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:

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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:

4th of July Home Decor

Hello all! Did this past Memorial Day weekend get you feeling all sorts of patriotic? Well, there’s lots of new patriotic home decor items in my shop. These pictures only show a bit of what’s available, so you’ll want to head over to see more. Also, I’ve decided to make some youtube tutorials! That’s a pretty big deal for me, because I don’t really love being on camera. I just need to get over it! I do want to share how I’ve made some of my items for you DIYers out there. You will find links below. 🙂

I have a tutorial for this wreath on my youtube channel. See the link below.

I really appreciate you stopping by my blog!

Link to shop:

Handmade Gifts & Decor by Crafty Josephine by CraftyJosephines (

Link to youtube channel:

CraftyJosephine – YouTube

Fourth of July Gnome

Since Covid-19 and quarantine life took over the world, keeping up with my Etsy shop has taken a back seat. My sons have been home trying to do school work virtually. In order to make sure that’s happening, I’ve been pretty unproductive on the gnome-front. Ha! Today, though, I took a little time out to create a new Fourth of July gnome.

He was so fun to make, and I just love that his little pinwheel really spins! He’s about six inches tall, so he fits great on a tiered tray.

This patriotic little guy and more of his friends can be found at my Etsy shop:

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!