Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dimensions Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Felt Applique Ornaments

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February was a very productive month with three needle craft kits being made. The second craft kit I made in February was Dimensions Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer felt applique ornaments. There are four ornaments in this kits featuring characters from the 1964 holiday special of the same name. I started this kit as soon as I finished the Bumble felt applique kit and spent the next few days working on the ornaments.

This is my second Dimensions needle craft kit I've ever made and the second Dimensions kit to be reviewed on the Needlework Kits blog. I got this craft kit as a holiday present last year. During this post, I'll be describing my experience making these four ornaments and providing tips to help others interested in making this felt applique kit.

Before you begin making this kit, I recommend checking out the post on the Bumble felt applique kit. Although these kits are completely different, the process to making these kits shares lots of similarities in regards to reading the instructions. Start here before you read my thoughts on this tips for this review. Many of the tips from the Bumble post will help newbies making this craft kit.

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First Impressions

When I saw this felt applique kit, I immediately fell in love with it. This kit didn't make me think of the memories I had watching this special as a kid. I regularly do felt applique ornaments and I was interested to see how Dimensions approaches their ornament kits. I was especially curious to see how Dimensions instructs crafters to do the cording for their ornaments since cording is still one of the areas I struggle with in this kit.

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Although Dimensions offers a couple of craft kits for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, this felt applique kit is the only one I saw that includes Rudolph. I can understand the idea behind the Bumble design in the other felt applique kit, it seemed strange than Dimensions would use Bumble over Rudolph since he is the one the collection is named after as well as the star of the special. Dimensions was trying to create a variety of craft kits featuring all the Rudolph characters so they wanted some variety in their craft kits.

Before I did the Bumble kit, I thought this would be the hardest craft kit since it involved cording. I was prepared to do cording the way Bucilla recommends for their craft kits. I was expecting to make this kit the exact same way I've done the Bucilla ornament kits and add as much detail as possible. But after doing the Bumble felt applique and reading the instructions for this kit, I realized there was going to be lesson work making these ornaments than the Bucilla ornament kits since there isn't as much detail work in these kits as Bucilla.

What's Inside This Kit?

Each of the ornaments will be about 4 inches tall. Dimensions provides crafters with almost everything they need to make this kit. Inside the packaging, you will find the felt pieces for all the ornaments. Instead of requiring crafters to each individual felt pieces together to create the ornament, Dimensions stamps the designs onto the felt pieces as well as providing individual holes to help crafters stitch everything together.

Also included in the kit are thread, needle, a small package of polyster fiber fill, and extra accessories to decorate. One of these accessories include a pom pom ball for Rudolph's nose. The package also includes the directions for making each of the ornaments. The directions include some images to help crafters know what stitches to do as well as what color of thread you need to use.

The only items you will need to have for this kit are scissors and straight pins if you like to pin pieces together. When I work on ornaments, I use a ruler and a plastic grocery bag. I will even keep leftover polyster fiberfill and extra thread close by just in case I need it for these kits.

You can also keep extra needles as well as needle threader close by in case you loose them. Dimensions suggests using an thread holder if you like to keep your thread organized. You can find thread holders at your craft store or google for more DIY options if you like.

Where Can I Buy This Kit?

The best place to buy this kit is Amazon. Amazon has a wide selection of needlecraft kits from all different brands including Dimensions. This where I buy most of my kits. The kit is still in stock at Amazon. Just click the link below to buy this kit from Amazon.

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Originally this kit was available on the Simplicity website. Simplicity manufactures all the Dimension craft kits and often has these kits available on their website to purchase. However this kit is no longer available on their website. Instead, check out websites like eBay or Etsy. There are a few sellers which are offering this needlecraft kit for purchase.

Putting It All Together

Before you start making any of the ornaments, I recommend checking out the instructions and diagrams provided. I even suggest looking at the packaging image just to get an idea what thread colors are which or to see what specific stitches look like. Once you are familiar with the instructions, then measure out the cords for each of the ornaments. There is no cording stitch like the Bucilla kits, but I find it is easier to get any of the cording out of the way at the beginning instead of trying to do it as you go with ornaments.

Normally I would advise newbies and beginners to follow the instructions as much as possible, but I broke this rule for this needle craft kit. Instead of following the sequence the instructions Dimensions provided, I made the ornaments in a different order and made some changes along the way. If this is your first time doing a felt applique kit or are just learning how to sew, I recommend just following the directions and going with the format they have provided since it is structured to make things as simple as possible.

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The first ornament I made in this kit was Hermey. Hermey was the ornament where I had the most problems out of the four. The biggest mistake I made with this ornament was the hair. Normally felt applique kits keep things easy by having you attach felt pieces with the same color of the thread. This kit does things a little differently and instead requires you to attach a few pieces with different color threads. I wasn't paying attention to my instructions or packaging, leading to me using the cream thread to attach the felt piece instead of the gold thread in the instructions.

After realizing my mistake, I decided not to undo all the thread and redo the felt piece. Instead I left the cream thread as it was, making it seem like it is part of Hermey's hair. It doesn't match the packaging or what Hermey looks like in the original special, but I don't mind this change and actually prefer my modification over what the instructions wanted.

Once Hermey was finished, I put together the Santa ornament. The Santa ornament is a great ornament to start off this kit with since it is the easiest out of the ornaments. I didn't have any problems with this ornament. I was only frustrated with Santa's hat since it felt like I was doing three extra steps just to put his hat together. Although this was meant to give Santa a 3D look, I was tempted to just stuff the entire ornament instead of trying to sew different parts of the ornament separately.

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The next ornament to be made was Bumble. Bumble didn't give me any problems either. Some of the ornaments use stickers to attach specific felt pieces such as the eyes or mouth. I haven't had any problems with the stickers yet on any of these ornament kits, but feel free to either glue or applique these felt pieces down to the front pieces of different ornaments with leftover thread you have.

The last ornament to be made was Rudolph. Since I used the cream thread for Hermey's hair, I decided to use some of the gold thread in place of the areas cream thread was used on Rudolph. The biggest challenge of this entire kit was just attaching Rudolph's nose to the felt piece. I wasn't sure how to sew the nose onto the felt piece so it would say so I just did my own modified version of the straight stitch as many times as I could then tied a triple knot at the end to ensure it would stay. This step might be a little tough for beginners so I recommend just using a little bit of glue on your felt piece to keep the nose on.


The Dimensions Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Felt Applique Ornaments craft kit may not look exactly like the packaging image, but I still think this is a great kit to introducing crafters to felt applique ornaments. If you are interested in learning felt applique or don't feel ready to tackle some of the Bucilla ornament kits, this is a great kit to get your feet wet with basics to making felt applique ornaments. This is also a great kid friendly kit for any crafters looking for kits to make little ones during the holiday season.

What did you think of this needle craft kit? Share your tips and thoughts in the comments. If there are any needle craft kits you'd like to see next, let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dimensions Bumble Felt Applique Needlecraft Kit

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In February, I finished a brand new needlecraft kit from a different brand. February was a very productive month where I was able to complete three kits. One of the kits I completed in the first couple of days was the Dimensions Bumble Felt Applique kit. This needlecraft kit was one of the holiday presents I received last year.

This needlecraft kit marks the first Dimensions craft kit on Needlework Kits. So far, all the kits featured on this blog are from Bucilla. Today's post is my official review of the Bumble Felt Applique kit. I'll be sharing my experience making this kit and important information you need to know as you make this needlecraft kit.

First Impressions

When I saw the kit, I knew this needlecraft kit would be completely different from the ones Bucilla offers. It is clear Dimensions wanted to make a kit beginners could do as well as experienced sewers. While Bucilla craft kits require people to sew individual elements to create one design, Dimensions just prints the designs onto fabric.
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It was clear the biggest challenge for this kit would be the light strand. I've never used yarn in any felt applique kits and wasn't sure how I'd be able to attach the yarn to the felt piece. I've seen other Bucilla kits do something similar on other needlecraft kits. These kits didn't use yarn but instead several strands of thread together to form the light strands.

This is one of my favorite needlecraft kits because it reminded me of all the times my family would watch the 1964 holiday special. My family used to watch this special every day during the holiday season when I was younger. When I saw this needlecraft kit on Amazon, I knew I had to make this kit.

What is inside this kit?

Once Bumble is completed, he is 15 inches tall. Dimensions is similar to Bucilla by providing almost everything you need to make him. Inside the needlecraft kit, you will find all the felt pieces. Dimensions has the images stamped on all the felt pieces. There will be holes along the edge of each piece to help guide you with your stitches as you put Bumble together.

Besides the felt pieces, the kit includes all the thread you'll need, yarn for the light strand, and even a small package of polyster fiber fill. Dimensions doesn't include a diagram, but they do provide detailed directions which outline every step you need to make Bumble. They tell you what stitches and color thread to use. The directions even include a threading strip at the bottom when you need to thread the yarn through the needle.

The only things you need are scissors and pins. You can also use a needle threader if you like. I also used a ruler and a plastic grocery bag. I recommend keeping some extra polyster fiberfill on standby just in case you need any. I didn't use the polyster fiber fill included in the kit. Instead I used the leftover polyster fiber I bought for the Egg Wreath needlecraft kit.

Where can I buy this kit?

One google search for this needlecraft kit will give you over 1 million search results, but I recommend checking out two places to get this craft kit. First is Amazon. Amazon has a wide selection of different brand name needlecraft kits. This kit is still in stock. Click the link below to buy the kit from Amazon.

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Originally this needlecraft kit was available on the Simplicity website for people to purchase. Simplicity manufactures all the Dimensions craft kits and has a selection their website. However this kit is no longer available. Besides Amazon, your next best bet for finding this needlecraft is eBay. A few sellers have this kit available to purchase.

Putting It All Together!

Although I encourage you to read the directions for all the needlecraft kits I review, I strongly encourage you to read the directions for this kit very carefully as well as looking at the images included in the instructions. Dimensions gives a lot more details in their instructions in order to help beginners if they get stuck. When I worked on this kit, I frequently read over the instructions and even used the packaging for reference.

If you are a beginner, I also recommend checking out the diagram Dimensions include in the instructions about the specific stitches used for this kit. This diagram shows beginners how to do these stitches as well as providing steps to doing each stitch. These directions might not be very clear at times so make sure you supplement these instructions with videos from YouTube. There are tons of crafters which break down many of the stitches often seen in craft kits.

The first thing you'll be putting together in this kit is Bumble himself. This is the easier part of the kit because it is just attaching pieces together. This means putting the hair piece on the front piece then sewing the front and back together. Before you sew the feet together, you'll be adding the polyster fiber fill. Unlike Bucilla kits, Dimensions provides holes in the felt pieces to guide you as you sew. Just follow along with the holes for the different stitches.

Once Bumble is finished, it is time to do the light strand. This is where I struggled during this kit. The biggest issue I had was using the threading strip to thread the yarn for the needle. I easily broke the threading strip included in the kit. I ended up going through several threading strips just to finish the entire strand of lights.
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Instead of using the threading strip, you can substitute the yarn with six strands of gray embroidery thread. The thread will be much easier to thread through the needle vs the yarn. If you still want to use the yarn, fold over the wrong side of each light bulb over the yarn then follow the rest of the directions for sewing the back of the light bulbs. This does mean time, but I would take that over all the time I spent trying to thread the yarn through the needle.

The instructions show you how to make four light strands. I followed the packaging for how I did my lights, but feel free to do the light bulbs anyway you like. Before you start attaching the yarn, play around with the light strands. The directions want you to wrap the yarn around the back of Bumble, but you can cut the yarn to make each of the light strands. I chose to cut my yarn into four separate strands then just tack them in place with a few stitches of grey thread.


Dimensions Bumble Felt Applique needlecraft kit is a great kit for beginners getting started into sewing or kids. The hole guidelines are great for helping those trying to learn the basics. This is a great first project for anyone interested in sewing by hand or learning how to sew. I recommend buying this kit if you are looking for a fun project to do with a kid or you just enjoy the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer holiday special.

What did you think of this needlecraft kit? Share your tips in the comments. If there are any needlecraft kits you'd like to see, let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen.


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bucilla Easter Egg Wreath Needlecraft Kit

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2018 is here and it is time for a brand new needlecraft kit. I've been working on another felt applique kit from Plaid Crafts for the past few months. Last year, Plaid Crafts sent me the Easter Egg Wreath kit to review for this blog. I got the kit in September, but I decided to wait until January to start working on the wreath.

I just put the finishing touches on the wreath by attaching the cording and the last few decorative eggs. You can see the progress I've made on this kit on my Instagram page. Now that the kit is completed, it is time for my official review of this needlecraft kit.

First Impressions

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The Easter Egg Wreath is my first Easter kit and was one of the first kits in awhile that I've been taking my time working on. The design itself is very simple. Just looking at the packaging, I could tell the individual eggs were going to be attached onto a wreath base. I realized most of my time would be spent on adding sequins to the solid color eggs. The kit requires you make 2 solid color eggs for each color once all the decorative eggs are finished.

Normally I can move very quickly through these kits since the symbols remain the same for each kit. This wasn't the case for this one. The colors I normally use on these needlecraft kits aren't being used for this one. Therefore I had to move slower throughout the process to double check symbols and making sure if I was using the right color.

Important Facts About This Craft Kit

The wreath is made up of 12 eggs. There are 6 solid color eggs and 6 decorative eggs. Once the kit is finished, the wreath will be 15 inches by 15 inches (38.10 cm by 38.10 cm).

Bucilla kits are great for crafters since they come with almost everything you need for your project. The Easter Egg Wreath includes the following items:
  • all the felt for the project. All the pieces are stamped with numbers and symbols so you how to attach pieces as well as where embroidery stitches and sequins go.
  • sequins
  • beads
  • thread
  • two needles
  • diagram and directions
Although Bucilla provides all the materials, there a few items you'll need to get yourself. First, you'll need polyster fiber fill. You can easily find this at your local craft store. For this kit, I decided to quilt batting which is also available at your local craft store. Quilt batting is similar to polyster fiber fill, but it is flatter so it can be used for quilts and blankets.

You will also need scissors, paper/pencil for cording, and straight pins if you like to pin items in place as you sew. I also recommend using a plastic grocery bag and paper plates as you work on needlecraft kits. Grocery bags are a great way to keep your fabric scraps and trash. The paper plate keeps your sequins and beads organized.

Where can I buy this kit?

The best way to find this kit is looking online or doing a good google search. When I look for craft kits, I look at three places. First, check out Amazon. Amazon offers a good selection of Bucilla felt applique kits including this one.

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Next, check out Plaid Crafts website. They have a shop which has some of their latest craft kits. The egg wreath is still available on this site.

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Finally, there is Merry Stockings. Merry Stockings is an online retailer that specifically specializes in needlecraft kits. They often work closely with Plaid Crafts on Bucilla products. Thanks to this partnership, Merry Stockings gets the latest Bucilla kits even before Amazon.

===> Click here to buy the egg wreath from Merry Stockings!

If you still aren't having any luck finding this kit, you can always search Google. Just type "Bucilla Easter Egg Wreath" and you'll get over 79,000 results.

I ran out of supplies. What should I do?

If you run out of thread or sequins, you can find these items at your local craft store. When I run out of materials, I always reach for my extra materials I get from other craft kits. This is especially handy when I use any of the clear or color beads for the sequins.

While the thread and sequins can be easily found at a craft store, I haven't had much luck finding any of the beads. If I exhaust all the beads I have, I sent a request to Plaid Crafts asking them for more. Retailers such as Plaid Crafts and Merry Stockings keep extra materials on hand in case customers run out. Just send them an e-mail letting them know what materials you ran out of, where you bought your kit, and your address. Plaid Crafts will also ask for your kit number so make sure you keep your packing. The kit number will be in the top right corner.

Once Plaid Crafts gets your information, wait a few days and you'll get your supplies in the mail. I usually get an envelope with beads 4-5 days after I send them an e-mail.

Putting Everything Together

This needlecraft kit requires you to make all the elements of the wreath first. Once all the elements are complete, you will use the applique stitch to attach every egg onto the wreath. Unlike other kits, the crafter gets some choice over the layout of your wreath. You can organize the eggs on your wreath any way you like, but for this review I tried replicating the image on the package and diagram as much as possible.

If this is your first craft kit, I recommend taking a few minutes to look at the instructions as well as examining the diagram. This will help you get a general feel of the project design and let you plan how you want to sew this kit. Don't forget to take a look at the diagram's key so you can start to familiarize yourself with what the symbols mean.

Decorative Eggs

The first portion of the needlecraft kit is making all the decorative eggs. Each of the eggs have a different design, but the process is similar for all the eggs. You'll be adding sequins the main egg base first. Next is adding embroidery and sequins to the individual pieces for the design. Finally, you'll attach everything onto the egg base before applique everything together.

When I made these eggs, I decided to put the sequin borders on before the larger individual egg pieces. I tend to put the pieces on in order of the number felt pieces. This is my personal preference, but feel free to follow the directions which have you put the larger pieces first then applique the borders. This will give you a much more three dimensional look for the eggs and not show the edges to the larger felt pieces like the one shown in the image next to this paragraph.

Solid Colored Eggs

Once the decorative eggs are finished, this needlecraft kit moves onto the solid color eggs. These eggs are much easier to make than the decorative eggs since they just have a sequin border as decoration. There are 6 solid color eggs on the wreath. The instructions want you to make 2 eggs of the same color for one step. I decided to do something different. I started sewing the solid color eggs from the top left of the wreath in a counter-clockwise way.

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When it came time to sewing the front and back pieces of the wreath together, there was some puckering on the left side of some of my eggs. If you look closer at the image next to this section, you can see some of the yellow felt puckering on the side. This is due to the stuffing I was using. The fiber fill I was using wasn't as fluffy and I had to use lots of smaller pieces to put in my eggs for that reason. If you use polyster fiberfill, you won't have this problem. However, if you notice any puckering as you get near close to sewing the egg, add a little extra stuffing or try making your stitches a little bit smaller.

The Wreath Base

Unlike some of the previous wreath kits, this kit has a wreath base for the completed eggs. The instructions want you to add all the eggs then attach the cording at the end. When it came time for this step, I attached all the solid colored eggs first. The material used for the wreath base was a little tough to use at first. The needle didn't want to go through the fabric so I had to put a little more pressure on the needle to get it to through the material. There were a few times I almost stabbed myself as I did these eggs so make sure you have a thimble when you do this step.

Next, I attached the cording piece to the back of the wreath. I normally have trouble adding cording once the project is finished, so I decided to add it earlier than what the instructions recommend. Finally, I added the decorative eggs. The decorative eggs were the hardest part to add to the wreath. since you have to sew through polyster fiber fill in the solid colored eggs to make sure they stay on the wreath.

When I got to the decorative eggs, I was trying to get them to fit inside the designated spots on the wreath base. Several of the eggs were much too small for these spots. After playing around with placement, I just did the best I could. If you look closely at the wreath image above this post, some of the white base is showing on certain sections of the wreath. You can trim the wreath base before you start sewing to prevent this from happening, but I recommend waiting until all the eggs are attached to do any trimming. This will make it easier to spot these white space and fix vs. trying to predict where these white spaces will be before you start.


Bucilla Easter Egg Wreath needlecraft kit is a great example of a intermediate kit for any crafter making the jump from beginning craft projects into a much more advanced project. This is a perfect kit for anyone interested in making a Bucilla kit. Advanced crafters might find this design very simple and not very challenging, but this kit does offer crafters an opportunity to play with the arrangement of the eggs on the wreath. That is something that is rarely seen in these kinds of needlecraft kits.

Would you like to see more Easter needlecraft kits? Let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen.


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Disney Family Haunted Mansion Cross Stitch Wall Hangings

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Over the past few months, I have been making two cross stitch wall hangings. These wall hangings are designs from Disney Family. Disney Family published two counted cross stitch designs inspired by the attraction the Haunted Mansion. The first pattern is a sign saying "Tomb Sweet Tomb" while the second pattern recreates the wallpaper from inside the ride.

I started working on these cross stitch designs in July. I managed to finish the first pattern in August and quickly began work on the second design. The second cross stitch pattern took a lot longer to complete, but I finished the design a couple of weeks ago. You can see the progress I made on both cross stitch designs on my Instagram.

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First Impressions

I have never been to Disney World or been on the Haunted Mansion ride, but I was interested in making this cross stitch for one of my fiancee's good friends. The Haunted Mansion is her favorite ride at Disney and she has collected lots of Haunted Mansion inspired merchandise over her several trips to the park. She recently bought a house with her new husband and these cross stitch wall hangings were planned to be something she could hang in her home.

The "Tomb Sweet Tomb" pattern didn't seem intimidating to me. The design is very simple with just the words. The picture does include a few extra elements, but the PDF doesn't include these extra details. If you want the extra details, feel free to use the image on the page as your reference once the letters are sewn on.
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Now the wallpaper pattern is a different story. This one can be challenging for those venturing into cross stitch for the first time so this pattern might take you longer to make. There are more details on this design. The biggest challenge of this design was actually the blue background and making sure the blue would fill up the entire front of the wall hanging. I found myself double checking the wall hanging to see if there were no gaps or spaces showing on the front.

Important Facts About These Designs

One of the nicest things about cross stitch is that you don't need a whole lot of supplies. The materials list in the Disney Family's post doesn't get too specific on what you need. The patterns' designers probably left these materials vague to allow people room to chose their own colors and embroidery hoop sizes.

When I made these wall hangings, I used the following materials to make the kit. My list is a little more specific than Disney Family's list, but feel free to make adjustments to fit your preferences.
  • Aida Cloth. You can find this at any craft store or online. Like Disney Family, I used 14 count. You can buy the white cloth, but you can use yellow if you have it. Cut out squares to be at least 8" x 8". 
  • 2 felt pieces. You can pick any color for your felt backgrounds. You can find felt pieces at your local craft store.
  • Masking tape. I use masking tape to tape the ends of the Aida cloth so it doesn't fray as I work with it.
  • Needle. Disney Family uses a tapestry needle, but I didn't have any in my sewing kit. I used an old needle I got from one of the Bucilla craft kits.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • 2 Embroidery hoops. I had to play around with the sizes, but I ended up using 6 inch hoops. You can find embroidery hoops of all different sizes at craft stores or online.
  • Variety of embroidery threads. I used black, white, light blue, and a light purple. Regardless of what colors you end up using, I recommend using light shades of color for the wallpaper background. Any darker shades of color thread will make it harder to see the black elements.

Let's Put Everything Together

Disney Family says this cross stitch will take you at least 5 hours to make. It took months to make both cross stitch designs. This project might take you more time depending on how many wall hangings you plan on making and how fast you sew. If you are making the wall paper cross stitch, this could even take more than 5 hours since there is lots of details.

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The directions for these wall hangings is mostly there to teach readers how cross stitch works. If you have never cross stitch before, read over the directions. I recommend watching a couple of YouTube videos before you begin making any of these designs. This will make you can see how cross stitch works visually and become familiar with some tips other crafters use.

Once you finish reading the directions, print and take a look at the PDF guide. I folded my guide into fourths and put a small dot in the middle of the creases. This helped me figure out where I would be starting sewing.

As I sew through cross stitch, I use my pencil to cross off what stitches I've done so far. This helps me figure out where I am on the cross stitch just in case I need to stop and take a break. I often make small dots on the guide to double check my counting before I start sewing anything. If you are new to cross stitching, feel free to mark up your design pattern as you sew. Marking up your pattern is a great way of helping you avoid mistakes as you sew.

Tomb Sweet Tomb

The Tomb Sweet Tomb pattern is the first design on the PDF guide. This pattern is also the easiest out of the two patterns. While the image on the Disney Family post includes curls and a skull as part of the design, the pattern in the PDF does not have these elements. Instead the pattern is mostly about the words and keeping things simple by having the words stay in one color.

Tomb Sweet Tomb was an easy pattern to make and I was able to work quickly through the design with minor problems. The design might seem boring, but I think Disney Family did this on purpose to allow crafters a little more creativity. Just search "haunted mansion cross stitch" on Google and there are plenty of images showing how other crafters tackled this pattern.

Some of the ideas you can do with this cross stitch are adding other accents and elements to match the Haunted Mansion theme. This might be adding faces of some of the characters from the ride or just adding a skull. If you decide to add any other elements, make sure you keep them small so they don't overshadow the text. You can also change up the colors so it isn't just black text.

Wallpaper Design

The next design in the Haunted Mansion cross stitch guide is the wall paper. This pattern is meant to replicate a portion of the wall paper found inside the ride. The design is much more challenging than Tomb Sweet Tomb because there are a lot more details and a background that fills in the entire design. When I saw this design, I knew I was going to spend most of my time on this pattern and did a little bit of strategy before I began sewing this design.

The game plan for this design was sewing the pattern in order of color. I would try sewing a little bit of the middle of the cross stitch to help me figure out my spacing. Then I would sew all the black elements first. Once the black elements were all the cross stitch, I would add the white thread into the smaller areas. Finally, I would finish by sewing the entire background in blue thread.

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Overall this approach worked very well until the blue background. I ended up using a much larger hoop than the design was expecting so I had to use more blue thread than I was anticipating to fill in the top of the cross stitch. This ended up with me using all my blue thread before I could finish the bottom. I decided to use light purple thread to fill in the rest of the bottom and sides.

The background was the most challenging part of the cross stitch since blue background is meant to fill in the entire cross stitch. I was often double checking to see if blue thread was covering all the areas inside the hoop. If I were to make this pattern again, I would just lightly trace inside of my outer hoop onto the Aida cloth before I begin sewing. This way I know how far to exactly sew out in the background without having to stop and check to see how far out I need to sew.

Framing the Cross Stitch Designs

The wallpaper design might have been tough, but it wasn't as nearly as frustrating as framing both of the cross stitches. I had to do a little bit of research when I got to this part of the process and it turns out there are two ways to do it. The first is using glue to keep your Aida cloth down and putting on the felt back. The other is using embroidery stitches to sew down the edges and use a blanket stitch to sew on the back.

I decided to try sewing on the back to the cross stitch and found two methods on YouTube to try. I used both methods on these wall hangings. The Tomb Sweet Tomb design uses the standard running stitch method. I used a running stitch on the edge of the cross stitch then pulled it closed. The wallpaper design uses a spider web approach where I string thread across the back of the cross stitch to hold down the edges.

Both techniques were tricky for me since I had the same problem with both when I was using the cross stitch. My thread kept breaking as I was sewing the edges together, ending up with me redoing several stitches to finish one stitch. I felt the running stitch method was a little easier to do than the spider web technique, but you are welcome to try both to see which one works best for you. If you have any tips for this step, share them in the comments.

While sewing the edges was difficult, actually sewing the felt background to the back was the worst part of these wall hangings. As I was using the blanket stitch to sew down the cross stitch, my needle kept getting caught in the hoop. This resulted in me either getting stabbed by the needle or trying to push the needle through as hard as I can through the cross stitch just to get through both the felt and Aida cloth.


Disney Family's Haunted Mansion cross stitches designs are great for crafters at any level. I like that Disney provided two patterns that fit different experience levels that fit within the Haunted Mansion theme. Although the designs do take much longer than Disney Family recommends, Disney Family does offer room for crafters to be creative.

Would you like to see more Disney-inspired cross stitches? Let me know what crafts you would like to see in the comments.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bucilla Gingerbread House Advent Calendar Felt Applique Sewing Kit

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I made a gingerbread house advent calendar in summer 2015. I bought this kit in July and worked on the kit the entire month. I made some work on the kit in August, but I took a break to work on the Haunted House wall hanging sewing kit. I returned to finish this kit in November where I added the trees and put the final touches. This sewing kit was the first advent calendar I made. Today it is still my favorite holiday kit I've ever made.You can see the progress I made working on this kit on the BritishPandaChick Pinterest and Instagram accounts.

First Impressions

Gingerbread is one of my favorite things about the holidays. When I was growing up, my family would make gingerbread houses using graham crackers, store bought frosting, and an variety of holiday candy. We would take a day making a gingerbread village complete with ice cream cone trees covered with green icing and sprinkles to a marshmallow snowman. When Bucilla released this kit in 2015, this kit brought many of those childhood memories that I knew I just had to make the house.
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The only dilemma I had with this kit is making a an advent calendar. I have never done an advent calendar before. At the time, most of the craft kits I've done were ornaments and wreaths. I had a bad experience making a holiday wreath before which made me feel like my sewing skills weren't strong to tackle this kit. Initially the gingerbread house brought back these fears. I started learning how to sew only recently and I wondered if I'd be able to an advent calendar which is much bigger project. However my love of gingerbread won over my fears and I decided to try making this kit.

The gingerbread design isn't the only reason I love this kit. The ornaments were just as festive as the house. All of the ornaments fit with the design of the house from the candies to the gingerbread people. I didn't think much about the cording for this kit. Cording might not be my favorite part of making these kits, but that didn't bother me as much as it has been with previous kits.

Important Facts about this Craft Kits

The gingerbread house kit is made up of three parts. There is the house, trees, and the ornaments. There are 24 ornaments for this craft kit. One of the ornaments didn't have a back piece so I had to use leftover brown felt from the house to make this ornament. Once you get this kit, you will find:
  • all the felt for the project. All the pieces are stamped on the felt with numbers for how you attach the felt and marks for the sequins.
  • sequins
  • beads
  • thread
  • two needles
  • diagram and directions
You won't just need everything in this kit. This is a craft kit that needs polyster fiber fill. You can get this at your local craft store. You will also need poster board for the house. Finally, you will need scissors, pen/pencil for cording, and straight pins if you want to hold pieces in place.

When I work on craft kits, I often use a plastic grocery bag, make up bag, paper plates, and leftover supplies from previous craft kits. Plastic grocery bags are a great way to putting all your trash in one place as you work. I drape one of the handles over a chair next to me as I work and put all my scraps there. If you have leftover make up bags, use one to keep all your ornaments in one place. Paper plates are a great way to keep your sequins and beads organized as you work. Finally, you can always use leftover craft supplies from other kits if you are running low on any materials.

I ran out of supplies. What should I do?

If you run out of any supplies even if you have leftover materials from previous kits, there are ways to get more. Normally Bucilla does a good job having lots of materials for their craft kits. However there are times that you'll run out of beads and sequins. Thankfully many craft retailers will have your back in these cases. Places such as Bucilla or Merry Stockings will send you extra supplies if you get the kits from them.

Just send an e-mail to one of the customer service reps at Plaid Online or Merry Stockings asking them about their policy on extra supplies. A customer service rep will respond right away requesting your kit number, where you bought your kit, and your address. After you give them your info, just wait a few days. I usually get any extra supplies by the end of the week.

Where can I get this kit?

There are plenty of ways you can find this kit. When I am looking for new sewing kits to make, I always look in three places. First, there is Amazon. This is where I got the kit for this review.

===> Want to buy this kit? Click here to get it now!

Next, there is Merry Stockings. Merry Stockings is an online retailer which specializes in selling holiday sewing kits. They work very closely with Bucilla so they get the latest kits. Merry Stockings often gets the latest kits before some of the best craft retailers including Amazon.

===> Click here to buy the kit from Merry Stockings!

Finally, there is Plaid Online. Plaid Online makes all the Bucilla kits and sells  most of them on their online shop. You can still buy the gingerbread calendar on their online shop. If you are still struggling to find the kit, you can find plenty of other retailers selling this kit online. Just google the kit and you'll find millions of results.

===> Click here to buy the kit from Plaid Online!

Let's put everything together!

Before you begin this sewing kit, make sure you a few minutes to read over the directions and look at the diagram included in the kit to see what the project will be like. Most importantly you want to check out the key for understanding the diagram. The key identifies all the symbols on the diagram so you know what color sequins go where and what stitches you need to use.

You can also take a look at the image on the packaging to get a sense of what everything should look like. I recommend making all the cording before you start sewing. It is much easier to do all cording right now than trying to do cording as you put together all the elements.

The Gingerbread House

The gingerbread house is the biggest piece in the entire sewing kit and is the place you'll start first. When it comes to biggest pieces of sewing kits, the first thing to be done is add sequins and embroidery to the main piece of the kit. Adding sequins and embroidery might not sound like lots of fun, but this is the most important part for this portion of the kit. The red sequins are where the ornaments will hang on the calendar. Since the ornaments will be stuffed with fiberfill, the sequins need to be securely attached in order to hold the extra weight.

Although the red sequins need to be securely in place, all the sequins need just as much attention.
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Over time, many of the sewing kits I've made had some of the sequins starting to come lose. As you add sequins, make sure triple knots after the sequins. This will keep the sequins in place and will prevent them from becoming lose over time.

Once the sequins are on the house, it is time to tackle the embroidery. The embroidery is mostly the details near the roof and windows. There are lots of curls to sew and can be intimidating. However the best thing you can do at this point is moving very slowly around the curls. Moving too quickly will make big spaces between the stitches. Once you are finished with the entire curl, you can go back and fill in the gaps as much as you can.

The curls aren't the only bit of embroidery you need to worry about. The satin stitch is used in the droplets at the end of  the bottom window details. The satin stitch was one of the trickiest stitches I learned when I started to sew. However I got better using the satin stitches once I learned the right tricks. The best way to do the satin stitch is the same approach working with the sequins. Just keep your stitches very close together and soon you will have white drops that are completely filled in. If you do have some open spaces, don't be afraid to go back and fill in the gaps.

==> Learn more about the satin stitch from the Merry Stockings blog here!

Roof, Snow, Trees, and Beyond!

Once the sequins and embroidery are on the house, it is time to focus on the details. While you'll be still adding sequins and embroidery, you will begin attaching pieces to the house. This be the windows, door, and even the snow. These details will completely transform the house from a piece of brown felt into a festive home. First you will add the trimmings near the top of the house. Next is the snow covered roof and the snow hanging from the chimney. After that, you will attach all the windows and shutters. You'll add some of the details for the door, but rest has to wait until you attach the ground for the house. Once the ground is safely on the house, you can add the rest of the door elements.

Most of the extra elements were easy to put on the house. The only difficult part was attaching the green scallop border to the top of the house. The green border didn't quite fit in the stamped outline on the house. I tried to play around with the position before I picked the best position I could find. Once the border was attached, I went back and filled in any areas with the satin stitch. You can add stuffing to your house at this time, but I recommend waiting to add your stuffing once you do each of the elements for the house.

Once the front of the house is completed, you should move onto to the grounds and trees. You can put fiber fill in the trees, but be patient! Before we can do any polyster fiber fill, make sure you've added everything to the house and grounds. Once you double check your work, it is time to sew all the pieces to the front. This means attaching the ground and the front parts of the trees. Now that the front pieces are attached, start attaching the back pieces. Make sure you play around with the back pieces to make sure everything fits before you start sewing. When you start sewing, attach the back pieces for the trees first then attach the brown back piece.

This isn't how the directions want you to tackle this step, but I encourage you do this instead because it will be much easier to add stuffing and achieve the look on the packaging. I followed the directions for this kit by attaching the house first and putting in the polyster fiber fill. This was ok, but it made it much harder to the trees at the end. I was getting very frustrated trying to attach tree pieces to an already stuffed gingerbread house. If you follow the steps I mention earlier, you will have a much easier time without the headaches like I did.

24 Ornaments of the Gingerbread House

Once the gingerbread house is finished, it is time to make 24 ornaments. Unlike the Nordic Tree, I didn't make an extra ornament. If you have leftover scraps, you are welcome to try making one more ornament for your tree.

First thing you'll be doing for all the ornaments is getting the cording done. Remember cording for all 24 ornaments is easier to do now rather than later when you are trying to make each ornament. Cording is my least favorite thing about making these kits because it is something I still struggle with and practice every time I do craft kits. If you need extra help with cording, check out Merry
Stockings blog post to see their tutorial on making cording or find some videos to watch on YouTube.

==> Read Merry Stocking post on Cording here!

The ornaments itself are much easier than putting together the house. All the ornaments have pieces numbered so all you need to do is just follow the numbered order to make the ornaments. The only problem I had with the ornaments was with one gingerbread heart cookie. The kit didn't include a back piece for one of the ornaments in the kit. I uses the front piece to trace the same shape on the left over felt from the gingerbread house to make a back piece for the ornament.

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I made one mistake while making these ornaments. The kit has two lollipop ornaments which have the one sequin on the handle. When you applique the lollipop to the stick, the side with the sequin should be the front. I wasn't paying attention and managed to applique the stick with the sequin on the back. If you want to stick closely to the original design, make sure you get your sequined fronts are sewn on correctly.

After making this kit, I found I prefer the plain side for the lollipop handle over the sequin handle. If you make this kit, feel free to modify the directions on this step and just sew the sequin sides to the back.


There are plenty of ways to find this kit. I found this kit online through Amazon. You can find a link to purchasing the kit on Amazon in the links section. You can also find this kit at online stores such as Joann Fabrics website and Etsy. Just type "Bucilla Nordic Gingerbread House" into Google and you'll find plenty of sites that have this kit.

Would you like to see more posts about any particular crafts? Tell me what you think in the comments section.


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bucilla Haunted House Wall Hanging Sewing Craft Kit

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In October 2015, I made a haunted house wall hanging from a Bucilla felt craft kit. This was my first Halloween craft kit and wall hanging I made. Most of the craft kits I did up to that point were holiday kits. When I was looking for new kits to do this year, I found this kit and decided to try this kit for a change.

At the time, Bucilla puts most of their attention on holiday kits and only offered a few Halloween theme sewing kits. Although I didn't find too many new holiday kits to try, I decided to venture to another holiday and try this kit. It was one of the newer kits they were offering that year. I started working on this kit at the end of August and worked non-stop on this kit in order to get it done by Halloween.

First Impressions

When I reviewed the Witch's Brew Wreath, I talked about how rushed I have been with Halloween kits. This is the very kit I was talking about. I bought this kit in July, but I wasn't able to start it until the end of August since I was working through another craft kit at the time. It was important for me to finish the haunted house by Halloween that year. I wanted people to enjoy the wall hanging while it was still October. It didn't make sense to finish a Halloween decoration by the end of October when the holiday was over.
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This is my favorite Halloween craft kit design I've seen so far. The person who designed this craft kit deserves a raise since this person clearly understood what a Halloween kit should look like. Great craft kits are able to create individual scenes once all the elements are finished that capture a specific theme or mood. That is the greatest strength when I look at this kit. It doesn't matter if it is the house or the ornaments. Every element comes together to create a spooky scene fit for Halloween.

The factor which made me decide to buy the kit were the ornaments. The ornaments are so adorable! My favorite ornaments were the pumpkins. The pumpkins reminded me of my own Halloween memories as a kid and got me in the festive mood. Bucilla markets this sewing kit as a wall hanging, but they should have marketed this kit as a Halloween advent calendar. If you have kids, it is a great way of counting down to Halloween.

Important Facts about Haunted House Sewing Kit

Once you finish the haunted house, it will be about 18 x 18 inches. You will be making this sewing craft kit in two parts. First you'll be making the haunted house itself. Next, you'll be tackling the ornaments. There are 31 ornaments total. Inside the kit, you will find:
  • all the felt needed for the project. Bucilla is nice by stamping all the pieces on the felt with numbers and marks for the sequins.
  • sequins
  • thread
  • two needles
  • directions and diagram
You will still need to buy extra supplies to make this kit. Extra materials include poster board, polyster fiber fill, scissors, pen/pencil, and pins if you like to hold specific pieces of felt in place.

I also recommend using paper plates, an old make up bag, and a plastic grocery bag. The plastic bag is a great way to keep your trash as you work while the paper plates keep your sequins and beads organized. When I work with ornaments, I like to use an extra make up bag to keep my ornaments in a safe space so I don't lose them.

Where can I buy this kit?

When I look for kits, there are three places that I look. My favorite and often go to place to get craft kits is Amazon. Amazon has a good selection of sewing craft kits like this one available. This is where I bought this kit when it was released in 2015.

===>Want this needlecraft kit for your home? Click here to buy off Amazon now!

There are two great places you can also check to find this kit. If I didn't buy this kit from Amazon, I would definitely check Merry Stockings next. Merry Stockings is an online retailer which specializes just in sewing craft kits like this one. They often work closely with Bucilla so they often get the newest kits before everyone else.

===> Click here to buy the Haunted House sewing craft kit from Merry Stockings!

Finally, there is Plaid Online. Plaid Online produces all the Bucilla kits and sell them on their online shop for any holiday. If all else fails, you can google to see other retailers that sell this kit online.

===> Click here to buy the Haunted House Wall Hanging from Plaid Online!

I just ran out of supplies. What is the next step? 

If you buy this kit, you are able to get refills on any of the supplies you need. You just need to send an e-mail to Plaid Online letting them know what supplies you ran out of and need more of. All you need to do is let them know your kit number from the front of the package, where you bought the kit, and what your mailing address is. A customer service rep will often reach out to you in a day or two to let you know they got your request. By the end of the week, you should get an envelope with your extra supplies.

Before you reach out to Plaid Online, I recommend trying to use any leftover supplies you have from other craft kits if possible. When I am running low on supplies, I will try to dip into my leftover sequins and beads I've gotten from other craft kits. Once you are finished with any of the sewing craft kits, always save your materials! You never know when you'll need extra beads for other projects you do.

Put Everything Together

Before you tackle this kit, you should stop and check out the directions just to get yourself familiar with the steps and especially the key for the diagram. The directions don't just include a key for the stitches and sequins. There is even a guide which shows crafters how to do each of the stitches needed for this kit. They aren't the best pictures since they can be unclear about the directions, but you can look them over to see what they suggest. I recommend watching tutorials on YouTube or visiting the Merry Stockings blog if you need help with any of the stitches.

Once you looked at the directions, spend a little extra time looking over the diagram. The diagram for this sewing craft kit is a little harder to understand because the symbols are too similar to each other and harder to see. As look at the diagram, consult the packaging image as you go since it will help clarify what you are suppose to do. As you look at the diagram and identify stitches, I suggest writing down that stitch and color for different symbols. Writing down what these symbols mean will make it easier for you as work on this kit.

Haunted House

The haunted house base might sound easy to make at first. This is a wall hanging so I thought was mostly adding elements to the purple house felt base and adding stuffing to the trees, but this is where I had the most problems during the kit. The biggest challenge was working with the poster board as stuffing for the fence posts. Once you trace one of the pieces on the poster board, it has to be sewn between the front and back pieces of the fence.

It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. The pieces I traced on the poster board did not fit at all between the pieces. I had to spend time adjusting the size of the poster board middle just so it would fit inside the two pieces. Finding the right size wasn't just the only problem. Sewing the pieces together with poster board in the middle was a lot more difficult than I realized it would be. At first it isn't too bad using the applique stitch around the pieces. However it gets harder to close the two pieces as you get closer to being finished. The position of the poster board changes or gets bent the more you work on it.

I don't recommend scraping the poster board at all. It does help keep the fence posts from falling over once it is lying flat. This is very important since some of the ornaments do have sequins hanging off the fence pieces since the extra weight of a stuffed ornament would cause it to fall over. My advice is to play with the poster board middle in between the front and back pieces of each part of the fence then cut the poster board to be smaller. You will want to find a balance of being able to fit inside the fence pieces but not too near the edge so you can sew the pieces closed.

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The fence posts weren't the only problem. The designers of this craft kit didn't do a good job figuring out the right position of every element on the house. The house is made up of several pieces which are sewn onto the wreath. Normally most of the pieces will fit right places as each element is added. That wasn't the case with this kit.

Certain parts of the house didn't want to fit properly no matter what I did. This is can been seen with the bottom of the roof not fitting between the two purple sections of the house. I ultimately folded the white felt piece underneath a bit so everything fit. If I didn't do this, a large amount of white felt from the back would show. My attempt to fix the problem did give some puckering to the bottom of the roof, but a huge white gap isn't what was shown on the diagram.

When you get to any section that doesn't fit like the roof and the walls of the house not fitting, don't be afraid to leave white gaps. The white gaps might not be on the original packaging, but it would have been easier than trying to fold felt and sew these sections together. Besides the white gaps might add to the spooky feel of the house and show it is a lot older haunted house than it appears.

31 Ornaments of Halloween

I didn't quite the follow the directions for this kit and actually started with the ornaments before the actual house. Since I was rushed for time and didn't have poster board, I decided to skip ahead and start working on the ornaments. Within a couple of days, I was able to get almost half of the ornaments done when I finally got my poster board for the kit and made the switch back to the haunted house.

Before you start sewing any of the ornaments, make all your cording first! Doing this ahead of time will save you time later down the road. The directions want crafters to use 3 inches of thread to make one cord for each of the ornaments, but I recommend newbies go up half an inch or an inch. This will make it a lot easier making the loops for the cording. My loops are never perfect when I make ornaments and they are all over place with different sizes. However I'm happy with the loops I made because all my cords stay in place which is more important than the size of my loops.

The one thing you don't want to do with the ornaments is add way too much stuffing. Remember your ornaments will be hanging off the purple sequins of the haunted house. This extra weight will pull on those sequins and beads even if you made sure your sequins are secured extra tight. When I hang the ornaments on my house, some of them will fall off the sequins. If you aren't interested in hanging individual ornaments on the house, you can skip all the cording completely and just sew everything onto the house.


Bucilla Haunted House wall hanging needlecraft kit is a great kit for the Halloween season. There were the minor hiccups with the haunted house and working with the poster board for the fence posts, but overall it was good kit to make. I was so pressed for time that I wasn't able to enjoy this kit as much as I wanted, but I would have enjoyed making this kit if I went at a slower pace. The finished wall hanging is a perfect Halloween decoration for your home. If you wish there was an advent calendar for Halloween, you should make this kit. Kids will definitely enjoy putting ornaments on the house and tree just like the ones they see during the holidays.

Are there any needlecraft kits you would like to see me try? Let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make them.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bucilla Witch's Brew Wreath Craft Kit

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Last spring, I made the Bucilla Witch's Brew craft kit. In April, I ordered my brother's Nordic Tree Advent Calendar and this kit off Amazon. Initially I asked on Instagram which one I should do first out of the two kits. A few days later, I decided to make the wreath first. I wasn't quite ready to tackle the advent calendar quite yet. Most importantly, I wasn't in a festive mood quite yet to make the advent calendar. So I decided to make the Halloween craft kit first. I started working on the wreath in April and managed to work every weekend to get this kit finished in June.

First Impressions

Purple isn't a Halloween color, but I really liked the design of the wreath. This wreath had lots of really good 3D elements working for it that gave it a spooky feel. Since this wreath is named Witch's Brew, the wreath has lots of elements often associated with witches around Halloween. There is the black witch's hat, the cat, and even the little potion bottles. Many of these elements were another reason why I bought this kit since I made some of these elements before in other craft kits. When I worked on previous Halloween felt applique kits, they had the cats, pumpkins, and even the frogs. Since I had made these shapes before, I had an idea what I was already getting into.

The only thing I dislike about the wreath's design is the felt color. There is a large amount of purple felt being used for wreath itself. This is a color I don't often associate with Halloween so I was a little annoyed the color didn't quite match the fall tone. I wish Bucilla went with a different color for the wreath base, but I can understand why they might have chosen the color since some of the elements were already some of the fall colors.
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The design wasn't the only thing I was nervous about for this kit. The wreath itself was the only thing I was worried about. Before this project, I only made one other felt applique wreath. The first wreath I made was a complete disaster! I made lots of mistakes since I wasn't very good at sewing at the time. I thought I would be able to tackle a wreath after some of the other projects I made. I was wrong. My first wreath made me so frustrated that I almost quit making it! I was able to finish the wreath, but the entire experience left me with a bad taste for making felt applique wreaths and I avoided it as much as I could since then.

I made the first wreath when I was a newbie to embroidery and I made a lot of progress since then. Although I was worried I'd make the same mistakes as I did with my first wreath, I felt I was ready to try making this wreath again. Before I tackled this wreath kit, I thought about ways I could improve this wreath-making experience. Taking this time to think about on the mistakes I made and the problems I faced helped a lot with this experience. By the end of making this kit, I had a brand new perspective on making felt applique wreaths and felt I had a better time with this kit.

Here's some important need to know facts about this kit!

The Witch's Brew Wreath will be 17 x 17 inches when it is finished. The kit allows you to make the wreath base and all the decorations that go on the wreath. The wreath decorations include the following:
  • moon
  • bats
  • witch's cauldron
  • broom
  • witch's boot
  • cat
  • frog
  • spider web
  • pumpkin
  • spiders
This might sound like a lot of things to make, but the nice thing about Bucilla craft kits is that they come with everything you need to make the wreath. The felt pieces come stamped with all the outlines of each element with marks for the sequins. The craft kits even include most of the supplies you need such as thread, sequins, beads, and even the needles. Finally, there is the directions and the wreath diagram which includes a key to help you identify symbols that are used on the diagram.

Although this craft kit includes a lot of the stuff you'll need for the project, there are couple of other things you need. Besides the scissors and a pencil/pen, you should also get some polyester fiberfill to put stuffing inside the wreath. You will also need some poster board to between the front and back pieces of the wreath. I recommend getting a plastic grocery bag to hold your trash as you work on your kit. I also suggest using paper plates to keep your beads and sequins organized as you make your wreath.

Where can I buy this kit?

First, there is Amazon. Amazon is where I bought this kit and is often my go to places for finding felt applique kits. I recommend checking Amazon around June-July to see when some of the latest craft kits are in stock.

===> Want this wreath? Click here to buy off Amazon now!

Next, there is Merry Stockings. Merry Stockings is a crafting retailer specializing in craft kits. They often partner with Bucilla and sell a lot of their kits. If you want to see the latest kits, check with Merry Stockings first. They often get the latest kits before any other retailers including Amazon.

===> Click here to buy this wreath from Merry Stockings!

Finally, you can find this kit on Plaid Online. Plaid Online sells all Bucilla products. If you can't find kits on Merry Stockings or Amazon, this is another great option for finding this kit. If you are still not having much luck finding this kit, search Google and you'll find plenty of other great places selling this craft kit.

===> Click here to buy Witch's Brew Wreath craft kit from Plaid Online!

I just ran out of materials! What should I do?

If you have done previous Bucilla craft kits, see if you have any leftover supplies on hand and trying using those first. When all else fails, send an e-mail to craft kit provider. Plaid Online and Bucilla will send you refills. I ran out of black beads when I made this kit and sent a message to Plaid Online asking for more beads. Plaid Online sent me a response the next day asking me where I got the kit, the kit number (it is on the package), and my address. By the end of the week, I got an envelope with more black beads.

Time For Some Tips!

It might be tempting to start sewing right now. However I strongly recommend taking a few minutes to read the directions and look at the wreath diagram before you begin. This way you be familiar with what you are working with and what you'll be doing. I suggest taking time to look at the key included in the directions to see where specific stitches are on the diagram and where you'll be putting the sequins.

I also encourage you to look at the stitch guide that included in the directions. Bucilla includes a tutorial for each of the stitches used in their kits. These diagrams can be hit or miss depending on the diagrams, but you can supplement these guides with YouTube videos or articles on Google. Merry Stockings has a great blog which has shown great tutorials of some of the stitches seen in the Bucilla kits. If you struggle with any of the stitches, you should check out the Merry Stockings blog first to look at their models and demonstrations before you tackle any of the stitches on your project.

One of the previous problems I have with these kits is that I would try to start these kits too close to the actually holiday. When I made my last Halloween kit, I underestimated how much work would be going into the project and had to work non-stop just to make sure everything was finished by the time of the holiday. The lesson I learned from that experience is plan ahead and avoid rushing through a craft kit as much as I could. For this kit, I decided to use the weekends as my chance to work on craft projects so I could relax and concentrate on the craft project I was working on. This was perfect since it didn't make feel rushed and let me concentrate with no distractions.

The Best Time to Add Spiders to the Wreath

There are three spiders on the front of the wreath. One is a hanging spider while the other two are sewn onto the front of the wreath under the witch's hat and the cauldron. In the directions, Bucilla wants you to sew the two spiders on the wreath last. However I recommend sewing the two spiders on the wreath base first. It will be much easier sewing these elements on first than at the end of the kit once all the other elements are added on later. Since the first part of the wreath is adding the sequins, it is better to add these two smaller elements on at this point when nothing is blocking the area you need to put these spiders.

Once you finished adding sequins and some embroidery to the front of the wreath, it is time to start working on the wreath elements. This where most of your time will be spent on this craft kit since there are a lot of elements for this wreath. While these elements may have a simple design, most of these elements have lots of sequins and embroidery. There might be a lot of details to add to these elements, but those details are what really enhance the wreath. The sequins and the embroidery on the cauldron make it seem like the brew is actually bubbling up or making waves from the cauldron.

Spider Web and the Hanging Spider

The spider web was my biggest challenge on the wreath. The spider web is meant to have a hanging spider from it using a piece of black cording. The hanging spider also uses cording for the legs. Cording is my least favorite thing to do in these craft kits because I'm not quite good at cording. However I did the best I could with the cording. Some of the legs didn't want to stay put so I had to be a bit creative fixing some of the issues the legs presented as it was putting it together. This resulted in my spider looking like a circle hanging from the cording once I was finished.
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If you are having issues with the hanging spider, just skip the hanging spider altogether. The wreath will still be fine without the hanging spider. I found once the wreath was finished that I couldn't quite see the hanging spider with all the other elements on the front of the wreath. If you don't use the hanging spider, another way to include it on the wreath is just applique the spider onto the upper left corner of the pumpkin and embroider legs.

Combining the Front and Back

The most challenging part of making a wreath is the fact the elements sewn onto the front portion of the wreath are going to be under lots of strain once you start stuffing the base. This means the potion bottles, moon, and the witch's hat need to be secured extra tightly so they don't fall off as you sew together the front and back of the wreath.

When you are ready to sew together the front and back, you can add less stuffing so it puts less pressure on all the elements you added earlier. I didn't add as much stuffing as my other wreath once I noticed the larger elements on the wreath were trying to move forward on the front of the wreath. This isn't a perfect solution to the problem. I did have to fix a couple of elements once I finished. But none of the elements didn't come loose.


Bucilla Witch's Brew craft kit was a successful experience making a wreath and was the complete opposite of everything that happened during the first time I made a wreath. If you haven't made a wreath before, this craft kit might be difficult to make and can be intimidating. However as long as you take your time and not rush your way through this kit, you'll be fine. Any fans of Halloween will love making this kit since it is a perfect decoration for your door when it is time for trick and treat.

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