• Dads & Grads DIY Gift Ideas

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! Dads & Grads Can there be any busier month than now?  School is getting out, summer is in full swing and we have two exceptional people to make gifts for!  Embroidering distinctive gifts becomes a little easier when starting with a premade item.  Most of us are familiar with embroidering on t-shirts, sweatshirts and towels and they should not be overlooked as possible gifts. Any one of them can be embellished with a design specific to the…

  • Valentine’s Day DIY Photo Frame Mat

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! Picture This! DIY Photo Frame Mat It’s hard to find a Valentine’s Day gift that can be used all year long.  Candy is great, but in this household it is gone almost as soon as it is opened!  Love those flowers and I do wish they would last forever, but sadly they don’t. But picture this… A photo frame mat! A framed picture of a loved one does last forever, and machine embroidery makes it easy to…

  • Valentine’s Day DIY Inspiration

    With Valentine’s Day coming up we wanted to highlight our previous Valentine’s Day blog posts to give you some “lovely” inspiration. Heart Mug Rug and Place Mats Tutorial Fill your home with love! Create these adorable heart-shaped place mats and “mug rugs” for the perfect Valentine’s Day environment. Machine Embroidery on Card Stock Tutorial Create unique, personal cards that the recipient can cherish forever or even use as Valentine’s Day decor for years to come! DIY Heart Pendant Whether you want to show love to a friend, sibling, child, or make one for yourself, these little hand-stitched pendants are wonderful, quick and easy Valentine’s Day gifts! Scrappy St. Valentine’s Day…

  • Sewing on Blanks

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! Need a last-minute gift for a birthday or holiday, but there is no time for shopping?  Not to mention that your mind just goes blank?  That may not be a bad idea after all! There are many pre-made “clean slates” perfect for embellishing with machine embroidery.  T-shirts, sweatshirts, and linens all come to mind – and all are easily found in many local stores. Pillow A plain white pillow case can easily be turned into a special…

  • Machine Cross Stitch Journal Cover

    Make it Personal Machine Cross Stitch Journal Cover Finished book size: 8-3/8” x 6-5/8” This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! When my girls were little, I volunteered in their classrooms.  I remember an elementary school project, which I was so fortunate to participate in:  Helping young authors turn pages of their original stories into a book! Together, we wrapped cardboard in gift wrap, folded the story pages in half, and hand-stitched down the center to bind these precious thoughts into history.  To this…

  • Handmade Gift Ideas from “Trash to Couture”

    Hi there, Laura here from Trash to Couture! Need some inspiration and ideas for your handmade gifting this year?  No worries, Sulky and I have got you covered. Not only are handmade gifts a sentimental gesture, they’re also fun to create.  Below we have 4 DIY gift ideas you can make for just about everyone in your life. Get the details below : DIY Ornament: Hoop using Sulky’s Fabri Solvy – I usually do 2 layers. Use a free standing ornament design. I used a star from my Brother SE machine. Use Sulky’s Metallic Thread and metallic needles. Embroider away! Place in water and let the magic happen as the stabilizer…

  • Sew4Home’s Sewing Patches Tote Tutorial

    Sew4Home recently shared a great sewing patches tote tutorial on their blog, which we HAD to share with you guys!  They created two custom machine embroidery patch designs using Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Thread.  Most people don’t think of cotton when they think of machine embroidery, but, as you’ll see on their tutorial, cotton creates a wonderful matte finish and rich density that you just can’t quite get with polyester or rayon. Below are the awesome patches: We are honored to have sponsored this project and are in love with how it turned out! Both embroidery patch designs are offered in two sizes as FREE downloads in the six major…

  • Cork Bottom Tote in 14 Easy Steps

    DIY Monogrammed Cork-Bottom Bag in 14 Easy Steps Whether you need it for the beach, going to class, a game-day tailgate party, or to carry your latest sewing project, this tote is a perfect size and is always in style. I have made several of these as gifts and the recipients always love them. They always comment about how the cork bottom gives it just the right touch of sophistication. The best part is they are so simple to make! Supplies 4 Fat Quarters or 1 yard of fabric 2 pieces of cork fabric cut to 18″ x 4-1/2″ 2 straps, each 57″ long Clover® Wonder Clips Fabric Marker Sulky…

  • DIY Clear Vinyl Bag – A Game Day Essential!

    Clear Vinyl Bag Tutorial – A Game-Day Essential! Professional sports stadiums have required them for years, and now a clear vinyl bag is required at all college football stadiums as well. Don’t put your things in a zip-lock bag! Here is how to make an easy and adorable vinyl bag that shows your team pride! Supplies Clear Vinyl – cut 1 piece 22″ x 15″ Fabric for the top – 2 pieces 6″ x 15″ Fabric for the bottom insert- 13″ x 8-1/2″ Cardboard for bottom – 12″ x 3-3/4″ (You may have to adjust this to fit – fair warning) 17″ or longer Zipper 38″ Strap Hot glue or…

  • Easy Peasy Game Day Scarf (Seriously, sew easy!)

    Easy Peasy Game Day Scarf (Seriously, sew easy!) Football season is finally here! It is one of the reasons I love fall. My little town in North Georgia is a true “Friday Night Lights” town and I wouldn’t be a true southern girl if I didn’t love college football as well. Overall, the temperatures in the south in the fall are perfect and, many days, you can still wear shorts and t-shirts to games – but the nights do start to get chilly. This prompted me to make some cute and ridiculously easy scarfs for those chilly fall football nights. Supplies 10″ x 57″ of Fleece (buy 1/3 yard at…