Mother’s Day will be upon us soon, and we hope that you are all planning a way to make it a special day. Our freelance editor, Sara, says that her father always got worked up over finding her mother just the right gift. Inevitably, this stress would result in a frantic, last minute decision that wasn’t necessarily the right choice. She says that they still laugh about the year he bought her mother a calculator. (And he still insists that she said she wanted one…) Other years, her father did a much better job; Sara remembers once planting a dogwood tree just outside her mother’s kitchen window.

We appreciate that mothers come in all forms, shapes, and sizes, so this DIY Check Tied Wrap featuring our 2014 Stencil of the Year is a perfect fit for your mother, or grandmother, daughter, or friend. In the morning sunlight, it almost looks like dogwood flowers blooming.

We are offering this DIY Kit as part of our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Make something for mom – or give her something she will enjoy making for herself.


This version is made using the reverse appliqué technique and is embellished with beaded eyelet details. Instructions for the Tied Wrap can be found on pages 66 – 67 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. When ordering, please specify your desired top layer and thread color. (Our production team will match bead color based on your colorway selection.)

DIY Check Tied Wrap Kit
Basic sewing supplies: embroidery scissors, pins, needles, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, which includes all necessary instructions for construction and embellishment.

Purchase the DIY Kit from our online store and follow the instructions for reverse appliqué, eyelet beading, and construction in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. When completing your embellishment, make sure to stitch through all layers of fabric and work right up to all four edges of your Tied Wrap, since the edges will be left raw and unseamed.


Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey fabric
Fabric color top layer – Light Grey
Fabric color back layer – Natural
Textile paint – Pearl Grey
Button Craft thread – Cream #256
Stencil – Check
Treatment – Reverse appliqué
Beads – Bugle Beads
Bead color – Satin Grey
Knots – Inside

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