Even though autumn doesn't officially for a few more weeks, today--Labor Day--marks the unofficial end of summer. The weather will stay warm for a while, but the cool mornings of fall have arrived--and that's good news for me. Fall is my favorite season, so I'm looking forward to stitching up lots of squirrels, acorns, pumpkins, and colorful leaves.
The first projects on my autumn agenda are these cute napkin ties. The little squirrel and crow are super simple to stitch from wool-blend felt.
To make the squirrel napkin tie, draw a simple squirrel shape (mine is about 2 1/2" tall) on white paper. Use the pattern to cut two squirrels from gray felt. On one of the squirrels, use two strands of light and dark gray embroidery floss to make straight stitch details on the tail and ears. Sew a black seed bead on the face for the eye. Pin the embroidered squirrel to the plain one, and sew the pieces together. I used light gray floss and whipstitch on the tail portion and darker gray floss and running stitch for the rest of the squirrel.
To make the crow, draw a bird shape (also about 2 1/2" tall) on white paper, and use the pattern to cut two crows from black felt. Cut a small triangle from orange felt for the beak and sew it in place on one of the crow bodies with two strands of orange embroidery floss. With black floss, add straight stitch details on the body to define the wings. Sew a white seed bead in place for the eye. Use black floss and running stitch to sew the two crow body pieces together.
When your felt squirrel and crow are finished, sew them to lengths of ribbon, stitching only through the back layer of felt. I used black and cream gingham ribbon that's been hanging out in my supply stash.
That's it! Aren't they cute? Make a bunch of squirrel and crow napkin ties and you're ready for your first fall gathering.