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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.

Open Pants Sewing Tutorial with the Brother Innov-Is 990D

These fabulous pants and the perfect combination of ethnic chic and casual cool! The pattern is super simple and the fit is totally adjustable! Made with the Brother Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery machine, these breezy pants are perfect for summer, vacation or the beach!

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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.

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

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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.

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.