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

 

 

The Tardis Meets Towel

My friends recently celebrated their little boys 3rd birthday.  Yup, the big “3” and who would’ve thought that he could be a Whovian already.  This of course makes me so completely happy because I love Dr. Who and so does my own big boy.  We watch Dr. Who together all the time and I’ve made him Tardis pillow case before.  🙂

I was excited to give Ryan his birthday hooded towel, and even better I found the perfect Dr. Who font to use when embroidering his name.

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Ryan opening his Tardis Hooded Towel

He loved it, thought it was so cool!  I, of course, had to take pics of him modeling it.

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I thought the Tardis was fitting for this little Whovian. He may be small but he definitely is “Bigger on the Inside”.

Close-up of Dr. Who Tardis hooded towel.
Close-up of Dr. Who Tardis hooded towel.

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!

 

 

A Pirate Costume

 

My amazing hubby planned a dude’s weekend trip to Gasparilla Pirate Fest with some of his buddies.  Gasparilla is a fun pirate festival and since my hubby loves boating, he decided to be part of the pirate invasion this year with his own boat.  He asked me if I’d sew him a vest and pants for the trip.  🙂

Check it out!  Pirate Dre made his own boot covers, they are fabric cut to look like a boot leg and he put them over regular brown dress shoes.  Isn’t he so clever?

Pirate Dre VestI left the buttons off the vest because it was being decorated by belts and pirate gear (and I was running out of time!) but I think it came out pretty darn good!  I am a little obsessed with the fabric, it’s so soft and fancy.  Thankfully I still have a yard or so of it to play with.

In case you’re wondering, I used Butterick’s Historical Costume for the vest and pants.  I modified the vest front a bit for a bit of a more swoopy neckline and I extended the pants by 10 inches to ensure they were long enough to be covered by his boot covers.  All in all, I loved the pattern and it was easy to follow.

 

Sewing Pants for Baby

 

I’ve got so much to update my blog about!  What a whirl wind past few months.  One of the major milestones is that my amazing husband renovated our kitchen, it looks soooooo much better now, honestly better than I had ever hoped for.  With that project, I just got so caught up with everything house, kids and not to mention more renovation projects and then the holidays that I haven’t had much time to blog, but I sure have been sewing!

Yesterday, I started some pants for Silar.  He’s growing so fast and sure enough, he is almost out of the pattern sizes, so I thought, “Oh no, no no, we are making him some pants with these patterns darnnit!”  LOL…

The pattern I used was McCall’s M6016 and it truly was easy as the pattern states.  I used pattern F for the pants and am really pleased how they came out!  I can totally see myself making a ton of pants and shorts for Silar.  I’ve never made a shirt, as the sleeves kinda intimidate me but I’m the kind of girl who will try just about anything, so maybe one of my next goals will be a shirt from this pattern too.  Looks easy enough.  🙂

Didn’t the pants come out so cute?!

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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

 

DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial

DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial
DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial

As if we don’t spend enough money on everything “baby” already, right?  Then here comes nursing bras, not cheap! Yes, I did cough up some money on them in the beginning because I was desperate for some ease and comfort but I refuse to continue to do so.  I have decided to turn a regular bra into a nursing bra and guess what?  At a fraction of the cost…

I’ve created this tutorial because the world wide web (and Pinterest) is in desperate need of a DIY tutorial on this.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies:

  • Regular Bra
  • Hook & Eye
  • Cloth (Cotton or Knit): (2)  6×6″ squares
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
  • Pins

Ok, so instead of converting one of my Victoria Secret bras I decided to go buy a generic bra (that and my boobs are bigger so I don’t fit into my VS bras anymore).  I found 2 bras for $7.99.  Super cheap and perfect for the tutorial. However, if you are going to buy a bra, I would recommend spending a few extra dollars because you truly do get what you pay for.  (I was not impressed with the quality of these bras as the stitching was not well done and I feel the bra looked a hot mess when I took the stitches out from the straps.)

DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bras purchased for cheap! 2 for $7.99
DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bras purchased for cheap! 2 for $7.99

I pulled out a nursing bra that I have on hand so that I could inspect and re-create it.

DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bra vs Nursing Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bra vs Nursing Bra

Carefully remove the stitches from the strap using a seam ripper.

DIY Nursing Bra: Remove Stitching
DIY Nursing Bra: Remove Stitching
DIY Nursing Bra: Strap Stitches Removed
DIY Nursing Bra: Strap Stitches Removed

After your stitches are removed, you want to get the material of your choice out.  I just repurposed a newborn shirt that we got for Silar.  He outgrew it and it was the perfect material and color for this tutorial.  You can use anything too, you may have pretty scraps laying around from past projects or even an old t-shirt that color coordinates with your bra.  (I used white for contrast during this tutorial.)

A safe bet is cutting (2) 6 inch squares of fabric.

DIY Nursing Bra: Find Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Find Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Fold Cloth Into Triangle
DIY Nursing Bra: Fold Cloth Into Triangle

Fold your square of fabric to form a triangle.  Folded edge is the longest side and facing towards the inside of the bra.  Place fabric on the edge of your bra and trace the side and bottom of the fabric.   The material does not need to cover the entire bra cup, see pic below.

DIY Nursing Bra: Trace Bra Outline
DIY Nursing Bra: Trace Bra Outline

Cut your outline, stitch leaving a small opening to turn your fabric inside out, then stitch that opening closed (I did an invisible stitch but you can just as easily top-stitch.  Not really a biggie.)  Then pin the fabric to the bra as shown below.

DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Cloth, Leave Small Opening, Flip Inside Out, Pin to Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Cloth, Leave Small Opening, Flip Inside Out, Pin to Bra

Top-stitch as close to the edge as you can.  I went over my stitch again to secure it because there will be a lot of tugging going on when you are getting ready to nurse.

DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Cloth to Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Cloth to Bra

Next pin the top of the cloth to your strap and stitch them together. I went over twice again, just to be sure.

DIY Nursing Bra: Pin Strap to Cloth
DIY Nursing Bra: Pin Strap to Cloth
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Strap
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Strap

Next up, the hook and eye.  I bought my hooks and eyes from Jo-Ann’s.  They were just a couple of bucks and came with quite a few!

DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye
DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye

Sew the hook onto the bra, with the hook facing down.  Test where the bra should hook on to the strap and mark where the eye should go.  Then sew the eye onto the strap. (I used the straight eye since I want to be able to unhook it easier.)

DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Attached

As I mentioned earlier, a better quality bra would’ve given me a cleaner seam when I seam-ripped the straps but alas you do get what you paid for and since no one will be seeing my bra I’m not too worried about it.

Please make sure you use thread that matches your bra, so you don’t see all the hand sewn stitches.  I used a light color for tutorial purposes.

DIY Nursing Bra: Wearing the Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Wearing the Bra

Repeat this process for the other side and you’re done!  I spent less than $5 total on this, and that’s only because I wanted to buy a new bra and needed to purchase hooks and eyes.  You may have all these materials on hand!  If you try this tutorial, I’d love to see your project!  Feel free to email me or post a link in the comments.  🙂  And if you love this tutorial, please link back to me.

DIY Nursing Bra: Ready to Nurse
DIY Nursing Bra: Ready to Nurse