We’re welcoming Mollie Johanson to the Dear Stella blog today! She blogs over at Wild Olive, and she’s sharing some adorable Wee Gallery projects with us!
Wee Gallery’s first collection – Wild – just began popping up in stores. Find some at your local quilt shop or online.
Hi fabric-loving friends! I’m Mollie Johanson and I blog at Wild Olive, where I share lots of handmade projects and embroidery ideas. I’m so happy to be making some fun things with you!
The Wee Gallery fabric line is some of the most playful fabric I’ve ever seen, and as soon as I saw it I started getting ideas for how I could use it in my projects. And the more I play, the more I am struck with fun things to try!
So many of the projects I work on include embroidery in some way, and the Dress Me fabric from this line was just calling out for stitching. It’s pretty easy to doodle your own clothes for these darling animals, but if you’re not comfortable doing that, I’ve created some patterns for you to use!
Download them here: Dress Me Outfits Embroidery Pattern
To use these patterns, simply print them out on regular paper. The patterns are labeled for which animal they work best with, but with minor adjustments you can change them around, or use them as a starting point for creating your own clothing motifs.
Place the pattern behind the Dress Me fabric and hold it against a brightly lit window or on a light box, aligning the clothes with the animal (they fit loosely).
Use a water-soluble pen to trace the designs. This way, if you want to make any changes, all of the markings will rinse away.
Embroider the designs using your favorite embroidery stitches. Don’t worry about trying to get too fancy…I love the simplicity of back stitch! Oh, and be sure to use colorfast floss so that the colors don’t run when you rinse away the markings.
When all of your stitching is done, soak the embroidery, let it dry, and gently press it from the backside so the stitches don’t flatten.
Now you can use your embroidered animals to make some fun new projects!
This embroidered portrait frame is a great way to display a single design, which also makes it perfect for adding extra stitching. Find the step-by-step and frame pattern here.
The Wild line is filled with so many wonderful designs that I couldn’t stop with just the Dress Me fabric. I also made this ruffled stitching pouch to hold your embroidery work…and I embroidered the Alphabet fabric too! Find the project tutorial here.
Thanks so much for letting me share some fun Wee Gallery stitching ideas with you! If you make any of these, be sure to share your photos and tag both #dearstella and @dearstellafab so we can see too!