Here's a warm & cozy fall project from a WCK Creative Journal last autumn - but since it's time to start thinking warm and cozy again this year, I thought I'd share for anyone who didn't see it the first time. The first thing that always pops into my mind when I hear the words warm and cozy is flannel! I love curling up in flannel pj’s in front of the fireplace (or woodstove when we lived in Maine!) and reading or watching a movie with my family. I love hugging my sons and husband when they are wearing a flannel shirt. Since raiding my husband’s flannel shirt stash was highly discouraged (I did try…trust me), I decided to check out one of my favorite sources for items to repurpose – the local Goodwill Industries Store! As always, I wasn’t disappointed and came home with two cozy baby shirts in great flannel plaids, a girls flannel plaid skirt, and a pair of tiny brown corduroy pants I couldn’t resist adding to the mix for a bit more texture. For less than $3 I had enough fabric to make a lot of leaves and I helped out those in need!
Once home, I sketched maple and oak leaves onto scrap paper and cut them out (you could print off a pattern from the internet, or even trace a real leaf!). The paper patterns were pinned to the fabric, and then the leaves were cut. I purposely cut some of the leaves on seams, included buttons, etc. for added homespun texture. Once the leaves were cut, I used extra embroidery thread I have stashed in my studio (see, keeping scraps of everything does pay off!) and roughly stitched approximately ¼” from the edge of each leaf, and to create the veins in the leaves.
The result is a set of almost whimsical, homespun decorations with a warm and cozy feel. They look great mixed in a basket of pinecones collected from our yard and set outside our front door, or displayed around a pumpkin in our entry way.
While this project would work with any fabric – I think the flannel and the corduroy just add to the warm and cozy fun!