• Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. + Free Design

    MLK Day: Because Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear Today is a day to reflect and remember with a free embroidery design including a quote from the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of the many benefits of growing up in North Georgia is the ability to experience history, instead of just reading about it. As I think about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, I am able to not just remember his sermons, inspiring quotes and speeches, but I can add my own experiences at the King Center and at Dr. King’s gravesite. I can remember seeing his childhood home and having lunch at the restaurant…

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    Snowflake Wreath with Freestanding Lace Designs

    Snowflake Wreath – Sulky Challenge by Pamela Cox Create a wintry snowflake wreath using freestanding lace designs and winter white thread. A snowflake wreath fits my home-decor bill quite nicely. I live in New England and the next few months promise to bring continual snowy-weather.  It seems only fitting that snowflakes take center stage on my Sulky-challenge wreath. My real inspiration for the snowflake wreath began after searching several of my favorite embroidery websites looking for possible designs.  The perfect set for the snowflake wreath, “Light and Lacy Snowflakes” was found on Embroidery Library. www.emblibrary.com There were two collections of the FSL snowflake designs, each available in three sizes.  Since…

  • Kid Sewing Projects for Winter Break

    Kid Sewing Projects for Winter Break It’s the dark side of Christmas that most people don’t talk about too often. You will occasionally hear a reference in a Christmas song (“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every where you go….and moms and dads can’t wait for school to start again…”). For the next two weeks, our kids will be home with no homework and no after school activities to keep them company. I know, they just got a bunch of new stuff to play with from Santa, but if your kids are like mine, they will, inevitably get bored. Have no fear! Here are some great kid’s projects…

  • machine embroidery on sequin fabric and sequin skirt tutorial

    Machine Embroidery on Sequin Fabric + Skirt Tutorial

    Machine Embroidery on Sequin Fabric + A Super Easy Sequin Skirt Tutorial Sequin fabric is all the rage! It’s seen on everything from jackets to dresses to shoes. There’s no better fabric for a New Year’s Eve bash, and we’ve accepted the challenge to combine sequin fabric with machine embroidery for a party-worthy look for any occasion. This amazing rose-gold sequin fabric will transform into a skirt with machine embroidery for the New Year’s Ever party I am attending this year. Machine Embroidery on Sequin Fabric After checking out Embroidery Online, I decided I also wanted to add this machine embroidery element to the sequin fabric skirt. Doing machine embroidery…

  • Gifts to Sew + Free Patterns

    Quick Gifts to Sew + Free Patterns We’re all running out of time to make holiday gifts, so we’ve compiled eight quick gifts to sew that you can make before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve. These quick gifts to sew are also small-scale projects, which means you can utilize your fabric stash! Plus, you can choose different embroidery designs, add fun embellishments, and experiment with various thread weights and types to make each quick gift unique. Fleece Hat Everyone can use a hat during the winter months! This fleece hat pattern comes in kid and adult sizing, and it’s easily sewn in less than two hours. If you…

  • Machine Embroidered Cork Key Fobs

    Machine Embroidered Cork Key Fobs By Pamela Cox Making these machine embroidered cork key fobs were quite easy (and fun!). Cork Fabric is one of my top favorite materials to stitch on!  It cuts easily and the edges do not fray. It also easily feeds through a sewing machine, allowing a true seam to be stitched, and it even accepts machine embroidery! Specific information about working with Cork Fabric can be found in Sulky’s Materials Blog Archives. Key Fob Instructions The basic concept is to embellish a strip of cork fabric, back it with another strip, trim, and add hardware!  Yes, it really is that easy! It takes more time…

  • Easy Christmas Tree Skirt & Invisible Thread Tutorial

    Christmas Tree Skirt by Ellen March This Christmas tree skirt tutorial is super easy and helps use up all the holiday fabric remnants in your stash. You’ll learn how to make the Christmas tree skirt, plus learn how to work with invisible thread for a flawless finish. This Christmas tree skirt is reversible, too, giving you more bang for your buck! And you can adapt the tree skirt to make a holiday tablecloth. The featured tree skirt was sewn on a Husqvarna Viking Designer Epic sewing & embroidery machine. Christmas Tree Skirt Supply List Approx 1-1/2 yard of backing fabric (amount depends on size) Low-loft batting Approx. 1/2 yard each…

  • In-the-Hoop Christmas Stocking Tutorial

    In-the-Hoop Christmas Stocking by Pamela Cox Stitch this Christmas Stocking to use as decoration, a gift, or to fill with goodies!  It is made in two “in-hoop” sections:  the embroidered stocking, and the lining, with finishing touches stitched on a sewing machine. Don’t be afraid of the high stitch count for the patterned stocking front. The rows are decorative patterns, so the stitches are all small. It stitches up quicker than you might imagine. Supplies: 1/4 yard wool felt 1/4 yard lining fabric 5-1/2” decorative cording Topstitch Needles: 100/16 – use with wool felt 80/12 – use with lining Sulky® Stabilizers: Sticky +™ Soft ’n Sheer™ Thread: Sulky 40 wt.…

  • FREE Gift Tag Pattern & Printable

    Holiday Gift Tags by Ellen March Handmade holiday gift tags are the perfect finishing touch to a wrapped present. Even better if you include a message to the recipient, letting him or her know you made what’s inside, too! These cute handmade gift tags are made using Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites thread but you can also use 30 wt. or 40 wt. thread for different looks. Download the free printable to use as a hand embroidery template, machine embroidery template, or simply print them out onto card stock and use the tags as-is! GIFT TAG SUPPLY LIST Supplies listed are enough to make 6 gift tags, depending on size…

  • Holiday Mini Hoop Ornaments – FREE Hand Embroidery Patterns and PDF

    Aimee Davis of daisyeyes handmade created these adorably festive Holiday Mini Hoop Ornaments and honestly, we’re obsessed with them! The best part? The pattern is designed for all levels of embroiderers and is perfect for beginners, so even the little ones can join in! These would make a great addition to the Christmas tree or even to hang around the house.   Supply List Fat quarter of white cotton fabric Sulky® Stick ‘n Stitch™ Stabilizer + a printer (if desired for printing your patterns) Thread Heaven (suggested for using with sewing Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch) Embroidery needle Small embroidery scissors Mini wooden hoops (holes are 1″) Red/white cotton bakers twine for…