Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's a month of kitchen stuff...and look at what shell is bringing us....Penny Pitcher

Well hi there! I'm Michelle May of The Raspberry Rabbits! I am honored once again to be invited by Madame Samm to share a tutorial with you!

Lately I have been designing wool applique patterns and thought you might enjoy a fun little tutorial. I am a penny "pincher," but since the theme this month is kitchen related, I thought a penny "pitcher" would be perfect! hee,hee,hee. I crack myself up!

I truly love a warm country look in my home and wanted to make something that I could hang from a peg hook or a doorknob in the kitchen to add a little color and fun. This project would also make a great gift for Mother's Day! You could add a card and some flower seeds or candy or whatever your Mom would like!
So let's get hopp'in with our Penny Pitcher!

First you need some wool felt. I used my BFF #7 (bundle of fun felt). I sell these in my SHOP along with many other supplies and patterns.

You will also need some fusible web. I am the queen of using fusible web! LOOOOOOOOVE IT! Ok...sorry about that. I get carried away sometimes.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the fusible web. Like I said, I'm a penny pincher, so I'm pretty stingy with my fusible web. I try not to waste any of it so I trace smaller pieces into larger areas.
This is how I cut them out.
Now fuse the pieces to the wool felt. There really isn't a wrong or right side to the wool felt. I usually just pick a side. Once you have fused the pieces down, cut them out on the pencil line.

You will need two 5 3/4" x 9" pieces of black wool for the background. You also need a 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of yellow wool and a 5 3/4" x 1" piece of orange wool. These sizes are all listed on the layout page for your convenience.

Using the layout page as a guide, fuse the pieces in place onto one of the background pieces. Oooo...pretty!

Now you need some floss. I'm a designer with Valdani Threads and I Looooooooove their 3 Strand, handoverdyed, colorfast floss. These are the colors I used for this project. I have them in my SHOP along with lots of other fun colors.

Now add some decorative stitching to your applique. I like using a running stitch as I like a simple, primitive look. If you like a blanket stitch, then you could use that. Whatever makes you happy! :) I also used 1/4" buttons inside my flowers.

When stitching the orange strip, don't stitch the sides or the bottom just yet.

Now you'll need some freezer paper for this part. Trace 4 penny flaps onto the dull side of the freezer paper.

Then fold a piece of black felt in half. Line the top of the freezer paper flaps up on the fold of the felt. Now cut your flaps out on the pencil lines.

Next, fuse the stars to the flaps keeping them closer to the bottom as the top of the flap will be sewn inside the background pieces.

Make simple stitches around the star to hold in place and add a button. Then fold the flap over and stitch together around the edge.

Whip stitch the penny flaps to the back of the appliqued piece being sure to line them all up.

Pin the remaining 5 3/4" x 9" piece of black wool to the appliqued piece. Now stitch the sides and bottom of the orange strip securing the front and back wool pieces together.

And then stitch down the sides leaving the top open. Again, use whatever stitch you like.

Add a piece of wire for hanging. You could also use some jute, ribbon, or yarn if you don't have wire.

Finally, fill your little Penny Pitcher with flowers, a card, candy or whatever you like and you're done! Wasn't that fast and fun?

Here are the links to the pattern layout and the pieces.



Thank you very much Samm for inviting me again. I had a great time and I hope everyone enjoys this project.

Hop over and visit with me and the bunnies sometime. We also have a Free BOM going on! It's "The Adventures of Harrington and Hannah." We would love to have you join us!

xx, Michelle May, The Raspberry Rabbits


  1. This is a wonderful project that is calling my name!! Thank you so much...an excellent tutorial!

  2. Very cute, thank you for sharing. My to do list just keeps growing...

  3. Oh, Michele, you enabler, you....I simply have to add this to my list of projects. LOL Thanks for sharing and making it so clear and easy to understand! I do have a question, tho. When I cut out the inside of the fusible on my projects, it makes the inner portion of the applique look different from the fused area. I guess maybe because felt is thicker, that won't happen?

  4. OH NO - another project I MUST DO!!! Love it! I haven't done a wood project yet - but I have a sampler stack and this project would be PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing! Now I need to hop on over to your see The Raspberry Rabbits!!

  5. Shell I have both a doorknob and a peg so plenty of places for this cute thing - why didn't I think of that! I love the stitching on this one. I wouldn't have thought of the lines on the pitcher but it's perfect. blessings, marlene

  6. Thank you, Michelle for such a beautiful project and a great tutorial.

  7. Thank you Michelle for the cute tutorial. I just love those adorable bunnies of yours.

  8. What a delightful tutorial, thnks very much.

  9. This is so beautiful... I'm adding this one to my list of must do projects! Thanks for the great tut!

  10. I love the project...and great tutorial! ♥♥♥

  11. You always have such cute projects. I don't do tutorials very well mainly because I don't have a great camera. Love your bunnies.
    Gmama Jane

  12. Hi Shell "penny for your thoughts" .... cute penny picher I have never worked with wool and I think I just may have to give it a try. thanks for the cute pattern
    in stitches

  13. good morning shell....ohhhh you have such great ideas...and this one is one of my fav, I will most certainly make one too...and fill it with memories of your creativity....perfectly suited for everyone;s home it is ....loved having you here once again.

  14. I LOVE working with wool! This is a cute project- I like your added stitches for texture!

  15. Michelle, Thank you for sharing your pattern. I cannot wait to make this pattern. Love your bunnies....Judith, Texas

  16. Thanks for such a sweet tutorial!

  17. Thank you, Michelle. This is such a sweet idea and pattern. Love to the bunns :-)

  18. Thanks so much for this new project to add to my to-do list. I have certainly been having fun with your bom and this will give me a project to do while I wait for the next one ;) Can't wait to see more about your new book!

  19. Oh I love wool felt and I've not taken the time to make anything fun like you have made.

    Thank you so very much for sharing!


  20. Oh, that Michelle is so talented. What a great little project for the kitchen.

  21. very pretty thank you for sharing!

  22. This is so cute! Thanks so much Michelle for sharing!

  23. Thanks Shell for the lovely post.

  24. Thank you for the cute tutorial. I haven't done much with wool p But I would sure like to try this one. Blessings Sandra

  25. Adorable project and great tutorial..thanks for sharing!

  26. So adorable Shell, thank you for this darling project - and kiss those bunny heads for me!

  27. OMG Shell....I ♥ it. It's just adorable and I am going to make one for sure!!! THANKS for sharing!!

  28. Wonderful, wonderful tutorial and here I go again - I just keep jumping in the wool bucket. Thanks Shell for all you do for all of us. Judy C

  29. Love the pitcher. It makes a lovely door hanging. Liked your tut. Easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Hi Shell!
    So nice to see you here!! Love this piece, and fantastic Tutorial!! Thanks for sharing, and Huggs, to the Bunnies too!!

    Huggs, Nancy


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