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I made this banner from felt and backed it with fall-colored fabric remnants.  I just cut out the felt triangles and backing fabric, embroidered the letters and sewed them together with a quick overcasting stitch and connected with ribbon.  This was a quick and easy project and another good one for those fabric leftovers.  Happy Halloween!



It was International Day at Preschool last week, and it got me thinking about the Old World European style that I love so much.  Not dark, heavy furniture and velvet curtains — but more like Heidi, Swiss Miss and Hansel & Gretel.  Painted furniture, flowered ribbons, window boxes and bright colors.  Swiss, Dutch, German.  My girls represented the countries of Madeira and Germany.  When researching Madeira, I came across this lovely image of a traditional cottage (above) that has been in my mind since I saw it (perhaps because it’s just my size).  I love the shape, colors and thatched roof.

Below is a detail of the trim on Laura’s costume, which belonged to me as a child and was a gift from my aunt while she was living in Germany.  I was so happy that Laura was able to wear it.  I have been buying lots of flowered trims lately and love the look with the wide ribbon and the ric rac together.  Really sweet and cheerful.  I also made the girls some fall capes that are reminiscent of this style.  Burda pattern 9674. Burda, a German company, offers some cool European patterns for women and kids. You can order online or find them at the larger craft stores. For the capes, instead of the prescribed fleece (which would have been much easier) I used brown suiting wool lined with colored flannel and added some embroidery (also below) to play up the European style.  Eva seems to like her cape, but Laura won’t wear hers.  This is the trouble with sewing for kids!


So thinking about ribbon and trim now, here are a few sites that seem to have a wide selection of decorative ribbon:

The Ribbon Jar


M&J Trimming


And I’d be interested in any other sites out there!


I made these sweet baby blocks for our goddaughter’s birthday last week.  They spell out her name on one side and have numbers on the opposite side.  My inspiration was the blocks I saw over at Craftsbury Kids.  So they would also be great with felt applique, but since I had the embroidery machine…well.  Each one is filled with polyfill (though foam would have been a great alternative) and I put a plastic easter egg filled with various noisemakers in each one (duct taped for safety!).