Today I’m introducing the Blooming Along Basket pattern. This simple appliquéd and embroidered felt basket pattern is designed to be used as a thread catcher, or for any other use. Enter to win a free copy below!
A Dream of Designing Patterns
I am so happy be introducing my very first pattern in my shop today. It has always been a dream of mine that some day I would like to design and sell patterns. But I tucked that little dream away because I felt that I didn’t have time, didn’t have the right ideas, and didn’t have the skills to achieve that dream.
But then the pandemic happened and I decided to grab the opportunity to pursue my dreams of a blog and designing patterns. Though this adventure involves continuous learning, I’ve already learned so many new things about starting a website and a business, and I’m so grateful for all of your support and interest so far.
Developing and writing a pattern has been another new challenge for me, and I’m excited to release Blooming Along to the world as my first pattern in my shop. I hope it’s the first of many (I’ve got all sorts of ideas!), but first I need a nap 🙂
The Blooming Along Basket – An Embroidered Felt Basket
The Blooming Along Basket is a thread catcher basket, constructed out of felt with appliquéd and embroidered felt flowers. A thread catcher basket can sit alongside you as you stitch, sew, quilt, or craft to collect all those threads and trimmings that accumulate everywhere. But of course, you can also use the basket in many other ways. You can find more uses for the Blooming Along Basket in this post.
The basket is 4.5″ tall and approximately 5″ in diameter.
What’s Included in the Pattern?
The Blooming Along Basket pattern is a 24 page PDF only pattern. You will find the following included:
- Colour photographs
- Full materials and tools list (also viewable in my shop before purchase)
- Tips about colour choices and a Colour Planning Worksheet
- Tips about preparing your felt, basket construction and stitching basics
- A stitch guide with diagrams
- Detailed instructions with diagrams for most steps
- Printable templates
It is not a kit – no materials are included. The PDF pattern will arrive in your email inbox after purchase, where you can print it, or read it digitally. You will need access to a printer to print the template pages on the 8 1/2 x 11″ stabilizer sheets. See Materials for more information.
Skill Level – What If I’ve Never Stitched Before?
The Blooming Along Basket Pattern is designed to be absolutely beginner friendly, even if it’s your first time doing embroidery or working with felt. A full stitch guide, and tons of helpful diagrams and tips will support you through the completion of your Blooming Along Basket.
Materials to Make an Embroidered Felt Basket
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I’ve included a full materials and tools list in the pattern and you can also view that list in the shop.
To read more about the materials and where to purchase them, check out the post Materials for Felt Embroidery.
The Blooming Along Basket is completely customizable in the colour scheme of your choice. Select a colour for the base and sides of the basket, as well as 3 (recommended) colours for the flowers, and 1 or more greens for the leaves. I prefer colours with high contrast as they overlap each other, but you can choose your own favourite colours and shades.
Add an optional blanket stitch around the edge to give a pop of colour, or leave it off for a cleaner finish.
There are four flower designs that repeat twice around the basket. You can choose to make both versions of each flower the same.
Or you can vary up the colour combinations to make each version of the different flowers unique. The colour planning worksheet is helpful to plan this all out in advance.
For more tips, tools, and inspiration for choosing and planning a colour scheme, read this post.
GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win a Copy of the Blooming Along Embroidered Felt Basket Pattern
As a thank you for your support and to help reach a larger audience with my pattern release, I’m running a few different giveaways. One will be here on the blog, and the others on Instagram. See the rules below.
Find the pattern release post on my Instagram account, @mixmeasuremake.
On Instagram there are two ways to enter.
First, 2 copies of the pattern will be given to a randomly chosen winner and their tagged friend.
- FOLLOW @mixmeasuremake on IG
- COMMENT on the pattern release post with the 3 colours you would use to make your flowers
- TAG a friend’s account in the comment.
Three entries are allowed per account (separate comments with a different friend tagged in each comment). Your tagged friends can make their own entries as well, providing they also meet the above criteria and tag new friends.
Winners will be announced on IG and contacted via Instagram Direct Message (DM). **I will never create a separate account for the giveaway or ask for your credit card details.
Bonus Instagram Giveaway
Second, 1 bonus copy of the pattern will be given to a randomly chosen winner. To enter:
- SHARE the pattern release post in your stories
- MENTION me @mixmeasuremake
One entry per account for this bonus draw. The winner will be announced on IG and contacted via Instagram Direct Message (DM).
1 copy of the pattern will given to a randomly chosen winner
- Leave a comment on this pattern release post, in the comments section found at the end of the post.
- 1 entry per person/email address.
- The winner will be announced on the blog and the winner will be contacted via the email address provided with the comment.
All GIVEAWAYS close at 9 P.M. E.T. on Monday, October 11, 2021, and winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 13.
Note: If you have already purchased the pattern and then happen to win one of the giveaways, you may choose between a refund, or another free version of the pattern to gift to a friend.
Get Your Copy of the Blooming Along Embroidered Felt Basket Pattern
I hope you enjoy the Blooming Along pattern and I can’t wait to see what other colour schemes you use to create your embroidered felt basket. Share your finished creations on social media with the #BloomingAlongBasket and #MixMeasureMake. Don’t forget to tag me @mixmeasuremake so I can see your lovely work.
To get your copy, head to the SHOP in the main menu of my site, or even easier, click the link to go straight to Blooming Along Pattern.
And don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAYS!
All the best,