• 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 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…

  • 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…

  • Just in Time for Easter: Bunny Bags and more!

    With Easter quickly approaching we have some fun Easter ideas for you to make just in time for the festivities!  Bunny Bag by Jen Frost Project Overview: Note: 1/4 yard of fabric will make multiple bunny bags; however, instructions are written (for simplicity) to make just one bag.   What you will need:  4 fat quarters in Easter prints (or scrap pieces) Bunny Templates (found in full instructions on website) Sulky® Thread in complementary colors Soft ‘n Sheer™ Cut-Away Permanent Stabilizer KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive Straight pins Ribbon in complementary colors (45″ in length, cut to 15″ per bag Polyfill                  …

  • Cork Fabric Needle Case – A Free In-The-Hoop Project

    Cork Fabric Needle Case In-The-Hoop Project by Pamela Cox Supplies: 3-1/2”x 5-1/4” piece of cork fabric 3-1/2”x 5-1/4” piece of felt Sulky Soft ’n Sheer™ Stabilizer Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread Basic Needle Case Embroidery Design – Free download (Download is below) Color Chart for Needle Case – Free download (Download is below) Embroidery Design of Choice – optional (No larger than 1-1/2”x 2-1/4”.) Preparation: Download both the needle case design and the color chart here: Needle Case Emb Designs If a design is to be added to the cover of the needle case, open the basic case design in a software editing program.  Be sure…

  • DIY Tassel Necklace – It’s Super Easy!

    In case you are like me and need a couple more gifts, here is a fun and quick gift you can make.   These trendy necklaces can be made in any color you want, and you can get them done fairly quickly. Here is what you need: Beads – I picked mostly glass beads with a few natural stone and painted beads thrown in. I got 3 necklaces out of each 112-inch string of glass beads. Bead Stringing Wire, .024 in – I bought 30 ft. since I knew I had a lot of necklaces to make. You need 34″ per necklace Connectors – I like the triangle ones, but…

  • Quick and Easy Vinyl Placemat – Tutorial

    As an added bonus to our Machine Embroidery Series, Pamela Cox has designed this wonderful tutorial for a quick and easy vinyl placemat. If you have never tried machine embroidery on vinyl, check out Pam’s blog post here and then try this great project. Quick and Easy Vinyl Placemat Materials: 12-1/4” x 17-1/4” piece of textured vinyl, Usually sold by the yard with the intention of being used as a tablecloth, this type of vinyl will have a fuzzy, very thin, batting/backing. (1/2 yd. of 54” wide vinyl will yield 4 placemats) 90/14 Leather Needle Thread: Sulky® 40 wt. Rayon or Poly Deco™ 40 wt. embroidery thread – your choice of colors for your design Sulky…

  • 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.…

  • Calendar and ‘To-Do List’ Organizer – Tutorial

    Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I try to set a couple goals that challenge me throughout the year. For 2015, my goal was balance. For the most part I did well and at times I failed miserably :). One of my goals for 2016 is to be more organized and productive in my daily life, so I decided to start the year off by making a cute holder for my calendar, notepad and daily to-do list. Here is the tutorial in case you want to get more organized in 2016 too! I put my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote on the front of my organizer just to remind me of…

  • 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! 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. 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…