November 26 ~ Embellish!

on November 26 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 75 Comments

Today’s tutorials will help you spruce up your lovely sachets, hair goodies, pillows, tech gifts, purses, crafty gifts, slippers, kids’ clothes, belts, ornaments, whimsical creations, items for your purse or pocket, totes, lunch bags, home items, pincushions, aprons… Phew! What are you waiting for? It’s time to get to work!
Fabric Flowers
Blair from Wise Craft shares her Fabric Flower Tutorial, with a template to download.
Yo-Yos
Heather shares her step-by-step How to Make a Yo-Yo Tutorial via her blog, HELLOmynameisHeather.
Fluffy Flowers
Beki from artsy-crafty babe has an easy Fluffy Flower Tutorial for you to enjoy.
Easy Appliqué
Barbara teaches fun techniques in her Easy Appliqué Tutorial via her Barbara Brandeburg blog.
Covered Button
Learn to cover a metal button with Stephanie’s Covered Button Tutorial on her blog, ruby crowned kinglette.

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
25 ~ For the Kitchen
24 ~ Sachets
23 ~ Soft Toys & Games
22 ~ Fun for Hair
21 ~ Pillows
20 ~ Gifts for Organization
19 ~ Tech Gifts
18 ~ For Baby
17 ~ Purses
16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
15 ~ Warm those Toes
14 ~ Dress the Kids
13 ~ Placemats
12 ~ For the Table
11 ~ Reading & Writing
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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75 Responses to November 26 ~ Embellish!

  1. Ali says:

    Thank you so much for your awesome blog! I had seen the fabric flower tutorial you linked here but could not find it again! Until now that is! And I have a blanket from my childhood made of alot of “yo yos” sew onto a soft peice of fabric and had been looking for a tutorial on how to make them. I am so happy to have one now. Some place on your blog is a pattern to make a duck pillow and I whipped one up last night and this morning and my 2 year old cant stop hugging it.

  2. Brandee says:

    great ideas for additions to projects!

  3. Samantha says:

    Love these ideas! That’s what makes sewing our own things so much fun–the embellishing.

  4. Eva says:

    so many projects, so little time- but i’m thankful for all of them! I wish i could craft all day. :)

  5. Andrea says:

    Love the Fabric Flower – gotta try that one for sure !!

  6. Tab says:

    I love covered buttons, I really need to make some, but I don’t know what to put them on.

    I also adore yoyos, I have about 50 red yoyos waiting for me to finish putting them on something.

  7. Deb G says:

    I love the fluffy flower. I’ve been planning on making yo-yos too.

  8. Lynn says:

    I love those buttons!

  9. Missy says:

    Those fluffy flowers look fun!

  10. I want those buttons.

  11. trose says:

    super cute

  12. Alison says:

    awesome! the fabric flower will make such a cute broach! thanks so much for the links once again

  13. kim says:

    Love the flowers :)

  14. Ekioart says:

    yay for fabric flowers! I’ve been trying for a while now to make them on my own and I keep cutting them wrong. ^-^

  15. Oiyi says:

    The covered buttons are cute.

  16. Beth Workman says:

    I’m going to make a bouquet of flower pins for coworkers. They look like so much fun to make.

  17. Kristine says:

    Oooh, love the covered buttons!

  18. stacey says:

    More fabulous ideas – I have heard of many of them – but gosh, to have a central location for all of this crafty goodness – thank you!

  19. Lydia says:

    I have made fabric fabric flowers before and they are adorable. I would also suggest using fray check on the cut edges to prevent fraying. It goes on wet but dries clear and slightly stiffens the edge. It insures a long lasting embellishment. You can also use this on yo-yos.

  20. melissa says:

    now to make those numbered buttons into an advent calendar!!!! ooooooh!!

  21. Abril says:

    Thanks for all the hard work! I love the fabric flowers.

  22. Claudia~L says:

    I really like the embroidery covered buttons. I’ve made them before, but didn’t think to embroider something on the fabric first.

  23. Teddi says:

    I love all these great tutorials! Yours is the first site I’m checking every day! I’ll be sad to see it end!

  24. Those buttons are just too cute!! Cute as a button! Corny!! :)

  25. mama k says:

    Lovin’ that applique tutorial!

  26. Ashley says:

    Loven those yo-yo’s and fluffy flowers!

  27. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Thank you so much for doing this. It has been so much fun to see all the crafty people out there. Thank you for sharing everyone!

  28. Angie says:

    These are all great! A nice way to give that extra little added touch to any project. Thank you so much for posting these!

  29. Julia D says:

    I LOVE LOVE covering buttons. And adding flowers and making yo-yos! so fun.

  30. Alisa says:

    I am still loving this month’s theme – I am working hard on some Christmas gifts! Do you know – can these flower type embellishments be washed with any success?

  31. I can’t wait to give the covered buttons a try!

  32. Sandy says:

    i like the concept of the yo-yos, but i never know what to do with them.

  33. Mrs. Pear says:

    The easy applique is so cute! I have the perfect project for it!

  34. Lil' d says:

    I’m running out of bookmark space… and idea space…

  35. Amy says:

    Such cute flowers! I love them!

  36. Jenny says:

    I love fabric flowers. I’ve made the first one. Can’t wait to try the others.

  37. Natalie says:

    All fun ideas… I am forever indebted to Heather Bailey for her wonderful yo-yo tutorial. I make yo-yos for meditation lol…

  38. Terri says:

    Thanks for a month of inspiration! What will we do when November’s over?

  39. Love the yo yo’s. Can make alot of projects with yo yo’s.

  40. Lauren S. says:

    great, now i can attempt a few projects i have had my eye on.

  41. Javede says:

    I love making yo-yo’s! My handstitching got a lot better since I made the first few dozen…;-)

  42. Nancy T says:

    I am really enjoying this blog–and hate to see the ideas end. Great collection of tutorials. Thanks so much.

  43. Vickie says:

    WOW! I love them all! In fact, I just bought the buttons to cover! There is an idea floating around on the net to turn them into thumbtacks! I think that is a really good idea along with turning them into magnets!

  44. stephanie s says:

    thank you so much for all these wonderful tutorials – it is such a great idea. it’s giving me all kinds of ideas to mull over… and, thank you too for including my buttons among so many fantastic tutorials you are featuring this month…
    -stephanie

  45. Karyn says:

    I’ve been looking for a good flower tutorial — thank you!!!

  46. Joanna says:

    I am loving all the tutorials! I am slowly making my way through one from each day. I got a pile of old button forms to cover and can’t wait to snip away! I love the idea of the batting underneath the fabric.

  47. Such SWEET embellishment ideas!

    I am ALWAYS embellishing EVERYTHING…whether it be with embroidery or fabric flowers, I just can’t seem to stop…LOL. It’s the finishing touch IMHO.

    Additional tutorials are up on my blog.

    thanks for the continued inspirations…I’m so sad the month is almost over…drats!

    have a great day!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  48. Becky says:

    Thanks for more great tutorials.

  49. Michele says:

    Your site is so wonderful…I’ve come across so many fantastic craft ideas…I only wish I had more time to make them all!

  50. Lorrie says:

    What a wonderful collection of goodies you have – I want to make them all. Oh, to make the time! This will be a great reference site even after the holidays are over for gifts to make throughout the year. Thank you so much!

  51. Jean says:

    SO glad to have this! Thank you!

  52. Delaina says:

    the applique tutorial was great! I love how she uses the zig zag stitch to creat the 60’s craft era – brilliant!

  53. andrea says:

    wonderful ideas, some i have made before, others look fun to try. thanks!

  54. Katie Hoefle says:

    The flower tutorial is wonderful … Thanks!

  55. shorty says:

    I have never tried to embellish anything, these look like some pretty good ideas that I might have to try! Thanks!
    Shorty

  56. Maxine says:

    I love the flowers, so simple yet so effective!

  57. Kim says:

    Girls my fingers are so sore from all these projects! I dont know how many more days of this they can take! (-: Keep them coming though- you are doing a great job.

    Kim

  58. Violet says:

    Oh, the fluffy flower goodness…
    -violet

  59. Sefchen says:

    Thank you for all these great ideas. Its so much fun to go through all the tutorials and get inspired.

  60. sally says:

    These are great! So many ideas coming!

  61. Megan says:

    Those flowers are so cute!

  62. Kara says:

    Thanks so much for all the great tutorials this month! I’m so sad to see it ending.

  63. Kensie says:

    Love the applique tutorial!!!

  64. i especially like all the applique techniques. i’ll have to try some different approaches.

  65. adrienne says:

    The flowers and applique are wonderful! =]

  66. Kristin says:

    oooh, I really love the buttons!

  67. Heather says:

    I am LOVING all the tutorials. Time to get offline and make something!

  68. Carol says:

    I’m still trying to embrace yo-yo’s. Maybe if I made a few I’d figure out what to do with them? Love the easy applique directions – I’ve never seen the center cut out before.

  69. Mellissa says:

    I love the fabric flowers, what a great embellishment!

  70. kerry lynn says:

    love these!!

  71. Susan says:

    I’m totally trying my hand at that those super headbands! All of my sisters would love ‘em. Thanks! Susan

  72. Heather B says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas! I have many, many plans for all my giftees this year.

  73. Amanda says:

    this is one of the best sites that I have came across, you should be very proud of the hard work that you put into it.

  74. alison says:

    love the colored button tutorial

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