How to Turn a Tree Into Your Next Stitch Project

Now that you’ve learned to backstitch, use your new skill by stepping out into nature and finding something to stitch.  I wrote about how trees and water are two of my favorite things to find inspiration from.  The following video shows you my process so that you have an idea of how to sketch your very own pattern.

Backstitch allows you to create simple and beautiful line art.  Nature offers you one of the easiest ways to find stitching inspiration.  The two together will guide you to a place of peace in your day.

Habit Building Exercise

Make a deliberate choice to stitch today for five minutes.  Instead of saying “I don’t have time” think about some things you can eliminate that aren’t leading you to relaxation.  If social media is stressing you out today, choose to stitch instead.  Our free time is dictated by our choices, find stress or find peace.

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Nature Walk to Relaxation (A Backstitch Tutorial)

Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  ~John Muir

Many people long for the outdoors, the fresh air and natural smells.  A walk in the woods does wonders for the soul with it’s earthy freshness and quiet stillness with only the skittering of squirrels and melodic bird songs.

Most people will agree that when they take the time to be outside they feel more peaceful. When a person is asked where their favorite place to vacation is, it’s no surprise that the majority will say the beach or the mountains.

But what if we could enjoy a taste of nature everyday and really savor it instead of just counting down the days until the weekend or your next vacation.  When you stitch outside or find inspiration to stitch in nature, you can bring the outdoors with you anywhere.

Today I want to share a tutorial on how to backstitch.  It is one of the most versatile and relaxing stitches and very easy to learn.  Tomorrow I will share my process for how I observe things in nature to create a pattern to stitch.  Then you can backstitch away everyday!

I made a free worksheet for you to download with the backstitch instructions and simple practice patterns.

Backstitch Worksheet

Backstitch Tutorial Try

Backstitch Tutorial - Lovely Messes

Backstitch Tips - Lovely Messes

Don’t forget to download your free Backstitch Worksheet.  Punch some holes and keep it in a binder for a quick reference guide.

What will you stitch using backstitch?

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Tiny Stuffed Hearts Tutorial

Valentines Day hand embroidery

Need a quick little Valentine to slip under the pillow or in the bag of someone you love?  Fill a tiny heart with loads of love and spread around the handmade goodness.

What you need:

  • felt or fabric scraps
  • embroidery thread and needles
  • Free Embroidery Pattern
  • polyfill, cotton, or whatever you have to stuff your tiny heart

Print out the free pattern I made for you.  Download above.  Then. . .

cut two hearts out of your fabric or felt.

Felt hearts project - Lovely Messes

Stitch a sentiment on one of them or both if you really want to.

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Isn’t that little girl fabric the cutest ever!!

Stitch two hearts together with a blanket stitch or get a little fancy with the palestrina stitch (the smooch heart is edged with that) and then, before you close up the edges, stuff in your filling, make it nice and plump and squishy.

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Then finish up your stitches.

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Ta-da.  A super sweet and unique tiny valentine.

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Birthday Celebration

My baby girl and I have birthdays two days apart.  She just turned one and totally demolished her first birthday cake.  The sugar high that followed was very entertaining, she had a little crazy laugh going on!

To celebrate I created a super fun birthday pattern called Sweet Cakes. Stitch a cupcake, ice cream cone, lollipop, or candy for your special someone as a delectable birthday treat without the cavities!

Birthday hand embroidery pattern

I would also like to give you a gift to celebrate with us!  Here is a free birthday embroidery pattern.

Birthday Hand Embroidery Pattern

Birthday Hand Embroidery Pattern

Reverse Birthday Hand Embroidery Pattern

Happy Stitching!

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Thanksgiving Name Cards

Thanksgiving Embroidery

If you want to make an impact at your Thanksgiving dinner why not try making some embroidered name cards?  They are super easy and cute and depending on what colors you use they can match your decor perfectly!  Plus your guests can take them home as a sweet little personalized gift.

What You Need

1. Embroider your leaves onto felt and then cut them out leaving an outline around each.  Cut your felt into 1.5″ x 6″ strips.

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2.  Embroider names onto the strips close to the center.  I just use a pencil to write a name and then I stitch over the lines.  If you don’t like your handwriting you can always find a free font that you love, type the name, and then trace that onto your felt.

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3.  Match the edges of your strip to make a circle and then place a line of hot glue to attach the ends together.  Hot glue a leaf near the stitched name.  You could always stitch everything together instead of using glue!

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4.  Decorate your table by using your rings as napkin rings or just stand them up among some fall decor!

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You still have time to add a special touch to your Thanksgiving table so don’t wait to get your hand embroidery leaf pattern!!

Happy Stitching!

Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions?  A bunch of our family lives in PA (we grew up there) so they come here to NC to visit every Thanksgiving.  So the Friday after Thanksgiving is “Christmas” with all of them!  It’s so much fun to still be able to celebrate with them.

I’m sharing this project at TatertotsandJello!

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