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  • Project Inspiration - Monogram It All!

    The best thing about monograms is you can put them on everything! Here at Designs By JuJu we have an embroidery design or monogram on every bag, pot holder, coat, napkin, you name it!  Here are some fun customer projects that used monograms in creative ways…

    Customer Project By: Sarah Cone


    Children’s Sneakers

    Sarah Cone used our Whimsy Curls Font on the tongue of these sneakers.  This fun idea is not only adorable, it also can help you keep track of your kids’ sneakers.


    Customer Project by Amy Bordelon







    If you are feeling adventurous you can embroider your own boots. Amy Bordelon used our Adorn Trio Ornamental Monogram on this project.

    *Note* Before you start, make sure you do your research on the best needles and thread to use on leather with your machine.

    Customer Project by: Anita Bialas




    Framed Monogram
    Anita Bialas used cardstock and our Elegant Curly Monogram Alphabet to make this beautiful project.  She then used it as part of a wedding gift.  (It would also be a great housewarming gift or just a way to spruce up your own living room!)




    Customer Project by Dinah Fiumano-Mccann


    Welcome Mat
    This idea came to us from Dinah Fiumano McCann. Adding a monogram to your front mat makes your entryway uniquely yours and is such a darling addition to the home.

    Dinah used a company favorite, the Adorn Trio Ornamental Monogram to complete this project!

    Vine Interlocking Monogram




    Window Valance

    Julie Ann Knott shared this idea with us, and we are so happy she did!  She used our Vine Interlocking Monogram on the valance and pillows to beautifully tie the room together.



    We hope you found these projects as inspiring as we did! You can see all of our different monograms here. To submit photos for our showcase, please email: 

    Happy Stitching!




  • New Design Set: Whimsical Scarecrows Applique

    Fall is exciting and filled with traditions. We are continuing our tradition and releasing a NEW fall-themed set, a Whimsical Scarecrows Applique design! This set contains 12 different scarecrows to choose from!

    Whimsical Scarecrows Applique



    Now we want to share a few fun projects we have been working on with this new set…

    Whimsical Scarecrows Bib



    Scarecrow Bib
    First, here is a bib we made. This is sure to brighten the day of any new mother or father… Their little one will be clean and festive.




    Whimsical Scarecrows Towel




    Hand Towel
    We believe every design deserves to be on a towel… Here is an example of how perfectly towels and new sets work together!





    Customer Project by Mel - Whimsical Scarecrows Quilt




    Lastly, we had to share a customer project we already received...

    We LOVE this quilt design! It would look great in any bedroom, on the couch, on display… you name it! We couldn’t help sharing when we saw how beautifully it came out.  Don’t you just love the colored borders too?







    When you finish your latest project (whether it is with this design or not) make sure to send it to us! We love seeing all the work our customers put into different projects. To submit photos for our showcase, please email:

  • 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


    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.



    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.

    DBJJ - 3

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

    DBJJ - 4

    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.

    DBJJ - 5

    • 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.




    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.

    DBJJ - 8

    DBJJ - 9


    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.

    DBJJ - 10

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

    DBJJ - 11

    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.

    DBJJ - 12

    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.


    DBJJ - 14

    You are all done! Congratulations……


    Kim Hanson


  • 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

  • Fussy Cutting Applique: It’s Easy Using a Template

    You have probably heard of the term “fussy cutting,” particularly in reference to quilts. That is when a particular design on the fabric is strategically placed so that, when cut and stitched, it is perfectly displayed within the pieced block. Continue reading

  • Applique RTW Toturial

    This week we are pleased to have Nicole Scott from "Cole's Corner and Creations" with a great guest post! I LOVED her tutorial on applique'ing ready to wear t shirts so much that I asked her to do one for us. Enjoy! Check out her website and follow on Facebook! Continue reading

  • Choosing Thread Colors for Applique

    Much like a paint palette, digitizers use certain thread libraries when creating embroidery designs. Some are chosen because of the thread brand. Others are chosen as a default in the digitizing program that created them. Either way, thread stitch out charts are not necessarily like paint-by-number boards; you may choose another color if it is more to your liking or matches your fabric better.

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