• Christmas in July Series – The Speedy Spiral Christmas Tree Skirt

    I know Christmas is 6 months away, but if you are like me, the closer it gets to the end of the year holidays, the more frantic I am. Between my kids going back to school, fall, Halloween, football season, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, I am lucky to get all my costumes and gifts made. I don’t usually have time to make any new Christmas decorations for myself. Every year, I say I am going to make new decorations and every year I get too busy. So this year I am doing them now! In July! It’s 6 months until Christmas so there is no pressure to put this aside…

  • Simple and Sweet Baby Quilts – Tutorial

      When I received this baby shower invite, I was ecstatic! My friend Vicki has wanted a baby for so long so and to hear the news that it was twins just added joy. I knew that I wanted the gifts to be special. So I called my friend and Professional Long Arm Quilter, Donna Cusick, and asked if we could make some baby quilts for these two little baby boys. These are the quilts we made and here is how to make them for your next baby shower. Supplies: (2) 12-1/2″ squares from 3 coordinating fabrics for the front 1-1/2 yards of fabric for the back (We used Cuddle™ fabric)…

  • Tips for Machine Embroidery on Onesies

    I have been all about baby lately! I have several friends that are having babies soon so I am making lots of baby things. I made a sweet blanket for one and Taggies for a set a twins. (Go here to check out the blanket and here for the Taggie tutorial). Next up, the onesies! I love seeing a brand new baby in a cute little onesie with a name or little embroidered applique on it, but let’s be honest, onesies are tiny and can be hard to embroider! Here are a few tips to make things a little easier. Hoop Size. Use a hoop that is about the same…

  • Taggie Blankets for Baby Tutorial

    I love making things for babies and soon to be moms. Everything is always sweet, soft and truly appreciated. One of my favorite baby gifts, Taggies, also happens to be easy to make and incredibly popular with both the baby and the mom! I just finished up two Taggies for a set of twins due this summer. Here is how to make one for your next baby shower! Supplies 1 – 18″ square of Cuddle™ Fabric 1 – 18″ square of flannel fabric approx. 32 ribbons and/or trims cut in 4″ lengths (pick a variety of textures, colors and widths) Sulky® 40 wt. Rayon Thread (for embroidery) Sulky Prewound Bobbins Sulky…

  • Great Gifts for Quilters & Sewists

    Can we be honest about something? Why is it so hard to buy gifts for fellow quilters and sewists? You don’t know what they already have or want, and for some reason we don’t usually think to make them something even though they would appreciate and understand the time and effort it took to make something rather than just go out and buy it. I don’t know about you, but I often find my best sewing friends are the hardest to find the right gifts for. So I have asked my friends, done research, and I came up with a list of things that I think would make great gifts. The holidays…

  • Christmas Gifts You Can Make Quickly

    In a perfect world, I would take 2 weeks at the beginning of November and do nothing but sew all day long, everyday, so I could make everyone I know the perfect Christmas gift. I would already have everything prepared, precut and planned. I wouldn’t have to cook or clean or pick kids up from school. I would come down to my sewing studio with my coffee in hand and just sew gift after gift. Not a single thread would break and I wouldn’t make a single mistake. Once all the gifts were done, I would have plenty of time to write a thoughtful and loving card to each and…

  • Sulky Embroidery Club Christmas Design Round-up

    I am sure that many of you did all your Christmas sewing months ago, but I tend to wait until the last minute. And seeing all the Christmas decorations everywhere always inspires me, and that is when I am in the mood to sew Christmas things. If you are like me, then this post is for you! I have combed through the designs in the Sulky Embroidery Club and these are my favorite Christmas themed designs. Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the Sulky Embroidery Club so you can purchase that design! Not a member of our Sulky Embroidery Club? Well why not!? It’s free to…

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    Quick Snap Bag Pattern & Tutorial

    It is kind of ironic that I own yards and yards of fabric, I sew almost every day and yet more often than not, I carry projects and other miscellaneous things around in plastic zip top bags. The other day, I had 30 minutes to sew and decided to make some snap bags to put things in instead of those silly zip top bags.   Here is how I made them. Supplies: Fabric 1 metal measuring tape from the dollar store 1 pair of scissors from the dollar store Serger (optional) Sewing machine The first two, I made to go in my car and hold the head phones for the…

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    Embroidered Clutch Purse

    Sulky Certified Instructor Rita Gamela recently sent me a picture of this great little clutch she made for an event. She told me that she didn’t have a ton of time on her hands, but she really wanted a new clutch purse for the upcoming event. So she went into her stash and found a place mat! That place mat turned into a great accessory. She used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Threads for the machine embroidery design and Sulky Blendables® threads with a twin needle in her machine for the background grid pattern. She inserted a zipper using the buttonhole stitch and a brand new purse is born! What a great…

  • Bag Tags – Free Pattern!

    I made these for my daughters to put on their backpacks for school before the school year started last year. My youngest daughter loved hers and even put it on her new backpack for this school year. My older daughter didn’t use hers so I stole it from her and put it on my lunch bag that I bring to work. It’s a great, easy FREE pattern from Studio Kat Designs.  Get the pattern here. I used Sulky Transfer Pens to put the pattern on the fabric. I love the Iron-On Transfer Pens, especially for things like this. You simply trace over the pattern lines with the pen then place the traced…