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    Bunny Applique - Free Embroidery Designs

    Cute FREE Embroidery Designs

    Did you know we offer several free embroidery designs available for instant download? In addition to our over 90 Free Bible Verses / Prayers, we have 10 additional designs you can start stitching out right away! (Including the adorable bunny in the picture above)

    Free Applique Crab

    This design is a free sample design from our Critters of the Sea Applique that is for sale on our website. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

    Here are Two adorable Customer projects featuring the Free Applique Crab.

    Crab Applique - Free Embroidery Designs Crab Applique - Free Embroidery Designs

    Free Veterans Day Design

    Lindsey McGovern / Free Embroidery DesignsTo those who currently serve and have served, we are forever grateful.

    That is why we made this design FREE so anybody can make gifts to thank veterans and current service men and women.

    Here is what a customer, Lindsey McGovern had to say about this free design:

    I wanted to say thank you for your free home of the free because of the brave design. I love it and it has really gotten good use with my cloth diaper business as a blessing to families of deployed soldiers as a free gift from me to them. I'm including a picture of my finished project. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy your designs!

    Lindsey McGovern
    Winning Colors Baby

    Free Penguin Embroidery Design

    Project By: Sue Meihofer LeMay / Free Embroidery DesignsThis festive penguin is a free sample design from our Whimsical Christmas design set. This is perfect for any winter/Christmas project!

    This customer project was sent in by Sue Meihofer LeMay. She made a simply adorable ornament with this free penguin design!

    This penguin design is perfect for stockings, shirts, or wall hangings.


    Free Sunbonnet Easter Belle

    Starla Sexton / Easter / Free Embroidery DesignsNext we want to share this adorable Sunbonnet Belle design! This design is a free sample design from our Easter Sunbonnet Belle Applique that is for sale on our website.

    This customer project was made by Starla Sexton. We love how she used the same design with different colored applique fabric and threads. We also love the variegated thread she used for the bow on the hat of the blue themed design!

    These two candle holders were made with this Free Sunbonnet Easter Belle Applique.


    Free Bunny Applique

    bunny / Free Embroidery DesignsThis free bunny design is the perfect applique for spring projects, or for bunny-lovers!

    This bathrobe features the Free Bunny Applique.


    More Free Designs

    5-more / Free Embroidery DesignsWe only shared 5 of the 10 different Free Embroidery Designs, but we want you to see them all! Here are quick photos of the other 5 designs available for free on our website. Check out all 10 of our FREE DESIGNS here.

    Send us your Projects

    If you use these designs (or any of our other designs) on your projects, please send them in! To submit photos for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com

  • Itchin' for Some Kitchen Stitchin' - Kitchen Embroidery


    Kitchen Embroidery Inspiration

    The weather is getting colder, and that makes baking in the kitchen so much cozier. If you find yourself in the kitchen more these days, then this is the post for you! We picked three adorable Designs By JuJu Exclusive kitchen embroidery  sets that are sure to spruce up any kitchen. We invite you to stitch up some personalized towels, pot holders, coasters, aprons, and more..

    kitchen word art - kitchen embroideryKitchen Word Art

    Kitchen Word art will add a super cute accent to your kitchen! The 12 designs feature different sayings like "Kiss the Cook" and "Life is Short Eat Dessert First".

    This photo features one of the designs available in this set. "Designs By JuJu" is stitched out in My Epic Selfie Embroidery Font.

    When you download this set there are 4 sizes included:  4x4, 5x7, 6x10 and 8x8.


    Coffee Shop Applique

    Coffee-Shop-Kitchen EmbroideryNow for those of us that don't like to bake, but prefer to use the Kitchen as a place to make our morning cup(s) of coffee.. Good News! We have a great set for you too.

    This Coffee Shop design set is perfect for the latte-lover, espresso-sipper, & just plain coffee fan in all of us.

    This design set includes both word art and applique designs... And has over 20 designs total!

    Each applique comes in 4 sizes to fit the hoops. These designs are fabulous for such a wide variety of projects and will warm you up in a jiffy!

    Coffee Shop Applique Customer Project

    We love how fun this quilt is. You can see almost every design from this set on the quilt!

    Coffee Shop Quilt - Kitchen Embroidery


    Kitchen Stitchin' Applique 

    priscila script / kitchen stitchin - Kitchen EmbroideryThis HUGE set of kitchen themed applique designs is just what you need to whip up some new kitchen decor, gift towel sets, bazaar items and more! There are 18 different applique designs in 2 sizes each. There are also 12 more designs of words and phrases in 2 sizes each to accompany this cute, fun, and versatile set!


    Kitchen Stitchin' Customer Project: Stacey Lee

    These fun applique towels were shared on Instagram, and we had to share them with you! We love the colors Stacey chose. Great job, and thanks for the tag!

    Customer Project: Stacey Lee - Kitchen Embroidery

     


    Send us your Projects

    We can't wait to see what you've been working on. If you have a recent project you are proud of, please send us a picture or video! To submit projects for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com


  • Sporty Kids Have Sports Moms


    Sports Mom Applique Design Sets

    For the Moms (& Grandmas) of Sporty Kids

    Sports Mom Applique Set 1 - Sporty
    Calling all moms of sporty kids - The moms who moonlight as your child's taxi driver, cheerleader, and superhero! If this sounds like you, keep reading...

    Also, If your children aren't sporty, don't fret! We also have several designs to fit non-sport interests including Band Mom, Choir Mom, Scouting Mom and more!

    Taxi Mom

    Sports Mom set 1 - sporty

    It doesn't matter where your kids' interests lie.. Mom always ends up as the taxi service! So we wanted to give this design a little extra spotlight... for all the Taxi Moms out there!

    Sports Mom Applique Set 1

    Sports Mom Applique Set 1 - Sporty

    This design set includes 19 designs in 4 sizes each! The different appliques included are:

    Mom Designs
    Sports Mom
    Dance Mom
    Karate Mom
    Gymnastics Mom
    Cheer Mom
    Football Mom
    Skating Mom
    Swim Mom
    Soccer Mom
    Baseball Mom
    Basketball Mom
    Band Mom
    Taxi Mom
    Hockey Mom
    Tumbling Mom
    Track Mom
    Lacrosse Mom
    Super Mom
    Volleyball Mom


    Sports Mom Applique Set 2

    Sports Mom Applique Set 2 - Sporty

    This design set includes 14 designs in 4 sizes each. This set even features some Sports "Gran" options as well! The different appliques included are:

    Mom Designs
    Awesome Mom
    Chorus Mom
    Archery Mom
    Tennis Mom                      Gran Designs
    Sports Mom                      Awesome Gran
    Super Mom                       Super Gran
    Softball Mom                    Sports Gran
    Snowboard Mom
    Ski Mom
    Field Hockey Mom
    Camping Mom


    Sports Mom Applique Set 3

    Sports Mom Applique Set 3 - Sporty

    This design set includes 15 designs in 4 sizes each. We brought you different designs featuring "Mom," "Gram," "Nana," and "Mimi" The different appliques included are:

    Mom Designs
    Scouting Mom
    Rugby Mom
    Choir Mom
    Rodeo Mom
    Cross Country Mom
    T-Ball Mom
    Little League Mom (baseball)

    Nana Designs
    Awesome Nana
    Super Nana
    Sports Nana

    Mimi Designs
    Awesome Mimi
    Super Mimi
    Sports Mimi

    Gram Designs
    Super Gram
    Sports Gram


    Customer Photos

    Sports Mom Applique Set 1 - Sporty Sports Mom Applique Set 1 - Sporty Sports Mom Applique Set 1 - Sporty


    Send us your Projects

    We know how busy all you moms are... But when you find a minute, we'd love to see your latest projects! If you have been working on something please send us a picture or video. To submit projects for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com


  • Nothing Sweeter than a Sweet Saying


    A Sweet Saying for You!

    Dear reader, you are a wonderful person who can make a difference... Didn't that feel great? We firmly believe in sharing a "Sweet Saying" with loved ones every day. So we decided to make TWO different design sets with different quotes & Bible verses to brighten anybody's day!

    Sweet Sayings Set 1

    Moon and Back - Sweet Saying - Set 1This is the first set in the series of JuJu's favorite quotes, sayings and Bible verses. Three sizes included. 5x7, 6x10 and 8x8 make this set perfect for clothing, pillows, wall hangings and more. As a bonus, TWO designs have some partial applique! The "I Love You to the Moon and Back" shows off one of the designs that comes with the bonus applique addition.

    One of the customer favorites (and okay... one of our favorites too) is the saying: "All I Need Today is a Little Bit of Coffee & a Whole Lot of Jesus". You can find this in Sweet Sayings Set 1, if you want to see what it looks like stitched out, just check out the customer projects a bit further down in this blog...

    Sweet Sayings Set 2

    Dance in the Rain - Sweet Saying - Set 2JuJu just couldn't get all her favorite quotes into one set, so she made a second Sweet Sayings design set!

    This set has even more adorable sayings than the first set! You will receive 12 designs ready for you to stitch out. This set does not have applique designs, so if you are not comfortable with trying out applique, this set would be the perfect set for you!

    This set has another great coffee quote: "All You Need is Love and More Coffee" (Can you tell how much we love our coffee??)

    Customer Photos

    Here are some of the amazing projects that have been shared with us.  Seeing customer creativity encourages us when we embroider, so we wanted to share these amazing projects with you!

    Instagram Project By: Buffy Walker

    Project By: Buffy Walker - Sweet Saying - Sets 1 & 2

    Project By: Debbie

    Project By: Debbie - Sweet Saying - Set 2

    Project By: Renae Jackson

    Project By: Renae Jackson - Sweet Saying - Set 1

    Instagram Project By: Holly Poulsen

    Project By: Holly Poulsen - Sweet Saying - Set 1 & 2

    Project By: Nita Cobb

    Project By: Nita Cobb - Sweet Saying - Set 1

    More Customer Projects...

    Sweet Saying - Set 2 Sweet Saying - Set 1 Sweet Saying - Set 1


    Share your Projects

    If you've been working on an inspirational project... please share it with us! We are so encouraged by so many of the stories and projects you share with us.  To submit photos for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com

    And remember... All you need is love and more coffee!!!


  • It's All Greek To Me... Two Greek Alphabets!


    Calling all Greek Alphabet lovers...

    We have TWO stunning applique sets featuring the Greek Alphabet! We are going to keep this short and sweet, because we are sure you'll want to get started with these right away for all of your sorority sisters and fraternity brothers!


    athletic-four-letters / Greek Alphabet
    Greek Athletic Alphabet

    The first set we'd like to share is the Greek Athletic Applique Alphabet.
    This is great for any sports teams or honors societies. The letters have a clean look that will stitch beautifully onto sweatshirts, banners, or anything else you want to feature!


    funky-4-letters / Greek AlphabetFunky Greek Alphabet

    The next set is a little funky... the  Funky Greek Applique Alphabet! This hand-drawn set was designed exclusively for Designs By JuJu! The whimsical looking set is great for fun projects that you've been dying to complete.


    Send us your Projects

    We have so much fun looking at different customer projects! If you have been working on something please send us a picture or video. To submit projects for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com

  • Christmas Embellishments (Monograms & Frames)

    We love Christmas Embellishments...

    Two quick facts about Christmas Embroidery:

    Fact #1: Christmas Monograms are too fun not to share.

    Fact #2: Christmas Monogram Frames are too fun not to share.

    Bonus Fact: This blog will be sharing two sets:  Christmas Wreath Embossed Monogram and Christmas Monogram Frames Applique

    Christmas Wreath Embossed Monogram

    a-machine / Christmas Embellishment

    You can stitch this Christmas wreath monogram as applique, tone on tone, or use the color changes to customize! Any way you choose, you are sure to LOVE this new Designs By JuJu exclusive monogram. You can see in this photo how the applique aspect can be stitched.

    You can see here the side-by-side of an embossed design and the design used as an applique.

    two-letters / Christmas Embellishment

    Christmas Monogram Frames Applique

    Customer Project / Christmas EmbellishmentsIf you already have a favorite monogram, you can always make it festive with one of our stunning circular monogram frames. This set has 12 beautiful frames included, ten of which are applique designs. We have 4 sizes included: 4x4, 5x7, 6x10 and 8x8 to accommodate different projects and different sized monograms!

    Customer Project

    Here is a cute example of a shirt made with one of the monogram frames and our Circle Block Monogram. We love the extra bow added at the top.

    Send us your Projects

    We love seeing different finished projects! If you have been working on something please send it in. To submit photos for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com


     

  • Stuffed Animal Applique Quilt Blocks


    Featured Set: Stuffed Animal Applique Quilt Blocks

    four-animals / Animal Applique Quilt Blocks
    Weare featuring  this seriously adorable set of stuffed animal applique quilt blocks. You can use this set just for the Designs By JuJu exclusive appliques, but they also come with the precious heart stipple backgrounds option too! We decided to make the stippled background after months of our tester, Margie asking for another quilt set. If you have never made a stippled quilt before but want to try, check out our Applique Stipple Background Tutorial.


    giraffe-applique / Animal Applique Quilt Blocks

    No Stippling

    As you can see, these cute patchwork style stuffed animal designs can be used without the stippled background. Having the option of stippling almost makes it feel like you have two completely different design sets, for the price of one!


    Stippling

    Each design comes with the applique and it's respective stippled background. There are three sizes of blocks per design included:  5 inch: 5x7 hoop, 6 inch: 6x10 hoop and 7 inch: 8x8 hoop. These include the stippling as well as the applique in one file.

    In addition to each of the applique designs, you will also receive a folder called "stipple." This includes vertical and horizontal stippled sashing strips to go with each size, and a stippled corner block.

    Send us your Projects

    We love seeing different finished projects! If you have been working on something please send it in. To submit photos for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com


  • A Christmas Hat for Your Alphabet...


    Christmas Hat Applique Alphabets

    designs-by-juju / Santa Christmas Hat
    It's the most wonderful time of the year! So we decided to feature some fun applique alphabet sets with a Christmas Hat (or antlers) on each letter! We have an Elf Hat Applique Alphabet, a Santa Hat Applique Alphabet, and a Reindeer Applique Alphabet available for download on our site!

    Here is a glimpse at each of the designs...

    Reindeer Applique Alphabet

    These cute reindeer letters are EXCLUSIVE to Designs by JuJu. Our talented artist, Robert Dowd designed these whimsical reindeer letters. This set is available in 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch 6 inch and 7 inch, so you'll be sure to get the perfect size for whatever project you wanted to use it on!

    R-C Reindeer / Christmas Hat Alphabet
    melissa-hatch-adams / Christmas Hat - Reindeer

    Customer Project By:

    Melissa Hatch Adams

    We had this adorable customer project sent in! This is a great design for Christmas pajamas and shirts... This project is just proof of that, Great job, Melissa!


    Elf Hat Applique Alphabet 

    These adorable elf hats are on top of fun applique letters. This set is available in 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch, and  6 inch for your stitching convenience! This cute set is great for personalizing your little one's things for Christmas.

    "A" pajamas / Elf Christmas Hat

    Santa Hat Applique Alphabet

    How could we share different Christmas Hat designs without a Santa hat?!  Don't worry, our Santa Hat Applique Alphabet has 5 sizes included: 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch and 6 inch and is the cutest little design. Make sure to get it before the holiday season so you can spruce up all your place settings, pajamas, stockings, and anything else you can embroider!

    arabella - Santa Christmas Hat

     

    Now It's Your Turn!

    We are sure you have been working on many different Christmas projects...

    Please send us any projects you've been creating. We would love to see them! To submit photos for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com

    Happy Stitching!


    See all our Christmas design sets for your Holiday Inspiration!


     

  • Some Embossed Alphabets

    Quatrefoil & Hexagon Embossed Monograms

    Monograms and Embossed Alphabets can make an elegant addition to many different gifts and projects. We want to feature two exciting Design By JuJu Exclusive embossed alphabet designs, but before we begin...

    Some Info on Embossed Designs

    Embossed embroidery is a lovely three-dimensional technique that leaves some areas of the design open and raised when stitched on fabrics that have a nap such as towels or fleece. The rest of the design flattens down the napped fabric. Try stitching this type of embroidery design on a robe, or a set of towels for your bath or kitchen . PDF instructions on how to use embossed monogram is included with both sets.

    If you like the embossed look, check out our: Embossed Frame Monogram Alphabet , Elegant Christmas Embossed MonogramElegant Oval Frame Embossed AlphabetChristmas Wreath Embossed Monogram or our best selling Preppy Embossed Monogram AlphabetPumpkin Embossed Monogram Alphabet, and Chic Embossed Monogram Alphabet!

    Quatrefoil Embossed Applique Alphabet

    This Designs by JuJu Exclusive will be perfect for your upcoming gifts! You can stitch this monogram with the frame as an applique, or tone on tone. Any way you choose, you are sure to LOVE this new monogram! You can see both stitching options displayed in the picture.

    two-letters / Embossed Alphabets

    Here is a video of the frame being stitched as an applique.

    Hexagon Embossed Monogram Alphabet

    Hexagon Embossed Alphabets

    This design is another Designs by JuJu Exclusive! This hexagon Embossed Monogram is sure to become a family favorite... it's SO versatile! This design is elegant enough for wedding gifts, masculine enough for the men in your life, and a great way to send your kid off to college in style!  We offer several sizes, so you're sure to have the perfect fit for all of your different projects.

    The 5 sizes included are
    3 inch and 4 inch: 4x4 hoop
    5 inch: 5x7 hoop
    6 inch: 6x10 hoop
    7 inch: 8x8 hoop


    You can see the monogram being stitched out here...

     


    Send us your Projects

    We love seeing different finished projects! If you have been working on something please send it in. To submit photos for our showcase, please email: julie@designsbyjuju.com


    Embossed Alphabets Spotlight

  • 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.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 2

    Step Three

    Place the batting in the hoop
    Stipple Background Tutorial 3

    Step Four

    Next step will stitch the batting down.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 4

    Step Five

    Then you will trim the batting back to the stitching line, do not cut thru stitching line.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 5

    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.

    Stipple Background Tutorial 6

    Step Seven

    The next step will stitch the background material to the stabilizer.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 7

    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.

    Stipple Background Tutorial 8

    Example

    This is the finished block.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 9

    Example

    Sashing strips and corner stones are sewn out exactly the same as the blocks without the applique.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 10

    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.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 11

    Example

    This shows the front after two blocks are sewn together.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 12

    Example

    Here are 4 blocks joined together.
    Stipple Background Tutorial 13

    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


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