Friday, March 22, 2013

*Free* Easter Dish Towels/Tea Towels Applique and Stitchery Pattern

I always put a little Easter basket together for my mother.  "Always" meaning every year for the last 15 years.  Which means new ideas are hard to come up with, but she loves cute dish towels, so I thought I'd make a couple up for the bottom of her basket.  But, I'm not going to lie, I seriously debated leaving them hanging over my oven.  She would have never known.


meags and me free tea towel Easter applique and embroidery pattern
Cute right?

But anyway, these are pretty simple.  They only took a couple hours to finish both.  I used some light heat-n-bond and button-holed stitched around the whole thing.  Hand-stitched, even, but that was only because I am a TV junkie. 

As far as the embroidery- everything is backstitched, except the petals and leaves on the chick picture (lazy-daisies) and the eyes (french knots).

meags and me free tea towel Easter applique and embroidery pattern

And they were the perfect addition to her basket! Happy (early) Easter!

meags and me free tea towel Easter applique and embroidery pattern


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Flat Easter Bunny Tutorial and Template

Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?

meags and me Flat Bunny Tutorial

I love rabbit and bunny silhouettes.  So classic and fun and SO perfect for Easter and Spring time.  I loved this project because I had everything on hand ready to go! All you need is felt or wool, coordinating embroidery floss, and coordinating (small!) scraps of fabric.

To start, cut around the full rabbit template (found at the bottom of this post) on a folded piece of felt or wool.  This gives you both sides of your bunny.

meags and me flat bunny tutorial

The inner ears of these bunnies are perfect to accent your favorite fabric.  And you don't need very much.  Cut around the ear of your template on a folded piece of fabric.

Using a buttonhole stitch, hand stitch the inner ear/fabric to the inside (wrong side, technically) of your felt.  An awesome buttonhole visual (and loads of other fun embroidery stitches, and perhaps my most favorite site of all the internet) is here. 

 meags and me Flat Bunny Tutorial
Do this for both sides, then buttonhole stitch around the whole bunny, lightly lightly stuffing it as you get closer to finishing it.

Finish it off, and make a small pom-pom with matching embroidery floss (matching either the felt color, or a color in the fabric.  Both is cute!) I make pom-poms with embroidery floss, the same as you would for yarn (and if you have yarn on hand, by all means, use it!) Here is a great tutorial for small pom-poms.

Embroidery floss pom-poms don't "fill" up as nicely as yarn would (they're not as round), but I liked the silky aspect of floss.  

meags and me Flat Bunny Tutorial

Lastly, sew the pom-pom to the tail end (hehe) of your bunny, and enjoy! These are the cutest spring decor.

meags and me Flat Bunny Tutorial

And so perfect in baskets!

meags and me Flat Bunny Tutorial

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Spring Embroidery Patterns

We love spring!

We had so much fun creating these, they each turned out sooo cute.


meags and me Spring Stitchery Patterns- Spring Flowers


meags and me Spring Stitchery Patterns- Bubblegum

meags and me Spring Stitchery Patterns- Bird Chirping Weather


meags and me Spring Stitchery Patterns- Honey Bunny

We ended up framing each of these, and they look so darling as spring decor, but they'd be equally as cute on pillow, bags, etc.  And for the most part, they work up pretty quickly.