This is a fun and relatively quick project that will be a special reminder of the season of Thanksgiving. A complete step by step tutorial is posted at http://blog.brothersews.com/holiday/give-thanks-tutorial/
Children could be involved in this project and will be delighted to help with pulling burlap threads and stuffing the jars with the fairy lights.
It will be easy for you but I had to struggle with various steps while making this. Double sided tape has always been a staple of my sewing supplies, but now it is my new favorite.
Did you know it is described as permanent? That’s good news for Give Thanks as it beautifies your mantle, piano, bookcase or anywhere.
We always celebrate fall in a big way, but Thanksgiving is the crowning glory of the harvest season. So hop over to Stitching Sewcial and see just how this comes together. If you like it, I would really appreciate it if you would leave a comment there.
FYI, there are so many fabulous ideas and tutorials posted at Stitching Sewcial. You needn’t have a Brother machine to enjoy and reproduce many of the projects. Take a look!
Required disclosure: I am a paid and proud ambassador for Brother sewing machines. I LOVE them.
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).
This pillow was made for our precious granddaughter, Laurel.
enjoying our visit to a New Jersey tea room
She just turned 14 and I couldn’t resist offering some grandmotherly advice to mark the occasion. Putting that advice where she could read it every day seemed like a better idea than delivering a “Things to Remember” lecture. Continue reading
This project and a detailed tutorial are posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.
I loved embroidering this elegant set of table linens for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. Aside from the sewing details in the tutorial posted there, many “back stories” go with it that I just have to share with you.
First, I have loved these designs since I first saw them on my Dream Machine.
Like the design used on the quilted bed footwarmer, I was so eager to find the perfect project for them. Then….I did! Continue reading
No one likes cold feet–not at a wedding nor in bed.
There are many ways to keep your toes warm, like this. Who wouldn’t love that? But you need a lot of puppies.
Or you could do this:
There are risks with this method. Mildred “Mimi” Turner almost burned down our hotel (and her feet) when we were teaching in Australia’s cold Blue Mountains.
This quilted foot warmer is risk free, readily available, pretty, and fun to make. It is also my latest project for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, for which I am a paid sewing specialist (this is a required disclosure). The blog post includes a FREE download link for the quilting design used for the spaghetti bias Celtic knot in the center of each square. But more about the special use of that later.
The design measures 7.76 x 7.87″.
Posted in free patterns and designs, home dec, machine embroidery, quilts, Tutorials
Tagged bias tube, Brother Dream Machine, free quilting design, loop turner, spaghetti bias, Stitching Sewcial, tiger eye
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many readers have already mentioned that they are working of projects for the day that honors love.
Many, of course, are stitching special outfits for their children or grands. One dear grandmother is making 35 gifts for her grandchildren’s classmates, some pencil toppers and the others toothbrush wraps. I’ve never heard of toothbrush wraps and think it’s something I need to find out about. Do you know anything about them?
Others are creating gifts for family and friends. Since not everyone has an embroidery machine, I’m going to be adding blog projects, like this dishtowel, which require only a basic machine. Continue reading
Yes, I know Thanksgiving is over but life has been hectic around here. I’m waaaaay behind! But this could easily be made as a Christmas runner. Keep that in mind.
This table runner was made for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. It included two of my favorite sewing techniques, hemstitching and machine embroidery. A detailed photo tutorial is posted here http://blog.brothersews.com/home-decor/thanksgiving-table-runner/
The hem of the pale sage linen was mitred and then hemstitched. I just love hemstitching. It gives such an elegant finish to just about anything. My Brother Dream Machine (and all of my earlier Brother machines) executes this technique flawlessly. This linen was fairly heavy so I used a large wing needle.
The embroidery design from ibroidery.com is so nice for the end of a runner. Only the colors gave it an autumn look and it stitches out perfectly. With other color and different seasonal text it could used again and again.
The opposite end read Thankful.
The companion embroidery was mirrored along the outer edges of the center, leaving room for a center piece.
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
our 4 yo grandson ready for the fireworks
Every day I am grateful to be living here in the USA, truly the “home of the brave, land of the free…”
We’re all eager to celebrate our nation’s birthday. But it is important to pass our love and appreciation for the liberty we enjoy on to our children and grandchildren.
Special children’s clothing for the July 4th holiday shows them that this is an important celebration. Since my grands are all far away this Independence Day, I’ve looked back at a few earlier celebrations with and for them.
This was granddaughter Vivian Rose’s first July 4th.
Our two older grands wore these outfits one summer.
Of course, the holiday specific food is also important—and enjoyed.
18 month old granddaughter Vivian Rose loves her corn on the cob!
Posted in accessories, boys, brother-sister, girls, Holiday Projects, home dec, infant clothing, linen blanks, machine embroidery, quilts
Tagged Marcia Layton, patriotic machine embroidery, yo-yo quilt