Using a Stabilizer Window

When embroidering several of the same sized designs using adhesive tear-away stabilizer, you can save time and supplies by creating a stabilizer window. Hoop the adhesive tear-away like you normally would. Score the paper backing inside the hoop and peel it away. Embroider the design and ... [More]

Big and Beautiful...Embroidering Large Letters That Last

I love embroidering towels - they're my favorite monogrammed gift, and this past Christmas I really kept the machine humming with monogrammed towels for just about everyone. The challenge is that large letters have very wide satin stitches that can snag. In this video, I show you how to cre... [More]

Avoid Sinking Stitches

This week, I thought I would share some problems I had with stitches sinking into the design while creating the Scalloped Valentine project. I love to use wool felt in many of my projects. The cream-colored wool I used in the Scalloped Valentine projects was felted, meaning it had been washed in hot... [More]

Fancy Water Bottle Caddies

     I am having entirely too much fun.  I admit that freely.  Ever sinceI started creating my own motifs in my digitizing software, I have beenfinding ever more ways to use them.  My latest is this Cathedral Windowswater bottle caddy.  I created a panel that ... [More]

An Indispensable Tool

  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 I can’t believe how indispensable this tool is. Recently, I was stitching 24 onesies, a daun... [More]

Scalloped Valentine Hearts

Ann's readers can share the love. Last week, Pat shared links to three great free valentine designs [More]

Memory Hearts - Valentine Special

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, so here is a project with heart! Memory Hearts can be created for any special occasion: births, baptisms, engagements, marriages. These were made for a baby girl and baby boy. Actually, I made two sets of each so that the grandmothers, both first ... [More]

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Like many of you, my heart ached for families affected by the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. So, after reading Pattiann’s post about making snowflakes for Sandy Hook, I deciced to stitch up a few. They were being collected by the Connecticut PTA and forwarded to Sandy Hook elementary for cr... [More]

The Advanced Embroiderer’s Bucket List

Continuous embroidery   Since we love embroidery, we also love LOTS of embroidery!  Filling a border or quilt strip with continuous embroidery is number one on the advanced embroiderer’s bucket list.  There are several ways to attack connecting designs end to end but they all ... [More]

Cutwork Snowman Gift Bag

I've had the idea for this design since this time last year, so it's well overdue! The design is part of the Christmas Cutwork Collection by Dakota Collectibles. I added two variations on this design. Originally, the thread colors were shades of blue and plum, but I had a piece of... [More]

Clippie Fun - Zipper Charm designs

I love to make things from embroidery designs that were not created for the purpose I have in mind.  Hair clippies are so popular, I thought of Dakota Collectibles' Zipper Charm designs.      I used these designs: Turtle Flower Frog Owl Penguin Ladybug Heart ... [More]

Snowflake Window Ornament

Applique designs are so versatile. They can be used as a traditional applique on apparel or a quilt and they can also be used as a stand-alone piece, much like freestanding lace. The Window with Snowflakes ornament (XM1791) from the Merry Christmas Ornaments set by Dakota Collectibles features ... [More]

Baby Activity Book Project

Individual designs can be found here, as described below.  The complete set is now available, t [More]

Happy Haunting October Fest

Don't be afraid to change up the colors in your embroidery designs. Just because it shows up as an o [More]

Painted Embroidery

Like to color? Add a new dimension to traditional embroidery with fabric painting. I first read about fabric painting in an Anita Goodesign newsletter. The idea is to stitch an outline design and color it, giving it a watercolor appearance. They used Copic markers and a Copic blending tool wh... [More]

What is a Kaleidocycle?

The kaleidocycle designs are available now.  They are available in the design packs mentioned, and also individually.      A while ago, a friend sent me a link to a website that discussed an unusual geometric form.Created by a math student, the form is called a Kaleidocycle... [More]
Cloth Coloring Book Project Instructions

Cloth Coloring Book Project Instructions

•1 pkg. of blanket binding
o 10 pieces of 14 x12 inch of white twill or canvas (size will
vary due to your hoop size)
o Black & white thread
o Fabric chalk or marker
o Straight pins
o Scissors
o Ruler
o Washable Markers

Step 1:
Add 1 1/2 inches to each of the four sides of each book cover and page design.

Step 2:
Cut out the front and back cover and pages with the 1 1/2 inch addition to each side of the design.

Step 3:
Trim away backing fabric to the edge of each design on all four sides of the design on covers and all pages.

Step 4:
Pin the front cover and page one with right sides together.

Step 5:
Sew a 1/4 inch seam around three sides, leaving the side to be bound open.
Trim sewn corners to eliminate bulk.

Step 6:
Turn front cover and page one right side

Repeat steps 4,5, and 6 sewing pages 2 and 3 together, page 4 and 5 together, pages 6 and 7 together, page 8 and the
back cover together.

Step 7:
Assemble book with covers and pages in order.
Pin book together along unfinished edge.

Step 8:
Sew pages together 1/2 inch from the
unfinished edge.

Step 9:
Cut a piece of 3/4 inch double folded bias tape 2 inches longer than the side of the book being bound. Pin bias tape to the side of the
book to be bound, extending 1 inch of bias tape beyond the top and bottom of the book. Machine sew bias tape along ½ inch seam.
(Step 8) Machine sew to front of book. Tuck the 1 inch extensions of bias tape to the inside of the binding. Fold the binding over
the book edge to be bound and hand sew binding to back cover of book close to the folded edge of the binding using a blind stitch.

Thanks for reading!

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