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 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 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 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. 🙂

DIY Tea Bag Cozy

If you’re ever looking for a simple and quick gift idea, think about making this cute tea bag cozy! Not only is it the perfect size to hold a couple of tea bags; it’s also the perfect size for a gift card or cash. I think it’s the perfect little handmade gift for a friend in need of some tea.

You’ll need a sheet of felt, a pair of scissors, some embroidery thread, a needle and a tea bag.

Cut out a 3.5″ square of felt. This will be your basic cup shape.

Fold the square in half and use scissors to round out the bottom corners.

Make an exact copy of your cup shape.

Take one of them and embroider simple shapes. You could also use your sewing machine to do this if its capable of making fancy stitches. I did this on a couple of my tea bag cozies, towards the top of the cup.

You’ll need to cut out two handles. They can either be backwards C-shaped or almost ear-like similar to mine below.

You can either machine or hand sew the two handles together. For this cozy, I used a blanket stitch with matching orange embroidery thread. I used my sewing machine for the other two I made, just by pinning the two pieces together and sewing a straight-line border around the perimeter.

Sandwich your handle between the two cup pieces and pin.

Then sew a U-shape, making sure your stitches catch the handle.

And that’s pretty much it. You can stick a tea bag inside and give it to a friend.

DIY Potato-Stamped Print Fabric Pillow

One of the most fun crafts I’ve done involves a potato. It’s a really simple craft that can either be used to replicate trends at a fraction of the cost, or easily create your own unique pattern. You can alter this tutorial to make patterns on tapestries, tea towels, linens, and more, and you can make it as simple or as complex as your pattern-loving heart desires.

You’ll need a pillow form, a rectangle of fabric (size dependent upon your pillow), large potato, a knife, fabric paint, a foam paint brush, a sewing machine, and some basic sewing skills. Alternatively, you could use an pre-fabricated pillowcase.

Cut your potato in half and draw a design in pencil or marker. The design could be anything from a dinosaur to a flower; an anchor to a peace sign. In the spirit of Curious Disposition and our logo, I chose a light bulb.

Use a foam brush to evenly spread some paint onto your new stamp and start stampin’. I chose to do mine in a diagonal-line pattern. It wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t going for perfect.

I got a smaller paintbrush and some gold paint and added some details to some of the light bulbs. Wait for your fabric to dry completely. Since I live in a house with a cat and a dog, I hung mine up for 45 minutes or so.

After your fabric is done drying, hem the two short sides. Just fold under twice and sew with a straight line. I needed, you’ll need to cut your fabric to the correct size. My pillow form was a 15″ square, so I needed my fabric to be 17″ x 37″. (The way I got those measurements: 15″ plus 2″ for seam allowance = 17″; 15″ x 2 = 30″ plus 5″ for an overlap plus 2″ seam allowance = 37″.)

Fold into thirds, and then overlap the two a little bit more, as much as you can to make a square. Sew down the sides, leaving a 1″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out and put your pillow inside its new case.

And you’re done! The next time I do this, I think I’ll make a wall hanging with crescent moon shapes, or maybe unique (and inexpensive) gift wrapping using brown paper bags.

DIY Crocheted Clutch

This project is a great way to practice new crocheting techniques. While teaching you how to make this clutch, you’ll learn how to crochet the bobble stitch, how to attach a zipper to your crochet work and how to sew a lining into your crochet work. Note: This project is for advanced crocheters and beginner crocheters with a lot of patience.
First let’s gather the materials and supplies. You’ll need your color choice of yarn, an embroidery/tapestry needle, a zipper, a crochet hook (I used a size G), scissors, a sewing machine, your choice of lining fabric and your color choice of thread. I also used a cutting mat and a rotary cutter, but those are optional.

Using your embroidery needle and yarn, sew along the side of a zipper using the blanket stitch. Try and make sure the stitches evenly spaced.

Do this to both sides of the zipper. Knot your ends. It’s okay to leave them long because they’ll be covered by the fabric lining later.

We’re only going to be working on one side now, so pick a side, any side! 
Using a size G crochet hook, single crochet across the first row, chain one and turn your work.

Now we’re going to learn the bobble stitch. It’s quite obvious that I had already crocheted a few rows before taking pictures, but the concept is the same. After you’ve turned your work, single crochet in the first stitch.

Now:
1. Yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop.
2. Yarn over, draw through first two loops on the hook. You should have two loops on your hook now.
3. Yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop.
4. Yarn over, draw through first two loops on the hook. You should have three loops on your hook now.
5. Yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop.
6. Yarn over, draw through first two loops on the hook. You should have four loops on your hook now.

7. Yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop.
8. Yarn over, draw through first two loops on the hook. You should have five loops on your hook now.
9. Yarn over, draw through all five loops on hook.
10. Single crochet in the next stitch.

So on this row, you’ll single crochet, bobble crochet, single crochet, bobble crochet, etc.

The bobble stitch will always be done on the back of your work. So this means that you’ll have to alternate every row with a row of single crochet. So after you just finished these 10 steps on a whole row, you’ll have to single crochet across the entire row. The bobble stitches may look longer than the single crochet stitches, but you still only need to single crochet into them once.

Below is one finished side of:
Row 1: SC in each stitch, chain one, turn.
Row 2: SC in first stitch, bobble in next stitch, repeat until end. Chain one, turn.
Row 3: SC in each stitch, chain one, turn.
Row 4: SC in first stitch, bobble in next stitch, repeat until end. Chain one, turn.
etc.
When you’re finished, tie off your work.

Starting from one side to the other, single crochet across the three sides.

Now do the same exact thing to the other side.

Now place the right (bobble) sides together and single crochet around the edges. Make sure your zipper is open before you do so, because now you’re going to turn the clutch inside-out.

Set your crochet work aside and grab your lining fabric. Since my clutch is 7.5″ x 5.25″, I cut out a piece of fabric that was 9″ x 12″. The extra inches are for seam allowance. Mine was quite large, and you could definitely go smaller if you wanted to. Fold the fabric in half so it’s 9″ x 6″.

Sew up the sides allowing enough seam allowance. Mine was .75″ on each side.

Fold over the top as much as you need. You can check by placing it in the clutch and folding over accordingly. Now you don’t have to do this part, but I did: sew across to make a hem.

You’ll need to pin the lining to the clutch and thread a needle. The length of thread will need to be about three times the circumference of your clutch. This is the tricky part. We’re going to use the term “vertical bars” to reference the orange yarn that’s sewn into the zipper.  to attach the lining to the clutch. Start on one seam/side of the bag and work your way around.
You’ll need to knot your thread below the top of the lining and then ladder stitch the lining followed by making a stitch behind the vertical bar. Repeat the ladder stitch all the way around. This way the thread will be mostly hidden and completely hidden from the outside of the clutch. Knot your ends when you’re done, and use a small crochet hook to pull the the thread between the lining and the crochet to hide.

Perfect to use for small things or a smaller number of items, like a phone and some cash or small sewing supplies.

You could make similar clutches using different stitches. A single crochet would look nice.