The CUTEST bargain wholesale monogram blank dresses to personalize for Christmas… even if you don’t have a wholesale account.

As you may recall – in years past – I have been yapping about the personalized dresses that I’ve made for all the little girls in my family. This has been a great gift for several years, but now that my girls have become tweens and teens who only sport ATH-leisure, I’m not making as many as I used to.  However, I still think it’s a great gift for a little girl and now that I’ve discovered a new source for some super-cute monogram blank dresses, I may be at it again.

If your are interested in making some personalized little dresses for Christmas, there are a lot of ways to go about it.  Here are some resources from past blog posts + some new cute dresses that you can easily personalize with your embroidery machine!


Seriously – you can make this from a $3 t-shirt from Walmart and a scrap of fabric!  Check out my tutorial on how to make this cute little dress.

I used my appliqué triple stitch letter design for the single letter.


Walmart usually has a few different tunics available for about $7 that are suitable for embroidery.  You can see what I’ve done with them in the past, then scope out your local Walmart to see this year’s styles.


This weekend my sister-in-law let me in on a secret…. The darling dresses her little girls were wearing which LOOKED like Boden dresses were actually from Amazon and they were a fraction of the price… like $15.  SAY WHATTTT????

But you know what would make them a bit cuter? if they were monogrammed or appliquéd!

Check out these darling dresses on Amazon:  horses, birds and dinos.

Enjoy and happy embroidering!

60 Embroidery Designs – Less than $1 each! The NEW VIP Club is a great gift.

Gift a VIP Club subscription to a friend and we’ll mail them a card + 5 Designs each month! Only $50!

Hello all and happy Thanksgiving!

First of all – if you received an email from the Machine Embroidery Geek site about your username and password being added to the site – I apologize.   As you might have noticed – I updated my web site and needed to migrate all the user subscriptions over to the new site.  The result of this migration was all of those confirmation emails being generated.  So – again – apologies for the annoying email.   However, the upside is that you can now login to download free designs on this site using the same email you registered with on the old site.

The good news is that the new and improved Machine Embroidery Geek web site is live! Yippeee!   It’s been quite a project migrating all the old content and implementing e-commerce capabilities – but voila!  It’s done!  I can now sell my designs through my own site and offer some innovative new subscriptions such as the new VIP Club.


The VIP Club is a annual membership where subscribers receive 5 free designs/typefaces each month for just $50 (less than $1 per design)! And between now and January 1st – VIP Club subscribers receive 50% off any additional subscriptions they purchase.  So if you love machine embroidery add it to your Christmas list! Or buy a friend a subscription and get yours at 1/2 off!

Good luck with all your holiday embroidery projects. Santa’s workshop is in full swing at my house and I’ll be sharing these projects with you soon.

An arch appliqué t-shirt for a little boy who * MIGHT * be moving to St. Louis

St. Louis LOVE Shirt
St. Louis LOVE Shirt

Hello from the Netherlands! I’m here visiting our university’s campus in Leiden before attending a conference in Spain. I know, I know… My life is rough. And how does this all relate to machine embroidery?

My colleague in Leiden has a 1-year-old son, Freddie,  who I had never met so I wanted to take him a little gift. But since I had never met the little tyke and didn’t know what he was into, I decided to use the gift giving opportunity to help convince his parents to move to (my home town ) St. Louis! It IS actually a possibility that they may move… which would be great from my point of view.

So I bought Freddie a simple t-shirt from Target –  which currently has some really cute kid clothes – but not much that is plain enough for appliqué.  But I think this blue t-shirt with subtle stripes is perfect for this design.  It’s kind of retro and reminds me of the sky. AHHHH – lovely.

Like the concept?  It’s actually a hybrid of two designs I sell on my store: the arch design plus any of the states that contain an appliqué heart.  Enjoy and happy embroidering!

U.S. State designs

St. Louis Arch Machine Embroidery and  Applique Design

How to remove the appliqué fabric using applique scissors in an enclosed shape

How to remove applique cut outs
How to remove applique cut outs

A while back I remember seeing some posts on my Facebook embroidery and appliqué groups asking about how to remove appliqué fabric after it has been completely stitched down. This is an issue that I encounter frequently – especially when appliquéing letters and numbers.  So when I made the number eight with crown birthday shirt the other day and had to remove the fabric inside the circles of the eight, I thought – here’s the perfect opportunity to create a “how-to.”

I was actually nervous about doing this when this situation came up initially.  But if you’re careful – it’s actually no big deal. So far – using this method – I haven’t cut any holes in any shirts.  (Knock on wood.)

Keep in mind that in order to do any type of applique, you MUST have a pair of applique scissors.  Honestly you really don’t need anything fancy.  I use a pair similar to these.


Skeleton (Day of the Dead) Embroidery Design / Best Gift Ever

I love embroidering gifts for my friend Alix, because she likes just about anything I make. (See lotus flower dress from last year.) Or maybe that’s just what she tells me. Anyway – when her birthday came around this year, I felt a lot of pressure to top some of the gifts I had embroidered in years past.. but was – JUST –  NOT –  FEELING –  IT.

But – fortunately – things changed for me while taking a trip to Puerto Rico this winter. While dining in old San Juan, I noticed a skeleton face icon painted on a wall across from where I was eating. And the thought occurred to me that this would be a great design to digitize.  I had wanted to digitize a “day of the dead” skeleton face – but had not found a great design. But once I spotted this sign – I knew I had found a winner. 2016-04-06 18.08.31

I ended up finding a black longsleeved T-shirt with a slight swing in the hem on the Old Navy clearance rack that would be the perfect back drop for my design.  I had considered stitching it out all in one color but opted to get a little crazy with the color combo and I think I made the right call.

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I couldn’t be any more in love with this design.  I especially love seeing my best bud in this ensemble.  (The necklace is from Puerto Rico as well!)


Want to make this shirt too?  Check out the day of the dead design on my store.