• 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…

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    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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    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”.…

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    Winter Wreath with Felt Applique and Embroidery

    Winter Wreath with Felt Applique & Hand Embroidery designed by Tasha Roe Make a winter wreath using felt and hand embroidery to embrace the snow–even when it lasts into spring. As part of our wreath series, this winter wreath supplied by Sew News magazine is as cozy as it is cute! Featuring felt appliques and hand embroidered lettering, this winter wreath is simple to make and a fun activity for kids to join. The felt snowflakes and bluebird are made in cheery colors to brighten up your home or entryway in the winter months. The wreath base is covered in a a pleated strip of fabric for added texture. Personalize…

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    No-Sew Wreath with Thread Wrapped Letter

    No Sew Wreath Make a no-sew wreath in no time! This month, we’re decorating with wreaths to fill the holiday-decor void. We’ve had a colorful wreath made of thread spools, a snowflake wreath made with freestanding lace snowflake embroidery designs, and now a no-sew wreath composed of a wooden letter wrapped in thread. Make your own no-sew wreath to add some cheer to your front door, with a little or a lot of color. Sulky 12 wt. cotton Petites make quick work of winding the wooden letter, which can be found in a craft or hobby store (I found mine at the Target dollar bin!). For your no-sew wreath, choose…

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    Instant Pot Cover 3: Free Pattern + Recipe

    Get Your Free Instant Pot Cover Pattern! We’re continuing this month with enjoying new soup recipes as well as new takes on our free Instant Pot Cover pattern. Pictured above is our free Instant Pot Cover pattern made by Nicole Daskiewwicz of Modern Handcraft. She used home-decor weight fabric, which goes perfectly with her choice of Sulky Poly Deco thread, and Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch for extra stability. Do you keep your Instant Pot on your counter all year long? Do you store it away? Either way, you’ll love having a cover for it to keep it dust free as well as sitting pretty. She loves the handle at the…

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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…

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    DIY Wreaths to Decorate with after the Holidays

    DIY Wreath Challenge with Sulky Pack up those Christmas trees and put up a cheery DIY winter wreath to fill the holiday-season void! As the holiday decor is put away, the house tends to feel a bit empty. We want to inspire you with some great winter decor that works in place of all those Santas, snowmen and red and green you might have had up for the past month (or more). So we created a Sulky DIY Wreath Challenge and asked some of our favorite designers to create different wreaths to show us how they decorate after the holidays. A set of simple guidelines guided the challenge. DIY Wreath…

  • DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pillow

    Create your own Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pillow! Halloween will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but we’ve already started decorating for the festivities and sewing spooky projects. Guest blogger Pamela Cox stitched up this amazing Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pillow for us and you’ve got to check it out! It would make a fantastic addition to your Halloween decor that you can use year after year. Isn’t it great?! This pillow is available as a FREE Project on the Sulky website, equipped with free design downloads, free instructions, a supply list, and free tips and tricks. Check out these details! And it really glows! You can find the…