Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a Primitive Stars Candle Mat tutorial for you. I just adore primitive decorating and crafting, and one of my favorites are little stitcheries. When I received the Stars #4 die by Stephanie Ackerman, I just knew the stars would make the perfect accent for a little stitchery. So today I created a candle mat, which is a 9 1/2 inch circle used underneath a candle to protect the surface of your furniture, plus....they're just adorable. I hope you enjoy!
The first thing I did to prepare for my stitchery, was to coffee stain some ordinary muslin. It's very easy to do, just dissolve some instant coffee, (yes, they still make that), into some boiling water, add some vanilla for smell, and simply soak your muslin to the desired color. Then dry. I like the look of small wrinkles in the fabric, so I don't usually iron it. Primitive styling is extremely handmade. Little imperfections and simplicity are the hallmark of any primitive detailing.
To compliment the stars, I simply added a small branches with berries all around the outside of the stitchery and completed it with floss.
The berries are french knots, and I think its the perfect simple branch to add next to the stars.
I placed a candle on top, so you can see what a sweet, simple decor piece this is. So have you always kinda wanted to try a primitive stitchery? Let me show you how easy it is to create such a fun piece. I literally made this in less than 2 hours.
The first thing you need to do is die cut your black wool felt stars, using the larger of the two stars that are on the die. So your cutting sandwich is as follows: Place a Cutting Pad onto your Sizzix Big Shot, then the Stars #4 die by Stephanie Ackerman, (cutting blades up), followed by your felt on top, then top it off with another Cutting Pad and run through your Big Shot. I used 5 stars for my project.
Next...I used the paper die cut from the 10" Circle Bigz Pro die that comes with it when your first purchase the die, and laid my stars on top in a pattern that I liked, (I know the circle is kinda wrinkled, but it really didn't matter), then using a sharpie, I drew a very basic primitive branch with berries, to a design that I liked.
Next step is to die cut the muslin, then black check backing and the natural quilter's batting using the 10" Circle Bigz Pro Die. When using the Big Shot Pro, your die cutting sandwich remains the same as above, though you need the addition of an Adapter Pad on your Sliding Tray, and larger Cutting Pads. Your die cutting the same, just a much bigger die. So your Big Shot Pro cutting sandwich is as follows: Sliding Tray, Adapter Pad, Cutting Pad, 10" Circle, (cutting blades up), fabric, and another Cutting Pad on top). Make sure to die cut your muslin, your backing and batting. So three pieces.
Next, using a light box, secure the paper template onto the light box surface, and place the muslin directly on top. Then using an "Invisible Ink" pen, trace around your branches. Easy so far huh?
Once you have finished tracing your branches, (and I apologize if my lines are rather light, my pen is drying up), pin your felt hearts back onto the muslin. Oh your ink will become invisible in about 2 days, so you have plenty of time to finish.
Pin the muslin to the quilter's batting, then machine stitch the hearts to the muslin, (I sewed as close to the edge as I could). Continue all the way around till all the stars are sewn on.
Next, using 3 strands of DMC floss in #3011 & #3857, stitch your branches. You do not need an embroidery ring, since the design is so close to the edge, your fingers are enough to keep the fabric and batting taut.
Finish off with french knots for the berries.
And finally to finish. Pin the black check back fabric to the "top" of the fabric, (so your fabric sandwich is as follows: Backing, Top & Batting). Machine stitch all the way around leaving about 1/4 inch for a seam allowance and about a 2 1/2 inch opening for flipping. Flip the mat right side out and hand stitch closed.
So easy and so fun to make. Little stitcheries make me smile, and I hope I've inspired you to create your own candle mats. Be careful though, they are highly addictive!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Other Supplies Used:
- Black check fabric
- Natural quilter's batting
- Black wool felt
- Light box
- Invisible ink pen
- White paper for template
- DMC floss and embroidery needle, (#3011, #3857)
- Sewing machine
- Black thread and sewing needle