Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Embroidered Hoop Ornament

Embroidered-Hoop-OrnamentMerry Christmas and welcome! This is our final last-minute gift idea, and these truly can be made at the last minute {I made one yesterday and gifted it before the glue had fully dried!}.

You’ll need:

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-1First, fuse interfacing to the back of your 5″ square, if desired. Then embroider whatever you’d like! If you’re new to embroidery, check our our Embroidery 101 page for stitch tutorials and other information.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-2Here’s what the back of mine looked like when I finished. Now, let’s cover those stitches!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-3Cut a 3″ square of the backing fabric, fusible fleece, and wonder under. I found it worked best if the fusible fleece was a tiny bit smaller than the fabric and the wonder under.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-4Place the Wonder Under paper side down, next, layer the fusible fleece with the fusible (dotted) side up, and finally, place the fabric on top, right side up. Fuse all three together and let cool.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-7Take the embroidery out of the hoop, do not press it, we will use the hoop mark as a guide for placing our backing.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-5Use the inside embroidery hoop to draw a circle on the fabric. Make sure you draw around the outside of the hoop.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-6Cut along the drawn line. Then tear away the paper backing of the wonder under.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-8Fuse the backing circle to the wrong side of the embroidery piece, using the hoop mark as a guide.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-9Place the embroidery back in the hoop. To get the hoop nice and snug, I used some needle nose pliers to turn the clasp a couple extra times.

Trim the extra fabric to about 1 1/2″ larger than the hoop. I carefully folded some of the fabric around the hoop and creased it with my fingernail as a cutting guide.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-10Put a bead of glue around the inside of the hoop and stick the fabric down as you go around. The great thing about the Tacky Glue is that it holds the fabric in place after a few seconds of pressing.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-11Continue around the whole hoop and you’re done! I think the back is almost as cute as the front!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-12Add a string for hanging and a cute ribbon and you have a great ornament for gifting or for your tree!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-13And here are 3 of the 4 I made {I didn’t take a photo of the last one because I ran out of time!}. I hope they’ll be loved! And, one of our ornament recipients was a guy, so I grabbed some cinnamon sticks that I happened to have {lucky!} and made this cute star, you can find the tutorial for it here.

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with  your families and we’ll be back with some fun new things soon! As always, thank you for your kind comments, we so appreciate your taking the time to visit! Blessings to you and yours! xo

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork Tote

Today I am sharing a small tote that can be made quickly, easily and last-minute.


It measures 8 3/4″ tall by 8 1/4″ wide,   has two handles with binding and is fully lined.  I made my little tote with Riley Blake Christmas Basics. I love the colors of it and the cute little snowmen too!! The lining is also a Riley Blake dot, one of my favorites, they are included in a lot of low volume bundles!! Cute!!

Now for the supply list:

I used 8 different fat quarters for a variety of prints. From the fat quarters you will need:

16- 2.5″ x 5″ squares (body)

8- 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ pieces (handles)

1- 24″ x 2 1/4″ piece (binding)

For the lining:

1- 21 1/4″ x 10″ (You may also lay your patchwork piece on your fabric and cut your lining exactly the same size, because with seam allowances it will be the same.)


1- 20 3/4″ x 10″ (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ (handles)


1- 21 1/4″ x 10″


Cut your squares from the fat quarters, sew them in this pattern using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Begin by sewing them in horizontal rows and then into one piece). You will make two of these, a front and a back. I ironed the seam allowances to the darker fabric in each row and then pressed the seam allowances open after the rows were joined together.


Fuse interfacing to the wong side of the front and back piece.


Sew the two panels together. Press seam open.


Layer the long panel with the flannel  and quilt 1/4″ from each horizontal seam line. Trim anything that is uneven on the sides but leave approximately 1/4″ of flannel above both the top and bottom.


Fold patchwork piece in half and sew along both sides using 1/4″ seam allowance.


Press seams open and sew along each side at the bottom, to create corners. I sewed right below the last stitching line that I quilted from the front.


Trim the corners 1/4″ below the sewn line.


The outside will look like this when you turn it.


Sew the lining piece the same way as you sewed the outside patchwork piece, make the corners the same and this time do not trim away excess at corners, tuck them under the lining at the bottom. Place the lining inside the outer patchwork body.


Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the two handle pieces. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise and press.


Fold the pieces right sides together and sew 1/4″ along the long edge. Press seams’ open.


Turn the handles right side out, I use a safety-pin for turning. Press the handles flat with the seam allowance in the middle of the back. Top stitch 1/4″ along each long edge.


Place the handles seam side out 1 1/2″ from the center seam on the front. Do this on both sides, stitch them in place.


Place folded binding on outside along the top edge with the raw edge facing the top of the bag leaving two tails at the beginning and the end that are not sewn for joining later. Sew with a 1/4″ seam.  Join the binding in the same way you would for a quilt. You may trim off excess flannel at the top to about 1/8″ inch. Turn the binding to the inside and either stitch by hand or machine. I usually do this by hand because I like that process!! On the outside of the bag sew a seam just above the binding for each handle to secure the handles, this will also keep them from flopping over! You will be able to see that in the photo below.


Now you are all finished with your patchwork tote and are ready for filling it up with goodies. I found that a pattern and a small stack of fabric fits nicely inside. I also think it would be fun to fill with some fun treats for a child in a long car ride. Snacks and toys would fit perfectly. Or under the tree with a special gift would be nice. What ever you decide, I hope you enjoy your little tote.

Have a great weekend. I am sure it is going to be a busy one for most of us. I have lots of things to finish up before Christmas!!

Quilty Fun 1st Birthday Celebration!!

Happy 1 year Birthday to “Quilty Fun”, Lori Holt’s adorable book!!


This is the block that she designed for the celebration, such a fun idea. It is the cutest, as is everything she makes!!


If you would like to make your own birthday block you can go here for the cutting directions. And if you would like to purchase Lori’s book go here!! This book is filled with many adorable projects and you can learn so much from her. I never thought I would be able to sew such tiny things until I started sewing using her method!! Here is the link for party central!!

Have a great day!  I have a little secret for choosing these colors, my granddaughter  will be celebrating her 1st birthday in just a couple of weeks and this is going to be for her birthday celebration. Lori helped make Lydia’s birthday just a little bit cuter!! Thank you!!

Felt Animal Cookies {Sewing with Children}

This contributor post is written by Susi from Lilla Luise.


Hello everyone!!!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again :) As we were sewing some pasta for our outdoor play kitchen last month I thought we totally should have something for our sweet tooth too, right? So what about making some super easy but oh so cute felt animal cookies? Summer is still in full swing so I am sure most of you can still do a lot of outdoor playing and hopefully “play-cooking”!


To make your very own felt animal cookies you need to find some favorite animal cookie cutters (or any other shape, really, but we thought animals were the cutest choice).

We will also need scraps of felt, some beads and sequins, embroidery floss and a sewing machine.


First of all place your animal cookie cutters on your scrap of felt and trace around it – we will need one cookie shape cut out and another piece of felt that is slightly larger than the cookie shape you just cut out.  Stitch on beads and sequins – you can skip this, but it really makes them look super cute – sprinkle-style, you know?! Make sure you don’t get too close to the edge otherwise you will have a hard time to sew around the cookie (been there, done it, learned from my mistake ;)).


Once you are done with the embroidery part place your decorated cookie shape on top of the larger bit of felt and sew all the way around it with a sewing machine, pretty close to the edge.



Last thing to do is cutting carefully around it and tadaa, you are done!

Here is our selection of cookies…camels, turtles, elephants and swans.


Here is my little Miss in deep concentration, stitching on her little “sprinkles beads”.




And here she is proudly presenting her new felt animals cookies.


I hope this little tutorial is fun for you and inspires you to make your own felt animal cookies!


Stay-cation & Doll Clothes

vacation1Summer just keeps getting better! We had a family stay-cation last week and did a little exploration around our area!

vacation2We picnicked, enjoyed some time on the water, and took a lot of pictures {we haven’t been good about capturing memories lately, so hopefully things will change!}.

vacation3Josiah also helped me rearrange some furniture around the house so I have more shelf space in my sewing room! And, I did do a little bit of sewing, some doll clothes for Baby Stella {I love the near-instant gratification of doll clothes!}.

stella1This fabric is Honey, Honey by Kate Spain, Norah was so smitten with the outfit that she claimed it for her doll {even though I had made it for a friend}. Since she doesn’t often love the clothes I’ve made, I let her keep it!

stella2I also cut into some of my hoarded Bliss and Ruby stash for this outfit, I think this would be an adorable child’s outfit too, if only it didn’t use so much fabric {since I don’t have lots of it left!}.

Lately I’ve been buying larger cuts of fabric to make children’s clothes, so hopefully I won’t have this problem in the future. There seem to be so many pretty fabrics though, it is difficult to narrow it down. Do you have any favorites that would be great for kids clothes?