Embroidered/Sewed Reading Pillow

These little reading pillows seem to be everywhere. With my granddaughter’s love of books, making her one of these for Christmas seemed like a perfect gift…. and gave me the chance to play on my sewing machine for a bit. After seeing how nice the “Once upon a Time” turned out I am thinking I should make her a little onesie to go with the pillow! (Sorry for the dark pictures…. I didn’t realize how dark they actually were until I just attached them to my post. I will have to retake and update later.)

I pretend to take credit for her love of reading lol…. that is my one (at least the one I readily admit to) addiction and the hardest thing I’ve had to let go of since my accident. For as far back as I can remember, I have never been without a book in hand, or Kindle now that they have almost replaced books…. although sometimes there is nothing better than the feel and smell of a book in your hands!

Sandie

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Hand Towel Redo – Machine Embroidery (New Cheater Technique Attempted)

Last week I decided that while I was waiting for my Cricut to cut something I was going to redo the hand towels in the bathroom because one, being one of the first projects I tried when I first got my machine they weren’t that great lol… and two, being white towels and having two men who work with their hands…well, they were getting pretty gross looking lol.

I did end up using white towels again…. what was I thinking????

I used pretty much the same sort of monogram effect on them but this time I used a technique that I remember seeing somewhere on Pinterest.

Last time I found that when I did the monogram on the towels, it sort of “sunk” in to the fabric of the towels. I read that if you hoop the towels as you normally would, but then added a layer of wax paper on top of the towel, between the towel and the presser foot , that the stitching would sit higher and not just sink into the fabric.

Here is a picture of my machine while it was sewing the monogram, with the wax paper in place.

Note: I had to change the wax paper for each colour because as it is stitching it is also cutting the wax paper around the design and it comes apart all the way around the stitch line. Not a big deal, but not something I remember reading.

I think you can see better in this picture around the letter “L” where it is cutting the wax paper.

This is what the hand towels looked like after the stitching and while there was the tiny issue with having to replace the wax paper after each colour, it definitely raises the stitching so that it isn’t sinking into whatever fabric you are using to put your monogram or whatever else on your project! (And yes, I could have chosen better colours. Definitely not thinking straight when I did them lol)

Sandie

ITH (In the Hoop) Key Fobs #1

I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I was wasting a few hours on Pinterest one day lol. If you are a fellow Pinterest junkie, you know what I mean about wasting a few hours. You might go on looking for one thing but then your attention is grabbed over and over again by endless possibilities! This happened to me when I started to notice these ITH projects…. so I of course had to try a few!

Because of the craft show coming up, my first attempts were going to be cat related! This one I bought the pattern from Etsy for my embroidery machine.

I used a light weight vinyl and then backed it with felt. I used a snap/stud tool to attach the little stud to form the loop that holds the key ring and hook.

These stitch up pretty quickly and will look really cute on someone’s key chain or even snapped onto a purse!

This is where I bought my pattern: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/721916684/kitty-cat-tag-snap-tab-for-4×4-or-5×7?ref=shop_home_active_34

This is the key fobs after stitching, removing threads and cutting around the stitch lines.

And this is the key fobs after attaching the snap/stud, felt to the back and the key ring and hook. Pretty cute for an easy project!

Sandie

Christmas Craft Sale/WIP/Cheater Floating Method for Machine Embroidery

I’m starting to think we should have named our blog Oops she did it again because yesterday I fell asleep again doing my post… I mean like full on asleep with my laptop on my lap. I’m surprised it didn’t try to take my snoring and use it in my speech to text program lol. Either way, I apologize for not having a post yesterday! Now for the actual post…..

Yes, a very long title, and yes, sorry another Craft Sale Post lol! Because that is pretty much all I am working on right now… other than trying to stay awake, that will be the topic of my posts for at least another week after this one. Then it will turn into a lot of Christmas gifts and decor!

Saturday (after grocery shopping) and Sunday I spent at my sewing machine, working on tea towels and potholders for the craft sale.

This is everything I got done over the weekend…. embroidery wise….

Out of all of them, I have to say that this set is my favourite so far….

I know I have posted at least one potholder project and probably a few tea towels. I am sharing them again this time because due to my laziness/lack of time I found a sort of cheater way to “float” the potholders while embroidering them that doesn’t require me to do a basting stitch on each one first.

What I did instead of running a basting stitch on each potholder…. I just pinned them, top and bottom to the stabilizer, fastened the stabilizer to the hoop and embroidered it like that. The first time was an experiment to see if it would work… and it did!!!! That in itself saved/will save me a lot of time both doing the basting stitch and having to remove it after stitching!

Potholders pinned to Stabilizer, ready for stitching!

Today I am off to the doctors and then back to my sewing machine and Cricut, trying to get everything for the craft sale done by next weekend!!!

Sandie

Wedding Gift Basket – Part #3 – Mr. & Mrs. Towels

When I decided what I was going to make for this basket I thought it would be nice to follow through with the “Mr. & Mrs.” theme. I checked out my usual go to sites for embroidery patterns and came across one I liked in a “Wedding” themed package and that is what I used.

I found my pattern on a site called Designs by Juju and I think it worked out great! The pattern for the Mr. & Mrs. can be found here – Mr. & Mrs. Word Art. On top of this set, I think I have about 20+ of their other sets/packages thinking ahead to Christmas and other occasions!

I did the embroidery on some flour sack cloth towels I bought from amazon a while back and they stitched up really nice!

Here are the towels I included in the basket:

Sandie

Canada Day Project 2019 #1

Here is the first of my 2 Canada day projects for this year. Today I had the opportunity to spend pretty much the whole day at my sewing machine which was awesome. Not only did I get a good start on a couple of projects but the basement is SO much cooler when the weather gets hot lol!

This is a T-shirt that I made for Chris. He is big into “Canadiana,” and skulls so this seemed like the perfect project to make for him and for me to play!

I found the pattern on Etsy. They have a great selection of machine embroidery patterns. I could literally spend the whole day just looking at them and adding them to my favourites!

This one I found here – https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/701696834/canadian-flag-skull-machine-embroidery?ref=yr_purchases – at a store called KHCraftsStudio.

I didn’t have any of the burgundy thread colour called for in the pattern so I ended up substituting a reddish brown colour. Not too bad I don’t think. I will say though that any mistakes are all me lol, not the pattern. (I ran out of bobbin thread once and had a tension issue another time 😦 )

Sandie

Sewing – Day I Don’t Know lol

I don’t know why, but I have been so busy I haven’t had much chance to play with my sewing machine.

Yesterday I finally found enough time to sit down and do this t-shirt for my son-in-law for Father’s Day.

He is an avid fisherman some this pattern seemed very appropriate.

Today or tomorrow I have one I also want to do for Chris… fingers crossed!

For now, here is the first one!!!

Sandie

Sewing- Day # 9

I want to start by saying Thank you to http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/ for giving me the great advice on how to embroider items that don’t fit in the hoop! I finally took the time to try it yesterday!!!

I couldn’t figure out how to embroider on an oven mitt because they wouldn’t fit in the hoop. In the comments section of one of our previous posts it was suggested that I baste the oven mitt and let it “float” on the hoop. I’m not sure if I did it as described to me but it worked!!!

Here is what I did…

I centered the hoop on my piece of stabilizer and used a fabric marking pen to trace the outline.

I sewed a basting stitch just inside the marked line to hold the oven mitt to the stabilizer.

I attached the hoop to the stabilizer only, allowing the oven mitt to “float” on top of the hoop.

And then I stitched the pattern on the same way I normally would.

And then all I had to do was remove it from the hoop, remove the basting stitch and cut the threads. I finally embroidered on an oven Mitt!

Thank you again http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/

Sandie

Day #7 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Sunday I was having a bit of a crappy day and I thought maybe sewing/embroidering something might help. I have barely had a chance to get into my craft room to do any sewing in what feels like weeks.

I bought a bunch of inexpensive tea towels, pillow cases, towels, handkerchiefs and such to practice on and will share what I make as I do them!

This time I decided to make myself something. And I did a little embroidery on a shirt for Dillon… a shirt that I was supposed to do something else with ages ago!

Because Dillon is so into cycling, I thought I would make his shirt in that theme. I downloaded a cyclist from one of the sites I mentioned in “Finding Free Embroidery Patterns,” and put it on the shirt with his name! He was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Next I decided to make myself a couple of tea towels with some kind of “Grandma” theme. Again, I found these patterns on one of those sites and I was really happy with how well they turned out. I now have them displayed in my kitchen so I can enjoy them all the time!

I am still trying to navigate my way through the Embroidery software I bought but once I do, I will share with everyone the patterns I make!

Sandie

Finding Machine Embroidery Patterns/Designs

I have been amazed at the number of FREE machine embroidery patterns I have been able to find… and nice ones at that. Many of the sites I will list below offer a set number of free patterns per week, and more if you also make purchases. Each site has easy sign up and most have the ability to create a wish list of patterns you like, both free and to purchase, so you can just add the free ones to your shopping cart each week.

Each pattern allows you to download to suit your machine, format and hoop size. Because my machine is a Brother, I download in a .pes format and a 4 x 4 hoop size.

I have already accumulated a very large number of both paid and free patterns in designs that will enable me to make some really great gifts for next Christmas as well as other occasions along the way!

Etsy has also been a great place to find great prices on some licensed and other patterns, if you are looking for something specific!

Sandie

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