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:
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:
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.
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:
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!
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?
*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:
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.
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:
Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Halloween and just the right amount of candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. 😉 I hate to be one of those people who just skips over Thanksgiving and goes right to Christmas, but…I’m going to be. To be fair, I have done some Fall and Thanksgiving gnome tutorials already this year, so I didn’t really skip Thanksgiving. I’m just all over the place.
Speaking of Fall, I uploaded a video tutorial for a jumbo gnome holding a hand felted pumpkin latte awhile ago. The amateur video editor that I am, I didn’t realize that a bunch of my video footage went missing somehow during the editing process. I uploaded the video thinking all was good, but all was not! If you are one of the people who saw that hot mess, I apologize. That video in mind, I decided to make a video tutorial that was very similar for Christmas. Instead of a pumpkin latte, though, this BIG guy is holding a piping hot mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. Here’s the link to the video tutorial and the free patterns you can use.
Hello and Happy Halloween Season to you! Before the day passes us by, I just want to squeeze in one more Halloween gnome tutorial. Don’t be fooled, just because she’s tiny (around 6 or 7inches tall), she has a mighty decor impact! She’s ready to glam up your Halloween tiered tray, shelf, fireplace mantel, coffee bar….you get it. Wherever!
Here are the links to the YouTube video tutorial and the free downloadable patterns: