If you have visited my site in the past you may have noticed that my projects are varied and unique according to the materials I have on hand. That is because I have a habit of shopping in the remnant bins and clearance sections. I love to find items that are on are their way out because of season changes. In fact, if you use your creativity, you can save some money and sew projects to donate. This solves problems. First, those items will become something brand new and usable. Second, you will be giving back to your community which is always positive. Third, you can lift your own spirits if you suffer from feelings of depression or getting low. It is true that doing for others always makes you feel better. The hardest part is getting started. This Felt Crayon Pouch is a great project for accomplishing all of those things.
So this picture might pique your interest a bit. A 9x12 piece of felt is the main part of the Crayon pouches. I was walking in my local Hobby Lobby and in the rear corners, they usually have the clearance section. Sometimes you find gold there. The felt pieces are usually .99 cents each. I found these for .19 cents. There were others for .24 cents. There is nothing wrong with them. The store was restocking to move in their fall merchandise and these were from the previous season. Now you may have thoughts of Pumpkin Spice and Falling leaves in your head right now, BUT.... the receiver would love these bright colors and cute designs ALL YEAR ROUND. So when you are feeling low, drive to your local store and just walk, look and keep an open mind. When you find a great deal, buy the materials bring them home, sew then give it away. You will feel better.
This project really lends itself to assembly line production. I was able to mark pin and sew several of these then move on to each step in the pattern. I finished 36 of them in two sewing sessions of about 4 hours each. It is all straight sewing so beginner friendly too. Do you belong to a sewing guild or lead a scouting group? Your members could whip these out quickly for Christmas shoebox giving.
I wanted to include crayons and a small tablet in each of the pouches so I calculated the cheapest crayons I could find locally. Right now school supplies are marked down in most stores and you will probably be able to find them cheaper than these. I went to Walmart and the usual price on a 24 pack of Crayola crayons are. 50 cents each. If you have ever purchased them you will notice they have duplicates of several colors in these boxes. You will have multiples of blues, reds, oranges, greens and purples in one box. Weird but true. So these are perfect to split up and use.
The small tablets came from the Dollar Tree. These composition books are usually in packs of three for $1.00. The size is perfect to slide into the crayon pouches.
When you download the pattern you will also receive this cost breakdown sheet. I wanted to show each unit cost including the crayons and tablets. Also, this will make it easy for you to buy enough materials for 36 pouches. Where I got everything, yardage amounts for the Velcro closures, ribbon for the loops, Felt squares, crayons and tablets. It assumes you will have thread and free labor also. But if you are looking for a service project for your organization, you could print this page off and take it shopping. It also shows three different price ranges depending on whether you are able to find the felt at a discounted price. If you pay full price, each unit would be around $1.55. If you are able to find the felt for .19 cents, each unit will cost around .80 cents. WOW! Kind of fun to see what you can do with materials that might be overlooked and a little bit of creativity.
Wouldn't you love to get something this cute for free? I can think of so many places these would be appreciated. How about, classrooms, libraries, doctor's offices, shelters, retirement centers, adult daycares, cancer treatment centers, police and firemen, counselors? Have I got your creative side sparked? GO HERE to get the FREE Pattern. Watch the video demonstration below to get even more inspired. Better yet, September is National Sewing Month. What a great way to celebrate by sewing and donating.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
A brand new FREE embroidery design has been released today! Daddy's Little Helper is in honor of LABOR DAY. When I was growing up, our household was a working one. That meant we didn't take a lot of vacations or if we had an extra day off from work and school, we utilized that time for home projects. In fact, anytime Mama or Daddy were working around the house inside or out, we were right there beside them. It was encouraged and today I am glad because I can do just about anything around my house. Or figure it out. So I digitized this cute design to pay homage to those times.
All of my free designs are available for download here in my store. So check them out. They are very easy to receive. Just add them to your cart, enter some information and you will receive a link via email.
Daddy's Little Helper has been digitized for hats so it will sew center out and up. You can also stitch it on flat items. Here are a few ideas. Remember the little helper could be a boy or girl so the sky is the limit on your color choices.
You could of course do hats or you could decorate little aprons.
Hoodies or sweatshirts would be other great items to add this cute design.
The cutest... Hands Down.
So what are your plans for Labor Day? Maybe this project? GET THE DESIGN HERE. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Ironing or Pressing is something that should become second nature when you are doing any kind of sewing project. I can admit that when I began sewing as a child, it was my least favorite part and I couldn't understand why I had to do it. There were many projects I completed without pressing between steps but they didn't turn out exactly as I hoped. As I practiced more, I saw that using my iron to create flat surfaces and hem openings made fitting pattern pieces so much easier. Now, it really has become just a habit to heat my iron when I am starting to sew. My board surface shows the use so I have been thinking about updating the cover with a bright piece of fabric.
This is the before picture. It might be a little hard to see, but it had become stained with the steam and spray starch over time.
I really had never looked at how it was attached to the board until I decided to update it. When I looked closely, I realized the manufacturer had used just an overlock seam and some heavy duty string to gather the fabric around the edges.
The string that had been passed through the overlock seam was tied off on the end and there was a small piece of plastic that held the wrapped string in place.
This is a picture of the piece of plastic. The document below is a good resource if you would like to replicate the plastic piece. I scanned the piece on my printer and it should print off in a good size.
I used a piece of plastic cutting board from the Dollar Tree to trace over and it worked just as good as the original.
My fabric is canvas that I found in a remnant bin at Hobby Lobby. When I purchased it, I wondered what I could do with 18 inches of fabric. Well, you can always think of something creative. I used a heat away marker to trace 2 inches wider than the ironing board and cut around it. That extra 2 inches was enough to come up and around the board.
2 layers of quilt batting made the board extra fluffy so I will have padding now when I press projects. I just cut the batting to the size of the wooden top.
On my serger, I set up my seam for a four thread wide overlock. I finished the entire edge around the perimeter and then finished the thread tail with a needle so it wouldn't unravel.
I used a large needle with 6 strand embroider floss underneath the seam leaving extra length on the ends. This is the part that did take the longest to complete. It would be good TV time sewing. My best advice is to use a large blunt needle so it doesn't get caught on the fabric as you are passing it underneath the seam. I tied the ends with a knot and a bow so I could grab them and pull to gather.
The fabric was put face down then the batting and finally the board. When I pulled on the string, the cover began to gather.
The edges cupped around the board just right and then I used the plastic piece to wrap the string around and lock the position. All of the ends pieces were neatly tucked under the material.
Here is the newly covered ironing board ready for use. I love the bright color.
BEFORE AND AFTER
I have a video you can watch below that shows the entire project. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My latest embroidery design is being released today. I think you just might say, I could use one of those! It is an In The Hoop Flyswatter Holder. In our area, this time of year brings out all of the flying bugs. Every time you open the front door, one seems to be waiting and then we are looking for the flyswatter. I currently have a push pin that I hang mine on, but I wanted a better place so here it is.
This ITH Flyswatter Holder uses a small amount of felt fabric and is completed in a 5x7 hoop. You will be able to complete all of the steps in one hooping.
Felt is a good material because it doesn't fray and it has some body that helps it keep it's shape. I made sure to use a low loft felt because there is some folding of fabric and you don't want it to be too thick to fit under your machine foot.
The sample in the pictures has white bobbin thread on it but I would suggest using a matching bobbin because you can see that thread once it is finished.
This project does have some creative cutting on the stabilizer. Usually we are taught that you have to keep this in tact but if you are careful and the design is digitized for it, you can do some techniques to mimic sewing on a machine. You do have to be very careful and use a ight touch so your stabilizer doesn't stretch out.
This view shows the hole that will later become the place where the Flyswatter hangs .
There is a pocket on the back also. Two small strong magnets are slipped inside and they hold the weight of the flyswatter.
Here is a closeup of the project. It would be a really great stocking stuffer for that person that has everything. I bet they don't have one of these. Also, if you are doing craft fairs or farmer's markets, these would be a unique item to sell.
Flyswatters come in various styles and I tried two that I have in my house. Both fit the design very well.
Are you curious to see how the In The Hoop Flyswatter Holder is made? I have a video tutorial below that you can watch. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
I had a unique project to work on this week. One of our friends purchased seat covers for their vehicle and they wanted patches sewn to the headrest portion.
Here are the patches sewn on and you can see what the covers looked like before. They were made of a stretchy material backed with foam on the front. The back was a thin polyester knit and the bottom had elastic. Once I looked at the construction, I knew that taking the side seam apart would make it much easier.
The patches were actually a gift I made for my friends. I sent them in the mail as a surprise to Texas and thought they would be able to have them installed there. Well, I recently made a trip to Texas and the patches travelled back with me along with the seat covers. Life is weird sometimes isn't it? NO worries. I really enjoyed doing the project because I got to see how good they looked with the bright blue color they chose.
When I was looking at the covers I did however notice that the foam material although stretchy was fragile. You can see it beginning to split in several areas. So I knew I needed to be extra gentle as I took the outer seam apart.
A Seam ripper was the best tool to use and after I started with the point, I switched to the ball so the material would not become more damaged.
I only opened the seam enough to fit under the foot of my sewing machine. Pins helped place the patches and I used a ruler to ensure even placement.
I used a 75/11 needle in my sewing machine and made sure to start with the needle down. The seam was sewn inside the satin edge with matching thread and bobbin all around the perimeter.
Here is a close up of the seam. It is barely visible as long as you use the matching thread colors.
Once I had the patch sewn to the cover, I used some clips to hold the fabric edges together so I could repair the opened seam.
I set my Serger up for a four thread overlock and stitched along the edge. I was very careful to keep the trimming to a minimum along the knife edge. My bamboo skewer helped me guide the fabric also.
I used a large needle to run the thread tails through the seam also. This will help it keep from raveling.
Here are the completed covers ready to be installed.
I had to try them out so I could send pictures along before they were shipped back to Texas. I think someone got a car ride as well.
I have a video you can watch below that shows all of the steps. Maybe it will inspire you to sew a patch to a seat cover as well. This method will work for just about anything as long as you can fit it under your sewing foot and your machine will sew it. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
This project has been on my mind for a long time. I have a small loveseat that sits at the end of my bed. Our household is VERY dog friendly. They are allowed to lay on the furniture and pretty much go anywhere they like. The only place that I want them to stay off is my bed. I am a person that makes her bed every morning. I love to wash my sheets and crawl in to sweet smelling linens. For me, it is very difficult to watch two boy dogs coming in and out of the house and jumping on the comforter. We also have a tick problem in our area this time of year. Even though we treat our dogs with medicine, I have found critters and that is not fun. So I have been using a baby gate with pillows stuffed around it to block their path from the loveseat. If I am not careful and the pillows are not tall enough to create a visual barrier, my dogs will walk right through them.
So, here is my new dog barrier. It was an easy project with all straight lines to sew. I just had to take some measurements.
I measured the space in between the posts and then around the bottom and top. I wanted to have a height that would allow TV viewing even when you were laying in bed but tall enough to keep the dogs from jumping across. So it is a rectangle panel with webbing that wraps around each post and secures with snaps. I did add one inch to my overall measurement of the panel to allow for a 1/2 inch hem around the perimeter. I also cut the webbing extra long so it would wrap around the posts and give me enough to pull it taut while I installed the snaps.
The fabric I chose is Screen mesh from Lowe's. I had some extra from a previous project where I sewed a Screen Door cover. I am still using that screen and it is one of my best home upgrades. The screen is very easy to see through and lightweight. Since my dogs are used to the baby gate, I figured they would understand this was just a "NEW" gate and would stay off as usual. If your dog isn't used to a gate, you might want to try something a little sturdier at first and then transition to the screen. If they push with their nails, they could puncture the screen.
I had a large spool of webbing in my stash. It is one of those materials I found at a local sale and I purchased it knowing one day inspiration would hit.
The snaps made installing the panel easy. If you are using heavy duty webbing, you may need stronger snaps.
I used polyester thread and matching bobbin as well as a 90/14 needle. This helped pierce the webbing. A zigzag stitch worked great. I did use a small amount of sewing glue on the reverse side of the webbing along with a few pins.
Here you can see three vertical pieces of webbing. They made the screen much easier to handle after attaching and gave structure. Using the cutting mats helped me mark everything nice and straight with my chalk marker.
I did fold over a 1/2 inch hem on both sides before I laid the webbing on top and then sewed it with the same zigzag stitch.
When I was ready to sew the horizontal pieces of webbing for the top and bottom with a 1/2 inch hem, I made sure to cut enough to wrap around the posts with some extra. My webbing was thick and I did have to do some hand stitching on the overlaps as I didn't want to damage my machine.
The snaps were installed with the panel on the bed. I used my clips to hold it in place. You will also notice I added a piece of webbing in the middle because I thought my dogs might try to push around the side of the panel. Once I had the snaps installed, I trimmed the extra web and heat sealed with a lighter.
Here is a close up of the snaps. They make installation very easy. If I need to take it down for cleaning or flipping the mattress, it shouldn't be a problem.
Someone has been blocked! Looks like a successful project! I have a video of the project as it was being sewn below to give you more inspiration. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Laying Out Multiple Embroidery Designs can get frustrating if you have an item that is an odd size; or if you are like me and math and measuring don't always come easy. I have gotten so much better at using tape measures as I have practiced, but my latest project gave me an opportunity to figure out a simple way to work around using just measurements. You can see in the picture below that trying to get many designs placed just right when they are separate is very time consuming.
This baby blanket was the item that I wanted to work with. I found it in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby for a great price so of course I purchased it and stored in my stash until inspiration hit. One morning, I woke up and Gingham Embroidery Letters flashed in my head. I thought, I will digitize an entire alphabet to go on that little quilt and it will be so cute. Then I set to work in my software.
The Gingham Alphabet letters are stitched in a 4x4 hoop. Once I laid them on the blanket, I discovered it was wider in the middle and sloped toward the curved ends. When I tried to take measurements from any point, I couldn't get a good center mark to even begin with. The edges were not an option because my letters would rise up. In order to get a grid set up, I would need to do some figuring and each time I tried, I just couldn't get it right. The individual printed letters would slide on the quilt and move out of place when I bent over the surface. Then I noticed that each letter I had printed out would be really difficult to get straight. That would affect my ability to hoop them squarely. I knew this was going to be a wall hanging, so any skewed letters would show up prominently.
So I got several pieces of regular copy paper and I cut them out to a 4x4 size. That way they were the same size as each of the letters.
Then I used regular tape and put all of the letters and blank squares of paper together to form one large template.
Now this was so much easier to work with. I could place it anywhere on the blanket and slide it around without fear of the letters becoming skewed. Also since the center grids were printed on the designs, I had a ready made place to mark all of my letter placements. It was so much easier to be able to take just a few measurements now around the edges. I used a heat erase marker and my long ruler to mark lines and then I removed the template and connected all to create the grid.
Here is everything laid out.
To make it easier to keep up with the exact placement of each letter, I wrote in the center of each cross mark the name of the letter design that would be sewn. This helped tremendously. Embroidering 26 letters can get monotonous and I would have hated to sew the wrong one in the wrong place.
Another great simple tip is to use a check off list. I crossed off each letter as they completed. I also wrote the colors ahead of time and used this to double check I had the correct thread color sewing each one.
Once I had everything set up, I was able to work through them one by one with my Echidna Hooping station and Mighty Hoops. I have a small plastic template that I made to help me make sure the letters were placed well. I also did not use any stabilizer when these sewed out. The baby quilt was thick enough and the Gingham Embroidery Letters did just fine.
Here you can see how I arranged the quilt in my Multi Needle machine as it was stitching out.
I finished the blanket with a couple of quotes from the Alphabet song. Since I had my grid already laid out, their placement went really quickly.
All of the grid lines went away with a quick pressing.
Guess what? There are numbers in the Gingham Alphabet pack also. I stitched these on a different color background and thread so you can see that they are just as cute in baby color tones. These designs can go from the nursery all the way up to classroom. If you home school, you could add these to your home study area or even make a soft book. How about using the letters for monograms? Maybe add a name across the letter? Have I got you inspired yet? I have a video below that might help even more. It shows you how I laid the blanket grid out and shows some of the letters stitching.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My latest embroidery design releases today. It is an In The Hoop Belt Bag Wrap. The bag completes in a 5x7 hoop. The entire project is done with one hooping and that includes the zipper. If you are a person that doesn't like to carry a purse, you will love this project.
The front has detail stitching around the zipper.
The back has a tab that allows you to pass a belt through. Snaps make it easy to take the bag on and off.
The size is large enough to hold credit cards, cash and lip balm. Other items you might want to use this for could be your car key fob, ear buds, or a USB stick. Perfect if you want to keep your hands free while walking or shopping. I think I will be using mine while I go to my local antique shops and trade days. Moms would love this also so they can hold their kids hands instead of worrying with a purse. This is slimmer than a fanny pack so much more discreet for a minimalist.
Here you see the 5x7 hoop with masking tape, a zipper and vinyl. When you download the design, you will receive all of the instructions.
Are you curious to see how this In The Hoop Belt Bag Wrap is completed? I have a video below that shows the entire process. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Custom Stethoscope IDs are perfect for anyone that uses a stethoscope in their daily jobs. I have designed an ID that snaps conveniently in place. There is an area on the front that designates the professional medical title and first name of the person. On the back, an area for a phone number in case it gets left behind. Medical clinics and hospitals are busy places. In a rush, a stethoscope can be put down and forgotten. An ID or tag will help identify who it belongs to. If you have shopped for stethoscopes, you will see that the prices can go into several hundred dollars so an ID would be a very helpful way to ensure an expensive tool isn't lost. Let me show you all of the different features.
The IDs are embroidered using a high quality pleather material. Here you see a choice of Tan thread and snaps or white thread and snaps.
There are 20 different designs available. This sample shows where your first name will be inserted and where the title will go. Of course your phone number will be inserted on the back like the sample below shows.
The material can be wiped clean and air dried. Let's look at all of the different design choices.
These Custom Stethoscope IDs would make a great gift especially for that new graduate. Visit my Made To Order page where you can link to either the Tan or white option. There are many different medical titles and I started with twenty. If you do not see yours, visit my contact page here and let me know. I can add new designs to my site. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
This project has been finished for a couple of months and I am excited to be able to share it. I was commissioned to create two Latch hook Pillows that would be gifted for Mother's Day this year. Needless to say, I couldn't show any pictures until the reveal happened. That day has passed and I am happy to say the pillows were well received.
This is where I started. I had a picture of the two latch hook rugs and the design process began. The client and I had several emails back and forth with color choices and possible embroidery designs that could be added to the pillow back.
At this point, I had not actually seen the Latch hooks but I did know the size and that they had been created over 20 years ago by my client's mother. When you insert Heirloom quality into a project, the anxiety level increases a couple of notches. These were one of a kind creations and if I made any mistakes, I could ruin them, but we decided to move forward and in a few days I received the rugs in the mail.
While I waited for the rugs to arrive, I did start working on the embroidery portion. My client decided on a quote and sentiment. She also had a picture of her children with their grandmother that she wanted to be included. I digitized all of the text for the cover first. Then I prepared an applique design in my software for the picture.
I used Duck Canvas fabric and embroidered all of the elements to the pillow back. Here is a finished view. The picture was sublimated onto 100% polyester fabric so it has great detail.
The latch hooks were bound around the edges and here you see me carefully taking it apart.
Here are the two finished pillows. The process is not hard and instead of making this a long blog post, I filmed a video that you can watch below. I really delve deeply into every step and give all of my machine settings. I show taking the binding off, preparing to sew, creating a pillow form, stuffing and finishing the pillow with hand stitching.
This... is why I do what I do. I love to see happy people using something I have created. I hope you enjoy this post and the video, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My latest embroidery designs are being released today. They are In The Hoop Kennel Tags. There are eighteen in total and I have put them in my store individually as well as in a complete set. I think they would be very useful in a clinic setting like a Veterinarian office or Grooming Shop.
They are designed to snap over the wire on Kennel Crates. When you download the design you will be able to stitch two tags in a 4x4 hoop. The finished tags are 2 inches by 2 inches without the tab.
I used Pleather to stitch out my samples and I think they really look nice. You could also use vinyl or any fabric that doesn't fray.
The design is very simple and once all of the details and text have sewn, you put a piece of fabric on the back of the hoop so all of the bobbin threads are covered.
A small amount of masking tape will hold that fabric on while it gets tacked down.
Then using your scissors, you cut around each tag leaving a small allowance.
There is a template that shows you where to install your snaps as well.
These stitch up really quick and would be perfect to use remnants you might have in your stash. If you know a veterinarian or groomer, I bet they would love some of these for their clinic or shop. Let me show you all of the choices available.
These In The Hoop Kennel Tags are a useful tool that your veterinarian or groomer can use to make sure medical or other services are rendered to our furry friends. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
It is Gardening season in my area and if you have read other articles here you know that I am a fan of flags. I think they are one of the easiest and most rewarding projects you can create. Today I am releasing a new embroidery design that will sew an In The Hoop Water Me Garden Flag.
This design will sew a complete small flag in one hooping. I used polyester fabric but you could use canvas or duck as well. If your flag will not be exposed to the weather you could also use cotton fabric. I think these would be really cute on a front porch, in planters or even on a desk. I have seen the small flag holders at my local Dollar stores but most of the time, they sell out rather quickly. If you don't grab them when you can, they might not be re stocked. To avoid this problem, I have also included a template in the download you can use to create your own using a wire coat hanger.
Here is my flag holder once I finished it. I will advise you to wear eye protection and be careful because some hangers can be sharp. I used wire cutters and pliers to help me follow this template and bend the hanger. If you wanted to get extra fancy, you could spray paint yours also.
If you have some scrap fabric in your stash and end pieces of grosgrain ribbon, you can machine embroider one of these in under 30 minutes.
Then install your flag on your holder and decorate your flower beds or potted plants. If you have a gardener in your life stitch up several so they can use these to remind themselves which plants need to be watered. I have an instruction video that you can watch below to see how easy this In The Hoop Water Me Garden Flag will be. Don't forget Mother's Day is right around the corner. This would be a fantastic little gift to add to a seasonal plant.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Bicycles are perfect for springtime sewing projects. Today I have four brand new bicycle embroidery designs being released and a bonus pillow project to give you some inspiration. Links to each design are below.
The Bike With Balloons Embroidery Design has so much going on. There is a colorful bike with balloons and a puppy. Customize this one any way you like and it will be perfect.
The Bike With Floral Basket Embroidery is a standout design that would be so sweet on towels or linens.
The Bike With Heart Basket Embroidery is a whimsical design that could be used in Springtime or Valentine's Day.
The Bike With Ribbon Bow Embroidery Design has a basket and flowing ribbon Customize all of these designs by changing colors. An Interesting look might be using the same design with different colors for your project.
Or you can get all four bike designs and sew a patchwork pillow which is what I decided to do. I usually have many embroidery samples in my studio and I am always looking for easy quick projects that can incorporate them. I think you'll love this one.
Sewing a pillow is a great beginner project because you can determine how large or small you want it to be without a pattern. I even sewed my own pillow insert and made my project into a removable cover so I can launder it.
I cut my pre sewn embroidery designs into squares that were the same size. I left a nice one inch border around the designs. Then I used some scraps that were 2 1/2 inches wide. I cut those slightly longer than the embroidery squares. A 1/4 inch seam allowance was used and I attached them with right sides facing. I used my iron to press after piecing the seams together so everything stayed straight and crisp.
When I had the short pieces sewn together, I trimmed them with my rotary cutter and then added the center strip using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be careful here to line up the design squares so they are not skewed. A few pins helped hold them in place.
I sewed more strips to the top, bottom and then the sides. Then I found the center of the strips and embroidered a cute saying in the middle. You could use the built-in fonts in your embroidery machine for this part. Now you have a large piece of fabric with cute designs that can become more than a pillow. Another great idea would be a wall hanging or create more blocks for a quilt.
Using two pieces of fabric for the back, I folded the ends over and sewed to create a 1/4 inch hem on each. Then I made sure to over lap these hemmed ends by about two inches. Placing the two pieces right side down on the center of the embroidered fabric pieces with the hem running vertically, I lined up the sides and top. If you have to trim the sides of your front piece to accommodate the width, it will be just fine. I had to because I was using leftover scraps. Everything was right sides together at this point and all of the edges lined up. A seam all the way around the perimeter held everything in place. You could add a Velcro closure if you wanted to also. My center overlap was wide enough to keep my cover closed once the pillow insert was installed.
The cover was trimmed at the corners and turned right side out. I pressed it well and measured for my pillow insert using some left over fabric in my stash.
The pillow insert was pinned right sides together leaving an opening for turning. After stitching around the perimeter and clipping the corners, it was turned, stuffed and hand sewn closed. Then it was placed inside the pillow cover. So cute.
This project would be great for an outdoor space especially if you are using canvas or duck fabrics. Since my cover is removable, I can change my pillow seasonally. Or you may want to update a small space inside your house like I decided to do. Here is my new pillow on an entry chair.
Now when I come in my door, a fresh new look greets me. Amazing how something small can give you such a lift in spirit. This was a fun project and I enjoyed watching it unfold using my latest embroidery designs and leftover fabric materials that were in my stash. Are you inspired to try a project like this? I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
I love walking through my local Dollar Tree and searching for unique items I can upcycle. It is kind of thrilling to get that spark of inspiration and see it actually come to life. The price point makes it attractive also. My latest Embroidery design is called Coffee Time Pad and it is made using a Dollar Tree Microfiber product.
These are the microfiber pads that I found in the personal care section of my store. There were four different color selections available. I like the pads because they are made from a microfiber material on one side and that is perfect to catch any coffee drips and keep a cup stable on your surface. It is pretty sweet that they are already finished around the edges with binding also. The opposite side is a scrubby material but the design will cover that area with fabric.
It is a very easy project done in a 4x4 hoop and I was able to complete 12 of them in a few hours. If you have fabric scraps in your stash, this is a great way to use them up.
You can see here that I am trimming away the excess material while it is still in the hoop. This design will use a 4x4 piece of scrap fabric. If you are like me, you probably have many of those.
All of the edges get covered after that and you are ready to remove from the hoop. I did use wash away stabilizer and after trimming closely, I was able to remove the extra with warm water.
A little extra bonus in the design download is this graphic. If you print it out on card stock, you have a perfect gift card that the mug rug can be slipped into after some trimming.
Instead of sewing one at a time, I used my larger hoop and ganged them up to four in one hooping. This made my stabilizer go a little further.
Here is the removal of the extra stabilizer once they are out of the hoop. When they are dry, you can insert them into the cards.
I made the entire batch of colors I purchased and they will be going to one of my local senior citizen homes. I have brought other projects to them in the past and they love getting things they can use in Bingo or game days for prizes. These would be awesome for that.
So have I inspired you to look for those unique upcycling ideas at your Dollar Store? You never know what you might find browsing the shelves. I have filmed a tutorial video you can watch below to see how the Coffee Time Pads come together. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Time is surely passing quickly and Easter is upon us. In honor of holy week and springtime, I am releasing my latest design today for an In The Hoop Bible Cover. This project is designed to cover a small bible that measures 3 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches tall. I purchased mine from my local Dollar Tree
The entire cover is quilted and there is a cross stitched detail on the front of the cover. The back of the cover has a bible verse. The addition of a ribbon bookmark with a free standing lace cross and ribbon closure dresses up the cover nicely. The snaps allow the bible to close so you can place any small items inside the front or back pockets like an announcement from a newspaper.
My Dollar Tree has these small bibles in two colors. Look for them in the book section. They are usually stocked on the very top shelf. If your store doesn't have them, you may be able to locate a similar size at another big box location.
The project will have two separate parts so you need a 4x4 hoop to do the Free standing lace. Then you need a 5x7 hoop to sew the actual cover.
Free standing lace is a lot of fun to stitch out because it is done with wash away stabilizer. Here you see the small cross just after I have pulled it out of the hoop. Your best bet is to try to leave some of the stabilizer in the item so it gets stiff as it dries. I accomplish this by using a small spray of water and my iron with a pressing cloth.
I also use an additional spray of starch on the item while it is wet so that as it dries, it will get even crisper. Then if you wash the item later, you can always use starch again to retain the shape.
All of the design elements for the cover sew in the 5x7 hoop and that includes adding the ribbons for the snap closure and book mark. You can cut your bookmark ribbon short or long. I wanted mine to hang just outside of my bible when it was complete.
When it comes out of the hoop you will have trimming to do and then turning the entire book cover so you can close it up. I used a needle and thread but hem tape would work also.
When you are ready to attach the Free Standing Lace cross to the ribbon, you will need to set your machine to a zig zag stitch. The ribbon is simply threaded through the eye of the cross and then doubled over the back. This zig zag will sew both layers together. On a side note, the embroidery design for the free standing lace cross could be used on it's own. If you have a bible with a ribbon in it already, just stitch this out and add it to your favorite one or gift a Free standing lace cross to a friend or family member. Such a cute little treasure.
The final steps will be installing the snaps on the book cover itself and the ribbon. I like to fold the end of my ribbon on itself to create a double thickness before I install the snap. This will give it extra strength. I usually also seal the end of the ribbon with a lighter after I trim the extra length so it does not fray.
When you download the design, you will receive a set of full color instructions that take you step by step. This little bible cover has so many uses and it is inexpensive since I purchased mine at the Dollar Tree. Think Bridal parties for favors, Baptism or dedication ceremonies, gifts for shut ins, retirements centers or cancer treatment units, or just to carry along with you. This is a sweet item that will be a pleasure to open and read, mark your favorite passage or particular scripture you are studying, or hold when comfort is needed.
There is a full video tutorial you can watch below (JUST CLICK ON THE VIDEO PLAY BUTTON ICON) where I take you through an entire project. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Brand New Patch Embroidery designs are being released today! Who doesn't love Pizza? I have been trying a new diet and of course the first thing you want is exactly what you are not supposed to have. So I consoled myself by digitizing these new patch designs. Let's take a look at them and dream about our favorite toppings.
You are going to see a recurring theme with these patches. Usually I can pass up junk food, but the minute I think I can't have it, my brain gets stuck. So this First Pizza Embroidery Design really shows that when I was working, all I wanted to do was drop everything and call for delivery. Here are a few project ideas for you.
The next design Pizza Crust Embroidery is an homage to bread, which by the way is not on my diet. I could really go for a deep dish right about now. Check out some cute project ideas below
The next patch design, Rain Pizza Embroidery was my wish that the floodgates of heaven would open and Pizza would appear around me. It could happen...RIGHT? More cute ideas for you here.
My final design Stolen Heart Pizza Embroidery says it all. I had to just admit that Pizza is at the top of my list of loves in life. See just a few ways you can use this patch design.
So while you watch these patches and start to get hungry, let me tell you about what comes in each design download. You will receive multiple design files for various machines. If you check out each design, you can click on the graphics and there is a list attached. Also in the file, there will be a design sheet to follow along with while you stitch the patch, an SVG file in case you want to cut your fabric with an electronic cutter, a paper pattern to use instead and full color instructions. When you are done stitching and the patch is ready you can sew it on your project of choice or add your own fusible adhesive to make the patch iron on ready.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. If you aren't on a diet, eat a slice of PIZZA for me!
Brand New African Sunrise Embroidery Designs are releasing today. Wow! These have been FUN to stitch! Such beautiful colors and mesmerizing to watch all of the Light fills come together to create Blending. In my part of the world, we are about to move our clocks forward one hour this weekend. That means longer days and hopefully some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I believe that has got to be the thing I miss the most when we are in our Winter. Our daylight is short and when we do get a sunny day, the light is very dim. I have never been to Africa, but when I think of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, it has to be the image that pops up in my mind.
The Elephant Sunrise Design has blended colors with a Yellow halo surround. The Elephant is simple and elegant.
The Giraffe Sunrise design holds your gaze with long eye lashes on the giraffe. Can't you just imagine her chewing leaves while she stands in the morning sun?
The Lion Sunrise Embroidery design is a perfect reminder of why they are the king of the African landscape. He's not smiling, unless he's thinking about his next meal?
The Rhino Sunrise embroidery design is simple yet tough. Just look at that stance. I would not want to confront this guy anywhere. Maybe he's just enjoying the morning? Maybe not?
How about doing a wall hanging with all of the designs?
A quilt would be another creative idea. Or how about placemats or table runners? I'm thinking animal prints? Have I inspired you to start a new project? I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Just released today is my In The Hoop Alphabet Pennant design. This set is going to provide so many fun projects and there is a backstory to it. Last year at this time (In fact this exact week), I had plans. We all know where we were and what we had going on the moment we realized everything had changed with the pandemic. This design has been ready to go for a year but I just didn't feel like it was a good time to put it out yet. My original thought was it would be perfect for retail spaces or classrooms. Since that was in my mind I didn't expand enough to realize it would be perfect for home offices, or kids' bedrooms. Maybe you would like to make signs for medical facilities, retirement centers, thank your local fire department or essential workers at the grocery store. So, a good lesson learned. Sometimes waiting a bit and looking at something in a different time will give you perspective. Let's take a look at what is in the set.
Each one of the pennants will complete in one 5x7 hooping. Customize them to your space with fabric and thread. You can use prints, solids, stripes, polka dots, you name it.
The hangers are created by using 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon. Just another material that you can change up. How about a sports theme for a bedroom? Or dinosaurs? Maybe princesses? Unicorns? Once you get started, you may not stop. This one set could potentially keep you occupied for a while.
Here are all of the Letters, Numbers and Punctuation that come in the Pennant Set. That is a lot of embroidery design possibilities!
Here is a finished pennant so you can see the size.
For a different view next to my hand you can see that they are bright and cheerful. The text is large enough to see across the room.
Look at all of the different colors I used to make these pennants. If you have remnants in your stash like me, this is a great way too use them up. Those special life events are still happening even though we are social distancing. If you create pennants for someone you can celebrate via remote and hang your sign up. Have I got your creative ideas going yet? I have filmed a tutorial video you can watch below that will take you through the entire process.
I hope you are well in your corner of the world, have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
When you start doing machine embroidery, you find that there is an infinite supply of alternate stitches and materials to try. I have written about Mylar projects in the past,( You can see another blog post here. ) and I wanted to revisit it because I have really been having fun this week in my studio. My first design Pot of Gold is a nod to St. Patrick's day which is right around the corner.
In this design I wanted to see if I could incorporate regular stitching details as well as the fill for Mylar. I thought it would add more dimension and I was pleased with the results. The handles for the Pot sew first with a satin stitch and an outline for the pot itself. This tells you where the Mylar will be placed
Then a piece of Mylar is placed over the entire hoop surface. I used a small amount of adhesive spray to hold it down but you could also use masking tape. If you are not familiar with Mylar, look for it in the gift wrap section of your store. It comes in several different colors and will usually reflect the thread color used. So you can keep one color in your studio and depending on the project thread, you will still have versatility.
All of the Mylar details stich out and then the hoop is removed from the machine. At this time the Mylar should be easy to tear away because the needle perforates along the edges. I find that the best way to tear it is toward the design. This puts pressure on those edges. Any small pieces can be removed with tweezers.
Then you replace the hoop back in your machine so the last details can sew. The gold in this case is a really cute motif stitch that resembles coins.
That sparkle on the entire design is so satisfying and this picture doesn't do it justice. In person under the light or even in sunlight it is beautiful. I am always trying new materials and as of yet, metallic thread hasn't won me over. I am determined to find a brand that I like but each time I do some experimentation, I inevitably have to disassemble my machine because the thread flakes off in my check springs. This causes the sensor to stop my machine from sewing so I have not had great luck in the past with any brand of metallic thread. I will keep trying and when I find one, I will surely pass it on. If you have had similar problems with metallic thread, you may want to try Mylar because you will get that sparkle you love without metallic thread issues.
This Pot O Gold embroidery design would be perfect for St. Patrick's day stitched on a towel, pillow or added to a T Shirt
My next new design is really sparkly. You wouldn't think a design so simple could look dressy but this one definitely does.
I think it is the thread color combination that makes this look like tiny diamonds all over. I am in love with this Mylar Elephant.
Again, this design will show you exactly where to place the Mylar first.
Once the fill has completed you will remove the hoop from your machine. You can see I just used plain silver Mylar for this design. See how the thread color determines the finished result on this one versus the previous Pot O Gold Design.
Then the Mylar is torn away and instant sparkle. Replace the hoop in your machine.
Then all of the final details stitch out. Don't you love that check fabric?
Just a couple of cute project ideas for this design.
I did put the Mylar Elephant design on baby bib to see how it would look and I think it would be absolutely precious but let's talk about care of your garments with Mylar designs. A baby bib does get washed frequently and you can launder your Mylar projects with care. I would advise using a delicate cycle on your machine or hand washing. Maybe even use a laundry sack for undergarments. Then hang to dry or machine fluff/dry on low. If you need to press out a few wrinkles I would always use a press cloth on the reverse side of the Mylar so it doesn't come into direct contact. Remember, it is a synthetic material so it will need to be treated like you would any other delicate textile.
So are you inspired to try Mylar with your embroidery? I think you will really have fun watching the sparkle come to life. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
I recently was commissioned to do machine embroidery on several masks. When I begin any project, but especially embroidery on multiple items, there is a mental checklist that helps me work through any issues before I start. Of course the first thing I think about is the embroidery design and if it will be possible to place it on the item. If I need to do any digitizing to alter the stitch count or size that is usually what I do immediately and then stitch samples. The size matters and on this project I chose to use a 2 inch x 2 inch format which is a great size for adult masks. The next thing I think about is what fabric type I will be stitching on and stabilizer choices. Once I have these things determined, I start looking at logistics and how much time it will take to complete the individual items.
I am very fond of using templates to help assist with embroidery placement. I have written other articles and there is a very detailed one along with a video you might like to see here. For this particular mask, I created a template that could be used over and over. Templates help shorten the preparation time and assist with accurate design placement. I make these templates from chopping mats seen below.
When I am in my local Dollar Tree I tend to pick up several because I know eventually I will use them. They are easy to draw on with permanent markers and plain scissors can be used to cut them out.
I specifically wanted to reduce the number of times I would need to hoop a piece of stabilizer for these masks. Normally I use the smallest hoop possible for embroidery but in the case of masks the hoop can be just about any size as long as it is bigger than your design.. Since the masks are not an easy shape to place inside a hoop I knew they would require floating on top of the stabilizer with spray adhesive and masking tape. You could also use sticky back stabilizer but I had plans to use my magnetic hoop. I like to use the Dollar Tree brand of tape because it has a low adhesive quality and I have had good luck removing it without damaging fabric or stabilizer between sewing designs.
I used my 10x10 inch Mighty Hoop and with a Frixion pen, I drew a grid that would help me place each mask in a specific area. Any time you embroider something in a hoop, you will have an area around the perimeter that is a "No Sew" zone. Your machine can either read this with built in sensors or you may need to choose or program hoops in your machine and then tell it which one you are using. The machine can read the programmed Hoop Map which includes the measurements that are safe and leave room away from the edge of the hoop for your sewing foot. By creating a grid before I began stitching, I could see how many designs I could safely sew in each hooping. I used my cutting mat grid to help measure everything. Since I knew the design size, I could determine the number of times my machine could be re positioned safely. This might seem like a lot of work but a little planning in the beginning actually made my process go very smoothly.
I like to use a six inch Omnigrid ruler to draw my lines. First I make a square around the hoop. Then I make center marks vertically and horizontally. Small X's tell me exactly where to place the middle of each mask.
I use my template and mark the design placement with a chalk marker on the mask. The grid on the stabilizer helps line everything up so you know it will be straight. Small items like this are hard to judge especially with the curves and shapes of the masks. The temporary adhesive spray and masking tape are used to hold the mask in place. I also used a couple of straight pins on the left side so there would be even tension all around.
By starting in the top right side of the hoop, you can complete that design and then use tape to hold the mask out of the way for your next design. Move to the bottom right and complete that one. Then move to the left top and then left bottom. Each time, you can position the extra fabric out of the way with masking tape. Having the small X's marked on the stabilizer helps with placement each time and knowing that you will have room to sew the design. Remember to check that the mask is right side up or being sewn in the correct area. Your X's marked on the stabilizer will help keep that part simple as the longer you sew similar items, you might tend to get tired. It is easy to lose track or feel a monotonous relaxing of your senses while you watch each design so always double check your placement on the mask. These had a small tag on the right side so that helped me know each mask was correctly oriented before sewing.
Positioning your foot on the center where the design will start sewing will also ensure you are on the right spot. Here you see my foot ready to go and I am pointing to the straight pins holding the outer edge of the mask. I also stay close to my machine when I float items in a hoop. No walking away. I keep my mind on the machine and if I need to do trimming on other masks or preparation, I station myself near it.
Here are all four mask designs completed. The back shows that placement on the center and the front shows each mask held in place with masking tape.
Once done, you just need to trim away the stabilizer. These masks were 100% cotton but they had stretch and a lining. I used cutaway stabilizer to make sure they had good structure for the designs. They will be washed and dried a lot and the cutaway stabilizer will help keep the design for the life of each mask. It is also firm enough to withstand the pressure of multiple designs. I would not try this with tearaway stabilizer as the needle perforations might loosen the tension and registration would suffer.
I always like to use a lint roller after trimming away loose thread tails. These masks were provided by my client so I took extra care with his packaging and reused all of it.
Here they are boxed up and ready to go. I filmed a video that you can watch below. It shows my entire process and goes into a little more detail. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
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