A Couple More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is next weekend but if you still aren’t sure what to do, here are a couple more gifts that you will have done in a snap.


You can purchase the green version of this cute cosmetic bag here and this embroidery design from the Sulky Embroidery Club here. It’s a great way to remind a mom in your life that she really is super every single day.


These linen cocktails napkins are also available at Sulky.com and the flower embroidery is here in the Sulky Embroidery Club. I just love these! You could do one, two, or twelve and they are a great gift for just about anyone.

If you ordered these today, you would most likely get them in plenty of time to get them embroidered before Mother’s Day. (I can’t promise that for you California folks, but you can always blame me for your present being late).

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Sewing!

New Free Project – A Mother’s Day Sachet

lavenders-in-the-sun-1538100-640x480Lavender is one of my very favorite things. I love how it smells, feels and looks. Walking through a field of lavender in France is on my ultimate bucket list.

whatsnewslider-sachetThat is just one of the reasons this month’s Free Project from Sulky would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift for me. This month, our friend and machine embroidery expert, Pamela Cox created a fantastic lavender-filled sachet as our project.


The project includes the machine embroidery design FOR FREE also!


It’s such a quick and thoughtful gift, go ahead and make several for all the moms in your life.


Do you need a source to buy wonderful dried lavender? I like these guys.

Great Mother’s Day Gifts – Especially If Your Mama Sews


Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if your spring has been anything like mine, you haven’t had 3 seconds to think about what to give to your mom. If your mama is a sewist like mine, here are some great tutorials that I found around the web (do we still call it that?) for some great gift ideas.

Pin Cushions!

Sewists can never have enough of these! I just counted and in my sewing studio, I have 6 and they are all in use. I love this one and it can be done in about 30 minutes:

Click the photo to go to the tutorial

Click the photo to go to the tutorial

Make this one even more special by using a cup that has sentimental value to you and your mom.

I love this one too:

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Click the picture for the tutorial

It’s a chicken feeder! What a great place to put your Sulky Cotton Petites, scissors, pins and needles. It gives you an adorable hand sewing station wherever your mama wants to put it.

This is not exactly a pin cushion; it’s a needle cushion from our friends at Shiny Happy World.

Click the picture for the tutorial

Click the picture for the tutorial

Make this with your mama’s favorite fabrics and add a pack of her favorite needles, you have a perfect gift.

Are you still worried you won’t have time to make something? It’s okay; your mom sews! Just print out the tutorial, collect the supplies to make the pin cushion, add some Sulky Cotton Petites, scissors, pins & needles and for goodness sake, don’t forget to add a heart felt note thanking her for being a great mom, friend, protector, provider and warrior for you all these years.

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Sewing!

In-The-Hoop Piggie Softie – And It’s Free!

Little softies are fun to make and they make great gifts! This little piggie by Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs is fun, easy and FREE! Here is the video tutorial

And here is the link to the Free Design Download

pig-200_28378Aren’t they adorable? I have several friends with new babies on the way and they will all love these guys! It’s perfect for girls or boys. I mean, who doesn’t like pigs?Now go make some piggies.

Happy Sewing!

In-The-Hoop Easter Egg Holder

Can you believe Easter is this Sunday?!! It has completely sneaked up on me this year. If you are still looking for a cute project do to, this in-the-hoop Easter Egg Holder may be just the thing you are looking for!


You lisa archer egg holdercan get the design here. It’s a digital download so you can sew these cuties today!

Happy Easter and Happy Sewing!

DIY Heart Pendant – Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Spread The Love

Whether you want to show your love to a friend or make one of these for yourself, these little hand stitch pendants are wonderful!

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These guys are so quick and easy to make. This would be a perfect DIY project to do with your kids or grandkids.

circle pendant

I used this wooden circle blank.

Pink Ribbon Petites Thread Collection

And Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Petites. I used two of the colors from our Beat Cancer Petites Thread Collection, the Hot Pink #1109 and Blendables color Vintage Rose #4030.

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With the Vintage Rose Blendables thread I used just one strand. Sulky’s 12 wt. cotton is equal to 2 strands of embroidery floss. I outlined my heart shape first and then did a cross stitch pattern on the inside.


The single strand gave the pendant a more delicate look and I like how the Blendables color change gives it some dimension.

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For the Hot Pink one, I used two strands of Sulky 12 wt. cotton thread.

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This not only made the heart really stand out, it also meant that I didn’t have to tie a knot on the back! Thread the needle with the loop at the end.

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Once you take your first stitch, and you poke your needle back through the pendant, put your needle through the loop of the thread.

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Pull it tight and this will secure your thread without having to do a knot! (Sorry for the blurry pic. This is the best I could do with the camera on my phone, but hopefully you get the concept.)

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When securing the thread after you have stitched the heart, slide the needle under a few of the stitches on the backside of the pendant.

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Once you pull the thread through, those stitches will hold the thread in place. Now go enjoy spreading the love with your new pendant!


Happy Sewing!

Think Pink For Christmas!

Think Pink

Here is another great gift idea and yes, you have my permission to buy this gift for yourself if you want :). We are still selling the limited edition Beat Cancer Thread Sets until the end of December in the Beat Cancer shop at Sulky.com. These great sets make awesome gifts and don’t forget that 10% of the proceeds will go to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Pink Ribbon Rayon Thread Collection

Pink Ribbon 40 wt. Rayon Thread Collection

Pink Ribbon Petites Thread Collection

Pink Ribbon 12 wt. Cotton Petites Thread Collection

Pink Ribbon Cotton Thread Collection

Pink Ribbon Sulky Cotton 30 wt. Thread Collection

I have created a project to go with each set of thread too!


This great tote bag for the 40 wt Rayon set


This little wall hanging for the 30 wt. cotton set

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And this hand embroidered zipper bag to go with the 12 wt. Cotton Petites set.


These threads sets are limited edition so we won’t be selling them after December, but I plan on using these threads in the Valentine’s Day projects that I will be putting on the blog so you should probably pick up a set now. Added Bonus: If you buy all 3 sets, shipping is free in the contiguous US. Just think of it as getting a jump start on your New Year’s Resolutions! There!  You’re already thinking about February; you are such a planner :)!


Won’t this heart look great in the colors from the Beat Cancer Sulky 40 wt. Rayon set?

You may remember that this Beat Cancer campaign that Sulky is doing is very personal for me. This Christmas is the one year anniversary of my very good friend’s breast reconstruction surgery, the last step in a long breast cancer journey. We were just talking the other day about how she had to miss all the Christmas Party’s last year because of the surgery. We were also thanking God that she is cancer free.NBCF logo

Walking through the journey of any cancer is painful and life changing. One of the reasons we chose National Breast Cancer Foundation as the recipient of our campaign is they focus on helping women not ever having to take that journey, but also helping them walk through it if they do.


I know at Christmastime, you have a lot of demands on your money and your time, so think of these thread sets and these projects as a way to do two wonderful things at once! Help NBCF and give a great gift. Such a win-win!

Happy Sewing!

Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part Three

Here is the last installment of this series, “Sew All Your Gifts In One Day.” You can read part one here and part two here.

Another quick gift I like to give (and receive) is Mug Hugs!

mug hugs finished

They are super easy and great for just about anyone. Pick fabrics and buttons that fit the personality of the gift recipient and you are golden! The full step-by-step tutorial, including the downloadable pattern is here.

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Even when I lived in Southern California, I occasionally needed a cute fleece headband that would also keep my ears warm. I think these are technically called ear bands. I bought several of these when they were on sale and they are in my blanks bin for when I need a quick and easy gift.

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I hooped Sulky Sticky +™, removed the release sheet and stuck the headband to the stabilizer. Then I floated a layer of Sulky Tear-Easy™ under the hoop. For thread, I used Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon.

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This took me about 20 minutes to do from start to finish!  NOTE:  When using a high-pile type of fleece band, you would want to use Sulky Solvy® as a topper to hold the fleece down as you stitch.

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My last quick gift really is my favorite. I love having lightweight knit or fleece jackets and have one in just about every color. Everyone of them is monogrammed (of course!) and this time I decided to use this modern stacked monogram.

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I used Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer™ as the bottom stabilizer and Sulky Heat-Away as the topper because I didn’t want to have to wash the jacket after doing the embroidery. I used a topper as well as the Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer because this knit material is rather thick and I wanted to be sure the letters would stand out.  (On a high-pile fleece jacket, though, I would use Solvy as a topper instead of the Heat-Away.)

heat away for monogramming fleece

After hooping all three items, the Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer, the jacket and the Heat-Away, I sewed this out with Sulky 40 wt. Rayon in Goldenrod #1024

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I went over the stitching twice also. That extra layer of thread really helps the monogram to stand out.

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What is your favorite Go-To quick gift? Let me know in the comments below.

Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!

Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part Two

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Yesterday, the post was all about coasters! If you missed it, you can read it here. Coasters make a great gift. Today, let’s look at some other great and quick gifts. I love my embroidery machine because it is a great way to make quick gifts, but if you don’t have an embroidery machine, then this Spool Stocking is the perfect gift for a fellow sewist.

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It can of course be used as a Christmas stocking, but it is also great in a sewing studio to hold sewing tools and rulers as well! The full step-by-step tutorial, including the free, downloadable paper-pieced pattern is here.

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We also have a great kit of the Sulky supplies that you need to make these stockings in our Holiday Headquarters shop here.

boots kitchen towel

If you do have an embroidery machine, cute Christmas themed kitchen towels are a great gift! I can’t get over how much I love this Reindeer in Boots design from the Sulky Embroidery Club.


I used this set from the Sulky Holiday Headquarters to stitch him out, and the towel was one I picked up from Target at some point; but we have some good kitchen towels on our site if you don’t have one in your stash already.

pillow finished

Are throw pillows more your style? Pick up a simple one that fits the decor of the person who will receive your gift and add the name! Everyone likes to have their name on a pillow, right? That can’t just be a southern thing.

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Pillows are fairly easy to embroider on, but let me give you a couple tips. Since this isn’t something you could easily do over if you messed up, use a little extra stabilizer. The most common mistake people make when doing machine embroidery is not using enough or the right stabilizer. For this pillow, I used two layers of Sulky-Tear Easy™ and Sulky Solvy® as a topper. I inserted the hoop inside the pillow cover and hooped the Sulky Solvy, pillow and Sulky Tear-Easy (in that order from top to bottom).

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After I had the whole thing hooped, I turned the cover inside out and used Clover® Clips to hold the rest of the pillow away while it was sewing.

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Once the embroidery is done, gently tear the Sulky Solvy and the Sulky Tear-Easy away, one layer at a time tearing towards the stitching line. Iron, and put in the pillow form.

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All done! Onto the next gift…

Quick Gifts

Want more gift ideas? Here is a post I did awhile back with some other really great quick gifts.

If you still want more, stay tuned! tomorrow I will give you a few more projects.

Happy Sewing!

Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part one!

It’s hard to believe it is already the first week of December! Are you ready for Christmas or do you still have gifts to make? If you do have gifts or want a few more Christmas-y things for your own home, the next few posts are for you! Here are a few quick things that make perfect gifts or decorations for your home and you can get these done in one day. I can’t think of a better way to spend a full day in early December than in my sewing studio, playing Christmas music and making things.


If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know I love coasters! They make a perfect gift and are fun and easy to make.


I made these last summer and gave them as a hostess gift.


Christmas Ornaments I made at the same time I made the coasters!

As an added bonus, I made these little Christmas ornaments at the same time. The tutorial for these guys is here.

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These wonderful coffee themed coasters are in the Sulky Embroidery Club, but when I downloaded the project, I knew doing it the way the instructions said to do it would take too much time. Here are the shortcuts I took so I could get them done quickly.

coffee coaster layersI layered my fabric with one layer of Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer, a layer of batting and another layer of fabric with the right side down. I cut big enough pieces so that I could do all six coasters. Once the embroidery was done on the first one, I simply unhooped it, moved over and hooped again.

coaster supplies

I hooped all the layers together in the hoop. I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Lt. Brown #1170 in the bobbin and top thread. Although the design says to use several different thread colors, I stitched the entire thing, every color stop, in one color. I love the monochromatic look that it has!

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I finished these two different ways: Traditional binding and cutting with Pinking Sheers.

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If you choose to bind them, I suggest cutting the binding strip on a 60° bias. This will give you plenty of stretch to go around the curve.

ditch foot

In order to save a little time, I used my Ditch Quilting Foot to finish off the binding so I could sew it all on by machine.

ditch foot in action

Although I don’t mind how it turned out with the binding, I decided I liked them just as well cutting them with Pinking Sheers so I did the rest of the coasters that way.coffee coasters 1

This saved a lot of time too so I could move on to my next set of coasters!

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I adore these Santa Coasters! This is also a design in the Sulky Embroidery Club.

santa supplies

I did the same layering like I did with the Coffee Coasters above but this time I used Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon Lipstick #561 in the top and bobbin thread.

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I cut all four out using a wavy blade rotary cutter.

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Since these are square and I wanted to be sure my line was straight, I used my acrylic ruler as a guide when I was cutting. I also turned my cutting mat over. I know the mats are supposed to be self-healing, but with a wavy blade I felt better doing it on a surface that it wouldn’t matter if it didn’t self-heal properly.

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In no time at all, you can have several gifts made just by making these great coasters! Watch out tomorrow for more quick gift ideas.

Happy Sewing!