A collection of embroidery

Embroidery is one of my favorite crafts. You can embroider really simple things like outlines of shapes, or really detailed images with shadows and multiple shades of colors. A really fun idea I have is to transfer some coloring pages onto fabric and embroider on top. Here’s an example of embroidery pieces I’ve done recently:

This embroidery is just plain cute. I saw this phrase on a fleeting pin on Pinterest once — it’s stuck in my mind since.

This one is called “Black Sheep.” It features several sheep going in one direction, and one black sheep fleeing the opposite. This embroidery serves as a reminding metaphor to push away from the societal norms.

This embroidery piece features a playful, swimming octopus.

And then there’s this one that may look familiar. It’s the simple UFO I blogged about a couple of months ago.

This is one of my favorites. I really like the idea of embroidering word garlands. This one says, “Feeling strange again.”

And as always, you can check the Curious Motif Etsy shop for more embroidery.

DIY Herbal Neck Wrap with Lavender and Chamomile

Homemade herbal neck wraps are great because all you have to do is microwave them for a couple of minutes and place them on your neck for soothing, relaxing remedy for your aches and pains.

To make this neck wrap, you’ll need 1/2 yard of flannel fabric, thread, scissors, measuring tape, straight pins, a sewing machine, white rice, flax seeds, dried lavender, peppermint tea, chamomile tea, a large bowl,  a spoon, and a measuring cup.

Make a pattern by drawing a curved shape (like the one below) on an 8″ by 14.5″ piece of paper.

After you cut out the pattern, cut two pieces of flannel by placing the pattern on the fold.

After you’ve cut out your pieces, pin them right sides together.

Sew all the way around, leaving a 4″ gap at the top for turning.

This is what your gap should look like.

Then grab your scissors and clip the curves just 1/4″ apart, but be careful to not cut through the thread.

Turn it inside out and lay flat.

Place pins in the middle of your wrap, following the curve. Leave 2.5″ from the ends, and leave a gap in the middle.

After you pin, sew a row of stitches in the center in the center on both sides, creating two channels. Leave a 3″ gap at the top so the rice mixture can enter the bottom channel.

In a large bowl, mix 3 1/3 cups white rice, 3 cups flax seed, and 1 cup dried lavender. Cut open 6 tea bags each of peppermint tea and chamomile tea and mix those into the bowl as well. The flax seed helps hold in heat longer than rice alone.

Then make a funnel out of a piece of paper and start pouring your wrap with the rice mixture.

After you’re done filling the wrap, pin the opening closed.

Now sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

And that’s it — you’re all done! Now you have an herbal wrap that can comfortably flex to the contours of your neck. And it smells heavenly!

Whenever you’re feeling aches and pains, all you have to do is pop this wrap in the microwave for two minutes and place it on your neck.

What are your favorite sewing projects? Let us know in the comments!

DIY Word Applique Pillow

I love making my own pillows. It’s so much cheaper than buying them, and you have free reign of exactly how you want them to look. With this DIY word applique pillow tutorial, you can make your very own. And because this pillowcase is envelope-style, you don’t even need to know how to sew in a zipper.

Using some type of Word program on your computer, type out the message you want on your pillow. I chose “STAY WEIRD” because it’s simple and fun. Choose a large, blocky font, so it will be easier to cut and sew around. Print the message onto paper and cut out each letter.

Pin the letters onto fabric and cut them out.

Cut three pieces of fabric – one of the pieces will be the measurement of your pillow form plus one inch all the way around, and the other two pieces will be the diameter of your pillow form plus one inch by 1/2 the diameter of your pillow form plus six inches. Because I had a 15″ square pillow form, my square piece (in a solid color) was 16″ x 16″. My two rectangle pieces were 16″x13.5″.

Pin the letters you cut out earlier onto the square piece of fabric.

Sew them on using a zig-zag stitch in a matching thread color.

After you’ve sewn all of the letters on, grab your two rectangle pieces and hem one edge on both pieces. Just fold over 1/4″ and then 1/2″, pin, and sew.

Place all of your pieces right sides together. So first lay down your square piece (the one with the letters sewn on) right side up, then one of the rectangles with the hemmed side pointing to the left, then the other rectangle with them hemmed side pointing to the right. Pin all three pieces together and sew, leaving 1/2″ seam allowance on all sides.

Once you turn it right side out, give it a good ironing. It will most likely be a little wrinkled.

Then all you have to put your pillow form inside!

I’m thinking of making a whole bunch of these for our office. 🙂

Making your own pillows > buying. Stay weird!

What home decor items do you prefer to make rather than buy? Let us know in the comments.

DIY Fake Flower Vase Art

Add some 3D wall art to your life using this fake flower vase art tutorial. All you’ll need to make it is a canvas, fake flowers, acrylic paint, paint brushes, a hot glue gun, a craft knife and a pencil. It probably took me an hour or so from start to finish.

Draw a vase shape in pencil, and start painting.

I chose to paint the vase black.

Then I added some specks of color.

To do that, all you need to do is flick paint off of a paintbrush using your finger.

Use a craft knife to cut a line on the opening of the vase.

Then stick your fake flowers in.

Hot glue them to the canvas.

Then add some greenery.

Cut off the stems (or twist them until they come off) and hot glue them to the back of the canvas.

And that’s it! You’re done.

DIY Book Safe

When I was a little girl, I loved creating secret hiding spaces for all of my valuables (which was probably only about four dollars and a couple of cocktail rings). My mom taught me how to make this book safe back then, and I’m still a big fan of the idea. I got this Jane Austen compilation book a few weeks back for 25 cents at a library book sale and thought it was perfect for this project.

(For those who can’t even possibly imagine cutting a book apart, this project is definitely not for you.)

You’ll need a measuring tape (or a ruler), a piece of cardstock, a paintbrush, a craft knife (like an X-ACTO knife), a pencil, some scissors, some Mod Podge, and a thick book.

Start by dipping your paint in Mod Podge and sealing the outer pages together.

After that dries, measure your book pages, and cut your piece of cardstock to 2″ less than your book page measurements on both sides. Because my book pages measured 6″ by 9″, I cut my piece of cardstock to 4″ x 7″. Place the cardstock in the middle of the first page and trace around it with a pencil.

Using your craft knife, follow the line you just made and make precise cuts. Be very careful, as these knives are sharp.

Keep cutting. It will probably take you an hour or so of cutting, but be persistent because the end result is so worth it! Depending on how new your blade is on your craft knife, you can get 4 or 5 pages per cut.

When you’re happy with the depth of your new safe, dip your paintbrush in Mod Podge again and “paint” the inside of the book so the pages stick together.

Allow your book to dry for at least an hour. Now you can place all of your valuables inside the book and place it on your shelf! As you can see, my “valuables” are pretty much the same as they were when I was a little girl. 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Embroidery for Beginners

Embroidery is one of my favorite crafty hobbies. It’s simple, it’s calming, and, depending on the design, it can go pretty quickly. I like to watch (or listen to) movies or tv shows while I embroider. Here I’ll teach you some of the basics, like how to stitch the most common stitch and how to stitch the back closed when you’re finished.

I start my designs by looking on the internet for inspiration. Sometimes I alter some clip art I find, but most of the time I just doodle something on paper and trace it with a sharpie. You could also embroider from coloring books.

You’ll need some light-colored fabric and an embroidery hoop. The embroidery hoop I’m using here is 4″ in diameter. Separate the two wooden pieces of the embroidery hoop, place the fabric in between, and tighten the brass screw on top.

Turn the embroidery hoop upside down and place it over whatever you’d like to embroider.

Lightly trace it with a pencil.

Take the fabric out of the embroidery hoop and put what you just traced on the outside.

Now gather all of the colors you want in your embroidery piece. I wanted dark blue for the body of the UFO, green for outer part of the UFO, a pink-red for the lights, yellow for the light beams, and light blue for the glare.

Thread your needle — arguably the hardest part of embroidering — and, from the backside, poke the needle through on one of the pencil lines.

Poke the needle through on the line, 1/8″ next to where you pulled it through the first time.

Pull the thread through. Then poke the needle through (from the backside) 1/8″ next to where your first stitch was.

And this is where you start to back stitch. Poke the needle through the second hole you made in your first stitch.

Keep doing this for awhile. When you need to change colors, or if you run out of thread and need some more of the same color, tie a knot in the back.

Use smaller stitches for smaller items, like these circles.

And it’s that simple.

To finish, thread your needle with some embroidery thread 1.5 times the circumference of your hoop. You can just eyeball it.

Stitch around the outer part of the fabric, starting at the top near the brass screw.

Pull on the strings to gather, and tie them in a knot. Cut off the excess thread.

You can also tie a string around the brass screw so you can hang it up. Alternatively, you can just lean the embroidery hoop against something on a bookshelf to display it.

What are some of your embroidery tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments.

DIY Felt Egg Magnet

A few years ago, I saw a felt egg magnet on Pinterest, but the link to the tutorial was broken — so I went ahead and figured it out on my own. Isn’t just the cutest?

I made my own pattern by drawing the most simple fried egg shape and a circle for the yolk. It’s not a great pattern, but, hey, drawing perfect circles is hard, okay? You can draw your own if you like, but I’ve provided the pattern I used here.

In addition to a pattern, you’ll need a sheet of yellow felt, a sheet of white felt, black thread, white thread, a tiny bit of poly-fil stuffing, a needle, a magnet and a hot glue gun. Cut out the shapes from the pattern. Pin the paper patterns to the felt. Make sure to cut out one of the egg yolk circle (in yellow) and two of the egg white pieces (in white).

Using really small stitches, sew a face on the egg yolk.

Now sew the yolk to one of the egg white pieces, but not all the way. Once you’re 3/4 of the way finished, stuff the egg yolk with a little bit of poly-fil. Finish sewing the egg yolk to the egg white.

Now, using a blanket stitch, sew the egg white piece that has the egg yolk piece sewn on to the other egg white piece.

Grab a small magnet (I used a freebie one I got from somewhere or another) and glue it on using your hot glue gun. Easy peasy.

After it dries, you’re done! Now you can stick it on your fridge!

Happy crafting!

What are some of your favorite easy crafting projects? Let us know in the comments!

DIY hedgehog pin cushion

Hedgehogs are adorable, aren’t they? There these cute, smiling creatures that can fit in the palm of your hand. I thought I’d make a pin cushion resembling the little critters. Here’s a tutorial on how to DIY your own hedgehog pin cushion.

To make one of your own, you’ll need two different colors of felt, matching thread, scissors, a needle, a little bit of stuffing, the (poorly hand-drawn) pattern below and some pins of course.

You’ll need to cut out four ear pieces, two head pieces, two body pieces and one belly piece. I chose to make the body pieces a different color than the rest of the pieces, but that’s a choice you can make yourself.

First, take two of the ear pieces, place them together and sew (using a tiny, tiny blanket stitch) around the edges, leaving the bottom open. Turn inside out.

Squeeze the sides together and sew back and forth a few times so it resembles a little hedgehog ear.

Place the right sides of the body and the head together, sandwiching the ear in between. Sew using a tiny, tiny blanket stitch.

You should have two hedgehog sides, mirror-image of each other.

Place right sides together and sew using, once again, an incredibly tiny blanket stitch. Leave the bottom open.

Grab the bottom/belly piece and sew it to the sides of the hedgehog. Make sure you leave a little of the back open.

Turn inside out. Stuff with a little poly-fil stuffing until you reach the desired puffiness. Then sew closed using a ladder stitch.

At this point, it will resemble a mouse until you start putting the pins in it. Then it should look like a hedgehog.

Place a couple of pins in the head for eyes.

And that’s all it takes to have a little sewing buddy that resembles a cute hedgehog. Happy sewing!

DIY Adjustable Apron

Most apron tutorials I see online are for aprons with lots of frills and ruffles. But I’m messy, so I’m not really a frills and ruffles kind of person. I literally always spill food on myself every time I eat, so you can imagine how my kitchen and myself get when I’m cooking or baking. Another reason I love this apron is that it’s adjustable.

If you want to make one for yourself, you’ll need 1 1/4 yards of fabric for the apron, 1/2 yard of fabric for the pocket and the strap, a sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape and some sewing pins. I also used a rotary cutter and a cutting mat, but those are optional.

Cut your fabric 39″ x 26″ and fold where it’s 39″ x 13″.

Now you’re going to cut your fabric at an angle, with 6.5″ at its most narrow and 20″ at its most wide. You’ll also want a 2″ straight line down from the top. It sounds a little confusing, so follow the lines and measurements below:

Open up the fold and hem the sides, the top and the bottom by folding over the edges twice, pinning and sewing. Leave the angled sides be.

Now we’re going to start on the pocket. Cut a 12″ x 8″ rectangle.

Fold over one of the 12″ sides twice, pin and sew.

Fold over the other three sides and pin to the middle of the apron. Use an iron to hold the folds if needed.

If you want multiple pockets, pin straight lines where you want the pockets to be and sew.

Now lie your apron on a flat space, right side down. Fold the angled edges over half an inch and then an inch and a quarter. Pin and sew.

Now cut a long 90″ x 2 1/2″ piece of fabric. But if you can’t do that, attach several smaller pieces together by sewing them, like I did.

Fold the long strip in half and sew, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I also cut the seam allowance afterward with a pair of pinking shears.

Using a pointy stick, knitting needle or a safety pin, turn the tube inside out.

Feed the strip of fabric through the tube you had created when you sewed the angled side down. Make sure the strip is even on both sides.

You could also use some kind of 1″ webbing if you had some, but since I already had this white fabric, I wasn’t going to buy anything that wasn’t needed.
Isn’t the apron super cute? I love it!

Happy sewing!

DIY decoupaged comic book shoes

When I was a kid, I loved reading Archie Comics. My mom would buy one for me whenever we could go to the grocery store. I’d get my grubby, chubby hands on it and read the whole thing in one sitting. Now that I’m a little older, my tastes have changed — now I’m more into shoes than comic books. After all these years, I still have several issues of Archie Comics. I grabbed an old pair of shoes from my closet and decided to transform them into something completely different using my old comics.

If you want to do something similar, you’ll need a pair of shoes (leather, patent leather, vinyl — not fabric), Mod Podge, some comic books, a paint brush you probably don’t care about, and a craft knife.

I cut my comics three ways: by panels, by sounds (bam! crash! whoosh!), and by quotes. Whatever way you decide to cut up your comic book, make sure you have plenty of little pieces. (And make sure there’s not a fan on nearby to scatter all of them around. I know this from experience.)


If your shoe has laces like mine did, make sure to remove them before you start. Open your container of Mod Podge and dip your paint brush in. Dab a healthy amount over the back/side of the shoe — that’s where you want to start. Place your first piece and paint over with the Mod Podge.

Keep doing that for awhile.

And then keep doing it some more. And don’t worry — the Mod Podge will dry completely clear.

When you’ve finished gluing comic pieces onto your shoe, paint on a couple more coats of Mod Podge. That will seal everything in. Let them dry for 30 or so minutes. Once they’re dry, take your craft knife (like an X-ACTO knife) and cut off any excess comic book paper along the edges.

And then decoupage the other shoe!

Once they’re both completely dry, put the laces back in, put the shoes on your feet, and show every person you’ve ever met because these shoes are the bee’s knees. You may also want to spray them with some clear coat if you plan on wearing them in the rain.

I mean, right?

And that’s it! A very easy and inexpensive craft for a lazy Sunday afternoon.Have you ever crafted with Mod Podge before? Let us know your favorite decoupage crafts in the comments. 🙂

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