• A Perfect Little Dress – Tips for Making a Dress for 18″ Dolls

      My friend Erin Hentzel just came out with the most adorable book, “Doll Dress Boutique.” It is full of over 40 projects for 18″ dolls. If you have a young girl in your life, she most likely has a doll this size. These dresses make great gifts, but they are also great projects to use to teach the younger generation how to sew! Because of my love for all things 70’s fashion, and because I had a small piece of this awesome 70’s-style fabric, I decided to do a take on this dress from the book. The directions in the book are great, and easy to follow. Here are…

  • Sunflower Wallet – Make One in an Afternoon!

    Pam Damour, The Decorating Diva, will show us how to make this fantastic sunflower wallet. Made of Cuddle Suede, the wallet features a metal frame closure and an exclusive wrap around embroidery design that hasn’t been released yet. Co-author of the book Hold Everything: Purses, Totes and More, Pam will share her professional wallet construction techniques and inspire you to customize your wallets. After learning how to make the Sunflower Wallet, you will be able to make one in an afternoon! Learn: How to embroider on specialty fabrics with Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread How to Topstitch with Sulky Holoshimmer™ Metallic Thread Tips for using stabilizers for purposes other than machine…

  • Flat to Flair: 3D Machine Embroidered Peony – Free Webinar!

    Zandra Shaw of Embroider Shoppe is coming to us all the way from South Africa for this FREE one hour webcast. Zandra will show us how to easily make flawless peonies using an embroidery machine. Watch the 3D peony come to life as she gives you great tips for success and demonstrates how to shape it while assembling into a flower on a stem and brooch. “From Flat to Flair” 3D Machine Embroidered Peony Featuring Special Guest: Zandra Shaw of Embroider Shoppe LIVE Date: September 11, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM, EDT Duration: 1 Hour Cost: FREE! or Watch it On-Demand!   How to create this 3D flower quickly using your…

  • Back to School Sewing Series: Whimsical Insulated Lunch Bag - Unicorn Style

    Back to School Sewing Series: Make a Whimsical Insulated Lunch Bag – Unicorn Style!

    Hi everybody! It’s Desiree here from Desiree’s Designs. It’s that time of the year – when the kids go back to school! I am so excited to be partnering with Sulky® for their Back to School Sewing Series. Sulky has gathered several awesome designers to create some fun projects for you and your kiddos as they go back to school and you get some long overdue sewing time. Although my kids are grown, I now have 7 grandchildren that I sew for all the time so I was thrilled to be able to add a project! Below are the wonderful, talented guest bloggers for this series. Guest Bloggers: Stephanie Kendron – Modern…

  • Machine Embroidery for the Summer

    I recently met a friend who is not from the South and the concept of monogramming everything you own was completely foreign to her. As a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South), I explained the importance and beauty of having everything monogrammed. And yes, I do mean everything. The wonderful thing about monograms is they are an easy and elegant way to personalize a gift for someone. I decided to make a summer care package, including a monogrammed bag, towel, and beach hat, for my friend using several of the tutorials on this blog! Supplies Good quality beach towel Matching waterproof beach tote Wide brim straw hat Sulky Sticky Plus™…

  • Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Machine Embroidery

    I met Clyde by phone about a year ago when he called with some questions about threads and stabilizers.  I was so charmed by him, and we ended up talking about all kinds of things.  The fact that he was 80+ years old and had just recently embarked on a computerized embroidery hobby blew me away!  He kept in touch, and I asked to read his book. (Yes!  He wrote a book – for his family and friends).  After his wonderful book, I felt like we were friends, too.  It is so unusual to meet men who embroider; and men who begin embroidery in the their 80’s are rare indeed. …

  • How to Achieve Perfect Design Placement

    *This post is written by guest blogger Pamela Cox. Although there are rulers, plastic templates, charts suggesting where a design should be stitched on any given item, and even fancy laser lights with the sole purpose of aiding in perfect embroidery design placement… you already have all the necessary tools to ensure proper design placement right at your fingertips! Follow these easy steps to take the imagined difficulty out of the process: Know the size of the intended design: Find this information on either the color chart, in an editing software program, or by checking on the embroidery machine’s screen (if your model offers this feature). Use a calculator if…

  • “Mad Tea Party” Jacket

    “Mad Tea Party” Jacket By Diane Gloystein This is the story of how my “Mad Tea Party” jacket nearly drove me mad.  As a National Educator representing Sulky of America, I often hear comments from people who assume that, as an educator, I must know it all, have all the answers, and easily whip out one project after the next.  Just for the record, I want everyone to know that I, too, have sewing projects that are disastrous and throw me close to the brink of insanity as I wonder how this hobby that can be so much fun can just as easily send me over the edge. Where it…

  • 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…

  • 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…