DIY Fabric Mushrooms

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DIY Fabric Mushrooms

my new fabric collection, forest floor for art gallery fabrics was inspired by the forest where i live, and features tiny mushrooms, woodland creatures, ferns and trees. from the moment it hit my doorstep, i knew i wanted to make a set of fabric mushrooms!  they adorned my booth at quilt market and have since ventured with me into the forest (above) and finally back to a shelf in my home where they're currently overlooking the living room. they are easy to make and so much fun that i wanted to share the DIY with you!

here's what you'll need:

1. download and print the pattern template. cut out each of the pattern pieces. make sure to cut out two circles - 1 for the top and 1 for the bottom. cut the 'inner circle' out of only one of the large circles (be sure to save the small inner circle which will become the bottom of the mushroom trunk).

2. fold the long sides of the rectangle in half, right sides together. stitch down the long side using a 1/4" seam allowance to make a tube, making sure to double stitch at the beginning and end. turn right sides out and press. tip: easily make shorter and taller mushrooms by lengthening this rectangle!

3. place the two circles right sides together and sew around using a 1/4" seam allowance, making sure to double stitch at the beginning and end. turn the mushroom cap right sides out through the inner circle hole of the bottom layer and press.

4. stuff the mushroom cap with polyfil to your liking through the bottom circle. i found that i liked mine a bit looser, which also kept them from being too top heavy.

5) using a needle and thread, whip stitch the 'inner circle' (the small circle you saved from the mushroom cap circle) to the bottom of the trunk tube. fill the bottom of the trunk with pellets and finish the top with more polyfil. the more pellets, the more bottom heavy your mushrooms will be (and easier they will stand up on their own). turn down about 1/4" of the trunk fabric inwards and finger press.

6) finally, whip stitch the trunk to the mushroom top using embroidery floss. playing with these and making them big and irregular will make them look like the bottom side of a mushroom! the inner circle will have raw edges, but this just adds to the playfulness and organic feel to the shroom!

7) stand them up on the wooden rounds and have fun! tip: if you have trouble getting them to stand up, trying using a little gluestick!

photos by callie lynch & bonnie christine.

March Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

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march desktop calendar's by bonnie christine (3)

bye bye february, hello beautiful march! because forest floor fabrics began shipping this week, i couldn't resist using one of my favorite pieces from the collection, in the thicket. this little bunny is perfect for easter! i asked for your help in naming her over on instagram this week. i'm pleased to announce that her name is SAGE!

what i love most about this month: planning our garden, ordering seeds, easter and preparing for spring!  what are your favorite things about march? 

calendars for march: click here to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

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please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

February’s Roost Tribe Recap

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the roost tribe: create | learn | inspire (1)

february is almost over and march is quickly coming! as i do every month, i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday, march 2nd you’ll still get all of february’s content +  march’s content as well – that’s two months for the price of one!

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a valentine's day printable suite - perfect for mother's day, too!

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the six MOST downloaded .SVG files from my silhouette store.

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adobe illustrator tutorial on how to make your OWN .SVG files.

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a discussion on struggles + a set of inspirational set of tech backgrounds to match!

favorite-links-and-resourcesa list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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The Timber Mini Quilt Pattern

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Timber Mini Quilt Pattern by Bonnie Christine (1)

photo by callie lynch

i've mentioned the timber mini quilt before, but i have some exciting news to add to it! first, the fabrics i used for this quilt from my new collection forest floor fabrics began shipping THIS WEEK. hooray! second, i added the timber trees pattern to my silhouette america store, so if you have a silhouette cutting machine, you can now use it to cut out the pattern instead of having to cut it by hand!

this mini quilt is so much fun to put together. it makes a perfect wall hanging, pillow front or table drape and easily goes together in just a couple of hours!

there are two ways to make this quilt:

1) the scrappy way (as shown above): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN. this version uses several scraps of fabric to give it a pieced, eclectic feel. step by step instructions are outlined for you in the pattern.

2) the silhoutte way (as shown below): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN. this version uses a solid piece of fabric and allows you to use your silhouette cutting machine to cut out the trees, which makes this pattern go together super fast! *please note, you must purchase the timber trees .SVG file here, but it's only $1! :)

if you make this quilt, we would love to see it! use #TimberMiniQuilt on instagram so we can find you!

Timber Mini Quilt Pattern by Bonnie Christine (2)

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16 Projects Made from Succulence Fabrics

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logo2the blog tour  for my succulence fabrics collection ended yesterday, and i have been so anxious to share everyone's projects with you! i was honored to have 16 makers from all over the world participate and contribute their projects to the tour. every single day i was blown away by the creativity and quality of the projects. i know you're going to enjoy exploring each of them, as well!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the succulence fabrics blog tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity! love, bonnie

here’s a recap of all 16 of the projects!

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1: April and Mickey Zimmer | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

2: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates

3: Bonnie (that's me!) | Going Home to Roost

4: Daisy Aschehoug | Ants to Sugar

5: Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

6: Staci Barrett | A Vintage Fairytale

7: Denise Palmer | Denise Anne Studio

8: Sahnda Black | Sahnda Marie

9: Monica De Leon | JourneyDeVida

10: Sarah Bertochi | Sarah B.

11: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna

12: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes

13: Michelle Cain | From Bolt to Beauty

14: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm

15: Isabel Kelly | Lamb and Wolfie

16: Emi Shimokawa | Just Add Fabric

on teaching and taking classes through skillshare

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bonnie christine's classes on skillshare

i have to say, teaching on skillshare has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. i've taught three classes so far: intro to surface pattern design, surface pattern design 2.0 and design & bind your own portfolio. seeing everyone's work come to life and connecting with students through workshops (like these: I & II) has been so inspirational and fun! (you can learn more about all the classes i offer here!) 

in addition to teaching on skillshare, i love to get MY learn on as well! there are so many quality classes being offered on so many different skill sets. i even improved my knife skills recently! if you're interested in learning, skillshare is the place for you. here are some classes i've taken recently and really enjoyed!

1) photoshop for lettering artists by the lovelies behind besotted blog. a perfect intro to photoshop and lettering!

2) watercolor meets surface pattern design: this class is great for the person who wants to explore with watercolor in their patterns!

3) knife skills: a quick and easy class on how to improve your knife skills.

4) inky illustrations: for that perfectly imperfect look. 

5 & 6) the golden secrets of script lettering I & II: i have been falling in love with martina flor through these classes on lettering. i know you'll love them, too!

what classes have you been enjoying lately?

Bonnie Christine for Silhouette’s Design Store!

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bonnie christine for silhouette

i've had a silhouette cameo machine for a few years now, and i still don't know how i ever lived without it (remember this?). i've cut everything from invitations and hang tags to camera straps and removable tattoos. it's amazing!

after connecting with the lovely people of silhouette at a recent tradeshow, they asked if i'd like to design for their design store. of course, i said, 'YES'! i have about 40 designs available right now, and try to add new ones each week.

honey house cut file by bonnie christine

you can visit my corner of their store for cut files, printable patterns and more. many coordinate with my fabric lines, like this one called 'honey house' from sweet as honey! 

do you have a cutting machine? what's your favorite way to use it?

Celebrating Snail Mail with OliveBox (and a Giveaway!)

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sending and receiving snail mail will always be one of my most favorite things. writing letters, sending cards and little gifts is such a special way to say 'hello' or 'i love you'. at olivebox, they know exactly how good it feels to open your mailbox to a sweet surprise!

new to olivebox? i think you're going to love them! olivebox is a monthly subscription box for unique paper goods and gifts from the brilliant team behind pink olive that we all know and love. each box is filled with beautiful paper goods that will make sending snail mail easy and fun.

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olivebox offers two different membership options. the first is a 'lifestyle box', a curated box of both paper and lifestyle products, which costs $25/box and arrives monthly. the other is options is a card box, a curated box of cards organized by theme, which also costs $25/box but arrives bi-monthly. to see some examples of past boxes, you can check them out here! (shown here is the 'love' card box.)

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and the best news of all? olivebox is offering one lucky reader a box for free! simply enter using the form below. good luck! p.s. feel free to write your own tweet if you use that additional entry!