Saturday, July 21, 2012

Key Fobs

I by no means am an expert but I thought I would put a tutorial together on how I made my key fobs and my sources.  Honestly, part of this is for me so that when I do this again (in 6 months or so) I can remember exactly how I did this.

I embroidered a single letter for each guest of the wedding shower on a ribbon, using a 4x4 hoop.  I was able to sew 4 at a time.

It took a little playing around but once I figured out positioning of the ribbon it was easy.  To do this I stitched on plain fabric, made my marks and then moved the letter in the software until I got it right.   I marked my center and then a small mark on the outer ribbon position.

I hoop only the cut away stabilizer and then use spray adhesive.  

I cut a length of ribbon 10".   I like the length but the next time I may try 12" and see how that works.
I place the first ribbon on the center line, then on the outside marking.

I then placed the next to ribbons spaced evenly.

Until I felt comfortable on how things would stitch and that they would line up correctly, I stitched one letter at a time.

My machine, the Singer Futura, XL 400 that I LOVE!

Once stitching is done,   I cut the stabilizer away.

I then cut a piece of webbing the same length as the ribbon.

I then ironed on 2 sided adhesive that came in a roll to the ribbon.

Peel off the paper backing.

Center the ribbon in the middle of the webbing and iron on.    Once it was ironed on I stitched down both sides with a straight stitch on my sewing machine.

Now you are ready to add the hardware.   Bend the webbing in half and place the metal part of the key fob on the top.   I have a hand tool called a hand seamer which worked perfectly.   Squeeze hard and the hardware is attached.   Add the key ring.   

That's all there is to it

Here's all of them that I made for my nieces wedding shower.  These will be favors for the shower.

Supply sources:
Embroidery font, Pea Pod, 2":
Webbing and hardware, 1 1/4":
Hand seamer:  Tool I purchased from a local tool store, Harbor Frieght.  It was only about $8 and well worth it.
Ribbon 7/8":  Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Something special to wear for her Baptism

My granddaughter is getting baptized so I had the pleasure of making her a special outfit for her special day.

First I made her a beautiful long gown.....then  I made her a bracelet with her name on it.....then a handmade rosary with her initials.  This was just way too much fun.

Last but not least I made her a beautiful bow for her hair.   The bow has a really special meaning.   It is made with the lace from her great grandma's wedding dress, lace from her grandma's (that's me) wedding veil and netting from her mommy's wedding veil.    It's something that I hope she treasures and passes it on to her daughter.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Another new toy

Uh oh.....look what I found on Craigs List.......did I tell you I love Craigs List.    It is brand new, doesn't look like it had ever been used. 

What is it you ask?   A pleater,  "silly goose", needed for smocking.    Yippee.   Now if I can just find some time to do some smocking.

Monday, March 5, 2012

This is so me!

I saw this design at emblibrary and just had to have it.   Stitched it on a sweatshirt and wear it to my quilting classes.     This shirt just says it all.

I made another for my cousin, who's as bad as I am......sorry Jana.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hooded Bath Towels

I'm having way too much fun with my new embroidery machine.   I wanted to make something else for my grandkids and thought these would be fun.   I got two completely different reactions when the gifts were opened.

Jaxson:   "A's a towel"
Gage:   "Oh Mimi, I've always wanted one of these"

They were perfect, even if it was just a towel.

Curlz font from 8 claws and a paw

Catepillar font from Adorable Alphabet

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chi Omega Owl

A girlfriend wanted a special gift for her niece.    Appliqued an owl from planet applique, added greek letters from 8 claws and a Paw on to a tote.   Added lettering also that I purchased from 8 claws and a paw.     I then found a really cute in the hoop zipper bag, from Embroidery Garden,  perfect size for a cell phone that I did in the same colors.    I was really happy with how it turned out.   So was the recipient!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Kitchen Towels

What a quick simple gift but very much appreciated.   I made these towels for my mom and for my aunt.  I'm loving the single color stitching.  

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sock Monkeys

I started several years ago buying jammies for my 2 grandsons for Christmas that match.   Well now we have a little girl added to the grandchildren and I wanted their Christmas jammies to match.   I have to do it as long as I can.   Eventually they aren't going to agree with the matching thing.  
Remember having sock monkeys as a kid.   Just one of those things you know you had and loved.

I decided to make them for my grandkids and great niece and great nephew.  I thought they would match the jammies perfectly.     So, I got busy sewing and made 5 of them.  The boys had hats and the girls had tutus!   They were a huge hit.