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making old new project // not-so-lonely heart box

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Seven years ago (which isn't all that long ago, but feels like AGES in internet years), I created some Valentine's Day projects that I sold as a package in my shop. Some time after that, I made one of the projects available to my newsletter subscribers as a little Valentine's Day gift.

This year, I'm making old new and am refreshing that project again. This used to be the Lonely Heart Box Plush, but now I'm calling it the Not-So-Lonely Heart Box. It's happy, it's easier to put together, and it holds treasures and treats inside!

All you need is some felt and embroidery floss.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Using the pattern, cut out four strips and one of each heart pattern.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Embroider the face on the larger heart using six strands of black embroidery floss. For extra decoration, stitch around the edge of the heart with running stitch, using three strands of white floss.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Sew two strips together at one end with whip stitch. Use three strands of floss that matches the felt. Repeat this with the other two strips.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Match up the seam of the strip with the indent of the heart and pin or clip the strip to the heart.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Starting at the indent, stitch the pieces together with whip stitch, working around the curve to the point of the heart. Stitch the other side in place.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

When you reach the point, you will almost certainly have excess felt on each strip. They may even come out uneven. Trim the ends to match up with the point of the heart, being careful not to snip any stitches. Sew the two ends together with whip stitch.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

Repeat the process of adding the strips to the smaller heart. Now you have the top and bottom of the heart box.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

They should fit together perfectly!

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box
Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

It's just the right size to fit some sewing notions, or other goodies. Because it's a soft box, heavy items like candies can be a little tricky, but it still works for this!

That said, I'm making some felt candies to go inside the box, which I'll share in a day or two.

Not-So-Lonely Heart Felt Box

If you'd rather make this a plush toy similar to the original, cut two of the larger hearts (embroider only one) and cut two strips instead of four. Follow the same instructions for making the top of the box as above. Then, sew the second heart onto the bottom edge of the strips. Before finishing the seam, add stuffing so it is full, but soft.

Valentine's Day is coming close, but you can sew this box in an evening or two, so there's still time!

8 wild olive posts you shouldn't miss

Snowflake Cushion

As you may know, I have the great honor of creating patterns, projects, and printables for other sites, and sometimes for books and magazines. And while I try to share links to those things on social media, I want to make sure that you don't miss these posts!

The first is probably the most Wild Olive of the bunch. The snowflake cushion I made for Hello Bee is appliqu├ęd, but the snowflake is cut pretty much the same way you cut a paper snowflake. It might sound silly, but I was really excited to find that this process works!

Straw Snowflakes

Keeping with the snow theme, and also for Hello Bee, you can find these printable cards for making snowflakes with straws. They are a matching activity that has a bunch of educational skills worked in there.

Embroidered Heart Garland

To prepare for Valentine's Day, over at Embroidery.About.com you can make this stitched heart banner. It's uses big stitches, so you can still make one in time for February 14. But of course, you could make this in other colors (maybe a rainbow!) and keep it up all year.

Tiny Heart Stitch

I also tend to think that stitching tiny hearts is a year-round good thing for embroidery. I've made some using a different technique, but this new way has won my heart!

Stitch Combinations

Speaking of using stitches in new ways, I recently shared a few ways to combine embroidery stitches to create new looks that make beautiful borders. They are all really easy, but definitely look more complicated, simply by layering a few favorites.

Simple Monogram Patterns

If you like customizing things or are looking for a way to add a touch of handmade to a gift, why not try a monogram? I was inspired by a free font, but designed these simple script patterns for easy stitching. They are just the letters, but you can fancy them up with flowers or other embellishment.

Squid Flingers

Jump over to Handmade Charlotte to make these felt squid flingers. When my brothers and sister started playing Splatoon and I saw how cute it was, I HAD to make a squid project. And I'll tell ya...this is one of my favorite projects I've made lately!

Shrink Plastic Mittens

And finally, I pulled out the Shrinky Dinks and created a hanging garland of mittens for Handmade Charlotte. They are lots of fun to color and watch shrink. But I should also let you know that the free mitten designs you can download there would also be excellent embroidery patterns. Just sayin'...

So there you have it. A quick round-up of posts I've written for sites that aren't Wild Olive. And I've already been working on the next batch for February, so keep your eyes open for more things coming!

calendar // old hearts for a new february

So...these calendars are usually posted on the 1st of the month or sooner. But I was a little tired after last week's Stitch Love Party, and then I got kinda excited about yesterday's necklace tutorial. So I'm a bit behind, but thankfully there's an extra day this month.

So let's do this!

Ah, February! I love a month filled with red and pink and plenty of hearts! To make old new this month, I pulled out a calendar design from 2012. The speech bubble heart is one of my favorites of all time, so I couldn't resist using it again.

Add them to your computer, handheld devices, and printer. Or scroll down to tack one to your wall!

For iPhone 6+, choose the iPad version. To use the iPhone and iPad versions, click the link for the wallpaper you want. When it opens, touch and hold the image until it pops up with the option to save. After you've saved the image, go to your settings, choose wallpaper, then find the image you've just saved.

2016 February Print Calendar

You can also download and print a February calendar PDF. The printable version comes out best if you do them on card stock, I think. It's perfect for getting in a bit of coloring. Because who says hearts should only be pink or red?

project // wooden hexagon heart necklace

Hexagon Heart Necklace

Sometimes you find a supply or material and you just have to figure out a project to go with it. Because it's that perfect and awesome. That's what happened when I found these wooden hexagon pieces with hearts cut out of them. They're actually stickers, and I may have purchased way more than I really need, so you may see more things besides this necklace. But we'll start with this!

If you have a laser cutter, you could cut out these hexagons and hearts. But since I don't have one, and I'm guessing most of my readers don't either, there's an alternative: Go to Target.

You'll find these wooden stickers by the Handmade Modern craft supplies at Target. Each pack has 18 of these shapes, plus a few half hexagons, and the hearts that fill these shapes. They would also be fun for making cards and who knows what else. I'll be playing with them more!

Hexagon Heart Necklace

Here's what you'll need:

Hexagon Heart Wooden Stickers
Fabric - 2 x 2 inches
Felt - 2 x 2 inches
Fusible Web - 2 x 2 inches
Thin Ribbon - 1 yard
Craft Glue

Hexagon Heart Necklace

Choose a square of fabric that has a design you want showing through the heart. Small designs are best. This fabric is from Paperie designed by Amy Sinibaldi.

Iron the fusible web to the back of the fabric, then peel off the paper.

Hexagon Heart Necklace

Iron and fuse the fabric to the felt.

Hexagon Heart Necklace

Consider how long you want your necklace to be. I wanted it fairly long, so I left the ribbon at 36 inches, but you can adjust this to suit your style.

Stick the ends of the ribbon to the back of the hexagon at the top. Because the wood piece is a sticker, they'll hold in place. Add a bit of craft glue around the hexagon, including across the ribbon.

Hexagon Heart Necklace

Press the hexagon onto the fabric with your desired design showing through the heart. If any glue seeps into the heart area, wipe it away before it dries too much. A toothpick works well for this.

Hexagon Heart Necklace
Hexagon Heart Necklace

When the glue starts to set up, cut away the excess fabric and felt so that it is even with the edge of the wood.

Hexagon Heart Necklace
Hexagon Heart Necklace

And you've got an easy necklace! I love that it's a hexagon, as well as the fact that it can show off a sweet little fabric.

Now, truth be told, I don't know how well this will hold up over time. Will the ribbon stay if it get's a sharp tug? Time will tell. But Since this didn't require a huge time or supply investment, I'm willing to take the risk and enjoy it as long as possible.

I hope you are able to find these wonderful little wood stickers and make some fun things with them!

stitch love party // a baby kappa pattern to end the party

Stitch Love Baby Kappa pattern

When you start seeing imaginary animals, it probably means that it's time to end a party right? Well, this particular creature has been a long time coming. This creature is a kappa.

Kappas are Japanese mythical creatures, and when I was working on the section of mythical, or perhaps...legendary animals in Stitch Love, I wanted something from Japan. But Japan has some seriously freaky creatures. Even the ones that are cute come with mean or even terrifying stories.

But I loved the kappa anyway and somewhere I have sketches that never became official patterns. I sort of forgot about it.

And then Heather suggested that the #StitchLoveParty needed a kappa, and I was once again all excited for this turtle-frog-duck-bird with a puddle of water on its head.

So often they are scary or ugly (although there are some kawaii cute ones too, including characters in Animal Crossing), and I wanted mine to be as cute as possible. And what could be cuter than a baby kappa? Nothing! (Except maybe a bunny sea slug.) Thanks, Heather!

If you suggested a pattern that I didn't make for the party, either a) the animal is already in the book (for example, a penguin!), b) I have a pattern for that animal in my shop (like the narwal!), or I just ran out of time (I still have sugar glider sketches waiting to become patterns!). But thank you to everyone who offered up ideas!

And now, it's time to end this party. Phew! It's late! Thanks for coming, and travel home safe, folks. And keep on stitching!

stitch love party // stitch love book giveaway

Bunny Sea Slug Embroidery

Okay, party pals...we're getting close to the end of this party, and I'm gonna send you home soon. But not quite yet. There is still another gift, and one last party favor.

But first, how do you like my finished bunny sea slug stitching? I'm quite smitten with it, and now I just have to decide what to make it into. I've considered a few options, but I'll sleep on it for now.

Now, if this were my brother's birthday, he would be going crazy that there was still a gift yet unopened so late in the day. We better get on with the presents...

Stitch Love Walk-Through

The last big gift is a copy of Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small! I'll happily sign it for the winner too. Enter below through Rafflecopter. And international entries are welcome too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck friends! And don't forget your one last party favor coming in the next post!

stitch love party // a floral frame pattern for your animals


Now it's time for some serious late-night partying. But if you leave early or fall asleep, I promise we won't make fun of you. The good thing about a blog party is that it stays in place so you can visit again when you're wide awake!

So one of the things that I wanted to do is make a way to easily use patterns from Stitch Love to make embroidered hoop art. Just stitching a single animal on a pouch or pocket works, but placing that same animal alone in a hoop doesn't always look right.

So I made a little floral frame to use with your favorite motif from the book! Above you can see how the skunk would look if you nestle him in just at the top of the flowers. I'd plan on stitching the flowers right over his feet.

But you can do this another way too!


For this one I'm going to take the frame and the Easter Bunny and make them work together.


This one is almost more like a portrait in a frame. So, I basically cut off the bottom of the bunny pattern, but I did it so that only the parts covered by the flowers are removed. I left a little gap between the flowers and the bunny and basket, but you can stitch whatever design you're using right up to the flowers.

Just Trace the frame first, then add the animal of your choice, tracing only the part you want to show.

It will work with lots and lots of animals from the book, and from the #StitchLoveParty! And of course, the frame can be used for other things too.

Enjoy! And come back soon for a bit more fun!

stitch love party // it's cake time!


It isn't a party without cake, am I right? And this party, celebrating one year of Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small needed a cake that is also a super cute animal.

No matter how many adorable creatures I see, kitties will always be my favorite. So a kitty cake was the right choice here. I was inspired by Coco Cake Land for this, but went with paper decorations for a faster option.

Enjoy a slice!

We're gonna take a cake break, but then I'll be back with more posts to party into the wee hours! See you soon!

stitch love party // sampler turtle at about.com

Stitch Love Free Pattern at About.com

As many of you know, in addition to creating nearly everything here at Wild Olive, I am also the embroidery expert at About.com. Which means that I get to share lots and lots of embroidery-related things over there too.

Today, as part of the #StitchLoveParty, I shared a bit about my book AND I've got a free pattern for you too. I've done a couple turtles along the way (and there's a turtle-ish pattern still coming here at Wild Olive later today), but this one is a little different.

The shell of the turtle has some designs that are perfect for using as a sampler. Just select your favorite stitches, or some that you'd like to practice, and start working on a stunning shell for our turtle friend!

Head to Embroidery.About.com to check it out!

stitch love party // buggy buddy sample giveaway


Since today is kind of like a birthday party for Stitch Love, there should be gifts, right? I mean, free patterns are like the party favors, but I think we need an actual present or two!

So how about a couple of the projects I made for the book?! These buggy buddies would love to live at someone else's house (although I think they've enjoyed living here too). There are two prizes here, so there will be two lucky winners!


The first gift is this Lovely Ladybug Bag Tag. The front is all hand embroidered (by me!) and on the back you can slide in your contact information or a label for whatever you're tagging.


The second present is the Fluttery Butterfly pencil topper (with a matching orange pencil!). This is also stitched by me, and it has just a bit of flutteriness as you write. And yes, I did just make up a new word there.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter above with Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends next Wednesday, and it's open to all. Yes, that means international too. Good luck, friends!

And so that everyone gets a buggy buddy, although it's not truly a bug, download a pattern for a banana slug (by request!) below.

stitch love party // savannah friends patterns at hugs are fun


Parties are better with friends, right? Right. So I asked my friend Becca if she would like to Stitch Love with us too, and she said yes!

Becca stitched and sewed this sweet zippered pouch with a lion cub. And on the reverse, well...I'll let you visit Hugs are Fun to see the awesome that's going on. She has turned into a zipper pouch and patchwork machine lately!

While you're at Hugs are Fun you'll be able to download a set of three savannah animals: a zebra, an ostrich, and the lion cub. Each with a gleeful look on its face (Becca turned the eyes on the lion so he's sleepy...cute!).

Party small talk: Have you played the app Neko Atsume? It's all about cats, and I'm fairly certain that it influenced my drawing of this little lion!

stitch love party // sea friends patterns

Stitch Love Sea Friends Pattern

When I was working on Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small, choosing animals and creatures to include was not easy. There are just so many, and as it was I was pushing it for space in the pages. And then after it was all done (I actually finished all of the stitching a full year before it came out), of course I learned of other animals I wish I had included.

This pattern is one of those animals. It's a bunny sea slug, and you can see what the real deal looks like here.

I think it would be cute without the white outline, but it adds a little definition. This is also the pattern that I'll be stitching today. As in, I'm #StitchLoveParty-ing right along with you! Expect to see her finished by the end of the day.

Also in this pattern PDF is a sea horse (by special request!) and a tiny adorable octopus (which had a tentative scientific name of octopus adorabilis!). Let's get stitching!