Friday, June 20, 2014

FREE Rosedaisy Designs Tutorial - Number 1...

When I released my ten-stitchery set of Rosedaisy Designs in May I promised that from June 20th I would share ten free tutorials to turn one embroidered block at a time into a project, and this would happen on the 20th of each month until we've been through the full ten designs.

Well, today is the 20th, it's June, and we are about to begin something fun!

The first Rosedaisy stitchery I've chosen to use in this series of tutorials is "Be The Best You"...

Deciding what to make that would beautifully feature this design was not hard. 
After purchasing a few embroidery hoops for cross stitch earlier this week I knew a lovely pocket to store them in was exactly the right project!

So let's begin!

You can use either the "Be The Best You" block HERE or a stitched block of your own choosing.
The fabrics I have used in my project are Lecien's "Old New 30's" for the florals and Tilda for the pink spot stitchery background. 
This project will house a 7.5" diameter hoop with ease. 

Materials required:
One fat quarter of aqua floral fabric
One fat quarter of pink floral fabric
One feature block, such as "Be The Best You"  trimmed to a 7.5" square
One, 11" x 23" piece of fusible Parlan or thin Pellon

From the aqua floral fabric, cut -
Two, 2" x 7.5" lengths
One, 3" x 10.5" length
One, 10.5" x 12.5" length
Two, 1.5" x 20" lengths

From the pink floral fabric, cut -
One, 10.5" x 22" length

 Start by sewing the two, 2" x 7.5" lengths of aqua floral down both sides of the stitchery block, and the 3" x 10.5" length across the top...

Sew the 10.5" x 12.5" length across the bottom...

With a warm, dry iron, press this onto the fusible Parlan (or Pellon)...

Choose a thread the same, or a little lighter in colour, than your aqua fabric and machine quilt wavy lines down and across the outer cover of your hoop pocket, avoiding the stitchery block...

 Trim the excess Parlan (or Pellon) from the sides...

Fold the two 1.5" x 20" lengths of aqua fabric in half, right sides together, to make your ties.
Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edges. I like to curve my closed end when I am sewing the seam.
Trim half the seam away for easier turning out...

Turn the ties right side out, press them flat, then pin the raw edged ends to the top centre of the front and back. Machine sew them in place with a scant 1/8th inch seam...

Lay the ties down the length of the hoop pocket....

...then fold the pocket in half, right sides together, and pin down the side edges.

Machine sew the sides together with a 1/4" seam.

Take your 10.5" x 22" length of pink floral lining, fold it across the middle, and machine sew the sides together with a 1/4" seam...

Turn the lining right side out, and place inside the hoop pocket...

Line up the side seams of the pocket, and the side seams of the lining, and pin them together. Pin the rest of the way around, but leave a 3.5" opening between one side seam and the tie end at the middle back of the pocket...

Machine sew the lining and pocket together with a 1/4" seam, leaving the 4" unpinned section open.

Gently turn the pocket right side out through the opening and press flat. I find it best to pull the lining through first, and then push the pocket through last...

Ladder stitch the opening closed...

Place your hoops inside and you have a gorgeous home for them!

The ten-stitchery set of Rosedaisy Designs which includes the "Be The Best You" stitchery used in this project is $24.95 (US).

If however you'd like just the "Be The Best You" stitchery pattern on it's own, I have it available as a single purchase for $6 (US) but only until July 19th.

Both are HERE in my shop today as instant pdf downloads.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!
If you make a hoop pocket be sure to email a photo to me and I'll show it here on the blog.

This blog is Pinterest friendly so please feel free to pin my project photos! If you hover over any of the pictures a little 'P' pops up that you can click on and you'll immediately be able to pin it to your own Pinterest darn easy.

 Have a wonderfully creative weekend,


  1. Such a delightful project. Your instructions are so clear and detailed and I adore your fabric choices. This is going to the top of my To Do list.

  2. So cute! Thank you for the tutorial. I am going to make this!

  3. It would be a great little holder for a lot of things. Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial. I love that aqua, and I'm thinking that a white or yellow center would also be pretty.

  4. Your tutorial are always fantastic!

  5. Love it !!! I have hoops lying all over the place....never thought of making something to "house" them :)

  6. AWESOME!! Thank you for putting this all together, Jenny. I know how much effort is involved when putting together a tutorial.

  7. What a lovely project for the designs. Love the fabrics you chose.

  8. Thank you for this tutorial Jenny, it is very clear and will be able to follow it easily.

  9. Another helpful tutorial Jenny thank you, easy to follow and will be very much used in my gift list, beautiful stitchery,work and design, also love your use of doilies tutorial, that also will be much used, thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend, Judithann :-)

  10. Thank you Jenny - this is a lovely project. xx

  11. Congratulations on your site! It really is great and as I saw in the first positions it is true that sharing and interface of the site are really a boon for work style. Really a big thank you!


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