• 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™…

  • 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! 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…

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    Off to College Bag and Towel Gift Set – Tutorial

    It’s back to school time! Here in Georgia, my kids are happy to be back at school. They love getting to see all of their friends, and quite frankly, we all do a little better when we are on a schedule. I also know several young men and women who are heading off to college for the first time. Do you need a gift to give an entering college freshman? If so, this bag and bath set might be perfect. It is quick and easy to make and is sure to be appreciated. I started with monogramming the towel. I think monogrammed towels at college are a must. With new…

  • 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: 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…