Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sweet and Simple Woodland Baby Mobile


Today I'm going to share with you a simple tutorial for making this super cute and easy woodland baby mobile using some of the little felt animals you can make with my PDF sewing patterns from www.littledear.etsy.com! This project comes together really quickly and makes such a perfect baby gift or shower decoration.


To make this mobile, you'll need the following:

a set of at least 5 finished felt creatures
2-3 thin, bendable branches around 12 inches long
3-4 twist ties
thread or floss matching the branch color
ribbon or trim for hanging

You can find 4 different sets of woodland creature sewing patterns at my Etsy shop, just choose your favorite! I'm making a fairly small mobile but you can easily make a larger one with more animals. 
Bend one of the branches into a circle about 8 inches across, overlapping the ends, and twist tie them together. Then twist another branch (try one a bit thinner than the first) over and under the first one. I liked the look of just two layers but you can play with your hoop until you are satisfied with it.


Next, grab some thread or floss the same color as your branches. Wrap and tie the branches securely together at 4 places around the circle (or as needed), then remove the twist ties.


Now cut a piece of ribbon or trim about 18 inches long. (I found this perfect leaf trim at Hobby Lobby.) Tie one end onto the branch hoop. At a third of the way around the circle, tie the other end. Cut another 18 inch length and tie it an equal distance from the other two. Stretch the middle of the second piece and the middle of the first piece up to meet at about 7 inches above the center of the hoop and tie them together. You'll have another 9 or 10 inches of trim left above the knot to make a loop for hanging.


Now you can stitch a bit of thin ribbon or floss onto the top of each animal and tie it onto the hoop to complete your mobile. 


I love how this project turned out and I hope you'll give it a try! Of course, hand made gifts are always extra special and will make that new mama (and baby!) feel so loved.


Any of my felt animal patterns will work great with this tutorial! If you're not looking for woodland creatures, look for my Mythical Creatures, Sea Creatures or Farm Animals patterns at www.littledear.etsy.com
and let me know how you would customize this project! I always love seeing and hearing about your creative ideas.
xoxo Aimee

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stitchable tiny succulents


I've just added a new embroidery PDF download pattern to my Etsy shop and it's a new favorite of mine! These sweet, tiny succulents are so much fun to stitch up and will make the perfect artwork for your plant corner or cactus/desert decor.


Each measuring less than an inch across, these miniature cacti all together fill a 6 inch hoop nicely. I love how all the different shades of green work together so well, complimented with pinks and a bit of purple. If you have a big scrap floss pile anything like mine, you'll have no problem grabbing enough random colors to complete this!


While you'll spot Satin Stitches, French Knots and Scallop Stitches (on the right side, the dark green flowery one up there,) most of this pattern is stitched using ordinary Straight and Back Stitches. I varied the number of threads quite a bit to achieve the different widths of line work, the thickest using all 6 threads and some of the tiny cactus spines using just one!

I really love this design and I hope you'll give it a try. You can get the pattern instantly upon purchase at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee


Sunday, May 20, 2018

new stitchable friends!

embroidered animal doll kits

I'm so excited to introduce you to the two newest members of my little stitchable animal family! 
Little Deer and Little Owl are now available in my etsy shop (along with Fox and Bunny!)

embroidered animal doll kits

Someone you know needs a sweet, pocket sized, woodland friend. They are so much fun to stitch, you may just get attached and keep one for yourself! (that's totally fine, you deserve it! xo)

embroidered animal doll kits

All of my Embroidered Doll Kits are available at www.littledear.etsy.com
Pick your favorite today!
xo aimee

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Life Mandala




Happy Beltane, or May Day! Today is a traditional celebration of life, love, growth and the sun. And I have a free embroidery pattern for you! I hope you'll enjoy stitching up this lovely life mandala.


This is a fun pattern to embroider in your favorite colors, or just one color! I used navy blue, in back stitch, split stitch, satin stitch and french knots, on lavender fabric. Then, I decided it needed a little extra color so I added some magenta and blue washes right onto the fabric with watercolor! I really like the effect. I didn't really have a plan, I just painted on color here and there until I liked how it looked. Definitely try out watercolor washes with your embroidery sometime! It's always fun to experiment with new techniques and see what you get.

Here is the free pattern
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I would love to see this stitched up in different colors so don't forget to tag or message me if you post your photos! I'm @aimee_littledear on Instagram. :) Have fun and enjoy the coming life filled summer!
xo aimee




Saturday, April 21, 2018

new luna fey

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Some new Luna Fey girls are waiting at little dear for their forever homes! I love stitching these lovelies. Each one is unique and they have a special secret, they are embellished with glow in the dark thread!

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Luna Fey each come with a crocheted kitty hood, star baby pillow and shimmery sleeping bag. They will truly bring you sweet dreams and keep you company all night long.



Friday, March 30, 2018

Printable woodland art

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Printable wall art has arrived at little dear! Printable art is an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your room with unique artwork. These adorable woodland animals are the perfect addition to your sweet woodland decor. 

You can purchase your favorite design and receive an instant download PDF file to print and hang. Or get a special price when you purchase all three! These little forest friends look super cute hung all together. You'll have a quick room upgrade or last minute gift in no time!

Find all three woodland friends at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Little Red Barn

Little Red Barn

My newest Quiet Book PDF Sewing Pattern is all ready for you! Come play Hide and Seek with Stripesy the cat and Little Chick at the Little Red Barn.

Little Red Barn

There are lots of places for them to hide, also have fun hiding and seeking red apples and cute, tiny mice! 

Little Red Barn

This quiet book is so much fun to stitch up, you and your little ones will have hours of playtime fun on the farm. 
Don't forget to look for my Farm Animals sewing pattern and sew up all the barnyard friends to play as well!

Little Red Barn

All patterns are available for instant download at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee