Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY Embroidery on Clothes

Welcome to Christmas in July! I've got 8 days of projects to inspire you to get making those holiday gifts now. These gifts are great for giving at other times of the year so building a stash of ready to give gifts is another way to look at this week if you can't think about Christmas this early.

Jennifer Jangles is celebrating Christmas in July over at the website as well with 40% off all PDF patterns this week. Woohoo! Stock up on some patterns today!

Have you tried embroidering on clothes? It's a lot of fun and a great way to personalize them. You can also embroider on tea towels, pillows, just about anything.

Here's the secret to getting embroidery on to clothes easily. It's wash away stabilizer. This stabilizer from C&T is my favorite, it's easy to wash out, I've found some others that don't wash out as easily.

Trace the embroidery pattern onto the stabilizer. Loosely cut around the design. Peel the backing off and place it on to the fabric.

On t-shirts, I like to use an embroidery hoop to help stabilize the fabric even more since it's stretchy.

Embroider just as you would on fabric, stitching through the stabilizer.

Once you're finished, follow the instructions on the package. Basically you soak the embroidered portion of the fabric and the stabilizer disappears.

Here's a closeup of the embroidery. You can find the free pattern here.

If you need some brushing up on your embroidery skills, here are some step by steps.

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Have a great day,

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It's Christmas in July!

It's Christmas in July! I don't know about you but I get a lot of sewing and crafting done in July. It's too hot to go outside most days here in Georgia so I cozy up on the couch, while the kids are home and stitch.

Over the next eight days, I am going to post a project each day that would make a good gift for someone. Maybe this will inspire you to get a head start on making those gifts.

Along with the celebration, I am releasing some new sewing patterns.

And to top it all off, over at the Jennifer Jangles website, all PDF's are marked 40% off. Yes, even the new ones!

Have you started thinking about making and buying gifts for the holidays? I was printing this list out for myself so I could get better organized here. It seemed like a good idea to share this printable list again with you, just in case you need to get going on gifts as well. You can find it here, ready for printing.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Making Fabric Bookmarks with Scraps


 I like to use scraps a lot, do you?
One of the ways I had been using scraps was in my wonky blocks. I sewed up a bunch of fabric strips for those, one thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was making a bookmark. Want to make one? Here's how you make one.
Fabric Scraps
Ribbon Scraps
Felt Scraps
Fusible Peltex or another heavyweight stabilizer (see below if you don't have fusible Peltex on hand)
Heat n Bond if using regular Peltex
3/4 "D" ring
3/4" button

1. Start by sewing strips of fabric together. Sew enough together that you can cut a 3 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle. Cut the rectangle.
2. Cut the Peltex 1 1/2" x 8". Side Note: I didn't have fusible Peltex that day so I made my own. If you're using regular Peltex like I was, then cut a piece of Heat n Bond paper backed fusible webbing as well the same size. Iron the fusible webbing to the Peltex, peel the paper off. Now you're set to continue on. 
3. Place the fusible side up in the center of the fabric rectangle. Fold over the two shorter sides and press onto the Peltex. Be careful to keep your iron just on the fabric so it doesn't get sticky.
4. Fold the corners in, like you are wrapping a present and press. Next fold one of the longer sides over and press to secure. Repeat this for the second side as well.

5. Fold one end of ribbon over approximately 1" and slide the "D" ring on to the ribbon. Pin the ribbon down the side of the book mark that has the raw edges to cover them. The "D" ring should be just off the top of the bookmark. Sew around the edges to secure. Trim a notch in the end of the ribbon.
 The back should look like this.
6. Sew another piece of ribbon down the middle if you like. 
7. Cut out a little felt flower just larger than your button and a leaf. I added a scrap of fabric that I cut in a circle as well. Stack all of these up and stitch to the bookmark.
8. Add ribbons to the ring by folding them in half to make a loop. Slid the loop into the ring and bring the ends of the ribbons through the loop. Pull snug to secure.
You've got a bookmark!
These fabrics can be found here.
Have fun!

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