NOTE: This is reposted from several years ago, but still has some good ideas for quick and easy Halloween projects. I hope you find something you like.
Halloween has never been a favorite holiday of mine but our grandchildren get absolutely giddy with the fun it brings. This year, I’ve joined in the celebration with sewing projects.
This candy jar was so quick and easy. Our grandchildren are all big Disney fans so the iBroidery.com design with Mickey and the pumpkin seemed perfect. It was embroidered on orange felt then glued to a fringed circle of black burlap. The embroidery was glued to a strip of fringed black burlap then adhered to the jar with double sided tape (one of my all-time favorite sewing notions).
My latest blog post at Brother’s Stitching Sewcial is up, named From Sea to Shining Sea.
Yes, the embroidery design Born in the USA is crooked and I just now noticed!!!!! Oh, dear, I was so focused on the concept of “sea to shining sea” –from the Statue of Liberty in NY to the Golden Gate Bridge to the Lone Star State of Texas,–that I was oblivious to the skewing. Sigh….
Anyway, the design is darling and so appropriate for Independence Day. There is plenty of time to whip this up before the celebratory parades, picnics and pyrotechnics.
With white shorts embroidered with a starburst, a child is a walking, talking poster for patriotism. I just love this.
A detailed tutorial and more photos are posted at Stitching Sewcial.
Have you stitched any July 4th outfits for the little ones in your life?
And now for the requisite disclaimer: I am a paid sewing expert/consultant for Brother. And I love it.
Children’s Corner “Charlotte” pattern embroidered with pooh in Field of Flowers at ibroidery.com
This project was posted at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. A step-by-step photo illustrated tutorial can be seen there.
Pooh and a Field of Flowers Tutorial
It’s a cute, cool and comfortable outfit for summer. Children’s Corner Charlotte is one of my favorite patterns–quick and easy, fully lined and a blank canvas for unlimited embroidery or applique’ designs. I’ve made several and each is well received by my granddaughter.
This is a size 4, which was required to fit the large embroidery design. Even so, the tunic had to be lengthened 1.5″ so the blue butterfly would fit under the arm. Of course, a smaller size could be made by leaving off the butterfly.
White cotton twill was used for the top. The lining, shoulder ruffles and capri ruffles were cut from a pretty floral lawn that just happened to be in my stash. It was a near perfect match for the embroidery.
Red Kona cotton is used for the capri, the pattern for which was included in the the Charlotte.
This is an in-progress construction photo, but it shows the bees on the capri leg.
A fun detail was added to the buttons by attaching each with a thread color in the embroidery.
If you click on the picture, the link will take you to the blog post. I hope you will find something interesting there and perhaps leave a comment.
Happy summer sewing!
Balloons seem to say happy.
I just love being able personalize items for special friends. With two ready to wear onesies, two caps and a white tee for cover up, machine embroidery turned turn plain Jane into special so quickly.
Pooh with balloons is a built in Brother machine design from. The balloons on the shirt and inserted into Johnathan’s name on the cap are from a discontinued Dakota Collectibles Toddler Trio collection, of which I found only one copy available on-line. The designs are tiny, arranged in groups of three and are wonderful to extract when you need a small design. I often wonder why such collections are discontinued when they could be made available individually by digital download. I’m just glad I have this one in my design library.
This set will be gifted at a baby shower for a precious young lady we’ve known since she was born. But it is not my gift–it is part of a set of items from her sister-in-law who asked if I could monogram them for her.
When she said Melissa, the expectant mama, loves monograms I was so excited! Melissa is a PlayGroup Kid whose mother has been a member of our 40 year-old sisterhood. The youngest of the 23 PlayGroup Kids, Melissa and Justin were married almost 4 years ago and we have all been awaiting the birth of another PlayGroup grandchild. I expect there will be lots of other JHL monograms flying out of my sewing room.
Though Johnathan is due in less than 3 months, his parents have not yet chosen a theme for his nursery. So I was given free reign to monogram at will.
This is the second onesie monogrammed for Johnathan.
Trains seem to be popular with all boys so that’s what I chose for the gray onesie set. I cannot recall where I got this design, but the 4-car train was edited in my software to turn the corner.
Now I’m starting on granddaughter Laurel’s gift for her 14th birthday. I can’t wait to get started on this pillow with inspirational text. Recently, I altered curtains to fit her new bedroom and there were some large scraps. They will be included in the crazy patch pillow.
But time flies. Just as I rush to get this finished and in the mail, I am amazed yet again at how this tiny baby has grown into a lovely young lady in the blink of an eye.
The floral borders below each of the Minnie designs are offered as FREE downloads at the blog web site. The Minnie designs are for sale at iBroidery.com.
This cute and cool little play outfit was made for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. Minnie turned 60 years old in January so the blog post was a part of the birthday celebration. As a “paid consultant” (inclusion of this info is required), I designed this and wrote the step-by-step tutorial, posted here.
As much as I love lengthy, complicated projects like an heirloom Easter dress or intricate quilt, there is a lot of satisfaction from making a quick and easy outfit for our little ones. This play suit certainly fits the bill. Continue reading
Not exactly a Griswold house, but it was enough to please us. And there is more in the back around the pool. Bob really wanted to please the children with all the lights. Lighted reindeer are perched on the garage roof, 4 snowflakes hang in front of the breakfast porch, candles are in the windows and my sewing room on the right is lighted up like an airport runway. Should have turned that off before Bob snapped this shot.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Good friends, good times, good food, and good worship makes this time of year so special. But Christmas ’17 is over.
The lights and tree are down, all decorations are packed away and our precious family have all returned to their far away homes. It was a wonderful, joyous time, but now it’s seems very quiet in this house. Several of us were sick at various times, but that didn’t keep us from having fun.
Gotcha gang ready for the next round. The dogs insisted on being in the middle of it all and were more help in the finding than the hiding. Laurel is wearing her new Theater Geek hoodie and Vivian Rose is in her beloved leopard print tutu dress. Sigh…
We went to church, ate turkey and pie, drank gallons of eggnog and played our family’s traditional holiday games. ” Gotcha” is a favorite of all four grandchildren.
Basically, it’s just Hide and Seek in the dark, with the use of on-off head lamps. When “It” finally finds someone in the dark, he yells “Gotcha” and we all race back to the center of the yard so as not to give up a good hiding place.
Once when we reassembled, we noted Harvey’s absence. Vivi announced that he was in the house. “See, Daddy’s in the kitchen!” And sure enough, there was Harvey clearly visible through the window, probably eating a cookie. Nothing gets by that girl. Continue reading
Surely you know that Christmas is just around the corner. In anticipation of the holiday and all the joy that goes with it, this quilt was made. Quilting, machine embroidery, and stippling combined to make a quilt with which I was almost entirely pleased. I regretted running out of time before I quilted the green gingham squares along the edges and they waffled.
As a “Brother paid expert consultant”, my assignment was to use the new Disney Mickey and Friends Christmas designs in a Dream Machine project. As you can see, I chose to make a quilt.
Detailed and photo illustrated instructions are posted here at Stitching Sewcial.
Six of the new Disney designs were chosen, each of which would fit in the 4×4 frame. For the other blocks mini designs were chosen so as not to compete with the new Mickey and Friends Christmas embroideries.
This is the center block, stippled and in place.
As Disney/Pixar’s wholesome movie Cars 3 roared through theaters across the nation this summer, iBroidery.com offered a dozen beautifully digitized racing designs. With so many macho characters associated with the Cars movies, Cruz Ramirex is truly the rising star of gender equality in the racing world.
This skirt features Cruz colors and embroidery. Fabric tutus similar to the one shown above are all the rage with younger girls. I’ve heard of birthday parties at which each guest makes her own hula-type tutu. One kindergarten class made these for an end of the year project.
Most of the quick, easy, and fun skirts are simply strips of fabric knotted over a circle of elastic. Cruz’s skirt is tutu Version 2.0, with less bulk at the waist. It includes a casing waistband which captures folded strips rather than knotted. It also features her personal embroidered crest at the center front. The skirt is paired with a simple white tee embroidered with the equivalent of Cruz’s business card.
Detailed instructions for this less bulky skirt and more photos are posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. Continue reading
Mickey Roadster bubble
Minnie Roadster bubble
What fun I had stitching these bubbles with the new Brother iBroidery.com Mickey Roadster designs! The digitizing is just excellent, with so much detail and such appealing, bright colors. Children will love these.
The bubbles are featured at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, with detailed instructions, especially for the applique’ function on their Dream and Quattro machines.
Embroidery is straight stitched in place while in the hoop before it is completed with a satin stitch surround.
Minnie’s design is applique’s in place with with a straight stitch. The fabric was cut closely to the stitching. Then the satin stitch was worked flawlessly around the design, as shown on Mickey’s bubble.
Mickey’s roadster is very masculine. Note the perfect tracking of the satin stitch around the unique shape of the design. This was all done in the hoop.
The pattern is another delight, including two versions each for boy and girl. I’d love to make every one of these.
Babies are so cute in bubbles.
Now that these are finished, I’m back to embroidering more camp logo shorts for 8 yo Alastair’s return to summer camp. I just grin when I work on these, remembering the happy times I had at Camp Watitoh more than 50 years ago. Bob and I met my ssecond summer there when we were counselors. He taught sailing and I taught water skiing. It just tickles me that Alastair is enjoying the specialof the Berkshire Mountains and having a wonderful camp experience.
So what are you sewing now? Summer projects? Or are you already on back-to-school garments? I’d love to hear about it.
Posted in Disney, Disney projects, infant clothing, machine embroidery
Tagged Brother Dream Machine, Brother Quattro applique, brother sister bubbles, Disney embroidery, Dream Machine applique', iBroidery.com, Mickey Roadster, Minnie Roadster, Simplicity 8098
This cute spa wrap isn’t green, but there is a bit of the color in the trim.
What a fun little project this is! My older granddaughter loved her monogrammed wrap and those I made for her Spatacular 8th birthday party guests. There was also one for each girl’s American Girl doll (see that tutorial here).
Laurel would love one with the Beauty and the Beast design, available from iBroidery.com for Brother Disney embroidery machines.
She is our little drama queen, but not in a bad way. Laurel has been performing in local stage productions since she was 7 and acting as narrator in Beauty was one of her favorite roles. Continue reading