Tropical Vibes mini pillows for tiered trays

Hello all! What have you been up to? Here’s my latest project. I couldn’t let the season go by without including flamingos! Why I even just learned that my friend who HATES pink…loves flamingos!? You see, they are just too amazing!

I will be working on making a downloadable pattern for these pillows. That should be available soon, for those of you who prefer to DIY.

To find these pillows and other items made by Crafty Josephine, see my Etsy shop:

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you are having a great day and that the sun is shining wherever you are!


Free Motion sewing Patriotic Mini pillows instructions and pattern now available

In my last blog post, I shared with you the free motion sewn mini pillow that I made. It’s a mini pillow (5″ by 5″) and perfect for your patriotic tiered tray or other small decor space. Since that time, I’ve given that mini pillow a buddy. It’s about time I got around to putting my own spin on this boho rainbow obsession. Not only are both of these pillows available for purchase in my Etsy shop, but I’ve also decided to sell the pattern/instructions in case you would prefer to make your own. Also, I’ve made a short little video just to give you a taste of free motion sewing.

Never tried free motion sewing? If you have sewn before, it’s not too hard. You will need a free motion foot for your machine (some machines come with one, but mine did not). If you need to purchase one, just make sure you know if your machine has a high or low shank. I almost gave up completely when I first heard that because I had no idea. It literally only took a few seconds by googling my machine model and the words “low or high shank” to get the answer, though, so I’m glad I stuck with it. 😉 A free motion foot allows you to move your fabric back, forth, left, right, diagonal…you get it… without having to lift your pressure foot. You do have to lower your feed dogs, too, to get that complete freedom of motion.

If you would like to see a small sampling of the free motion sewing I did for these pillows, see my YouTube video:

To purchase these pillows for yourself or to get the downloadable pattern/instructions to make your own, visit my Etsy shop:

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Patriotic gnome tiered tray pillow

Happy Thursday! I am really enjoying free motion sewing these days. I made another tiered tray pillow (5″x5″). This one will be great for Memorial Day coming up, but Independence Day and Veteran’s Day too, of course.

tiered tray pillow back

I think I will be trying out some free motion sewing YouTube tutorials soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!

The link to my Etsy shop where you can find this pillow and all items I’m presently selling:

Spring and mother’s day gnomes

Did everyone have a good Easter weekend? It was a bit chilly here for my taste, but we still had a nice relaxing time with family and good food. We even braved the weather to walk the dog a couple of times. That was well worth it as we got to meet the new neighbor golden retriever puppy. Soooo adorable!

Today I have a few more Spring gnomes for you to enjoy. The bouquet of carnations is optional, but I think it’s a nice touch. Perfect Mother’s Day gift, don’t you think?

I usually get really excited for the colors of Fall, but this year the Spring colors are really bringing me joy. What about you?

These gnomes and more can be found in my Etsy shop:

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Cinco de Mayo tiered tray pillows

Hello there! My family and I just got back from a very nice Spring Break trip to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We hiked in the Smokies, ate too much, shopped too much, and had a great time! Now it’s time to get back to work!

I felt inspired to dig out my free motion sewing foot for my machine and create a little Cinco de Mayo magic for some tiered trays. Have you ever tried free motion sewing? I love the imperfect sketched on look it gives. That look combined with the bright colored fabrics used to make these festive pillows, and I was in heaven!

These pillows can be purchased in my Etsy shop:

I was thinking about adding patterns for these pillows and other free motion designs to my shop. Perhaps a YouTube tutorial on free motion sewing? Comment what you think below.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Spring and easter Gnomes are available!!!

March is upon us and it’s time to start pulling out those lovely pastel decorations! I’m bringing back a few oldies but goodies in the gnome department. As always, you have choices. Do you want your gnome to hold a simple yet elegant Easter lily or perhaps a more detailed embroidered egg? Do you desire a gnome that specifically celebrates Easter or one that’s good for the whole Spring season? Maybe a picture or two could help you decide.

These gnomes and many more available in my Etsy shop:

Thanks for stopping by!

Leprechaun gnome wall or door hanger

Hello! I’m back! I was hoping to post this video tutorial a couple of days ago. The program I use to clean up the patterns for you kept crashing every 30 seconds. Okay, that may be exaggerated a bit, but just a bit. Yikes! In the future I may just have to scan my hand drawn patterns and go with those, because I’m just over working with that program. Anyway, so without any further delay, this is my latest video tutorial! A leprechaun gnome wall hanger, door hanger, wreath attachment…you hang it wherever you want to hang it! 🙂

I even experimented with a new (for me) product to make his shoes and hat ribbon shiny. It’s called vinyl fuse. Heard of it? I think it’s often used on fabric lunch bags and items you want to be able to wipe down. No one told me I couldn’t use it to make my leprechaun gnome be the most dapper guy in the neighborhood, so I did.

As mentioned earlier, I started out thinking he would be a wall hanger. Then I kept changing my mind about where he would look cutest in my home. I’m 95% sure that he’s going to live on the glass doors of my hutch. Where would you hang him?

Here’s the link to the YouTube video tutorial:

Here are the free downloadable patterns:

Supplies I used:

  • felt
  • glitter felt
  • faux fur
  • fiber fill
  • Pellon vinyl fuse
  • floral wire
  • thread
  • plaid flannel
  • twine
  • repurposed scarf (for the gnome mittens)
  • glue gun glue
  • pipe cleaner (for hanging)

*A quick note about the patterns. I used vinyl fuse on my gnome, but I don’t assume you will use it too. If you are going that route, I find ironing the vinyl fuse to the felt before cutting the pattern out of the fabric for the shoes and hat ribbon easier. It’s really up to you, though.

Here’s the link to my Esty shop, if you prefer to buy instead of DIY:

Have a great Valentine’s Day on Monday, whether you’re part of a couple, single, or whatever!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

St. Patrick’s day gnomes

Happy Friday! Are you feeling lucky? Well, this bunch of gnomes I have for you sure is! While the embroidered shamrock design is not new, the hat styles are this year. You get to choose the beard color (orange or light green/yellow) and the hat style (standing tall or slouched to one side).

Completely new this year is my gnome holding a plastic beer mug filled with…green beer! Could we have it any other way?

The thing about using thrifted materials is that they run out. If you see a hat style you like, know that the quantities are limited, so make sure to act quickly. Find these gnomes and others at my Etsy shop:

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

-Crafty Josephine

Mardi Gras and Valentine’s day gnomes

Hello! How is life treating you my friends? Today I do not have a new tutorial for you. The shop has been keeping me pretty busy these days. Actually, it’s pretty much all Mardi Gras gnome orders that just keep coming. No complaints! I added a new Mardi Gras gnome design to the store this year. This one is holding a King cake! Have you ever had this wonderful dessert? We made one for the very first time last year. We didn’t have a plastic baby to hide inside, so we used a Lego guy instead. It worked. My son got the lucky piece, so we’ll see if we can get him to make the King cake this year, as per the rule.

So here is Mr. King cake gnome, and if you’ve never had it, he also highly recommends it. 😉 We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

For those of you in the mood for love, or at least feeling optimistic about it, here’s a look at my newest Valentine’s Day addition to my shop. Just look at that adorable cuddly couple!

To see the video and rest of the listing for this couple, or any of my shop listings really, head on over to my shop:

I should be back soon with more Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day gnomes, time permitting. Also, I’m hoping to put a new video tutorial on youTube soon. Thanks for visiting my blog! Stay warm and healthy, wherever you are! 🙂