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Mushroom Family Sampler Gera Cross Stitch Kits

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM
  

Mushroom Family Sampler Cross Stitch Kit on Linen at Pink Castle Fabrics

These little 'shrooms from Gera designer Kyoko Maruoka are the perfect cute and quirky intro to cross stitch samplers! A free pattern from Lecien, we love it so much we decided to make kits so you can start stitching right away. 

Since everyone has their preference, the Gera Cross Stitch kits come in both Aida cloth and linen variations. The linen kits (pictured above) use Wichelt-Permin 32 count linen in the color Sea Lily, which is a beautiful light teal color-- a welcome break from white and other neutrals. If you want to know more about the technique for cross stitching on linen, check out this tutorial. The Aida cloth kits (pictured at right) use Wichelt-Permin 100% cotton 16 count Aida, and the color is also called Sea Lily, though you can see it's a bit lighter in color than the linen. Click here for an Aida cross stitch tutorial!  Mushroom Family Sampler by Gera made by Brenda Ratliff
Cosmo_Floss for Mushroom Family Samplers

Both cross stitch kits use 24 colors of Lecien's Cosmo Floss, a smooth, silky cotton thread with vibrant color. Though some of the writing on the two-page pattern is in Japanese, the chart is very easy to read and follow with the help of numbers and symbols for each thread color. Check the pattern out here if you want to see the pattern before buying the kit, and see more about Cosmo Floss (and the Q-snap frame in the photo above!) here.

If you make a Mushroom Family Sampler, make sure to tag us on Instagram with #mushroomfamilysampler and @pinkcastlefabrics --we might just share your make! 

 

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Topics: japanese imports, Lecien, cross stitch, cross stitch kit, cosmo floss, kyoko maruoka, mushroom family sampler, gera cross stitch, Techniques, Home Decoration

Noodlehead Divided Basket in Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 7, 2017 11:06:00 AM
  

Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co You can never have enough storage bins-- it's a scientific fact. The Divided Basket pattern by Anna Graham's Noodlehead Patterns is a soft and flexible bin with a divider panel in the middle to help you organize small items. I knew as soon as I saw the Menagerie Jungle Canvas from Cotton and Steel's latest Rifle Paper Co. collection it had to be a children's book basket. After my success with the Poolside Tote, I couldn't wait to get started! 

For the lining, I used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in the color Seafoam, which is a pale green. The stabilizer is By Annie's Soft and Stable, my go-to for all projects that need structure. I love the smooth, flawless look it gives when layered with canvas-- it's almost like it's one with the fabric. I used 1" cotton webbing for the handles, and Aurifil 50wt thread for all stitching. 

I opted for the pocketless version of the basket to best show off the large-scale print without interruption. 

Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co
Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co  I sewed the entire basket on the Janome Skyline S7, and I can't even begin to describe how much easier AccuFeed made the process-- at one point, I was sewing through canvas, 2 layers of linen, Soft and Stable, and webbing all at the same time, and the machine hummed along like it was nothing. If your machine doesn't have AccuFeed, definitely use a walking food to help keep all the layers smooth and feeding through the machine at the same rate. Wonder Clips instead of pins are also a big help for holding all layers in place. 
The Divided Basket is overall a real cinch to sew, the only complicated part being the divider-- even then, go slowly, read the directions throughly, and have a seam ripper nearby. Once you've sewn in the divider, you understand the construction and the second basket you make (trust me, you'll want dozens) will be even easier. All the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the steps are very logical. The only part I had trouble with was keeping my topstitching straight, but changing to a 1/4" foot helped immensely. Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co
Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co

 If you're looking for a soft storage bin pattern, the Divided Basket is a great option. I'd rate the skill level for this pattern as confident beginner-- it's easy at the start and finish, and just challenging enough in the middle to build up your skills. It's really fun to get to work with some substrates like canvas and linen (the pattern works with regular quilting cotton too) and doesn't use a lot of fabric. Wouldn't this make the best gift for a child's birthday, pre-loaded with a few good books? 

Happy sewing! 


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Topics: Bags, Cotton+Steel, kids sewing, Noodlehead, skyline, For the Home, linen, kids, menagerie, divided basket, basket, tiger canvas, canvas, essex linen, Techniques, Home Decoration

Free Pattern: Girls' Fully Reversible Skirt

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 27, 2017 11:39:33 AM
  

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Do you know a little girl who loves to change outfits multiple times throughout the day? While expressing themselves though fashion may be fun for the kiddos, the laundry can start to pile up! Enter the Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt, a free pattern for a simple, twirly skirt that's just as much fun to sew as it is to wear. The comfy elastic waist and choice of two favorite fabrics will make it a wardrobe staple, and the ease of sewing (no pattern pieces! no interfacing! no zippers or buttons!) will make it easy to sew up a whole closet full. 

Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 

My favorite thing about this skirt is the way it is 100% reversible without the usual piping, binding, or added bands that are typical for reversible patterns. All you need is two different prints, enough elastic to fit comfortably around the child's waist, and an hour or so for cutting and sewing. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

Another wonderful thing about this skirt is you can customize it in so many ways. Make it shorter or longer, add fullness, stitch on some applique or pockets, whatever makes you (and the recipient) happy! The sewing is very, very easy, especially once you get the hang of sewing down and around the side seam. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

For the fabric for these skirts, we chose two new lines in the shop-- the skirt at left is made from "Double Dutch" by Latifah Saafir for Hoffman Fabrics. Aside from the line having the perfect name, how could we resist an ice cream bar skirt for a little girl?! Not to mention that if (ahem, when) popsicle juice drips onto her outfit and you've still got to get through the grocery store, just flip the skirt over to a clean side. The happy, colorful geometric dots on the reverse side look like something from a retro arcade game. 

 

For the yellow skirt on the right, we used "Supernova' by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Fabrics. This line of science-inspired motifs, including these glasses, will appeal to the girl who would rather read books and pair her skirts with high top sneakers (how sweet would this be with a cardigan for school?) The reverse of the skirt is Dear Stella Scallop Dot, which makes for a simple basic perfect for pairing with busy shirts.  A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

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A free sewing pattern for a skirt for little girls that's fully reversible from Pink Castle Fabrics

Topics: kids sewing, latifah saafir, skirt, Free Pattern, dear stella, Apparel Sewing, kids, reversible skirt, girls, kids clothes, Techniques

FREE Quilt Patterns using Dark and Stormy from Dear Stella Fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 22, 2017 10:45:01 AM
  
Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics!
Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics!

Another glorious fabric collection has arrived from Dear Stella fabrics! We love the nautical and whimsical Dark and Stormy collection! This small collection can be used to make the really cool FREE Chomp Quilt pattern! We are always looking for great free quilt patterns and this one we could use again and again! Wouldn't this look great in a little boys bedroom?

 Free Chomp Quilt Pattern using Dark and Stormy fabrics!

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Topics: free quilt pattern, dear stella, Techniques, Quilting

Cross Stitch Kits and Patterns: The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 20, 2017 9:15:00 AM
  

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While there's certainly no shortage of cross stitch patterns out there, we definitely play favorites when it comes to a few great companies-- and nobody does holiday patterns like The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

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Christmas on Gingerbread Lane 

Of all cross stitch kits, this Advent calendar is pretty much perfect in every way: glitter linen background fabric, an ice rink, candy canes, penguins, Santa stuck in a chimney, an aqua-and-pink color palette, and sparkling blush Cosmo Floss for accents! The piece is about 11" x 9" (just right for framing) and our kit includes all the flosses and linen you need to make this a family heirloom. 

Click here for the kit! 

 

The Mysterious Halloween Town 

This fun-and-spooky-never-scary little town is filled with pumpkins, owls, Bride and Mr. Frankenstein, and a bakery cooking up yummy tricks and treats! This one is approximately 11" x 5" big and would look so cute hanging on your front door in wait for costumed kids!  

Shop pattern here 

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Once Upon a Time Sampler

Fairytale enthusiasts will adore this sweet sampler featuring 12 different stories, from Cinderella to Hansel and Gretel! This piece will finish at about 11.5" by 18", perfect for hanging on a wall in your favorite reading nook. 

Shop pattern here

Note: Most of the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery pattern envelopes feature linen and the kits contain linen, so you'll want to read How to Cross Stitch on Linen first as a refresher! 

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Topics: cross stitch, cross stitch kit, Techniques, Home Decoration

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