Felt Snowmen Décor

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

These two frosty fellows are sure to add cheer to your winter décor and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Materials

  • Wood felt: white, 3/8 yd.; red, green, black, 1/8 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Orange wool roving
  • Buttons: white, 3/8” to 1/2”, six; red, 1/2” to 5/8”, two
  • Black perle cotton, #12

Tools

  • Needles: felting; embroidery
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Directions

Size

7-1/2″ and 10-1/2″ tall

General

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for French knots and running stitches.)

Large Snowman

1. Enlarge pattern 120%. Cut two snowman shapes from white felt, using the lower of two bottom lines for large snowman.

2. Transfer eye and mouth dots to one snowman shape following pattern. Make French knots on dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot. Sew white buttons to dots on body. Roll tiny piece of orange wool roving into circle, place it in center of face, and punch with needle tool to attach for nose.

3. Pin snowman shapes together with right sides facing out. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman 1/4” from edges, leaving bottom open. Trim seam allowance 1/8” from stitching.

4. Stuff snowman firmly at top and less firm at bottom. Cut 4” circle from white felt. Pin to bottom opening of snowman. Sew running stitch 1/8” from edges of circle and snowman bottom to attach

5. Cut 1”x18” strip from red felt for scarf. Wrap scarf around snowman’s neck and tie on left side. Cut fringe at ends of scarf.

6. To make hat, cut 1-1/2”x4” strip from black felt. Using running stitch, sew short ends together 1/8” from edges to make tube. Cut 1-1/2” circle from black felt. Sew circle around top of felt tube.

7. To make hat brim, cut 2” circle from black felt and cut 1-1/4” circle from center. Sew inside edge of circle to bottom of hat. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat with black thread. Sew hat to top of head to secure it.

Small Snowman

Follow same basic instructions as large snowman, using actual size of pattern and cutting the upper of two bottom lines for small snowman. Cut 3/4”x15” strip from green felt for scarf, and from black felt cut 1”x3-1/2” strip for side of hat, 1-1/8” circle for top, and 1-3/4” circle with 1” circle cut from center for brim. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Santa Treat Sacks in the Embroidery Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This quick-and-easy in the hoop project is perfect for stocking stuffers or last minute gifts. Fill with small treats like candy, spools of thread, chapstick, or any other small gifts.

Materials

  • Acrylic or Wool Felt, 5”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Machine embroidery thread, 40-weight: red, green
  • Satin Ribbon, 1/4”, 12” length: red, green

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape

Directions

Treat Sack

(Note: All designs shown in main image are included in set. Directions apply to all designs.)

1. Hoop stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1, which stitches outline of treat sack.

2. Lightly spray wrong side of one felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place sticky side down in hoop, ensuring it completely covers outline of design.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which stitches felt to stabilizer. Run colors 3 and 4, which stitch the lettering on the design. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

4. Turn hoop over so BACK of hoop is visible. Lightly spray wrong side of 5”x5” felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place felt on back of hoop so it completely covers outline of design. Smooth with fingers to adhere felt.

5. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 5, which stitches the two pieces of felt together by outlining design. Remove hoop from machine.

6. Unhoop design and gently tear away all stabilizer from around design.

7. Using sharp scissors, trim around design using stitch line as guide, leaving about 1/4” of allowance outside the seam line as shown. Reach inside opening and gently tear away stabilizer inside sack. (Note: It may be easier to turn treat sack inside out to remove all stabilizer.)

8. Insert candies, gift card, spools of thread for your sewing friends, etc.

9. Pinch top of sack together with fingers and tie with one or two lengths of ribbon that match your sack.

Other Designs

  • Santa Treat Sacks In the Hoop Embroidery Design Set includes several different Christmas sayings. Quick and easy, make several in a very short time!

Tip

  • Felt will dull needles quickly. Be sure to change your embroidery needle often.

for Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

 

Stitched Holiday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple stitched details on a holiday card say how much you care. Spread the holiday cheer by sprucing up your season’s greetings to family and friends.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, red chevron textured, light green Swiss dot textured
  • Ribbon, red, 2” length
  • Silver brad
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Ornament Punch, 1-1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” red cardstock rectangle; score at 4-1/4” to make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 2-1/2”x3-1/2” white cardstock panel and 2-1/4”x3-1/4” light green cardstock panel. Notch bottom edge of white and green cardstock to create flag shape as shown.

STEP 3

Punch ornament into green cardstock as shown.

STEP 4

Lay green flag on top of white and lightly mark position of ornament opening.

STEP 5

Cut 2” length of ribbon. Position ribbon in center of marking.

STEP 6

Set VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that contrasts cardstock. Carefully stitch top and bottom of ribbon in place. (Note: The presser foot will guide cardstock evenly while stitching.)

STEP 7

Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching is done by reversing a few stitches on top of machine stitches at beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)

STEP 8

Open card and lay flat. Position both flags flush to top edge of card fold as shown; sew straight stitch at 1/4” and 3/8” from scored fold line across top of flags.

STEP 9

Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 10

Pierce hole for brad placement in center of ornament ribbon; insert brad. Re-fold card.

Tips

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching.
  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Quilted Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Never fear zippers again! Create this fast-and-easy quilted mini zippered bag in the embroidery hoop using a FREE download from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Fill the case with cash for a cute stocking stuffer, small candies, sweetener packs, USB drives, ear buds, etc. With added hardware, it makes a super cute key chain, too.

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric, 5”x5”: multi dot (front and back), three; green/white dot (lining)
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural 100% Cotton Batting, 2-1/2”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Grosgrain ribbon, red or coordinating color, 5/8”x2” (optional)
  • Polyester or nylon zipper with plastic teeth, 7” (or longer), red or coordinating color
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Swivel clip, 3/4”

Tools

  • Embroidery Machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop Design (FREE download)
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web Heat N Bond Ultrabond, Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sharp scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, bamboo skewer

Directions

STEP 1

Hoop tearaway stabilizer and run color 1, which stitches outline of the design along with center section for zipper placement. Remove hoop from machine when color 1 finishes.

STEP 2

Place closed zipper RIGHT SIDE UP in center of embroidery hoop using center section as placement guide. (Note: Do not use a zipper with metal teeth. Zipper is cut off during this project so longer zipper can be used.) Zipper will fit perfectly inside placement stitches. IMPORTANT – Be sure zipper tab is at top of hoop and zipper stop is at bottom. Center zipper length in the hoop so zipper tab and zipper stop are both well outside outline of design. Tape zipper at top, center, and bottom as shown with flower pins.

STEP 3

Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks zipper to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes and remove tape from center of zipper. Be careful when removing tape so zipper tack down stitches are not disturbed.

STEP 4

Fold two front 5”x5” multi dot fabric pieces in half with WRONG sides together so they measure 2-1/2”x5”. Press to form crease. Lightly spray one side of each 2-1/2”x5” cotton batting piece and place inside each folded fabric piece, butting the edge of batting up to the crease of the fabric. Smooth with fingers to adhere batting to fabric to create fabric/batting sandwiches.

STEP 5

Place fabric batting sandwiches in the hoop so creased edges are lined up at zipper teeth and centered over design. Tape in place at top and bottom (outside design area); place tape in center as shown by pins.

STEP 6

Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the front fabrics to the zipper. Run color 4, which quilts the front with a wave quilting stitch. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

STEP 7

IMPORTANT – Remove any tape at top of hoop, covering zipper. Grasp zipper pull and gently unzip zipper until zipper tab is in center of design as shown.

STEP 8

If key chain hardware is not being added, skip to Step 9 now. To add optional ribbon loop and swivel clip, slip clip through ribbon; fold ribbon with WRONG sides together. Place raw edges of ribbon at TOP of design, centered over zipper. Raw edges of ribbon should extend 1/2” OUTSIDE top stitch line of design as shown. Tape both ribbon and clip in place so it doesn’t slip. (Note: A split ring or D-ring may be used in place of the slip clip if desired.)

STEP 9

Still working on front of hoop, place 5”x5” back fabric in the hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it is centered and covers design outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 5 which stitches the back fabric in place. Remove hoop when color 5 finishes.

STEP 10

Turn hoop over so you are looking at back of hoop. Place 5”x5” lining fabric on back of hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it covers design. Tape at all four corners to secure.

STEP 11

Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 6 which stitches all around the design, leaving an opening for turning. Remove hoop from machine and unhoop design. Carefully pull away all stabilizer from around design. Turn hoop over so lining fabric is on top and unsewn section is visible, which is the turn opening. Scissors in photo point to unsewn area.

STEP 12

Using sharp scissors, trim all around design following stitch line, leaving about 1/4” allowance outside seam line. Take care when cutting through zipper. At unsewn area (turn opening), cut fabric “out” about 1/2” as shown with scissor points.

STEP 13

Turn design inside out through the opening. To turn inside out, reach inside turn opening, grasp unquilted side (lining fabric), and gently pull. Design should easily pull through opening. Once turned inside out, use poking tool (such as a bamboo skewer) to nicely round corners. Scissors point to the turn opening.

STEP 14

Turn design over so zipper is on top. Gently remove all stabilizer from design. Flip open fabric extensions at turn area and trim batting close to stitching to alleviate bulk at turn opening area. (Note: There should be four fabric extensions.) Flip front and back extensions out of way and trim away only the two extensions in between front and back. Trim close to stitching as shown, taking care not to cut into front or back fabric extensions.

STEP 15

To finish turn area, use the following method for a no-sew finish. Turn design over so lining side is on top. Cut small piece of Heat N Bond Ultra slightly smaller than fabric extension; iron onto extension as shown in photo. Allow to cool, then peel off Heat N Bond paper strip. Slip two fabric extensions inside turn opening so they are even with outline of design. Press the turn area to adhere Heat N Bond. Press around all seams of case to ensure design lays flat and has a nice smooth look. (Note: Another method of finishing the turn area is to whipstitch area closed with needle and thread.)

STEP 16

Turn design over so zipper side is visible. Reach inside open section of zipper, grab zipper pull, and unzip case all the way as shown.

STEP 17

Flip design right side out through zipper opening as shown. Poke out corners again if necessary. Remove tape from hardware. Press entire bag (see tip).

Tip

  • Pressing is one of the most important steps in the outcome of your in the hoop projects. Don’t skip pressing! Be careful when pressing zipper area – the teeth will melt!

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Embellished Ribbon Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

An everyday canvas tote embellished with ribbon and lace makes a great gift or dolls up a book or beach tote. Other ornamentals such as flowers or buttons can be added for additional charm.

Materials

  • Canvas tote
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Lace
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread
  • Rhinestone button or flowers (optional)

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure width of the tote from edge to edge; add one inch to measurement. Cut one length of each trim (lace and ribbon) from these measurements.

STEP 2

Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of trim to the wrong side. Press.

STEP 3

Position lace 1 inch from top edge of tote, pinning in place to secure.

STEP 4

Position ribbon on top of lace, centering horizontally; pin in place to secure.

STEP 5

Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair machine for fabric to be sewn.

STEP 6

Set machine for straight stitch.

STEP 7

Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of lace.

STEP 8

Carefully stitch along edge on all four sides of velvet ribbon. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. (Note: The more slowly you sew the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.) The presser foot will help guide the fabric evenly while stitching.

STEP 9

Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. )

STEP 10

Remove tote from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 11

For added embellishments, hand-sew rhinestone button or flowers in place.

Tip

  • If trying to choose between two colors of thread, opt for the darker color which will usually blend in better than a lighter color.

by Singer (www.singerco.com)

Leaf-Embellished Skirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall into fashion with a stitched autumn leaf-embellished skirt. You can choose a new skirt or spruce up one in your closet that needs a little something extra. Either way, you’ll have an updated item to wear this season!

Materials

  • Skirt
  • Solid cotton fabric, assorted colors, 1/4 yard each
  • Brown all-purpose thread, or contrasting color of choice

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Die-cutting machine and leaf die (optional)
  • Fabric marking tool

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Freehand draw or locate leaf pattern. Determine desired number of final leaf shapes for shirt. Cut 3-4 leaves for each leaf shape from cotton fabrics. (Note: If die-cutting machine is available, leaves can be die cut from fabric.)

STEP 2

Group leaves in stacks of 3 or 4, layering colors. Pin together.

STEP 3

Using fabric marking tool, draw vein lines on top leaf in each stack.

STEP 4

Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch.

STEP 5

Thread top of machine and bobbin with brown all-purpose thread or with color that contrasts fabric.

STEP 6

Carefully stitch veins into stack of leaves. To turn, stop sewing with the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and rotate fabric to the new direction, and lower the presser foot before beginning to sew. The presser foot will help you guide the fabric evenly while stitching. Sew slowly for better control when guiding the fabric while stitching.

STEP 7

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to the raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to the end of the fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

STEP 8

Wash and dry leaves to add distressed details

STEP 9

Pin distressed leaves in place on skirt.

STEP 10

Using technique mentioned in Steps 6 and 7, stitch leaves in place following vein lines.

STEP 11

Trim threads. Enjoy your fabulous new skirt!

Tip

  • To learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Machine Embroidery Gift Card Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Give gift cards a personal touch this holiday season. Create this fast-and-easy gift card holder using the FREE In the Hoop Gift Card Holder design from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. For your FREE download, visit www.fivestarfonts.com.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric scraps: red (package), green (bow), white (back of gift card holder)
  • Mid-weight vinyl, 4”x4”
  • Stablizers: heavy-weight cutaway, Sulky Fabri-Solvy Water Soluble
  • Embroidery thread: red, green
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4” wide, 2” length

Tools

  • Embroidery machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE In The Hoop Gift Card Holder Embroidery Design (FREE download at www.fivestarfonts.com)
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, cotton swab

Directions

size

4″x4″

Gift Card Holder

(Note: Be sure to wind embroidery thread on bobbin to match top thread (green and red) since you will be able to see the back of the design.)

1. Hoop wash-away stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1 which outlines the package portion of the design.

2. Lightly spray back of fabric with Sulky KK2000. Place fabric on top of design outline with RIGHT SIDE UP, ensuring it completely covers the stitched outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks package fabric to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes. Using appliqué scissors, carefully trim around outline of design, close to stitches.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the bow outline to show bow fabric placement. Lightly spray wrong side of bow fabric; place in hoop RIGHT SIDE UP. Run color 4, which tacks it down. Remove hoop and carefully trim all around bow outline, trimming close to stitches.

4. Place hoop back on machine and run color 5 which finishes the stitches around the bow fabric. Remove hoop from machine when color 5 finishes. Fold 2” ribbon length in half with wrong sides together and press to form crease. Turn hoop to the back and place ribbon loop centered over placement line. Raw edges of ribbon should extend about 1/4” inside placement line as shown. Tape ribbon in place.

5. Lightly spray back of heavy cutaway stabilizer with spray adhesive; place on back of hoop, ensuring it covers the design. Lightly spray wrong side of white fabric with spray adhesive and place it RIGHT SIDE UP on back of hoop, covering heavy cutaway stabilizer as shown.

6. TURN hoop to front and place hoop on machine. Run color 6, which tacks ribbon in place and also stitches stabilizer/fabric to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 6 finishes. Turn hoop to back. Using appliqué scissors, trim both fabric and stabilizer close to stitches as shown. Take care not to cut into ribbon located at top of package.

7. Place hoop on machine and run color 7 (red thread), which stitches finishing stitches around the package. Run color 8 (green thread), which stitches finishing stitches around the bow. Remove hoop from machine when color 8 finishes. Turn hoop to the back and place edge of vinyl on back of design so the edge lines up with the top of the stitches on the package as shown in photo. Tape vinyl in place. (Note: Tape vinyl on the sides of the design, well outside the design area.)

8. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine. Run final color 9 (red thread), which stitches vinyl in place. Remove hoop from machine when color 9 finishes. Turn hoop over so back of hoop is visible. Carefully trim the vinyl close to the stitches as shown.

9. Unhoop design and trim wash-away stabilizer as close to stitches as possible without cutting into stitches. Use a cotton swab moistened in warm water and dab gently around edges to remove excess stabilizer close to stitches.

Tip

  • Attach your gift card holder to the tree or tie it on a present.

for Five Star Fonts (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Casserole Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Arrive at Thanksgiving dinner in style with your dish piping hot and safely tucked inside of this chic casserole carrier.

Materials

  • Light- to medium-weight cotton print fabric (cover), 3/4 yd.
  • Lightweight cotton fabric (lining), 3/4 yd.
  • Wooden dowels, 5/8”, 13-1/4” lengths, two
  • Coordinating grosgrain ribbon, 1-1/2″ wide, 5” lengths, four

Tools

  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 3/4” wide, 8” length
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing board, straight pins

Directions

(Note: Sew all seams with right sides together, using 1/2” seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed. Carrier is assembled as two separate rectangles and then sewn together in center.)

1. Cut 10-1/2”x36” rectangle from cover fabric, lining fabric, and batting. Baste batting to back of cover rectangle. Sew lining to cover rectangle, leaving 4” opening on one side for turning. Trim seam at corners. Turn right side out through opening. Hand sew opening closed.

2. Cut 14-1/2”x28” rectangle from cover fabric, lining fabric, and batting. For handle openings, cut 4” wide by 2” deep rectangle from center top of 14-1/2” sides on cover, lining, and batting rectangles. Baste batting to back of cover rectangle. Sew lining to cover rectangle, leaving 4” opening on one side for turning. Trim seam at outside corners. Clip seam to stitching on inside corners. Turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Lay rectangle with handle opening flat on work surface with right side facing down. Place finished 9-1/2”x35” rectangle centered on top of the first rectangle with length running in the opposite direction and right side facing down. Sew around the center of the overlapped rectangles 1/4” from edges, stitching a 9”x13” rectangle. (Note: Bottom of casserole will be placed in stitched area. Double thickness of fabrics and batting will work like a pot holder to protect surface under casserole and help keep casserole warm.)

4. Sew hook-and-loop tape to ends of 9-1/2” sides so that the two sides of tape will hook together, fitting nicely over casserole dish.

5. Fold ends of ribbon over 1/2”. Pin ribbon pieces across top of 13-1/2” sides of lining (on both sides of handle openings) with folded ends of ribbon facing fabric. Sew close to long edges of ribbon to make casing. Insert dowel through each pair of casings.

6. Place casserole dish in center of carrier. Bring hook-and-loop sides of carrier over dish and attach tape. Bring handle sides of carrier up and hold handle dowels together to carry.

by Mary Ayres

Machine-Embroidered Embossed Monogram Coasters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create beautiful and useful coasters using an embroidery machine and Five Star Fonts Embroidery Elegant Embossed Monogram Coasters Design set. Perfect for holiday hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

Materials (for one coaster)

  • Black 100% cotton fabric, 5”x5”, four
  • Cotton batting, 5”x5”
  • Lightweight vinyl, 5”x5”
  • Cutaway embroidery stabilizer, to fit your embroidery hoop
  • Silver embroidery thread

Tools

  • Embroidery Machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Elegant Embossed Monogram Coasters In the Hoop Embroidery Design Set
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond Ultrabond
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pen or pencil, ruler, bamboo skewer, masking tape, pressing cloth, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Size

4″x4″

Embossed Monogram Coasters

(Note: Materials and instructions are for one coaster.)

1. Hoop stabilizer in embroidery hoop. Place hoop on machine and run color 1 which outlines coaster and stitches placement lines that will be used later in the construction. When color 1 finishes, remove hoop from machine and using pen and ruler, extend placement marks onto stabilizer as shown.

2. Lightly spray back of cotton batting with Sulky KK2000 temporary adhesive spray. Place batting in hoop with sticky side down; smooth with fingers to adhere batting to hoop. Place hoop on machine and run color 2 which tacks batting to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes and trim batting close to stitches using appliqué scissors as shown.

3. Lightly spray wrong side of one 5”x5” fabric piece. Place fabric in hoop, centered over batting square. Smooth fabric with fingers to adhere to batting.

4. Place hoop on machine and run color 3 which tacks coaster fabric to stabilizer. Run color 4 which stitches the embossed monogram letter. Remove hoop from machine when color 4 finishes.

5. Turn hoop to the back and place 5”x5” vinyl over outline of coaster; tape in place. On back of hoop, place 5”x5” cotton fabric centered over vinyl and tape in place.

6. Turn hoop back to the front. Fold two 5”x5” pieces of fabric in half with wrong sides together; press to form crease. (Note: The two pieces now measure 2-1/2”x5”.) Using placement marks on stabilizer, line up the creased edge of one back piece to the RIGHT side placement marks as shown with pins. Tape in center of design.

7. Place second folded 2-1/2”x5” fabric piece into hoop, lining up the creased edge with the placement lines on LEFT side of hoop. This piece of fabric will slightly overlap the first piece. Tape in center and over top and bottom pieces where fabrics overlap (as shown by pins). This will ensure presser foot doesn’t catch on overlapped pieces.

8. Place hoop on machine and run color 5 which stitches the back pieces to the front. Remove hoop from machine when color 5 finishes. Turn hoop to back and carefully trim away all excess fabric and vinyl from back of hoop.

9. Unhoop design. Using sharp scissors, carefully trim all around coaster outline, leaving about 1/4” seam allowance. Turn coaster right side out through flaps on back.

10. Use blunt end of bamboo skewer to poke out corners so they are smooth.

11. Turn coaster to back. Cut 1/2”x3-7/8” strip of Heat N Bond Ultra to seal opening on back of coaster.

12. With rough side facing up, place Heat N Bond strip on back of coaster just inside the opening of the back pieces. (Note: To avoid melting the vinyl inside the coaster, use a press cloth when pressing.) Press opening to adhere the Heat N Bond strip; allow to cool. When cool, carefully remove paper backing.

13. Turn coaster to front. Use press cloth to press coaster again. The back of the coaster should now be sealed. Press coaster around edges to ensure seams are flat.

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Embellished Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Add a colorful fabric band accent to a towel for a one-of-a-kind gift or to coordinate with your household color scheme. Great for using your favorite leftover fabric or to make for various holidays!

Materials

  • Plain white towel
  • Fabric scraps
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, tape measure, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Measuring & Cutting Fabric

1. Measure width of towel from edge to edge; add 1” to measurement.

2. Determine height of towel for band (2”-3” is usually good height); add 1” to measurement.

3. Cut fabric scrap using width and height measurements taken in Steps 1 and 2.

ADDING EMBELLISHMENT

1. Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of fabric to wrong side. Press.

2. Position fabric band on towel, pinning in place to secure.

3. Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for fabric to be sewn.

4. Set machine for straight stitch.

5. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of fabric band. (Note: If trying to choose between two colors, opt for darker color which will usually blend in better than lighter color.)

6. Carefully stitch close to folded edge on all four sides of fabric band. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. The presser foot will help guide fabric evenly while stitching.

7. Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures machine stitching so threads do not become loose. It is done by reversing few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at beginning or end of line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to end of fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

8. Remove towel from machine. Trim thread tails.

Tip

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.

Vivo™ by Singer® Create & Repair Tutorial Video

  • To view a video on using the Vivo™ by Singer® Create & Repair Machine and for helpful information on other sewing basics, click here.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)