Hello there and welcome back for our next installment in the DIY picnic project. Last week, I etched some glass canning jars. I think they looked lovely, but a little plain. This week, I created an embroidery pattern to decorate the lid top. Yes, it’s possible that I’m procrastinating on sewing the picnic blanket (the next craft on the list), but if you’re looking to procrastinate, I think embroidery is a perfect activity.
Now, I know that not everyone wants to embroider French phrases, so for this free download you have two options. There’ s a PDF of the pattern in English and a second PDF in French. You may have your pick. (Scroll down to the bottom for the download.)
I was having so much fun putting this together that I drew a few more pictures to embroider. I haven’t had a chance to stitch these yet, but wanted to include them anyway. I might need to make a little fabric menu. Here’s a little sample:
I didn’t make too much of a fuss over the embroidery. However, I thought it might help to show how I transferred the design onto the black fabric.
I printed out a copy of the pattern making sure it was the correct size for my jar lid. On a protected work surface, I layered the pattern, some Wax-Free Tracing paper in white (color side facing down), and the fabric. Pressing firmly, I traced the design with a pencil. While the pattern didn’t transfer perfectly, there’s enough there that I could follow the design. (All that extra white mess comes off with a damp cloth or fabric eraser.)
After I back-stitched the lettering and outline in white and filled in the cat with satin stitches, this is what the design looks like (below). Now, I was ready to trace around the lid top and cut out the fabric. I also cut out some felt to layer underneath (batting would work too).
I tied a ribbon around the top for a punch of color. Now, I’m ready to fill up my jar with treats for my picnic.
Here is where you can get a copy of the embroidery patterns. First, we have the French:
Next, we have the English version:
If you have any problems with the download or have a question (or some comments on my French!), please send me an e-mail at kleecreel at everkelly dot com.
[9/21/10 - Thanks to Doan for pointing out a typo in the pattern! The download has been updated with the correct spelling for éclair. My sincerest apologies for the error!]
I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. All the best, Kelly