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.

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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!

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Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine

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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.

Miniature Card Making with Modern Surrealist & Sizzix

Great things really do come in small packages! I recently had the pleasure of making an encore appearance on the hit PBS TV show cReative Living with Sheryl Borden. This time I welcomed viewers into the world of miniature card making with the Modern Surrealist collection of shape cutting tools for Sizzix! These mini cards are perfect for special occasions or “just because”! Enjoy!

The Book: Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects as Featured on PBS

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Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects – Order it on Amazon.com today!

I recently had the pleasure of making an appearance on the hit PBS TV show Creative Living with Sheryl Borden to promote my groundbreaking how-to craft book: Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects! In the segment I show host Sheryl Borden several examples of the 24 original projects from the book, featuring step by step techniques that are perfect for both novice and experienced tape crafters alike! Enjoy!

Customized 95th Birthday Embroidered Shirt with the Brother Innov-is 990D

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Robin and his Special 95th Birthday Shirt

What do you give someone for their 95th birthday? It’s a tough question to answer. I recently found myself about to go to a relative’s 95th birthday party and thought what would he enjoy receiving on this special day? Robin has always been a joker and he spends much time leisurely lounging, so I thought why not create him a comfortable customized funny shirt to celebrate this momentous occasion?

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Close Up of the Embroidered Sentiment Applique

To create this project, I began with a basic sweatshirt and used my Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine to take it from ordinary to extraordinary! The machine comes with a large 4″ x 4″ embroidery area. To fit the entire joke onto the denim applique, I used a handy hooping and re-hooping technique which I show you how to do in this video. With this technique, you can easily cover large areas with embroidered designs, by moving your hoop around. I embroidered the sentiment onto a piece of denim using one of the 5 built-in font styles that are built in to the machine. I chose a font style with a collegiate feel and easily embroidered the humorous applique. Used the same font in small, medium and large to create a clear graphic message.

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Machine Embroidery in progress

After I’d embroidered the denim, I removed the embroidery unit from my machine, which automatically makes the machine go into sewing mode. After folding in and ironing the denim fabric edges, I selected a straight stitch and sewed all the way around the perimeter of the applique, about 1/8″ from the edge. Then I used some Stick Fusible Web from Fairfield World to iron the applique into place. I could have stopped there, but to make this shirt really polished and wearable for many years to come, I went ahead and top stitched all the way around the applique with the same straight stitch. I had so much fun making this shirt, that I decided to create a matching pair of sweat pants personalized with his name!

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Personalized Appliqued Matching Sweatpants

So by the time I was done, the joke didn’t really make sense, since I ended up giving him the “dumb shirt” and some matching pants, but he didn’t seem to mind!

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A 95 Year Old’s Birthday Suit!

This project beautifully illustrates why I have become so enamored with machine embroidery! It’s the perfect way to commemorate special events with customized gifts, and show your loved ones how much you care!

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Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine with Built-In Disney Designs

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.

Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery Machine Overview Video with Two Awesome Scarf Project Tutorials

The Brother PE540D is an affordable embroidery machine that comes pre-loaded with: 35 Built-In Disney/Pixar Designs, 70 Built-In Decorative Designs, 5 Font Styles with Adjustable Size and 120 Frame Pattern Combinations. It has a large 4″x4″ embroidery area and computer connectivity which allows for free machine updates and the ability to download designs onto your machine from www.ibroidery.com, Brother’s exclusive embroidery design download site (additional purchase required for design downloads). The machine also comes with a large back lit LCD touchscreen display with a handy built-in help feature, as well as an Advanced Needle Threading system which makes threading the needle as simple as the press of a lever! In this video, I show you the many of the awesome features of the PE540D in action while teaching how to make two different embroidered scarf projects as pictured below. Enjoy!

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Easy “No-Sew” Buzz Lightyear Fleece Scarf. Makes a great quick gift for kids!
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Close Up of one of the Built-In Buzz Lightyear Embroidery Designs that comes pre-loaded on the PE540D
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Customized Tropical Pashmina Shawl made with “Hooping and Re-Hooping” technique
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Close Up of Built-In Floral & Parrots Design

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.

Sizzix Cuff Bracelets as featured on PBS

I recently had the pleasure of taping several new segments for the Creative Living with Sheryl Borden TV show on PBS. In this segment I demonstrate how to make awesome cuff bracelets out of Rowlux Illusion Film and adhesive rhinestone sheets from The Buckle Boutique, all cut with the versatile collection of Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist for Sizzix shape cutting tools! Stay tuned for more episodes coming soon!