Winter Door Sock Project

Dear Readers, Create this Winter Door Sock for your door this winter. See below for project instructions on how to make this project. Materials: Winter Scene Door Sock designs Polyester Fiberfill Sewing Machine Matching Fabric Thread Hand Needles Cutaway ... [More]

Choosing the Right Stabilizer

With the multitude of choices now available, choosing a stabilizer can be daunting. Cut away. Tear away. Fusible. Melt away. Wash away. Which do you use? There is no iron-clad, 100 percent, always-work option. It depends on the stitch count, fabric used, and sometimes the thread, machine, or stabil... [More]

Quick Gift Bags

Create quick and easy gift bags with fabric scraps and a wonderful fusible by Allstitch. This is a fun activity for kids, doesn't involve any sewing, and can be adapted for any occasion. I've made matching gift tags and you could use the same techniques to create cards. Fuse-n-Bond is ... [More]

A few of my favorite things…Tools!

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog: : As an embroiderer, sewer and crafter you can never have too many tools. Here’s a look at some of my fa... [More]

Keeping It Simple – Narrow Holiday Runner

Do you have unfinished projects from past years?  I do.  I am always inspired at the beginning of the holidays and have lots of ideas.  Then it seems the season always gets hectic and some of the things I start just do not get finished.  So, this year I decided to finish those it... [More]

I've Got You Covered

     Have you ever wanted to cover a ring binder or album?  As an example, here is a 3-ringbinder that I covered to use as a photo album.  (Keep reading for more information aboutpages for the binder.)     When I open the binder, you can see how neat... [More]

If You Really Want to Know . . .

I asked you all to let me know what you’d like me to tell you. Haven’t heard from anyone except Pat, so I’ll answer her questions. Maybe that will help you think of some more things you’d like me to write about. Pat asked: I would LOVE to know what types of embroidery do you... [More]

Quilting with Embroidery

My eldest favorite daughter (I also have a youngest favorite daughter) decided she wanted to make a rag quilt. They are shabby chic, typically created with muted colors, fringed all around and stitched with ragged edges showing on one side. The more they are washed, the more comfortable they become.... [More]

Napkin Ring Project For This Holiday Season

We have some great ideas on how to accessorize your holiday table with embroidery. One way is to create your very own decorative napkin rings. They are quick and easy and will take no time at all to finish. Then you can also embroider wonderful placemats, napkins, table cloths, towels, curtains, etc... [More]

Adding Sparkle to Embroidery

In the words of the late Andy Williams, "It's the most wonderful time of the year," and it's never been easier to add sparkle to embroidery designs than with hot-fix crystals. Christmas embroidery begs for embellishment. Crystals are easy to apply with a heat tool like the DalWan... [More]

Monogrammed Napkins Tutorial

Monogram a napkin for every guest at your next dinner party. It’s the perfect way to personalize a seat and makes a great party favor. MonogramIt! from Amazing Designs has numerous fonts to choose from so you can customize every napkin to match each guest’s style... [More]

What’s with Lower Case Monograms?

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog: You see it everywhere today – lower case monograms catch your eye and make you wonder if it really is a ... [More]

What’s in a name?

If you remember from my last blog post, the AnnTheGran web site got its name from my AOL sign-in. I promised to tell you the story of how annthegran became my AOL sign-in. Like most stories like this it’s pretty simple and fairly silly. The year was 1994. My daughter, son-in-law and three ... [More]

AlphaTricks Tricks!

All we can say is “WOW!” We have been completely overwhelmed with everyone’s  enthusiastic response to the announcement and release of AlphaTricks! As we’ve worked with users, we’ve uncovered some common questions, as well as tips that it seems everyone would like... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Bricks and Banners

It's here again.  Already!  Halloween, apple picking, pinecones and colored leaves.  The season's fly by so quickly I can hardly keep up.  We took a trip out to the Old Town main street the other day to pick up our fall and winter spices.  It is an all cobblestone st... [More]

Learn Basic Applique

Applique has become one of my favorite techniques in machine embroidery. Designs are now so inclusive, that even the least experienced among us can easily create beautiful applique their first time out. I created a Basic Applique video showing just how easy it is using the Applique Quilting Hearts ... [More]

Tall and Skinny

     What's "Tall and Skinny"?  It's the name of my new embroidery alphabet [More]

Hello All I'm Back

Last night I was watching the Million Second Quiz on television. One of the questions, which the contestant missed by the way, was which one of several brands was not named for an actual person. The answer was Betty Crocker. That got me to wondering if AnnTheGran had been one of the choices, how man... [More]

Get Variegated!

Much like pigments of the master painters, threads create pallettes for machine embro [More]

Polka-dots, Stipple Blocks and Creativity, Oh my! Part 2

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog :  If you missed Part 1, click here. I was making excellent progress this afternoon—stitching block... [More]

New Site Features

Hi All, I hope you all had a nice summer  and are perhaps looking forward to the slightly colder months. This is my favorite time of the year, not so hot and not so cold. The last time I blogged there were a few complaints about the new site, so this time round I thought that I'... [More]

Design Organizing Basics

  With so many embroidery designs available digitally, and countless free designs offered online, it helps to have a plan when it comes to organizing them all. The task can seem daunting, but getting started is really the hardest part.  Make a Structure Remember when you had to create a... [More]
Hanging Zipper Caddy

Hanging Zipper Caddy

     Individual characters (letters, numbers and punctuation marks) from my alphabets and
individual designs can be found on my Stock Design Page.  My designs are also available in
packs, as described in this blog.  Those can be found here.  For designs and packs available
in multiple sizes, choose the size you want in the drop down menu box.

     Last summer I made this hanging zipper caddy.  I had made some similar ones as gifts,
and wanted a sample of the project for myself.  I "jumbled" my name with Pinstripes Vertical
letters, just to see how it would look.  The letters are bigger than Fancy Jumbles so the
result is bigger, too.  I will do this again whenever the name this size will fit on the project.

hanging zipper caddy

     The caddy can hang anywhere from a hook.  It will also be handy for travel.  Place your
itinerary and other travel documents in the caddy, and then hang a garment over it.  Only you
will know where to look.

     I made a zipper pouch for DB, framing her Contour Script initials with the Contour Paisley
I had digitized recently.  I used upholstery fabric and two colors of thread.  I made
a second pouch using denim and my favorite Superior Rainbow's thread, #813.  I thought the second
pouch looked much better but gave the first one to DB, as well.
DB paisley x 2

     I have not yet stitched a design like this for myself, but made a similar one with a smaller
size of paisleys.  I used Superior Rainbows #801 because I had coordinating fabric for the
backing and inside the pockets.  I made this hanging zipper caddy so that I could write up
instructions for the project, available here.  (New and improved instructions posted July 14, 2010.)

Carol paisley

     Please see my Guide to Contour Paisley Accents document.  The set includes four individual
paisleys, two paisley bands that will fit 100 x 170 and 130 x 180 millimeter hoops, and six frame
arrangements for 150 x 240 and 200 x 260 millimeter hoops.  I used Paisley_AB_big_frame_200x260
for the DB embroideries and Paisley_ABu_frame_200x260 for the hanging zipper caddy.  This set is
available for sale with my alphabets.  All the paisley designs can be found here.

     I am still waiting to see your own creations using my alphabets and/or project instructions.
The Computerist shared her wonderful lesson on resizing and uploading photos to Ann the Gran
in her blog.  If you haven't seen it, please do take a look.  If you think your projects are
not "good enough" to post, please don't give that another thought.  We won't even see the little
goofs that probably drive you crazy, and we have too many goofs of our own to worry about yours!

Comments (4) -

Love your zipper caddy and those alphabets.  

Thank you, Sherry.

I hope you will make a zipper caddy and post a picture in the Fancy Jumbles Gallery.


I just made the caddy for my daughter who is going to be traveling.  It turned out *so* cute and I thank you so much for posting the directions.

Hi, Shelley

Thank you for telling me about your caddy.  I'm glad you are pleased with how it came out.  I'd love for you to post a picture of it in the Fancy Jumbles photo gallery.  See the "Show Me Your Jumbles" blog for details.  You need not have used my alphabets for your design - anything is fine.


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