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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 […]

How to make a monogrammed bow tie

How to make a monogrammed bow tie

A few years ago, I was looking for the perfect accessory for my son’s First Communion outfit. Little girls get new crosses, dresses, headbands, etc… but what about the boys? They deserved something special too.  So, I took matters into my own hands and made my little guy a monogrammed bow tie for his big […]

how to embroider on toilet paper using your embroidery machine

How to embroider on toilet paper

I want to start by saying that I can not believe that I’m writing this blog post. For years, I’ve seen questions about and examples of embroidery on toilet paper in my machine embroidery Facebook groups. And every time I do, I wonder why anyone want to know how to embroider on toilet paper. That […]

how to embroider on a mens shirt cuf

How to embroider on men’s shirt cuffs

My husband has a problem; he keeps blowing the elbow out of his shirts. And – get this – it’s always his left elbow.  And it’s starting to happen on a weekly basis. While I suspect that this elbow blow out problem is stemming from the fact that most of his shirts are older than […]

how to embroider on corduroy

Machine Embroidery on Corduroy

Corduroy is a polarizing fabric. Some people love it, some hate it.  Me? I’m in the former camp. I LOVE corduroy.  Maybe it’s because corduroy reminds me of my preppy uncles who all wear candy cane embroidered corduroy pants around the holidays. The texture of embroidery on lush corduroy fabric was, and still is, so […]