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!
MAKE YOUR OWN MONOGRAM BLANK FROM A T-SHIRT AND A SCRAP OF FABRIC
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!
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.
NEW VIP CLUB – 60 DESIGNS – LESS THAN $1 EACH
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!)
There’s nothing I like more than making a custom item of clothing for my kids and their friends. But the last thing I want to do is dress them in something dorky just because I think it’s cute. So I’m always asking for their opinion on what they think looks cool. Unfortunately I don’t always have the perfect materials on-hand to make exactly what they have in mind.
Right now I have a little boy who is six (Thomas), and he’s a big fan of the t-shirts I make for him. So he has a lot of ideas for garments he would like me to stitch for him and his friends. But when it comes to little boys – I think it’s a bit tricky finding an age appropriate design for boys his age. I tend to favor raw edge appliqués on garments I make for little boys. Some of my favorite designs for little boys include my fishbone appliqué and the rodeo cowboy design. These make great T-shirts for little guys.
But for his friend, Johnny (who was celebrating his 6th birthday), Thomas had a new idea. He informed me that we needed to make a gecko shirt for his friend. You see Johnny has a pet gecko, so Thomas thought it would be the perfect emblem for a sweatshirt. Alright – a gecko sweatshirt is it – with a raw edge applique to make it a little more boy-appropriate.
When I make right at edge appliqués I like to use a knit fabric so that the fabric doesn’t ravel around the edges when the raw edge is exposed. The only problem was that I didn’t have any green knit fabric to make the appliqué. But what I did have, was a green t-shirt that was waiting to go to Goodwill.
Old t-shirts make great knit fabric applique. In fact, I frequently use my husband’s old white undershirts (when I find a clean patch) and use it for an appliqué design. Unfortunately – he only wears white T-shirts so that deprives me of other color options. I suppose you could dye parts of his white T-shirts in a rainbow of colors or simply save pieces of junkie T-shirts that you’re going to get rid of anyway in different colors?
Anyway – back to the project. I took this hideous green t-shirt, cut out a small piece and used it for a lizard applique on a blue sweatshirt, then I I added some initials to personalize it a bit. I chose a blue sweatshirt because they are “uniform acceptable” at the Catholic school they attend. I realize that the gecko may be pushing the dress code a bit but I think sister Diane will let it slide.
Want to make it yourself? Check out my lizard applique on Etsy and don’t forget your applique scissors so you don’t cut your finished product!
A friend of mine is totally and completely dreading her Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s just say she has a bit of strained relationship with her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law. Nevertheless – the matriarch has insisted that they all dine together for Thanksgiving. AWK-WARD!!
We have had several discussions about coping strategies – agreeing that consuming the perfect amount of alcohol to “take the edge off” a bit is probably wise. You see – we are both loving drunks – so even people we are not so crazy about become more tolerable after a glass or two of fine.
So to put her in the right spirit I will be delivering a bottle of pinot grigio with the pictured tag attached that I designed and made in-the-hoop on my embroidery machine. And I CAN NOT wait to bring it over.
Perhaps you are in a similar situation? You gotta laugh (and have a drink).
A quick follow up from yesterday’s post. I have to share one more picture. This is the same design that I showed yesterday on a new dress. I cranked this out for a birthday gift… (party’s tonight). Once again the $6.49 Walmart dress scores. Hope she likes it!
Okay so don’t hate me – but this weekend I started wrapping Christmas presents. And I am soooooo happy to have made headway on my Christmas shopping / making. But, one of the reasons why I have been able to get so many presents wrapped is because I am basically re-creating a well received gift that I made last year.
This year the styles Walmart is selling are slightly different, but just as cute. They are still made of cotton stretch fabric in cute prints, however this year the dresses have empire or drop waists and have a seam in the middle. Of the styles they are selling, I especially liked the navy polkadot version. In fact, as soon as I saw it, I snapped up six of them for $6.49 each. And to personalize them, I came up with a new appliqué design, a single initial monogram design that is cute on kids and looks more modern than a formal monogram. It also allows for the dress to potentially be handed down.
After after personalizing all six dresses, I took them with me to the Children’s Place Outlet and picked up coordinating leggings for the dresses and, Voila! I had six gifts done. I do love this letter appliqué design so much that I plan to digitize every letter in the alphabet, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet. Stay tuned. But last year’s initial flower appliqué design which would look FAB on this this year’s Walmart dresses is available in my Etsy store.
This summer we took a trip to the Iowa state fair (my husband’s idea), where we mingled with the locals and ate every meal (and dessert) on a stick. While I can’t deny that milking a cow wasn’t a thrill, my favorite part of the trip was stopping off at Amana Colonies, Iowa on the way home.
Amana Colonies is a German colony in Eastern Iowa that has remained relatively preserved. The town is quaint and charming, attracting tourists from all over to sample their restaurants and purchase handcrafted goods. After eating our body weights in spaetzle, we headed over to the Amana Woolen Mill where we purchased copious blankets for Christmas gifts that were made at the facility. (Yep – we started our Christmas shopping in August.)
Of course – I didn’t want to just give the throw as a Christmas gift without something personalized and embroidered. So I ordered a pillow sham in a coordinated color and designed a new single initial monogram design. I am pretty happy with how it turned out – but even more thrilled with the fact that I’m making my way through my Christmas list.
One of the benefits of writing a blog and selling embroidery designs is that I have a lot of opportunities to connect with some major embroidery enthusiasts. One recent connection resulted in a mutually beneficial collaboration; I digitized a unique design, and my new friend provided me with super cute images for the new product listing.
My new buddy Britt had developed a cute design for a quilt especially suited for babies of Chinnock helicopter pilots. She started by making one for herself, and writing about it on her blog, providing instructions for people who wanted to make it themselves. In fact – Britt randomly met a woman who had made a similar chinook quilt and told her she found instructions online. Coincidently the instructions were from Britt’s blog. Crazy!
Britts chinook quilt was gaining a cult following, and she was receiving requests to have them made. The catch? Chinook quilts were taking her a very long time to make since she hand appliquéd all of the helicopters. This is when I entered the picture.
Briitt contacted me after finding my Etsy store and asked if I could custom digitize her Chinook helicopter according to the picture she supplied. Not a problem.
Once I sent Britt the design she test stitched it out right away. Since this was the first time she had appliqued by machine – it blew her mind. The emails she was firing off that night while watching her embroidery machine stitch like crazy were absolutely hilarious. She was overjoyed.
Now Britt’s officially hooked on machine embroidery and I’m hitting her up for more cute embroidery ideas.