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!