Hugs and Kisses Embroidered Tea Towels

Hello everyone! Happy New Year to all of you! I’m so happy to see all of you in 2021. I’m here today to share my new Hugs and Kisses Embroidered Tea Towels.

I know it’s just January, but Valentine’s Day is really right around the corner. So, why not get ready, now? Why not decorate the house with cute valentine’s day decor or dress up with love on your mind. For the next couple of posts, I will share with you a bunch of different Valentine’s Day goodies.

Ready? Let’s go!

Take a look at my Hugs and Kisses Embroidered Tea Towels:

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Finished Product

 

I love how these turned out. The colors are amazing and I love how they aren’t the traditional red and white either. These will look great in any home.

Here you go:

Materials

Hugs and Kisses Embroidery File
OESD PolyMesh CutAway White
OESD Expert Embroidery Scissors
Isacord Thread Corsage 1840
Isacord Thread Baccarat Green 5115
Isacord Thread Bright Ruby 2300
Isacord Thread Black 0020
Dime Target Stickers
Ricoma EM1010
Tea Towel Blanks

Here’s How to Make Them:

Step one: Download the design

Download the design in the file format that your embroidery machine uses. I’m using my Ricoma EM1010 so I downloaded the DST file format.

Step two: Adjust the design size and orientation to fit your hoop

I want the design to stitch out in the middle of the tea towel, I adjusted the size to fit the middle section of the tea towel.

I also turned my design upside down so that it will stitch out in the correct orientation. That is because I want the excess tea towel to fall in front of the bobbin case, not behind it.

Step three: Export the design

Depending on the embroidery software your using, export the design to your flash drive according to that software instruction.

Step four: Hoop the tea towel

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Decide on where you want the design to stitch out.

Find the center of the area by folding the tea towel in half longways and by the short side.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

I use sticker dots instead of making the center with a pen. It’s removable and does not leave a mark at all.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Place the bottom of the hoop down first. Then place the Polymesh stabilizer on top of that.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Next up is the tea towel, take your time as to not move the stabilizer, and place it straight and even. The last step is to place the top of the hoop over the sandwich, lining up the fold markings on the tea towel with the markings on the hoop.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Do not pull or stretch the towel because that could cause the stitches to pucker.

Make sure the stabilizer is hooped on all sides.

Step five: Stitch out the design

Set the machine to stitch out the design according to your machine’s instructions.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

Having a multi-needle machine makes it easier to do a thread color change with ease.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

Totally amazing design! It looks amazing on this white tea towel.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

This design has over 20,000 stitches and it took 30 minutes to stitch out at a speed of 750.

Step Six: Unhoop and clean up the design

Now it’s time to unhoop the tea towel and clean it up.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Unhoop and clean up the design

 

Since a cut-away stabilizer was used, now it’s time to cut the excess away and cut the threads.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Unhoop and clean up the design

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Unhoop and clean up the design

Now that is done, the tea towel is ready for use!

Let’s take another look:

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Finished Product

Just in case you don’t know what tea towels are used for, here’s a list:

  1. Give them as a gift
  2. Wrap baked goods or gifts
  3. Line your serving tray
  4. Decorate the table
  5. Use as a hot pad or as a potholder
  6. Store your clean, wet dishes
  7. Drying dishes
  8. Replace paper towels
  9. Repurpose them (next blog post)

So what do you think? Will you create your own embroidery tea towels? I would love to know and please share your finished products.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Be Mine Ricoma Embroidery Machine EM 1010

Thanks for stopping by!

Easy To Make Baby Bibs

Hello everyone! I’m here today after a bit of a break for some much-needed rest and relaxation, to show you some easy to make baby bibs!

Baby’s are so much fun to make things for. They are small in size and need so many different things to keep them clean, safe, and warm. Bibs help with all of that. They keep the spit up and food off of their clothes. That extra layer can keep them warm.

Let’s take a look at some baby bibs:

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Now, tell me you don’t think these bibs aren’t cute. Perfect for a newborn baby.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Sleep Tight by Gabrielle Neil for Riley Blake Designs combines two different colors, mint and coral, with teddy bears, modern painterly textures, and highlights of sparkle. Totally beautiful. It comes with eighteen prints and two fabric panels.

Here’s how to create these bibs:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Sleep Tight Fabric
Terry Cloth
Aurifil White Thread
Dritz Pearl Snaps
Dritz Pearl Snaps Pliers
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter

Step 1: Create your pattern template

Take a bib that you like and trace around it onto a piece of cardstock.

Cut that template out.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Using that template, cut out 1 front panel from one of the prints from the Sleep Tight Fabric and 1 back panel from the terry cloth.

Step 3: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Place the pattern piece and the terry cloth right sides together and pin.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

 

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Leave a 4-inch hole at the bottom for turning.

Step 4: Sew the bib

Use a quarter-inch sewing machine foot, and sew a quarter inch seam allowance around the entire bib leaving the hole at the bottom.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Step 5: Turn the fabric

After sewing the bib together, turn the entire thing around and stitch up the opening using an edgestitch foot.

Step 6: Attach the pearl snap for closure

With the Dritz snap tool, attach the pearl snap to the bib flaps to have a pretty closure.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Nicely done! Very simple and easy to make.

Let’s Take a Closer Look:

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Now it’s your turn! How many of these will you make?

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Altenew January 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew January 2020 Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing brand new stamp sets, dies, and stencils. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Emily Midgett, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at my gift packaging:

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: finished product

I love making jewelry for others. It’s been a hobby of mine for a while now. When its time to give it to the recipients, I’m always looking for pretty packaging.

When I found this tin pan, I knew it would be perfect for the bracelets I was making. Once inside, the tin needed something else. I reached for Altenew’s Hello and Hugs Stamp Set to stamp on the cover.

Here’s how I stamped on the plastic:

For this tin, stamping on the plastic is pretty easy since you can open the tin and press on the inside of the tin.

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: stamped on plastic

Place the stamp down on the table, then place the tin on top of the stamp and use your hands and press. Cover the entire area.

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: stamp on plastic

Remove the stamp to reveal the stamped image.

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: stamp on plastic

If the stamp didn’t stamp all the way through, line the stamp up again.

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: stamp on plastic

Re-ink the stamp and press harder in the areas that were missed.

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: stamp on plastic

Nicely done.

Altenew Hello and Hugs stamp set: finish product

Such a pretty gift to receive. What do you think? Please let me know.

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 1/30/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 2/2/2020.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is:

Teri Wilson

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Erum Tasneem

Nicole Watt

Nathalie DeSousa

Amber Rain Davis

Therese Calvird

LauraJane

Ashlea Cornell

Kelly Griglione

Maryam Perez

Jenny Colacicco

Nicole Picadura

Jen Schow

Jaycee Gaspar

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Laurie Willison

Lorilei Murphy 

Lydia Evans

Isha Gupta

Virginia Lu

Svitlana Shayevich

Lilith Eeckels

Agnieszka Malyszek

Keeway Tsao

Reiko Tsuchida

Keren Baker

Norine Borys

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey

Teri Wilson

Zinia Redo

Sveta Fotinia

Jennifer McGuire

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Altenew Hello and Hugs          

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Paint-A-Flower: Poppy Release Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower: Poppy Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing a brand new stamp set. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Mindy Eggen then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at my planner page:

 

This pretty poppy flower is the perfect size for my planner. It makes the page look amazing.

The sentiments are amazing as well. They are perfect for any situation especially the most delicate times!

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 1/28/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 1/30/2020.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is:

Vicky Papaioannou

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Keeway Tsao

Ashlea Cornell

Nicole Watt

Norine Borys

Emily Midgett

Jen Schow

Kelly Griglione

Virginia Lu

Maryam Perez

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Lilith Eeckels

Mindy Eggen

Kymona Tracey

Vicky Papaioannou

Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Homestead Life Basket Apron

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a fantastic sewing project called the Homestead Life Basket Apron! This vintage project was so much fun to create.

Are you wondering what a basket apron is? It’s an apron that is designed for double duty. It allows the wearer to keep their hands free while holding garden goodies.

A good friend of mine sent me a photo of a basket apron and asked me to make one for her.

Take a look at a vintage basket apron:


photo source

When I received this photo, I told her sure I can make a stylish basket apron for her and her gardening group.

Take a look at my modern Homestead Life Basket Apron:

basket apron

I’m tickled pink by this basket apron. What amuses me the most is how simple the apron looks when you put it on.

full basket apron

The magic happens when you pull on the string!

Pulling on the string

Then attach the string to the button.

attaching with the button

I loved creating it, and I love trying it on to see how it looks.

Let’s talk about the fabric collection:

This Homestead Life fabric collection was designed by my good friend Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 14 different prints and one placement panel.

Riley Blake Designs fabric

I used Homestead Life Wheat Gold and Charcoal for this fantastic project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own basket apron:

Materials

2 yards of different fabric
Toggle
Button
2 yards of string
Rotary cutter
Cutting Mat
Thread
Rulers
EZ Point and Turner
Large safety pin

Instructions on how to make a basket apron:

Cut each piece of fabric print to 22″ x 22″.

Place each piece wrong sides together.

right sides together

Using a plate or a ruler with a round edge, round the bottom two corners using a rotary cutter.

Round the corners

Round the corners

On the same side of the rounded corners, find the middle of the fabric. To do that, fold the fabric in half and mark the center with a pin.

Measure 3/4″ from the center on both sides and mark with a pin.

Pin the center

Pin from the centerStarting at the 3/4″ pin on either side, stitch around the corner down to the end. Repeat on the other side.

stitching down the side

stitch across

Now you have a small opening at the bottom of the apron. Take the seam and press it back on itself on both sides to line the edges up.

Opening for string

Open up the fabric and stitch around the opening to create a buttonhole. Just sew around the opening. Make sure to reinforce these stitches since you will use pull on this area frequently.

sew the string opening

sew the string opening

Turn the apron inside out and press it.

Now stitch a 1/2″ from the edge all around the apron. This will house the string securely.

Stitch the sides

Using a large safety pin, pull the string through the sewn housing.

string the apron

Pull the string out of the bottom opening, making sure to not loose the ends at the bottom of the apron.

Slide the toggle onto the string and tie a knot to secure it.

add the toggle

Pull the string at the bottom so that the apron is nice and flat.

To close the top opening portion of the apron, stitch one row straight across. Make sure to do a couple of securing stitching over the string.

Cut 4 pieces of fabric to 4 1/2″ x 21 to create the waistband.

cutting the waistband

Sew the strips together. Iron the seams open.

waistband sewn together

iron seams

Find the center at the top of the apron and the center of the waistband. Place them right sides together.

waistband right sides together

Stitch the waistband onto the apron.

Trim the extra string at this point.

cut the string

Match the raw edges of the waistband and pin.

pin right sides together

pin right sides together

Make sure to match the center of the apron as well, but do not pin.

do not pin the center waistband

Sew down the side of each side of the waistband up to the apron.

Turn the waistband inside out.

Turn inside out

Now its time to stitch the back of the waistband to the apron.

Fold it over the same amount of its seam allowance. Press it and top-stitch all the way around.

Stitch the back of the waistband

The last thing to do is sew a button onto the top center of the apron.

machine sew the button

Done!

Let’s take another look:

 

What do you think? Would you try creating a basket apron for yourself? I would love to see them.

Just in case you were curious about the vintage apron, check out the updated 1952 booklet revision of the 1944 US Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Bulletin titled Dresses and Aprons for work in the home.

Super interesting.

Supplies Used:

Riley Blake Designs fabric   Bernina 570QEEZ Point and Turner

Thank you so much for stopping by!!