3D Puff Embroidery

Have you tried 3d Puff Embroidery? I absolutely love this embroidery technique. Puff embroidery involves using a specially designed embroidery file to stitch/embroider over a thin foam which causes a raised or 3d effect.

In this example I used a 3d Puff Font called Varsity. You can get it here. It’s from Creative Appliques.

The font is stitched over this 3d Foam which is also made specifically for embroidery. I just love the dimension it adds to any design. I used my Ricoma EM1010 to stitch the examples above, but you can easily use a single needle machine as well.

Check out the video below for all of the instructions and details.

Sublimation Projects of the Week

When I first bought my Sawgrass sublimation printer, I knew I wanted to make quick and easy gifts for friends and family. I try to continually look for fun things to sublimate. I make them throughout the year and tuck them into a little bin. When a birthday, anniversary or just a special day for any occasion rolls around, I can easily look into the bin of sublimation goodies and I’ve got the perfect gift. Let’s take a look at my most recent creations.

I wanted to create a fall bib that could be worn for the season, rather than a Halloween bib that is limited to a much shorter time period. This image was exactly what I was looking for. I love non-traditional holiday colors, like this blue. The bib blank is a great size for toddlers.

Next up, I created another fun sublimation project utilizing this burlap-like wine bag (you can grab one and save 15% off your order by using code 9PSR5). I found this FUN “in case of emergency design” HERE. This will be a great project for holiday hostess and co-worker gifts.

If you’d like to see the step by step tutorials for either of these projects, just click the tutorial below.

Flip Sequins with Machine Embroidery

Well hello beautiful flip sequins! No matter how old you are, there’s something about flip sequins that make you want to run you hand over them to reveal the hidden beauty on the other side.

Ooh, look, it’s gold! I found so many fun slip sequin fabrics at Michaels (in the ribbon section).

I was checking out Facebook the other day and saw someone made a flip sequin applique, and I just knew I had to give it a try. It’s so much easier than I imagined.

I had this cute shimmer tote bag in my stash. It’s actually a sublimation blank, but it worked perfectly with embroidery. If you’d like to grab one, you can get it here (pssst.. use code 9PSR5 and you’ll save 15%).

I used the Ricoma EM1010 multi needle to stitch this out, however, I’m confident you could accomplish the same with a single needle, like my new SE1900 embroidery/sewing machine.

The applique is from this shop on Etsy. The Font can be found here. I think they both stitched out beautifully. A design that is digitized well is the first, and most important, step in any embroidery project.

Let’s stitch this out together and see just how easy it is to work with flip sequins in an embroidery project.

Engraved Notebook with GlowForge

I am loving today’s project. I found these really cool laser friendly leatherette notebooks. I knew as soon as I saw it that it would be perfect for this logo. You can click here to purchase one. (Use code 9PSR5 and save 15%). I bought several to put away for Holiday gift giving.

The Glowforge makes creating one-of-a-kind original gifts so easy. You can engrave and cut materials such as wood, leather, leatherette, acrylic and so much more. The software is very user-friendly and free. You can choose to pay for a fast-lane and a few more editing software tools, but I find the free version suits my needs. I design my projects in other software and simply import them into the Glowforge app to execute.

If you’re interested in getting a Glowforge, you can use this link and save up to $500 (depending on which machine you choose). I have the Basic. It does everything I need it to do, but if I were going to upgrade, I would skip the Plus and get the Pro so that I could cut even larger.

If you’d like to see the process of making this cool notebook, join me in the tutorial below:

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In the Hoop Needle Minder with Creative Appliques

There is nothing I like more than fun, quick, easy and practical projects. Today’s project was born from a need. I wanted a needle minder. I needed a place to store the needles that I used for a project or two, but still had a lot of life left. The problem I had with my current method of putting them in a special compartment in my drawer is that when it came time to look for that metallic needle or jersey knit needle, I couldn’t tell which needle was which.

Enter my solution. I wanted something portable that would also define the needle size and type. I enlisted my friend, Dawn, over at Creative Appliques to help me create this fun little passport style needle minder. I gave her a simple mockup of what I had in mind and asked her to use her expertise to create a finished project that I can share with you. Boy, did she not only give me what I wanted, she stepped it up a notch. Let’s be honest, she stepped it up 50 notches from my simple concept. I LOVE IT!

She took ordinary and made it into EXTRODINARY! The good new is, you can get the file on her website by clicking HERE. She not only gives you a 5 x 7 option, but a 6 x 10 version as well!

So, go grab the file and meet me back here for the Step by Step instructions.

Let’s Get Started.

Embroidery for Beginners – Hot Pad

Hot Pads are one of my most favorite things to embroider. They are inexpensive, they are quick and they are easy to embroider on both a single and multi needle machine.

If you have an Esty or online store, hot pads can be a very profitable item to sell. I picked up a set of two hot pads at my local Dollar Tree at 2/$1. You can easily sell a set for $10-12.

In the video below, I will show you just how easy these are to stitch out on both a single needle embroidery machine and a multi needle. They are equally doable. I used my Janome 500E single needle embroidery machine. It’s really an amazing single needle option with an embroidery field of up to 7.9 x 11″. I also highly recommend the Brother 800 or 1900 machines for your first embroidery machine. They both embroidery up to 5 x 7, however, the 1900 machine can also work as a regular sewing machine, so it’s sort of a two for one for about the same price. Of course, I love and use my Ricoma EM1010 muti-needle for hot pads as well. If you’re interested in the Ricoma, using the affiliate link above will save you on your purchase of any Ricoma machine.

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So, let’s get started with this very beginner friendly project. I’ve got step by step video tutorial instructions for you using both a single and a multi-needle machine. Let’s get started.

Placemat Pouch #13

It’s Placemat Pouch Version #13. Can you believe it? If you’ve followed along with the placemat pouch journey, you know that it all started with a little box pouch. Since that pouch we’ve had 13 different pouches made from these Pioneer Woman Placemats.

You can find a playlist of all 13 Placemat Projects by clicking HERE.

The beauty of the beginner sewing friendly pouches is that they are SEW EASY! They are completely finished inside and out, they have no zippers and it looks like you spent hours quilting. They are very inexpensive to make because each placemat is less than $4 each.

I used my embroidery machines along with the Sunshine Poppy font from Creative Appliques to add a little bit of personalization to each bag.

If you’ve made one (or all) of the placemat projects, I would love it if you post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me so I can see your pretty projects!

I’m going to cut to the chase and get right to the tutorial:

ITH Card Wallet – Single & Multi-Needle Project

A while back my daughter came to town and she had the cutest little card wallet that was just big enough to hold a couple of credit cards and a driver’s license. It was just the perfect size.

As I am sure many of you can relate, with 2 littles, she often doesn’t want to carry a purse on top of all the other “kid stuff” she has to tote around. So, this little card wallet is perfect for her to make a quick trip to the store, or go to a ballgame or even the gym.

It’s big enough to carry a credit card or two, your license and keys. I decided that between my two embroidery machines, my Ricoma Multi-needle and/or my Janome 550E single needle, surely I could create something similar. I did just that! I made not one, but two different versions of this simple little wallet.

Want to know the best part? I am sharing the embroidery files with you! If you have an embroidery machine with a 4 x 4 hoop you can make the version below.

If you have a machine that can stitch 5 x 7 you can make either the eyelet version above or this snap tab version

I think they are equally adorable! Don’t be afraid to mix up the patterns, materials, etc. The vinyl I used can be found HERE (note: it’s not always in stock, so when you see it, grab it!) I think cork makes a really cute card wallet as well. There are endless varieties of vinyl styles. I can’t wait to see what you choose.

I have included step by step instructions in the video tutorial below. I stitched on both my multi-needle and my single needle in the video. Remember, just because I may use a multi-needle in my videos, as long as you have a hoop of similiar size, you can create the same projects on a single needle machine.

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ITH Card Wallet by lorrie nuneMAKER

Create these fun card wallets in a 4x4 or 5x7" In The Hoop utilizing your single or multi-needle embroidery machines.  A fast a easy sew!

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So, on to the video instructions:

Sublimation Sports Bra – Oh yeah, we’re going there.

I told you we were going there! You may recall a few weeks ago, I showed you how to sublimate the men’s boxer shorts (pictured above left). If you missed that video, you can find it HERE.

The second most requested (via a poll on an earlier video) sublimation tutorial I received was the sports bra blanks. You asked and I went for it! I decided to use the same design I used on the boxers to make a cute matching set.

I think they could be so cute with almost any theme. I can imagine a bride/groom, favorite team, collegiate and/or any number of fun themes. They are the perfect size for a stocking, too! The Boxers, Sports Bra and Panties are 100% polyester and PERFECT for subimation!

To complete this project, you’re going to need the blanks, obviously, Heat Press or Easy Press, a sublimation printer, sublimation paper and heat resistent tape.

So, let’s get started!

Handmade Embroidered Greeting Cards

How cute is this greeting card? Would you believe me if I told you I used my Ricoma EM1010 embroidery machine and my go to 5.5″ Mighty Hoop to stitch the image right onto the cardstock? I did! (You can absolutely make this on a single needle machine, too).

Imagine the recipient’s surprise when they open their card to find the front embroidered! It’s certainly an unexpected touch.

Embroidery on cardstock isn’t difficult at all, however, there are a few simple guidelines that will help you create your masterpiece.

I started by using this watercolor cardstock. It’s thick enough to handle the needle punctures without causing a hole. It also adds really nice dimension. As an added bonus, you could always step your card up a notch by actually watercoloring the base before you embroider.

It’s also important to pick an embroidery design that isn’t overly dense. Dense designs will cause your cardstock to become weak, or worse, create a hole. This sketch design worked beautifully.

I think I just might embroider all of my Christmas cards this year! Want to join me? Watch the tutorial below to get started today.