These gorgeous felt and fabric coasters are offered as a free pattern on The Purl Bee. And that large, blank space in the center is just begging for some lovely embroidered embellishment, isn’t it?
Substitute Aida cloth or linen for the center panel and customize your coasters with a cross stitch monogram using this elegant free alphabet on About.com or, stick with the felt panel and try this beautiful alphabet to practice your feather stitches and French knots.
This Scandinavian-inspired free tea towel design is available as a free download on Dollar Store Crafts. Using transfer paper, a tea towel or fabric, you can easily create a printed calendar with this gorgeous graphic.
How about working on your New Year’s resolutions… in embroidered form? This free 2014 Resolutions pattern is available on Sew Lovely and is a sweet way to keep yourself honest this New Year.
Wouldn’t it be nice to use this list to catalog your crafting and embroidery-related resolutions? For example, why not make a list of new stitches to try, and embroider them right onto your list?
And now that I’ve gotten us onto the topic of crafting resolutions, why not share some of yours with us? What are YOUR crafting resolutions this year? What threads will you try next? What stitches do you want to learn this year? What craft would you like to master? We’d love to hear it all!
This easy bangle bracelet makes a perfect gift and can be worked up quickly using floss and charms and a plain wood or plastic bracelet.
… And if you’re giving a scarf as a gift or buying one for yourself, don’t throw away that clear plastic ring that held the scarf in the store! Save it and transform it into a fast and easy fashion bracelet with DMC Embroidery Floss and small charms.
It’s the ultimate in upcycling – and makes a terrific gift! Get the PDF pattern here.
So, what do you give the stitcher who has… everything? The answer? A handmade needlebook! This week’s roundup of internet inspiration is dedicated to needlebooks!
You can tailor a needlebook to any stitcher’s tastes by choosing just the right fabric. Every stitcher knows we are always hunting for a needle, so grab a few packages of DMC needles to fill it with, and get stitching!
Learn how to make this elegant Hardcover Needlebook on The Studiolo – using gorgeous fabrics and scraps of ribbon and felt, Casey created some fabulous needlebooks.
A gorgeous example of what you can do with the preceding needlebook tutorial is this embroidered version by Karen on Faeries and Fibres.
Using felt leaf shapes, beads, and DMC floss in variegated shades, Karen created this beautiful leaf design for her needlebook cover. I love the way the color contrasts nicely with the green fabric she chose. Inspiring!
For a needlebook with a holiday theme – how about this Christmas Tree Needlebook Tutorial on Nero’s Post and Patch?
I love the bold patchwork design and the complementary fabrics that Teje chose for her cover. If sewing and patchwork are not your forte, try cutting a simple tree shape out of felt and handstitching it!
This Needlebook Tutorial on NanaCompany is another great example of a sweet patchwork design.
But I must admit I am really quite drawn to Amy’s gorgeous pin and button collection – a reminder that this is a great way display vintage needles and pins in your collection! All the little details and trims she’s added are perfect, as well.
Not much of a sewing machine crafter? This beautiful Primrose Needlebook on Simply Vintagegirl is breathtaking and completely hand-sewn.
The detailed stitching on this piece is just exquisite, and Emily walks you through her entire process with helpful tips – I highly recommend a visit!
On the blog Poppy in Stitches you’ll find a number of inspiring needlecase designs, including this elegant envelope one, created with an envelope template.
You’ll also find a simple Needlecase Tutorial that can easily be hand or machine stitched. All of her designs are gorgeous and inspired!
Have we inspired you yet? If you make a needlebook this season, will you share it with us? We’d love to see what you make!
We’ve reached week 12 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects series here on the blog. Time sure flies when we’re having fun – it’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this 12 weeks now, and that next week is Christmas!
To help you with your package prettification process, this week’s theme is gift wrapping.
Give your gifts a stitcher’s handmade touch using DMC Needlework Threads as trimmings. Many of the ideas in today’s Free PDF Pattern use some of the techniques featured previously in our Twelve Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas.
An assortment of embroidery threads has been used to wrap the beautiful gifts shown here, including Embroidery Floss, Memory Thread, Light Effects Floss, and our pretty gold CharlesCraft Stardust Aida! Use our suggested colors and materials or choose your own to coordinate with your wrapping paper.
If you missed any of the previous weeks of fun including the tiny wreath and no-hassle tassels, you can find links to the pdfs from the previous 11 weeks on our Free Holiday Ideas page.
And as a special treat for stitchers, any orders of $25 or more placed through our DMC Shopping Centre between now and December 24th will receive a FREE DMC mug (while quantities last. US and Canada orders only).
We’re at week 11 of the 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas and this week we have two beautiful projects for you!
How about these Tiny Floss Wreaths crafted with DMC embroidery floss? I love the teeny-tiny scale of this project, and how quickly you can turn just a few lengths of floss into a darling wreath.
You might want to pull out some sharp DMC embroidery scissors, perfect for tiny details. These little wreaths would make wonderful pins, wine charms, gift tags, or earrings – let your imagination be your guide!
Our color suggestions for this project feature traditional holiday shades, but don’t be afraid to experiment with all of our lovely Memory Thread shades – I can see this concept working equally well in aqua, turquoise, and fuchsia.
This is also a great chance to recycle scraps of lovely holiday wrap for extra shine!
Click the title links for each of these projects to download a PDF project file.
And if you’ve missed any of the previous weeks of crafting and stitching fun, visit the web page to catch up!
This is my favorite time – right in the middle of the holidays, when you’re surrounded by music and ideas and inspiration, and there’s still just a bit of time left to strike some crafting off your list!
This teeny Gingerbread House Ornament on Cutesy Crafts is squeal-worthy – the tiny felt house opens to reveal two equally tiny gingerbread men inside!
This adorable Felt Mistletoe on Stay At Home Artist is simple, sweet, and elegant enough to look perfect over your door this holiday.
I also love these Stitchable or Printable Holiday Photo Props on Sweetie Pie Bakery – what a cute way to spend some silly hours with family and create some hilarious images for your photo album!
Make a Santa hat and beard or Rudolph nose and antlers from felt, or just print the cute templates on cardstock and use that way. The post includes a full tutorial guide to sewing your pieces together.
This wonderful Felt and Fabric Scrap Garland on Noodlehead is a great way to use up Christmas fabric scraps or Christmas cards or wrapping paper.
In addition to garland, the tutorial shows how you can use these sweet trees as gift tags and ornaments – lovely!
This cute Reindeer Head on Red Brolly is sweet papercraft meant to decorate the top of a Reindeer feed bag (complete with a recipe.) This would also make an adorable felt mask if you enlarge it a bit or ornament or gift embellishment.
I’d love to get creative with some stitches on Rudolph’s nose, maybe with some Light Effects floss in Red Ruby.
Last up – this gorgeous Felt Cardinal Ornament on Down East Thunder Farm has such simple, lovely lines, but is still so realistic and inspired.
There are tons of beautiful free bird patterns on Susan’s site – so that you could easily create a entire bird-themed tree this year! Or, they’d be lovely as a gift or magnet.