Sure and St. Patrick’s Day is on it’s way. So it’s time for a bit of lucky Shamrock sewing! Grab your stack o’ green fabrics and head for a sewing machine. I’ve gathered a pot o’ gold of pillows, table toppers and fun projects for you to sew. No leprechauns required but, keep your eyes open – they may appear while you’re stitching!
Lucky Shamrock Pillow
Let’s start our Shamrock sewing with this charming lucky pillow! Lindsey of the Fort Worth Studio designed a quick and delightful cushion with patchwork greens and focal Shamrocks based on a heart shape. Her tutorial includes a second pillow that features a simple center Shamrock. You’ll use fusible applique then stitch around the Shamrocks by hand or machine. This could be a fun place to use one of your machine’s decorative stitches! Lindsey’s heart template is no longer available, but you can easily draw a heart shape from a folded piece of paper to use. Just like we did when we were the littles! Just follow her instructions from there and enjoy your lucky pillows! Click here for the Lucky Shamrock Pillow tutorial.
Luck O’ the Irish Mini-Banner
Your walls need a bit o’ green for luck, so our next project is a happy, cheerful, little banner! You’ll need several shades of felt for your Shamrock sewing along with buttons, beads, ribbon and thread. Designers Kelli and Greta of the Holiday Crafts and Creations blog finished their blocks with hand stitching, but you may want to use your machine. It’s a lot of stitching and your machine’s decorative stitches will help you finish your banner in time for St. Pat’s Day! The process for assembling each block is basically the same. Since you’re making each one individually, feel free to mix up the colors and order of the finished project! Click here for the Luck O’ the Irish Mini Banner tutorial.
Little Shamrock Block Table Topper
On to the coffee or end table and a bonus block from last year’s Splendid Sampler™ offered by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. You’ll create four 6” blocks, sew them together for a 12” block, then create four of those for a table topper. The beautiful fabrics Jane chose for her sample are not traditional for Shamrock sewing, but absolutely charming! Choose fabrics that please your Shamrock sewing style, then download the handy PDF pattern. It’s full of diagrams, a precise cutting list and clear basic instructions. Click here for the Little Shamrock Block Table Topper tutorial.
Shamrock Table Runner
A lovely runner of Shamrocks dancing down your dining table will be delightful for your corned beef feast! On Bernina’s We All Sew blog, designer Joan shares this pretty 9-patch variation that she’s used for Shamrock sewing. It’s perfect for scraps if you have lots of green but, if not, you’ll enjoy choosing fabrics at your local store. Once the 9-patch blocks are assembled, they’ll be re-cut into Shamrocks and fused to your background. Joan’s instructions are thorough, full of photo illustrated steps and easy to follow. You’ll finish with outline and free motion quilting, add an easy binding and be done in just a weekend! Click here for the Shamrock Table Runner tutorial.
Leprechaun Pants Treat Bags
And, now for the Leprechauns. Their trousers are on loan as treat bags for the day of wearin’ green! Amy of the Positively Splendid blog first designed Bunny Pants treat bags, then adapted them for St. Patrick’s Day. Supplies are simple and include green and black felt plus coordinating thread. Amy’s directions are detailed and photo illustrated. You’ll reference the bunny pants and follow her additions for the leprechaun pants. There’s a link for the bunny pants in her tutorial and, since Easter is on its way, you may want to stitch up a pair of those, too! Click here for the Leprechaun Pants Treat Bags tutorial.
Now that the house is full of green, let’s dress your littlest mischief makers in adorable St. Patrick’s Day style! Terra, guest blogger on the Make it Love it blog, designed a sweet bit of Shamrock sewing sure to add a smile to your Irish day. Her simple leggings design is quick to sew and can be made to fit any child (or you!). Start by drafting your own pattern with Amy’s directions or using one you already own. The lucky little Shamrocks are easy to add with Amy’s great tips for getting them perfectly placed. Use felt as she did or a small piece of green fleece to make them washable. Click here for the Shamrock Leggings tutorial.