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NDEPENDENCE DAY is one of my favorite holidays for decorating
(and eating), and the project on page 20 of this issue brings those
two things together. When I think of July 4 festivities, Im reminded of
watermelon baskets full of melon balls and strawberries, burgers and hot
dogs and, of course, my moms blueberry pie.

Nothing makes food look better than when its presented on a lovely
tablecloth with handmade elements that help create lasting memories.
A thoughtful table setting makes the party even more special, and giving
guests a party favor of some kind adds to the fun. On page 20, youll find
the project how-tos to put together your own party in a snap.

This project is available as a kit, with the bunting pattern and all the
fabric needed to make an adorable tablecloth, simple bunting, cute pie
toppers and party-favor sparkler wraps. Plus, the full July 4 alphabet de-
sign collection, a CME exclusive including numbers, two sizes of letters,
a star and the bonus Have Fun design featured on the sparkler wraps (64
designs in all!), is also included. Try your hand at embroidering our newest
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Theres so much to celebrate in the summer monthseven if were just

celebrating the great weather. Along with poolside BBQs, birthday parties
and more, it also seems like baby season. I know babies are born every
day of every month, but somehow I get invited to more baby showers
in the summer than I do the rest of the year. Machine embroidery is the
perfect embellishment for baby gear, and there are so many cute designs
to choose from whether for a boy or girl. With embroidery, you can take
a baby gift from blah to wow by embellishing a handmade blanket or a
ready-made onesie. Weve taken the plop and drop away from onesie
embroidery with several detachable collar options, so theyre usable as
the baby grows. Check out page 32 for the details.

Theres much more in this issue, from the custom made and embroi-
dered ballet flats featured on the cover to a cute coin purse made totally
in the hoop. I hope these projects inspire you to create fabulous garments,
accessories, home dcor and gifts to celebrate all things summer.

Ellen March

coming attractions
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for Halloween. Find the how-tos for a sturdy candy basket complete
with festive embroideries and an embroidered fur vest in the
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lisa archer christy burcham
(In the Hoop: Zipper (Quilt in the Hoop
Casepage 18) is page 38) is a sewing
the owner and creative educator, designer and
director of Pickle Pie blogger. Her passion is
Designs. She loves the inspiring others to stitch
challenge of creating by making embroidery
in-the-hoop designs that and sewing stress-free
reflect her personal style. and fun.
Home Base: Holly Springs, NC Home Base: Yukon, OK
Visit: Visit:

pamela cox julia griffey

(Glitter & Glow (Petal to the Metal
Totepage 42, page 48 ) shares her
Q&Apage 58) projects and designs
received a fashion on her blog, Machine
design degree from The Embroidery Geek. When
Boston School of Design shes not digitizing, em-
with an emphasis broidering and writing
on patternmaking. about embroidery, she
Purchasing her first embroidery machine teaches interactive digital media at Webster
in 07 added a new dimension to her University. She has an MFA in new media
education. design and an MA in apparel design.
Home Base: Dublin, NH Home Base: St. Louis, MO

kay hickman margarita korioth

(Basic Training: (Leave a Message
Learn More Beginner Embroidery page 28) is a teacher by
about the experts and Essentialspage 14) training and an artist by
is a Bernina of America heart. She loves to cre-
designers featured in this
educator and teaches ate innovative projects,
issue at seminars and classes sometimes with a mix-
throughout the U.S. ture of paper and fabric
and sometimes with
Home Base: Edmond, OK fabric alone.
Visit: Home Base: Collierville, TN

stacy schlyer milinda stephenson

(Back to School (Baby Beauties
page 52) is a self-taught page 32) teaches writing
seamstress and self- at FSU PC, sewing and
proclaimed fabric embroidery classes
junkie whose goal is at Jims Vacuum and
the reach SABLE (Stash Sewing in Lynn Haven,
Accumulation Beyond Florida, and writes
Life Expectancy). romance novels about
Home Base: Kansas women who sew.
Visit: Home Base: Panama City Beach, FL
Visit:, or on
Twitter @milindajay

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tips & tricks

Use tubular ice cube trays to
easily store your bobbins.
Sheri C., Facebook

Utilize a hanger that features
SAFETY PIN BIN an open end as storage for
Use a Tic-Tac box for safe disposal stabilizer rolls.
of broken or dull needles. Missy L., Facebook
Alice N., Facebook

for techniques and UNDER WRAPS
tricks to expand your Encase unfinished embroidery
embroidery horizons. work in Press N Seal plastic
wrap to keep it protected.
Marilyn L., email

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Slide premade clothing, such as a T-shirt, receive a fabulous gift.
over an ironing board to aid in hooping.
Kelsey B., email

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must haves
the latest & greatest tools & designs

1 Get the Forest

Friends collection

1. Embroider the darling

arling Dear Stella
Hilltop Collection with a coordinating
woodland creature design and create
a tote or wallet for yourself or a friend.
(price varies by print,

2. Stitch the Textile Transformations

Out & About Tunic pattern for an easy
summertime top thats the perfect
canvas for beautiful embroidery.
3. Avoid the mess from spray
adhesives with Lapel Stick, the
temporary water-soluble fabric
adhesive that wont gum up your
machine needle.

Get these and more

Editors' favorite tools
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4. Keep your machine screen and other

electronics clean and free of dust
while showing off your crafty nature.

5 The Fast2Clean microfiber cloths are

available in several quilting motifs,
including French Braid and Civil War

6 sampler. ($9.95,

5. Create personalized designs by

combining lettering, monogram
frames and appliqu designs with
the bernette Embroidery Software
Customizer. Perfect for new and
budget-conscious embroiderers, the
software features 30 fill stitches and
auto underlay stitching to enhance
your embroidery.

6. Comfortable in shape and size, the

Dritz LED Needle Threader features
a bright LED that activates when the
threader slides out of the case. The wire
retracts, so it is protected when not in
use. Finger grips provide stability and
comfort, and a built-in thread cutter
cuts thread to desired length.

7. Save time and make sewing

easier with the Elna eXcellence 680.
Take your sewing to new heights
7 with a large workspace, 170 stitches,
automatic thread cutter and 12
presser feet. ($1,699,

must haves
the latest & greatest tools & designs

1. Decorate your summer barbeque

with bunting, napkins and a table- 1
cloth adorned with the CME
Fabulous Fourth design collection.
Get the Fabulous
($24.99 for small letters & numbers,
Fourth kit to create the
$36.99 for large letters & numbers,
$49.99 for large & small letters Independence Day tablescape on
& numbers, page 20 to wow your guests.
Find it at
2. Embellish garments, bags, towels
and more with the Daisy Swirls
collection from Bunnycup
Embroidery. ($20,
2 3
3. Commemorate where you are, where
youve been and where you come
from with the State of the Heart
collection from Urban Threads.

4. Personalize your summer projects

with the whimsical Renaissance
Alphabet from the Martha Pullen
2015 Internet Embroidery Club. Club Get new designs monthly plus
membership includes hundreds of extra fun projects with an Internet
machine embroidery designs plus Embroidery Club membership.
several coordinating project tutorials. Visit
($69/annual membership, for more information.

5. Bring an exotic touch to your home

5 4
dcor with the Moroccan Dcor
collection from Husqvarna Viking.
Use designs as single motifs or com-
bine them to create custom patterns.

6. Get ready for the game with the In

The Hoop Football Mug Rug and
Koozie Set from Embroidery Online.
Make a set for each sports fan in your
life. ($9.99, 6
7. Create charming countryside wall
hangings using the Bless Our
Home Blackwork collection
from Bird Brain Designs.
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basic training

ESSENTIALS Discover the must-have and some
nice-to-have tools and materials to
help achieve embroidery success.
by Kay Hickman

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Most machines include at least one Use a needle designed specifically for When starting your thread collection,
hoop and offer additional hoop sizes embroidery. An embroidery needle has purchase a light, medium and dark
for purchase. Hoop size depends on a larger eye than universal needles. The shade of each primary color and three
the machine sewing field, so check large eye prevents the thread from fray- shades each of your favorite colors.
with your machine dealer to see if ing when embroidering at high speeds. Many designs are created with shading
other hoop sizes are available. The and highlights, and purchasing multi-
Typically, size 80/12 works for most
larger the hoop size, the larger the de- ple shades of a color provides the most
projects, but always select the needle
sign that can be stitched. However, for flexibility and options for designs.
size according to the fabric type. The
best results select a hoop size as close
lighter the fabric weight, the smaller BOBBIN THREAD
to the design size as possible.
the needle and the heavier the fabric Use a lighter weight thread in the bob-
STABILIZER weight, the larger the needle. Select a bin than in the needle. Most bobbin
Choose high-quality stabilizers. This ballpoint needle for knits. threads are 60-wt. The difference in
makes a noticeable difference in the Titanium needles are more expensive, weight helps pull the needle thread to
finished design appearance. Poor but last longer. In addition, the coat- the fabric wrong side and makes the
quality stabilizers make even the best ing on titanium needles helps prevent design look smooth and professional.
digitized design look bad. needles from gumming up when using The bobbin thread doesnt have to
Keep at least one cut-away, one tear- adhesive-backed stabilizers. match the needle thread since it
away, and one water-soluble stabilizer doesnt show on the fabric right side.
and topper in your stash. Use cut-away Typically, white bobbin thread is used,
Most embroidery thread is 40-wt., is
stabilizer when embroidering on knits but select a black bobbin thread when
thicker than all-purpose thread and
or stretchy fabrics. Tear-away stabilizer embroidering on dark fabric.
provides better coverage in an embroi-
is suitable for a variety of projects,
dery design. Purchase bobbin thread in 3,000
especially when combined with a
Rayon thread has a very high shine, but to 5,000 yard cones because its
water-soluble topper. The topper is
is fragile, which causes more thread less expensive and a lot is used
used on napped fabrics and items such
breakage during embroidery and isnt during stitching.
as towels, to prevent the stitches from
sinking into the fabric pile (A). bleach resistant.
Polyester thread is best for items are A
TEMPORARY SPRAY ADHESIVE laundered often or with bleach because
Applying temporary spray adhesive
its bleach resistant and wont fade.
and the chosen stabilizer to the proj-
ect-fabric wrong side prevents the Specialty polyester embroidery thread
fabric layers from shifting during stitch- is available in many colors and has a
ing. If using two stabilizer layers, adhere three-sided thread strand that creates
the two layers together before securing a more reflective surface that shines
to the project fabric. almost as well as rayon.

basic training

Get the kit; which

includes the featured
tear-away and heat-removable
stabilizer, temporary spray
adhesive, snips, needles and
removable fabric pens.
Find it at

SMALL SCISSORS OR SNIPS the desired position, and then transfer PROJECT TYPES
Select small scissors or snips with the center marks using a removable Select old kitchen towels, bath towels,
curved tips to precisely clip thread fabric marker (E). or sweatshirts to practice beginner
tails (B). Look for scissors with micro- Some design collections come with embroidery designs and techniques.
serrated blades that grip the thread tail printed paper templates. If no paper Or purchase some inexpensive clothing
as it cuts. template is available, print out the de- items at local thrift store.
sign using embroidery software. Some
embroidery machine companies pro- Bernina of America provided the ArtLink 7 free
Painters tape is wonderful to use when
vide free basic software for download. embroidery software:
securing a topper. The tape holds the
topper in place and is easily removed
even if stitched over (C).

Purchase a non-skid mat, such as B C
shelf liner or a place mat, to make
hooping easy. Place the mat on a flat
surface, and then place the outer hoop
over the mat. The non-skid surface
prevents the outer hoop from moving
as you insert the inner hoop and fabric
or stabilizer (D).


Marking the design horizontal and
vertical centerlines onto a garment
or project helps ensure the correct D E
design placement.

Using a paper template of the design
with the center horizontal and vertical
axis marked makes it easier to deter-
mine the design placement. Audition
the template over the project to select

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in the hoop

by Lisa Arche

Learn the fastest, easiest way to

stitch a zipper right in the hoop
of your embroidery machine,
and then make a simple zipper
case in five minutes.

Download the free ITH

Zipper Case design from
until Aug. 31, 2015.


There are oodles of in-the-hoop sew to complete an ITH project, since + Fat quarter or yard of cotton fabric
designs on the market, so you can make your embroidery machine does it all. (See Sources.)
anything from checkbook covers and
When purchasing ITH designs, choose + 5x7 hoop
zippered purses to potholders, luggage
reputable digitizers who take the time to + Tear-away stabilizer
tags, reusable sandwich bags and more.
include detailed instructions and photos
Its exciting and rewarding to embroider + 7-long (or longer) zipper with nylon
with their designs. They should also
an ITH design that allows you to com- or plastic teeth (See Sources.)
include supply lists detailing fabric
plete a project in practically minutes.
requirements, proper stabilizers and other + Painters tape
You dont even need to know how to
items youll need to complete the project.

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Theres a wonderful variety of ITH zip- Place one piece of folded fabric over
per projects available. Try your hand the left side of the hoop, with the fold
at fully-lined zipper bags, bags that against the left edge of the zipper teeth
incorporate vinyl or mesh fronts for and centered over the zipper stitching
transparent detail and monogrammed line. Tape the fabric in place along the
bags that create a pretty personalized raw edges (B).
zipper creation all your own. Embroider the next color stop to tack
The most important consideration the fabric in place.
with in-the-hoop projects featur- Place the remaining folded fabric over
ing a zipper is the zipper selection. the right side of the hoop, with the fold B
Always choose zippers with nylon or against the right edge of the zipper
plastic teeth. Never use a zipper with teeth and centered over the zipper
metal teeth, as the needle will break. stitching line; tape in place.
When deciding what length zipper to
purchase, refer to the designs supply Embroider the next color stop to tack
list. Many in-the-hoop zipper projects the fabric in place.
allow you to cut down the excess Unzip the zipper halfway. If you skip
zipper tape, so you can use a zipper this step, the zipper will be sewn shut.
thats longer than the listed size. Ensure the zipper pull is far enough
away from the case edge that it wont
be caught during the final stitching. C
PREPARE Embroider the case-front stitches. Tape
Download the zipper case design the zipper upper edge just beyond the
from stitches (C).
From the fabric, cut four 5 squares. With the right side down, place one
With wrong sides together, fold two fabric square over the design.
squares in half; press. With the right side up, place the re-
Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer. maining fabric square over the design;
tape the edges to secure.
Embroider the next color stop to
EMBROIDER complete the case.
Embroider the first color stop, which
Remove the hoop from the machine
creates the zipper placement line. DESIGN
and the project from the hoop. Remove
With the zipper right side up and the all stabilizer from the case and trim the
ITH Zipper Case: Download the Zipper Case
design from until Aug. 31,
pull toward the hoop upper edge, cen- jump threads. 2015. Purchase the design at picklepiedesigns.
ter the zipper within the placement line. com after the expiration date.
Trim the fabric just beyond the
Use painters tape to secure the zipper
design perimeter.
in place (A). SOURCES
Turn the case right side out through Riley Blake provided the Happy Flappers fabric:
Embroider the next color stop to tack
the zipper. Press the case, avoiding the
the zipper in place. Remove the tape
plastic zipper teeth. Shop Sew it All carries YKK #3 plastic teeth
from the long edges only, leaving tape
on the short ends.
F0rth Create charming decorations for
an Independence Day gathering
to make the party extra special.
Begin with an easy tablecloth
and add a cute bunting,
coordinating cupcake toppers
and party favor sparkler wraps.


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Get the Fabulous
Fourth kit, which
includes everything you need
to make the table setting shown,
plus the entire July 4 Alphabet
embroidery design collection.
Find it at

+ 113 yards of fabric Trim 14 from the seam, press open,
(See Sources.) and then turn the corners to the
right side.
+ Matching all-purpose thread
Edgestitch the hem fold.
From the fabric, cut a 44 square.
Fold the edges 12 toward the wrong A
side; press. Fold the raw edges 14
inside the fold, creating a 14-wide
hem; press.
At each corner, place one pin per-
pendicular to the hem fold in the
hem allowance only. Place a second
pin in the opposite hem fold at the
hem intersection (A).
Unfold the corners, keeping the B
inner fold in place. With right sides
together, match the pins at the
folded edges. Mark a diagonal
line from the pins to the 12-wide
foldline. Stitch from the pins to the
point, backstitching at each end (B).

bunting the fabric from the hoop, and then
tear away the stabilizer.

MATERIALS Repeat to embroider the letters A,

+ 6x18 rectangles each of red, Y and H onto the blue fabric inside
blue & yellow (or white) print three drawn flags, and the letters P
fabric (See Sources.) and the number 4 onto the yellow
+ Package of red double-fold fabric inside two drawn flags.
bias tape Check to ensure the letters are ori-
+ Lightweight tear-away stabilizer ented in the center of each flag as
desired. If not, redraw the flag tem-
+ Thread: black rayon embroidery
plates to center each design. D
& matching all-purpose
When satisfied with the design place-
+ Removable fabric marker
ment, cut out each flag. Press from
+ Alphabet & number the wrong side.
embroidery design collection
(approximately 2x2) CONSTRUCT
With right sides together, align one
EMBROIDER embroidered red flag with one plain
Using the bunting template on page red flag. Stitch the sides, leaving the bias-tape fold, spelling the phrase
27 and a removable fabric marker, upper edge free (C). Happy 4th. Center the flags along
trace six flags each onto the red and the bias tape, using the pin-mark as a
Repeat to stitch each flag, matching
blue fabric. Trace four flags onto the guide and positioning each flag ap-
the fabrics.
yellow fabric. proximately 12 apart. Leave a 1 space
Turn each flag right side out through between the Y and 4.
Load the H design into the machine.
the upper-edge opening; press, avoid-
Thread the machine with black Insert each flag upper edge inside
ing the embroidery.
rayon thread in the needle and bobbin. the bias tape, abutting the flag upper
Press the bias tape. Fold it in half edge with the bias-tape fold; pin each
Hoop the red fabric with tear-away
widthwise to find the center; pin-mark. flag in place (D).
stabilizer, centering one flag in the
hoop. Embroider the H. Place the bias tape on a flat work Stitch the bias tape 18 from the fold-
surface with the longer folded edge lines to encase the flags and close the
Repeat to embroider the letters P and
facing up as the lower edge. Position tape edges.
T inside two additional flags. Remove
each flag upper edge against the

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cupcake toppers
Supplies listed are enough to create + Thread: black rayon embroidery + Scalloped, wavy or pinking
four cupcake toppers with names/ & matching all-purpose shears (optional)
phrases containing up to five letters. + Lightweight tear- + Alphabet embroidery design
+ Sheet of heavyweight red away stabilizer collection (approximately
card stock + Glue: fabric-safe & suitable 112x2)
+ Yellow print fabric scrap for paper
(approximately 6x8 to + Toothpicks
allow for hooping) (one for each topper)

Hoop the fabric with tear-away one design. (The featured names were
stabilizer. Load the chosen letters into reduced 20% to create 2-tall words.)
the machine to spell out a name or Continue to create as many names/
phrase. Group the letters to create words as desired to fit them into
one hooping, leaving at least 1
between them.
Embroider each name/word. Remove
the fabric from the hoop, and then
tear away the stabilizer. Press the
fabric from the wrong side.

CONSTRUCT remaining names/words. Trim the edge center. Using glue suitable for
Cut out each word, leaving a 2 1 card stock 12 beyond the fabric paper, secure the toothpick between
perimeter. Fold the rectangle raw perimeter using scalloped, wavy or the card stock layers, adhering the
edges 14 toward the wrong side; pinking shears, if desired. Or cut the card stock at the same time.
press. Edgestitch each rectangle using card stock using standard scissors. Repeat to create the remaining
matching thread. Cut a second piece of card stock to cupcake toppers.
the same dimensions.
Using fabric-safe glue, adhere one Place each toothpick into a cupcake,
rectangle wrong side to the card- Sandwich a toothpick between both mini pie or even an apple or other
stock right side, leaving room for the pieces of card stock along the lower- festive fruit.


Tip Use white fabric,

yellow fabric or
another light fabric print as
desired for the best readability
when embroidering letters.

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sparkler wraps
Supplies listed are enough to Cut out each design, leaving a 12 E
create four sparkler wraps. perimeter. Fold the rectangle raw
+ 2 sheets of heavyweight blue edges 14 toward the wrong side;
card stock press. Edgestitch each rectangle
using matching thread.
+ Red print & solid white fabric
scrap (approximately 6 Using fabric-safe glue, adhere one
square each) rectangle wrong side to one card-
stock right side, leaving room for the
+ Thread: black rayon embroidery remaining designs. Trim the card stock
& matching all-purpose 1
2 beyond the fabric perimeter using
+ Lightweight tear- scalloped, wavy or pinking shears, if
away stabilizer desired. Or cut the card stock using
standard scissors. Cut a second piece
+ Fabric-safe glue
of card stock to the same dimensions.
+ Scalloped, wavy or pinking
With the card-stock rectangles wrong
shears (optional)
sides together, stitch the short edges,
+ Alphabet embroidery design following the previous fabric stitching Bunting
Bunting Pattern
collection (approximately lines (E). Enlarge 200%
Repeat to create each sparkler wrap.
EMBROIDER Insert a small box of sparklers be-
Download the Have Fun embroidery tween the card-stock layers, or insert
design from four to five large sparklers between
Load the design into the machine. the layers and stick the sparkler ends
Duplicate the design to fit two de- into a sand-filled bucket for a cute
signs into one hooping, leaving at presentation.
least 1 between each design.
Hoop the red fabric with tear- DESIGNS
away stabilizer.
Download the Have Fun design free from
Embroider both designs. Remove the until Aug. 31 2015. The
fabric from the hoop, and then tear design will be available for purchase at
away the stabilizer. Press the fabric after the expiration date.

from the wrong side. Large and small July 4 Alphabet, large and
small July 4 Numbers, Have Fun design;
Repeat to embroider two designs
onto the white fabric scrap.
Riley Blake provided the fabric:
Download the "Have
Fun" embroidery design
until Aug. 31, 2015.


by Katrina Walker, courtesy
Dress up your table with personalized
monogrammed napkins embroidered
to match your dcor. Floriani Total
Control U softwares easy-to-use
of RNK Distributing
monogram tool and many built-in
shapes make creating a unique
statement simple. Floriani Wet
N Gone Tacky water-soluble
stabilizer and Floriani Template
Tearaway ensure perfect design
placement and a quick and
easy stitchout.

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Materials listed are enough to
create four 20" square napkins.
* 1 yards of linen or cotton fabric
* Needles: size 80/12 universal &
size 90/14 embroidery or topstitch
* 200mmx200mm
embroidery hoop
* Floriani Template Tearaway
* Stabilizer: Wet N Gone Tacky,
Wet N Gone (See Sources.)
* Thread: coordinating all-purpose,
bobbin & embroidery thread Learn how to create th
e featured monogram
(See Sources.) design at rnkdistribut embroidery
* Spray starch (optional) tml.
* Floriani Lace Borders embroidery
design collection
Adjust the template as necessary so Soak the napkins and rinse them in
the design is positioned on the napkin lukewarm water to remove the excess
as desired and fits into the hoop area. stabilizer. If the stabilizer doesnt
Construct The featured lace border falls off entirely remove, add fabric softener
From the fabric, cut four 21 squares. the finished napkin edge. to the water and re-soak.

Fold each square raw edge toward Adhere the napkin to the hooped Let the napkins dry, and then press
the wrong side; press. Fold each edge stabilizer, using the template to aid them using a press cloth to protect
another toward the wrong side; positioning and being careful not to the embroidery.
press, and then edgestitch the first adhere the template to the stabilizer.
fold using a straight stitch and match- Transfer the center marks from the Monogram: Built-in lettering from the Total Control
ing thread. Use spray starch if needed template onto the napkin. U Software:
when pressing to create a crisp, Lace: Floriani, Lace Borders:
Remove the template from the napkin
smooth surface.
and place it on the paper backing Sources
Use Floriani embroidery software to for reuse. Floriani provided the Total Control U software used
create the desired monogram embroi- to digitize the design, Template Tearaway, Wet N
Place the hoop onto the machine. Gone Tacky water-soluble stabilizer, Wet N Gone
dery design and add a lace border (A).
Slide a layer of Floriani Wet N Gone water-soluble stabilizer & embroidery thread:
Print a design template onto the
stabilizer under the hoop. Place strips
Floriani Tearaway Template.
of Wet N Gone stabilizer along the
Hoop a piece of Floriani Wet N Gone napkin edges to cover any exposed
Tacky stabilizer with the paper side fac- adhesive stabilizer within the hoop. A
ing up. Score the stabilizer inside the
Center the embroidery design accord-
hoop perimeter using a pin. Remove
ing to the napkin marks.
the paper backing from the adhesive
surface within the hoop. Embroider the design onto the napkin.
Once the embroidery is complete,
Trim the template around the printed
remove the hoop from the machine
design. Remove the backing paper, but
and the project from the hoop.
keep it handy for storing the template.
Adhere the template onto one corner Repeat to embroider the remaining
of the napkin to determine the desired three napkins.
design placement. Carefully trim away all excess stabilizer
from the designs and lace perimeters.

leave a

Send fun notes to your family

members using door knob
messengers. Embellish the
messenger with free-motion
embroidery and beads.

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+ Two 9x11 rectangles of craft
felt in the desired colors
+ 3 square of skin colored
fabric (face)
+ 2x3 rectangle of dark
colored fabric (hair)
+ Two 9x11 rectangles of Design B Design C
coordinating fabrics (front body)
+ 8x14 rectangle of fabric
sponding piece wrong sides, following With wrong sides together, fuse the
the manufacturers instructions. pocket upper half to the remaining
+ 1/8 yard fabric (back) felt rectangle.
Trace the messenger templates on
+ yard of fusible interfacing page 31; enlarge, and then cut out. From the doorknob messenger
+ Fusible web scraps Trace the upper and lower body onto patterns, choose the desired pocket
the desired front-fabric wrong sides. Cut design. Draw the horizontal and
+ Thread: 12- or 28-wt., 40-wt.
away the circle from the upper-front vertical centerlines onto the pocket
polyester & hand embroidery
body according to the pattern markings. lower-half right side to use as a guide
+ Tailors chalk or removable for placing and stitching the design.
fabric marker Fold the hair rectangle in half Trace the pattern onto the pocket
widthwise. Round one folded corner lower-half right side using chalk or a
+ 10 length of string
according to the hair template. With removable fabric marker, leaving
+ Red & black markers right sides facing up, place one hair- seam allowances on all sides of
+ Hand sewing needle (optional) rectangle long edge along one the design.
face-square edge; press to fuse (A).
+ Seed beads (design A; optional) Lower the feed dogs on the
Place the lower body over one felt- sewing machine.
+ 4x7 rectangle of accent fabric
rectangle lower half. Place the upper
(design C; optional)
body over the felt rectangle, lapping
the lower body by 1. Position the A
face square behind the circle open-
CUT ing; press to fuse. Edgestitch the
From the back fabric, cut one messenger perimeter, face circle and
10 square. the upper-body lower edge. Trim the
From the fusible interfacing, cut one felt edges to align with the messen-
8x14 pocket rectangle. ger body.
Cut fusible web pieces to correspond Fuse the pocket-rectangle interfac-
with the front rectangles, face square, ing to the pocket-rectangle wrong
hair rectangle and backing square. side. Fold the pocket rectangle in half
Adhere the fusible web to the corre- lengthwise; press, and then unfold.


Thread the needle with 12- or ten -diameter circles onto the up, stitch along the previous edge-
28-wt. thread and the bobbin with fusible-web paper backing; cut stitching to secure the pocket (B).
40-wt. thread. out. Remove the paper backing and Trim the pocket fabric to match the
Stitch slowly, moving the pocket fabric place the circles over the pocket right messenger edge.
under the needle to trace the design. side, at least 5/8 apart to account for Using a red marker, draw a mouth
hand stitching. on the face circle. Using a black
Use a hand sewing needle to
attach seed beads as desired inside Thread the needle and bobbin with marker, draw eyes, or add two black
the stitching. 40-wt. thread, and then edgestitch seed beads.
each circle perimeter. Place the messenger over the backing
DESIGN B Thread a hand sewing needle with fabric; trace the perimeter, and then cut
Thread the machine needle with 12- 12-wt. thread or embroidery floss and out. With wrong sides together, align
or 28-wt. thread and the bobbin with lazy daisy stitch each circle perimeter the messenger and backing fabric.
40-wt. polyester thread. to form the flower petals. Attach a Fold the string in half, and then center
Stitch per design A. seed bead at the end of each petal, it along the upper edge against the
Or thread a hand sewing needle with leaving seam allowances along the backing fabric, extending the loop to-
12- or 28-wt. thread and hand stitch pocket outer edges. ward the messenger body. Pin or use
the design using straight and sheaf Fold the pocket rectangle in half along a tacking stitch to secure.
stitches and French knots. the feet edge; press to fuse. With right Select a short zigzag/satin stich on
sides facing up, position the pocket the sewing machine. Stitch the mes-
DESIGN C fold 3 from the messenger lower
Adhere fusible web onto the senger perimeter, catching the string
edge; pin. With the wrong side facing along the upper edge.
accent-fabric wrong side. Draw

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Doorknob Messenger Template
Enlarge by 167%.


Free-motion Embroidery Templates
Enlarge by 200%.

Design A Design B Design C

Baby beauties

Create a cute personalized onesie for the little

one in your life. Choose from three different
detachable collar types, and then learn how
to add embroidery and trim to add adorable
charm to a simple onesie.

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round collar
Add a dainty heart embroidery and Embroider the design, changing Position the lining wrong side
rickrack to a classic round collar for a thread colors as needed. up over the collar, aligning the
girly onesie. Remove the hoop from the machine edges; pin. Stitch the collar perim-
and stabilizer from the hoop. Care- eter, leaving a 114-long centered
MATERIALS opening along one short edge for
fully tear away the stabilizer from
+ Onesie (size newborn, turning (A).
the design wrong side. Remove the
6 months or 12 months)
water-soluble stabilizer according to
+ 14 yard of solid cotton fabric the manufacturers instructions. A 1
+ 1 yard of 12-wide rick-
rack trim CONSTRUCT
Use 14 seam allowances.
+ Stabilizer: tear-away &
water-soluble Position the collar right side up on
a flat work surface. Position the trim
+ 38x 12 piece of hook-and- along the outer long edge on the col-
loop tape lar right side, aligning the trim lower
+ Thread: all-purpose, bobbin edge with the collar raw edge; pin.
& embroidery
+ Temporary spray adhesive
+ Hand sewing needle
+ Embroidery design
(approximately 112x4)

Download the Round Collar pattern
and Heart embroidery design
from until
Aug. 31, 2015.
From the fabric, cut two collars.
Designate one collar as the lining.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer,
and then spray with temporary adhe-
sive. Center the collar front over the
stabilizer. Position a piece of water-
soluble stabilizer over the collar.
Tip Instead of rickrack
trim, adorn the
collar edge with a wide
Thread the needle with embroid-
triple zigzag stitch in a
ery thread and the bobbin with
contrasting thread color.
bobbin thread. Place the hoop onto
the machine. Load the Heart design
onto the machine.
Notch the seam allowances up to, but edge near the neckline on the lining
not through, the stitching line. Turn the side (B). B
collar right side out through the open- Slightly stretch the onesie sleeve
ing; press. Slipstitch the opening closed. lower edge; measure and record.
Position the hook tape vertically Cut a length of trim according to the
along the right center-back edge near measurement. Position the trim lower
the neckline on the collar right side; edge along the sleeve lower edge;
pin. Hand or machine stitch the hook- pin. Stitch along the trim center.
tape perimeter. Repeat to stitch the Repeat to stitch trim the remaining
loop tape along the left center-back onesie sleeve.

square collar
Add retro accents to a square collar with
rickrack trim and starfish embroidery.

+ Onesie (size newborn, 6 months
or 12 months)
+ 14 yard of print cotton fabric
+ 1 yard of 12-wide rickrack trim
+ 12 yard of 14-wide
grosgrain ribbon
+ Tear-away stabilizer
+ Thread: all-purpose,
bobbin & embroidery
+ Temporary spray adhesive
+ Removable fabric marker
+ Hand sewing needle
+ Embroidery design
(approximately 112 square)

Download the free Heart

and Starfish designs
and collar patterns from
until Aug. 31, 2015. The designs
and patterns will be available for
purchase at
after the expiration date.

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Download the Square Collar pattern
and Starfish embroidery design
from until
Aug. 31, 2015.
From the fabric, cut two collar fronts
on the fold and two collar-back pairs.
Designate one collar front and two
collar backs as the lining. Position one trim length along one from the hoop. Carefully tear away the
collar-back right side 12 from the stabilizer from the design perimeter.
lower edge; pin. Stitch along the trim Repeat to embroider a second starfish
Use 14 seam allowances.
center. Repeat to stitch the remaining on the opposite marking.
With right sides together, stitch the trim along the opposite lower edge,
front and back collars at the shoul- sides and front-lower edge. FINISH
ders. Repeat to stitch the front and Cut the ribbon length in
back linings. EMBROIDER half widthwise.
With right sides together, stitch the Measure 112 from the collar-front left Position one ribbon short end parallel
collar and lining perimeter, leaving edge and 2 from the lower edge; to the left neckline edge at the center
a 2-long centered opening along mark using a removable fabric marker. back; pin. Stitch the ribbon short-end
one short edge for turning. Clip into Repeat to measure and mark the perimeter to secure. Repeat to stitch
the seam allowances up to, but not collar-front lower-right corner. the remaining ribbon piece to the
through, the stitching line along the Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer. right-collar edge (C).
curved edges. Spray with temporary adhesive.
Turn the collar right side out through Center one collar marking over the
the opening; press. Slipstitch the stabilizer; finger-press to secure. C
opening closed. Thread the needle with embroid-
Measure the collar-back lower edge; ery thread and the bobbin with
record. From the trim, cut two lengths bobbin thread. Place the hoop onto
according to the measurement. Re- the machine. Load the Starfish design
peat to measure and cut trim lengths onto the machine.
according to the side-edge and front- Embroider the design. Remove the
lower edge measurements. hoop from the machine and stabilizer

Download the Anchor
design featured on the
Sailor Collar at
until Aug. 31, 2015.

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sailor collar
Ahoy matey! Stitch a reversible sailor ter one mark within the hoop, ensur- Hand stitch an elastic loop 214 from
collar with anchor embroidery designs ing the tie is verticle; finger press to the onesie neckline at the center
for a fun nautical style. secure (D). Position a piece of water- front (E).
soluble stabilizer over the collar. Button the collar to the onesie at the
MATERIALS Thread the needle with embroid- center-back neckline and thread
+ Onesie (size newborn, ery thread and the bobbin with the collar ties through the elastic
6 months or 12 months) bobbin thread. Download the Anchor loop to secure.
+ 14 yard each of solid & print design from Load the
cotton fabric Anchor design onto the machine. DESIGNS
Download the free Heart and Starfish designs
+ 214 length of 14-wide elastic Place the hoop onto the machine. Em- from until Aug. 31, 2015.
broider the design, changing thread The designs will be available for purchase at
+ 58-diameter button
colors as needed. after the expiration date.
+ Stabilizer: tear-away &
Remove the hoop from the machine Download the Anchor design at
water-soluble until Aug. 31, 2015.
and stabilizer from the hoop. Care-
+ Temporary spray adhesive fully tear away the stabilizer from the
+ Thread: all-purpose, bobbin design perimeter. Remove the water- Janome provided the Artistic Suite embroidery
& embroidery soluble stabilizer according to the software and Janome 12000 embroidery ma-
manufacturers instructions. Repeat to chine:
+ Removable fabric marker
embroider the opposite collar tie.
+ Hand sewing needle
+ Embroidery design
Stitch the collar and lining perimeter D
(approximately 1x1 34)
with right sides together, leaving a
PREPARE 212-long opening along the lower
back edge for turning.
Download the Sailor Collar pattern
from until Clip the seam allowances up to, but
Aug. 31, 2015. not through, the stitching line along
the curved edges. Turn the collar right
Cut two collars each from the solid
side out through the opening; press.
and print fabric. Designate the print
Slipstitch the opening closed.
fabric as the lining.
Position the collar right side up on a
With right sides together, stitch the col-
flat work surface. Mark a 34 -long verti- E
lars along the center-back edge; press
cal buttonhole along the right-collar
open. Repeat to stitch the lining pieces.
neckline edge along the center back.
EMBROIDER Hand or machine stitch a buttonhole
Mark each collar-tie center 3 from the at the marking; cut open.
point using a removable fabric marker.
Hand stitch a button along the onesie
Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer; neckline at the center back.
spray with temporary adhesive. Cen-
quilt in the
Quilting using embroidery
designs is a fun and easy
way to finish a quilt. Create
a double pinwheel quilt with
large medallion quilting
designs and a modern finish.

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+ Fat quarter each of medium
green (A) & medium blue (C)
+ yard each of dark green (B)
& dark blue (D)
+ 1 yard of white or light-colored
fabric (E; background)
+ 1 yards of coordinating fabric
(F; backing & binding)
+ Cotton quilting thread
+ 42 square of cotton low-
loft batting
+ Quilting embroidery designs

From fabrics A and C, cut four 5
squares. Cut each square in half
diagonally twice, for a total of 16 straight edge, beginning along the Align one fabric-E triangle with one fab-
quarter-square triangles. square edge (B). ric-C triangle. Stitch one straight short
edge, beginning at the square edge.
From fabrics B and D, cut eight 538 Press the seam allowance toward fab-
squares. Cut these squares in half di- ric A. Repeat for all fabric-A triangles to Press the seam allowance toward fab-
agonally for a total of 16 half-square form 16 units. When the unit is opened ric C. Repeat for all fabric-C triangles to
triangles (A). up with the long edge at the lower form 16 units. When the unit is opened
edge, arrange fabric A on the right. up with the long edge at the lower
From fabric E, cut one 8 square, two
edge, arrange fabric C on the right.
5x26 rectangles, two 5x38 rect- Align one fabric-B triangle with one fabric-
angles (or 5x the fabric width) and A/E unit. Stitch the long diagonal edge. Align one fabric-D triangle with
eight 5 squares. Cut the 5 squares one fabric-E/C unit. Stitch the long
Repeat for all fabric-B triangles to form
in half diagonally twice, for a total of diagonal edge.
16 units. Trim the units to 4 square.
32 quarter-square triangles.
From fabric F, cut one 42 square for
the backing and four 2x42 strips
for the binding.

Place fabrics right sides together and use
seam allowances.
Align the binding-strip short edges
at a 90 angle; stitch using a diagonal
seam to create one continuous strip.
Align one fabric-E triangle with one
fabric-A triangle. Stitch one short
Repeat for all fabric-D triangles to form Trim the finished quilt top to
16 units. Trim the units to 4 square. 37 square.
QUILT TIPS Arrange four like units to form a block, With the wrong side up, place the
rotating the units to form a double quilt backing on a flat work surface.
Follow these tips for best pinwheel (C). Center the batting and quilt top right
results when embroidering side up over the backing. Baste the
Matching the seams and points, stitch
quilting designs. layers together using temporary
the four units together to form a
Use the same weight and block. Trim the block to 8 square. spray adhesive, safety pins or a
color thread in the needle and hand running stitch.
Repeat to create four fabric-A/B blocks
the bobbin. Use traditional
and four fabric-C/D blocks. EMBROIDER
40-wt. embroidery thread or
Arrange the blocks in three rows and Enlarge the designs to fit the quilt block.
50- or 60-wt. cotton quilting
columns, alternating the blocks and The featured designs were enlarged to
thread for a finer, matte look.
placing the plain white block as the 7 square to fit within the blocks.
The stitching is visible on
center square. Print a template of each quilting
both the quilt front and back,
Stitch the block edges to form design at actual size from the embroi-
so pull the bobbin thread to
rows, and then stitch the row edges, dery software.
the quilt right side before
embroidering to prevent matching the seams and points. The Center the printed template onto
it from catching in the em- finished square should measure ap- the center quilt block to determine
broidery on the quilt back. proximately 24. placement. Mark the design center
Stitch one 5x26 rectangle to the quilt on the block (E).
Hoop the quilt top, bat-
ting and backing as one. In lower edge. Repeat to attach the re- Hoop the entire basted quilt, using
most cases, the batting and maining 5x26 rectangle to the upper the hoop template if applicable to
backing act as stabilizer for edge. Trim the rectangles to align ensure the block is centered and
the quilt top and no addi- with the quilt edges. straight within the hoop (F).
tional stabilizer is needed. Stitch one 5x38 rectangle to the Thread the machine with the desired
Pay attention to the bulk of the quilt right edge. Repeat to attach the thread in the needle and bobbin.
quilt as you hoop and place the remaining rectangle to the left edge. Place the hoop onto the machine and
designs. Keep the bulk of the fab- Trim the rectangles to align with the select the desired embroidery design.
ric to the outside of the machine quilt edges (D).
so it doesnt get caught against
the machine frame or in the em- C D
broidery area during stitching.
Consider the shape of the
block when choosing de-
signs. Print a paper template
to audition the quilting
design over the piecing.

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Adjust the design placement within
the hoop to align with the block
marked center if necessary.
Use the hand wheel to pull the
bobbin thread to the right side.
Embroider the design.
Repeat to embroider each of the
remaining eight quilt blocks.
Print templates of the chosen border
designs. Or combine border designs
as desired in embroidery software;
save as a new design, and then print
a template. Audition the templates
on the quilt border; mark the design
centers on the quilt.
Hoop the quilt, centering one design
center within the hoop. The quilt top
may not fit within the hoop, but the
larger backing and batting allows the
project to be hooped.
Place the hoop onto the machine and
adjust the design placement within
the hoop to align with the marked Once all border designs are com- Bind the quilt edges using the fabric-F
design center if necessary. plete, trim the backing and batting binding strips in the method of your
Use the baste-in-the-hoop function if to align with the quilt top. Clip any choice.
available, as the quilt-top edges arent jump threads.
secured by the hoop (G). Embroider
OESD, Quilting Blooms #12531, available at
the design. Embroidery Design Studio;


& glow

Create a tote bag large

enough to hold a beach
towel with pockets to hold
magazines and sunblock.
Embellish the tote with
metallic embroidery to
make a big splash at the
pool or beach.


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METALLIC THREAD Place metallic threads and filaments expiration date. Tape together, and
Traditional metallic thread is either cot- on a vertical spool to allow the thread to then cut out the pattern pieces.
ton, polyester or nylon fiber covered enter the machine at the ideal angle From the exterior fabric, cut two front/
with metallic material. A second type to prevent the thread from twisting backs, two exterior pockets, two side
of metallic thread is actually a flat and and breaking during stitching. pockets, two sides and two straps.
thin metallic polyester film that reflects If stitching problems with metallic From the lining fabric, cut two
more light, creating an intense sparkle. threads and filaments continue, visit front/back linings, two sides, one
In addition, an aluminum layer is added the thread brand website for additional interior pocket, two strap accents,
to the polyester film, enabling light to stitching suggestions. Or switch to a two exterior pocket linings and two
fracture in seemingly endless colors. high-quality, name-brand thread to side pocket linings.
Always follow a few rules to success- eliminate embroidery issues.
fully embroider with metallic filament. LAYOUT
Select a needle with a large eye, such
MATERIALS Select several floral scroll designs of
+ 1 yard each of 45-wide duck various sizes, and then open them in
as a metallic or topstitch needle. A large
cloth (exterior) & 44-wide print embroidery software.
needle eye reduces tension and pre-
cotton fabric (lining)
vents thread breakage during stitching. If desired, delete or skip over design
+ 1 yards of 22-wide medium- elements or certain color stops to cre-
Proper embroidery requires equal
weight fusible interfacing ate a new design. The featured bag
tension between the needle and bobbin
thread. If the needle and bobbin thread + Lightweight sheer cut-away eliminated a butterfly over the back-
are different weights, decrease the stabilizer ground floral, deleted color stops and
needle tension to prevent unbalanced + Thread: all-purpose & metallic
used different thread to create a new
tension which creates distorted stitching. or metallic filament design (A).
Thread the bobbin with 40-wt. rayon + Needles: size 80/12 universal
Arrange the designs as desired for
thread in a similar color to the metal- & size 100/16 topstitch the front-panel upper edge in an
lic thread. If the tension is slightly off embroidery area up to 4x14 and
+ Removable fabric marker
during stitching, the matching bobbin
thread pulled to the fabric right side + Floral scroll embroidery A
will blend in with the needle thread. collection
Friction between the thread and PREPARE
needle eye or needle penetrat- Prewash, dry and press all fabric.
ing the fabric cannot be eliminated,
but can be controlled. Install a new, Download the Glitter & Glow Tote
sharp needle into the machine and pattern from
decrease the speed to prevent fric- until Aug. 31, 2015. Purchase the pat-
tion that causes thread breakage. tern at after the

front exterior pocket in an area up to Embroider the design, changing
7x13, making sure the two design
sets are one cohesive unit (B).
Tip If omitting certain
design stitching thread types, colors and skipping
stitching sequences as needed.
steps, completely test-stitch
To add more interest, select a horizon- the design to know exactly Remove the hoop from the machine
tal design layout for the front-panel when to change thread colors, and the fabric from the hoop. Remove
upper edge and a vertical or circular stop the machine or manually the stabilizer from the design wrong
design layout for the pocket. In the skip a stitching sequence. side following the manufacturers
featured bag, the design layout for instructions. Press the fabric right
the front panel places two identical side down over a terry cloth towel,
designs horizontally and deletes two The side-pocket layout contains designs covering the wrong side with a press
color stops in each design. The back in an embroidery area up to 2x7. cloth to protect the metallic thread.
panel has two identical designs and Repeat to embroider the exterior back
Once satisfied with each design
deletes three color stops in each design. panel, exterior pockets and side pockets.
layout, save each individual layout
If the designs or software cant under a file name.
delete color stops, manually stop CONSTRUCT
and advance the embroidery EMBROIDER Use seam allowances unless
machine through the desired Load the exterior front-panel design otherwise noted.
colors during stitching. onto the machine. Install a new size Trim the exterior front and back
100/16 topstitching needle. Thread panels to measure 14x16, the
Many embroidery editing programs
the needle with metallic thread or fila- exterior front and back pockets
allow various design elements to be
ment and the bobbin with matching to measure 83/8x16 and the side
deleted from a design. However, if a
40-wt. rayon thread. pockets to measure 3x83/8.
design cannot be completely isolated,
some necessary stitches may inad- Hoop the exterior front panel right Fold the interior pocket in half width-
vertently be removed. Forward the side up over a piece of lightweight wise with right sides together; press.
machine at the end of the design ele- cut-away stabilizer. Stitch the short ends and open long
ment to ensure continual stitching (C). Place the hoop onto the machine. edge, leaving 2-long centered
The front-pocket layout contains the Reduce the machine stitching speed. opening on the long edge for turning.
same design placed vertically and
Skip stitches for
horizontally, and a second design Editing gaps. continual design.
placed vertically and deletes a color
stop in each design. B C
The back-pocket layout contains two
different circular designs and de-
leted color stops. In addition, certain 14
stitches during embroidery were de-
leted to mimic an exploding firework. 7


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Press open and grade the seams, and
then clip the corners. Turn the pocket
right side out through the opening;
press. Designate the pocket folded
edge as the upper edge.
Center the pocket 3 below the
lining-back upper edge; pin. Topstitch
1/8 and from the pocket lower and
short edges.
With right side together, align one lining
side-panel long edge with the lining-
front short edge; pin, and then stitch.
Repeat to stitch the lining-back short
edge to the opposite lining side-panel
long edge. Repeat to stitch the remain-
ing lining side panel to the remaining
front and back short edges, leaving one
5-long centered opening for turning.
Press open the seams, and then
topstitch each panel 5/16 from
each seamline.
Fold the boxed corner toward the side the lower edges and sides; pin,
To box the corners, flatten one lin- panel; press. Hand stitch the corner and then baste.
ing corner with right sides together, point to the side-panel seam allowance.
matching the side and lower seams; Repeat to stitch the exterior back
With right sides together, stitch pocket and side pockets to the
pin. Stitch 1 from the corner point (D).
the exterior front pocket and one corresponding panels.
Repeat to box the remaining corner.
lining exterior-pocket upper edge
Thread the machine with metallic
using a seam allowance. Press the
thread or filament in the needle and
seam allowance toward the lining.
matching thread in the bobbin.
Fold the exterior and lining pocket
Topstitch the exterior front and back
with wrong sides together, favor-
D pockets to divide the pockets as desired.
ing the lining toward the exterior
1 pocket and using the seam allowance Thread the needle with
as a guide; press. all-purpose thread.

Position the exterior front panel With right sides together, align one
right side up on a flat work surface. exterior side-panel long edge with
Position the exterior pocket right the exterior front-panel short edge;
side up over the front panel, aligning pin, and then stitch. Press open the

seam. Repeat to stitch the back-panel
short edge to the opposite side-
panel long edge. Repeat to stitch the
remaining exterior side panel to the
remaining front and back short edges.
To box the corners, flatten one ex-
terior tote corner with right sides
together, matching the side and lower
seams; pin. Stitch across the corner
1 from the point. Repeat to box the
remaining corner.
Turn the exterior bag right side out.
With right sides together, align one
strap long edge with one accent-strip
long edge; pin, and then stitch. Re-
peat to stitch the opposite strap long
edge to the opposite accent-strip
long edge.
Fold the strap in half lengthwise
with right sides together; press.
Stitch the long edge; press open.
Turn the strap right side out through
one short end. Press the strap flat,
centering the accent strip. Top-
stitch the strap from the accent
the lining back and exterior back are
strip seamline on either side.
aligned. Fold the handles downward
Using a removable fabric marker, mark and out of the way. Stitch the bag 3/8
E 3/8
the strap placement on the exterior upper edge; press open the seam.
front 3/8 from each side seam.
Turn the bag right side out through
Align the short ends of one strap with the lining opening. Hand stitch the
the marks, making sure the strap isnt opening closed.
twisted; pin. Baste the strap to the
Push the lining into the exterior. Favor
bag using a 3/8 seam allowance (E).
the bag upper edge toward the lining;
Repeat to construct and attach the press.
remaining strap to the bag back.
With right sides together, insert the
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Download the free
Flower design from
MATERIALS until Aug. 31, 2015.
Materials listed are enough to make Cut out the sole and upper pattern
one pair of size 8 ballet flats. pieces. Align the red dash lines on
each pattern to the matching page;
+ 3/8 yard each of exterior fabric Mark the design center on each ex-
tape to secure.
(such as duck cloth), lining fab- terior upper on the fabric right and
ric (such as cotton broadcloth) & wrong side as indicated by the pattern.
heavyweight fusible interfacing
+ Paper-release adhesive
Tip Verify that the pattern
is printed to the cor-
Center each interfacing piece over
each corresponding exterior-upper
stabilizer rect scale by measuring the 1
wrong side; fuse, following the manu-
square on the pattern pages.
+ Thread: bobbin & embroidery facturers instructions.

+ Rubber soling (See Source.)

+ Pair of foam insoles Fold the exterior, lining and interfac- EMBROIDER
ing fabric in half lengthwise. Hoop a piece of paper-release adhesive
+ Removable fabric marker
From the interfacing, cut one sole and stabilizer with the paper side facing up.
+ Tracing wheel and paper
upper pair. Score the paper inside the hoop and
+ Fabric glue remove the paper to reveal the adhe-
Place the sole and upper pattern
+ Contact cement sive. Mark the stabilizer center within
onto the exterior fabric, leaving a 1
the hoop and extend the lines to the
+ Scrap of plywood perimeter around each pattern piece;
hoop edges.
(larger than shoe sole) pin or tape to secure.
With right sides together, fold one ex-
+ Wood clamps Using a removable fabric marker, trace
terior upper in half lengthwise along
each pattern perimeter, and then add
+ Embroidery design the vertical design axis line. Align the
seam allowances 5/8 beyond the pat-
(approximately 2 square) fold with the marked vertical line on the
tern perimeter. Transfer the seamline
hooped stabilizer and align the upper
to the opposite fabric side, using a
and the hooped stabilizer horizontal
tracing wheel and paper.
PREPARE lines. Unfold the upper and finger-press
Download the flower embroidery de- Cut out the sole and upper pieces it onto the stabilizer.
sign and shoe pattern from cmemag. along the outer lines. Repeat to cut
Load the Flower design onto the
com/freebies until Aug. 31, 2015. one sole and upper pair from the lin-
embroidery machine. Thread the
Follow the instructions on the first ing fabric.
needle with embroidery thread and
pattern page to determine which Note the inside and outside on each the bobbin with bobbin thread. Place
pages to print for your shoe size. exterior and lining upper piece. hoop onto the machine.

A B Embroider the first petal set (A). Once
finished, trim the jump threads and
change the thread color if desired.
Repeat to embroider the second and
third petal set.
Remove the hoop from the machine
and the fabric from the hoop. Remove
the stabilizer from just beyond the
design perimeter.
Repeat to embroider the remaining
exterior upper piece.

Use 5/8 seam allowances.
Align one exterior and lining upper with
right sides together; pin the inside and
outside edges. Stitch the inside edge (B).
Trim and notch the seam allowances.
Unpin the outer edge, and then turn
the uppers right side out; press.
Unfold the uppers along the short
straight edges. Align the exterior and
lining uppers along the heel edge,
matching the seamlines; pin (C).
Stitch, and then press open the seam
allowances. Press the exterior and lining
uppers with wrong sides together.
Apply fabric glue along the exterior- and
lining-upper outside edge on the wrong
side; finger-press (D). Allow the glue to
completely dry.

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Once dry, turn the upper lining side out.
Position the exterior sole on a flat surface
with the right side facing up. Position the
upper over the exterior sole, aligning
the exterior upper fabric with the exterior
sole right side, and aligning the toe and
heel centers; pin (E).
Stitch, and then try on the shoe and
make any necessary fitting adjust-
ments. Once satisfied with the fit, trim
the seam allowances and turn the shoe
right side out.
Repeat to construct the remaining shoe.
Trim the foam insoles to fit the inside
the shoes.
Position the lining soles wrong side up
on a flat work surface. Apply fabric glue
to the corresponding foam insole right
side and center over the lining sole;
finger-press to secure. Apply glue to the
lining sole outer-edge wrong side. Wrap Apply contact cement to the rubber-
the lining sole edges toward the insole sole wrong side and place onto the G
wrong side; finger-press to secure. corresponding shoe sole wrong side.
Turn the shoes with the rubber sole
Once dry, apply fabric glue to the insole
facing up and clamp onto a plywood
wrong side (F). Place into the shoe;
board to dry (G).
finger-press to secure.
From the rubber soles, cut a sole pair DESIGN
using the sole pattern piece, making Flower design: Download the design for free
sure to flip the pattern to cut one left from until Aug. 31, 2015.
sole and one right sole. Trim and sand Purchase the design at
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the sole edges until theyre smooth and
match the shoe soles.
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Send a kiddo back to
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cute backpack and
pencil case to tote
their supplies.

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backpack large enough to be hooped and at
least 8x1012.
Align one elastic short end with one
pocket edge, 14 below the fold. Pin
BY NICKI LAFOILLE the opposite elastic end to the op-
From the lining, cut one lining body,
Create a sturdy backpack for two pockets and one flap. posite pocket edge.
back-to-school kids or for your Select a medium-width and length
From the interfacing, cut one
overnight supplies. zigzag stitch on the machine. Stitch
lining body.
each elastic long edge, stretching the
MATERIALS Fuse the interfacing body to the elastic to match the pocket width.
+ 1 yard each of print cotton lining-body wrong side following
fabric & cotton lining fabric the manufacturers instructions. Select a long basting stitch on the
(See Sources.) machine. Edgestitch the pocket
With wrong sides together, fold each lower edge. Pull the bobbin threads
+ Eight 38-diameter grommets strap in half lengthwise; press, and to evenly gather the pocket lower
(See Sources.) then unfold. Fold each long edge to edge to measure 6. Repeat to stitch
+ 1 yard of 14-diameter cord abut at the center fold; press. Fold the remaining pocket.
each short end 12 toward the wrong
+ Two 5 lengths of Place the fabric body rectangle right
side; press. Fold along the center
4-wide elastic side up on a flat work surface. Mea-
foldline. Stitch the long open edge.
+ Lightweight fusible interfacing sure and mark 812 from each short
EMBROIDER edge and 5 from the lower edge.
+ Lightweight tear-away stabilizer
Hoop the flap rectangle with a piece Center one pocket lower edge over
+ Thread: bobbin, embroidery of stabilizer. Load the design onto each mark. Edgestitch the pocket
& matching all-purpose the machine. Thread the bobbin with sides and lower edge (A). Remove
+ 34-diameter magnetic snap bobbin thread and the needle with the basting stitches.
the first thread color. Place the main-fabric flap right
+ 5 length of 1-wide white
grosgrain ribbon Place the hoop onto the machine. Em- side up on a flat work surface. Align
broider the design. Remove the hoop one ribbon raw edge with the flap
+ Removable fabric marker
from the machine and the fabric from curved-edge center. Align the lining
+ Cord stopper the hoop. Tear away the stabilizer flap right side down over the flap
+ Seam sealant (optional) from the design wrong side. and ribbon; pin. Stitch the perimeter,
leaving a 4 centered opening
+ Embroidery design Center the flap template over the
along the straight edge for turning.
(approximately 5x512) embroidered rectangle, positioning
Clip the corners, and then turn the
the design lower edge 112 from the
flap right side out. Fold the opening
PREPARE flap lower edge; pin. Trace, and then
seam allowances 12 toward the
cut out the flap.
Use 12 seam allowances unless wrong side; press.
otherwise noted. CONSTRUCT
Download the backpack pattern from With right sides together, fold one A until Aug. 31, 2015. pocket rectangle in half widthwise.
Find the pattern at Stitch the raw edges, leaving a 4
after the expiration date. Print, and centered opening along one edge
then cut out the pattern. for turning. Clip the corners, and
then turn the pocket right side out.
From the print cotton fabric, cut one Fold the opening seam allowances
body and two 8x24 rectangles for 1
2 toward the wrong side; press.
the straps. Cut one flap rectangle

23 4

Install the female snap according to Mark the flap center along the straight
C the pattern marking, following the edge. Align the flap mark with the
manufacturers instructions. backpack seam with the lining facing
With right sides together, fold the main the backpack fabric and the flap ex-
fabric body in half widthwise. Stitch tending 1 below the backpack upper
the long edge. Press open the seam. edge. Topstitch 14 and 38 from the
With the seam centered on the rect- flap edge (C).
angle, press each side edge to form a Align one strap end with the flap
crease. Stitch one short edge. edge 2 below the backpack upper
With right sides together, fold each edge on the back. Stitch 14 and 38
corner to align the side crease with from the end. Align the remaining
D the lower seam. Measure and mark strap end 5 above the backpack
234 from the triangle point. Draw a lower seam. Stitch 14 and 38 from the
line across the triangle at the point end (D). Repeat to attach the remain-
(B). Stitch along the line, and then ing strap.
trim the seam allowance to 12. Repeat Mark the backpack at the center
to box the remaining corner. front. Mark the grommet placement
With right sides together, fold the
2 from the upper edge and 2 from
lining body in half widthwise. Stitch each side of the center mark. Make six
the long edge, leaving a 5 centered additional equidistant marks along the
opening for turning. Box the corners backpack upper edge. Install one grom-
following the previous instructions. met centered over each mark according
to the manufacturers instructions.
Install the male magnetic snap on the With right sides together, insert
ribbon right side, centered 134 from the lining into the main bag. Align the Thread the cord through the
the ribbon end following the manu- upper edges; pin, and then stitch. grommets. Thread each cord end
facturers instructions. Fold the ribbon Turn the backpack right side out through the cord stop, and then knot
toward the wrong side just below through the lining opening. Insert each cord end. Apply seam sealant to
the snap. Edgestitch the ribbon pe- the lining into the main bag, folding the cord ends to prevent fraying,
rimeter, making sure not to hit the the main bag upper edge 1 if desired.
snap prongs. toward the lining; press.

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+ 8x12 rectangle each of exte-
rior fabric, lining & fusible
interfacing (See Sources.)
+ 14-long zipper
+ Thread: bobbin, embroidery
& matching all-purpose
+ Lightweight tear-away
+ Removable fabric marker
+ Point turner or chopstick
+ Temporary spray adhesive
+ Rotary cutting system
+ Embroidery design
(approximately 2x712)

Fuse the interfacing to the lining-
rectangle wrong side, following the
manufacturers instructions; set aside. Remove the hoop from the machine zipper-tape edge with one rectangle
and the fabric from the hoop. Tear short edge. Place the lining rectangle
Mark the design center centered on away the stabilizer from the design wrong side up over the exterior rect-
the exterior-fabric right side 2 from wrong side. angle, sandwiching the zipper (E). Pin,
one long edge. and then stitch the short edge using a
Hoop a piece of stabilizer. Draw CONSTRUCT zipper foot and 14 seam allowance.
the hoop centerlines onto the stabi- On a flat work surface, place the ex- Turn the fabrics right side out; press,
lizer. Center the exterior fabric right terior rectangle right side up. Position and then topstitch 18 from the zipper
side up over the stabilizer, aligning the zipper right side down, aligning the seam (F).
the centerlines. Use temporary spray
adhesive to secure.
Load the design onto the machine.
Thread the bobbin with white
bobbin thread and the needle with
the first color.
Embroider the design, changing
thread colors as needed.
G H 11 4
Repeat to stitch the opposite zipper
tape to the remaining exterior and
11 4 lining short edges (G).
Turn the bag right side out, centering
11 4 the zipper and aligning the exterior
and lining raw edges. Orient the zip-
per stop at the lower-edge center;
11 4 press flat.
I J Measure 114 up from the bag lower
edge and 1 from one folded edge
at each corner; mark. Cut away each
rectangle (H).
Unzip the zipper halfway. Turn the
bag wrong side out. Stitch across
each short edge, and then trim of
the excess zipper tape (I). Serge-
or zigzag-finish the seams.
To box the lower-bag corners, align
the seam with one bag-side foldline.
Stitch across the raw edge (J). Serge-
or zigzag-finish the seam. Repeat to
stitch the remaining corners.
Turn the bag right side out. Using a
point turner or dull chopstick end,
poke out the corners; press.

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A B C 53 16

1 5 2
3 3


As with most steps in machine embroidery, there are several Using this same square, add a 3 decorative hem/border
ways to accomplish a goal, beginning, in this case, with the to the lower edge, much like a towel might have. The 3-high
many commercial tools available on the market. Special rul- embroidery should be stitched above the border with at least
ers, stickers, templates, forms to drape ready-made garments between the designs lowest point and the decorative-
on, laser lights and even computer software are all available border upper edge. Use the following formula to determine
to aid in perfect design placement. the design placement: 3 hem + space + 1 (half the
Many of the more sophisticated embroidery machines are designs height) = 5. The embroidery design center will be
equipped with some type of exact positioning function, placed 5 above the fabric lower edge (B).
which is a valuable feature. Many editing programs offer These examples are very basic, but the principles hold
printable templates, including grid lines that help keep de- true to all design placements. Know the design size, under-
signs straight. stand where the design outer edges should be placed, and
No matter which aid is used, the bottom line is that proper measure accordingly.
design placement boils down to math. Mathematics doesnt To place the same design in the corner of a place mat with
need to be a scary concept, and soon it will become not only a 3 hemstitched border along the perimeter, determine the
your best friend, but an invaluable necessity, especially when placement from the left edge using the following formula: 3
combined with one of the previously mentioned tools for a hem + 12 space + 11116 (half the designs width) = 5316. The
checks and balances method. design will be placed 5 above the lower edge and 5316 from
All embroidery designs provide their dimensions, allowing the left side (C).
the design center to be located by dividing each measure- In addition to the math, printing actual-size templates
ment in half. For the following examples, the design is 2.9mm offers a wonderful visual aid to ensure that decorative edges
(3) tall and 3.34mm (338) wide. are cleared. The exact positioning feature on the machine
The simplest design placement is one centered on a also affords the ability to check the designs outer points
square. Locate the center of any square by folding it into prior to stitching and to confirm the designs relationship
quarters and marking the intersecting lines. Hand baste lines to the hemstitching. Using more than one method may be
along the full length and width of the square to help keep a bit time consuming, but its also the key to ensuring
the fabric straight during the hooping process (A). Place the proper placement.
hoop on to the machine, match the designs needle center Exact design placement is a skill, and one which must be
position to the stitching intersection and the design will be thats developed over time. However, determining where to
perfectly centered on the square. actually place a design is an expertise of vital importance, and
a competence that must also be understood and mastered.

No space between units,
designs in mirror image
Centered on back
11 2
Space between units,
11 2 repetitive designs
11 2
3 11 2
Centered on 11 2
available space 3
11 2
18 1
2 between units
7 1 2

11 2

Most of us think embroidery needs to be centered. Cen- is required between elements, mark the desired space, and
tered is also a perception based on the designs relationship then measure half of the next units height from the space
to available space. Using a hooded sweatshirt as an example, edge (E).
consider a design centered on the back panel. When stitched Practice always makes perfect. Using two or more placement
out, the embroidery would be mostly covered when the methods for each design location, such as templates with
hood, often not in use, drapes down the back. However, if the measuring, exact positioning with measuring, laser lights with
space below the draped hood became the available space, basted lines and measuring, ensures perfection. Math is usu-
the embroidered design would show nicely whether or ally also a part of the placement prescription. Measurements
not the hood was in use (D). spot the design extremely close to the desired location, while
Borders, or straight-line embroidery, can be successfully exact positioning or a printed template adjusts the placement
stitched on ready-made items, such as a place mat, or proj- down to the last millimeter.
ects made from scratch, such as the vertical center of a Where to actually place a design on any project needs to
blouse or a dress hem. The only technical difference is that a be is best thought out beforehand. Considering machine
completely handmade item is first embroidered on a section embroidery is always a focal pointmeaning it draws ones
of fabric cut slightly larger both in width and length than eye directly to itand design placement can either enhances
the required pattern piece, while the ready-made item is a garment/project or diminishes the entire endeavor.
embroidered within existing restrictions.
Consider a ready-made place mat as another example.
For borders or straight-line embroidery, use hand-basted If the design is centered, the table setting looks beautiful.
guidelines as the first placement aid. Mark the design center However, when the dishes are served, the plate conceals
along the entire length of the required stitching area and the design.
beyond, if the fabric allows. Its also wise to mark one edge
where a single point in each element should touch, such as Womens garments in particular require proper design
the outermost point of the unit. However, it can also be a placement. A single design stitched right at the bustline is
specific point within the design, such as the center of never a good idea. Consider placing designs a few inches
a flower. above the bustline and off center toward the shoulder; below
the bustline; closer to the waist toward the side seam; or
With these guidelines in place, embroider the first unit, choose a design that flows from the shoulder over the bust-
leaving enough space around it for any pattern pieces, if ap- line down into the waist. Embroidery should and usually does
plicable. Once the first unit is stitched, remove the stabilizer attract attention, so it's best to ensure the attention goes
from the design wrong side and press the embroidery right exactly where you want it.
side down over a terry cloth towel. Then measure for the
second unit. If elements will touch, measure half of the next DESIGN
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