Bonus Patterns

Redwork Hearts

Convo_heart_valentine_embroidery3These little stitched conversation heart sachets are from my book Embroidery Craft:  Stitching through the Seasons (2010).  They were featured as a winter project because they make lovely little gift tokens for Valentine's Day.  


These tiny potpourri heart pillows are fun to make and a simple stitching project for beginners, so with this in mind, I thought it would be fun to offer them again as an iron-on embroidery transfer. 

My free-with-purchase pattern will be available on both the PatternBee Vintage Embroidery website and the PatternBee Embroidery Etsy shop during the month of February 2021.  


I couldn't resist adding a few new designs.  I LOVE the Kewpies.  The plain heart can be stamped several times with your choice of designs to embroider.  The two small connected hearts could be embroidered with sweet-heart initials if desired. Just be sure to position the motifs away from the 1/4" seam allowance.   


1.  Cut out the test pattern--leaving a margin of paper for pinning.  Cut out a small piece of practice cloth.  Set iron to Medium-High.  Do not use steam.  The transfer ink may go through the fabric and is fairly permanent, so cover the ironing surface with an old dish towel or a single layer of heavy paper like a brown grocery bag. 

2.  Place the test-transfer on the right side of your fabric scrap and place a pin in the margin away from the transfer lines.  (If the paper slides the lines may be blurred.)  Place the hot iron on the transfer for several seconds, taking care not to scorch.  Check progress; leaving the pin in place, gently lift one corner to check that all the lines have transferred.  If the image is too light or places have been missed, carefully replace the transfer, matching up the lines, and stamp again.  

3.  Make sure to stamp the heart sachet pattern on a piece of cloth that is large enough to fit inside your embroidery hoop.   For the plain heart, stamp it first, then stamp the desired motif in the middle, keeping out of the seam allowance.  Plain linen, cotton muslin or another natural light-weight fabric will do.  

4.  Work all the embroidery before cutting the heart-shapes out.   Separate 6-strand cotton embroidery floss into 3 strands for the embroidery.  Basic stitches are used.  Use outline or back stitches for lines; lazy daisy for leaves and flower petals; satin stitch for filling in areas.  


5.  Cut a 6-inch square of plain or print fabric for the backing.  Place right-sides together and pin in the center. Stitch where indicated by the broken lines, starting and stopping between the dots.  Trim the backing evenly to match the edges of the heart.  Clip curves up to the stitch line.  Turn right-side out and press from the back, tucking the raw edges of the opening to the inside.  Fill with dried potpourri or with cotton balls for a firm heart.


And there you have it.  Enjoy!

Happy New Year

PatternBee January Bonus Pattern

Hello friends!  It's the first year of a new decade and we are busy as bees around here.  Like many, I've been tidying up the house for a fresh start.  This is a challenge for me as I have so many projects underway with bits and pieces in different stages of completion scattered about from room to room waiting for paint and glue to dry.  I guess you could say, it's a happy sort of mess!

Anyhow, the cute embroidery pattern (above) is FREE with purchase from my PatternBee website and PatternBee Embroidery shop on etsy.   The designs use simple stitches and would be darling embroidered on cotton dish towels.

Until next time . . . happy crafting, stitching and creating.



Autumn Wreath


October's bonus transfer: A fall wreath for a pillow top!  The wreath diameter is approximately 7-1/2-inches across and works for a variety of pillow shapes and sizes.  The border motifs can be used for cases or as table cloth borders.  

2019 September Bonus


The new PatternBee Bonus transfer for September went straight to the heart.  This cozy cottage can be stitched as a framed picture to adorn the wall or made into a cushion to feather the nest. 


The original old motif (shown above) has been reproduced at about 8" x 10" and can be done using basic embroidery stitches.  A pleasant fall project to pick up when you are seeking a quiet diversion from modern hectic daily life.

UPDATE:  This motif is now included in the 2019 Bonus Collection.


2019 August Bonus


What to do with all those cute vintage embroidery motifs?  How about eco friendly cloth gift bags.  This was a fun project.  These and my honeycomb flower bags are in my shop.

It's hard to believe, but August starts tomorrow.  Summer is sailing along isn't it?  Here's a sneak peek at the new bonus transfer with sweet nursery themed motifs.  The applique lamb is one of my favorites.  

UPDATE:  This August motif now included in the 2019 Bonus Collection

2019 July Bonus


The NEW July BONUS Transfer is "hot off the press" and includes this cute kitty and her, albeit teeny, catch of the day

I'm always amazed at the number of stitching patterns that were produced over the years and just when I think I've seen them all, another little dandy comes along.  Like this one.

A few months back, I was contacted by a stitching friend who had seen this motif embroidered on an old tea towel and asked if I had it.  I didn't; thought maybe it was one of those pre-stamped Vogart towels that were so popular in the 1960's since I couldn't find an actual pattern number for it.  (If anyone reading this has any information about it, please let me know.)  Anyway, I was provided a photo to work from to reproduce it for her. 

Having done that, and tickled with how it turned out, I decided it would make a great summer addition for the 2019 Bonus Collection.  I added a few more details along with the catch phrase and proceeded to stitch one up for my dear cousin who just happens to live on a lake and has spent a lifetime fishing--and loves cats.  It was perfect.


Before personally delivering it to her last week, I snapped a few pictures of it first.  As you can see, it looks quite dashing with my red plaid dish towels as a backdrop. 


So, here we have the July line up. 

Along with kitschy kitty motif, there are darling water ducklings, an apron wearing bear-cub hostess and a few other small embellishments for your stitching pleasure. 

This BONUS transfer is FREE with any purchase from the PatternBee website for the month of July.  After that, it will be added to this year's Bonus Collection (available next year).

2018 February Bonus


This Redwork motif (Ingall's late 1800's), with a wording modification, was part of the Bonus pattern for February 2018.  I wanted to stitch it up as soon as I saw it.  I think it works nicely as a decorative towel. 

UPDATE: Now included in the 2018 Bonus Collection on the PatternBee website. 

2017 October Bonus


Autumn is in the air!  Can you feel it? The leaves are starting to change color on the trees in our neck of the woods and the squirrels are scampering through my backyard gathering pine nuts to store.  I love watching them from the deck and listening to their funny little chirps high in the trees warning us that this is their territory!  Here is the October Bonus pattern with our friend the squirrel.  It's this month's free with purchase transfer from PatternBee.  Nice for a seasonal pillow, picture or what have you. 

UPDATE:  This pattern has been added to the 2017 Bonus Collection.

2017 March Bonus

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Out in the yard---the bunnies have emerged!  Currently they are hopping about, providing the inspiration I need for the March BONUS pattern!

UPDATE:  This pattern has been added to the 2017 Bonus Collection.