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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

July 1, 2022

Americana, July 4th and a Free Pattern

Hi everyone, Americana, July 4th and a Free Pattern is on the menu for today! I hope you are having a great week. Can you believe June is over and now we are into July?  Wow....I'm still in May...sort of.

I want to share a few Americana style, July 4th decor photos with you and a free pattern as well.

 I pulled all my reds, white, and blues out to stack, sort and put together for pictures and for decorating in the farmhouse...my house. And before you know it July 4th had come and gone. But I love all of the Americana, all the red, white and blue decor.

And I made a few little things. Little houses, marble cake (polymer clay), napkins, and strawberries.

I was blessed to see my dear friend from Kansas. She's a lifetime friend. The best kind of friend.


Cross stitching and wool stitching are my two favorites, because I feel like I can stitch while at home or when I"m visiting with family and friends....I love to stitch. It is very soothing to me and helps me organize my thoughts with each stitch.







If you are interested in more Americana miniature decorating - Click on link above to go to Miniature Americana Decor and Projects ebook.


My favorite thing in real life is a huge white armoire that I have filled with vintage quilts. So I love making miniature versions for my Etsy shop and my customers. I make them with seasonal quilt pieces to replicate the armoire I have. here is an Americana version.


Another simple thing to do is make little star quilts. It takes a fabric for the star and a fabric for the base, or the front that the star adheres to (I use heatnbond)



My Etsy shop Ribbonwoodcottage has several patterns for Americana style decor, diy miniature making, star quilts in small sizes 7" x 7" and so much more. And my patterns are simple. I love to inspire people with basic sewing or making skills to make and sew things. I remember getting so frustrated in 4th grade when I was learning to sew...with that thought in mind, I deliberately make my patterns easy so that people can ENJOY making what they are making!

This star quilt pattern is on sale right now for $1.99 and can be purchased here @ START Quilt Pattern

and the flag pillow is also included in this pattern.

In our love for Americana and red, white and blue, here is a simple flag pattern to make! The miniature star quilt and pillows. The link will give you access to the pattern.



That is all for now. But stay tuned I have a lot more to share with you!
Click HERE for another free miniature pattern! Miniature pillowcases and pillows. Every little bed needs them!

Blessings,
Debbie Booth
Ribbonwood Cottage

June 6, 2022

Free Pattern - Make Easy Miniature Doll Pillowcases and Pillows

Free Pattern - I want to show you how to easily make a miniature or doll size pillowcase and pillow.



These  directions are simple and if you are a beginner or intermediate seamstress, or hand sewing is more your things, then you will be able to make these pillowcases and pillows.

Let's get started!

Supplies: Gather the following-

Cotton fabric , white for the inserts, and colored print if you want a fun pillowcase- 10" x 10" cotton scraps or 1/4" yard cotton fabric

flat or ruffled lace, preferable 1/4" wide and not too big.

Polyester fiberfill for filling small pillows

Straight pins, needle, white thread

Sewing machine.


Excerpt taken from my Cottage Style Miniature Bedding Pattern available in my Etsy shop- Ribbonwood Cottage

CUT:

1- 3 1/2” x 3” piece —for main pillow piece

1- 1” x 12” piece— for pillow ruffle  OR

1 - 1/4" x 6" piece of flat cotton lace




ASSEMBLE:

Fold long piece of fabric in half lengthwise. Sew a 1/4” seam using large stitches. Now

gather along the raw edge of the folded piece. Do not sew tight little stitches that can’t

be pulled to gather the fabric, so use a large stitch on sewing machine. This piece is

very small I realize, and takes time to get it to look just right.



Pin ruffled piece or flat lace to the long side of the rectangular piece and sew. Remove pins and

fold the Sham/Pillowcase in half. Sew together the two sides that have no ruffle. Now

turn it right side out. Press it carefully





To make white cotton pillow insert-

MINIATURE PILLOW INSERT (FOR INSIDE PILLOWCASE)

This is to make one pillow. For two pillows, repeat this process a second time.

CUT:

1- 3” x 5” white cotton fabric piece per pillow

ASSEMBLE:





Using your fingers fold the raw edge inside about 1/4” or less, pin and sew closed.


Press for a smooth finish. Pressing always makes things look professional and finished.

Stuff the pillowcases with pillows! Voila!!


This is how I make all my little pillows. I often make 10-15 at a time because it is more beneficial to me

to make several bedding pieces all at once.


Here are some extra ideas:


A simple sheet can be made by cutting a white piece of fabric 6.5" x 7.5" Hem all four sides by turning 

the edges over 1/4" and then again 1/4" Pin and sew all four sides.

When you turn the edges over 1/4" and then again another 1/4" it covers the raw edges. When sewing you

sew along the folded edge which hems the sheet.


Another idea, Cut a piece of pastel colored wool felt and use as a blanket. Wool does not fray so there is no need to hem the edges. Hemming wool makes it very bulky and in the end it does not lay or hang well on a miniature sized dollhouse or doll bed. 

Cut the wool in a rectangle a little bigger than

the sheet is. Since the sheet was first cut 6.5" x 7.5" and then sewn, the end measurement of the sheet is approximately 6" x 7". The wool felt could be cut 6.5" x 7" to start with. It will be big enough to cover the sheet you are making.


Cover the sheet with the wool felt, and then add pillows.


If you need more bedding ideas, patterns and instructions I have several patterns available in my shop. 


RIBBONWOODCOTTAGE


Cottage Style Dollhouse Bedding - Mattress, Flat sheet, matching pillowcase, comforter, shams and more!


*Just a side note, when I was young, probably 8 or 9 my mother let me pick out fabric and taught me how to make basic things. A doll blanket, then a bedspread, and pillows. I started with pretty fabric and straight lines. But it created in me this love for creating and making and sewing, and crafting....it stirred something inside me. In later years that sewing skill helped us through some dark seasons when I stayed home, quit my job and took care of my parents. My mother had Alzheimers. Sewing and creating created this comforting peaceful place in my soul. And I was able to sew and sell things in my Etsy shop and help pay bills. All from learning a basic skill. 

The most important thing I want to share - when I make these patterns, over 150 now, I make them as simple and easy as possible because....if by chance I can stir someones heart, create a love for sewing in them, and create a comforting peaceful place in them, then that is what I live for.

And my patterns are pretty basic and easy to follow. I make them with beginner seamstresses in mind, so that

frustration is minimized and success is promised. At least that is my goal! 



May 29, 2022

Patterns, Cross Stitch and Fun Projects


Hello everyone! Are you doing anything  this weekend? We moved recently and I’m unpacking boxes, painting furniture, again, and trying to figure out furniture from a bigger house to a smaller home with not as much wall space. It’s like starting completely over again. But I take breaks and have coffee and stitch just to settle my thoughts-



When stitching I personally like quick projects that I can finish and decorate with. But I also work on longer projects as well. 

I recently finished making my 110th pattern-




 It took me several weeks at first to make a pattern because frankly I wasn’t sure where to start. I purchased a book, took a course or two, watched training videos and learned how to put an outline together for a pattern and then the pattern


But my goal is to always make patterns and directions simple so that others can enjoy the process of making their design.

And let’s be honest-
Buying or gathering supplies can often be a thrill that is hard to describe.
The fabric-
The lace or Rick rack-
Threads, floss and needles,
Patterns and diy project books.
I love the process!

Love looking through patterns and directions-



And then using different finished items to decorate seasonally with-
And stitching for me helps me sort my thoughts.
While I’m stitching I’m thinking, organizing and processing-
When you get a chance visit my shop and see if there’s anything you need to start working on!
Ribbonwoodcottage 
Let’s Make Something!

Debbie Booth


April 27, 2022

Painting and Sewing Shabby style

 Hey friends! I’ve been missing blogging and chatting. 

I just wanted to come on and share some photos of things I’ve seen, painted or made.  I usually work on little paintings and miniatures for a couple weeks...

Then I take a day and start early and put things together for photos. The projects are usually theme or season oriented. 




















Well that’s it! I hope your weekend has been lovely ❤️ 

Debbie Booth