Woolie Bird Stuffies

1-DSCF0473Another project completed!

2-DSCF0474My drawer of felted wool sweater pieces was calling to me for inspiration. Seriously! I mean there is just so much organizing and unpacking I can do before I gotta be creative.

4-DSCF0478I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make until I began sorting through some old applique patterns. I had a couple of bird patterns that I thought would look a whole lot better if they were enlarged and stuffed.

7-DSCF0487I was right. The boring flat appliques came to life with their transformation.

6-DSCF0486I think they have a primitive quality that I love.

5-DSCF0482Check out the whole flock!

Enjoy!

Recycled Neck Tie Pincushion Tutorial

tie pincushion 8Recycled Neck Tie Pincushion

New tutorial on FaveCrafts.

tie pincushion 5The appliqued spool shape on this pincushion was made using a recycled neck tie.

tie pincushion 8Talk about a quickie craft, this pincushion took less than 30 minutes to sew. One neck tie will yield several appliques.

Enjoy!

Making Chenille Candy Cane Bombs

Okay, maybe not bombs, but by the time I finished this pile of chenille candy canes I felt like I had been disarming a bomb for hours.

The chenille bedspread I used was a hobnail chenille bedspread. That means the bumpy cord that makes the design isn’t fuzzy. It looks a lot more like candlewicking, and isn’t necessarily soft. But it looks really, really cool, so I just have to use it…no matter if doing so turns me into a nervous wreck.

The sewing on these requires each candy stripe to be top stitched to the chenille cane shape. Once completed, the striped candy cane is stitched to another layer of chenille.


As I am stitching along…minding my own business…my needle will stitch over one (or several) of those hobnail bumps causing the needle to freeze, as my machine screeches and begins beeping like a bomb that is getting ready to blow. Like a crazy person, I punch the appropriate buttons and adjust the needle to quiet my nerves the machine.

Once calmed, I continued sewing, only to have it happen again and again. It was so worth it! I just love the way a bunch of these look piled in a basket.

You can find the complete tutorial here.

Halloween and Fall Tutorials

Halloween projects I have been working on.

Wood Siding Pumpkin Wall Hanger

This pumpkin was crafted from wood salvaged from an old house.

Fall Pumpkin Using An Old Paperback

There is a new purpose for everything.

Burlap Wall Bag For Fall

The appliques are silk leaves.

Witch Boot Bowl Fillers

Made from old wool suits.

Domino Pumpkins

I’m making lots of these for fall craft shows.

Enjoy!