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Plaid Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps and Soft Fabric Inks

Check out the great last minute gift I created with the new Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink from Plaid Crafts! To make this t-shirt for a friend’s birthday gift, I incorporated the elephant stamp from Plaid’s exciting NEW line of ethnic inspired Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps, and I also used the SAME stamp on paper to make a coordinating birthday card!

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These stamps from Plaid have a special story behind them. Plaid met these skilled textile artists in India and wanted to help their village by selling their stamps in the US. However, the village could not make the volume by carving all the wooden stamps by hand, so Plaid instead signed a licensing agreement with them to use the artisans’ artwork in this new line of machine made stamps. They look and feel just like the rustic wood originals and are super fun and easy to use! I highly recommend using them, and when you do, you will be helping those wonderful artisans over in India! A crafty win-win for all! Check them out HERE!

Zipper Tunic Top Tutorial with the Brother Innov-Is 990D

This quick and easy blouse makes fun use of an oversize zipper and can also be worn as a vest! Make one to suit your individual sense of style with the Brother Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine! Dress it up by adding embroidery, or even make an upcycled fashion statement by creating it out of repurposed scarves. Super easy to make and super flattering this look is perfect for day to night!

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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.

Disney Remix Shirt Dress with the Brother Innov-Is 990D

Happy Friday Friends and Fellow Sewing Enthusiasts! Today I’m super excited to share my latest project from my exploration into the world of home sewing and machine embroidery with the Brother Innov-IS 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine! Check out this fabulous upcycled Disney frock!

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I created a fun shirt dress by cutting off the bottom part of a men’s dress shirt and combining it with a sewn and gathered blue polka dot bubble skirt! This project was super easy to do, and I added some fun custom touches to give it a super cute look! For one, I swapped out the original buttons for blue heart shaped buttons. This was my first time using the button sewing feature on the Brother Innov-IS 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine! At first I avoided this feature because I was afraid that I would do it wrong and break the needle by sewing into the button but much to my delight the process was actually totally fun and easy! I vow that from this day forward I will never hand sew a button on again! Unless of course I find myself in an emergency wardrobe malfunction with out my trusty 990D!

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I added a Minnie Mouse “Pocket Pal” detail using one of the built-in embroidery designs that come pre-loaded on the machine. However, instead of following the included color guide with the usual pink or red, I switched up the colors and gave Minnie matching a blue dress and hair bow! I love how this machine comes with built-in Disney designs and allows me to mix it up and create my own different colored versions of these fun classic characters!

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To add an element of surprise, I incorporated another one of the built-in designs onto the back of the shirt. For this I embroidered the built-in Minnie Mouse signature design in the large size. I think this detail added a really upscale touch to my beautiful upcycled dress!

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The dress I designed also includes a satin ribbon sash that runs through two belt loops on the sides, giving this cute look a really tailored effect. This dress was super easy to create and could be easily customized by changing the color or style of the shirt, the fabric for the skirt, the buttons or by choosing different embroidery designs, either from the built in designs that come pre-loaded on the machine or from any of the many awesome designs available to purchase and download from ibroidery.com! You could also alter the length of the skirt, or even edit the sleeves! There’s so much you can do with this fun dress shirt remix idea, the possibilities for creative fashion are endless! I’m working on a video tutorial to show you how to create this fun project at home, so stay tuned friends!

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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.

Embroidered Wrap Skirt with Custom Covered Buttons Made with the Brother Innov-Is 990D

Here’s the video tutorial of my embroidered wrap skirt project! Create high fashion for pennies on the dollar with the Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine! This flattering and easy to make wrap skirt features a wide embroidered sash and coordinating custom covered buttons. Hop on over to ibroidery.com to purchase embroidery designs for the sash that suit your individual sense of style, or even customize it for a special occasion or theme. The possibilities are endless!

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!