• 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…

  • Machine Cross Stitch Journal Cover

    Make it Personal Machine Cross Stitch Journal Cover Finished book size: 8-3/8” x 6-5/8” This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! When my girls were little, I volunteered in their classrooms.  I remember an elementary school project, which I was so fortunate to participate in:  Helping young authors turn pages of their original stories into a book! Together, we wrapped cardboard in gift wrap, folded the story pages in half, and hand-stitched down the center to bind these precious thoughts into history.  To this…

  • Handmade Gift Ideas from “Trash to Couture”

    Hi there, Laura here from Trash to Couture! Need some inspiration and ideas for your handmade gifting this year?  No worries, Sulky and I have got you covered. Not only are handmade gifts a sentimental gesture, they’re also fun to create.  Below we have 4 DIY gift ideas you can make for just about everyone in your life. Get the details below : DIY Ornament: Hoop using Sulky’s Fabri Solvy – I usually do 2 layers. Use a free standing ornament design. I used a star from my Brother SE machine. Use Sulky’s Metallic Thread and metallic needles. Embroider away! Place in water and let the magic happen as the stabilizer…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Velvet

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! Velvet Picture Christmas represented by a fabric…..it would be a rich, elegant fabric, yet soft to the touch, bringing joy when caressed. Only velvet can fulfill all these wishes! Originally made from silk, velvet is now manufactured from synthetic fibers bringing price points down without sacrificing the deep nap or the soft-flowing drape of the cloth.  Check “care instructions” found at the end of the bolt as most velvets do require dry cleaning. Velvet should never be directly…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Felted Wool or is it Wool Felt?

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog!   Felted Wool? or is it Wool Felt? Often the two terms are used interchangeably, although that would be incorrect to do, since they are two different materials.  The common factor is that both fabrics are made from wool.  The difference comes in the way the wool is processed: Wool felt is produced by applying moisture, heat and pressure directly to wool roving, compressing the roving into a solid compact fabric. Felted wool is a woven fabric,…

  • Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part one!

    It’s hard to believe it is already the first week of December! Are you ready for Christmas or do you still have gifts to make? If you do have gifts or want a few more Christmas-y things for your own home, the next few posts are for you! Here are a few quick things that make perfect gifts or decorations for your home and you can get these done in one day. I can’t think of a better way to spend a full day in early December than in my sewing studio, playing Christmas music and making things. Coasters If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know I love coasters!…

  • 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…