• St Patrick's Day Sewing Projects

    St. Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects to Make & Give

    There’s still time to decorate with St Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects! Here are 5 St Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects to whip up in time for the little leprechauns to visit. Shamrock Place Mats These cute place mats are quick to make and you can use whatever green and white fabric you have in your stash. Try quilting them with Summer Grass Blendables 30 Wt. Cotton Thread. 2. Mug Rug Use this under your Shamrock Shake or Green Tea for a festive addition to afternoon tea. 12 Wt. Cotton Petites Thread is perfect for wool applique. 3. Pretty St Patrick’s Day Pillow Embroider a shamrock, like this Mendhika Shamrock from Urban…

  • Pillow of the Month: How to Make a Trapunto Pillow

    Pillow of the Month: Trapunto Pillow by Pamela Cox Continuing on our Pillow of the Month series, we’ll learn how to make a trapunto pillow using two methods. Trapunto is a hand-stitching technique in which designated areas within an embroidered pattern are stuffed, producing raised areas. The Trapunto effect is easily mimicked using an embroidery machine. Special collections digitized to copy a Trapunto 3-D effect are available on many embroidery sites. However, when learning how to make a Trapunto pillow, you may be surprised to find suitable designs already in your personal design library. Line designs, especially those with large open spaces, work well imitating Trapunto when stitched over a…

  • How to Embroider a Pillowcase

    Embroider a Pillowcase for Memory Care Patients

    Learn how to embroider a pillowcase with our free pattern, plus donate it to a charity of your choice. We’re focusing our charity sewing effort on Memory Care facilities this month, and partnered with a facility to provide them with personalized pillowcases for their residents. If you’d like to join our effort and embroider a pillowcase, comment on this post and we’ll provide you with a name of a resident and mailing instructions for your pillowcase. This partnership will end March 16, 2019. After that time, or in lieu of participating in our effort, please contact a facility in your neighborhood and ask if they’d take pillowcase donations. Or embroider a…

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    Top 10 Machine Embroidery Projects to Make & Give

    Top 10 Machine Embroidery Projects To further celebrate National Embroidery Month, here are 10 machine embroidery projects that you can create for yourself or as gifts. These machine embroidery projects are fun ways to practice your skills and use your fabric (and design) stash. Sewing Patches Tote Show your sewing pride with these fun machine embroidery patches, made using Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Thread. Get the full tutorial and designs on Sew4Home’s blog. Sunflower Wallet This fun embroidered sunflower wallet is by Pam Damour and was introduced in our free webinar. Grab the kit, which includes everything you need to make your own – simply add the coordinating fabrics of…

  • how to make a quilt label with machine embroidery

    How to Make a Quilt Label with Machine Embroidery

    How to Make a Quilt Label with Machine Embroidery How to Make a Quilt Label Adding a quilt label to a quilt gift is a great way to add a personal touch and provide information to future generations. If you’ve wanted to learn how to make a quilt label, first decide on the design. Add just a name, a message or simply a design with initials. Make the label as big or as small as you like. I always add a quilt label after the construction is complete. I hand stitch it to the back of the quilt along the lower-left corner. I didn’t intend to have a “signature quilt…

  • machine embroidery basics and tools for success

    Machine Embroidery Basics + Tools for Success

    Machine Embroidery Basics It’s National Embroidery Month, and to kick things off we want to make sure you’re set up for machine embroidery success with these machine embroidery basics. Computerized embroidery may seem intimidating, but it’s actually one of the easiest embellishment techniques to do. The machine does most of the work for you–all you have to do is make sure you have the right tools at your fingertips and the right combination of supplies for the fabric you’re using. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error, which is one of the reasons we’re here. We want to make sure you have the resources you need to embroider…

  • instant pot cover pattern

    Instant Pot Cover 4: Free Pattern + Recipe

    Free Instant Pot Cover Pattern In the final installment of our Instant Pot Cover blog hop, Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety wrapped it up with a perfectly modern quilted Instant Pot cover. Stephanie used our Free Instant Pot Cover Pattern to make her cover – along with orphan blocks, Cotton + Steel Thread by Sulky®, Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch™, and her Janome Skyline S9. Check out her blog post here. Instant Pot Soup Recipe To round out National Soup Month, Stephanie calls this vegetable soup recipe “Magic”, and from the looks of it, we think she may be right! She suggests adding mushrooms, brussel sprouts and any other favorite veggies to make this soup…

  • Embroidered Pillow: January Pillow of the Month

    Embroidered Pillow DIY Pillow of the Month: January Edition   For the next twelve months of 2019, we will feature a DIY Pillow of the Month with a a 14” square pillow form that can be slipped off and easily stored. January’s Embroidered Pillow keeps winter in mind with embroidered snowflakes and a touch of metallic sparkle. Not only is it exciting to regularly change decorating themes, but reusing the same pillow form will save money. January finds winter well under way and, even in those warmer states, it is always fun to think of snowflakes! Embroidery Library offers two enticing freestanding lace (FSL) collections of “Light and Lacy Snowflakes”.…

  • Instant Pot Cover 2: Free Pattern + Recipe

    Instant Pot Cover Version 1   Do you Instant Pot? Some of our favorite sewists do, and they’ve teamed up to offer their twists on our Instant Pot Cover pattern. Our Instant Pot Cover project is an instant winner! It’s popularity might be due to the fact that so many people were gifted an Instant Pot over the holidays. Or maybe because it’s National Soup Month and everyone is making yummy soups and stews. Or maybe it’s because the project is amazing and is easily completed in no time at all. Whatever the reason, we hope you join in and make yourself an Instant Pot Cover version, too! Katrina Walker,…

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    2019 Sewing for Charity with Sulky: Pillowcases for People in Need

    2019 Sewing for Charity with Sulky Sulky of America is proud to launch a sewing for charity effort for 2019: Pillowcases for People in Need The gift of a pillowcase, our 2019 sewing for charity effort, is a small gesture, but one that comforts people of all walks of life. A nice safe place to rest our head is sometimes a great respite for the trials and tribulations that hardship can bring. Many charities accept handmade pillowcases and are built around distributing them to those in need. A pillowcase also makes a great gift to comfort a friend if he/she is experiencing an illness, death in the family, or other…