In the Hoop Wristlet / Keychain

Wristlet / keychains are obviously on my mind. You may recall my recent post “How to Sublimate a Wristlet / Keychain“. This is a very similar style, but this time we are using the embroidery machine and a really cute embroidery file by Parker on the Porch. The file requires a 5 x 7 frame or larger. You can use a single needle embroidery machine or a multi-needle. I will be using my Ricoma EM-1010 multi-needle in the tutorial.

I may have had so much fun making these that I made 2 or 3… or okay I made 7! They are quick and easy (my favorite type of project). You will need only a few items to create these little cuties.

The file includes both 1.25″ and 1″ versions in 3 different lengths. You will need to use the matching keyfob hardware for whichever size you choose. The picture above is the 1.25″ size. The photo with the white vinyl keyfobs are the 1″ varieties. I, personally, love both! Here is a link to the hardware:

1.25″ Silver Hardware 1″ Silver Hardware 1″ Multi Color Set w/Pliers

1.25″ Gold Hardware 1″ Gold Hardware

Pick your favorite base material. I used cork fabric, faux leather, metallic faux leather and marine vinyl.

SUPRISE GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win the Keyfob pliers and an assortment of keyfob hardware.

So, now that you have the materials you need, let’s get started with the tutorial:

How to Sublimate a Wristlet Keychain

This just might be one of the easiest sublimation projects I’ve made so far. These are subilmation keychain/ wristlets/lanyards. They are quick, easy and very affordable to make. Imagine your favorite team, sport, logo, word of the year, quote, photo, pattern or just about anything you can dream up printed on a keychain/lanyard that can be attached to a book bag, a small purse, keys, or just to add a little flair to something special.

As you can see above, you can make both sides similar or totally different. I love how the leopard lanyard turned out.

Hint: If you don’t have a sublimation printer, you can use Cricut Infusible Ink on the wristlet blanks. You can use code MAKER10 on orders $50 or more and save 10% plus get free shipping (does not apply to machines).

The Sawgrass SG500 sublimation printer is one of my favorite 2020 purchases. I’ve had so much fun making personalized pieces for holidays, birthdays and heck, just for plain ‘ole fun! I just added the SG500’s big brother. the SG1000 to my studio giving me even more ways to implement sublimation printing into my creative space.

I made a video to show you how I created the wristlets. Though, by now, you probably understand how sublimation works. If you’d like to watch, there just might be a giveaway! You will have to watch to find out how to enter to win.

In The Hoop Valentine Coasters – FREE Embroidery Designs!

Valentines Day is right around the corner. I cannot even believe I just said that! I don’t do a lot of decorating or a lot of Valentine crafting, but I wanted to make a little something to make it feel like Valentines.

These are so quick and so easy to make! I am just learning to digitize with the Chroma Luxe Software. I was excited to be able to create four simple designs with very little effort. I will be sharing more digitizing tutorials soon.

I love how simply changing the fabric from cork to vinyl and changing the thread colors make each set unique. This set of coasters could really be used any time of the year. They are very affordable to make, easy to store and let’s face it, you can just toss them and make a new set if they get overly used.

I have included several formats of embroidery patterns for you to make a set or two of your own. I would love it if you make them and tag me on social media. It’s always fun to see others making something I created and I enjoy seeing how each of you make it your own. You can get the FREE DOWNLOAD here.

As for assembly instructions, I will walk you through the steps on my Ricoma EM1010 Multi-needle machine, but if you have a single needle, don’t worry because the steps are exactly the same. Let’s get started.

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Craftroom!

Good morning my crafty friends! Can you believe it is January, 2021?

I bet you’re wondering what exactly I mean by “Get out of your head and into your craftroom”.

I was looking through my Facebook Groups, and I noticed so many comments that went something like this, “I have a Cricut, but I’ve never taken it out of the box”, or “My sewing machine has an embroidery attachment, but I’m to afraid to try it” or something similar with another related machine or tool.

So often, we finally get that new toy that we have been wanting so badly only to become paralyzed with the unknown. Questions like, “How do I get started?”, “When will I find the time to set this up and learn?” and “Where do I go from here” creep into our minds and keep us from getting started.

I want to help you get over the fear of opening the box, so that you can start having fun with your new creative tools. I have put together ten simple things you can do very easily that will help you conquer your creative fear, motivate you to open the box and have you making amazing new things with your brand new tools and/or machines.

If you find yourself afraid to “open the box”, I hope you will take just a few minutes out of your day and watch my video. I truly want YOU to have the confidence, motivation and to experience all of the creative fun that is waiting for you. Here are the ten simple steps to get you started.

Sublimation – Sawgrass SG1000, SG500 or a converted inkjet printer? Let’s talk.

I recently found out that my one and only Great Nephew, Luke,

loves trucks and he loves texture. I knew immediately that I needed to make him his very own flip sequin pillow. You may remember, I made them several months ago for Ace and Evie and they love them (you can see the post here).

I just received the Sawgrass SG1000 Sublimation printer. It has printing capabilities of 11 x 17 out of the box, but with an additional purchase of a bypass tray you can print up to 13″ x 51″! Say what?!!? I am thrilled with the additional print space. It was the perfect printer to create this super cute truck design for Luke.

I want to emphasize that in order to reproduce this process you must use sublimation ink. The magic is in the ink, not the printer itself. So, which printer should you use with sublimation ink? Let’s talk. While you can convert a select few ink jet printers to sublimation ink, not all printers can be converted. A quick internet search will reveal those printeres which can be converted from inkjet to sublimation. Please keep in mind that once you convert a printer to sublimation ink, you should not attempt to convert it back to inkjet. Converted inkjet printers, if not used almost daily, often will result in the print heads drying up which renders the printer useless within a matter of months. It is for this reason that I highly recommend purchasing the Sawgrass SG500 or the Sawgrass SG1000 printer.

The Sawgrass printers are made for sublimation. They are equipped with programming that will help keep the print heads working properly.

I have both the Sawgrass SG500 and the SG1000. The SG500 can print up to 8.5 x 14 (legal size). The SG1000, as stated above, can print up to 11×17 out of the box and has the capability of printing 13 x 51″ with the additional purchase of the bypass tray. While the inks for the Sawgrass printers are a bit more pricey than generic inks for converted printers, I feel the Sawgrass ink lasts longer and produces better quality color prints. I have had great success with vibrant, true-to-color prints and not a single issue with a clogged print head when using the Sawgrass printers. I have conducted side by side tests comparing a converted Epson printer to my SG500 and the Sawgrass printer won every time. The Sawgrass blacks and greys are a true black and grey, while the Epson produced less than stellar blacks and greys. I have used my SG500 for almost a year now, and I’m still on my original set of inks. I feel the inks last a long time (obviously ink life varies according to your useage, the size of your prints, etc.).

Additionally, I prefer the Sawgrass printers because they include the Print Manager. The Print Manager ensures that you are using the correct color profile for the sublimation ink. Using the correct color profile produces richer and truer colors on your finished project. Converted inkjet printers, don’t “know” that you’re using sublimation ink and will print with the color profile that it would ordinarily use for an inkjet printer. You can install (new color profiles for your inkjet converted printer) in your design software, but Sawgrass makes it so much easier. The Sawgrass Print Manager is a simple drag and drop into the Print Manager folder and that’s it.

The Creative Studio is a design software that is included with the the purchase of a Sawgrass printer. It includes a ton of sublimation templates as well as blank canvases in which you can create your very own designs. Creative Studio also includes a library of images as well as the option to purchase additional designs. Printing from Creative Studio is easy, simply design and click print.

I hope this clears up some of the questions you may have about subilmation printers. All of the above information is my own opinion, which is based of my exposure and use of both a converted printer and the Sawgrass printers. Obviously, I prefer the Sawgrass line of products. This is not a sponsored post. I bought my Sawgrass SG500. I bought my sublimation papers and inks. I simply wanted to share my opinions and clear up some of the repetitive questions I get on each sublimation video.

Now, about that sequin pillow… want to see how I made it? Here’s a video tutorial:

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Let’s make a Tortilla Warmer!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve made a sewing video. Today, I wanted to share this really easy tortilla warmer. This is a beginner sewing friendly tutorial. You will need four pieces of 12 x 12 cotton fabric and 2 pieces of 12 x 12 cotton batting to assemble this project.

If you’ve never used a tortilla warmer you might be wondering how this works. You simply add your tortillas (as many as you like) to the inside, pop it in the microwave and warm it for about 30 seconds-1 minute. If you prefer to heat your tortilla on the stove, just add them to the warmer after you’ve heated them and they will stay nice and warm until you’re ready to use them.

If you have a Cricut Maker you can use this Design Space file to cut all of your fabric and batting. If you have a Cricut Explore use the same file, but just cut 1 circle out of cardstock to use as your pattern. No Cricut? No worries, use this FREE PDF pattern to create your circles.

I have a step by step tutorial to walk you through the assembly.

Applique Burp Cloth Set

I have a really fun and beginner applique friendly project for you. I wanted to use these really soft burp cloths I purchased from Defono to create a set of burp cloths that are perfect for a newborn gift or baby shower. I love the quality of the burp cloths, but I wanted to add a little color and personalization.

I went on the hunt for some cute applique truck designs and found this really cute set from Appliquetion Station. The set I purchased has four different trucks, all of which are equally adorable. I chose to use the dump truck and the cement mixer.

I chose to use a monogram for the 3rd burp cloth. Using the same fabrics and color families for each cloth made this set come together easily.

I made a tutorial to walk you through making the cement mixer, but each file is digitized the same way. You can use your single needle or multi-needle machine and follow along. I used my Ricoma EM1010 Multi-needle machine, which I absolutely love.

How to Add Embroidery to a Traditional Stocking

I couldn’t resist turning these Dollar Tree stockings into cute personalized stockings using my Embroidery Machines. I wanted to make stockings for my grand – animals :). The stockings at Dollar Tree were the perfect size, but rather plain… until I added embroidery to them.

Santa is sure to remember to fill Charlie and Tobey’s stockings this year.

I created a tutorial for you. I used my Ricoma EM1010 Multi Needle Embroidery Machine AND I also used my Jamome 500e single needle machine. Now you can follow along with whatever style of embroidery machine you have. If you haven’t gotten a machine yet and you’re looking to get into an entry level machine, I found a great deal on this 4 x 4 machine and on this 5 x 7 machine . I always recommend buying the machine with the largest hoop size that fits within your budget. I love both of my machines and can make designs up to 8 x 11″. Using the link above for the Ricoma will save you $100 on their already lowest prices of the season Black November sale.

Now, about that tutorial:

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In the Hoop Monogram Coasters – Free Embroidery Files included.

Who doesn’t love a monogram? I am loving them even more since I got into the world of embroidery. I decided to create a set of monogram coasters out of cork fabric.

I was so excited to see the finished project and even more excited when I realized how EASY and QUICK they are to make.

I used the Chroma Software that came FREE with my Ricoma EM1010 multi-needle embroidery machine. It is so easy to create one-of-a-kind custom designs.

I got a little carried away and decided to make all the different types of embroidery files so that you can make a set for someone you love, or make a set for yourself. The pattern is blank in the middle, so you can add your favorite monogram or design in the center. You can get the embroidery files here.

Once you’ve gotten the files, join me in the tutorial below and I’ll show you how to stitch them out.

Customized Apple Watch Band

It’s a week before Christmas! Can you even believe it? I’ve got a quick and easy gift idea for your Apple Watch wearing friends. How about a totally customized watch band? I made this one in about ten minutes using my Sublimation Printer and these watch band blanks. I know I say it everytime, but wouldn’t this be a great stocking stuffer, too!

I had so many ideas running through my head. Favorite sports team, logo, leopard, buffalo plaid, holiday, team/school colors, holiday themes and so many more! Here are just a few “mock ups” I made.

What would you put on your watch band? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Here is a tutorial for this quick and easy project: