Monogrammed Necktie for Dad with the Brother PE540D

Hello fellow machine embroidery enthusiasts! Today I am excited to share with you this quick and easy monogrammed necktie project that I created on the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System!

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This is a great project to make for a man’s gift for Father’s Day or a birthday and can be customized to suit any event or occasion – no pun intended! You could even personalize it with embroidery designs of Dad’s favorite hobbies!

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I created this project by embroidering an inexpensive ready made  tie that I purchased at my local superstore. I began by mounting the tie onto some adhesive tear away stabilizer to hoop it up and get it ready for the monogram!

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I made use of one of the elegant built-in embroidery fonts to create the monogram.

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I think this project came out really nice, especially considering the short amount of time and money that was spent on it! But let’s keep that part a secret when presenting Dad with this very special customized Father’s Day gift!

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If you are interested in taking your monogramming to the next level, I recommend that you also check out Brother’s extensive collection of embroidery software programs. Here’s an example of the things you can do with the one I downloaded, called Macbroidery Embroidery Lettering Software.

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This software comes with tons or really interesting fonts! Above you can see an example of the same monogram in one of the fonts.

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I also played around with trying my name on different garments. You can see how your designs would look in different thread colors on different items such as hats, onesies, aprons, shirts and more!

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If you’re a Mac user, I encourage you to download a free trial version and to try it out! The software also comes with a whole bunch of borders, accents, embroidery and applique designs!

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I am excited to play around some more with the software and see what designs I can come up with! And the great thing is, if you happen to not be a computer person, you can easily do this project with any of the built-in fonts and embroidery designs that come pre-loaded on the Brother PE540D! So whether you want to get high-tech or keep things simple, you are sure to have a total blast and make great projects with Brother Machine Embroidery!

Disclosure of Material Connections:

I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.

Favecrafts Blogger Contest – Upcycled Tie Dye Dress with Coordinating Floral Crystal Embellished Brooch

I’ve had this white lace dress a while and it developed some permanent yellow stains over time, so I decided to give it a new life by transforming it with one step tie-dye and by also making a coordinating floral brooch!

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This is what the dress looked like before. It was old, stained and slightly ratty, but it still had good “bones”. That’s where the handy one step tie-dye job came in! Upcycling to the rescue!

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I made the brooch my embellishing an old large promotional button I received at an event and covering it with beautiful accents! I love the feminine style and am excited to have saved my favorite dress and given it a whole new fresh look for spring!

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Here’s how you can recreate this project at home:

Materials:

  • Dress
  • Old large “freebie” button
  • Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
  • Little B Pull Flowers
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • iLoveToCreate Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Large Faux Pearl
  • Mod Podge Mod Melter
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Coats Dual Duty XP Thread

 Instructions:

Tie dye the garment as per the kits instructions. To create the brooch, scrunch up Little B Pull Flowers and glue them to the “freebie” button with the Mod Melter hot glue applicator. Use the same technique to adhere the buttons and large faux pearl. Accent the piece by applying crystals using the clear urethane adhesive. Use a needle and thread to attach the crystal beads. Pin the brooch to your garment and get ready to rock this frock all throughout the spring and summer seasons! You can also use the brooch to dress up jeans and an ordinary  t-shirt!

This project was created for the Prime Publishing Favecrafts 2015 Blogger Contest. Click HERE to vote for your favorite!

Favecrafts Blogger Contest – Rag Quilted Cross Stitched Hedgehog Beanbag Keychain

This cute keychain makes clever use of the Dimensions Learn-A-Craft Counter Cross Stitch kit, by combining it with other materials to make an adorably functional keychain!

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Trying out this little kit ignited an unexpected passion for cross stitch inside of me! Ever since completing the kit, I’ve kept the hoop in my purse for times when I find myself waiting around. I just whip out my little project and it’s such a more fulfilling way to pass the time than fiddling around on my iPhone!

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I just love this little key chain so much! It’s my new favorite thing!!!

Materials:

  • Dimensions Learn-A-Craft Counted Cross Stitch Kit – Hedgehog
  • Coats Dual Duty XP Thread
  • Fairfield World Poly-Pellets Weighted Stuffing Beads
  • Denim
  • Printed Cotton Fabric
  • Grommet
  • Metal Keyring
  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Simplicity EZ Quilting Mini Square
  • Brother Sewing Machine

 Project Instructions:

Cross Stitch design as per the kits instructions, using the included hoop, needle and embroidery floss. Once completed, use the mini square to draw a line in percil around the cross-stitched design. Layer the piece on top of 2 layers of printed cotton fabric, placing the denim layer last on the back. Pin the assembly in place. Stitch around the pencil line on 3 sides with a wide concentrated zig zag stitch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end. Remove the piece from the machine and stuff the inside with the pellets to give the keychain a nice weighted feel. Pin the opening closed making sure to not let any of the pellets cross over into your stitching area. Stitch the 4th side closed to secure the pellets inside the pouch, remembering again to backstitch. Trim the perimeter of the cross stitched layer around the stitch line with pinking shears. Then trim around the entire assembly with pinking shears. Then you are ready to snip all along the edges to make a fringe effect. Work the fringe with your fingers to make it nice and fluffy. Apply the grommet as per the manufacturers instructions and run the key ring though the hole.

This project was created for the Prime Publishing Favecrafts 2015 Blogger Contest. Click HERE to vote for your favorite!

Favecrafts Blogger Contest – Personalized Desk Set

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This elegant desk set is perfect for staying organized in style! The embellished chalkboard sign is great for quick daily reminders and the handy pen holder is great for keeping the clutter off your desk!

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I love the burnished effect and touch of bling on this pineapple emblem! Mason jars are all the rage! And when combined with glittered chicken wire and chalkboard paint I think I’ve hit all the current trends with this beautiful and functional office trio!

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I am loving this new skeleton key stencil from Plaid and when combined with the Swarovski Crystals from Prima Bead it takes the whole look over the top! And the customized coordination continues with another awesome burnished and blinged monogram emblem from Kree-ey-tiv!

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The bulletin board features custom Swarovski crystal pins and chicken wire for posting cards without the use of pins! Aren’t these pins just the most glamorous way to post your notes?!!! So easy to make too!

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And here’s a big thanks for all the sponsors who provided tools and supplies for this project! The chicken wire holds the little note in place!

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Quick and easy to make, this set makes the perfect gift for your friends at the office! Customize it with their favorite colors and initial monograms!

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Glittered chicken wire and blinged out skeleton keys are my new obsession!

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Here’s how to make this project!

Pen Holder Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Plaid Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire
  • [Kree-ey-tiv] Die Cast Emblem – Pineapple
  • Wrights Jumbo Rick Rack
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Glitter – Disco
  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Metal Working Gloves
  • Paintbrush

Pen Holder Instructions:

Paint the inside of the jar in your desired color. Cut chicken wire to size with wire snips wearing metal working gloves. Apply glitter to chicken wire and let dry. Glue rick rack around jar neck with tacky glue. Embellish emblem by burnishing it with paint. Once dry apply glitter around the emblem design. Wrap jar in wire securing in the back with pliers. Twist around sharp tips of chicken wire with pliers. Peel and stick emblem in place.

Chalkboard Materials:

  • Blank Sandwich Board Sign
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Glitter
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Plaid Folk Art Home Décor Stencils – Skeleton Keys
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • iLoveToCreate Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive
  • Stencil Paintbrush
  • Paintbrush

Chalkboard Instructions:

Apply chalkboard paint to sandwich board sign. Apply glitter to natural wood areas and let dry. Embellish the corner with the acrylic paint using the stencil. Once dry, apply crystals onto key design using urethane adhesive.

Bulletin Board Materials:

  • Fairfield World Foamology Design Foam with Sticky Base
  • Fairfield World Oly-Fun in Aqua
  • Fairfield World Oly-Fun in Black
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire
  • Wrights Jumbo Rick Rack
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • [Kree-ey-tiv] Die Cast Monogram – “M”
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Glitter – Disco
  • Plaid Folk Art Home Décor Stencils – Skeleton Keys
  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • iLoveToCreate Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • Plaid Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Stick Pins
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Metal Working Gloves
  • Stencil Paintbrush
  • Paintbrush

Bulletin Board Instructions:

Peel backing from foam square to expose the sticky surface. Apply aqua Oly-Fun to the surface. Secure rick rack around perimeter of foam base with tacky glue. Use the stencil to embellish the corner of the board with chalkboard paint. Embellish the stenciled design further by applying crystals with the clear urethane adhesive. Cut chicken wire to size with wire snips wearing metal working gloves. Apply glitter to chicken wire and let dry. Wrap board in glittered chicken wire. Embellish emblem by burnishing it with paint. Once dry apply glitter around the monogram design and mark the corners with 4 crystals. Use pinking shears to cut a gathered border out of Oly-Fun to accent the monogram from behind. Glue the gathered border in place with tacky glue. Use the acrylic paint to accent the “M” in the monogram. Of course you could personalize this with any of the letters! Secure the emblem with gathered border onto the board using the built in adhesive strips. Create your own glamorous bulletin board pins by adding a crystal bead to a regular stick pin and securing with clear urethane adhesive.

This project was created for the Prime Publishing Favecrafts 2015 Blogger Contest. Click HERE to vote for your favorite!

Zipper Tunic Top with the Brother Innov-is 990D

Hello friends and fellow sewing enthusiasts! This week I am excited to share with you one of the most droolworthy fashion projects I think I’ve ever done! I have gotten so many compliments the two times I’ve worn this top since creating it a few days ago!

Check it out!

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I created this project all on the Brother Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery machine!

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Although I left this version simple with the black fabric, you could also go to town embroidering the panels with all kinds of cool details!

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The focal point of the awesome garment that I’ve designed here is the fabulous deluxe gold zipper! This was the first time that I attempted to sew a zipper on this machine, and as has been the experience with each time I’ve tried something new on the Innov-Is 990D, it worked like a charm on the very first try!

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This was actually quite an easy design to create and I love how the zipper wraps around the neck to create a really elegant detail on the back. The draping is so flattering on any body type and it shows off the shoulders really nicely! And another really cool thing you can do is wear it over a shirt like a vest!

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I’m working on a video tutorial of this project for Brother’s YouTube channel, so please stay tuned for that so you can learn how to easily recreate this awesome top for yourself!

Disclosure of Material Connections:

I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.