More Holiday Goodness…

Friday, November 22, 2013

Retro Christmas Mug Rug on Button, ButtonHope you’ve all been enjoying the free DMC projects we’ve been sharing with you! But there is so much wonderful holiday goodness on the web that I must share it with you, too!

I’m loving this Retro Mug Rug Tutorial on Button, button – using beautiful holiday fabrics, a vintage embroidery design and 3 colors of DMC embroidery floss, Julie has created a gorgeous design that I’d be sad to stick my mug on. I think it’s definitely lovely enough to be displayed on its own!
Tshirt Tutorialon Rhapsody and ThreadThis sweet Christmas Tree Tshirt Tutorial on Rhapsody and Thread – using beautifully detailed photos and steps, Tabatha James shows you how to create an adorable embellished t-shirt of your own.

Of course, DMC embroidery floss comes in very handy for embellishing the edges and stitching the tree trunk!
HO! HO! HO! Christmas Embroidery Hoop on Rhapsody and ThreadAlso on Rhapsody and Thread, be sure not to miss this inspiring post on Tabatha’s Embroidery Hoop Christmas Tree.

Using bright, colorful fabrics and embroidery thread as embellishment, she created a series of lovely Christmas hoops for her wall  including this cute Ho Ho Ho hoop – my personal favorite!
Let It Snow Embroidery Pattern on A Little Happy PlaceAnother inspiring hoop idea is this Let It Snow Embroidery Pattern on A Little Happy Place.

So simple and elegant, use Sarah‘s free script template to re-create her design for yourself – it would look lovely on any linen fabric like our Carolina Linen, or try our Tea dyed or Glass Blue Monaco cloth.


Felt and Fabric Coaster Holiday Coasters on Betz WhiteThis lovely Felt and Fabric Holiday Coasters tutorial can be found on Betz White’s blog.

This is another fun and inspired way to add simple embroidery thread embellishment to patterned fabric circles and felt, with marvelous results!



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Ornament Party

Thursday, November 21, 2013

During week 8 of our 12 Weeks of Holiday Projects series, we’re offering a suggestion for a fun event to host this Holiday season… Throw an Ornament Party!

Invite your crafty friends over to make a batch of ornaments using basic supplies that you provide, or provide a supply list for people to bring their own. Then set a date and get everyone together to stitch and assemble the ornaments.

Choose from three free designs given here as PDF patterns. All of the designs have been created using an assortment of beautiful DMC Embroidery Threads.

The beautiful Mistletoe Kissing Ball ornament features an elegant sprig of mistletoe with beaded berries, and is finished off with an easy-to-make tassle.

Hang the ornament in a doorway or foyer to catch holiday kisses!

The ornament can be made quickly with one decorated panel and a plain back, or if you have more time, stitch three decorated panels together for a dimensional shape reminiscent of an 18th century English kissing ball.

Or, make this miniature Winterberry Mitten ornament to hang on the tree or use as a gift tag. These little stockings work up quickly, so you can make them by the batch.

The mitten is adorned with appliqued leaves and red berries, and is the perfect size for hiding a small surprise gift!

Our third design is the North Star Ornament, featuring a variety of hand embroidery stitches.

Sequin florets and easy embroidered applique are used to create these large, 16-pointed star ornaments for decorating or gift adornment.

The ornament is equally stunning in snowflake white or deep jewel colors. Add a bit of glitter for extra star shine!

Another ornament featuring some shine is this Hanukkah Star, which you can stitch quickly – just in time for the Holiday!

Use the design to make an ornament to hang on a door or cabinet knob, or to display around the neck of a bottle. You can also use the motif in a repeating pattern to stitch a banded accent on a table mat.

If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of Holiday ideas, visit our 12 Weeks of Free Holiday Ideas page to download the patterns for a wide variety of fun projects you can make.


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Christmas Cheer

Friday, November 15, 2013

Love My State Ornament on UCreateAre you ready to start thinking Christmas ornaments? Let’s get started, because there’s too many cute ideas out there to put it off a minute longer!

This sweet Love My State Ornament Tutorial is on Ucreate – using a hand-painted mini embroidery hoop, novelty button, ribbon, and DMC floss in lime green, you can create a tiny tribute to your home state! I love that this sweet, simple idea is so easy to throw together using your existing DMC floss and crafting stash.


Free floral bauble pattern on Crossstitcher.comThis sweet Floral Bauble Pattern is a free download on and can be stitched up using bright, cheery DMC shades on 28 ct linen.

This would make a sweet keepsake gift to commemorate your holiday, and it would also look lovely on your tree!


Joy Cross Stitch Pattern on homestitchnessThis gorgeous Joy Freebie Pattern is on homestitchness and features a bit of New Zealand flavor – a native pohutukawa flower is the lovely centerpiece.

You don’t have to be able to pronounce it to know that it’s beautiful!

The entire piece can be stitched up using DMC threads and optional glass beads on 28 ct linen – making for another quick and gorgeous stitch!


Charlie Brown Christmas Tree on Sew TechnicolorAnd of course it can’t be Christmas without the Charlie Brown Christmas tree! This free tree pattern is on Sew Technicolor, and pays tribute to our favoritest, saddest tree of all.

Using just 3 shades of DMC floss, the pattern also gives tips of how to stitch the base – another sweet last-minute ornament idea that would have a special place on anyone’s tree!


Ornament by Carol on Garden of StitchesLast up in our tour of inspiring stitched ornaments is this lovely piece stitched by Carol on Garden of Stitches.

Using the center motif in the Merry and Bright free pattern on Stitcheree, she created an elegant ornament that is definitely gift-worthy.

Work up the entire free pattern for a large framed sampler that will bring just the right amount of Christmas cheer to your home this holiday!



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Crochet Christmas

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Week 7 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects series features these awesome crochet projects you can make!

Make a headband or a ponytail holder by crocheting DMC Pearl Cotton into curls. They’re quick – and a bit addictive – to make, so you’ll definitely be making more than one.

They’re also terrific take-along projects that you can make on the go.

Tuck the supplies into your handbag and work on them while travelling, commuting, waiting for the kids to finish practice, or while waiting for appointments.

Use traditional Christmas greens and reds for the perfect accent to a special Holiday outfit or make them in favorite colors that can be worn anytime. If you have students, crochet the pieces using their school’s team colors.

With the wide range of DMC Pearl Cotton colors available, there are no limits. Simply pick your favorite colors, grab a 3.5mm crochet hook, a blank headband or ponytail bands and and make some curls!

For a special bonus gift, use this ponytail holder as a package topper, or make several blossoms in Holiday colors to deck out a tree or stocking!

Download the Headband PDF or the Ponytail PDF to get started on these fun ideas for crochet.

If you’ve missed any of our previous weeks of projects, check out our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Ideas web page.


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Stitched in Space

Friday, November 8, 2013

Space Flag Stitched by Astronaut Karen NybergHow many of you are aware that we have a stitcher in space? American astronaut Karen Nyberg, who is currently aboard the International Space Station just happens to be an avid quilter and crafter.

Karen shares many breathtaking pictures snapped from the station in her Pinterest account, along with her hand-sewing.

In this wonderful video, Karen talks about the extra challenges of sewing in zero gravity (wow!) and how she keeps her tools organized. She’s invited stitchers to contribute a star-themed quilt block, which will be joined to the block she created in space. The completed quilt will be displayed at the Fall 2014 Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.


Constellation Runner by Jessica Marquez on Design SpongeIn honor of Karen’s stitching, here’s a round-up with a stellar theme! This constellation runner is a free pattern by Jessica Marquez on Design Sponge, and uses DMC thread in 3866 and sequins for stars.

This would look beautiful as a wall hanging or stretched on canvas and I’d love to try Light Effects Glow in the Dark thread.

Moon Phases Cross Stitch by Liz StigletsI’m also loving this gorgeous, simple cross stitch pattern of the lunar phases by Liz – I love the polished look of it on navy blue Aida cloth in an unfinished wooden hoop.

You can find the lunar phases and many other lovely patterns in her Etsy shop.


Felt Ball Necklace on Blitsy CraftsThis lovely necklace idea is on Blitsy Crafts - simple needle-felted balls joined together with embroidery floss.

There are so many color options you can play with, but how wonderful would it be if you made a colored felt ball for every planet in the solar system?


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More Good Things in Small Packages

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Save your empty mint boxes, because we’re continuing Week 6 of our Twelve Weeks of Holiday Projects with today’s free pattern featuring the ultimate in recycling.

Cover the box with embellished fabric and transform it into an Emergency Kit. The box makes a great gift or stocking stuffer!

Other uses for the box could include a travel jewelry case (lined with felt), a sewing kit for mending on the go, or tuck a few supplies inside to make a kit for a beginning stitcher.

The pre-printed felt is used as a basis for the embroidery, highlighting elements of the design using hand embroidery stitches and DMC Light Effects Floss. Solid-colored felts with a peel-and-stitch backing makes it easy to cover the box.

You can get the PDF instructions here, and visit our Holiday Ideas page for the previous weeks’ projects.

Another terrific small package with free instructions is this simple little box crafted from cardstock and felt, embellished with embroidery floss and trimmings. Hang it on the tree, or use as a gift box!

The project was designed by Kazan Clark and you can get the directions over at the Spellbinders site.


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