Patriotic Mason Jar Embroidery Tutorial
Hi, it’s Olivia from Pumpkin Hollow Quilting, bringing you some Independence Day cuteness! If you’ve been following me over on Instagram, you might have seen I’ve caught the Patriotic making bug. So I thought I’d share with you a quick little stitch I designed, celebrating the 4th of July. Here is a patriotic mason jar embroidery tutorial.
Patriotic Mason Jar Embroidery Tutorial
* 10 inch square piece of fusible interfacing (I used Pellon P44F)
*Crayola Crayon in Sky Blue (or blue of your choice)
* 6 inch piece of felt
* Paper towel
DMC Floss needed for our project – Click the number to be taken to the color on amazon.
3811 – Jar
414 – Flag pole and Sparklers pole
321 – Flag stripes, Sparklers
311 – Flag outline around star, Sparklers
117 – Star
727 – French knot at the top of flagpole
Mason Jar Embroidery Tutorial Instructions:
First thing we need to do is trace our pattern onto the background fabric with the Micron Pen. Print the pattern from the supply list above. Then tape the pattern and fabric to a window using painters tape. You can also use a light box if you have one.
Once your pattern is traced, its time to color tint our jar! You take your crayon and start to lightly shade the jar, your hand pressure should be about medium/light. I kinda color in a light swirl motion, while shading different areas a little darker than others.
**Note – I recommend using only Crayola Crayons**
Now that your jar is color tinted, it’s time to heat set your stitchery. With your iron set to the cotton setting, steam off, I place my paper towel over the stitchery. Bring the iron straight down and leave in place for about 5 seconds. Bring the iron back up and repeat a few times without moving the paper towel. Now your design is set!
Right before I get ready to stitch, I like to fuse a piece of fusible interfacing to the back of my stitchery. This will help to keep our piece nice and straight as we stitch.
Now that we have everything traced and tinted, let’s pop our stitchery into the hoop! It’s time to stitch!!
First up, we are going to start stitching up our cute little jar! For this project we will use 2 strands of floss throughout. Just before you start the first stitch, be sure to knot the end of your thread. Now find a place where you’d like to start and bring your needle up from the back, pulling your thread until the knot catches. Jog over not quite an 1/8th of an inch and bring your needle back down. Bring the needle back up (1/8th inch over) and this time we will bring the needle back down in the same hole at the end of your last stitch. You’ve now completed your first back stitch! Continue this same process until your jar is all stitched! Once you have finished with your piece of floss, be sure to knot it on the backside of your stitchery so your stitches don’t unravel.
I stitched up two of the sparklers with blue and 3 sides of my star outline, using DMC 311.
Using DMC 321, I stitched the remaining Sparklers and started stitching my flag around 3 sides and each stripe.
After I had my stripes stitched, I filled in every other bar with X’s to give it that red and white effect. To make your stitched X, you bring the needle up from the back and take it back down at an angle…think of when you write an X. Then you bring your needle up from the back, cross it over your angled previous stitch and take the needle back down.
Continue on until you’ve filled 4 of your bars.
For our star, we are going make several large stitches…think big back stitches. Take your white DMC floss and pick your starting point. Bring the needle up from the back and take it back down on the other side of a star point, repeat until you have stitched the entire star. Pretty cool! The flag is looking good.
Can’t forget about our flag and sparkler poles! This is stitched using DMC 414.
The final stitch we’ll do on our Patriotic Jar is one French Knot! I made my French Knot using two strands of DMC 727. Make sure the end is knotted before you begin. Bring your needle up from the back until the knot catches and with one hand hold your needle and the other hold your thread.
Wrap your thread twice around the needle.
Stick the tip of your needle into your background fabric and while still holding your thread, shift your two wraps down towards the hole.
Then with your one had still holding the thread, push your needle through and grab it from the back.
Pull your thread though to the back, all the while holding onto your thread until those last few seconds when you can let it go and your knot should appear!
Now you have completed all your stitching! Yay!! It looks fantastic and very 4th of July festive!
Go ahead and pop your stitched piece out of your embroidery hoop and give it a nice pressing with the iron. Then grab your wooden hoop and center your design inside the hoop. Once you are satisfied with its placement, tighten down your screw. Now with your scissors, carefully cut your excess fabric from the back.
We have just one last step until our Patriotic Jar is finished! Take that 6 inch piece of felt and cut it into a circle large enough to fit inside your hoop back, then glue in place!
Now you’re all finished! Hope you enjoyed stitching up my Patriotic Jar pattern as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!