Santa Purse by Embroidery Garden

I couldn’t sleep last night because I really wanted to make a Santa purse for my niece. She noticed a young woman with one in the mall and asked if I could make her one. I found the perfect pattern on one of my favorite embroidery sites and wanted to make it for her before Christmas. After tossing and turning last night I got out of bed around 3am and headed up to my sewing room. Luckily I had already loaded the pattern design into my embroidery machine and I had made the strap so the project went together quickly. Since it was late and I was tired I forgot to take pics of the stitch out but I took several after pics. The pattern is by Embroidery Garden and comes in 2 different sizes (I made the larger size). I used a red sequined fabric for Santa’s hat and the back of the purse and minky shaggy white fabric for his beard and hat trim. The pattern included step-by-step instructions with pictures. The purse is made in the hoop with the exception of the cross body strap. The strap needs to be made first so it is ready to be sewn in when you come to that step. The purse is lined on the inside with no visible seams. I’m going to give it to her tonight at our family dinner so she can carry it to church tomorrow!

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I look forward to sharing my upcoming projects and please remember; in Jesus, we find more gifts than our hearts can imagine! Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

The Busiest Time of Year!

 

I love Christmas, but this year has been tough! I think the reason for the difficulty is because this is the first year my husband and I are alone. We are officially empty-nesters and it’s made me a little depressed, especially during the holidays. I was a homeschool mom for 12 years so I spent a lot of time with my children and I loved every second of it. Our oldest son just celebrated his second wedding anniversary and our youngest son is attending college out of state. I usually start my Christmas decorating the day after Halloween, but this year I didn’t start until my son was due home from school (end of November). Another reason for the delay in decorating was I had an order for 4 memory quilts the week of Halloween and finished them before we went on vacation at Thanksgiving. I worked day and night to get them completed because I wanted to finish them before the Thanksgiving holiday.

I knew when we got home from vacation I would have Christmas gifts to work on and I wanted to give the memory quilts my full attention. Plus, I don’t like to take orders for quilts after Thanksgiving because we are so busy during the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. We’ve had parties and church events to attend every weekend this month plus a few on weeknights. My husband and I are runners and we just wrapped up a very busy race season to top it all off! We have run 5 races since October 28th. All of them were out of town but one so we had to travel to get to them. Needless to say I’m ready for some down time to get creative and have some fun in my sewing room!

I usually finish the majority of my Christmas shopping on Black Friday but couldn’t get it done this year. I’m actually supposed to be shopping now but I’m taking a break and having a ‘pick me up’ to help motivate me to continue. Hopefully I’ll finish today but if I don’t, no one but me will know that I didn’t buy every little thing that I had on my list.

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I have completed a few embroidery projects for stocking stuffers, and enjoyed every bit of time I was able to spend in my favorite room in the house. I still want to make a Santa purse for my niece but I’m not sure I’ll get to it before the big day…

I can’t wait to have a full day of quilting after Christmas. My resolution for the new year is to finish every UFO in my sewing room!

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Gracie the thief!

Monthly Mini Quilts

This is an idea that is inexpensive but a little more time consuming, especially because I made 7 sets of 12 quilts at one time for Christmas gifts a few years ago. To make it a quick gift, you could start with one quilt and add to them gradually for each holiday! They were a huge hit and I still look forward to changing my little quilt each month even after using them for several years! The stands are made by Ackfeld and I bought them at my local quilt shop.

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I found them a little cheaper on Amazon (although the price has gone up considerably since I bought mine) but I try to support my local quilt shop when ever I can. If you cannot find them at your LQS, they can be found here. I purchased all of the designs from Embroidery Library (with the exception of the Christmas design) when they were having a 10 for $10 sale so I only have $1 a piece invested in the designs. I had to re-size most of them but it only took a few seconds using the sizing program on my machine. I already had all of the fabrics in my stash that I used for the borders and I used odd pieces of scraps out of my scrap bin for most of the backings (this is why they do not match but luckily you can’t see the back 😉). There is no set pattern, I made most of them the same (small sashing and borders) and simply folded over the top to make the sleeve for the stand.

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Scraps of muslin and polyester used for back of quilts

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A new quilt for each month of the year!

***One little note, the stands come in several pieces and have to be assembled before using. They were very wobbly and flimsy and fell apart every time I changed the quilt. I bought some gorilla glue to use on them and now they are sturdy and hold together perfectly.

Design Credit: Embroidery Library

Christmas Pattern Design Credit: Melissa Lynn Designs

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Luggage Handle Wraps

Another quick and inexpensive gift idea; Luggage Handle Wraps. My husband and I love to travel and go on cruises and I found this pattern to help us identify our common black luggage quickly.  I purchased the design from embroiderygarden.com. I’m sure that it is obvious by now that I love making in-the-hoop projects and this one can be completed in less than 10 minutes with one hooping. They are customizable and do not come with letters, lettering will have to be added in software or while stitching. They are reversible and there is an optional pattern which includes a vinyl pocket to add a card with your personal info in case your luggage is lost.

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The file comes with different choices of back ground quilting and these formats are included: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, Vip, VP3 and XXX. The largest size is 5.03″ x 6.67″ so it will fit in most 5×7 hoops. I did make one change, I omitted the last part of the design which calls for adding snaps to hold them to the handle on your luggage. Instead, I used sticky-back hook and loop tape (Velcro) because it was quicker. I reinforced it with a little fabric glue and they have held up great. Color step by step PDF instructions are also included. I made the 3 pink ones above using scraps so this can be a great scrap buster project!

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Design credit: embroiderygarden.com

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Monogrammed Coffee Sleeves

Continuing with my series on quick and inexpensive embroidery gift ideas I would like to share one of my favorites, monogrammed coffee sleeves. This is a design that I purchased from embroiderygarden.com. I love to drink coffee and I use my coffee sleeve nearly everyday. The sleeve will fit a 12, 16 or 20 oz. cup. These are made in-the-hoop with one hooping. With all of my supplies pre-cut and ready to go it will only take about 15 minutes per sleeve to make using a multi-needle embroidery machine.

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Supplies pressed and pre-cut

The design comes with these formats included: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX. There are 2 blank sleeves and the designer also includes a sleeve in each format with every letter of the alphabet to personalize them! This option saves a lot of time because I don’t have to open it in my embroidery software to add a personal monogram. As with everything else I have bought from this designer, the quality is top-notch and the instructions are clear and precise with color pictures to guide you during the construction process.

 

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Auditioning embellishments for the blank sleeve

I am making several to give out for Christmas gifts this year. Embroidery Garden even has a great tutorial on how to display these sleeves for gifts or sale with a printable template of a coffee cup.

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Packaged and ready to go!

The button is hand sewn to the opposite side of the elastic. It holds well and doesn’t slide. I hope my friends enjoy these as much as I do!

Design credit: embroiderygarden.com

FYI: I receive no compensation from clicks to designer’s website or purchase of designs. All of the designs showcased on my blog are tried and true favorites of mine. Thanks!

 

 

Quick Embroidery Gift Ideas

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time for a blog post on my favorite quick and inexpensive embroidery gift ideas! I’m going to make this a series so I can make each project again and take pics during construction process. They will be posted in no specific order, just some of my favorite designs with links to where I purchased them if applicable.

 

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In the hoop Christmas ornaments are fun and easy to make. Last year I gave these to my Sunday School class tied to jars filled with candy. I bought the design from appliquemarket.com and the file includes 3, 4, and 5 inch options. The step by step pdf instructions are very easy to follow with the added bonus of colored pictures. I used a font built into my machine to add the monogram (font not included with design) and I love them because they can easily go from candy jar to tree ornament or be used as a gift tag. The ornament is made completely in the hoop with one hooping. The design comes with the following formats: DST, PES, EXP, HUS, JEF, VIP, XXX, and ART. These stitched out very quickly, I made about 2 dozen in one evening!

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I enjoyed making these so much that I plan on giving candy jars with ornaments to all of my neighbors for Christmas this year!

 

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Design created by and may be purchased from appliquemarket.com