Monday 3 April 2023

Tutorial: Hello, Kloosha! Easter Ornament

With just a few days before Easter you still have time to make this cute chicken ornament that is perfect for hanging on your Easter tree or using it as a charming decoration in your home. The best part is, all you need is a small piece of fabric and some embroidery floss to make this sweet chicken. So why not give it a try and bring a smile to your face this Easter season!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 pieces 5" x 5.5" of lightweight or medium weight linen or quilting cotton in natural colour
  • Embroidery floss in dark brown, red, yellow, pink and green
  • Embroidery needles
  • Soft fill
  • Sewing accessories
  • Optional: A small piece of ribbon or string if you want to make a hanging ornament

NOTE: The bottom of the chicken is rounded so it won't stand upright on its own. However, after you finish your chicken, you can gently push the bottom in to give it a flatter bottom so it can stand leaning against something or even on its own. If you would like to turn this ornament into a pincushion, you can fill the bottom part with rice.

1. To start, download and print out the chicken template at the bottom of this page. Cut out the template.

2. Put two pieces of linen right sides together. Centre the template on sandwiched pieces, pin it and trace it with a water/heat removable pen. Mark the opening.

3. Set the stitch length to 1.8 (or the one shorter than you sew with) on your machine and stitch on the marked line. Backstitch the start and the end of the seam.

4. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/8" and clip the curves and corners.

5. Carefully turn the chicken right side out, pushing all the corners out gently. Using a small amount of soft fill, fill the chicken until it's plump and firm. Do not overstuff it.

6. Sew the opening closed by hand with a Ladder stitch.

7. Use a running stitch and two strands of brown embroidery floss to trace the shape of the chicken on both sides. Then use two strands of red floss and long straight stitches to add the comb, two strands of yellow floss to add the beak. For the eye use brown floss and Colonial knots.

Optional: You can add flowers on the side of the chicken. For the flowers I used two strands of floss and used a Lazy Daisy stitch and Colonial knots.

Here you have it a cute chicken Easter ornament. You can easily enlarge the pattern and make chickens of various sizes. You can add a ribbon loop if you would like to hang your chicken on a tree. Happy sewing and happy Easter!

Larisa xo

Friday 17 March 2023

Pink Paws Bunny Hanging Ornament

Easter is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to add some sweetness to your home decor with a delightful felt bunny ornament. This simple, yet charming and fun project is sure to brighten up your day and make you smile. Whether you are an experienced crafter or just starting out, this is a perfect make for anyone who loves crafting and decorating for the holiday season. So why not grab your materials, get comfortable, and let's make something sweet together!

Sunday 26 February 2023

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

As the Winter Mystery Project Sew Along comes to an end, I cannot help but feel grateful for the joy and excitement it brought to me over the last three weeks. From the very start, my dear friend and co-host Irina and I wanted to share some happiness and mystery with all of you. We wanted to create a special experience that would leave you feeling intrigued and uplifted, would help you learn new skills in an easy way, and hopefully would help you make new friends along the way and so the idea of the Mystery Project Sew Along was born. This Sew Along was planned for the autumn of the last year, and even though the prototype of the basket was made, we had to postpone it till winter due to many personal reasons and the challenges of this design as we were not convinced it was suitable for the beginner sewists.

Monday 13 February 2023

Winter Mystery Project Sew Along WEEK 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Winter Mystery Project Sew Along for Sip Tea and EPP hosted by Larisa @stitchingnotes and Irina @nordiccrafter. Sewing together is always fun and we are incredibly happy that many of you were able to join this SAL! We are delighted seeing all of your beautiful patchwork panels popping in our feeds! Well done everybody for keeping up with us and thank you so much for trusting us to lead you on this adventure!

Sunday 5 February 2023

Winter Mystery Project Sew Along WEEK 1... finally here! Irina and I are thrilled to be sharing this new adventure with you again! By now you should have picked some fabrics for this project, most importantly 24 (or 12) prints of quilting cotton as we are going to be using them first. If you need more help with choosing your fabrics, please read our previous blog posts here.

Wednesday 25 January 2023

Winter Mystery Project Sew Along for Sip Tea and EPP

The long awaited Winter Mystery Project Sew Along for the Sip Tea and EPP party starts on Monday 6th of February 2023. Irina @nordiccrafter and I, Larisa @stitchingnotes hope you can join our adventure yet again and have fun sewing together with us.