Embroidered Pegboard

102167893Designer: Sherri K. Falls

Get personal with stitched names, monograms, or other inspirational words on your own pegboard.


  • 2×3′ piece of white hardboard pegboard
  • DK weight cotton yarn: blue, coral, gold
  • Yarn needle
  • 5—34– to 1″-diameter gold buttons
  • S-hooks

Assemble the Pegboard:

1. Using a pencil and referring to the Stitch Placement Diagram, below, print the word ”Create” on the lower left-hand corner of the pegboard by connecting the dots.


2. Use a doubled length of yarn threaded onto a yarn needle for all stitching. Knot yarn on back of pegboard to secure stitches. Backstitch the letters C and A with blue yarn.

3. Backstitch the letters R and T with coral yarn and both letter Es with gold yarn.

4. Stitch a button to each end of the letter C with blue yarn. Stitch three buttons for ellipses at the end of the word with gold yarn.

5. Hang crafts supplies on board using S-hooks.


Cross-Stitch of the Month: February


Download the cross-stitch pattern here.



  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: light pink, medium pink, dark pink, and cream
  • 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 cupcake 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.


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 January’s pattern here.



Bedside Storage Caddy

102676012Designer: Alison Gamm

Keep all your bedtime essentials close at hand with a caddy made from a fringed table runner.


  • Fabric table runner with fringe ends (Ours measures 1412×6914” with 2″ fringe on each end.)
  • Matching sewing thread
  • 12″ length of 1″-wide ribbon in coordinating color

Assemble the Caddy:

1. Fold one short edge of table runner up 9″, then fold the edge down to the outside 112“. Topstitch the sides together to make a large pocket.

2. Tuck ribbon under pocket flap 4” from left-hand side and pin in place. To make two pockets, topstitch along each edge of ribbon through all table runner layers, being careful to leave the fringe free of stitching. Extend the topstitching through the layers of the flap until you reach the top folded edge.

3. Sandwich the table runner between the mattress and box spring, leaving the pocket end hanging over the edge.

Bejeweled Wine Bottle Stopper


Designer: Katie Leporte

These bejeweled wine bottle stoppers make the perfect hostess gift and are easy to produce in multiples.


  • Basic casting resin supplies (see Tips for Using Epoxy Resin“)
  • Small silicone molds (such as Mod Podge Mod Molds: Gems)
  • Colorant: green and blue (such as Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments and Transfer Dyes) (optional)
  • Stir stick (optional)
  • Items to submerge in resin (such as glitter, large iridescent sequins, metal findings)
  • Wine bottle corks
  • Industrial-strength glue (such as Super Glue)

Note: Always work with resin in a well-ventilated area.

Assemble the Wine Stoppers:

1. Follow the “Tips for Using Epoxy Resin” instructions, to prepare the resin mixture.

2. Pour resin mixture into desired silicone molds. If color is desired, add a drop of pigment or dye into resin and swirl with a stir stick. Stir glitter into wet resin or submerge cut up sequins or metal findings (see “Tips for Using Epoxy Resin”). Allow to harden for up to 72 hours to ensure a strong bond.

3. Release the hardened resin shapes from the silicone mold by gently pushing the pieces from the back of the mold.

4. Glue resin shapes to tops of wine bottle corks; let dry.

Crocheted Owl Basket


Designer: Deja Jetmir 

Whooooo’s ready to get organized while looking stylish?


  • Two 5-ounce skeins worsted weight yarn: gray (such as Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather)
  • Size J crochet hook
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge: 6 rows and 8 hdc = 3″

Finished size: 8″ tall

See our guide to yarn here.



hdc-inc, dc-inc, sc-inc = work two of the designated st in one stitch.
hdc-dec = (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a lp) twice, yo and draw through all 5 lps on hook.
picot = ch 5, sl st in top of first st.

Crochet the Basket:

Note: The basket is worked in a spiral, so joining rounds is not necessary. Mark beginning of each round.

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of yarn held together, ch 3 (2 chs counts as hdc), hdc 7 times in beg ch (8 hdc).

Rnd 2: Hdc-inc in each st (16 hdc).

Rnd 3: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next st; rep from * 7 more times (24 hdc).

Rnd 4: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * 7 more times (32 hdc).

Rnd 5: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * 7 more times (40 hdc).

Rnd 6: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 4 sts; rep from * 7 more times (48 hdc).

Rnd 7: * Hdc-inc, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 8:
* Hdc-inc, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * 7 more times (64 hdc).

Rnds 9–17: Hdc in each st around (64 hdc).

Rnd 18: *Hdc-dec, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 19: *Hdc-dec, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (48 hdc).

Rnd 20: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 21–26: Hdc in each st around (56 hdc).

Sc in next st, sl st in next st to finish off. Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Make the Eyes:

Note: Each eye is worked in a spiral, so joining rounds is not necessary. Mark beginning of each round.


First Eye:

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of yarn held together, ch 2, sc 6 times in beg ch (6 sc).

Rnd 2: *Sc 2 times in each st; rep from * 5 more times (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Dc 2 times in each st; rep from * 11 more times (24 sc).

Rnd 4: *Dc 2 times in next st, dc; rep from * 5 more times, tr, dtr, picot; fasten off.


Second Eye:

Rnds 1–3: Rep First Eye instructions.

Rnd 4: Picot, dtr, tr, *dc, dc 2 times in next st; rep from * 5 more times, hdc, sc, sl st to finish off eye; fasten off and weave in ends.

Add Eyes to Basket:

1. Position the right eye on the basket at the point of the last st. Using two strands of yarn and a tapestry needle, tack down the center of the eye; using the center hole as a guide, bring the needle up through the center and then back down in the first round of stitches. Continue until center is secure.

2. Using two strands of yarn and the outside stitches of the eye, tack down the eye securely, leaving the picot stitches unsewn. Weave in all ends. Repeat with left eye.

Add the Beak:

1. Using two strands of yarn and long straight stitches, embroider a beak between the bottoms of the eyes.