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.

Vaccination Card / ID Holder – FREE PATTERN (Cricut & PDF) Easy Beginner Sewing Project


I wanted to create a very simple card holder to put my recent vaccination card in.  I designed this very easy, but practical solution.  I used my Cricut to cut out the faux leather and felt.  If you don’t have a Cricut, keep reading, I’ve got a solution for you.


When I was designing the ID Pouch I wanted something that I could easily clip to a lanyard, my keychain or wherever I might need to show my proof of vaccination.  A simple swivel clip made it so that I could easily add and remove it when necessary.  I also wanted to be sure it would be secure in the pouch, so I added a simple Kam Snap.

I have a Cricut Design Space file to share with you.  If you have a Cricut, you can get the Design Space file by clicking HERE.  No Cricut? No worries, grab the PDF file HERE.  It’s super easy to cut by hand.

If you have an embroidery machine, I’ve got an In the Hoop Version coming right after this tutorial… stay tuned.  It’s so cute!

Sneak Peek: 

Now, for the step by step (non-embroidery) tutorial see below:

 

 

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.

How to Embroider a Beanie

Now this is fun!!

Oh the weather outside is frightful… and my beanie is so delightful. Since we’ve no place to go, let us SEW, let us SEW, let us SEW!

It is official, the summer season has left northern Indiana and the Fall is on it’s way out as well. Winter is around the corner, which means lots of hats, gloves and warmer clothes in my neck of the woods.

Today, I’m going to show you how to create a very easy Embroidered Beanie. I picked up several of these beanies as soon as I received my embroidery machine, however, for some reason I was afraid to give them a try. They are so simple to add embroidery and customize. I used my 8 in 1 Hoop and my Ricoma multi-needle machine (save $100 with this link) to add my logo to this beanie in a matter of minutes!

Want to learn how? Follow my step by step tutorial

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How to add Embroidery to a Stocking

Yes, I know it’s November and yes, I know we still have Thanksgiving to celebrate, but darn it anyway. It’s 2020 and I can hang my stocking if I want to. I don’t know about you, but I am so stinking excited that the Christmas season is right around the corner. I wanted to kickstart the season by embellishing this really cute stocking that I picked up in the Target Bullseye.

I used my Ricoma EM1010 embroidery machine and Chroma Embroidery Software to add my name. I love the vertical direction as opposed to the traditional horizontal direction.

In case you are interested in a multi-needle embroidery machine, Ricoma is currently offering their BLACK November sale. You can get 0% financing, free shipping and special pricing with their current sale. If you are interested and use my link you will also save an additional $100.

Here is the step by step tutorial to create this easy stocking.

Drawstring Pouch

I am back with another beginner-friendly sewing project. This drawstring bag is a great staple pattern to have in your sewing arsenal. It is so versatile.

This pattern can be adapted to any size you need. It is great to be used as a reuseable gift bag, candy bag, gym bag even a mask bag. I keep one in my car to keep clean masks in and another for dirty masks.

Find out how to create this multi-purpose bag in my step by step tutorial here:

Placemat Box Pouch with Embroidery

I am so excited about today’s video. It is a remake of this project I made several years ago. I had just started sewing when I made that video and never expected that it would have almost a half of a million views in a relatively short time. The beauty of this bag is that it is beginner-sewing friendly. There is something about using a placemat that makes it a little less scary for new sewists.

In today’s video I am going to show you the updated version of this super simple boxy bag which includes embroidery on the front as well as the new Pioneer Woman Placemats. The original placemat pouch became really popular in the embroidery groups on Facebook. In fact, that is what inspired me to begin my embroidery journey. I loved how they took my tutorial and stepped it up a notch by adding personalized embroidery monograms.

The fact that these pouches are so easy and inexpensive to make, make them the perfect holiday gift. My girls love them for make up bags, Evie loves them to carry her “stuff”, and I use several of them in my craftroom to keep things organized such as my Kam Snap kits.

They are also great sellers for craft fairs, etsy shops and boutiques.

If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could easily swap out the embroidery for iron on/htv.

If you are interested in the multi-needle embroidery machine I have, I wanted to let you know that Ricoma is having a BLACK NOVEMBER sale (because 1 Black Friday is not enough for a sale this big). They have their lowest prices of the season for the entire month of November, 0% financing, FREE shipping and FREE embroidery software. The best prices are at the beginning of the month and will gradually increase throughout the month of November until they go back to full price. If you use this link you can save an additional $100.

If you are in the market for a single needle embroidery machine here are the ones I recommend. Keep In mind, I always recommend getting the largest hoop size that fits within your budget.4 x 4 Hoop Machine , 5 x 7 Hoop Machine, 8 x 11 Hoop Machine (This is my single-needle machine I’ve used in earlier videos)

Are you ready to make some quick and easy box pouches? Here’s the tutorial:

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How to add Embroidery to a Towel

I am back with another embroidery project.  I used my Ricoma EM1010 embroidery machine to create personalized towels for the guest bath.

 

Now, I am not sure why Wrigley always has to get his nose into things, but he does.  Every single time I take a photo in this particular spot, here he comes.

 

So, why do I feel the need to add names to the guest bath towels? Is it just my house, or do your kids feel the need to get a new towel for every day that they are at your house?  I get it, they don’t know which towel belongs to who by the next day, so they get a fresh towel.

However, since I have added their names to the towels they are able to use their towels more than once.  It worked!  Simple solution.  I used my multi-needle machine to create the large names, but you can use a single needle embroidery machine like the one I have to create a similar design. I’ve listed the step by step tutorial that I used for this set below.  Keep scrolling to see my embroidery on towels tutorials with a single needle machine.

 

If you’re interested in the Ricoma Em1010, check out their Black November Sale.  You can also save an additional $100 when you use this link.

 

Single Needle Tutorial with Applique

Single Needle with Embroidery:

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