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.
I’ve always thought mug rugs were a great idea and always meant to stitch some. Finally, a need arose and a set of these unusual “rugs” seemed like the perfect hostess gift for a perfectly gracious host and hostess.
The second set was made for the guest of honor and speaker, extraordinary Pastor James of Ghana. So two gift sets of 4 mug rugs were made. I don’t enjoy stitching identical designs again and again, so I changed the thread color of the background stitching and some of the lettering.
At a lovely dinner at the home of members of our church, Pastor James spoke passionately to a large group of guests about the challenging conditions in Ghana. Our host and hostess, a physician and nurse, had gone there on a medical mission trip this past summer. Continue reading
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).
Now here is a quick, easy and fun fall project for you. Since orange gourd designs are appropriate through Thanksgiving, you can stitch up a whole pumpkin patch of these to share. Even without an embroidery machine, you could trace a pumpkin and stitch the entire project on your sewing machine.
A detailed photo tutorial and the free design in 4×4 a d 5×7 are available at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. You can be very creative with this little pumpkin, using various colors of felt, burlap or even a sturdy fabric.
I especially liked using my Brother P-touch Embellish ribbon and tape printer to print BOO! for the black pumpkin tie.
black love the imprinted ribbon
There are so many great projects posted at Stitching Sewcial, like Angela Wolf’s lovely burlap jar covers embellished with Scan ‘n Cut letters FALL.
Having recently purchased a Scan ‘n Cut I was especially interested in this project. Check out Angela’s post and her tutorial here. I just love the long fringe at the top and bottom of the jars.
And here is another fall project from Joanne Banko, Fall Wreath–a great post, great project, great tutorial with a great free sunflower swag design.
Happy Fall to you all! Enjoy stitching for this colorful season.
When I did my stitch rehearsal for the flowers, I couldn’t decide if I preferred the lighter or darker pink. So I alternated them and was pleased with the result.
Who can resist gazing at a baby in a bonnet? The site warms the heart of every mother, grandmother, auntie or friend.
The pattern for this linen confection was included in Simplicity 8024, though it was modified greatly. The addition of lace, embroidery, hemstitching, and sculpted antique pearl buttons on the ties removes this from the realm of boy caps. Embroidery floss was woven through the hemstitching holes to add a little more color.
OFB Smocked layette dress pattern on white Imperial batiste.
At last Baby Bea’s church dress is finished. So many things I wish I had done differently, but it is done. The pattern is OFB Smocked Layette, made from white Imperial batiste.
I used this pattern with the little bit of smocking because I wanted to focus on the cross embroidered trim at the hemline. It would have looked better, I think, with short sleeves.
Because the cross embroidery is Swiss, I felt compelled to use Swiss for the other trims. Do you ever mix heirloom laces with Swiss on the same garment? I’d like to know your opinion on that.
The tiny Swiss trim at the neckline and smocked sleeves should be short enough to avoid irritating her delicate newborn skin. It has a built in entredeux stitch so I wove that with floss to add a little color higher on the daygown.
The cross trim at the hem was 6″ wide. After attaching it to the entredeux beading there just seemed to be too much blank space. So I removed it, trimmed the cross piece to 4″ and rejoined it to a new piece of entredeux beading, threaded with pink ribbon.
It still looked to plain so I added twin needle “shadow work” in pink on either side of the beading.
This is the first bonnet I have ever made with the ruffle behind the smocking. I’m not sure I like it, but Bea is so tiny, just now 7 lbs. that I thought the ruffle might obscure too much of her precious face.
The twin needle work was repeated on the back of the bonnet near the drawstring ribbon.
Posted in baby accessories, church projects, heirloom sewing, infant clothing, machine embroidery, smocking
Tagged Christian dress, cross embroidery, Custom Keepsakes Christening Gown 2, daygown, Old Fashioned Baby Shocked Layette, smocked daygown
These towels were a hostess gift to an incredibly generous couple at our church who recently returned from a medical mission trip to Ghana. The doctor and his nurse wife invited a group of friends for dinner and a slide show of their experiences. It was an amazing evening in so many ways!
But first let me tell you about the towels. I have expounded in earlier posts on the suitability of dishtowels for gifts. They are always the right size, always useful, and even if the recipient does not like them, they needn’t be displayed. It’s not so small as to be insignificant like thisnor so extravagant as to make the recipient feel beholden as this would.
With these considerations in mind, I thought a set of dishtowels would be just the right hostess gift for a delicious dinner and a most entertaining evening.
Several years ago when my daughter and her husband toured Africa, they brought me a few yards of African fabric, made in Tanzania. At the time I wondered if I would ever find a use for it, but AHA! It was perfect for this applique and the towels. Continue reading
Originally plain white with drawn thread work at the hemline, this versatile dress from All About Blanks can become something very special. Adding a shirt makes it suitable for chilly, windy kite-flying days.
This “blank” linen/cotton blend dress from All About Blanks is, indeed, a blank canvas awaiting embellishment. With embroidery, ribbon and topstitching, it steps out from “blank” into the realm of special.
Its patriotic kite and images of sunshine and water seem to broadcast and celebrate the joys of summer. For a picnic, family reunion or any such occasion, a little girl would be the center of attention.
The embroidery design is from Brother’s embroidery site, ibroidery.com. It is so sweet and versatile, capturing the magic of childhood summers.
Another little touch was swapping out the white utility buttons with eye catching red ones.
A complete tutorial post for this project is at Brother’s blog Stitching Sewcial.
*Required disclaimer: I am a paid sewing consultant for Brother.
Swiss flannel with pinstitch joining lace to fabric. Pinstitch is woven with pink perle cotton.
I can’t seem to stop thinking about Beatrice. She is the soon-to-be-born, soon-to-be-adopted baby girl whose waiting parents are active members of our church. So I sew. When she is in their arms, she will be wrapped in love, with or without this shawl.
Soft, luxurious Swiss flannel is perfect for any baby. Especially here in Florida where winters are usually moderate, a tiny one dressed in this fabric can go out on the town without being bundled in a parka. The blanket coordinates with a bonnet and smocked daygown featured in earlier posts. I hope to duplicate them for Baby Beatrice.
Pinstitch and Swiss flannel go together like peas and carrots. The holes were perfectly clear and clean, as always, but were woven with perle cotton because I wanted a little more color near the perimeter.
The lace edging is my favorite blanket trim as it can withstand heavy laundering and still flaunts its heirloom ancestry.
Six inches from the lace is a zig zag feather stitch frame, interspersed with embroidery. That stitch is worked in soft green, but I was unable to get a good scan of it. It shows up clearly in this photo from another project. With 30 wt. cotton thread, it works up nicely.
This stitch is one I designed several years ago in Brother’s exclusive My Custom Stitch feature. If you have a Brother machine which includes MCS, I would be happy to share it with you. Just leave your request at the end of this post.