Monday 2 October 2023

The Sycamore Gap Tree - Free Felt Ornament Tutorial

Sew a felt ornament to commemorate the beautiful (and now sadly felled) Sycamore Gap tree on Hadrian's Wall!

The shocking news has prompted such an outpouring of love for the tree, and for our connections with nature and the landscapes that mean so much to us.

I thought it would be nice to design a felt ornament to celebrate and remember that specialness!

The step by step sewing tutorial includes templates and instructions for making three different Sycamore Gap ornaments - a sunny summer's day, a sunset scene, and a night-time scene with a starry sky.

Choose the design you prefer, or make the whole set!

Click here to find the free downloadable Sycamore Gap pattern on my Patreon.

Friday 8 September 2023

Hello Autumn: A Little Tree Embroidery Pattern

A few years ago I shared some little tree embroidery patterns, and a "Hello Spring" pattern featuring one of the trees.  

Obviously I couldn't resist revisiting the design to create an autumnal version! 

I've replaced "hello spring" with "hello autumn" (of course) and swapped out the flowers for some leaves and mushrooms. 

Printed at 100% the design fits nicely in a 4 inch embroidery hoop. You could use it to make a seasonal decoration, or stitch it on a patchwork panel or another larger sewing project.  

Here's how my finished spring embroidery turned out:

I embroidered my "hello spring" design mainly with backstitch, which would also work great for the autumn version. I used stranded embroidery thread (floss), stitching with three of the six strands from the skein. 

After sewing the main lines of the tree, I added some extra lines of running stitch for more detail and general cuteness. I used the same shade of green throughout but you could use two or three different shades of brown and orange when you're sewing your autumnal tree, to represent the changing colours of the leaves. Scattered single stitches would also look great to fill up the canopy shape!


This pattern is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many trees as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't use it to make anything for sale. Thanks!

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Monday 22 May 2023

Ice Lollies: Summer Sampler Embroidery Patterns

Stitch a colourful ice lolly or two with a pair of embroidery patterns, now available on my Patreon!

There are two lolly designs to choose from - this classic lolly shape, and a rocket lolly.

Printed at 100% each lolly pattern fits nicely inside a 6 inch embroidery hoop. They're easy to sew and would be a great project to make with your kids or when you want to learn some new decorative stitches.

Use backstitch or your own favourite line stitch to embroider your chosen pattern...

 ... then get creative and fill in the different sections with fun stitches! 

I used a full thickness (all six strands) of embroidery thread (floss) for the lolly outline, then two strands of thread for the details. 

 From top to bottom, I used: single scattered stitches, French knots, sheaf stitch, and chain stitch.

This pair of ice lolly embroidery patterns are now available in my Patreon pattern library.

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Thursday 18 May 2023

FREE Felt Tampongate Ornament Tutorial & Happy Tampon Embroidery Pattern

This Coronation-inspired project definitely isn't everyone's cup of tea but the idea popped into my head and I simply could not resist making it!! Sorry!! :)

Sew a very silly, VERY CHEEKY ornament to celebrate the Coronation, the classic Royal scandal that was Tampongate, and the relationship between our King and Queen* 



(*I think The Tampon Conversation is actually a very cute and funny example of how well suited they are for each other!) 

As well as templates and instructions for sewing a Tampongate ornament, I've also included an embroidery pattern version of the design which fits neatly in a 3 inch embroidery hoop.

There's also an embroidery pattern of a cute little tampon on its own, and of course you can leave off the felt crown and just make a felt tampon ornament for any occasion!

Charles & Camilla Tampongate Felt Ornament


A little felt tampon ornament would be fun to stitch as a first period present, to fundraise to help women and girls in period poverty, or just to help promote more open and relaxed conversations around the topic of periods. 

And the happy tampon pattern would look very cute stitched on a pouch for storing your period supplies!

Charles & Camilla Tampongate Felt Ornament

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Merry Corribobs! A Coronation Embroidery Pattern

Merry Corribobs Fun Coronation Embroidery Pattern


This slightly silly embroidery pattern is inspired by the British habit of saying things like “Hollibobs” instead of “Holidays”...

Recent examples include “The Panny D” (The Covid Pandemic), “The Platty Jubes” (The Platinum Jubilee), and “The Cozzie Livs” (The Cost of Living Crisis). 

I saw someone using “the Corribobs” instead of “the Coronation” and… well, I just couldn’t resist embroidering it :)


This pattern is fun and easy to stitch, and I've included a guide to how I stitched my version. 

It makes me giggle every time I see it and I hope it'll make you laugh, too!


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Coronation Crowns + Jewelled Crowns, Felt Crown Tutorials

As promised, here are some more fun felt crown tutorials!

fun felt crown tutorials


These easy sewing patterns available on my Patreon will guide you through making four different styles of felt crown - as mementos of the Coronation of King Charles III, or just for dressing up as a King, Queen, Prince, or Princess whenever you fancy!

Coronation crowns felt sewing tutorial

jewelled felt crowns sewing tutorial

These tutorials are based on the basic felt crowns tutorial I shared earlier, with four different variations to try...

 .... a simple patriotic crown in red, white, and blue (great for Royal events here in the UK, or the 4th of July in the USA!)

red white and blue felt crown tutorial


.... an embroidered commemorative crown celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III.

Coronation of King Charles III felt crown tutorial


... a sparkly crown decorated with beads and sequins.

sparkly jewelled felt crown tutorial


.... and a crown decorated with embroidered felt "gems", with step by step instructions and diagrams for the embroidery.

felt crown tutorial with embroidered gems


I'm particularly delighted by the embroidered gems and want to sew them on everything now.

I think one on its own would totally work as a fabulous felt brooch!

felt embroidered gemstones jewels tutorial


The CRIII monogram / cypher would also look great embroidered onto a felt bauble as a quick-to-sew memento of the Coronation year!

King Charles III monogram embroidery pattern

Easy Felt Crowns Sewing Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a whole flurry of Coronation-themed craft projects over on my Patreon: starting with a step by step tutorial for sewing two styles of simple felt crowns...

Easy Felt Crown Sewing Tutorial

Felt Princess Crown Sewing Tutorial

Most of the projects I'll be sharing today are things that would make nice or fun mementos of the Coronation (if you're a fan of the Royals or just enjoyed watching the big spectacle!)... but felt crowns are obviously for LIFE not just for Coronation celebrations!

These felt crowns are designs I used to sell in my Etsy shop many years ago. I shared the tutorial here on my blog at one point, but it's now exclusively available as a printable PDF pattern for my Patreon subscribers. 

Felt Crown Sewing Tutorials

The crowns are super easy to make, and are great for costume parties, Halloween, and all kinds of other fancy dress occasions. 

You can also easily customise them with different colours and decorative details - and I'll be sharing four ideas for that (on a Coronation-them, of course!) shortly. 

P.S. Yes I know the Coronation was a couple of weeks ago - I wish I'd had the time and energy to get all these projects sorted earlier, but I hope you'll enjoy them all anyway xxx

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Monday 1 May 2023

Felt Crown Ornament Tutorial for the Coronation of King Charles III (& Coronation Embroidery Patterns!)

Sew a sparkly felt crown ornament to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III!

I've had so much fun sewing these little crowns, and I hope you guys will too. They'd be fun to sew over the Coronation weekend, or for your tree this Christmas as a memento of 2023.

The design is based on St Edward's Crown - part of the British Crown Jewels, and the crown which will be used at the exact moment of the King's coronation during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. 

The printable PDF tutorial includes the templates and step-by-step instructions with lots of photos and helpful hints and tips.

It's now available as an instant download in my Etsy shop, and I've also added it to my Patreon pattern library.

If you don't want to sew your own crown but would love one as a keepsake you're in luck, as I'm selling the handmade ornaments too!

As well as the felt crowns tutorial I've shared some Coronation-themed embroidery patterns over on Patreon, which would also make great colouring pages (perfect for making some DIY decorations!). 

There's a Coronation Crown Embroidery Pattern - the full design with the lettering "The Coronation of King Charles III, 6th May 2023", designed to fit in a 7 inch embroidery hoop, and the crown on its own if you'd like to just stitch that or add your own custom lettering. 

I've also included a couple of pages with repeats of the crown design so you can easily print out lots of crowns for some group colouring-in sessions or to make a paper crown garland.

There's also a Cute Coronation Embroidery Pattern with a sweet little lion and unicorn. I've included the little union flag heart as a separate pattern, and repeated lots of times on the final page so you can easily print and make some DIY bunting. The heart would look fab stitched on felt to make a little ornament - just add the date of the Coronation on the back to turn it into a memento of the day.

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Saturday 25 March 2023

Join My Pattern Club For All This Crafty Goodness (& More!)

I am absolutely loving having a Patreon and sharing easy-to-print PDF embroidery patterns and felt craft tutorials with my subscribers, but I find it a little frustrating how all the images are blurred out for non-subscribers so you can't easily browse and preview what you're signing up for. 

Sooo... I decided to make a page here on my blog with snazzy little collages of lots of the projects I've added to the pattern library so far. That way I can link people to the page to show them what they'll get when they sign up, and I can easily keep the page updated by making a new collage every time I've added a whole bunch more projects.

Well, that's the plan anyway! :)

In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to pop all the collages in a blog post here on my main feed as well because GOSH IT IS NICE seeing all these projects together!

If you're interested in joining my Patreon, it's just £3 (+VAT) (or your local sales taxes if you're outside Europe) per month and you'll be supporting my creative work while getting access to all this crafty goodness and an email in your inbox whenever I add something new.


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