Speaking of fruits, (ahem, the pineapple favor bags from yesterday) we had to get our last fruit project in for the summer with this adorable watermelon Peter Pan collar. How adorable is it?! Kelly came up with this genius project after becoming enamored with the embroidery class she took (see here). It would be so cute to add to any solid dress or blouse. It would be especially cute for a little girl. Right?! And the best news is, if you’re not a crafter, she’s selling them on her Etsy shop. She has some darling designs (I love the apple one! Perfect for fall!). Her work is impeccable.
styling by Brittany Jepsen

Materials: Free template here, fabric, embroidery floss, needle, scissors
For the peter pan collar using the template (download it for free here), cut two,
trace the design with an iron on transfer pencil and iron onto the right side of one.

Sew right sides of the fabric together. 

Start sewing the collar together about 1/2 inch from the ends. Leave about an inch or so open about an inch from the center of the collar, but not the center. 

Trim the seam allowance and snip about every 1/4″, then turn inside out.

Turn the seam allowance of the open part of the collar in and then press. 

Close the opening by hand sewing. Press both sides of the edges in a 1/4. Insert a ribbon of your choice into each end and then top stitch closed. Now you’re ready to stitch! 

For the green part of the rind, I used a #3 needle and 3 strings of floss. The white part of the rind, I used a #3 needle and 6 string floss. For the seeds, I used #3 needle and 3 black strings of floss. The seeds were done with the satin stitch, the leaves were done with the fishbone stitch and the stem was done with a split stitch. Learn more about how to embroidery from this post. 

Here are the initial photos, but for a more complete step-by-step visual guide, see this post

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