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How-To blogs to help you get the most out of your embroidery!

  • How to Get Started in Machine Embroidery

    Try your Hand at Something New

    By Kim Hanson – www.KimHansonQuilts.com

    Photo 1 / Kim TutorialA quilter from way back, I made quilts for my three children and then nothing. Life was busy and quilting was put on the backburner. Once my first grandchild, Jacob, was born I wanted to make him a crib quilt, perhaps a rag quilt with soft and warm flannels, but more? A friend had given me a demo one day on machine embroidery - she did logos and such on t-shirts and jerseys and baseball caps. So I thought, "why not make a rag quilt, combining quilting and machine embroidery"?

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  • Tic Tac Toe - Embroidered Cupcake Pillow Tutorial!

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    How To: Quilted and Embroidered Tic Tac Toe Cupcake Pillow

    By Kim Hanson

    Red and aqua with a dash of lime swirl together to make this sweet pillow a delightful project to welcome spring. Love and creativity blossom as you adorn your pillow with machine appliquéd cupcakes, embroidery embellishment and yo-yo’s disguised as “puff cakes”.

    Julie and I are excited to show you how to make a Love  pillow, which I call Tic Tac Toe … so here we go!

    Please be sure and read through all the instructions prior to commencing. It will make the project much easier for you.

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  • Applique Stipple Background Tutorial


    Welcome! In this tutorial, we would like to show you our process for stitching out the applique designs that have a stipple background for you to make quilt blocks! The process is very simple. In this tutorial, we are using our newest quilt blocks from our Stuffed Animals Applique collection. The process is the same for our Valentine Heart Peekers, Cute Umbrella Critters Stick Zoo Applique, and Monster Party Applique Alphabet.

    Step One

    Hoop no show nylon mesh stabilizer
    Stipple Background Tutorial 1

    Step Two

    Sew out first step in design. This is the placement line for your batting. Make sure batting is about a half an inch bigger than the outline so it does not get caught in the foot of your machine. You can use tape on the edges to hold it down  if you want to.
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    Step Three

    Place the batting in the hoop
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    Step Four

    Next step will stitch the batting down.
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    Step Five

    Then you will trim the batting back to the stitching line, do not cut thru stitching line.
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    Step Six

    Next step is to place your background material over the batting making sure you have at least a half an inch all the way around.

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    Step Seven

    The next step will stitch the background material to the stabilizer.
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    Step Eight

    The next step will sew the stippling around the design area.  Then just proceed to do the rest of the applique design.  When finished with the design remove from hoop and trim your block ½” from the outside stitch line and you are done with the block.

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    Example

    This is the finished block.
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    Example

    Sashing strips and corner stones are sewn out exactly the same as the blocks without the applique.
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    Step Nine

    Pin completed and trimmed sashing strip to edge of block matching the stitching line and pin.  Sew to block just a smidge inside of the stitching line.
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    Example

    This shows the front after two blocks are sewn together.
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    Example

    Here are 4 blocks joined together.
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    Once all of your blocks are joined together, you can add the backing of your choice. Sometimes Margie adds an additional layer of batting also. Layer your quilt and bind as desired.
    This shows the front after two blocks are sewn together.


    Stipple Background Tutorial

  • How To: Scarecrow Fabric Wreath


    Scarecrow Fabric Wreath

    Using Designs by JuJu’s Whimsical Scarecrow Applique

    Scarecrow Fabric Wreath

    I’m thrilled to be joining you here again on Designs by JuJu’s website! I’ve always LOVED JuJu’s delightful designs and have used them extensively in my work. This super quick and easy project is great for adorning your front door on Halloween or Thanksgiving.

    For this project, I used an assortment of Juju’s new Whimsical Scarecrow Applique designs. Fabrics are from my stash and chosen for their yellow, orange and red colour scheme. Be sure and read through all the instructions prior to commencing. It will make the project much easier for you.


    Shopping List:

    Four Whimsical Scarecrow Applique designs

    Yellow .4 yard
    Orange Fat Eighth
    Stripe Fat Eighth
    Red Fat Eighth
    Applique fabric Assorted scraps

    Small bag of polyester fibrefill
    Medium weight tearaway stabilizer (Four pieces each measuring 8"x10")
    Embroidery thread, bobbin thread, all-purpose thread
    Embroidery needle, sewing needles
    Temporary fabric adhesive spray, (optional)
    Spray starch (optional)
    Small, sharp scissors or appliqué scissors
    Thimble, (optional)
    Glue gun
    Wire wreath measuring 12" in diameter
    Four yards of red rickrack

    *I use Brother Embroidery thread for all my projects


    Construction:

    Begin by cutting out eight rectangles, each measuring 4"x6" from the orange and striped fabrics and six rectangles from the red fabric. Match the rectangles, two by two, with right sides together and stitch ½" from the perimeter, leaving open a 1½" space. Turn to right sides, being mindful to pull out all corners.

    photo 1 / Scarecrow Fabric Wreath Photo 2 / Scarecrow Fabric Wreath Photo 3 / Fabric Scarecrow Wreath

    Stuff fibrefill into the opening of the rectangle to make a little pillow. Close opening by handstitching a ladder stitch. Repeat until you have 11 finished rectangular pillows. Set aside.


    photo 4 / Scarecrow Fabric Wreath

    Embroidery:

    Cut four pieces of yellow fabric, each measuring 8"x10". Download your favourite four Whimsical Scarecrow Applique designs – DBJJ878 - to your embroidery machine. Using your machine’s medium sized hoop, center and hoop the first 8"x10" piece of yellow fabric together with tearaway stabilizer. Place the hoop onto the machine and stitch out the first design outline.

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    Remove hoop from machine. Cut a fabric scrap slightly larger than the outline stitch. Spray starch the right side of fabric scrap and press. Spray the wrong side of fabric scrap with temporary spray adhesive. Center and finger press fabric onto the outline stitching.

    TIP: Cover ironing board when using spray starch and fabric adhesive to prevent over spray.

    TIP: Temporary fabric adhesive often leaves behind a residue on the needle. It may be necessary to clean your embroidery machine needle as you go.


    Replace the hoop onto the machine and embroider tacking stitches. Remove hoop from the machine and carefully trim around the outline. Place hoop back onto machine and finish embroidering the rest of the design in the same manner.

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    Repeat these steps to embroider three more Scarecrow Applique designs on the three other 8" x10" pieces of yellow fabric.


    photo 9 / Scarecrow Fabric Wreath

    Construction:

    Press and trim around each Scarecrow design to measure 4"x6". Construct four more rectangular pillows in the same manner as with the other fabrics.

    Wire wreath in hand, begin tying rectangular pillows to the wire wreath using the red rickrack. Tie the pillows on tight.


    photo 10 / Scarecrow Fabric Wreath

    Keep the four Scarecrow applique rectangular pillows until the end. When you are happy with the colour pattern on the wire wreath, begin placing the Scarecrow applique rectangular pillows on the wreath and glue in place. (I chose to use glue here because tying on the little Scarecrow applique rectangular pillows would obscure some of their amazing cuteness!).

    Hang your scarecrow fabric wreath on your front door and love it every time you look at it!

    photo 11 / Scarecrow Fabric Wreath

    Kim Hanson
    km.hanson@shaw.ca
    www.KimHansonQuilts.com


    Scarecrow Fabric Wreath Tutorial
  • How To: Hailey’s Quilted and Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book


    Hailey’s Quilted and Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book
    Using Designs by JuJu’s Top Dogs Embroidery Design set and Simplicity Alphabet Font

    Embroidered Fabric Doggie BookI’m thrilled to be joining you here again on Designs by JuJu’s website! I’ve always LOVED JuJu’s delightful designs and have used them extensively in my work. This quilted and embroidered doggie book is a sweet and simple project for any budding reader, boy or girl.

    For this project, I used an assortment of Juju’s new Top Dogs embroidery/applique designs. Fabrics are from my stash and chosen for their bold and bright colours. Be sure and read through all the instructions prior to commencing. It will make the project much easier for youFinished Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book.

     

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    Shopping List for Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book:

    Embroidery Designs: 

    Eight Top Dogs applique designs
    Simplicity font alphabet embroidery designs

    Quilting cottons:

    4 fat quarters (18"x22") in pink, yellow, green and orange – for book pages

    2 fat quarters for book cover

    Fabric scraps of multi-colours for appliques  *I used a dog paw print fabric as the book cover.

    Quilt batt – Three pieces each measuring 12"x18"

    Medium weight tearaway stabilizer – 1 yard

    Embroidery thread, bobbin thread, all-purpose thread

    Embroidery needle, sewing needles

    Temporary fabric adhesive spray, (optiona)

    Spray starch (optional)

    Small, sharp scissors or appliqué scissors

    Thimble, (optional)

    Wire ribbon 33" in length

     

    *I use Brother Embroidery thread for all my projects

     

    Construction:
    DBJJ - 1 - Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book
    Begin by cutting each of the four fat quarters (for eight fabric book pages) to measure 12"x18". Press.
    (Each piece of 12"x18" fabric will make up two pages of the book and will have two appliqued and embroidered designs each centered on one-half of the fabric.)
    Mark the center of each fabric piece by folding in half widthwise and finger press. Mark the center with a pencil.

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    Fold in both sides to center, finger press and mark creases with a pencil. Open up left side and begin to embroider.

     

     

     

     

     

    Embroidery:

    DBJJ - 3 - Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book Download your favourite eight top dog applique embroidery designs. (new design sets - DBJJ 826, 827 and 828) to your embroidery machine.

    Using your machine’s medium sized hoop, center and hoop the first 12"x18" piece of fabric on the left hand side together with tearaway stabilizer. Place the hoop onto the machine and stitch out the embroidery design outline.

    Remove hoop from machine. Cut a fabric scrap slightly larger than the outline stitch. Spray starch the right side of fabric scrap and press. Spray the wrong side of fabric scrap with temporary spray adhesive. Center and finger press fabric onto the outline stitching.
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    TIP:     Cover ironing board when using spray starch and fabric adhesive to prevent over spray.

     

    TIP:     Temporary fabric adhesive often leaves behind a residue on the needle. It may be necessary to clean your embroidery machine needle as you go.

     

     

     

    Replace the hoop onto the machine and embroider tacking stitches.

    Remove hoop from the machine and carefully trim around the outline.

    Place hoop back onto machine and finish embroidering the rest of the design.

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    Remove fabric from hoop. Measure 1" from the top of the embroidery design, center and draw a straight line with a pencil.

    Measure 1½" from bottom of the embroidery design and draw a straight line with a pencil.

    Download the simplicity font letters needed, center on the pencil line, hoop the fabric again and stitch out. (For example, for the breed “dalmatian” embroider a capital D centered on the line above the dog applique and the word “dalmatian” on the line below the dog applique.)

    Repeat these steps to applique design on the right hand side of the fabric page. DBJJ - 7 - Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book

    Repeat these steps to embroider six more dog applique designs on the three other fabric pages along with the first letter of the dogs’ breed and the name of the breed.

    Construction:

    Trim around each fabric page to even.

    Lay down a layer of quilt batt, 12"x18". Top with the first and second fabric pages with right sides together and pin through all three layers.

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    Stitch ½" from the edge of fabric, around the perimeter, leaving a 10" opening at the top.

    Cut off the corners as per photo.

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    Turn fabric page to right side (which will enclose the layer of quilt batt inside).

    Gently pull out the corners of the book page.

    Turn the seams of the 10" opening under ½" and press.

    Hand stitch the opening closed.

     

    Repeat these steps one more time. Make the book’s cover in the same manner.
    Stitch wire ribbon in place lengthwise on the book cover as per the photo. DBJJ - 11 - Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book

    Turn book cover over so wire ribbon side is face down.

    Center and place both double-sided fabric pages on top of book cover.

    Stitch down the center to secure the pages in your little book.

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    Fold the book down the center and press in half.

    Press all eight pages.

    Voila! You have a child’s embroidered fabric doggie book with eight pages, featuring eight dog applique designs and a lovely cover.

    Congratulations……well done!

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    reading - Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book

    Kim Hanson

    www.KimHansonQuilts.com

    km.hanson@shaw.ca


    Embroidered Fabric Doggie Book

  • How To: Make a Harlow’s Quilted and Embroidered Purse


    Make a Harlow’s Quilted and Embroidered Purse
    Using Designs by JuJu Janda Stylish Monogram

    Harlow 

    I’m thrilled to be joining you here on Designs by JuJu’s website! I’ve always LOVED JuJu’s delightful designs and have used them extensively in my work. This quilted and embroidered purse is a sweet and simple Summer project….just the right size for your favourite little girl.

    For this project, I used the Janda Stylish Monogram design. Quilting fabrics are Carina by Amanda Murphy (except stripe fabric by Riley Blake)

     

     

     

     

    Fabric Chart Shopping List:

     Janda Stylish Monogram design DBJJ671 in the letter(s) of your choice

    Quilting cottons: (See attached fabric sample chart)

    Fabric 1 White                                                                        10"x10"

    Fabric 2 Stripe                                                                         .3 yard

    Fabric 3 Heart to Heart Pink                                                  fat quarter

    Fabric 4 Romance White multi                                              scrap 4"x8"

    Fabric 5 Entwined Red                                                           scrap 3½"x22"

    Fabric 6 Entwined Teal                                                           fat quarter

     

    Medium weight tearaway stabilizer                                   10"x10"

    Medium weight sew in stabilizer                                          11"x21"

    Quilt batt                                                                                11"x21"

     

    Thin teal cording                                                                      30"

    Embroidery thread, bobbin thread, all-purpose thread

    Embroidery needle, quilting needle, sewing needle

    Fabric adhesive spray, optional

    Free motion quilting foot, optional

    Magnetic closure

    Thimble, optional

    Three Riley Blake crocheted flowers, optional

    Wooden button, optional

     

    *I used Brother Embroidery thread pink, 086.

    Use a ¼" seam allowance throughout.

     

    Embroidery: DBJJ - 1

    Download the 3½" size monogram letter of your choice from the DBJJ671 collection to your embroidery machine. Using your machine’s medium sized hoop, center and hoop the 10"x10" piece of white fabric together with tearaway stabilizer. Stitch out the embroidery design.

    Being mindful to center the embroidery design, trim the white fabric to measure 4½" wide x6" long. Remove stabilizer. Press.

     

    Cut:

    From Fabric 2 - Fold fabric so stripes run up and down. Cut three strips 2½"x12". Sub cut two pieces 2½"x4½", one piece 2¼"x6" and two squares 2½"x2½". Re-fold fabric to change orientation of stripes. Cut one strip 2½x12".

    From Fabric 3 – Cut two strips 2"x22". Sub cut two strips 2"x12". Cut backing piece of 11"x21".

    From Fabric 4 – Trim scrap to measure 3"x6".

    From Fabric 5 – Cut one strip from scrap of 2½"x20". Sub cut to one piece 2½"x12" and two pieces 2½"x2½"

    From Fabric 6 – Cut two strips 2½"x22". Sub cut one strip 2½"x12, two squares 2½"x2½" and one piece 2¼"x6. For binding, cut four strips 2½"x22".

     

    Construction: See Diagram #1 [Download]

    Row 1 - Stitch 3"x6" piece of Fabric 4 to left side of monogram block and 2¼"x6" piece of Fabric 6 to the right side. Stitch a 2"x6" Fabric 2 piece to the teal piece. Press away from center. DBJJ - 2

    Row 2 - Stitch together two Fabric 6, 2 and 5 patchwork units using the 2½" squares. Set one aside for Row 5.

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    Row 3, 4 – Stitch one 2"x12" strip of Fabric 3 to both top and bottom of purse unit.

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    Row 5 – Repeat Row 2 except stitch Fabric 2 piece 2½x4½" to Fabric 6. Press

    Row 6 – Stitch Fabric 2 piece 2"x12" to bottom of purse unit.

    Row 7 – Stitch Fabric 5 piece 2½"x12" to bottom of purse unit.

    Row 8 – Stitch Fabric 2 piece 2½"x12" to bottom of purse unit.

    Row 9 - Stitch Fabric 6 piece 2½"x12" to bottom of purse unit.

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    • Press all seams towards the bottom of purse unit.

    Quilting: DBJJ - 6

    Make a quilt sandwich. On a flat surface, lay down right side of backing fabric. (If using fabric adhesive spray, spray between each layer)

    Layer quilt batt on top of backing fabric and smooth.

    Layer stabilizer on top of quilt batt and smooth.

    DBJJ - 7Layer on purse top and smooth. Pin to secure.

    Pin to secure.

    Quilt as desired. (The pattern shows a free motion quilting pattern all over).

    Trim to ¼" around the perimeter of the purse top. Round both bottom corners of the purse top using template Diagram #2 [Download] and trim.

     

     

    Binding:

    Make binding by stitching together four 2½" strips of Fabric 6 together on the diagonal – mark a stitching line as shown. Stitch and trim ¼" from stitching line. Press seam open.

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    Fold the binding strip in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. At the beginning of the binding strip, fold back ½" and press.

    Pin binding strip to the raw edge of the purse top.

    Stitch ¼" from raw edge of purse top. Stop stitching 3/8" from corner of purse top. Fold binding strip up at a 45° angle.

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    Lay the binding strip back down on the adjacent side of the purse top and begin stitching binding to raw edge.

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    Finish off binding by tucking in the raw edge of the binding strip to the beginning point and stitch to secure.

    Fold binding over and pin to the back of the purse top. Stitch in place by hand.

    Hand stitch button, crocheted flowers (if using) in place. Wrong sides together, fold purse ½" from the bottom of the embroidered monogram to measure for magnetic closure placement. Center and affix the magnetic closure so the purse flap closes flat.

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    Keeping the fold in place reverse purse with right sides together. Place teal cording into the seam on both sides of the purse. (The cording length on the finished purse measures 22". You may wish to shorten or lengthen) Stitch. Trim cording close to binding. Turn purse right side out. If you choose, you can embellish and cover the magnetic closure. I’ve tied a small piece of teal cord into a bow, frayed the edges and sewn in place.

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    You are all done! Congratulations……

     

    Kim Hanson

    www.KimHansonQuilts.com

    km.hanson@shaw.ca


     

  • Resources For Help With Your Embroidery Machine

    Are you new to the wonderful world of machine embroidery? Have you often wondered where and how to get your questions answered? In today's blog post, we have tried to compile a comprehensive post with links to resources for your specific embroidery machine.

    We frequently receive emails, especially in January, when many have just received a new machine, asking us questions specifically related to a certain machine.

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  • Creating Applique Templates with Embrilliance

    Many applique designs have templates provided in the download. If not, there is an easy way to create a template using Embrilliance Essentials software.

    Templates are really useful if you stitch applique designs. One reason is that they allow you to create a guide for cutting out the applique piece. Pre-cutting your applique pieces saves a lot of time you would otherwise spend removing the hoop, trimming excess applique fabric, and re-applying the hoop. All you need to do is add some temporary spray adhesive or glue stick to the back, finger-press it in place, and continue stitching. Continue reading

  • Using Variegated Threads in Applique

    Two-dimensional artwork like embroidery sometimes looks, well, flat. One way to show depth is to use variegated thread. Besides, it is really fun!

    Variegated threads are available in many color combinations. Depending on the manufacturer, color changes can be structured ( or random. Some variegated threads feature several different colors while others contain several tones of the same color. They are available in different weights, ranging from 12 (heavy) to 40 (normal), and types, like cotton, rayon, and polyester. Continue reading

  • Freestanding Applique Sock Monkey

    Take you applique to the next level – make it freestanding. Sounds difficult? It’s really easy and super adorable! Continue reading


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