Posts Categorized: templates

collaborations + Crafts + DIY + downloads + Projects + sewing + summer + templates / Monday, 30 Jun 2014

Hand embroidered Peter Pan collar & Craftsy giveaway

When I was a little girl my grandmother taught me to embroider. I embroidered everything: pillows with pictures of tennis racquets and musical recorders (my hobbies at the time), flowers (of course) on sewn drawstring bags. I even remember turning in a math class assignment with embroidered pansies on a paper plate. Who knows why and how that was an acceptable math assignment….
It’s been awhile since I’ve placed a needle to form a flower and I’ve lost many of the techniques so when I had the opportunity to take some classes on Craftsy I was excited to re-learn the process. Together with my intern Kelly Curtis, I took Design it, Stitch it: HandEmbroidery with Jessica Marquez and today I’m giving away an entry to this class (enter here).
Jessica’s class was great because she clearly went over 25 rather new-to-me stitches showing each step of the way. Kelly mentioned that the French knot had always escaped her but she is now confident thanks to Jessica’s clear instruction. Score!
What you’ll go over:
  •  7 different flat stitches with design inspirations
  •  looped stitches     
  •  knotted stitches (like the infamous French knot!)
  • Crossed stitches
  • Fill stitches
  • Embroidering on knits
  • And how to create your own patterns, (which we did below)
And what’s great about Craftsy is that you can go at your own pace, bookmark key parts of the videos, and get a full refund if you’re not satisfied. Score again!
Kelly and I worked on creating a project based on the class and we came up with this floral Peter Pan collar that would be adorable to add to a dress or blouse. Don’t you think?! Continue reading below to create one for yourself with the full tutorial and free template download.
To enter the Craftsy class giveaway, click on this link and register with your email address or Facebook login info. The giveaway will end one week from today. Good luck!
assisting crafting by Kelly Curtis
styling by Brittany Jepsen
template design by Ashley Isenhour
Full Tutorial Below
  • embroidered collar
  • template for collar
  • scissors
  • fabric
  • transfer pencil
  • transfer paper
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • ribbon
  • string floss
  • sewing needle


Peter Pan Collar

Free template download here 

For the peter pan collar using the template (download it for free here), cut two and 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!

Trace the design with an iron on transfer pencil and proceed to iron on. For the flowers and leaves, I used a #3 needle and 4 string floss. The stem, I used a #3 needle and 6 string floss. The flowers were done with the satin stitch, the leaves were done with the fishbone stitch and the stem was done with a split stitch.

Note: This post was sponsored by Craftsy but the words are mine. Thanks to sponsors like Craftsy that make this blog possible.

Crafts + DIY + Easter + Party + printable + Projects + spring + templates / Friday, 18 Apr 2014

Spring pastel tablesetting

Yesterday I showed how to make the paper tulip centerpiece and I thought I’d provide an idea on how to display it in a beautiful setting for your spring celebration, whether it be your outdoor Easter dinner or Mother’s Day brunch. Wouldn’t pastels be so lovely? I used to cringe at pastels but now I find them so beautiful, especially when combined with some deeper tones like the colors in the flowers and the ombre candle holders I decorated. I’ll show a few of the DIYs later in the day, but for now, here are some ways to celebrate the spring.
TIP: I picked up all of the tableware from Ikea. They have the loveliest colors right now. Mint plates and bowls, pink and white candle holders, a beautiful white pitcher. AND, they are so so cheap! I have a thing for plates so I kind of think you can never have too many!

TIP: For place settings, I bought these little wooden eggs and put each person’s monogram on it. I’ll be doing a DIY on it later today.

TIP: Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You created a beautiful “Happy Easter” sign that works perfectly in a basket. OR, you can make it mini and stick it in some Easter eggs (like she did here). OR print it off really huge and use it as a decoration. I love her work. Download the free template here.

TIP: I’ll be providing a DIY later today on these candle votives, which I LOVE! I think they’d also be perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays, doncha think?

Stay tuned for the DIYs on how to make this happen.

Crafts + DIY + paper flowers + Projects + templates / Thursday, 6 Feb 2014

How to make a paper flower naricissus

learn to make a paper flower narcissus
photography by Trisha Zemp 

Back with another paper flower tutorial. The narcissus is similar to the daffodil but it comes with a different template and slightly different steps. Next week I’ll be showing you something I made with it so you’ll want to bookmark it for reference.

materials paper flower

Materials: double sided crepe paper in the color of your choice, double sided green paper,  wire cutters, scissors, glue gun, floral wire, thicker 18 gauge wire (I cut mine in half so it’s about 9″), a small square of orange or red crepe paper, template (download here)

Step 1. Cut out the templates. I cut mine out on chipboard so they are sturdier and last longer
Step 2: Cut out the leaves and petals onto the crepe. Remember that the small three lines on each template piece indicate the grain of the crepe paper.
Step 3. To make the center of the narcissus you’ll bring the two ends together of the square and glue them together to firm a circle.
Step 4. With your thumbs and forefingers, do what’s called “fluting” and shape the wavy pattern at the top by going back and forth so that it creates a wave effect.
Step 5. With the edge of your scissors, gently curl each petal. Not too much. It should be an easy curl.
Step 7. With your thumb and forefinger, “flute” each side of the petal so that it’s wavy.

Step 8. With a small piece of floral wire, wrap the base of the center of the narcissus and pull the wires down at the end.

Step 9. Start adding on the petals to the base of the center of the flower by adding a dab of glue on.
steps to create paper flower

Step 10: Continue adding the petals around the base of the center until it’s all filled out.
Step 11: Fluff out the center of the flower by circling around with your index finger.
Step 12: Stick a wire up the base of the center and glue it.
Step 13: Make a stem by cutting a 1″ piece of crepe paper going against the grain.
Step 14: Glue at the top of the stem slightly cutting off the base of the petals.
Step 15: Wrap around securely twisting the stem paper around the wire.
Step 16: When you want to add in a leaf simply dab some glue to the base and then continue wrapping around it again.
Step 17: Cut off any excess at the end and glue the paper to the end.
Step 18: To create color at the top of the center of the flower, roll your small square of orange crepe paper, dab it in water, and use it like a crayon going around the center of the flower. It’ll act like watercolor.


paper flower narcissus
paper flower narcissus

Isn’t she lovely? Stay tuned for the project I create with it next week.

alt summit + DIY + flowers + printable + Projects + templates / Friday, 10 Jan 2014

Print & make origami business card holder

photography by Trisha Zemp 
Gah! Alt Summit, the annual blogging conference I mentioned the other day, is in less than two weeks and I have so much to do like make business cards. I have a temporary one that does the job for now and needed a way to protect it when it’s swirling around my large bag so I decided to make a simple one doing origami. I thought others out there might benefit from one too so I made a printable version you can download for free. The steps are super easy. It fits the standard 3.5×2″ card. It also fits a standard gift card the same way.
You will need: print off the template (download it here), scissors or paper cutter
  1. Cut down the template to 8.5″ square. The sides of the florals are cropped off so it should be easy to identify. If you want to make a gift card holder, make the template 9″ square.
  2. Place the printed side down on the table.
  3. Start by folding in each of the four corners. You’ll know where to fold according to the pattern on the back.
  4. Fold in the two sides of the floral pattern. Keep these folds super tight.
  5. Turn the patterned side down again and fold the long edges up to the middle point.
  6. Do the same to the other end.
  7. The two edges should overlap just a bit so insert one into the other. This is where you can now insert the business cards on each side.
  8. Fold down the middle to create the wallet shape.

So easy, right? I always leave a business card or two in my bag but I don’t have a protector so I always end up apologizing to the person I’m giving it to. So professional.

Design + DIY + etsy + Projects + templates + Wedding / Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012

Menu template

My latest project for Etsy weddings is up now! I illustrated a menu template that you can print off for your wedding or any occasion really. There are a number of color options so check out the page to print off the color of your choice (see the right column here).
It’s so easy! You just need: x-acto, cutting board, ruler, tape if needed, template (download here)
Just cut around the template and make a little incision on each side of the template as indicated above. The simply fold it on the black line and insert into the slits.

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Etsy Weddings