Embroider your world with Brother & Echidna

by Gary Walker

It seems incredible that sewing machinery has been around since the early 1800’s and embroidery technology since 1964. This machinery started off as heavy, complex, incredibly expensive and mostly found in factories. Commercial machine embroidery for high volume orders replaced a much more tedious and painstaking process of stitching by hand. Yet the fundamental principle remains the same: a top and a bottom thread are stitched together over and over again to gradually produce a pattern.

We’ve all worn embroidered garments, we have embroidered articles throughout our homes, we decorate and identify ourselves with embroidery. Automated machine embroidery has influenced fashion and décor since its very inception.

Today, computer technology has put this automatic machine embroidery process within reach of everyone. You don’t even need sewing skills!

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Kids Toy or Lego Bag Project

by Erin W

The first project I have created for the Koala Kids Foundation – Charity Sewalong is this free, easy to make kids toy or Lego bag, by Toni at Make it perfect. The photo instructions were very clear and simple to follow. I managed to cut out and stitch this project in less than an hour.

In addition, I have also embroidered the full-colour Koala Kids Foundation smiley mouth embroidery design and appliqued it onto the bag itself. You can choose either the coloured logo or an outlined logo if you want to do the same. If you’re interested in getting involved in our monthly Echidna charity sewalong, you can find out more about this months sewing brief on our February Charity Sewalong post.

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This is the perfect bag for children to fit their toys, Lego, blankets or overnight goodies to take to Grandma’s. As you can see there are two drawstrings, which allow you to enclose all of the toys inside, plus it then folds out to create a play mat for your child to sit on.

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February – Charity Sewalong

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Let’s help make Happy Help by sewing for Koala Kids

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Our February sewalong is dedicated to Koala Kids Foundation, an organization which provides the small things that bring happiness to children and young people (3 – 24 years) undergoing cancer treatment.

We can brighten their day by sewing special keepsakes to include in their very own Happy Bags, which are full of comforting and practical items for them and their families to use during hospital stays.

They promise that each and every item created will find its way to children and young people undergoing cancer treatment.

Sewalong Brief

  • February Sewalong will run from 1st –  28th February, 2017
  • We are asking you to provide an item of your choice, which can be folded to fit inside a Happy Bag with the other items (Bag is 300mm deep x 250mm wide)
  • Items may include a pillow case (silk, one side not embroidered), a cotton hand towel or face washer, a cotton drawstring bag (plastic lined for toiletries), a small zip purse, a larger, flat toy or Lego bag, a pencil case etc.

Please see more ideas for children’s sewing on our Kid’s Sewing Pinterest page.

Add a little Embroidery!

The fun part is embroidering the Koala Kids orange ‘smiley nose’ into your design.
There are a few ways you can use these embroidery designs to compliment your project.

Embroider one or a few full colour smiley noses onto your project for the children to find.

Or download the outline embroidery design to stitch on suitable fabrics for the children or family members to colour in.

Both embroidery designs will fit in a 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) hoop.

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Baby or Toddler Sewing & Embroidery Ideas

One of the best reasons to get into sewing and embroidery is for the many incredible things you can create for children, toddlers or babies. If it’s for yourself, or for your friends, it’s a great way to save money and create something unique and incredibly gorgeous.

The following items can all be made on the Brother Innovis NV950 Sewing & Embroidery machine or similar combination machines.

Embroider Buddy – Whimsy Unicorn (Pink)

There is a large range of Embroider Buddies available, however for this gift idea I have chosen the Whimsy Unicorn in Pink. I downloaded the Too Cute Unicorn embroidery design from Urban Threads and imported the design into Embrilliance. I then added  my friend’s baby girls name, who is turning one over the weekend. The font below is called Jelly B 17mm, which is a BX Font by Lindee Goodall. However, there are plenty of fonts you can use or choose from.

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Making the Most of Glow in the Dark Thread

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We’re all familiar with fluorescent dyes like those used in highlighter pens. These dyes look bright because they take in light of a variety of colours and then transmit it back as a single colour. For example, a green highlighter’s ink absorbs the white light which hits it and shines it all back as an intense green colour.

Glow in the dark products take this one step further. They use very clever chemicals which absorb and store the energy from light, then emit it steadily over minutes or even hours. The process has the catchy name of “Phosphorescence”. Usually the light given off is an eerie whitish green glow. Dyes can be added to create other colours, but they won’t be as bright as the whitish green.

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Hemingworth Spool & Cap System Projects

Thank you to everyone who came up with some very creative and handy projects using their empty Hemingworth spool and cap systems.

Winning Entry

Congratulations to Josie, who is the winner of the Hemingworth Pre-Packaged 15 Colour Box Set, worth $104! We thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful project using the Hemingworth Spool and Cap System. No doubt your guests were very impressed with their own uniquely designed placement setting.

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Project by Josie
Used for table setting placements.

Runner Up Prizes

Congratulations to the following members for coming up with these unique project ideas. You have been selected to receive runner up prizes including a universal magazine, an Echidna embroidery design CD and a few extras.  We hope you enjoy!

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Project by Maria
Children craft project

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Project by Margaret
Cover created to provide protection for the PE Design 10 dongle.

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Project by Rebeka
Used to create a snow globe with fairy lights inside.

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