Hello all – yes, it’s actually back-to-school time, and we’re here with some lovely free ideas found online to inspire your stitching!
What’s more back-to-school appropriate than a trusty pencil pouch? This Enjoy the Little Things free pattern on Fort Worth Fabric Studio includes the 5 sweet DMC floss shades you can use to stitch up your piece.
I love this simple palette, and that it’s a nice, washable pouch you can pop in the washing machine when it gets a bit gritty by mid-October!
A great project that’s easy to make and share, pick out your favorites and have a relaxing bracelet-making crafternoon!
This Scissors Case Tutorial on Minki’s Work Table will walk you through creating these absolutely beautiful fabric scrap scissors cases.
This looks like a perfect way to display your sharpest scissors safely – I can envision a whole line of scissors displayed beautifully on your favorite crafting shelf!
I love the variety of scraps Minki uses in her examples, and the sweet fabric-covered buttons and rickrack adornments.
This would be a perfect sweet first-cross stitch by a new stitcher as a gift for a favorite teacher – customize it usng one of our Free Alphabets to make it extra-special!
Stitch up a bushel of fresh fruits including apples, pears, grapes and citrus. The simple designs featured on the Free PDF Pattern can be transferred to your embroidery fabric using a water-soluble Marking Pen and embroidered in your favorite DMC Embroidery Threads.
In the examples I’ve shown here, the designs were used to create a vertical and horizontal band of fruit that can be used to embroider tea towels, table cloths, sweet cotton curtains, placemats and more!
You can also use the design to embroider a band on an apron using DMC Embroidery Floss, or stitch a single fruit on a pillow or pocket.
Embroider the designs in stem, outline stitch or back stitch for the fruit shapes, running stitch for the leaf veins, and detached chain stitch for the seeds. Learn to work these simple stitches here.
Their informative tutorial walks you through a variety of different threads and highlights the creative ways you can use them in your stitching.
Just in time for back to school, this DIY Woven Pencil Pouch on Lovely Indeed is a perfect quick craft that is wonderfully simple as is, with a lovely button closure.
This project can easily be personalized with some colorful DMC floss and creative stitching!
Another great back to school idea, this wonderful Embroidered Doodle Notebook on JoAnn is adorable.
The free pattern gives you a wonderful starting point for experimenting with different threads and fun stitches – get creative with your floss colors to make it truly your own!
This Embroidery Hoop Earring Holder on Sarita Creative is such a clever and lovely idea – I love the colorful geometric lines in back stitch, and the wonderful way they set off and display an elegant earring collection.
All you need is some floss, a hoop, and the fabric of your choice – I’d try some colorful Aida cloth or you could go with a nice linen fabric as well!
I’m feeling very inspired by the I Beat Cancer free pattern on Do Small Things With Love.
Inspired by her brother’s fight with cancer, blogger Nancy created this special cross stitch pattern – I think it’s an awesome way to support a friend or family member in their fight.
Let’s treat ourselves to a few hand embroidered wardrobe upgrades! Here are some fabulous ideas from creative stitchers that you can use when making a wearable using a sewing pattern, for embellishing a ready-made item or for refreshing an existing item in your wardrobe.
Seamstress Erin, a Ph.D. scientist with a penchant for sewing and bright colors, has transformed a plain bomber jacket pattern by using recycled fabrics and hand embroidery to create a unique, one of a kind piece of outerwear. Erin used Simplicity 3688 to make the jacket but Marfy 2538 would also work well.
Erin hand-embroidered lazy daisies on the sleeves and shoulders of the raglan-style jacket, while feathers and cascading flowers were the inspiration behind the whimsical satin stitch embroidery on the back of the jacket. You can find details of the embroidery here.
Lisa, and Australian stitcher from the Making it in Berry blog uses hand embroidery to customize commercial patterns to create her own wardrobe pieces. In this example she’s used a variety of hand embroidery stitches – including detached chain, French knots and running stitch – to update a simple round yoke.
New Look 6185 and Butterick B5610 are good pattern choices for this type of neck edge.
If you’re working in felted wool or fleece and just want a little accent along the edges, try using a hand-stitched blanket edge, like the one shown here and to the left. It’s might prettier than a machine stitched version!
Use DMC Embroidery Floss or pearl cotton to work your own unique designs, or add a bit of sparkle using DMC Light Effects floss. Or, select one of our other beautiful needlework threads to create your own signature look.
This sweet Little Madame Cushion on Oh The Lovely Things is a perfect project for little hands. Experiment with a heavy chain stitch or couched thread on the eyelids, and you could practice your satin stitch in a night bright red on that cute pucker!
If you’re in the mood for a dash of color – pop over to the Colour Complements Hand-Dyed Threads Giveaway on Feeling Stitchy!
Thread artist Lorraine starts with DMC pearl cotton in sizes 5, 8, and 12 and hand-dyes them to achieve some glorious, inspiring shades. What a beautiful way to customize your threads!
Download this Free Vintage Iron On Tuesday Pattern on Yesterday’s Charm. I love that she’s customized her finish with color tinted areas, too!
You’ll also find a helpful list of all the DMC floss colors that were used in this finished project – quite adorable!
This Lovebird Freebie Pattern on Midsummer Night Musings is just gorgeous, isn’t it?
The pattern includes all the DMC floss colors you need – or vary up the design with your own colors, as a talented stitcher did in this example!
All of which got me wondering – how often do you choose your own colors to customize a design?
This free Space Invaders Cross Stitch pattern on Ahooka is adorable as is, but would be easy to customize.
I’d go with a nice lime green DMC floss on black Aida cloth for an authentic retro feel!
Crochet can be used to create a wide variety of wearable and home decor objects using various weights of yarn. To help you get started with crochet, DMC has created a series of pages featuring things you need to know to start crocheting.
There are a large variety of crochet patterns available. A good place to start is the Inspiration section on this the DMC website. Other places include your local craft store, bookstores, and needlework catalogs which will have crochet leaflets, books, and magazines.
Crochet pattern instructions include everything you will need to create the crochet design, including the quantity and type of crochet thread or yarn, hook size, gauge and complete row-by-row instructions. However, deciphering a pattern can seem daunting for a newbie.
To help you follow a crochet pattern, DMC has created a page dedicated to helping you Read a Crochet Pattern. In addition to basic terminology, you’ll also find a section on common abbreviations and symbols. These are used in instructions that are written row by row or round by round.
Once you’ve picked up some Crochet Yarn and hooks and are ready to start a project, you can check out our How to Crochet pages where we feature a variety of helpful information on crochet, including a Stitch Guide and information on Blocking and Finishing a completed Project.
Free crochet patterns are also available from DMC, and can be downloaded from the Crochet Patterns page. – including the lacy throw and the pretty lace sweater shown here.
Once you’ve completed your project, be sure to check out the helpful tips for laundering your crochet items. We’ve got your crochet covered!