Free January Calendar

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Happy January!

This is one of my favorite January projects. Mine hangs on my studio wall to remind me to start every day with a good attitude. 🙂

It’s a free pattern if you want to make one for yourself! Get it here.

Here’s the free wallpaper for the month in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Add a Name and Date to Your Felt Ornaments

Free ABC Pattern and Instructions to Personalize the Back of a Felt OrnamentAll my ornament patterns have solid felt backs – no applique or embroidery. That makes it the perfect spot to add a name or date!

In my family and in my husband’s family, it was a tradition to give handmade ornaments to the kids every year. Having our names on them somewhere was absolutely necessary since we both have siblings. 🙂

Now that I’m a grown-up with my own daughter it’s fantastic to have those dates too. She loves knowing how old we were when we got each ornament and who made them for us. 🙂

It’s easy to add a bit of embroidery to the back of your felt ornaments. Here’s how.

Download the ABC pattern I used here. You can also choose to type up your name and date and adjust the size and choose the font – but be sure to choose a font that’s mostly straight lines with minimal tight curves so it’s easy to embroider.

Now grab a piece of Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy.

This is a great use for any small scraps you’ve saved. 🙂

Draw a straight line to use as a guide to line the letters or numbers up, then trace them onto the stabilizer.

Free ABC Pattern and Instructions to Personalize the Back of a Felt Ornament

Peel off the backing, stick the stabilizer to the felt, and stitch right through it.

Free ABC Pattern and Instructions to Personalize the Back of a Felt Ornament

I used backstitch with three strands of white thread.

I traced the date in pencil. It can be a bit hard to see, but there’s NO chance of it bleeding on the white thread. Most pens bleed a lot – test yours or use a pencil.

After you’re done stitching, soak off the stabilizer in cold water and lay the piece flat to dry.

Finish making your ornament according to the pattern instructions. (You can find all the Shiny Happy World ornament patterns here. More coming later this week!)

Free ABC Pattern and Instructions to Personalize the Back of a Felt Ornament

Now you’ll always remember when you made it!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Free September Desktop and Device Wallpaper

Free September wallpaper from Shiny Happy World

Happy September!

I made this sweet elephant for Mollie (a Dress Up Bunch doll) to snuggle up with under her new quilt. I liked it so much that it became this month’s wallpaper image!

If you want to make your own you can get the pattern here. That pattern is part of a collection that also includes a doll nightgown and quilt. It would also make a terrific (and easy) Christmas tree ornament. 🙂

Here’s the free wallpaper in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Easter Craft Ideas – Free Embroidered Felt Egg Pattern

Easter Craft Ideas - make a pretty embroidered felt egg with this free patternLooking for some easy and fun Easter craft ideas?

You (yes, you!) can stitch up a lovely felt egg just like this one. What do you need? Some felt. Preferably wool felt. It’s dreamy to stitch on and you can find it in gorgeous colors here.

You’ll need embroidery thread. Use any colors you like – either an assortment of colors like the sample above, or one color for a very simple, classic egg.

You’ll need a needle. I stitched my sample with three strands of thread – for that I recommend a #5 or a #8 needle, available here.

You’ll need the pattern – of course. Download that here. It’s full-sized, so no enlarging needed.

You’ll need a bit of stuffing. A handful of cotton balls will do the trick.

Finally, there are a couple of optional items that I strongly recommend to make your stitchy life better. Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy is fantastic for transferring patterns to felt (as you’ll see below) and Thread Heaven just makes your thread behave really nicely.

Do you have questions about working with felt? I answer a bunch of common questions here – including info about how to transfer an embroidery pattern to felt.

Here’s how to make it. . .

Step 1

Download the pattern here. Print or trace the pattern pieces onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy. (Learn more about how to use this fabulous stuff here.)

Step 2

Rough cut around each piece and stick it to the felt.

Step 3

Embroider the design. You’ll be stitching right through both the stabilizer and the felt. I used a combination of the following stitches – the links below take you to videos teaching you how to do them if you’re new to embroidery.

Easter craft ideas - free tutorial to make a pretty embroidered felt egg

I used three strands of thread for all my stitching. It’s all white thread on Norwegian blue felt. The top sample used straw felt.

Repeat for all four wedge shapes.

Step 4

After you’re done with all the embroidery, cut the four pieces out neatly on the outline.

Easter craft ideas - make a pretty felt Easter egg

Step 5

Soak off the stabilizer. This is the magical part! Drop the pieces face down in a bowl of cold water and let them sit there for about an hour. The stabilizer will get all mushy and soft. Rinse it off under cold running water. If any bits are stubborn, just hit them with a kitchen sprayer and that should do the trick. Don’t rub the surface of the felt – just let the running water do its thing.

Easter craft ideas - pretty felt egg pieces waiting to be stitched together

Set them flat on a towel and let them dry. Don’t wring them out, twist them, or even smoosh them. Just lay them sopping wet on a towel and let them dry.

Step 6

Place two egg pieces wrong sides together and stitch them together along one edge. I used running stitch, which leaves a nice ridge that I like along the seams of the egg. If you want a smoother finish you can use whipstitch instead.

Easter craft ideas - two embroidered egg pieces stitched together

Repeat for the second pair of pieces.

It’s easy to mix up the ends – one is a little pointer than the other and has a bit more lattice. Make sure you put matching ends together.

Step 7

Put your pairs together (make sure the matching ends are together) and sew the last two seams. Leave a couple of inches of the last seam open for stuffing.

Easter craft ideas - embroidered egg is almost finished

It will be easiest to sew your egg together if you let it collapse into a deflated football kind of shape.

Step 8

Stuff your egg and finish sewing up the opening.

Easter craft ideas - free tutorial for a pretty embroidered felt egg

You can totally make this!

Looking for more Easter craft ideas? Click here for all kinds of Easter crafts – sewing, quilting, crochet and embroidery. 🙂

If you like this free pattern, sign up for the Shiny Happy News! Subscribers get a weekly newsletter full of sewing tips and tricks, free patterns, special discounts, and other things to make you smile. 🙂

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
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Easter Craft Ideas - make a pretty embroidered felt egg with this free tutorial from Shiny Happy World

March 2016 Computer Wallpaper

March digital wallpaper from Shiny Happy World

Happy March! Does it feel like spring where you are? It’s been nice here in North Carolina, but there’s snow in the forecast for later this week.

This year Easter in March 27 – the perfect time to put some pretty embroidered eggs on your screen. These are from the Spring Fling pattern collection for the Dress Up Bunch. They were so much fun to stitch!

And here’s the free wallpaper in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi
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Easter Crafts You Can Make – Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Patterns

Easter crafts - easy (and sometimes free!) sewing, quilting and embroidery patterns from Shiny Happy World

Easter is early this year – March 27 – so it’s time to start thinking about your Easter Crafts. What do you want to make?

I could just link to the Easter section of my shop – but then you wouldn’t see all the fun free patterns that are available!

(And there are a lot of them.)

So I created this handy dandy round-up post with all the patterns for all my favorite Easter crafts. Just click on the image to go to that project!

Easter Stuffed Animals

Some are big and huggable. Some are small and pocketable. They’re all easy and fun to make.

Easter Felt Projects

Spend a lovely spring afternoon stitching one of these by hand.

Easter Quilt Blocks

Make a kajillion bunnies with a fun mix & match pattern.

Easter Embroidery patterns

Stitch them on tea towels, baby onesies and more.

Other Easter Sewing Patterns

Including Dress Up Bunch dolls and clothes!

Of course, there are lots of spring-themed patterns too – but I stuck to Easter crafts for this post. 🙂

So whether you like to sew, quilt or embroider – stitch by machine or by hand – I’ve got an Easter craft pattern for you. Have fun with them and be sure to share what you make in the Shiny Happy People group on Facebook!

Happy Easter! Happy spring! Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
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Easter crafts - easy (and sometimes free!) sewing, quilting and embroidery patterns from Shiny Happy World

February 2016 Desktop Calendar

February 2016 desktop calendar from Shiny Happy World

Happy February! It’s a lovely time to be thinking about love. 🙂 The pattern for the hearts on the new February 2016 desktop calendar is from the 2015 Valentine’s Day collection, worked in a new color palette for this year – in case you want to stitch up a few lovely hearts for yourself. 🙂

And here’s the free wallpaper in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi
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Pretty Embroidered Felt Hearts – Easy Valentine Crafts

Pretty Valentine's Day felt hearts for 2016

These easy embroidered felt hearts are such lovely Valentine crafts!

I had a ton of fun remaking the 2015 Valentine’s Day heart collection in these classic colors. 🙂

At first I was a tiny bit worried they’d be too grade-school-construction-paper-Valentine-looking but I’m so in love with how they turned out!

The pattern has instructions for four different projects you can make with them, but I think I’m going to turn them all into a set of coasters.

Pretty Valentine's Day felt hearts for 2016

I love how they look as a group!

Get the pattern for all four hearts here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
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Happy January! Free Penguin Desktop Wallpaper for the Month

January free wallpaper from Shiny Happy World

Happy January! It’s finally (maybe?) thinking about being wintry here so I chose this penguin to help inspire the weather. 🙂 The pattern is Palmer the Penguin, in case you want one you can hold in your hands. 🙂

And here’s the free wallpaper in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy! Happy New Year!

Best,
Wendi
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A Very Fancy Coat for the Dress Up Bunch Dolls

Frozen Fancies - patterns for doll dress, coat, hat and boots

The first time I watched the movie Frozen I spent most of the time with my mouth hanging open. It was just so beautiful!

The second time I watched it I was watching it alone, so I could pause at will to study the beautiful costumes and backgrounds. 🙂

This outfit is inspired by Frozen. It’s not a direct copy of anything (because that’s totally illegal) but the rich dark colors with pops of bright details and traditional embellishment are right out of my favorite parts of the movie. It looks very fancy, but it’s still very easy to make – using just two embroidery stitches. And if you can’t (or don’t) stitch by hand this would be a great chance for you to use some of the fancy decorative stitches on your sewing machine!

I hope you have a lot of fun with this one!

There’s a new dress – long sleeves with a dropped waist and a very full skirt.

a very pretty dress with long sleeves, fancy trim and a very full skirt - part of the Frozen Fancies pattern collection from Shiny Happy World

Hit the fancy trims section of your fabric store and find something fun to embellish the skirt with. I just love the look of this braid!

There are some very fancy boots.

fancy embroidered felt boots - part of the Frozen Fancies pattern collection from Shiny Happy World

I love how the flowers in the front look like flowers, but also suggest old-fashioned boot buttons.

There’s a fun hat.

Embroidered hat with a cute felt pompom - part of the Frozen Fancies pattern collection from Shiny Happy World

I love that felt pompom. 🙂

And, of course, there’s the coat.

Fancy schmancy embroidered felt coat for dolls - part of the Frozen Fancies pattern collection from Shiny Happy World

I want a coat like that! In those exact colors!

Ready to sew up some cozy winter wear?

Get the pattern collection here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
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