How To Make Your Own Embroidered Koozie

How To Make Your Own Embroidered Coozies by www.SuzySewCrafty.com

Hi All!  This tutorial is for people who own an embroidery machine or are thinking about getting one.  Alternatively, if you have a vinyl cutter like a Silhouette, you could also possibly do a heat transfer vinyl.

I took a video of my machine embroidering a koozie.  I am using fast frames, however, you can easily use a 4×4 hoop.  Here is how:

  • Hoop your stabilizer (I used tearaway).  Make sure the stabilizer is taut and makes a nice drum-like noise when you tap it.
  • Pin or spray your koozie in place with temporary adhesive on top of the hooped stabilizer.  I prefer to pin it in place.  Make sure it’s centered.
  • Then send your design to the machine and your koozie will stitch out similarly to my video.

From there, I created this handy-dandy pictorial for you to follow.  Hope you enjoy making a koozie!  It’s super simple and really makes a statement and/or great gift!

How to Make Your Own Embroidered Coozies: www.SuzySewCrafty.comwith love

 

 

Royal Design Studio Christmas Stenciling & Wallternatives Decor

Christmas Stenciling with Royal Design Studios and Suzy Sew Crafty!
Christmas Stenciling with Royal Design Studios and Suzy Sew Crafty!

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas spirit is in full effect around here!  Each year we throw a Christmas day party where all our friends and family are invited to come and spend the day with us cooking, laughing, drinking and enjoying each other’s company.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year and getting ready for it is also part of the fun!  The folks at Royal Design Studio sent me some amazing holiday stencils and boy did I have a great time working with them and decorating my home.

 Stenciled Table Runner

Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stenciled Table Runner
Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stenciled Table Runner

This year, I am going to have a table runner for my Christmas dinner. I thought it would be great to stencil said table runner with the Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stencil.  My amazing sister, Regina, (who also happens to be a stenciling and faux finishing expert) came through to help a sista out!  She even brought me supplies!!!  I got to use her Bronze and Copper Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes and Stencil Brushes.

Once she helped me get set up, we lined up the stencil so it was nice and straight on the runner, taped it down and went to town.

Here I am stenciling the bronze parts of the stencil.
Here I am stenciling the bronze parts of the stencil.
Now stenciling the copper fleur.
Now stenciling the copper fleur.
On a roll!!!  Ain't no stopping me now!
On a roll!!! Ain’t no stopping me now!
Inspector Silar making sure I'm doing a good job.  hehehe....
Inspector Silar making sure I’m doing a good job. hehehe….
Giving the existing embroidery some depth with Royal Design Studio stencil crème.
Giving the existing embroidery some depth with Royal Design Studio stencil crème.
Stenciling the borders for added depth.
Stenciling the borders for added depth.

Look at the difference now!  The transformation of this table runner was incredible.  I love it so much and if it wasn’t for the embroidered Christmas trees I might have used it all year round!

Voila!!! One stenciled table runner next to an unfinished one. What a difference!
Voila!!! One stenciled table runner next to an unfinished one. What a difference!

Stenciled Table Napkins with Embroidered Initial

Ok, I saw this Falling Stars Christmas Stencil by Jennifer Rizzo and I had to have it. I wanted to do stenciled table napkins to compliment my table runner, but I also wanted to spicen it up a bit with our embroidered last name initial.  Using the same Bronze and Copper Stencil Cremes to match my table runner, I went to town on stenciling our napkins.

Tape stencil to napkin.
Tape stencil to napkin.
Stencil copper stencil crème onto napkin.
Stencil copper stencil crème onto napkin.
Stencil bronze stencil crème to napkin
Stencil bronze stencil crème to napkin

When repeating the stencil above, I figured out that this particular stencil is small enough that it doesn’t need registration marks.  You just have to eyeball the pattern above the previously stenciling and it works seamlessly!  Took me about half an hour to figure that out!  Dohhh!

Repeat above design.
Repeat above design.
Almost finished!  All I need to do next is embroider.
Almost finished! All I need to do next is embroider.

Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
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Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
I’m drooling over how good these came out!!! What do you think so far? We’re not even done yet! Up next is the Wallternatives.

WINTER SNOWFLAKE REMOVABLE CHRISTMAS WALL DECAL SET

This was probably the easiest project so far!  Royal Design Studio came out with another really cool line called Wallternatives, which is basically removable wall decals.  I ordered the Large Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set.  It came with 5 gorgeous wall decals and each one must be about a foot big!  They were perfect for my living room where the Christmas tree is set up.  I love how they subtly compliment the room.  My favorite quotes from both my husband and older son, “Wow!!! Those look painted!” and  “Wait, did YOU paint that?”  Ahhhh no my dears, no I did not, and while I wish I was that talented to paint something so beautiful, I don’t have to worry about repainting it after the season is done!  hehehehe…. just peel and stick back on the roll it came on.  🙂

Wallternatives Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set
Wallternatives Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set

And last but not least – my Christmas gift-wrapped front door!

Stenciled Wrapping Paper, Gift Wrapped Front Door

I’ve done this lots of times, wrapped my front door in wrapping paper but I’ve never done it by stenciling my own wrapping paper!  I wanted to do something with red and white cause it reminds me of a candy cane.  LOL….  I expected it to be beautiful, but what I got was down right stunningly, drool-worthy, gorgeous!  For this stencil, I ordered the Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Again, I called in the big guns and asked my sis to help me out.  She graciously agreed!  We loved working with this big stencil because it went by so quick, and instead of a stencil brush we used a small roller and white paint.

Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil
Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil
Getting the wrapping paper ready to stencil.
Getting the wrapping paper ready to stencil.
Royal Design Studio Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil
Our fully stenciled wrapping paper by Royal Design Studio: Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil

Next, after it dried it was time to put this baby up.

Tape wrapping paper to door.  I used blue tape temporarily to hold it in place and then scotch tape to secure it.
Tape wrapping paper to door. I used blue tape temporarily to hold it in place and then scotch tape to secure it.
Carefully cut where door handles are then tape them down.
Carefully cut where door handles are then tape them down.
Hide any imperfections - I chose garland.
Hide any imperfections – I chose garland.

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Add a bow! And Merry Christmas!!
Add a bow! And Merry Christmas!!
Our humble home, Florida style! Merry Christmas!
Our humble home, Florida style! Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post where I received free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Regardless of compensation, the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.

Introducing Big Bertha

I just love creating in my studio and it’s recently gotten a huge upgrade!!!  Check out this amazing machine I just purchased, it’s a used and older model, but it’s much loved and has been very well taken care of!  I’ve named her Big Bertha cause she’s Big, she’s powerful, she’s efficient, she’s multi-talented and she’s AMAZING!  🙂  I love, love, love her!

My new-to-me 15 needle commercial embroidery machine!!!!!
My new-to-me 15 needle commercial embroidery machine!!!!!

I’ve been day dreaming, saving all my pennies, and putting all my good vibes out there to make this dream come true.  Now, when I’m creating amazing shirts and garments I can do it so much faster!  Yup, this baby has 15 needles and is a work horse.  To put it into perspective, I’ve been working on a 1-needle machine since I’ve started doing embroidery.  Don’t get me wrong my 1-needle is great but having to change the colors of thread for each different color in a design could be very time consuming.  To add to that, Big Bertha can stitch up to 1200 stitches a minute versus the 1-needle, I’m generously estimating top speed to be at about 600 stitches per minute.  Sorry to get all technical on you but as you can tell, I’m super excited and now I’ll be even more efficient at doing what I love best!   😀

Here’s a quick video we took of Big Bertha working her magic.

Pretty awesome right?! I can’t wait to start sharing all the amazing things I create with her. Stay tuned friends!

Doing What I Love Best: Embroidery & Applique

 

Hello friends!

I’m very excited to officially announce that I am expanding my business and doing what I love best, embroidery and appliqué.  I’ve always had a passion to be creative and when my husband gifted me my embroidery machine, it seemed as though the clouds parted, and the sun shined brighter.  🙂  I’ve been creating custom embroidered shirts, onesies, towels, aprons and so much more.  Check out a few of the shirts and projects I’ve worked on recently.

custom embroidery shirts onesies Orlando, FL Winter Park WindermereEmbroidered ApronEmbroidered Towel - Orlando, FL Embroidered Towel, Embroidered Shirt, Embroidered ApronIn the next few weeks, I’ll be updating my site and adding more of the fun things I’ve been creating.  I’ve already added most of my designs to the shop section of the website.

You can see most of the designs I have here:

If you have some time, feel free to stop on by and see what goodies I can create.  🙂

 

 

Hooded Towels

 

I have been so busy playing and creating with my new embroidery machine that my hubby bought me last year for an early xmas present that I didn’t realize I never really announced it!  I thought it was due time for me to share a little of the projects I’ve done, specifically, the cute hooded towels I’ve made for my kids and other sweet kids.

I made this monster towel for a little boy named Jayven.  I participated in a group effort to provide these sweet kids with something they could call their own.  My baby modeled this one for me so I could capture how cute it came out.  🙂  I know that Jayven will love this towel as much as I loved making it for him.   I’ll always treasure it, not only was it was my first hooded towel but it was one that truly pulls at my heart – making this for a child in need.

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This towel I made for my boy.  It was an early birthday present.  He loves ninjago and thought a Kai towel would be so cool to have.  🙂  Cute right?

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And last but not least, a Nightmare Before Christmas hooded towel for my birthday girl.  Yup, she’s a bit obsessed with Jack Skellington, lol, and the color turquoise.

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Don’t these make the most perfect gifts?!  These kids seem to think so. 🙂  Want to make your own?  Here was my inspiration for these, they are super easy to make and you can make your own for those special kids in your life!

 

 

Tonic Living Fabrics Contest

DIY Whale Softie using Tonic Living Fabrics

I got two beautiful fabric pieces from Tonic Living fabrics and I’m entering their contest to win $100 value of their gorgeous fabrics.  Fabrics are my love affair, I just CAN’T… GET…  ENOUGH…  Some might say I’m obsessed, or perhaps my hubby would say I’m addicted.  Hehehe… It’s TRUE!

So I am giving it my best, because I would love to add some more delicious Tonic Living fabrics to my collection.  I’m already day dreaming about, Lotus Lake, Porcelain  and Cross Section, Bluebonnet.  <3  …Sigh…  <3

I decided to create a whale softie for my little guy, Silar.

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The two fabric pieces I got are such a great color combo, the orange polka dot and lime green chevron, YUM-MY!!!  You’ll note the baby wipe wrapping and jingle bells as well.  I’m adding them to the softie, I’m putting the crackling material on the fins and tail.  I also used a piece of the chevron as the whale’s eyes. I took some pics of the process of making the softie.  Below are a few pics of the whale before I put the stuffing in.  Isn’t he so cute?!

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Crackling material on tail.
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Whale put together.
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Bottom of Whale

Once I stuffed him with fluff and bells, I sewed him up and named him Walter the Whale.  🙂  What do you think?

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I am really pleased at how Walter the Whale came out, the fabrics were so easy to work with and they are such a fun color combo.  A special thank you to Tonic Living for this fun opportunity to experience their fabrics and join their contest!

Wishing you all the best, Suzy

 

 

 

 

Reusable Hand Towels Make An Excellent Housewarming Present

 

My big brother just moved into his new pad and I found myself a lot more excited than I probably should’ve been!  Yeah, of course there was the typical,”Yeah!  I’m so excited for you!  Wow this space is awesome!” type of feelings but deep down I was just so friggin excited to make him stuff!  A legitimate excuse to make all sorts of awesome sewing creations, and who better to make them for than someone you love?!  I mean, honestly, I am truly blessed to have two of the most amazing siblings in the world and I just LOVE making stuff for them!

I’ve made my sister some reusable paper towels before as part of a thank-you-basket for hosting my baby shower and my brother thought they were the coolest idea.  So, I promised him I’d make him his very own when he moved into his new place.

Reusable Towels
Reusable Towels

Though these towels can be a bit time consuming, they are so worth making!  I’ll be making some for my home as well.  I’ll be saving money on paper towels and adding style and decor to my kitchen and/or bathrooms.

Interested in learning how to make these?  Let me know and I’ll show ya how!  I could always document the next batch I make if that’s something you’d like to know.  🙂

Suzy