Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Will the Witch please Stand Up!

Items you must search for:
Pelion Craft Fuse
Morning Glory fiber fill

Use the Craft Fuse to interface the back of the stitched witch and the backing fabric.


Trim the linen leaving 1 inch on top and sides....leave one 1.5 inches on the bottom.


After cutting fold stitching in half and round off the top.



Layer stitching and backing fabric Wong sides together and sew the sides and top together...leaving a hole at top for your twig "stem".  Do not sew the bottom!



Clip the outer fabric for a nice rounded seam.



Turn right side out and slip your stem into place....then stuff the inside very, very, very, tightly


Really tightly


Then place the stuffed pumpkin on a piece of paper and trace the outline of the open bottom.  



The using the tracing cut a couple of the patterns from mat board...glue them together then cover one side with backing fabric.



Pin in place and slip stitch it in place...leave one half inch un-sewn at both side seams.



If you need a little more stuffing...slip it in before the final few stitches are completed
Slip in the twisted cord into one of the openings left at the side seams


Glue cording along the seam.  When you get to the opposite side stop and let it completely dry.  Then glue it around the bottom....again let it completely dry



After it is dry slip end into the seam opening.



Your witch should be standing tall and proud!  



Job well done!!!  She is ready to gather treats!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Are you ready to be SPOOKED!

Wow....I am so impressed.  The new Lizzie * Kate Mystery Sampler was just mailed to the shops last week and some of you are already for thr bonus design finishing directions!!! Sit back and get ready to finish....!

Our first Bonus design is a super cute two sided fob.  It would also make a great Halloween ornament for your holiday tree.

I am using Comic Board....available on Amazon...and low loft quilt batting.

Measure your finished stitching.

Add 1/4 inch to width and height measurements.  That will give you 1/8 inch on all sides.

Mine measured out to be 2 1/8 by 2 1/8 inches.  Cut two pieces and cover one side with low loft quilt batting

Center design over the batting and bring extra linen to the back, trim and glue or lace I place.
Trim out the extra linen on the corners for a nicer flat finish. 



Repeat with with the other stitched piece....then place wrong sides together.


Slip stitch the two pieces together catching just one thread from each side.  Try and catch the same row each time for a nice straight finish.  Leave one half inch open (not stitched) at the center top.

Use your favorite method and make twisted cord.  I did black, orange and green....and for a little flash I added one strand of Rainbow Gallery Artic Rays Black mixed in with the black floss.  Tie off a hanging loop at one end of the cord.  Tuck the end into the top opening....glue or whip stitch the cord in place around the outside edge. 


Work your way around to the top opening.  Tape, trim and tuck in the remaining cord end into the opening.

You have finished your fob!  Enjoy stitching your Mystery Sampler.

******* If you would like instructions on how to make three color twisted cord, please send a self addressed stamped envelope and a dollar bill to:
Mona Bost
9711 N Dover Pl
Owasso, OK 74055

Happy Finishing......boo!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Black and White Spring Sampler

Hear In Hand has brought us a wonderful new project....so cute!

Here is how to make your stitching look just like the model....

After stitching the design interface the back of your linen and the cute rabbit fabric.  Then trim edges of your linen 3/4 inch on all four sides


Now you are going to have to decide which end of the rabbit fabric to use for the front of the pillow.  You want a full row of rabbits hopping across....so look at both ends of the fabric strip and see which one is best i.e....least waste.


Cut the three inch strip and sew it to the bottom of the stitching....make sure the rabbits aren't upside down...after they are sewn...use a 1/4 inch seam.


Iron seam open.  Attach the Rick rack along the seam...stitch or glue in place.  Get fancy and add a few beads or fancy stitches if that floats your boat.



Place wrong sides together and sew pillow front to he back...leave opening for turning at the bottom...about 2 inches.


Sew using 1/4 inch seam allowance


Trim backing fabric and then grade the corners



Turn right side out and iron.


Ready to stuff and enjoy....have a wonderful Spring.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Let It Snow!!!

How cute is the new Lizzie Kate Snow Story.  Here are a few quick tips to help make yours look just like our model.

First pick up a package of the unpainted snowflakes from Hobby Lobby.

Paint them white...spray paint for craft paint works great.  Don't stress if there are some imperfections   Now for the magic!!!  Grap a can of Krylon spray glitter or pain glitter and glitz them up!

Measure your finished pieces and add 1/4 inch to height and width.  Cut six pieces of comic board or chipboard using your measurements.  Fluff three boards.
Center stitching and lace or glue to back of padded boards.
Don't they look great.
Make twisted cord and attach to outside edge. I added one strand Artic Rays to the white for a frosty look.
Use the three extra pieces of comic board to cover the backs.
Center and glue each completed piece to a snowflake. Add bow and enjoy!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Road trip......

While you are waiting for the release of Lizzie*Kate's new Snow Story run on down to your closest Hobby Lobby!

In the Christmas craft area you will find a three pack of wooden snowflakes.  The HL number is 9117126.  



Super fun and super cute finishing idea will be posted on November 11.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Witchy broom....made by you!

I have used a cute little broom on a couple of the new Lizzie*Kate pillows.  Several have asked where they can buy them....surprise I made them and so can you.

Here is what you will need


The handle is made from a toothpick or bamboo skewer.  Using a pair of craft scissors cut a two inch length...using a toothpick just clip off the pointed end. 


Take a length of raffia and a accordian pleat it .  Wrap around the stick.


Take a 10 inch length of floss....black or a fun color used in your stitched piece...and wrap around the raffia.  Tie securely and add a drop of glue. 


Give the raffia a haircut and fluff out the ends....perfect little broom for those cute Halloween finishes.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Just Batty

Measure width and height of stitched piece.  Add how much linen you want to show on all four sides...isn't math the pits!  I added 1/8th inch to all sides.  Cut two pieces of chipboard and cover one side of each with low loft batting.

One piece is covered with the stitching....other with Halloween fabric.


Add twisted cord hanger and sew the two pieces together...catch fabric not chipboard.

The ribbon I used came from the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby.  You will need pins and beads to secure the loops.


Play with your ribbon to see how far apart your pins need to be...each ribbon is a little different.  Mine were about 3/4inch with 1/4 inch between each loop.  


I started at the center bottom and worked my way around. Tie ends off...clip ends at an angle and secure with a pin.  How easy and cute.

Lizzie*Kates new patterns are super cute....do you have a favorite?