Funny face machine applique design
If you read my post a couple of days ago, you may remember that I have been having a hard time deciding what to make for my son’s birthday party favors. I had thought that initially I would make star applique t-shirts, but when I couldn’t find the fabric I had envisioned for the star appliqué I needed to come up with a new idea.
Here’s what I came up with: funny face t-shirts. I logged into my stock image database and found some great animated face sketches which I digitized and turned into machine applique designs. On the bright kid t-shirts I purchased from JoAnns for $1.97 – I think this crazy design will be perfect. I’m still in the test stitching phase but all is going well… it better be, because I have 10 shirts to make by Sunday.
So the way it’s going now – I’ve got great party favors but no idea what the menu will be. I actually haven’t even ordered a cake! Oh the things I do in the name of embroidery.
I will definitely follow up with pictures of the finished t-shirts.
Texas Longhorn Applique Design
It’s free embroidery design Monday and being that I’ve caught the Texas fever – I thought I would share a little Texas love with all of my blog followers. Today you can download the Texas Longhorn appliqué design that I digitized a new a while back. The size of this design is approximately 5″ x 2.5″ high which makes it great for t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and probably a lot of other things that I cannot even imagine.
If you’ve been reading along this with this blog and getting a little tired of Texas related posts, I promise this will be the last one for a while. But I have to warn you – I’m off to New Jersey this week. Who knows what inspiration awaits on the boardwalk!
So now you can download the file, make yourself a Texan shirt, and pretend you are a fake text and like I occasionally do. Oh did I mention that I love Texas?
Download Texas Longhorn Embroidery File
Star in Heart Machine Applique Design
I have been meaning to complete a long overdue birthday present for my friend, Alix’s daughter, Paxton. Pax turned four a few weeks ago. The date kind of snuck up on me but I didn’t want it to slip by without some type of acknowledgement. But what to make?
Pax’s older sister, Helen, turned eight back in January. For her birthday I made her an appliqué t-shirt with a heart on it which apparently Paxton has coveted. So I thought a little heart t-shirt would be the perfect gift, but I didn’t want to do the same thing twice.
Paxton is quite a little character. Alix has regaled me with stories about Paxton sneaking into all sorts of inappropriate places. A heart with a superhero flair seemed to suit her personality.
The appliqué design that I created for Paxton turned out very well. I used some fabric that I purchased at the Fabric Nosherie for the heart shape, and a simple white undershirt fabric for the star. The green in the trim of the t-shirt is reflected in the color of the appliqué fabric.
I hope that Paxton likes her T-shirt, but I also hope that it does not give her an inflated sense of her super powers.
The star in heart appliqué design is now available in the Machine Embroidery Geek Etsy store in two sizes for $1 – this week only.
Birthday Number Machine Applique Design
Our four-year-old twin boy neighbors turned four last week and my son, Thomas, was invited to their birthday party. Lately, I have been relishing the opportunity to make birthday presents as I am trying to build up my library of machine embroidery designs. But what to make for twins? In the days leading up to the birthday party I was racking my brain trying to to think of something interesting that would be especially cute on a set of twins.
I reached out to my friends and Facebook groups for suggestions. My pal, Alix, suggested chicken and an egg, a monkey and a banana, and a few other great ideas. But wouldn’t it be odd for a kid to be wearing a t-shirt with an egg on it? I wanted a design that looked great separately and take on new meaning when put together.
My husband suggested a set of “eye” t-shirts. I mocked up what this might looks like. But reconsidered – maybe a little too weird?
Eye shirt for twins
So – at a loss for ideas – I decided to create something a wee bit simpler: the number 4 in a circle. I liked the idea of making a bold statement re: the new age of the twins. I also figured that this would be a bold, versatile design that might be of interest to others and useful for other birthdays.
Nevertheless – I am still stuck on this twin idea. What designs would look great separate as well as together? I would love to hear your ideas.