Keeping It Simple - Christmas Fun in Paper or Fabric

First things first- our little girl is finally here!  There is a picture of our beautiful granddaughter at the end of the blog.  So we were keeping our other two and trying to find ways to keep them busy.  We could swim in the evenings but the days here have been in the very upper 90s with high humidity.  Not the best for outdoor activities.  So, what better way to keep cool than think about Christmas.  We got out the nativity and told the story with the characters like we do at Christmastime.  We pretended Santa Claus using the saved gift bags from last year, we made Christmas lists and talked about how to decorate this year's tree. Then the girls helped make Christmas cards.  Of course since they like to sew with me we had to do some using the embroidery machine.  Here are some that we made using cardstock and glitter coated card stock. 


The glitter coated paper holds up much better when embroidered than plain cardstock.  If you use open designs like the new Christmas Glitz designs by Amazing Designs you could have a stack of cards in no time at all.

Here is what you need for the ornament one like we made:

1 rectangle of red cardstock 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"

1 rectangle of green cardstock 4 3/4"  X  3 1/2"

1 rectangle of white glitter coated cardstock 4 1/2" X 3 1/4"

Stabilizer - medium weight cut away works well for these.

Design that is approximately 2 1/2" wide X 2" tall

Spray adhesive or removable  double sided tape

Photo mounting squares or craft glue

Here is what you do:

1.  Hoop the stabilizer.  Using the adhesive or tape only on the edges adhere the glitter coated paper in the center of the hoop.

2.  Embroider the design.  Remove from the hoop and cut away the stabilizer around the design .  Do not tear it away even if you used a tear away stabilizer.

3.  Center the white glitter coated rectangle on the green cardstock rectangle and adhere with photo mounting squares,  scrapbooking tape or craft glue.

4.  Fold the red rectangle in have so the front measures 5 1/2" X 4 1/4".  Center the green and white rectangle piece and adhere.  Your card is ready for your greeting.

If desired,  add ribbon, crystals, or other embellishments to make each card unique. 

Here is a snowflake one that we like.  We will make a set of six of these note cards to give as a hostess gift this holiday season.

Here is one made on fabric for those of you who just don't do paper embroidery.

I used a two sided fusible like you would for appliqué  so that the edges wouldn't fray.  Then I rubbed some Stickles glitter glue on the reindeer to make him sparkle.

And here is our baby girl.  As soon as I have some time I will post a couple of her in the Designer T's we made earlier. 

Take care,


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thecomputerist 7/30/2010 5:29:40 PM

Kate is beautiful and the Christmas cards are too!

Thanks for the project and photos, you do a great job!!


What a beautiful baby.

I love the idea of making cards in July. How great to take the pressure off of our frantic Christmas rush we always get ourselves into.


What an absolutely gorgeous baby girl!!!  I am looking forward to seeing your designer T's with her photograph on them.  Good job!.  

The cards are really pretty.  I was wondering if using glittered paper would make your needle dull, but evidently not?  I've never embroidered on paper before but I am thinking about trying it.    slr

Beautiful Chistmas cards, and working with the children to make them is a wonderful way to make them special.  Congratulations on the new grandchild.

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A New Bag – Finale

A New Bag – Finale

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.  

Here’s the windup on my new bag. After embroidering the corner accents and grommet designs on both bag outer panels, I followed the instructions in Handbags 2, Designer Knockoffs for stitching the grommets on the lining. Now it was time to construct the bag. I used a centering ruler to find the center of the bag front. The long legs of the target ruler hit the grommets at the same measurement so the hole in the center designates the center of the bag. I slid my decorative trim under the ruler and pinned it in place then edgestitched the trim to secure it to the bag. HB_July8-1

I burrowed into my stash of bag-making supplies to find the Clover Shape ‘n Create Bag & Tote Stabilizer. I found a packet and low and behold, it was mere scraps! Ugh! HB_July9-1

But hey, since I can sew this piece to the bottom of the bag, I can probably sew the strips together to make a larger piece. That’s exactly what I did. I placed two strips under the needle, side by side and zigzagged over the joint. HB_July10-1

Then I repeated that for the third strip. Worked like a charm! I wouldn’t recommend this for a laptop bag but for an everyday bag, it works fine. HB_July11-1

I sewed the bottom seam, right sides together and taped the Shape ‘n Create in place. Then I sewed the stabilizer to the bag bottom and added the feet. HB_July13a-1

Designer Knockoffs shares some secrets for successful pressing because pressing during bag construction is crucial for a professional finish. I recently purchased Dritz Thermal Thimbles (heat resistant finger protectors) and loved using them for this task. It seems I’m always burning my fingertips while pressing the narrow ¼” seams open but not anymore! Love those Thermal ThimblesHB_July14-1

With the sideseams sewn, I slipped the lining into the bag and even tucked my phone into the pocket for one last fit check. HB_July16-1

Next step is the grommets. If you read Designer Knockoffs, you’ll notice it calls for headliner interfacing not heavy craft interfacing. The grommets will not adhere to the heavy interfacing like they do headliner. Make sure you use the proper materials. Here’s a tip for inserting the grommets. Use a kitchen cutting board to insert the grommets. Place the prong side of the grommet on a flat surface. Center the hole (on the bag) over the grommet. Place the matching side of the grommet over the hole, connecting the two grommets. Place the kitchen cutting board over the grommets and push down on the board with the palm of your hand. You’ll hear a snap as the board forces the two sections of the grommet together evenly. Give it a try; you’ll be surprised how easy it to force the two sections together. HB_July17-1

I followed Nancy’s instructions for adding a zipper then bound the upper edge and voila! That was fun – I love making bags!


Thanks for reading!

Reprinted with permission from Eileen's Blog.

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Love this. I have been pondering getting the new bag designs, but wondered if I have to get the first set first? In other words.... is the learning curve in making these bags dependent on knowing the first set of instructions first? Wow... I don't know if I even understand what I wrote... Hope you can figure out what I am asking. lol Wink

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