Simply Vintage

Today is the day the Autumn 2017 issue of Simply Vintage #24 hits the newsstands and we are so excited to have one favorite exclusive samplers featured in it!  This is one of my favorite magazines.  The pages are chocked full of designers, vintage goodies and patterns for all kinds of projects you can make yourself.

We re-designed an exclusive one of our most popular embroidery patterns for this issue.  Families are Like Quilts has been stitched by so many, but this pattern was adapted to stitch with heirloom pieces.  I stitched the borders from an antique quilt made from men's ties.  The quilt is hand stitched and I was nervous to finish the back because I wanted to preserve the original stitching.  I also added two hand crocheted dollies  in the corners for extra history and texture.

You will find the pattern for the embroidery and tips for using vintage quilts and pieces in the finishing in this issue of Simply Vintage.  If there was ever an embroidery pattern to add vintage embellishment to it would be this one.  Families are stitched together by bringing the past, the present and future together.  We hope you enjoy this project!

You can find it now at most quilt shops, hobby shops, book stores and at Quilt Mania.  Go pick up a copy today and enjoy this first Autumn weekend.

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Fall Saleabration

A few weeks ago we ran a huge sale and so many of you ordered not only for yourselves but for your friends and families!  We are grateful beyond words for the support this community has given us.  So, we would like to give back a little more!

 To say thank you we are extending our September sale through the rest of the month to help you get a jump start on holiday orders or to treat your selves!   Through September 30th you will get 30% off on all Tweetle Dee Products including special orders!!!  Yes....all products and special orders!  

Fall Wreath Barn Quilt in White

Thankful Table Runner

Fall Wreath Barn Quilt in Black

Little Pieces Pumpkin Barn Quilt

To get the 30% off use code FALLSALE at checkout.  For custom orders email me at and we will work up your order and send you an invoice including 30% off your entire order.  

Thank you all for the ahhmazing support and we hope this Fall Saleabration is just what you need to get your holiday list taken care of!  

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DIY Sweater Pumpkins - Fresh Living

It's that time of year when we pull out our sweaters and make pumpkins?  Yes, we make pumpkins.  Lots of DIY Sweater Pumpkins!  These are so simple and fun to make.  I have made all kinds of pumpkins over the years but these are my favorite because they stitch up super easy and hold their shape so well.  The textures and colors are limitless!  

To make a DIY Sweater Pumpkin you will need...

  • An old sweater. (If you don't want to cut up one of your favorites a thrift store is a good place to find sweaters.)
  • Matching embroidery floss to the sweater you choose to cut.
  • Fiberfill batting
  • A long tapestry needle. (Available in most craft and sewing stores.)
  • Scissors
  • A piece of wood stem.
  • Various ribbons, laces, dollies, dried or silk flowers to embellish. (Optional)

 Turn your sweater inside out and lay the arms flat.  Cut a length of about 8 to 10 inches above the cuff.  You can sometimes get to pumpkins from one sleeve.  The size of the pumpkin will be determined by the length you cut off, so you can make them as big or small as you want.

               Thread the needle with a couple of feet of the embroidery floss and knot the end.

              Start a running stitch to close the end of the pumpkin by going up and down                              around the opening of the sleeve pulling the embroidery floss through until you                        have gone all the way around.

               Cinch it closed and tie a double knot in the embroidery floss ends to keep the                             opening closed.

                  Turn the pumpkin piece right side out and fill full with the Fiberfill batting.   It                          should be full but still squishy enough to make the pumpkin indents.

                 Turn the pumpkin piece right side out and repeat the cinching and running                               stitch to close the top of your pumpkin.

               Now that the top is secured it is time to make your pumpkin indents.  Thread the                      embroidery floss in the tapestry needle and loop through the top gathers of the                          pumpkin and tie off into a knot to secure it.

               Starting at the top pull the embroidery floss all the way to the bottom of the                                pumpkin and push the needle through from the bottom to the top.  Pull the needle                   and floss hard enough to make in indent and then while holding it tight repeat                           this again on the opposite side of the pumpkin from where you made your first                           indent to make another until you have game all the way around your pumpkin.

Gather together laces, ribbons, dried or silk flowers or other embellishments you like.  Cut branches to make stems.  If you do not have access to tree limbs you can use rolled cardboard covered in twine.

Hot glue the stem in place at the gathered top of the pumpkin.  Hot glue the various embellishments to decorate your pumpkins they way you want.  Be creative!  I used pieces of old dollies to make "leaves" and used blue instead of orange as this is the most on-trend color for fall pumpkins this year.  

Really there are so many options for how you can decorate your pumpkins or if you want them simple then add nothing but a stem!  I made my first batch of pumpkin sweaters in under an hour and their neutral colors will allow me to keep them out through the end of November!

I told you these are super simple and just look how cute they are!  I am on the hunt now for "ugly" fall sweaters to make a collection of colorful pumpkins specifically for Halloween gifts.    Happy stitching and have a great week!

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Labor Day Sale

We had an amazing weekend at Midway's Swiss Days and have a few of these beauties and our fall pumpkins ready to ship, so we are having a 30% off Post Swiss Days/Labor Day Sale through September 6th.  


To get the 30% off add code LABORDAY at checkout.  We hope you have a great last summer holiday and enjoy a last of summer sale too!  

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