Thursday, 30 April 2020

19 Free, Easy Flower Embroidery Patterns

Stitch a whole field of flowers with my latest freebies: NINETEEN flower embroidery patterns!

 
Sew a single flower to decorate a small project (or frame it in a mini hoop to make a sweet flower decoration!), or stitch a whole bouquet of them to create a larger design.

You'll find all 19 free flower patterns at the bottom of this post.

 

I used two colours to sew my flower (purple and pink), stitching along the lines with backstitch and adding French knots for the dots. I used stranded embroidery thread (floss), stitching with three strands from the skein.


These embroidery patterns are part of an ongoing series where I'm revisiting old projects from my archives and turning them into embroidery designs. I originally used these flower shapes to make a colourful floral cushion! Follow the link for the step-by-step tutorial.

http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2018/08/felt-flower-cushion-pillow-tutorial.html

You can combine the two projects, if you like, and make fun embroidered felt flowers. Cut out your chosen flower shape from felt and sew it to a piece of contrasting backing felt.

Then add the embroidered design - I stitched mine freehand based on the pattern sheet but you could draw the design on tissue paper and use that to stitch from (see this tutorial). I also added some seed beads in place of French knots.


When your flower is finished, cut it out leaving a narrow border of the backing felt. Use this as a template to cut a matching piece of felt, add a brooch clasp, and sew the two pieces together.

 


This pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many flowers as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't use them to make anything for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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Follow the links to open each pattern sheet in a new window, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.

Click here for sheet 1.


Click here for sheet 2.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Stack of Books, Free Embroidery Pattern

The next freebie for my pattern newsletter subscribers is perfect for book lovers!

http://eepurl.com/dvfYO1

You can stitch this as it is, or add your own text to the spines to customise it. If you're a confident stitcher you could add the titles of your favourite books. For an easier, quicker project stick to the surnames of your favourite authors!

This pattern is fairly easy to sew with backstitch, though I'd recommend taking care as you sew all those straight lines. A bit of patience will make all the difference to the neatness of your finish. I'll be including two versions of the embroidery pattern: one with the book page lines added and one without in case you'd prefer to stitch those freehand.

I'll be sending the book stack pattern out to my pattern newsletter subscribers sometime in the next couple of days, then after that it'll be added to the new subscriber sign-up email. Currently you'll also get a free tutorial for sewing a cute felt teacup and teapot brooch when you subscribe. 

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Click here to visit my tutorial archive for lots more free embroidery patterns and other crafty projects.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Felt Weather Mobile Tutorial: Assembling the Mobile

Time to finish the weather mobile!


Earlier I shared tutorials for sewing a happy sun, a colourful rainbow, and fluffy clouds. Now you can learn how to assemble those pieces into a fun weather mobile.


Remember: as with all mobiles, this is a decoration not a toy so make sure you hang the finished project well out of reach of little fingers.

This tutorial originally appeared on The Village Haberdashery's blog - visit their shop for lots of crafty goodness!

To assemble the mobile, you will need:

White embroidery thread (or clear plastic “invisible” thread)
An embroidery hoop (about 8 inches)
A large, sharp sewing needle

To construct the mobile: 

1. Follow the steps in the earlier tutorials to make all your mobile pieces.I made four white clouds, two grey clouds, one grey raincloud, one sun and one rainbow.

The larger you want your mobile to be, the more pieces you’ll need! Plan the arrangement of your mobile, laying out the pieces in columns to get a mix of designs across the mobile – each column will be one strand of the mobile.

2. Cut three long pieces of white embroidery thread - one for each strand of the mobile. If you’re making a larger or smaller mobile, cut more or less thread as needed.

Thread a large sharp needle with one of the pieces and tie a large knot at one end. Pass the needle upwards through the first shape you want to add (the one which will hang at the bottom of a strand), carefully squashing the shape down so you can gently poke then pull the needle through the entire shape. Repeat to add all the pieces to the 3 strands of thread.

This step can be tricky so take care! Alternatively, you can use “invisible” clear plastic thread and running stitch to sew up the back of each piece – because the thread doesn’t show up, you can sew in and out of the felt without worrying about your stitches being visible when the mobile is displayed.

 
3. Tie the three strands of embroidery thread loosely to the inner ring of an embroidery hoop (approximately 8 inches wide), so they’re evenly spaced around the hoop. Adjust the positions of the felt mobile pieces until you’re happy with them then knot the threads securely to the hoop.

Now bring all three threads into the centre of the hoop and knot them together, making sure that the hoop hangs level. You can trim any excess thread once the mobile has been hung in position.

And you're done!

IMPORTANT: remember that this mobile is not a toy and should always be hung securely, well out of the reach of babies and young children. 

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many weather mobiles as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Felt Weather Mobile Tutorial: Sew a Felt Cloud or Raincloud!

My baby mobile tutorial continues this week with a how to for making a fluffy felt cloud, with or without raindrops.
 
 
 
 
Last week I shared tutorials for sewing a felt sun and a felt rainbow, then in a few days I'll post how I assembled all my cute felt shapes and turned them into a mobile ready for hanging.

The weather mobile would make a special gift for a baby's nursery. You can also use the individual tutorials to make cute ornaments (just add a ribbon loop!) or things like brooches or patches.


Remember: as with all mobiles, this is a decoration not a toy so make sure you hang the finished project well out of reach of little fingers. 

This tutorial originally appeared on The Village Haberdashery's blog - visit their shop for lots of crafty goodness!

To make a felt cloud or raincloud, you will need:

The cloud templates (click here to view, print, and download the PDF)
White and/or grey felt
Turquoise or other blue felt if you want to add raindrops
Matching sewing threads
Embroidery thread to match the raindrops
A large, sharp sewing needle
Sewing scissors (embroidery scissors are ideal for cutting out small felt shapes)
A sewing needle and pins

If you want to make a cloud brooch or ornament, you'll also need a brooch clasp or a length of narrow ribbon. Add the ribbon loop just before you sew up the front and back of your cloud, so the ends will be hidden inside when you sew the shapes together. Add a brooch clasp at the same point, sewing it to the back piece of your cloud.

To make a cloud:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out two matching cloud shapes from white or grey felt. I’ve included templates for two different cloud shapes (Cloud A and Cloud B), so you can make a mix of clouds in the different shapes and colours.


2. Place the cloud pieces together and whip stitch around the edge with matching sewing thread. Stuff the cloud gradually as you sew around the edge, adding small pieces of toy stuffing to firmly fill the cloud shape.


To make a raincloud:

A. Use the templates provided to cut out three cloud shapes from white or grey felt: two matching clouds (Cloud A or Cloud B) and one matching inside piece (Cloud A Inside or Cloud B Inside). Also cut out three small and six large raindrops from turquoise blue felt


B. Cut a piece of turquoise embroidery thread to match the raindrops. Knot it at one end and sew a vertical stitch through one of the small raindrops. Remove the needle and set the raindrop aside. Repeat this step for the other two small raindrops.

C. Layer the raindrop pieces so each small raindrop is sandwiched between (and hidden by) two large raindrops. Sew around the large raindrops with whip stitch and matching sewing thread, starting and finishing your stitching at the top of each raindrop. You should now have three felt raindrops, each suspended from a length of embroidery thread.


D. Use the embroidery threads to attach the raindrops to the inside cloud piece. Sew a single vertical stitch upwards through the felt, adjust the thread until you’re happy with the position of the raindrop (remember that the finished cloud will be slightly larger – make sure you leave enough thread so the raindrops will dangle freely!). Then secure the thread and trim any excess.

Repeat to secure the other two raindrops to the felt.


E. Layer the cloud pieces, so the inside piece is sandwiched between (and hidden by) the two larger pieces. Whip stitch around the edge with matching sewing thread. Stuff the cloud gradually as you sew around the edge, adding small pieces of toy stuffing to firmly fill the cloud shape. Begin by stitching along the bottom of the cloud, making sure the raindrops are hanging neatly as you sew past them.

If you’re making a grey raincloud you can stuff the cloud on one side only (i.e. with the smaller inside piece pressed against one of the outer pieces). If you’re making a white raincloud the blue embroidery thread inside the cloud may show through the felt and be visible on the outside. To avoid this, add stuffing evenly to either side of the inner cloud shape so all the blue thread is hidden by a layer of stuffing. 



This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many clouds as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks! 

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Sunday, 19 April 2020

Recent(ish) Additions to My Instagram Sale

As I mentioned the other day, I've come up with a plan so I can post parcels without having to go to the Post Office: I've found a parcel postbox near me, I've ordered lots of stamps online, and a wonderful friend has offered to send me a roll of customs labels - hurrah!

This means I can start sending out orders from my Instagram sale page again. I'm in the middle of stocking up on packaging supplies so you may have to wait for me to ship some larger items, but if there's anything you've got your eye on please get in touch.

Here's a selection of the items still available from the sales I held in March...

A couple of gorgeous vintage atlases, perfect for framing and/or using in paper crafts.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

A very pretty jigsaw puzzle (so soothing!).

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

A selection of craft books.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

Some lovely First Day Covers featuring gorgeous stamps. These would look really nice framed or propped up on a bookshelf or picture ledge.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

A brand new Leuchtturm notebook, still in its packaging.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

Some floral fabric, including a vintage Laura Ashley print!

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

A charming brooch to pin to your jacket.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

A colouring book full of birds.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

And an absolutely fabulous vintage bedspread.

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 
Click here to view everything I've got listed!

If it's not marked as "sold" or "sold pending payment", it's almost certainly still available. You can message me on Instagram or get in touch via my contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Friday, 17 April 2020

New: Paper Crafting Packs!

Last month I announced I was pressing pause on posting parcels, as I wanted to avoid going to the Post Office during this pandemic. I know some people are still shipping via their local Post Office but I'm trying to self isolate as much as possible to help protect my dad, and avoiding the P.O. feels like the right thing for me at the moment.

I'm still selling digital patterns but I missed posting stuff! It was frustrating having to just STOP when I had so many plans in progress for my little business, and I'd just bought a whole load of fun new stock that was waiting to be photographed.

So I started thinking of things I could post via my local Royal Mail postboxes. I took a ruler out on one of my state sanctioned daily walks and measured the slot in the postbox and came up with a plan...

... to make paper packs!


I spent a couple of very fun days chopping up vintage books and maps and gradually assembling a batch of 20 paper crafting packs - perfectly sized to fit through the letterbox slot, of course.


UPDATE: THE PAPER PACKS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT. Thanks so much for your orders!

The packs are £5 each and UK postage for one or two packs will be £1.40 (2nd class). Each pack includes vintage book pages and clippings, map pieces, a vintage Cluedo card, two reproduction trading cards featuring trains, ten vintage stamps, some colourful yarn, and a trio of buttons. I'll add lots of photos to the end of this post so you can get more of a look at the contents.

Send me a message if you'd like to make a purchase and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. I'm sending out invoices via Paypal, which are a secure and easy way to pay.

I shared lots of in-progress photos over on my Instagram then launched the packs yesterday and am THRILLED to say that there are now only 6 packs left in stock.

Huge thanks to everyone who's made a purchase so far, working on these and posting them has been a really enjoyable project and feels like a bit of my old "normal" back again. Also, real talk, the money is very welcome right now, too!

In other excellent news, I found a parcel postbox that I can safely walk to and have ordered a whole bunch of postage stamps from the Royal Mail's website... so I can start posting bigger packages again, HURRAH. Unfortunately I can only post within the UK and the EU at the moment as I don't have access to a printer to print out customs labels for non-EU packages, but I'm working on a plan for that (fingers crossed!).

So, if there's anything listed on my Instagram sale account that you'd like to order do give me a shout. I'll be gradually adding new things there over the coming weeks, too. I won't be able to list lots of new things at once (like I was doing earlier this year with my weekend sales) as there's a limit to the number of parcels I'll be able to take to (and fit in) the parcel postbox, and I need to keep a close eye on how much packaging and tape I've got left. I should have some fun new stuff to share soon, though :)

In the meantime, here's a peek at my production line when I was assembling all the paper packs...

 
 
 

Much papery goodness!