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!

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! 🙂

Sock gnome…done a different way

Hello there! Merry Christmas friends! I have a question for you. Have you ever had a pair of socks that you were sad to find had a hole worn in them? I’m not one to usually get emotionally attached to my socks, but every once in a while, I lose a cute pair, and it’s disappointing. I realized that all is not lost! I decided that my holey pair of cute socks can become a cute gnome…hole free, of course! I simply cut off the worn-out bottom of the sock and get to work with the leftovers. 😉

Find the needed downloadable sewing patterns for free and the video tutorial link below.

This delightful red and green gnome is actually made from a pair of Christmas socks that met an early demise due to my puppy (now a full-grown dog who is mostly out of this chewing phase). I thought it would make a cute ugly Christmas sweater for my gnome. I didn’t want a gnome beard to cover the reindeer, so I made this gnome a girl with braids.

The free sewing patterns do not include a pattern for the hat, because there’s some wiggle room for how long you want to make it. I explain it better in the video.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you’re in the mood to do a little shopping, check out my Etsy shop:

Trapper hat gnome Video Tutorial

Hello All! How is this holiday season treating you so far? Mine’s not so bad. We have more food than we know what to do with, so I guess all is as it should be. No complaints.

This time I’m sharing with you my popular small trapper hat gnome pattern. Pictured here are ones I’ve made with different colors of buffalo plaid. I also have given him different items to hold. The Dollar Tree has great ornaments that can be used if you want to give your gnome an item. Also, depending what fabric and item you pair with him, this can be a great “all Winter long” decor item. I don’t know about you, but I always get a little blue packing up the Christmas decorations. It’s always nice to have a few things that don’t have to be put away immediately. 😉

These are the free patterns you will use to make this adorable little guy:

Here’s the link to the YouTube video tutorial:

Want to buy instead of DIY? Here’s the link to my Etsy shop where you can find this and other gnomes I’ve made:

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Thanksgiving!!!