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  • 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!


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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • North Pole Village Colorwork Project Inspiration


    North Pole Village Colorwork Project

    If you haven't seen our blog post on North Pole Village Customer Projects featuring the filled and applique sets you can find it HERE. This post will focus specifically on projects that customers sent us using our four North Pole Village Colorwork Sets.


    Make Ornaments!

    Colorwork Project by: Carolyn Barnes

    Colorwork Project By : Carolyn Barnes
    These ornaments are so clever! We love seeing how creative our customers are with our designs. Thank you for sending this in, Carolyn!

    Customer Feedback:
    Love these designs, I made all 48 into ornaments. Thank you. ~Carolyn


    Make Quilts!

    Colorwork Project By: Susan Byrne

    Colorwork Project - Quilt By Susan Byrnes
    This quilt is so beautiful! It gets us in the mood for Christmas ?. The designs stitched out beautifully, thanks for sharing, Susan!

    Customer Feedback:
    Just finished this quilt using all four sets of the Christmas Village color work. ~Susan

    Here's a close-up of the stitched out designs...

    Colorwork Project By: Susan Byrne


    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


    View all the North Pole Village Series here.


  • Advent Calendar: Countdown To Christmas


    Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar Customer Projects

    Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar
    Having an Advent Calendar is a great family activity. A Countdown to Christmas has 25 pockets with 25 unique ornaments. Each day in December leading up to Christmas, your child takes an ornament out of the pocket and buttons it onto the Christmas tree in the middle of the display. By Christmas Day, your tree will be completely decorated! (Note: Kiddos also love when there are extra surprises in each pocket! wink wink)

    Our advent calendar design set comes with TWO different sizes so you can make different sized calendars.

    This design set includes:
    - "In the hoop" ornament & star designs (w/ button holes)
    - Pocket designs
    - PDF e-pattern for Christmas Tree
    - A step-by-step tutorial for constructing your calendar


    Customer Advent Calendar: Carol Hessler

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    As you can see in this beautiful project by Carol, there are 25 unique designs that can be used for each of the 25 different ornaments.

    We love how beautiful the tree looks once it's decorated!

    A Word From the Customer:

    This was such a fun project. I mixed up the order of the pockets so our nearly three year old granddaughter has to hunt for the right date. I tried to match the fabric on the back of the ornaments with the design on the front. It's been a great hit. The designs stitched out beautifully. Thank you for making the days before Christmas so special for our "little one." ~Carol


    Customer Advent Calendar: Melissa Yaroschak

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    In this project, we see Melissa used small jewels instead of buttons which makes her Advent Calendar sparkle even more!

    If you look closely, you can also see how the buttonholes are stitched out on the star and ornaments.

    A Word From the Customer:
    Finally finished our Advent Calendar... 18 months of working on it here and there (so many projects, so little time!). I'm so thrilled that we now have this special family heirloom. The kids love it and can't wait for their next turn to add another ornament! ~Melissa


    Customer Advent Calendar: Kathy Kahler

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    This project by Kathy shows a nice close-up of how adorable these pockets really are! The numbers are whimsical and stitch out beautifully. We love the multi-colored pockets on this project too.

    Also, check out what the buttonhole looks like on an ornament when it isn't already attached to the tree.


    Completed Advent Calenders

    Lastly, here are some completed customer projects for you!

    Advent Calendar - 1 Advent Calendar - 5 Advent Calendar - 3

    Advent Calendar - 2

    Advent Calendar -4


    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


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