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Tutorials Archives - Sulky
  • Why You Should Embellish Fabric First

    Do you ever wonder how a beautifully embroidered garment can be stitched so “perfectly”?  Designs are perfectly centered on panels!  Right and left sides are mirror images of each other! How is this possible? The trick is to embellish the fabric first! Let’s use a simple collar in understanding the steps: “Trace” the pattern piece, on grain, on a piece of fabric larger than the require finished cutting line.  My favorite method is tailor tacks through both layers of fabric at the same time.  That way I am sure to have both the right and left side of the required pattern. I baste along seam allowances for a visual of…

  • Free Webinar | Zipper Pouch with kraft-tex®

    Join us in creating this zippered pouch made with kraft-tex® Paper Fabric! During this FREE, one hour webcast, you will learn how to make a faux-leather zipper pouch using the versatile and durable kraft-tex paper fabric. How to make kraft-tex look like faux leather How to transfer a hand embroidery design to kraft-tex using Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch Stabilizer Tips on hand embroidery through kraft-tex How to machine embroider onto kraft-tex A fun way to insert a zipper and lining – plus, how to make a zipper pull tassel out of kraft-tex General instructions for kraft-tex Downloadable instructions for one of Alyssa’s projects from the book kraft-tex Style, compliments of…

  • Fashion Flip | The Bandanna Sweatshirt

    I recently came across this adorable sweatshirt. With a not-so-adorable price tag of $148. So, I decided to make it myself. I made mine for $22! Here is how I did it. I purchased an XXL sweatshirt from Target for $20. I liked the color, the feel, and the neckline looked like it would work well for this project. I purchase the two bandannas at Hobby Lobby for $1 apiece. (NOTE: You can make this Fashion Flip for even less, if you use a sweatshirt you already own, or get one at a thrift store or a store like Hobby Lobby, which sells them as blanks for projects.) Since the…

  • Free Webinar | Unicorn Towel Hoodie

    Free Webinar: Let’s Create a Unicorn! Demystifying the Hooded Towel “Let me walk you through the process of creating adorable Hoodie Towels using my new Unicorn pattern. Creating these towels as fun gifts is easy and so satisfying. I will even show you how to fold it and add a bow so it is all ready to give away.” Desiree of Desiree’s Designs   You’ll learn: How to hoop up your stabilizer and float your towel How to make different-sized towel hoodies for different ages How to follow a machine guided applique by either cutting or using SVG files How to use a topper like Sulky Solvy Stabilizer, as well…

  • Picture This! 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

    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!…

  • 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…

  • Online Class | Upcycling with Denim

    Upcycling with Denim A Start-Anytime Online Class With Kelly Nagel, Creator of Opportunities Sulky’s newest Online Class: Upcycling with Denim is all about denim! For only $39.99, you will learn how to upcycle your favorite pair of old jeans, jacket, or even thrift-store finds. In addition, learn how to deconstruct denim into wonderful use-able elements, and show you some great techniques for making denim easier to sew in several great projects! Your Instructor: Upcycling and redesigning are passions for Kelly Nagel. She has been sewing and upcycling for almost 40 years and in that time she has created lots of fun projects and upcycling techniques. Kelly says, “For as long as…

  • Machine Cross Stitch – Christmas Place Mats

    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! Whether you are looking to add something beautiful to your Christmas table or looking for a great gift, these machine cross stitch Christmas place mats are perfect!  They are elegant without the elegant price because they are made with Osnaburg fabric. Osnaburg is a loosely woven utility fabric.  It resembles coarse linen, but at a much lower price point.  The thicker fibers, which are woven in a simple basket-weave pattern, make it easy to create the “run”…

  • 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…