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Christmas is just around the corner so best get out those festive sewing, embroidery and crafting projects! This tutorial will show you how to stitch up a simple, beginner sewing Christmas Stocking to hang near your Christmas tree. Plus, customise it so that each member of your family has something unique, including your pets!
What you will need
- Sewing machine
- Fat Quarters: 2 x stocking, 2 x lining and 2 x stocking flap. Total of 6 fat quarters.
- Matching thread
Optional to decorate
Pencil cases are one of the best beginner projects because they’re fast, fun and can be easily customised. This tutorial shows you ideas on fabric types, embroidery designs, quilting styles and how to apply your own ScanNCut design.
What you need
- 7″ matching zipper
- Optional to embroider/decorate – 4″ x 4″ embroidery machine or larger
Recommended fabrics such as cotton, linen, denim, canvas or drill.
- Front & Back: Cut two 24cm x 14cm in both fabric and lining
- Zipper Tabs: Cut two 4cm x 4cm in fabric
Pencil Case Tutorial
- Download the pencil case sewing tutorial
Fabric Pencil Case
Create a simple pencil case with fun, bright fabric.
This project will teach you how to decorate an apron using lace, fabric, your machine decorative stitches and applique techniques.
What you will need
You can sew your own basic apron using the pattern from our May Charity Sewalong. I have purchased this apron from a Daiso Japanese store for only $2.80. You may also be able to find aprons like this from $2 stores across Australia.
- Download the Applique Shape Patterns (PDF, 400KB)
- Hot Melt Web for the applique
- Range of matching fat quarters for the applique
- Lace style 1 – 2 x width (plus 2 inches) of the bottom of your apron and 1 x the top width (plus 2 inches).
- Lace style 2 – 1 x width (plus 2 inches) of the top of your apron and 1 x the width of the pocket (plus 2 inches)
- Lace style 3 – 1 x width of your pocket (plus 2 inches)
- Fabric – 6 inches x (2 x width (plus 2 inches) of the bottom of your apron and 1 x the top width (plus 2 inches))
How to create your apron
First you need to get together all of your fabric, lace and applique pieces. Start cutting out your applique shapes from the fat quarters. You can choose any colours for these applique shapes but I would suggest you choose a white fabric for the circle and then style your cupcake shapes differently.
In this project you’ll learn how to create a simple star applique design using Embrilliance StitchArtist software then apply it onto a garment. This project is perfect for 4″ x 4″ (100mm x 100mm) embroidery hoops, using machines like the Brother NV180 sewing & embroidery machine.
We’ve used BurdaStyle Vintage Nina Jacket sewing pattern to create a jacket using sweatshirt material
Creating the applique design
- Open Embrilliance and select the hoop size for your machine. This design will only be small, therefore you can select the 4″ x 4″ (100mm x 100mm) hoop.
- Hit the Program Preference icon and select your hoop size from the preferences. Continue reading