Category: How To Make

how to monogram sneakers

How to monogram sneakers on a embroidery machine

Looking for a way to literally put a spring in your step? How about monogramming some sneakers? While I’ve seen this for years, I always assumed that it would be impossible to monogram sneakers on a single needle embroidery machine. But, guess what? It’s not. I did it myself and I’m going to show you […]

How to make an in-the-hoop face mask

As I’m sure you are probably aware, this whole COVID-19 outbreak has set off a mask making frenzy. Sewing and embroidery enthusiasts have turned their studios into mask making factories, cranking out 100s of fabric masks to sell or donate. I actually made a couple of fabric masks myself, sewing them based on a pattern […]

How to embroider on an umbrella using your embroidery machine

Using your embroidery machine to embroider on an umbrella seems like a REALLY BAD IDEA. The whole premise of an umbrella is to keep the water off of your head. And, the very nature of embroidering requires you to poke thousands of holes in the umbrella when stitching out a design or monogram. So, it […]

how to make custom button ponytail holders

Personalized ponytail holders to make with an embroidery machine

Years ago, when our kids were little, my friend, Jeannette, who is also an embroidery geek and I hired a babysitter and spent an afternoon sewing together.  It felt so decadent. At that time, she had much more experience with her embroidery machine and sewing for little girls. And that afternoon she taught me how […]

how to make a personalized headband on your embroidery machine

Make an Embroidered Headband with Your Embroidery Machine for Next to Nothing!

Need a cute, cheap gift for a little girl? Or an inexpensive and unique party favor to make on your embroidery machine? Learn to make an embroidered headband. Maybe you’ve seen the popular brand of knit headbands, Logo Loops? They’re adorable and come in a variety of colors featuring cute embroidered designs and girl-power themed […]

how to make a shawl with pompom trim

How to make a shawl with pompom trim

There is nothing better for a sewing and embroidery geek then coming up with a new idea for a project and having it turn out better than expected. My latest win was a velvet shawl that I made for my sister, sister-in-law, my friend Anna, and myself. It turned out AMAZING. So, I thought you […]

How to make in-the-hoop Christmas ornaments with photos

Let me just start by saying that I am not really a Christmas tradition kind of gal. Just making it through the holiday season without drama and keeping everyone happy is a win in my book. So, I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to re-create these big holiday traditions. In fact, as […]

How to make a personalized photo album with your embroidery machine

Last weekend I attended a baby shower of a friend’s step-daughter which is something I hadn’t done in a while.  Since my peers are kind of done having babies, I saw this as a great opportunity to make a baby gift.  Although I purchased a few items off of the registry, I wanted to supplement […]

how to make a tooth fairy pillow using your embroidery machine

How to make a tooth fairy pillow and personalize it with your embroidery machine

I only live a few miles from my mom and dad which and they actually still live in the home where I grew up.  Great, right?  Yep – it’s great until your kids discover all your old stuff that’s still lingering around in your childhood bedroom.  One of the treasures my two girls recently uncovered […]

How to applique on an embroidery machine

How to appliqué on an embroidery machine

I never anticipated that after I started making appliqué designs, people  start asking me how to use them. It all seems so simple to me now. But, I do remember when getting started that I, too, was perplexed about how to appliqué on an embroidery machine. But, before we get TOOOOO deep here – let’s […]

How to make elegant, monogrammed pillow shams

How to make monogrammed pillow shams 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 […]

how to make a personalized t-shirt dress for only $5

How to make a personalized t-shirt dress using your embroidery machine

Hey there!  Are you lucky enough to have little girls in your life who are willing to wear wacky dresses?  Well – I used to, but now my girls are teenagers and are a bit less tolerant about wearing some of the things I make.  Fortunately I have two young nieces who are right in […]