Chalkboard Plant Markers

Designer: Kate Carter Frederick

Color plant markers using easy-to-make chalkboard paint.


Materials:

  • Outdoor paint (latex or acrylic) in desired colors
  • Unsanded-grout powder
  • Airtight container (optional)
  • Wood plant markers
  • Foam brush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Cloth
  • Chalk pencil

1.  Mix 14 cup outdoor paint with 1 tablespoon unsanded-grout powder to make chalkboard paint. Store in an airtight container to keep from drying out.

 

2. Use a foam brush to paint one side of wood plant markers with paint; let dry. Paint other side of plant markers; let dry. Brush on a second coat of paint, and let dry 24 hours.

 

3. Lightly sand both sides of the plant markers. Brush on a third coat of paint; let dry. Sand lightly.

 

4. Prepare the writing surface of your plant markers by rubbing both sides of each marker with chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth. Write each plant name on the markers using a chalk pencil.

Cross-Stitch of the Month: July

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Download the cross-stitch pattern here.

 

Materials:

  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: coral, pink, green, and black
  • Embroidery needle

Cross-Stitch the Design: Place cross-stitch fabric in embroidery hoop, pulling fabric taut. Tighten screw. Using two strands of embroidery floss and following the downloadable chart (above) for the pattern, cross-stitch the watermelon from the back side through the fabric. See how to cross-stitch below. Weave tail from last stitch under previous stitches; trim ends.

 

How to Cross-Stitch: From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.

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How to Finish: When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.


Visit us on the first of each month to receive a new seasonal cross-stitch pattern. Tag pics on Instagram with #MIYmaglife so we can see!


Get June’s pattern here.

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Felt Feather Pillow

Designer: Patty Sloniger

Spread your decorating wings with a pillow embellished with appliqué and embroidered wool and felt feather motifs across the front.


Materials:

  • 114 yards of white fabric
  • 14 yard of tan fabric
  • Felt, felted wool, or wool:light aqua, green, gold, gray, dark green, rust, dark teal, cream
  • Embroidery floss: dark gray, cream, light gray
  • Sewing thread
  • 18″-square pillow insert
  • Feathers Pattern

 

FINISHED PILLOW: 18″ square

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width. Measurements include  12” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Cut the following pieces:

 

From white fabric, cut:

  • 1—17″ square (pillow front)
  • 2—13×19″ rectangles (back)

From tan fabric, cut:

  • 2—2×17″ border strips
  • 2—2×19″ border strips

From light aqua felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern A

From green felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern A

From gold felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern A
  • 1 of pattern C

From gray felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 3 of pattern B
  • 3 of pattern D
  • 3 of pattern F

From dark green felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern C

From rust felt, felted wool, or wool, cut: 

  • 1 of pattern C
  • 1 of pattern E

From dark teal felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern E

From cream felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern E

1. Referring to the Appliqué Placement Diagram, arrange the A–F shapes on the right side of the pillow front, spacing the shapes 38” from the edges. For the C-D feather in the top right, trim the C shape parallel to the top edge of the pillow front. For the E-F feather on the bottom left, trim the F shape parallel to the bottom edge of the pillow front. When satisfied with the arrangement, pin the shapes to the pillow front.

2. With the pieces pinned in place, cut random notches in the edges of each A and B shape to resemble feather edges.

3. Use three strands of embroidery floss for all stitching. Using dark gray embroidery floss, stitch a line of short running stitches along the inside edge of each A and B shape (Embroidery Diagram). Using cream embroidery floss, backstitch striping details as desired on the gray B shapes. Using light gray embroidery floss, backstitch a 214” quill for each feather. Feathers that extend along the left-hand edge and the bottom of the pillow front do not have quills. The feather at the lower right corner of the pillow front has a short quill that extends into the seam allowance.

 

4. Referring to Pillow Front Assembly Diagram, sew a tan 2×17″ border strip to the top and bottom edges of the pillow front. Add a tan 2×19″ border strip to each side edge of the pillow front. Press all seams toward borders.

5. Turn under one long edge of each white 13×19″ rectangle 14“; press. Turn under same long edges 14” again and stitch in place to hem pillow back pieces.

 

6. Referring to Pillow Back Assembly Diagram, overlap hemmed edges of pillow back pieces by about 6″ to make a 19″ square. Edgestitch across overlaps to make pillow back.

7. Layer pillow top and back with right sides together. Stitch around all edges to make pillow cover. Turn to right side; press. Insert pillow form through opening in pillow back.

Crocheted Lemon Cozy

Designer: Amanda Hyun 

Crochet a sunny yellow cozy, complete with a lemon slice, to turn a Mason jar into your go-to drinking glass.


Materials:

  • Medium worsted weight yarn: bright yellow, white, soft yellow
  • Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

SPECIAL STITCHES

Magic Ring: Wrap the yarn around your finger twice. Insert hook under loops. Pull up a loop and sl st to secure.


MAKE THE BOTTOM

Start with bright yellow, make magic ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (counts as first hdc and beg ch), 6 hdc in the ring, join with sl st to top of first hdc (7 hdc). Pull the yarn tail to close the center of ring.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each st around, join (14 hdc).

Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *hdc inc, hdc, rep from * around, join (21 hdc).

Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *hdc inc, hdc in next 2 sts, rep from * around, join (28 hdc).


WORK THE SIDES

Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in back loops around, join, fasten off (28 hdc). Attach white.

Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join, fasten off (28 hdc). Attach soft yellow.

Rnds 7–12: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (28 hdc).

Rnd 13: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join, fasten off (28 hdc). Attach white.

Rnd 14: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join, fasten off (28 hdc).

Rnd 15: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join, fasten off (28 hdc). Sew in all ends.


MAKE THE LEMON SLICE

Start with soft yellow, make magic ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as first sc and beg ch), 5 sc in the ring, turn (6 sc). Pull the yarn tail to close the center of the ring.

Rnd 2: Ch 1,2 sc in each st around, turn (12 sc).

Rnd 3: Ch 1, *2 sc in first st, sc in next st, rep from * to end, turn (18 sc).

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, rep from * to end. Fasten off, leaving an 18″ tail. Turn (24 sc). Attach white.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, *2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, rep from * to end. Fasten off, leaving an 18″ tail for creating white wedge lines. Turn (30 sc). Attach bright yellow.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, *2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, rep from * to end. Fasten off and weave in short end only (36 sc).


ADD DETAILS AND ATTACH LEMON SLICE

1. Thread long white yarn tail onto a tapestry needle and stitch long straight stitches for wedge lines. Refer to the Lemon Slice Stitch Diagram, below, for placement and direction of stitches.

 

2. Fit lemon slice around top of cozy. Thread long soft yellow yarn tail onto tapestry needle. Stitch slice to cozy where slice and cozy touch. Weave in ends.

Metallic-Painted Coffeepot

Designer: Katie Leporte

Play with the possibilities of linear arrangements by adding metallic triangles to form star motifs on a plain coffeepot.


Materials:

  • Ceramic coffeepot or vase
  • Stencil (such as Stencil 1 Small Star Pattern from FolkArt)
  • Glass marker: gold
  • Spray stencil adhesive

1. Spray back of stencil with adhesive, and position it as desired on teapot or vase. Trace stencil lines with gold glass marker. Remove stencil.

2. Follow the glass marker manufacturer’s instructions to cure the gold marker lines.