Category: For the home

How to make elegant, monogrammed pillow shams

How to make pillow shams and monogram them with your embroidery machine

Do you ever have one of those projects that turns out better than you could have ever imagined? For me, those experiences are few and far between.  It’s such a bummer to overspend your money and time on a project that turns out like crap. But when it all works out better than expected, that […]

101 things to machine embroider

101 things to machine embroider

Got an embroidery machine but don’t know what to make. There are so many things to machine embroider! In this blog post, I will provide you with a list of 101 things you can embroider with your embroidery machine. From the basics like towels and aprons, to more advanced techniques like baby onesies and gloves, […]

How to make a Santa pillow

How to make a Santa pillow with an appliqué belt

Around Christmastime, my husband often refers to me as the Scrooge because I’m not the most willing participant when it comes to Christmas decorating. This is probably because I am usually embroidering, wrapping gifts, sending out Christmas cards, or doing some tasks that ago along with celebrating the Christmas season.  Would the Scrooge be willing […]

how to make in-the-hoop towel toppers

How to make in-the-hoop towel toppers

It seems like every time I walk in our kitchen, there is at least one towel on the floor as well as 4 or 5 wadded up in different locations around the kitchen.  Mostly, I blame my 3 teenage roommates. But, in their defense, we don’t really have a great place for them to hang […]

how to make in-the-hoop coasters

How to make in-the-hoop coasters

Christmas parties are just around the corner, which means you will probably want to have some host / hostess gifts on hand.  Of course, you could be like everyone else and show up with a bottle of wine. But why not take advantage of your embroidery machine and make your host some in-the-hoop coasters?  Sound […]

how to make in-the-hoop gift tags

How to make in-the-hoop tags

It wasn’t long after I started using my embroidery machine that I recognized its potential as a labeling device.  Back then, my kids were little and we had bins of toys and doodads everywhere.  So, I started stitching out words on cloth and attaching them to the bins with glue or (eventually – after I […]

in-the-hoop Christmas napkin rings

In-the-hoop Christmas napkin rings

Are you looking for a way to make your table a little bit more festive this Christmas? One super easy way of doing so is to use your embroidery machine to make festive in-the-hoop Christmas napkin rings. These darling little nuggets stitch out quickly and can be made even in the smallest of embroidery hoops.  […]

in the hoop embroidery projects for beginners

In-the-hoop embroidery for beginners

Maybe you have heard of the term “in the hoop.”  It certainly gets thrown around a lot in machine embroidery circles. In fact, there is even a Facebook group called “Totally Addicted to In the Hoop Embroidery.”  But this new kind of embroidery can be a bit intimidating if you have never tried it. So […]

how to make an in-the-hoop napkin ring

How to make in-the-hoop napkin rings

Napkin rings offer a touch of elegance to your place settings. You have probably seen them made of all different types of materials including metals, wood, plastic and ceramics.  But have you considered making napkin rings out of fabric using your embroidery machine? Yep – you can actually make them entirely in your embroidery hoop. […]

how to machine embroider on a napkin

How to embroider on napkins

A while back I personalized some placemats as a gift for my mother-in-law. AND – they turned out REALLY well. In fact, I heard about how good they looked from other members of the family (besides my mother-in-law). So, I knew this embroidered gift was a winner. The only problem was that the placemats weren’t […]

20 personalized gifts to make on your embroidery machine for under $10

Gifts to make on an embroidery machine – personalized and under $10!

You know those people on your Christmas list who you just want to give a little something too? But then you don’t want the “little something” to look too…LITTLE? And cheap? Fortunately, you own an embroidery machine which means that you have the ability to turn very inexpensive items into personal and thoughtful gifts. Don’t […]

how to embroider on a throw

How to embroider on a throw

New to machine embroidery? Well, here’s a great place to start. Personalizing a throw using your embroidery machine is a great project for a beginner. Plus, when you use your embroidery machine to embroider on a throw, you will have the perfect gift this holiday season. Products mentioned in this post plush throw adhesive-backed stabilizer […]