Let’s Make It Waterproof! Plus the Giveaway winners! (We All Love Free Stuff)

When it comes to gifts, monogrammed items are always a favorite. Here in the south, we monogram everything from shirts, purses and jackets to shoes, lunchboxes and umbrellas.

The problem is, once you have embroidered anything that is supposed to be waterproof, like a rain jacket or umbrella, the holes that were made by the needle for the embroidery are no longer waterproof.

Have no fear! Sulky Stitch ‘n Seal is here!

Stitch ‘n Seal is a wonderful cover-the-back stabilizer that you apply after the stitching is finished to reseal the holes made by the embroidery.

Monogram Your Lunchbox

To show you how it works, and show you how to embroider on a waterproof item, here is a little tutorial on how to embroider on a lunchbox (BTW – it’s super easy).

  1. Grab some Sulky Sticky +, Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread, and your machine embroidery hoop.

  1. Hoop the Sulky Sticky + with the release sheet side up (It even says ‘hoop this side up’ on the release sheet).

  1. Use a pin to score the paper release sheet and then peel it off to expose the Sticky +.

  1. Stick the lunch box (or whatever you are embroidering to the Sticky +. Be sure to measure and center the lunchbox so you get your monogram in the right place. Press it firmly to the stabilizer so it is secure and won’t come up during stitching.

  1. Secure the hoop in the embroidery machine and stitch away!

As a side note, this is the exact same process I used when I monogrammed this umbrella (above).

  1. Once the stitching is finished, remove the lunchbox from the Sticky + and peel away any excess. If you can’t get it all peeled off, it’s okay. It will be secured under the Stitch ‘n Seal anyway. Position the Stitch ‘n Seal over the embroidery, being sure to cover all the stitching holes.

  1. Because of the material the lunchbox is made of, I used a pressing cloth to fuse the Stitch ‘n Seal in place. You don’t have to use a pressing cloth usually. With the umbrella, for example, I just pressed directly onto the Stitch ‘n Seal.

And you are done!

The Contest!

12/12/17 Update: Thank you all for entering in this contest! You all have great ideas for how to use Stitch ‘n Seal. Our winners are Roxanne Sposato and Adrian Renee Brown. I can’t wait to see your finished projects!

What waterproof item would you like to embroider? Tell me in the comments and I will pick a couple random winners and send some Sulky Stitch ‘n Seal. Share this post on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest with the hashtag #SewBetterWithSulky to increase your chance of winning!

Happy Sewing!




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!

DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Monogrammed Cork-Bottom Bag

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 Soft ‘n Sheer Extra™ or Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch™ Stabilizer for extra stability

Cotton+Steel® Thread by Sulky or Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Thread

Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread for the machine embroidery

Sulky Cut-Away Plus™ Stabilizer

The Monogram –

  1. I used Interlocking Vine Satin & Filled Alphabet from SWAKembroidery.com. I made sure the center of the monogram was 9″ in from the edge, and about 7″- 9″ up from the bottom. That is your preference; you decide where you want the monogram to sit on the bag vertically, but centering it horizontally is pretty important.
  2. I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread in the top and bobbin and I used Sulky Cut Away Plus because the this design is pretty dense (heavy and thick).

DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag

Directions

  1. Cut 2 fat quarters 18″ x 15-1/2″ for the outside fabric (be mindful to keep the monogram centered); and cut the other 2 fat quarters 19-1/2″ x 18″ for the lining. The 2 cork pieces should be cut 18″ x 4 1/2″ DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  2. Pin the straps in place, 3-1/2″ in from each of the sides. DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  3. Use the Clover Wonder clips instead of pins (you can’t pin the cork because the holes from the pins don’t go away); and with right sides together, sew the cork piece onto the bottom of the fabric (the 15-1/2″ bottom) with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  (Hint:  Place the flat side of the clips on the bottom, as shown below, for easier stitching.)DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  4. Press the seam towards the fabric. Surprisingly, the cork fabric acts very much like regular cotton fabric. I did use a medium temperature on my iron but I probably could have used high heat and been fine. As always, test before you ruin a project!
  5. Topstitch the two sides of each strap, and leave 1/2″ unstitched at the top. Be sure to backstitch at the start and end of each stitching line.DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  6. Place the front and back pieces right sides together, and sew the sides and bottom together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  7. Box the bottom corners by laying the corner out, match the side seam with the bottom seam, and measure in 2″ from the corner.DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  8. Mark the line and stitch. Be sure to backstitch.DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  9. Now for the lining! I stabilized my bags by fusing Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer Extra to the lining pieces of the bags. For extra stability, use Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch. Sulky Soft 'n Sheer Cut-Away embroidery stabilizer is permanent, textured, non-woven nylon that is ultra-soft next to skin. Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch Embroidery Stabilizer is a firm, crisp, heavyweight iron-on permanent stabilizer that is ideal for projects that need extra stiffness and retained support.
  10. Sew the two lining pieces, right sides together, along both sides and across the bottom, with a 1/4″ seam allowance.   Box the bottom the same way you did with the outside pieces. DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  11. Fold and press 1/2″ down on the top of the lining (folded over so the wrong sides are touching). DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDo the same with the outside piece (this is why you didn’t sew the strap down that last  1/2″ at the top).  NOTE: If you bought Nylon straps, be careful with the iron, they could melt (ask me how I know 🙂 ).DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  12. Turn the outside of the bag right sides out, and put the lining inside.
  13. Carefully clip the top edges together matching the sides seams. This is also your chance to do a reality check – the lining with the outside – and adjust if one is bigger than the other.DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag
  14. Topstitch the lining to the bag about 1/8″ from the folded edge. DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom BagDIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag

You are done! Enjoy your new cool bag.DIY Game-Day Monogrammed, Cork-Bottom Bag




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

The Easiest Directions Ever

  1. Embroider your school’s ‘saying’ (i.e. Go Canes, Go Noles, etc.) about 8″ above one end of the scarf, centered. I did this by folding the fleece in half, long ways, and then measured up in order to be able to hoop the fleece centered. I hooped 2 layers of Sulky Tear Easy, the fleece, and then one layer of Sulky Heat Away (you could use Solvy, too).
  2. Stitch out the embroidery. I used the same thread in the top and bobbin.
  3. Finish the edges one of three ways:
    1. Serge the edges with a serger. You can do this in the same contrasting color you used for the words or in a matching color. Serger Hack: If you only have one spool of the thread you want to use to serge, wind three bobbins. On a small project like this, it is enough thread to go around the scarf.
    2. Sew the edges using one of the overlocking or decorative stitch on your regular sewing machine.
    3. Turn the edge under and sew. 
    4. Okay, I lied. There is a fourth way. You could do nothing to the edge. It’s fleece. It’s not going to fray. I personally liked using my sewing machine and the overlock stitch best.

Helpful Tip: I want my corners to be round so I used a plastic plate and chalk to mark the curve and then cut the shape. I folded the scarf in half so I could cut both ends at the same time.

That’s it! Really! I told you it was easy. So go make a scarf and cheer on your team. 

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

Visit the Team Spirit Shop for Embroider Buddies and team thread colors.

Happy Sewing!




How To Sew The Perfect Monogram for Men

The Perfect Monogram

Father’s Day! It’s just around the corner. Are you stuck for what to give the dad in your life? There are some great tutorials in this post “For Father’s Day – The Perfect Monogram”

 

monogram cuff

Picture From Style Me Pretty

Monogrammed shirt pocket

Monogrammed Shirt Pocket from Preppy Wife Preppy Life

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Speaking of monograms, if you really want a monogram like the ones on these dress shirts to look crisp and professional, the best choice for thread is Sulky 60 wt. PolyLite™.

PolyLite-Grouping

Because Polylite is a nice thin thread (in the world of thread, the higher the number, the thinner the thread), so small lettering, like a small shirt cuff monogram will come out much cleaner and sharper than if you stitched with a standard 40 wt. Rayon or PolyDeco thread.

Do you need a little more convincing? Well check out this picture below.

Embroidery Design from Advanced Embroidery Designs

Embroidery Design from Advanced Embroidery Designs

The dog in this embroidery was stitch out with Sulky 40 wt. Rayon on the left, and with Sulky 60 wt. PolyLite on the right.

Can you see how the lines on the right are more defined and the details of the little doggie are more defined? The same is true for small lettering. This is especially important when we are monogramming on a dress shirt. A little detail like a monogrammed cuff is a great way to make a $20 dress shirt look like a $200 dress shirt, but only if the monogram actually looks professional.

Do you have any tips for monogramming dress shirts? If so, share with us in the comments below.

Happy Sewing!




For Father’s Day – The Perfect Monogram

I am a southerner and southerners do love all things monogrammed. My favorite quote is from one of my girls’ teachers who said, “I would monogram my toothbrush if I could!” It’s true, we do go a little crazy with our monograms, but a well placed, well done and perfectly sized monogram can also be a perfect thoughtful Father’s Day gift. Here are three ideas:

cuff

Monogram the cuff of his dress shirt – When I was growing up, the only person I knew with a monogrammed dress shirt cuff was a gentleman at my church who was the vice president of a bank. I remember seeing that detail and thinking how sophisticated and smart it looked. Monogramming a cuff can be tricky so let’s break it down. First, pick a nice clean or new dress shirt. Most of the time, a man’s shirt is only monogrammed on the left side, on the top. The idea is the monogram will show when they look at their watch. You can certainly monogram both sides, but if you do, I would suggest making the letters smaller. Sulky 60 wt. PolyLite is always a good choice for small lettering.  It keeps the letters more readable, the e’s don’t close up, that kind of thing.  Use it in both top and bobbin.  For a cuff, Sulky Sticky+™ is a perfect stabilizer. Hoop the Sticky+ (with the gridded release sheet still on and facing up); score the inside area of the release sheet and peel it away. Stick the opened cuff onto the Sticky+ and baste it in the hoop if you can.  If your machine doesn’t have the baste feature, use KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive with the Sticky+ (makes it even stickier).  Without the baste, run the machine slowly and monitor the stitching closely. You do not need a topper on a clean, crisp fabric.

hanky

The Monogrammed Handkerchief – It may sound old fashioned, but I love a man who carries a handkerchief (truly, my wonderful hubby carries one just for me).  There is just nothing more comforting than a daddy handing his little girl a soft monogrammed handkerchief to dry the tears that come from a happy or sad occasion. Maybe it’s because I am a southerner or because my daddy always had two of them in his pocket in case my mom and I both needed one at the same time. Give your daddy, the daddy of your children or the daddy of your grandchildren a set of monogrammed handkerchiefs with a thoughtful note explaining the comfort and love that they represent, and I bet he will never leave home without one again.

hanky prep

Because handkerchiefs are usually very thin, they can be tricky to monogram. I hooped Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ and carefully stuck down the handkerchief. I also used Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to adhere a layer of Sulky Heat-Away on top. If you are putting the monogram in the corner, using the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy will help ensure the handkerchief stays in place. You may also want to baste this down if you have that option. I used a Schmetz Microtex 12/80 needle and Sulky 40 wt. Rayon in Dark Nickel Gray. If the handkerchief isn’t as crisp as you would like after you embroider on it, then spray some starch and iron.

notepad cover 1

The Monogrammed Notepad Cover – The key to this is the fabric and the font. I chose a dark brown faux micro suede with a thread that is just slightly lighter (Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1266 Toast). I also chose a clean masculine font for the letter. I didn’t want to hoop the fabric for fear of it leaving a ring, so I stabilized this with Sulky Sticky+. Do the monogram first, then make the Notepad cover. I have a separate tutorial on how to make a Monogrammed Notepad Cover here.

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I hope you will monogram something for a special daddy in your life this Father’s Day!