1/17/19

DIY: Machine Embroidery on Knit Garments



One of my favorite things about machine embroidery is being able to update or customize clothing. You can give basic or old garments a refreshing new look this way. I had this cardigan in the "transform" bin for awhile now and was looking for a nice embroidery collection to add to it. When it comes to embroidery on knits I prefer designs that don't have a dense/high stitch count due to the nature of knit fabric. I typically look for embroidery designs like these floral patterns that have an airy, open design. This Botanical Beauty collection would be adorable on just about anything from t-shirts to linen towels. They're very quick and one thread color! 

Get the details below on how to embroidery onto knit projects. You can also use this tutorial for t-shirts and other light weight knit garments. 

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1/7/19

DIY: Versatile Faux Fur Collar


Kicking off January with this versatile Faux Fur Collar. I love that I can add this to a simple coat to fancy it up a bit or with a blouse and dress. You can change up the scarf to match different looks as well. Get the details below on how to make your own Faux Fur Collar just in time for the cold months ahead. 

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1/2/19

Get Organized With Dritz


Happy New Year everyone! I'm feeling refreshed from the break and ready to get back into the studio. One thing that I like to do when the New Year starts is organize my studio. If you sew or craft in any way you know how quickly things clutter with all the supplies, notions, and fabric acquired throughout the year. A product that has helped keep my work surface free of space and organized is this Dritz Ruler Stand. I have many rulers and templates because of the all the different types of sewing and designing I do. Initially they were all over the place and many times in the way. This sturdy Ruler Stand holds them all together (10 slots) and keeps them within reach and off the work space. It's been a great product I added this year to the studio. You can check out the product here. What are some ways you keep your space organized, I'd love to know (comment below)! 


12/28/18

Sewing with Sequins



With NYE right around the corner I'm sure you're thinking of something that resembles a disco ball to wear. I always enjoy making my New Year's look even if it is for some low key occasion at home with the babes. I of course look for the most sparkly of fabrics like sequins! Sequin fabric can be a bit intimidating and tricky to sew with but with some tips and tricks it's actually fun! 

When it comes to sequins you don't need to go crazy with design as the fabric is already dramatic enough. Stick to simple silhouettes, garments with a lot of pleats and details aren't ideal. I went with simple pant and a wrap dress. The Two Sided Allover Sequins Fabric from Stylish Fabric I used is thick and sewing multiple layers can be tricky so this is another reason why the pattern you pick should be simple.

12/7/18

DIY Gifts: Rivet Wristlet




Continuing my gift guide series with this DIY Wristlet.  I love that I finally got the chance to use all my favorite Dritz tools in one project.  This rivet wristlet is not only easy to make it's also a great gift. It's small enough to use as a stocking stuffer and pair it with the Faux-Fur Pom Pom Keychain for the handle. The tools to make this are also great gifts for any DIY enthusiast. You can use them for many different projects. 

Get the details below and make your own.


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12/5/18

Winter Time Faux-Fur Stole


Winter has arrived and it means layering and cozy sewing projects. I love a Faux Fur Stole to add to my looks this time of year. It can be used as elegant scarf or a glam cover up for a dress. It's a nice accessory to add in the winter when you have special occasions that require a dress and you need a more coverage and warmth (i.e. NYE). This Faux Fur Stole was a simple to make with my Brother SE1900 and a few supplies. Use a luxury faux fur like this Arctic Fox Fur from Shannon Fabrics. They have many different fur options, lengths, and colors to choose from. Also check out our Sewing with Faux Fur Post for helpful tips when working with this material. Get the full tutorial and free pattern template on the Brother Sews blog here.


12/3/18

DIY Embroidered Stocking


Kicking off December with these custom DIY stockings for Christmas! My Mother-in-law asked if I could make stockings for my nieces this year. I do these often for my boys so I thought it would be a cute project to share. I used a sherpa material for the top part where the name will be embroidered. When embroidering on fuzzy materials you will need to use some additional supplies so the embroidery stands out. Get the details below on how to make you own custom stockings below...