Embroidered Duffle Bag With the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System

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I recently made a trip out to New Mexico to film segments for Creative Living on PBS. While there I accumulated so many great craft supplies and souvenirs that I had to buy an extra bag just to get everything back home. So I opted for this cheap, collapsible duffle bag from Walmart and I gotta say, I absolutely LOVE it!


It’s one of my new favorite travel items and for obvious reasons! It zips up to a small size and is there for me when I need extra space for all my extra goodies picked up along the way!


However the basic black was kind of blah! So I decided to jazz it up using my new Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System! Using 2 of the built-in airplane embroidery designs, one of the built-in airplane applique designs, one of the built-in  monogram initials, and one of the built-in adjustable size fonts, I created a clever bag that humorously sums up my inevitable recurring travel predicament! Pack light??? Yeah right!!!


The PE540D is perfect for making quick and easy customized projects such as these! Just think of all the  custom duffle bags you could make for your kid’s dance class, sporting equipment, camping gear, school, the gym and more! The features on the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System  machine are amazing! Here is is in use at my new craft studio!

PE540D In Studio

With 35 pre-loaded designs from the Disney collection, you’ll love watching your projects come to life as you embroider your favorite characters onto the large 4″ x 4″ embroidery field. Plus, you can find more Disney embroidery downloads available for additional purchase at iBroidery.com – exclusively for Brother customers! With 120 frame pattern combinations, you’ll also have the ability to add a fun frame around your embroidery design to help take it to the next level. The PE540D is perfect for the embroidery lover in you!

  • 105 built-in embroidery designs, including 35 designs featuring Disney characters, plus 5 embroidery lettering
  • 4″ x 4″ embroidery area provides ample space for virtually any project
  • Easy to use, 1.4″ x 2.7″ back-lit LCD touch screen display – access and edit built-in designs, view tutorials and more
  • Put the finishing touch on your embroidery with one of the 120 frame pattern combinations
  • Embroider designs at up to 400 stitches per minute – create more works of art in less time
  • Advanced needle threading system – with the press of a lever, the thread is pushed through the eye of the needle
  • Computer connectivity with update capability – enjoy free machine updates and easily import embroidery designs from your computer
  • Over 5,000 designs available for individual purchase at iBroidery.com

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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.

12 Days of Giving Google Hangout with Modern Surrealist & Hydrangea Hippo

Enjoy yesterday’s Google Hangout with Hydrangea Hippo where I present a virtual tour of Modern Surrealist‘s new world headquarters in Mexico, we discuss awesome projects and craft supplies from Westcott Brand, Sizzix, Rowlux, Brother Sews and The Buckle Boutique, our NEW ETSY Shop, AND give a preview of our upcoming 12 Days of Giving GIVEAWAY of Westcott Brand Cutting Tools and my how to craft book Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects: Fun and Funky Projects for Fashion and Flair!!!

Pocket Pals with Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery

Happy Friday Friends! This week I created a cute baby gift for my friend’s new grand daughter. I was inspired by a project my friend and fellow machine embroidery enthusiast, Linda Chilcott shared with me that was designed by her talented machine embroidery mentor Judy. It was called a pocket pal and was just the cutest thing ever! A little gingerbread man jumping out of an actual pocket on a woman’s shirt!


I loved the idea so much that I decided to try making one with my trusty Innovis-990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine. I dressed up an ordinary plain baby onesie from the grocery store by using two of the 35 built-in Disney designs that comes pre-loaded onto the machine and adding a coordinating fleece pocket.


I sewed the picket onto the onesie using one of the 168 built-in stitches that also come pre-loaded onto the machine! These cute Mickey and Minnie look as though they are peering out of the little pocket to say hi to the baby!


And the pocket can even be used to hold a small baby toy or pacifier, making this a super cute and functional baby gift! You could make these using any of your favorite licensed character designs available to download on www.ibroidery.com, so the possibilities are truly endless!


With the holidays just around the corner, I plan on making tons more easy, economical and thoughtful gifts for friends and family with my new found passion for machine embroidery! And if you are looking for the perfect gift for the creative person in your life, I highly recommend putting an Innovis-990D under the tree! It’s the gift that truly keeps on giving!

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.

UPDATE: This morning Linda Chilcott (the unofficial president of my would be fan club) left us and headed up to the great Whimsical Craft Studio in the sky. Linda was the one of the most amazingly sweet, creative, positive, talented, giving, caring, encouraging and crafty women I’ve ever known. I wish I could have spent more time with her. Linda inspired me to begin my machine embroidery hobby and never missed tuning in to our Charity Wings Art Center live streams to show her support. I will carry on her creative passion for the craft and think of her every time I turn on my machine. My prayers are with her family and Peter Chilcott.

Elsa Christmas Stocking Video Tutorial with Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery

I am happy to share this special holiday project with you all! This tutorial features a very plush custom made Christmas stocking that I made using the Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine! It features an embroidered and appliqued design of Elsa from the hit Disney movie Frozen, which I downloaded from http://www.ibroidery.com/ where you can find tons of great designs to download onto your machine via a convenient USB port! I hope you enjoy this tutorial and be sure to check back often for more inspiring home sewing and embroidery project tutorials!

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.

Quick and Easy Projects with Modern Surrealist and Sizzix as featured on PBS

I recently had the pleasure of appearing on the hit PBS TV show Creative Living to show host Sheryl Borden the abundance of inspiring DIY projects which can be created with the Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Collection of Shape Cutters for Sizzix! This unique line of steel rule dies is perfect for making all sorts of easy handmade gifts and accessories! The holiday season is upon us, so run out, grab yourself a Big Shot and get cranking!

Custom Christmas Stocking featuring Elsa from Frozen

Happy Friday friends! My adventure into the world of sewing, machine embroidery and applique continues into the winter season, with a wonderful new project inspired by the wildly popular Disney movie Frozen! This week I created a luxurious Christmas stocking featuring an applique of Elsa in all her Frozen glory!

My Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine made this project super easy and fun! I made it ultra plush with layers of Fairfield World quilt batting and fiberfill sandwiched between smooth satin and soft fleece.


This fabulous machine comes pre-loaded with a variety of Disney embroidery designs, so you could make this project with any of your favorite Disney characters that come pre-loaded onto the machine. Or you could pop on over to iBroidery.com, Brothers exclusive embroidery design download site and choose from tons of great designs in an abundance of themes, including many characters from your favorite Disney and Pixar movies! Speaking of which, there is actually an awesome SALE going on now through the end of the year! 25% OFF all embroidery designs! So there’s no better time to stock up! Machine embroidery with Brother is the perfect solution for creating easy and fun handmade gifts for the holidays!

BRTHR-11231-980x316_r4I am working on a video tutorial for this project to share with you very soon, so you can make these beautiful stockings for your friends and families’ hearth!L1100373I am excited to show you how easy it is to create your own customized Christmas stockings with embroidered designs of your favorite characters from the movie Frozen!

Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine

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.