The idea is to make a new fob each month - it may or may not be directly linked to the month's special days, sometimes it might be more seasonal than others but the main point is to have a bit of fun on a small project so you have a chance to perhaps try out that new type of thread or a colour combination you might not otherwise try. All colours I suggest are exactly that - suggestions. If you want to make yours different please do! That is what will make it uniquely yours, which is a wonderful thing.
I will supply the patterns(s) needed as well as any templates to make your life easier when assembling it - if I think it will be helpful I will link to places that show how to do something I have done in case you don't already know a technique. I will also suggest an alternate method of assembly if there is more than one. Each new pattern will be posted on the 3rd Friday of the month.
What you need to make the example above:
- 2 pieces of 4" square of 28ct linen (mine was tea dyed)
- DMC thread in the following colours:
- 164 light forest green
- 307 lemon
- 444 dark lemon
- 740 tangerine
- 741 medium tangerine
- 910 dark emerald green
- 947 burnt orange
- 35" of green craft thread to make the cord (you can use DMC as well of course)
- Your stuffing of choice
Note: The pattern has the templates included this month - the black lines are the sewing lines and the brown lines are the cutting lines.
Instructions: First stitch the two sides of the fob or, if you prefer, just do one side and use another fabric for the back. Only the flower has some back stitching which was done with 164 along the outer edges and 947 inside the flower.
If you wish to use the closing method often used for a biscornu then back stitch the black lines on both the front and the back, then cut them out using the template or a short way away from the back stitching. Whip stitch the sides together right sides out. Include the cord along one of the sides with the green leaves and stuff before closing the last seam.
Otherwise cut out along the cutting lines, tuck in the cord so it aligns with one of the green leaves, then sew right sides together leaving an opening to turn. Turn, stuff, and sew the final seam shut.
How to do a biscornu closure by none other than my dear friend Carla: The Correct Way to Make A Biscornu Part One you don't need to start in the middle for this particular shape as we are not making the corners at right angles to each other but the way of sewing them together is what I'm pointing to.
If the colours I used are not to your taste you could, for example, make a pink flower and back using DMC 600, 602 and 605.
I hope you enjoy this pattern! Please do let me know if you make it - I'd love to see what you have done!