Category: Projects

how to make a sun hat

How to make a sun hat

Yes, it’s getting to the point in the summer where I’ve gotten my fair share of vitamin D. Between working in the yard and daily runs, I get A LOT of sun. And now that I’m getting older, I see how important it is to avoid the sun for my skin’s optimal health and appearance. […]

how to make an in the hoop pouch on your embroidery machine

How to make an in-the-hoop pouch on your embroidery machine

In-the-hoop machine embroidery projects are pretty remarkable. All you have to do is lay pieces of fabric and zippers on top of floated stabilizer, following the directions of the pattern designer. Then, when you’ve made it through the steps, remarkably, you have a finished project! I love in-the-hoop projects. In fact – I’m a member […]

10 fun ideas to machine embroider on a baseball cap

10 fun ideas to machine embroider on a baseball cap

Here I am on vacation at the beach and I find myself with no hat. This is despite the fact that I specifically put “baseball cap” on the packing list I made for myself and all my kids. I can’t even follow my packing list! Anyway, before I left town I picked up a couple […]

easy and adorable bridesmaid gifts to make on your embroidery machine

Bridesmaid Gifts to Make on Your Embroidery Machine

Are you thinking about making something special for your bridesmaids on your embroidery machine? Or maybe you have a customer or friend who wants you to whip up something special for her bridal party? Bridesmaids are deserving of a thank you gift! They tolerated the ridiculous bridesmaid dress you picked out and toasted you at […]

how to make a custom wine bag with your embroidery machine

Make a wine bag with your embroidery machine

Quite often my friends come up with projects for me to make on my sewing and embroidery machines. One of the latest? Wine bags. One of my friends pointed me in the direction of a site that sold adorable wine bags with celebratory messages printed down the front.  And then she informed me “you could […]

machine embroidery projects for a dog

Machine embroidery projects for a dog

Sometimes your dog truly is the most deserving. I write that first sentence with the utmost honesty.  Unlike my children, our dog, Chili, never has an attitude or talks back and is always up for hanging out with me. So maybe I should be devoting more of my creative energy to making stuff for her, […]

gifts to make for boys on your embroidery machine

Personalized boy gifts to make on an embroidery machine

Got little boys in your life, and need some fun gift ideas? I got you.  There are so many fun boy gifts to make on an embroidery machine. Buckle up. You know how I know? Many years of making boy gifts on my embroidery machine. Personalized duffel bags Sleepovers aren’t just for little girls. My […]

how to make a monogrammed dress

How to make inexpensive monogrammed dresses on an embroidery machine

Looking for an easy, cheap personalized gift for a little girl using your embroidery machine?  I got you covered.  I’ve officially mastered the art of making inexpensive monogrammed dresses on an embroidery machine.  You know the saying “necessity is the mother of invention?” Well, I think this pretty much sums up how I came up […]

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 […]

gifts to make for mom using an embroidery machine

Gifts for mom to make on an embroidery machine

OH man!  It’s that time of year again: the season in which I rack my brain trying to figure out what to give my mom and my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. Fortunately, I own an embroidery machine, and I have a fairly good track record for embroidering gifts personalized gifts that they have loved.  Since […]

How to embroider on a sweater with an embroidery machine

One of the best things about the end of the end of a season is scoring some bargain basement clothing. At (what stores consider to be) the end of the winter season (February) you can find tons of sweaters for next to nothing. For example, I hit Old Navy the other day and picked up […]