Sunday, November 16, 2014

Baseball Wedding Fun

This was such a fun wedding to decorate for.   My cousin Jana and I did the decorating.    I made the centerpieces using by vinyl cutter and embroidery machine.   The pennants were done on my embroidery machine also.    I did a quick simple applique on them, just didn't do the satin stitch.  The ring bearer pillow was so fun to make.

The bride is a huge Royals fan so the back of the pillow says "Royals, American League Champions 2014"   The groom is a huge Cardinals fan, but we won't hold that against him.












Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Baskets

I know that I've had sever posts about these marke totes, but they are so darn cute and perfect for easter baskets.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Curious George

My granddaughter is in to Curious George now so I whipped up this quick quilt.   I bought this fabric book off of ebay and then slowly accumulated matching fabric.   I knew I had all that stash for a reason.  Well I used it all and didn't have to make any new purchases.

Here's her quilt, ready for her birthday.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ready for Easter

I gotta tell you, these Market Totes are so easy.   I've been busy making them for easter, and one for a wedding gift.   Definitely going to have these on hand.  I think they would be adorable for Wedding and Baby showers also.

The one on the far right is for our new baby.  I will add the name once she's born and the name is decided.





Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sesame Street Fonts

I get a lot of comments asking for the Sesame Street font that I colorized.   I love seeing what people do with the files.    Here's something so cute that Darcy did.

What 2 year old wouldn't be super excited about this party!





To see what other people have done with the font, click here.here.

To get the colorized font files, click here.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Market Totes

I've found these great little Market Totes and they are perfect for kids.   I plan on using them for Easter baskets this year and then they have something to tote all their treasures around in.   The full size ones would be great for Wedding Shower gifts and Wedding presents.   Can you imagine putting a monogram on them or last name and then adding some embroidered towels.   What a perfect gift.

I have the Singer Futura XL400 and the instruction and software are for that machine.   Hopefully you can use the information on your machine.

First of all, I love how they are completely collapsible.   Here's how they come.




The first thing you need to do is slide the tote off of the frame and then turn the tote inside out.  


I hoop 2 layers of tear away stabilizer.    I also draw lines on my stabilizer to show the center of the design.    (Ignore my filthy hoop)


Then spray the stabilizer with a temporary adhesive.    I use Temp Spray from PinPoint Embroidery, but 505 is basically the same thing. 


Then place the tote on the stabilizer making sure you center as best as possible.    Once you have it where you want it, smooth out so it sticks and then pin to secure. 


Make sure the bottom of the tote is on the side that attaches to the embroidery unit.  


Carefully, slide your hoop on the machine.   This takes a little practice but will fit.   Make sure the opening of the tote goes over your machine so that it doesn't get hung up on anything.  


Before you send your design to stitch out, make sure it is going the correct direction.   If not, rotate design.


In the Futura software you have the option to trace design.   I always do this first so that I can see where the design will stitch out.   If I need to move the design, I will exit, move the design and then do a trace again until I get it exactly where I want it. 


When you select the trace option, if you push the green go button, it will stitch in each corner.   I personally don't like the stitching so I use the forward button.   That will move the needle forward to the next position.   I do that and make sure it's positioned where I want it.    ****Not sure which button is the forward button?   You have the start / stop light, the one right above that is the backup button and the one directly about that, looks like 2 needles is the forward button.


Once you are lined up then push Start and let her go.


video

Once complete, take off the machine, turn the tote right side out,   place on frame, and you are done.  





These are so fun and easy to make.


Souces:

Totes:  Market Totes
Spray Adhesive:  Temp Spray
Stabilizer:  Tearaway Stabilizer