Megan Eckman of Studio M.M.E. is the author of West Coast Love, a digital pattern book to help you stitch up your local West Coast pride and landmarks. The book includes over 20 patterns featuring alternative state flags and mottos, famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and new state trees. Whimsical and elaborate patterns use simple stitches, appealing to both beginners and experienced stitchers.
To kick off the book release Megan shows you how to make the Spruce Pennant from West Coast Love!
There’s something extra special about embroidering a place you know and love. I grew up in a state that doesn’t inspire much local pride. Heck, if it wasn’t for the movie “Fargo,” no one would have remembered North Dakota was one of the fifty states. However, I’ve spent the last four years living up and down the West Coast and there is no lack of pride here. Locals are so fiercely proud of not only their states but their cities that I was inspired to create a whole series of West Coast embroidery designs. They’ve all been put into my first digital pattern book, aptly named West Coast Love. To celebrate its release on February 23 I wanted to share a pattern from the book with you!
I’m providing you with the pattern– both as a transfer pattern and a reverse, iron-on pattern– as well as a stitch guide. If you want to follow along, keep reading and I’ll walk you through how I stitched it.
First you’ll want to gather your supplies.
- 2 pieces of fabric measuring 13” x 6”
- Hoop (the size is up to you)
- Fabric marker or iron-on pencil (depending on which way you want to transfer your design)
- Thread (I used DMC 910 for green needles and a nice 801 for the trunk.)
- Pattern, printed out
Once you’ve gathered your supplies and printed out the pattern, it’s time to transfer it onto your fabric. You can tape your pattern and fabric to a sunny window and trace over it with a fabric marker as I did. Or if you’re not afraid of burning down your house with your iron, you can draw over the reverse pattern with an iron-on transfer pencil. Then lay your fabric down on an ironing board, flip your paper so the pencil side is down on top of it, and carefully iron the paper for 10-20 seconds. Take a little peek under a corner to see if the design is transferring. If it isn’t hold the iron over it for a few more seconds.
Woo hoo! We’re finally ready to start sewing. Now, the one thing about me is that I’m a huge believer in easy stitches. That means that I stitched up my tree with just the running stitch and the back stitch. That being said, you are welcome to use as many fancy stitches as you like! I started in with the letters at the top. Use the stitch guide I provided in the PDF Pattern download to slowly stitch in “SPRUCE.”
After the letters are stitched in, move on and start putting in the trunk lines of the spruce tree with a back stitch and a running stitch.
Once all of the brown stitches are in, it’s only the green needles left! Stitch in the cute little needles with easy running stitches.
You’re almost done! Now it’s time to make the embroidery piece into an actual pennant. Cut your fabric into a triangle shape, leaving ¼” on the long sides and at least ½” extra on the top so that you have room to sew with the sewing machine. Cut your second piece of fabric into the same shape. Then, pin your embroidered fabric to your extra piece of fabric, making sure right sides are together.
Using your sewing machine, sew the long sides of the pennant.
Clip off a little bit of the extra fabric, especially near the tip so that it’s easier to flip the piece.
Now you can turn your pennant right side out. You might need to use a chopstick to poke the tip out.
Now you have several options. You can use bias tape to make the top of the pennant and give yourself little ties to hang it from. You can fold over the top, sew it down, and hang the pennant as is. Or you can put your string on the back, fold the top down over it, and sew it all in place. The choice is yours! I like to keep mine like an old baseball pennant so I folded in my top corners like miter corners when I folded down the top edge.
Then I stitched across the top.
That’s it! Your mighty spruce pennant is ready to hang proudly in your home!
If you want a little bit more of West Coast in your life, I encourage you to come check out the book, West Coast Love. My digital pattern book has 100+ pages of patterns, finished project photos, sewing guides and more. Happy sewing!