Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Designs in Summer Magazines

I'm always happy to see spring arrive, but this April has been especially exciting. My designs are featured in four of my favorite needlework and craft magazines! Here's a preview of my projects. If you'd like to give any of them a try, you can find the issues on newsstands now.

From Quilts and More magazine: My Heartfelt Pillow is simple to sew from strips of pink and orange pink fabrics and sweet felt hearts. See my project, as well as other featured projects from this issue, here: www.alpeoplequilt.com/summer. 

Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

From Make It Yourself magazine: Felt tomatoes, peaches, and cucumbers displayed in Mason jars. (I've never tried real canning, but I suspect I should stick to sewing my fruits and veggies.)

Used with permission from Make It Yourself™ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from Make It Yourself™ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from Make It Yourself™ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

You can find two of my cross-stitch projects in the June issue of Just CrossStitch magazine: a pair of Butterfly & Moth pendants, and a summery Flowers & Stripes Tote.



I love that Craft Ideas magazine publishes an annual Garden issue that's filled with all kinds of flowery and fruity projects. Here's a peek at my Crocheted Poppy Purse from this year's issue.


Don't the lemons and strawberries on the cover look yummy? I may have to make some time to crochet those too. Happy stitching, everyone!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cross-Stitch Lavender Sachet


I just love making little pillows and filling them with lavender, pine, or potpourri. I'm not even going to guess how many sachet projects I've shared on my blog.  I designed this one to resemble a vintage French perfume package. It's filled with dried lavender buds, so it smells absolutely divine, and it's worked in cross-stitch, half-stitch, and back-stitch in just three shades of embroidery floss, so it's quite easy to make. Perfect for a Mother's Day present or a springtime gift for yourself, n'est-ce pas?

The sachet shown here was stitched on 18-count antique white Aida fabric, and it measures 5" by 7 1/2". If you prefer to work on 14-count Aida, your sachet will come out a little bigger (and will require more lavender buds). The lovely editors at Craft Ideas magazine featured this design in the Spring 2016 issue. You can click here to go to the instructions, chart, and key on the magazine's website. Bon stitching!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Pink Retro Telephone Pillow

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

The 1970s was a colorful decade of avocado appliances and pastel telephones. My family had white and beige wall and desk models in our house, but my grandmother had a pretty pink telephone on her nightstand that I absolutely loved. This little pillow is a tribute to that phone and to all things retro that have become cool again.

To make your own phone pillow, you'll need:
  • Pink retro print fabric, two 11 1/2" x 10" pieces
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt®: Pink, Shocking Pink, White
  • Pink baby rickrack
  • Pink mini pompom fringe
  • DMC six-strand embroidery floss: 605 Very Light Cranberry, 818 Baby Pink, White, Light Effects E168 Silver
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Buttons: one 1 1/8" white, ten 3/8" clear with glitter

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

Print out the pattern below and size it so the base of the phone is 6" wide. Cut the telephone base and receiver from pink felt. Cut the large circle from white felt, the small circle from shocking pink felt. Sew the white button to the center of the shocking pink circle with white floss. Sew the clear buttons evenly spaced around white button with silver floss. Use cranberry floss and whipstitch to sew the shocking pink circle to the white circle. Use white floss and running stitch to sew the dial to the center of phone base.

Next, pin the receiver onto one piece of the print fabric, centered, so the top edge of the handle is 1 3/4" from the top edge of fabric. Tuck a length of pompom trim under the outer edge of the receiver, pin it in place, and trim away excess. Pin the phone base onto the fabric so bottom edge is 2" from bottom edge and the cradle tabs overlap the receiver slightly. Tuck a length of pompom trim under the outer edge of the receiver base. Cut a 20" piece of rickrack and tuck one end under the receiver and one end under the base, as shown, and pin in place. Sew base and receiver in place using baby pink floss and running stitch, making sure to sew through rickrack. When you've finished stitching, arrange the rickrack "telephone cord" around the phone and tack it in place.

To finish the pillow, pin the appliqued print fabric piece and the backing piece together, right sides facing, and stitch around with 1/4" seam allowance. Leave and opening for turning. Snip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. Stuff it with polyester fiberfill and hand-stitch the opening closed. 

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

All done! Now show it off in your TV room and watch some episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore or your favorite '70s sitcom.