Free Machine Embroidery Download – Valentine Coasters

If you are looking for a sweet, quick, and FREE Valentine accent for your home,
or for a gift, head on over to Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine
Do hurry, though.
The free download expires February 28, 2018.
The instructions are in the January/February 2018 issue.
The design will fit in a 5 x 7 hoop,
but I wanted to stitch out two coasters at a time,
so I chose to use the 8 x 8 hoop on my Baby Lock Alliance.
I used embroidery software to copy and paste a second coaster.
As you can see in the above photo, I did have to turn each design
slightly to fit both of them inside the hoop.
Because I pretty much “squished” two coasters into this hoop,
I cut the batting and main fabric piece at 5 x 7 inches,
which is smaller than indicated in the instructions;
but they still covered the placement line.
Once the front of the heart is stitched out,
two 4 x 7 inch fabric pieces are placed face down on top of
the stitched out heart (I used low tack tape to hold them in place).
The outline of the heart will then stitch them in place,
you will remove the entire design from the hoop,
trim around the heart, and turn it right side out.
The instructions suggest using pinking shears
to trim around the heart, and I highly recommend doing just that.
They add the perfect ‘clip’ marks so your heart turns easily with nice, smooth edges.
There is one misprint in the instructions:
The third bullet point under PREPARE on page 21 of the magazine
instructs you to fold the short edge of one 4 x 7 rectangle toward the wrong side –
in actuality, you should fold the long (7″) edge of the 4 x 7 rectangle
toward the wrong side and press.
I recommend using a press cloth over the embroidery.
Some embroidery threads could melt or discolor under direct contact with the iron.

A beautiful stemmed glass (purchased for $4.50 at a local vintage shop)
and a lovely Valentine coaster make my morning cranberry juice that much sweeter!
With much l💙ve, thank you for reading my blog.

Glo and Go Cosmetic Wrap

Hello sewers and hello 2018!
With the start of each new year, I find myself in organization mode.
This Glo and Go cosmetic wrap from patterns By Annie
is your go to makeup brush and supply organizer.

The pattern instructions call for quilting cotton for the exterior of the wrap,
but I chose to use marine glitter vinyl.
The marine vinyl is easy to sew and easy to wipe clean.
I purchased mine from Pile O Fabric
If you decide to use the marine vinyl for your exterior,
you can omit the interfacing that is called for in the pattern instructions.
The vinyl is more than stable enough on its own.
This wrap is for my daughter, so I machine embroidered her monogram to the font of the wrap.
Before doing so, I searched and searched for blog posts, you tube videos, etc. that might
give me some helpful tips on embroidering on marine vinyl.
I came up empty, as everything I found focused on vinyl applique.
I plan to record a video on said topic, so check my YouTube channel in the near future.
I used my Baby Lock Alliance and I experimented . . .
and it wasn’t pretty!
The above photo was the first font I chose for my monogram.
Such a pretty font – not such a pretty stitch out.
I hooped Inspira light cut away stabilizer and placed the vinyl on top.
Do not hoop your vinyl – it is too thick for the hoop and the hoop would leave marks on the vinyl.
The stitches were embedding down into the vinyl, so I added wash away stabilizer
on top of the vinyl (you can see a remnant of the wash away on the second stitch out).
But it still wasn’t a pretty monogram.
Soooooo . . .
I changed the font, used the Inspira light cut away stabilizer,
and used wash away stabilizer on top.
Look at that!
The font was the culprit!
The original font was just too delicate.
It got lost in the loft of the glitter vinyl.
The inside of the wrap features mesh pockets to house your brushes and supplies
and a clear vinyl flap to protect your supplies and to keep your wrap clean from makeup
that might be on your brushes.
The top edge of the mesh fabric is finished off with fold over elastic.
Here’s a video on how I attach the fold over elastic to the mesh fabric:
 
The interior (lining) fabric, which is quilting cotton, is coated with Slicker iron-on vinyl.
This pattern can be customized in so many ways.
You can vary the number, the type, and the size of mesh pockets.
Have fun sewing your version to meet your needs.
If you don’t want to sew your own, or if you don’t sew,
please send me a message,
and I would be glad to sew a custom version just for you.
Okay, back to organizing and de-cluttering my house!
Thank you for stopping by, my friends.
Here’s to an organized New Year!!!

Media Hipster

October 11, 2018
I updated and replaced the closure on this great bag.
Here is the video on how I did that:
Hello, stitchers!
This is a cross body bag that I stitched up for my grandgirl’s birthday.
The pattern and embroidery design are by Hope Yoder:
The first item on the agenda is to stitch out that pretty,
embellished flap using the embroidery machine.

Hoop the fusible fleece, cutaway stabilizer, and main fabric (my fabric is lightweight denim).
The flap outline and the all over stipple design stitch first.
Add the flap accent fabric and the machine completes the outline stitches.
Then, trim away the inside “u” shape of the accent fabric.
Now, on to the embroidered floral design.
I selected eight colors that I thought would be pretty with my cotton accent fabrics.
When that is all embroidered (it will take a while),
add the elastic hair band that will loop over the button for the closure.

These are the bands that I used.
They are a little thick, but they still worked fine.
After the machine tacks down the hair band,
place the flap lining fabric right side down
and let the machine stitch all the layers in place.
Remove the flap from the hoop and trim away the extra fabric and stabilizer.
Leave about 1/4 inch seam allowance around the flap.
Turn right side out and give it a good press.
I always use a press cloth over my embroidery stitch outs.
Now, on to the rest of the bag.
I purchased these fabrics from Shabby Fabrics.
They complement the denim beautifully.
I used iron on fleece inside the back pocket,
then I cross hatch quilted the pocket layers using my Baby Lock Sashiko.
The binding along the top of the pocket was a breeze using my Bernina binder attachment.
I always like to use the fly stitch to reinforce pocket seams.
On my Bernina, the fly stitch is number 26.
You don’t have to sew on a Bernina for this stitch.
It is included on other brands as well.
The above picture shows what it looks like.
I backed the purse body and handle straps with byAnnie Soft and Stable.
On the handle straps, this wavy stitch holds the layers in place.
This is the attachment that I used on my Baby Lock Ovation serger to make
quick work of the tabs that attach the “O” rings to the purse.
This attachment folds the fabric on each side to the back
and the coverstitch is used to secure everything in place.
Here’s a back and front view of the tabs.
Instead of simply attaching the purse strap to the tab and “0” ring,
I used a swivel hook. 
That way, the strap doesn’t twist when my granddaughter puts it across her body,
and she can also detach the strap, wrap it around the handlebars of her bike, and reattach the bag so she can be hands free while riding her bike.
It also will not flap around on her body while she is riding her bike.
(I sell bag hardware in my shop and I would be happy to put together a finishing kit for your project.  Not just this Media Hipster, but any bag or purse you might be stitching.  Just send me a convo and we will work together to get you the hardware you need.)
This bag will hold a tablet the size of the original iPad,
with room left to add other items.
The back pockets also add extra storage.
A covered button finishes off the front.
If you decide to make this one, give yourself a day to complete all the steps.
This one is not a one-hour project, but in my opinion, it is worth the effort.
I’m considering stitching up one for myself!
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Or, please feel comfortable sending me an email.
I really look forward to hearing from my visitors.
Thanks for stopping by.