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.

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:

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.

Makers Gonna Make – Sublimate an Apron

Hey there! I hope you. had an amazing weekend!

Today, we are talking about sublimation on an Apron.

I used this month’s Patreon Freebie to to liven up this super simple sublimation apron. I thought it made the perfect craftroom apron, or childs apron. I love how vibrant and fun the colors are using the Sawgrass SG500 Sublimation Printer.

I think this would be a really fun project for a classroom, or an artclass, or just to use as a promotional item. Wouldn’t they be fun for a bakery, or chili contest? How about a fish fry or pancake charity event. So fun!

Did you know these aprons are only $4.50/each? They are perfect for sublimation and great to wash.

Check out today’s video to find out how you can create your own customized apron for any occasion.

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Hippity, Hoppidy Easter’s on it’s Way

I found the cutest bunny tote bags at Target. in the Bullseye “Dollar Spot” section. They were only $3 each. I grabbed a couple thinking that the would be perfect to fill with books and candy for Ave and Evie for Easter.

Of course, my first thought was personalization. I used Chroma Luxe software to digitze two simple names. I love that you can use any True Type font on your computer and Chroma will turn it into an embroidery file.

I decided to add a couple of snap tabs just to add a little fun and color. I found the snap tab files at Crashing Waves Designs. She’s got so many cute files.

While I used the Ricoma EM1010 Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine to stitch out my designs, you could also use a single needle machine. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could easily do something similar with iron on/heat transfer vinyl.

Here’s the step by step tutorial including digitizing in Chroma.

Valentine Shirt (FREE CUT FILE)

Ahhhh… love is in the air. February is right around the corner and that means we are already seeing tons of Reds, Pinks, Hearts and LOVE in all of the stores. It got me thinking. Why must LOVE and hearts be red for Valentines?

I mean teal is absolutely LOVELY.

Raspberry love makes my heart go pitter patter.

And blue makes my grandkids eyes sparkle so bright!

The SVG looks cute as a Sublimation Printable as well! Check out my LOVE MUG! You can get the heart mug here. (Save 15% with code 9PSR5 – Affliate link).

I had a lot of fun using my Pink Heat Press, Siser Easyweed and my Cricut Maker to create these fun sweatshirts! I made the SVG cut file and I am sharing it with you!

You can get the FREE SVG by CLICKING HERE.

The SVG is a ZIP file which means you need to download it (don’t click Paypal, it’s FREE) and then double click it to open it and inside the folder that opens will be the SVG. If you’re on an IPAD or other device, you will need to research how to save and open zip files on your particular device.

As always, I’ve got a video for you. Happy Valentines Day!

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:

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.

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.

In the Hoop Candy Cane Holders by ScissorTail Stitches

I had so much fun creating these candy cane holders by ScissorTail Stitches.

They are a little gift all by themselves. How cute to leave one in the mailbox for your mail person, make them for neighbors, students, co-workers, etc. They are a really easy in the hoop project. Simply select all of your colors and in no time you will have some really cute candy cane holders.

I absolutely love the detail Scissortail Stitches includes in her digitizing. The tree texture, the detail in the bird’s scarf, etc. are signs of a well digitized file. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

You will need a 5 x 7 hoop to make these (unless you have software to resize them). I used my Ricoma EM1010 mutli-needle embroidery machine, but you can make them easily with a single needle as well.

I made a video in case you want to try a few of these cuties.