Embroidery Projects with Wild Olive & Wee Gallery!

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!

I used a strip of embroidered Wild animals to make this quilty pillow. Find the tutorial here.

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!

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Ludlow Projects

Ludlow is shipping to stores now, and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate, we’re sharing an adorable Ludlow project with you!

Check out these adorable matching button ups made using the Mini Paisley in Navy and White. Here are little Bode and his dad, Nate, modeling them for us! These were made by Shelly Pagliai.

We used the “Dustin Shirt” and “Little Jimmy Shirt” patterns from Liberty Love, by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. Seriously – how cute are they!?

We also have an amazing quilt to share today – it’s another pattern from Liberty Love, called “Sugar Stars,” and this was also made by Shelly Pagliai. We love the way the red stars pop when set against the blue background squares! See more details over on our Projects page.

Ludlow is shipping to stores now. Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop or look for it on your favorite online retailer’s site!

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Dress Me Up! Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

We have a special guest on the blog today – Nicole from Modern Handcraft – and she’s sharing an amazing tutorial using our brand new line from Wee Gallery. Wild just began shipping to stores, so keep your eyes out for it!

Stay tuned ’til the end, because we’re also having a GIVEAWAY!


Hi Dear Stella friends, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft today with a fun project for your little ones – the Dress Me Up! Playmat.

I was so excited when I saw that Dear Stella was going to be carrying a Wee Gallery fabric line – I am very familiar with Wee Gallery‘s artwork (mom to a 2 year old) and loved seeing the amazing black and white prints come to life on fabric – so many possibilities! When I first saw the Wild line I instantly thought of about three things I wanted to do with it – the first of which I am going to show you today – how to create a fun Dress Me Up! Playmat.

This blanket can be used for the first few years of a child’s life – perfect size for a tummy time mat – large enough to use as toddler bedding – cozy couch throw for the elementary school years. What makes this blanket special is the added bonus of being the perfect backdrop for your child’s Dress Me creations. Using felt and scraps of fabric it is easy to create a large wardrobe for your little creature friends.

Materials needed

• 1.5 yards of Dear Stella, Wee Gallery Dress Me, Stella-WG296 White
• 1.5 yards of Dear Stella, Wee Gallery Hearts, Stella-WG301 White
• 0.5 yards of Dear Stella, Wee Gallery Hearts, Stella-WG301 Black
• Crib sized quilt batting – measuring 45″ x 60″
• Sewing Machine & notions (coordinating thread, rotary cutter or scissors, basting pins or basting spray)
• Scraps of fabric & felt (I added a layer of Heat n Bond fusible fleece to the back of my fabric for added thickness)
• Pen and paper for tracing your animals

Step 1:

• Make your quilt sandwich: lay your bottom fabric right side facing down on the floor – layer your batting on top – lay your top fabric on top of the batting right side facing up. Baste with either a basting spray or with your basting pins. Quilt in a straight line pattern or a fun free motion pattern. With your rotary cutter, trim up ends and square up.

Step 2:

• For the binding I cut 2.5″ strips. Sew together into a long piece and iron in half longways.

• Machine or hand stitch your binding material onto your quilted blanket.

You now have a beautiful quilted blanket for your little one!

Step 3:

• To create all of the animal’s clothing I took a plain piece of white paper and a pen and carefully traced their head, arms and legs. You can now draw clothing out on your body shapes and use the clothing as a template for your fabric and felt material. Some of the animals have their arms going up so make sure to make a variety of outfits – the more the merrier! Get creative by making hats, bows and even embroider little extras onto their clothing. You can also make outfits out of heavy cardstock, then color in!

Below are some ideas of outfits you can make – please share with us some of your clothing creations on Instagram and tag @dearstellafab!

My son really had some fun with this one!

Hope you enjoyed today’s Wee Gallery project!



******** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! ********

How can you not fall in love with Wild after that tutorial?! Thanks Nicole!

Want some for yourself?

Leave us a comment letting us know your favorite print from Wild to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the entire collection! You can see the line here.

We’ll be picking a random winner Monday, April 14th. Good luck!

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Congratulations to our winner, Pam S.! We’ll be emailing you today to discuss your prize.

Thanks to all who participated, and be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated on everything-Dear Stella!

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Introducing Oh Happy Day!

It’s been really tough keeping this collection a secret, especially ever since we gave you a small taste of the group back in January.

Today we’re finally introducing Oh Happy Day! and Oh Happy Day! Flannel. Rich in color, with dynamic patterns that work beautifully in both quilting and apparel – these color-drenched gem tones are hard to ignore! Plus, our flannel is so, so soft and dreamy. We can’t wait to see what you make with it.

Oh Happy Day! will begin shipping to quilt shops and online retailers by the end of April.

We have a bunch of amazing projects lined up, including a free quilt pattern coming soon and a fun tutorial! Until then, check out the full collection on our website here (cotton) and here (flannel). And take a look at photos of the group below!

Super soft flannel… We want to back all of our quilts with this!

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Introducing… Wild by Wee Gallery!

Back in January, we introduced you to the newest member of the Dear Stella team – Wee Gallery! We also showed you a sneak peek at their first collection, Wild.

We could not be more excited to finally reveal the full line to you today!

Wee Gallery art is created from bold, whimsical, hand-painted originals that cater to a baby’s visual strengths. Their images and repeating patterns captivate little ones.

We are so excited to bring Wee Gallery’s designs to the fabric world! You can check out images of the collection here, and take a look below at some up close and personal photos.

We are loving this fun Alphabet print on a soft cream background. And seriously, how can you not love that this cute narwhal makes an appearance!?

If you’re already familiar with Wee Gallery, you might recognize this next print – Dress Me.

We have big plans for this one, and we can hardly wait to share!

Safari Animals, Sea Creatures, and Garden Friends! These high contrast patterns are perfect for developing little ones.

And finally – Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

Wild just started shipping to stores, so be sure to check with your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer to scoop some up!

We’ll be sharing our first project with you next week. What will you make?

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