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Simple Stitched Beehive Set

Rustle up Helen Philip's cushy number along with a matching cross-stitch tag.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • YOU WILL NEED
  • Fabric: Tilda Beehive; white spot; mauve solid; black scrap; co-ordinating strips
  • Backing fabric
  • Iron-on webbing
  • Wadding
  • Bee button
  • Cushion pad
  • 14 count white Aida
  • Stranded cottons as in key

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Appliqué Beehive - 1 Trace the beehive shape onto card. Iron webbing on the reverse of yellow floral fabric. Draw round the beehive and carefully it out.

    2 blue polka dot fabric 7cm square.Peel the backing paper off the beehive shape and iron to the fabric square. When secure sew around it.

    3 Iron webbing onto the back of a scrap of black fabric. It out a rectangle 2.5cm then iron onto the beehive. Sew round the shape as before.

  2. Cross-Stitch Tag - 1 Follow the chart for the beehive design and stitch over one block. Use two strands of cotton for the cross-stitch and one strand for the back stitch and outlining. When the stitching is complete out the design two holes away from the stitching all the way round. Trim and mount onto card to create the tag and finish with a length of raffia.

  3. Make the Cushion - 1 Trim 3cm strips of purple fabric for the inner border and sew on the sides using a 5mm seam allowance. Add the top and bottom borders. Press the seams flat.

    2 Create the outer borders with two co-ordinating strips of fabric. Press the seams. Take the piece of wadding and secure with basting pins. Quilt round the beehive and across the front then quilt horizontal lines across the background.

    3 Sew in the ditch around the borders you can add more or less quilting if you wish. Take the backing fabric and place right sides together machine round the four sides leaving a gap at the bottom edge.

    4 Turn the cushion cover the right way out adjusting the corners. Place a cushion pad inside and stitch the gap closed. Add a bee button for decoration.

WOODEN DIY NAUTICAL FISH DECOR

I love working on nautical inspired crafts for the house. So I was really excited to get started on a new project. I found these wooden fish on and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I had to give them a nautical makeover for the house. But I also think this nautical DIY fish decor would make a great kids craft as well. Follow along as I show you how easy it is to make your own fish trio!

Step 1 – Paint First Coat.

Before I painted the wood fish, I decided to remove the top and bottom part of the fish.

Then I painted the front and back of the fish with two coats of white paint. Let each coat dry for 10 minutes.

Step 2 – Paint your Design.

Now let’s add our second color!  I picked out some of my favorite colors for this step. You can get as creative as you want with this step.

I decided to paint the only for this DIY fish decor project.

Step 3 – Add Screw Eye Hooks.

Finally it’s time to add our hooks so we can hang our fish up! I used some small screw eye hooks for this step.

The jute cord is perfect to hang the fish up and still gives it a nautical feel.