the cone.  I’m not a fan of how jumbled this looks.IMG_0250Now, we stitch the ice cream!

IMG_0253You can switch the ice cream colors if you’d like!

Two of the same colored scoops would look adorable, or you could add an extra scoop or two!

IMG_0256We’re going to Satin Stitch the cherry, but first, we need to Back Stitch the outline.

IMG_0260Now, Satin Stitch over your outline.

My cherry ended up more of an oval than a circle.  Whoopsie!

IMG_0262Add a little, curved stem to the cherry.

IMG_0269Our ice cream cone is complete!

Isn’t it adorable?!

A perfect summer craft!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Birdies on a Branch

Hi everyone!

My Big (Sister in my sorority) is graduating soon, so I made her a cute, little “going away” present.

IMG_9599Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_9602DMC Floss Colors:

  • 703 – green
  • 840 – light brown
  • 958 – medium turquoise
  • 964 – light turquoise
  • 838 – dark brown

My dark brown thread has clearly seen better days!  It’s a jumbled mess right now!

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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the birdie motif we will be using.

IMG_9609Print out the design and trace over it with a Sharpie. I like to use the Ultra Fine Point ones.

IMG_9613Use your pencil to trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_9615We’re going to start by using the green thread and Back Stitching the leaves.

IMG_9618You can use whatever stitch you like, but I think the Back Stitch looks quite nice!

IMG_9622We’re going to start stitching the birds with our light turquoise thread.

I chose to use the Stem/Outline Stitch for this portion of the project.

IMG_9625I like to try and stitch all the portions that are the same color at one time and then move on to the next color.

IMG_9628Now, on to the medium turquoise.

IMG_9631The Stem/Outline Stitch is so pretty!

IMG_9634I love the little swirls!  They make these birdies so much cuter!

IMG_9642Finish up the bird bodies and move on to the beaks.

I used the Satin Stitch for both beaks.

I don’t love the way the little bird’s beak turned out.  I’ll get over it though!

IMG_9645Using the light brown thread, Back Stitch the branch.

IMG_9649Using the dark brown thread and the Back Stitch, create the nest.

IMG_9652Stitching the nest was the hardest part.

My pencil lines were all jumbled and hard to see.  I ended up just placing the lines wherever!

IMG_9655Continuing with the dark brown thread, use a French Knot for each eye.

IMG_9679And there you have it!

Our cute, little birdies are complete!!

Happy Crafting!

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Basic Embroidery Stitches

Hi everyone!

I got bored the other night and decided that I wanted to try hand embroidery!

IMG_6986I went to my local Joann Fabrics and bought some embroidery essentials!

I looked through several of the instruction books they had and went with 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery.

I chose Simply Charming because the stitching instructions included good illustrations and were easy to understand!

IMG_6989There are a lot of really pretty blue threads in the DMC Home Decor pack, so I used one of them for my stitching practice!

IMG_6992Backstitch

I tried the Backstitch first!  I’ve used this stitch before, so I didn’t have much trouble with it!

IMG_6994Outline stitch

I think I did pretty well when I tried this stitch initially, but when I tried to make a decorative “N” I had some serious issues!

I did well when I was making a straight line, but the second I tried to make a curved line things got weird! 🙁  I will try again though!

IMG_6995Straight stitch

For some reason, my straight stitch isn’t very straight, and the stitches got progressively shorter!

IMG_6998Chain stitch

I think my chain stitch looks pretty good, except my little chains aren’t as wide and open as the ones in the book.  That could be fixed with practice though!

IMG_7002French Knots stitch

As you can see, I had some serious trouble with the French Knots.

I only got one to work in my nine attempts!  That’s just sad!

IMG_7004Lazy Daisy Stitch

Once again, my loops aren’t as nice as the book’s, but that’s okay!  Practice makes perfect!

IMG_7005Blanket stitch

This one wasn’t too bad!  I do need to work on my consistency though!  My stitch length tends to fluctuate!

IMG_7007Fly stitch

I had some trouble getting both arms of the “V” the same length.  I also had trouble with the angles.  I think my first ones looks pretty good though!

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Feather stitch

This stitch got easier as I went along.  It took me several tries to figure out the positioning and the angles.

IMG_7011Cross stitch

Once again, I had trouble with consistency!  I think the individual X’s look good though!

All in all, I think my first foray into hand embroidery went well!  With just a little bit of practice, I’ll soon be making big, fancy things!

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