Give the Gift of Homemade – anytime!
Hi Sewing Friends,
Do you remember all the gifts you ever received?
Everyone who sews knows that the gifts that were homemade especially for you are the ones that stand out! The receiver’s favorite color, logo, monogram or fabric can all play an important role in a personalized gift. If you have a sewing or embroidery machine you can whip up some last minute gifts, giving opportunities throughout the year or get ready for everyone on your Christmas list next year! Here’s a few quick and easy ideas.
With a regular sewing machine and the circular foot, it’s easy to make a set of felt coasters.
- Iron squares of felt together with wonder under.
- Stitch circles using decorative patterns.
- Cut around edges with pinks for a no-fray finish!
Save all your practice runs! Frame worthy stitched greeting cards make a BIG impression! All these cards were made from clip art using Singer’s AutoPunch embroidery software, included with their embroidery machines.
- Save vector clip art in a file folder on your computer
- Use Autopunch to digitize your own designs by following the step by step instructions in the AutoPunch Wizard windows.
- Cut around completed design and stitch onto another background.
- Temporarily tape the design inside the card and stitch around the border.
A good hostess can never have too many kitchen towels—especially when they make her smile! Remember that both sides will be seen, so an iron-on tear away stabilizer is a good choice.
- Purchase plain dish towels
- Add embroidery and lettering
- Tear away stabilizer from back
Gifts for the little ones
If you’re fortunate enough to have little ones on your gift list, consider purchasing a solid sweat suit, bathrobe or pajamas and decorate them yourself! With embroidery you can stitch things you can’t find in a store!
- Remove the stitching from the pantleg to lay it flat in the hoop.
- If you’re stitching velveteen or terry, be sure to use a topper. (thin, looks like Saran Wrap—keeps the fibers from poking up between the stitches–but tears and washes away)
For holidays throughout the year, bottle covers are always in good taste—especially if they bear the recipient’s monogram, name or occasion.
- Always use a stabilizer under the fabric when embroidering. Stitch the design on the right side of the outer fabric before constructing the winebag
- Use embroidery threads
- Embellish design with iron-on stones
- Tie top with a ribbon of your choice
Whatever you decide to sew for the holidays, remember that the journey should be relaxing and stress-free… sewing should serve as a creative outlet and give you a sense of accomplishment. Have FUN!!!
Thank you for stopping by to read my blog today:) Thank you for sharing your love of sewing with all of us here at HSN and Thank you for making HSN sewing so successful! I appreciate you and wish you the very happiest, healthiest, safe and love-filled Holiday Season ever!
Hope to see you in January on the 17th for another BRAND NEW Today’s Special from the good folks at Singer!
Sew your Dreams,