How to create a personalized mirrored compact with the SG500 Sublimation Printer

I am continually amazed by the fun array of sublimation blanks that are available. Today, we are sublimating a mirrored compact. This is such a fun little keepsake.

It’s the perfect size for a travel kit or keep in your purse. The fun part is that the top insert can be sublimated with your favorite quote, photo or just about anything you want. Wouldn’t it be fun to add a wedding photo, a photo of grandma and/or grandpa or your favorite great nephew (like I did).

The Sawgrass SG500 sublimation printer makes it so easy to create really unique and personalized gifts in a matter of minutes. Simply print your image, heat up your heat press and apply the printed image to the sublimation insert. Voila, you have the perfect Easter Basket gift, stocking stuffer, momento and/or gift for any occasion.

This mirrored compact came from JP Plus. It was part of my monthly Trend Box. You can use code 9PSR5 and save 15% off your order of any sublimation blanks – does not apply to the Trend Box or machines.

Let’s walk through the process of creating this one-of-a-kind keepsake in today’s video tutorial below. Leave me a comment and let me know what you would like to put on your compact?

How to Embroider a Baseball Cap

When I first got my Ricoma EM1010 Multi-Needle Embroidery machine I was most excited to learn how to make baseball caps. I don’t even wear caps, but I had to learn. I made a hat during training and then made a couple of other hats.

I put the regular arm back on my machine and sort of forgot about making caps for a bit. The Ricoma EM1010 comes standard with a hooping station and hat hoop. While it may look intimidating, it really isn’t. If I can do, you can, too!

I am going to walk you through the entire process from digitizing to stitching in the video below. Please know that I am very much a novice at embroidery and digitizing. However, with very little effort I was able to make this hat.

Let’s get started.

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.

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.

Embroidery Blanket Gift Idea

Today I wanted to share with you this really simple embroidery idea that can potentially be a money maker for you, or at the very least, a quick and easy gift idea.

I grabbed a couple of these $5 Fleece Throws for $5 each. I thought they would be perfect for the grandkids for Daycare. I used my Chroma Luxe digitizing software to create a simple embroidered name and used the “nap blocker” feature to add the extra stitching so that the embroidery would sit on top of the fluffy fleece and not sink down into the blanket. By the way, the Chroma Inspire Software is free when you purchase a Ricoma EM1010, but you can also just buy and use the software.

Adding the simple embroidery took an ordinary blanket to extraordinary in a matter of minutes. You could easily sell this on popular selling sites for more than triple the cost that it takes to make it.

I used the Ricoma EM1010 mutli-needle embroidery machine. It made it so easy! You can make this on a single needle machine, too just be sure to create a design that fits within your hoop. The Em1010 easily stitched out these 3″ tall letters on each blanket.

Once I made the blankets for the grandkids, I ran back to the store to get more blankets. I am going to embroider my children’s names on them to use as emergency car blankets and/or trunk blankets. I’ve had one in my car for years that someone gifted me.

I’ve created a tutorial to walk you through from the digitzing process through the stitch out. You can watch it here.

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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.

Fabric Embroidered Coasters – A quick and easy gift idea for any embroidery enthusiast / FREE EMBROIDERY FILES INCLUDED.

I wanted a quick and easy, but unique gift idea for those who I like to give, what I call, an appreciation gift. The delivery people, the lady at the post office to patiently weighs my packages, the friendly worker at McDonald’s (who knows me by name because of my continuous “Large Diet Coke” orders), and my favorite check out person at the grocery.

I came up with this fun little project that literally took me about 20 minutes start to finish to make the entire set. It’s really easy create custom embroidery files when you have the Chroma Software that comes with every Ricoma Embroidery Machine. If you don’t have the software, don’t worry, You can get the embroidery files here.   I sized the file so that they can be sewn with a 4 x 4 single needle machine all the way up to an industrial multi-needle machine. They are really quick because you really only need one thread color.

Don’t they look cute all packaged up with a simple little ribbon. I think they would be a great gift just like this, but you could also step it up and add a coffee mug, starbucks gift card or something a little extra.

Here is a step by step tutorial. Are you going to make a set? Who will be the lucky recipient? Let me know in the comments. Happy Embroidering 🙂

 

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How to Create an Embroidery File from an SVG

Today, I want to share with you how I used this ordinary Split Letter SVG design and turned it into a beautiful embroidered kitchen towel.

This entire project cost me less than $5. I purchase the towel from the Target Dollar Spot for $3 and the SVG file was part of a mega bundle I bought awhile back.

Using the Chroma Software that is included with the purchase of the Ricoma Embroidery Machines makes creating your very own unique embroidery designs so easy! You can purchase the Chroma Software without purchasing a machine. You can save $100 on the EM-1010 Multi-needle embroidery machine with this link.

So, how to we go from this to this?

Watch the tutorial and find out.

Animal Print Key Chains… I mean c’mon :)

I was so happy when Parker on the Porch gave me the OK to make a video featuring her fun animal print key chains. I mean, Leopard is the signature pattern of this crazy 2020 year.

Leopard is everywhere.

They are each made on the embroidery machine. I used my Ricoma EM1010 Multi-Needle Machine (link saves you $100), but you can make them on a single-needle machine as well.

I sent this one to my leopard-loving friend, Teri. She loved leopard before leopard was on every display at the mall.

I kept the Zebra keychain, but I love the tiger print, too! Don’t you think they would make the perfect stocking stuffer?

If you want to learn how to make these adorable In the Hoop Key Chains, click the tutorial below.

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