Category: Projects

wedding and engagement gifts to make on your embroidery machine

Wedding and Engagement Gifts to Make with an Embroidery Machine

Monograming robes is an old standby for me – but a great idea for a wedding gift. I embroider two unisex style spa robes with the couples monograms. I use a script font for the woman’s robe and a classic serif font for the man’s robe. Fancy soap or bath balls are great additions to this gift.

10 Easter projects to make on your embroidery machine

Machine embroidery projects for Easter

It’s hard to believe that the next big holiday is EASTER!  Yes, I understand it is a holy day, and I do recognize that. But when it comes to machine embroidery, Easter means going big with over the top Easter baskets, outfits and home decor. If you are looking for ideas this season, check out […]

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 monogram a sweater using an embroidery machine

How to monogram a sweater with your embroidery machine

My mom’s birthday always presents a HUGE challenge,  because she is SOOOO incredibly difficult to shop for. A few years ago I was really stuck coming up with a gift idea. I had already given her my favorite gift for Mother’s Day (the monogrammed straw hat). 24 hours prior to her birthday, I still had […]

how to make a pillow case dress

How to make a pillow case dress

As you have probably heard me mention before, I LOVE to visit fabric stores and have plenty of fabric laying around to show for it. For some reason though, it seems like all of the pieces in my sewing room tend to be about 1 yard. It’s barely enough for a skirt for me. However, […]

in-the-hoop valentines

Making in-the-hoop Valentines on an embroidery machine

Do you struggle with what to send in for Valentines at your kids school? What about using your embroidery machine to make some unique Valentines for your kid’s fellow classmates? Sounds like a lot of work. But it’s actually not. There are a ton of in-the-hoop Valentines projects you can whip out that the kids […]

Free heart applique design

A heart appliqué for the perfect Valentine’s sweater

It’s sort of ironic that I make this heart appliqué sweatshirt and the fact that I love it so much.  You know why? I’m totally not into wearing holiday related apparel.  In fact, my kids even called me out on wearing a pink dress (with my black velvet pom pom shawl) on Christmas Eve. My […]

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 […]

party favors to make on your embroidery machine

Party Favors to Make with an Embroidery Machine

January is a big birthday month for us. My two daughters are exactly 2 years and two apart with both of their birthdays falling at the end of January. So now that we have wrapped up the holiday season, it’s officially birthday season. Thinking of their birthdays reminds me of years past and all of […]

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 […]