The winter issue of Creative Machine Embroidery should be hitting newsstands and inside you’ll find a few of my projects. Today I’m showing off this very easy knitted hat:
Unfortunately, there isn’t a pattern for this one (it’s a purchased hat) so it’s solely a machine embroidery project, but it does make a great gift that’s quick to stitch up! In addition to the one you see here, there’s a version (non floral, of course) for the guys too.
Looking for a fun way to decorate your table this Thanksgiving? This turkey placemat isn’t just adorable, it has pockets for all your utensils too.
Have you seen ads for The Cozy? It’s the perfect way to wear a blanket and stay warm this winter. Why buy one when you can make it yourself? Sew one up for yourself and the little ones in your life with this free tutorials.
I’ve been eyeing almost anything buffalo plaid, so it only stands to reason that this Weekend Bag project would be calling my name. Looking for something smaller? Check out this corduroy walkabout backpack (which would also look fabulous in buffalo plaid!)
I can’t envision making a ton of Starstrucks (although it does have a very pretty view that incorporates lace), but I have to admit, it’s pretty perfect for the occasion. Plus it was a lot easier to put together than what it looks like it should be – what took me the longest was determining how to finish the bottom half.
You see, the pattern comes with a peplum “skirt” (sized as top) which I really disliked. However, the Starstruck is interchangeable with the Mix It Up dress pattern, which has a lot of options (so I wound up buying it too). I really wanted to make the high low tunic and even spent a great deal of time figuring out how I could make this into a longer skirt, but in the end, I didn’t have enough fabric for it. Then I decided to scrap the whole idea of making a dress and went with a (non-peplum) top. To do this, I took the fitted skirt pattern and took several inches off the bottom – easy!
Unfortunately, I didn’t find that the Mix-it-Up skirt pieces lined up as well with the Starstruck bodice (at least when it came to the fitted skirt piece). In fact I wound up shaving about 1/2″ on each side for it to fit without stretching the material. I didn’t go through sewing threads to see if anyone else had this issue, so I’m not sure if I’m the only one or not. At least it was an easy fix.
Would I make this again? You bet. We have a music fest coming up next spring and it would be fun to take a concert tee and refashion it with this pattern. I may even give the pretty, lace version a try too!
I’ve been a big fan of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics well before Netflix picked the series up (I also highly recommend Afterlife with Archie – both are a very short run series with great storylines). So it only stands to reason that when I saw Silver Fox Fabrics running prints from the comic\show, that I had to buy some. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it until the Starstruck was released – it seemed like the perfect match.
That is until the fabric arrived and I found that the print was HUGE (and I probably need another yard as well). So it’s back to the drawing board for this fabric, but I’m not letting the pattern go to waste… we’re headed to a (metal) concert this week and I think the Starstruck is perfect… so my plans this week are to whip one up before Thursday. Stay tuned…..
In recent years, I’ve tried to do something “interesting” for Thanksgiving. It might be wind up turkey (toy) races, turkey hats, card\board games, or holiday crackers. This year, I’ve opted for something different: crazy shirts and adult Mad Libs.
I got the idea for these shirts after seeing a Facebook ad and originally thought that I could try to make this design for myself. Fortunately, lots of other people saw these and decided to make cut files so I didn’t have to do all that work myself! The down side to this DIY? These tees are way more time consuming that what you would think – not only did it take awhile to cut with the machine (45 minutes or so), but weeding the excess vinyl also took an entire morning (a simpler design that eliminated the bottom text would go much faster).
Did it save me money? You bet ‘cha! About half the price of what I would have paid online for these (and if you have a larger quantity to make, it would definitely save you a lot more!), making it totally worth the effort! If you’re interested in doing these for yourself, I purchased the tees through Jiffy Shirts (I ordered Fruit of the Loom brand) and got the SVG here (which, at the time of posting, is FREE).
Like it or not “fanny packs” are back. This belt bag may be the nicest style I’ve seen yet.
If you’re Christmas list includes lots of stocking stuffers or teacher’s gifts, then you’ll want something quick to sew, like mug rugs. This easy binding version is a great option to use Christmas prints, but I love the idea of scented mug rugs too.
Yesterday was sort of a snow day for us (at least a late start) so something inside me wanted to bake and cook all day. Consequently, I put off the projects I had lined up to do today – one of them: Thanksgiving Shirts. I honestly thought I would have plenty of time to work on these this morning, but after starting one vinyl transfer, I realized, this may take all day.
Not only do each one of these take quite a bit of time to cut (maybe 30-40 minutes), but there’s lots of weeding going on as well (I dread working on the bottom text). Thank goodness I decided to start these now and not the night before Thanksgiving! Hopefully I’ll have a final reveal on Friday for you!
Sometimes I get a picture in my mind about how I think a project should look and, for one reason or another, it turns into something completely different. This one is a great example… When I first came up with the concept for this article, I though I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, after an exhaustive search, I never could find embroidery designs that match my original idea so I sat on this project for days, pondering what I wanted to try next. After testing a few embroidery designs (one was scrapped because I realized that it felt too similar to something I had done several years ago), I finally had a “light bulb moment” to try a totally different concept… and now this may be one of my favorite projects of the year. In fact, I like this one so much, I’m considering seeing if the fabric store has some of the same material so I can make myself one to wear now (this project won’t appear until summer of 2020)!
With this article finished, I’m now free to do a lot more personal projects – of which I have a growing list. Between some fun family shirts for Thanksgiving, a warmish pullover (to wear when the weather is milder), pajama pants for Easton (who would live in pajamas on the weekend if I didn’t make him change), a bag that I have cut out and ready to go, and some warmer weather tops, I think I have my work cut out for me…. now which one should I start first?
Several years ago, I went through a casserole carrier sewing binge (I am pretty sure EVERYONE got one for Christmas). After seeing this one, I see another one on the horizon (and this quilted version is pretty awesome too).
This puppy pillow project would make a great Christmas gift and I love that it fits standard sized pillows.
I’ve seen several people putting up their Christmas trees already. If you’re itching to start decorating, you may want to check out this paper pieced tree skirt. Can’t get enough paper piecing? Then you’ll want to grab the instructions for this North Star quilt.
My latest project has been so fun, but unfortunately, I can’t show it to you (at least not yet). But what I can show you is the fun fabric I decided to use. Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup print!
I love pop art, so when I saw this print appear YEARS ago online, I snagged a bunch. I’ve periodically parted with pieces of it for various projects, but decided that this one was “worthy” of a yard or two. Best of all, I have more left over for other projects as well.