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Easy Patchwork Sneakers with the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System

Hello friends! I’m excited to share this fun project with you which I created all on the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System!


The PE540D is the perfect entry level embroidery machine that comes pre-loaded with 105 built-in embroidery designs, including 35 designs featuring Disney characters, plus 5 embroidery lettering styles!

PE540D In Studio

For this project I embroidered some cute sewing theme designs onto some heavyweight cotton to begin making my own little custom patches. This machine features computer connectivity, so I simply loaded my design from my computer onto the machine with the included USB cord. You could also do this project with any of the built-in designs that come pre-loaded on the machine, or you could purchase the design of your choice from ibroidery.com. They happen to be having an awesome 20% OFF SALE right now up until February 28th! And be sure to sign up HERE to receive FREE embroidery designs and special offers! I went with a monochromatic embroidery design and chose some pretty purple embroidery thread from my stash!


And speaking of stash, check out my fabulous new Super Satchel Thread Box from ArtBin! It’s perfect for keeping all of my various embroidery threads organized! I absolutely love it!


I embroidered the designs and then made my own adhesive patches by backing the designs with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Sheets. They are perfect for making your own peel and stick patches and the adhesive is super strong! I then cut the patches with some Westcott Brand NonStick Scissors.


Next I embellished the patches using some bright neon Crafty Chica Juicy Fabric Inks.


Here’s a close up of one of my cute sneaker patches with a funky little sewing machine!


I made a whole bunch of these and decorated my sneakers with them. I think the frayed edges really add to the handmade look!


This is a great way to jazz up a plain pair of sneakers and customize them to suit your own particular sense of style, interests or hobbies!


I love how the Brother PE540D easily empowers me to create my own custom clothing and accessories! It’s just so fun and inspiring! I am working on a video tutorial for this project and am excited to share it with you once posted! Thanks so much for tuning into my adventure into the world of sewing and machine embroidery with Brother!

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.

Crafty Chica Puffy Cuffs with Sizzix

puffy-cuffs-890.jpg-890x395_cMy dear friend Kathy Cano-Murillo of the wildly popular lifestyle blog CraftyChica.com puts her own unique spin on the Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko for Sizzix line of shape cutting tools! Kathy created a fabulous Virgin de Guadalupe bracelet using the Fashion Cuff die and make it extra fun and puffy with a layer of batting sandwiched between two cool contrasting types of fabric!

I love seeing all of these fabulous designers expressing their individual sense of creativity with the Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko line of shape cutting tools for Sizzix! Stay tuned for more fun inspiration projects coming soon!

New Crafty Chica Projects with Brother Home Sewing

Happy Friday Crafty Chicas (and chicos)! Today I am excited to share with you some fun new sewing projects that I created with the Brother Innov-is 990D featuring embellishments from the brand new line of Crafty Chica products! My dear friend Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of the wildly popular Crafty Chica brand sent me an assortment of her wonderful new products from iLoveToCreate! These products are all so fun! The inspiration was flowing as I created a new custom lunch bag, tank top and tote bag just in time for Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead! Here are all of the great items I received!


The item that first caught my attention was the Iron On & Embellish Flocked Transfers. I began by ironing one on to a hot pink tank top. The crafty Chica Tip on the back of the pack was to think outside the t-shirt, but since Day of The Dead is fast approaching and I need something to wear, I went ahead and applied the flocked transfer to the top. Beacuse of the look of the transfer, at first I thought the design would have much wider lines, however I realized that the lines actually end up nice and thin with great detail.

L1090017And afterwards I was left with this nice remnant which I will definitely be saving for another project, perhaps a card or home decor item.

L1090023Once I finished transferring the design onto my top, I decided to add some additional bling! I sewed a satin bow which I stitched directly onto the top with the Brother Innov-is 990D. This way the dimensional embellishment¬† would stand the test of time and keep it’s shape.

IMG_0110IMG_0111Then I added a studded grill to the teeth, just to give it an added touch of bling!

L1090018I think it came out really cute and am excited to wear it out!

L1090016After I finished the tank top, I decides to bling out a basic lunch bag with some of the iron on appliques. I actually used fabric glue to adhere them since ironing a synthetic lunch bag would not be a good idea. L1090014After I adhered the cute skulls, I decided to really get my inner Crafty Chica on and go to town with the theme by adding some decorative stitching to the lunch bag strap.


L1090013The Brother Innov-is 990D has a variety of built in  decorative stitch patterns including several fonts. With red thread I spelled out the words Crafty Chica and with purple thread I stitched a row of winding flowers!

L1090012After I completed the lunch bag I decided to try out one of the Personalized Mini Tote Kits. I sat through watching a Chronicles of Narnia movie with my son while entertaining myself coloring in the cute skull and hearts. The kit came with 3 Crafty Chica fabric markers and I experimented with some color blending. It was so fun and relaxing! Kind of like doing a low stress activity like a puzzle or coloring book!L1090020

On the back of the package there was another Crafty Chica Tip that I decided to try out, “Line the inside with your own colorful fabric!” So I went ahead and did just that using my amazing Brother Innov-is 990D. But don’t be fooled! This is no ordinary bag liner! I created a special liner that when lifted up has a drawstring, so that if I over stuff the bag, or just want some added security, I can tie the little drawstring at the top!

L1090021I sewed a button hole to run the drawstring through and also embellished the drawstring using one of the built in decorative leaf stitch patterns on the Brother Innov-is 990D, just to add another special custom touch to this very festive mini tote bag!

L1090022I highly recommend the Brother Innov-is 990D for use with the new Crafty Chica product line! They make a great pairing!

L1090025With Day of the Dead just around the corner, I am also really looking forward to trying out the face paint too!

A great big thanks to Crafty Chica for sending me these fun samples to play around and experiment with!

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.