Just finished a basket of stuffed corn. These sell so well this time of year. I made mine for fall craft shows and the store where I sell my crafts locally. They are a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table, mantel, or anywhere you want to add bountiful fall decor.
Wow! Halloween is a little more than three weeks away! Time to get busy creating!
I love fall. The crispness in the air and the crackle of leaves underfoot mark the beginning of several months of holiday fun.
You have probably already begun creating if you make things for craft shows or gifts, but if you need a few inexpensive, restyled ideas, I’ll be pulling several out of storage in the days and weeks to come. Actually, they really aren’t in storage. I have combed through a few places where my articles and tutorials have been published online. Some may be a few years old, but they deserve to be “unpacked” and displayed once again.
I hope you find something you like. Let me know if anything needs clarification.
This project was published last year on Thrifty Fun, just a couple of days before Halloween. Even though it only takes about two hours to complete, those few days were not enough to do this decoration justice. My kids would also say the witch was around for a lot longer than that. Dig through your closet now and make your own witchy table decoration with a pair of unused boots.
A few months ago I stitched a bunch of stuffed owls made from old sweaters. They were made very primitively. The stitches were mostly uneven (on purpose). I liked them, but I figured it would take someone that could appreciate that look to love them. Seems I found several people who appreciated that look. I sold all my owls at a recent craft sale. One customer even asked if I would make a butterfly.
Okay. This is the butterfly I made and the basic tutorial for making your own.
I started out by making the pattern. I folded a standard sheet of card stock in half and sketched half of a butterfly. I cut out the shape through both layers. Once unfolded, the whole shape of the butterfly was revealed. I wanted the butterfly bigger, so I laid the shape on a scrap of wallpaper and traced it an inch larger. I decided the smaller shape would be a nice layer to the top. I made additional patterns for the wing patches and the spots.
I cut two pieces from a sweater for the largest butterfly shape. This is the pillow portion of the butterfly. I whip stitched around the edges using embroidery floss, stuffing it before closing.
I cut the smaller butterfly shape from a contrasting sweater and layered it on top of the pillow. The shape was whip stitched to the pillow.
The patches were then layered on.
Next came the spots.
And finally the buttons.
I decided to add a trim around the middle for dimension.
A few pictures of the show this past weekend. I was still in the process of staging, but the show was opening and I thought I had better take a couple of pictures while I could.
It looks better in person. It’s hard to get a shot of just my stuff without the clutter of background booths. This is a double booth. We almost always have a double booth, unless the booth fees are too pricey. We have a show coming up next weekend that’s a single booth. I’ll have to edit a lot.