Luggage Tags – DIY

Travel in style with a personalized luggage tags. Luggage tags are always a good idea for quick identification in crowded luggage carousels.  If you’re looking for a jazzy set luggage tags then the Travel Tags featured in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery are the perfect project for you!

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This fun in-the-hoop project uses faux suede and clear vinyl to make a set of two luggage tags — one that passes through a slit in its own strap to create a loop, and one with a separate strap that buttons in place around a bag handle. They’re easy and quick to make, and they’re great last-minute gifts. Continue reading

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Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Create a personalized greeting in no (or bow!) time! Embroidering on paper is easy with a few tips and special tools.

Generally speaking, when you embroider on paper, you’ll want to avoid dense satin stitch designs; pick paper that feels and behaves like fabric such as handmade paper; use a fine needle and thread; slow the machine speed; and use lightweight tear-away stabilizer. Even if you’ve used the design before, always plan to do a preliminary stitchout so you can test how the design works on paper.Screen Shot 2017 12 04 at 11.20.27 AM Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Here’s what you’ll need to make the card featured above:

  • Scraps of quilting cotton in 2 coordinating colors
  • Cut-away stabilizer
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Glue stick or spray adhesive
  • Bow-themed alphabet collection

Hoop a scrap of fabric and cutaway stabilizer.

Load the alphabet onto the embroidery machine or software.

Create your special message with upper- and lowercase letters. If making multiples, plan to stitch several words in a single hooping.

Stitch the greeting, changing colors to suit your fabrics.

Unhoop the fabric and stabilizer.

Leave the stabilizer in place for added structure or cut it off, working around each letter.

Fuse heavyweight iron-on stabilizer to the fabric wrong side and trim the word to a rough rectangle, working 1” around the perimeter of the letters.

Fuse a rectangle of heavyweight iron-on stabilizer to the back of the coordinating fabric rectangle.

With glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere the stabilized embroidered fabric to the coordinating fabric. Cut around the embroidered fabric rectangle, creating a 1/2” border.

With glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere the coordinating fabric to the card, centering it on the front.

Give a final press on low heat, as needed.

Screen Shot 2017 12 04 at 11.11.54 AM 226x300 Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering PaperDo you love this alphabet as much as we do? It’s perfect for the holidays, birthday gifting through the year, baby shower gifts and more. You can find the whole Bow Alphabet collection in our online shop.  


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Sewing Mini Christmas Stockings

One of our favorite parts of each issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is the “In the Hoop” column. In-the-hoop projects are so fun — it’s really interesting to see how Lisa Archer, our columnist, designs the projects to go together without having to remove them from the hoop.

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Our in-the-hoop project in the Nov/Dec issue is this adorable mini Christmas stocking. We like it because it can do double duty! It was originally designed to be a gift card holder — it has a perfectly-sized pocket on the back, ideal for hanging a gift card on the tree. In addition, with a little personalization, it also makes a great gift tag.

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To make a personalized mini-stocking gift tag, embroider the recipient’s name on the stocking cuff. If you’re comfortable with embroidery software and how in-the-hoop designs stitch out, this can be done in a copy of the design file, placing it so it embroiders between steps five and six. But if you don’t have access to embroidery software or aren’t comfortable altering the design, it’s easy to do by embroidering the cuff fabric in advance.

Design the embroidered name so it measures no more than 2 1/4” wide by 3/4” high to fit on the cuff with a comfortable margin. The Hopscotch Alphabet, available on, is the perfect height for this purpose, though it may require some resizing to make longer names fit lengthwise. Make sure to choose a solid or low-volume fabric for the stocking cuff to ensure that the name is easy to read!

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Hopscotch Alphabet (lowercase & numbers)

The In-The-Hoop Mini Stocking embroidery design is available free from until Dec. 31, 2017, and will be available at afterward. Head on over to download the free design, then find all the instructions for making the stocking, as well as specifics on how to personalize the cuff, in the Nov/Dec issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, available on newsstands until Dec. 11, 2017, and in indefinitely. The issue also includes other ideas for embroidered gift card holders/gift tags, so if you’re the kind of crafter who likes to add that kind of special homemade touch, be sure to check it out.

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Sew An Apron For A Holiday Hostess

Today we’re bringing you a guest post from Meg Healy, online editor of She made an adorable holiday apron using designs from Creative Machine Embroidery’s Cross Stitch Christmas collection and the Internet Embroidery Club’s Retro Christmas collection. Find her rundown of her process below!

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I was inspired to create these holiday aprons when I saw the Retro Christmas design collection and thought it would be a perfect pairing with this BurdaStyle apron pattern for the holidays. As this is the only time of year I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and I don’t want to mess my party outfit while I’m prepping for the party! They also make a quick and easy (and personalized) early gift for friends and family. Read on to see how to make… Continue reading

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Sewing Themed Cookies

Bake what your heart really desires — sewing! Sewing Kit Cookie Cutters come in a set of four, featuring a sewing machine, a pair of scissors, a thimble and a thread spool. Each is made of silver-colored tin-plated steel.

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Check out our fun video of the cookie cutters in use!



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Holiday Dresses For Girls

It’s always an interesting challenge to decide how to feature a new CME embroidery design collection. We went through several possibilities for ways to use the Christmas Cross Stitch designs before we settled on the baby girl holiday dress pattern we used for the Cross Stitch Cutie feature in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue. It turned out great — we think it’s the perfect holiday dress to wear while taking a photo with Santa.

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24 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

We appreciate you, our readers, so very much. Please join us this December as we gift something new each day on our Facebook page! From now until Dec 24, we’re giving away a new sewing/embroidery prize to a lucky reader who comments on the post. Like us on Facebook for your chance to win–each day there’s a new prize!

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Happy Holidays from Us to You!

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Holiday Snow Globe Machine Embroidery Designs!

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

CME1612 COVER 200 Holiday Snow Globe Machine Embroidery Designs!  One of my favorite things to decorate with is the Creative Machine Embroidery Snow Globe Ornaments, featured in last year’s November/December issue.

I had the enviable job of testing and checking these designs to make sure they stitched correctly — the various layers of felt, stitching and vinyl, not to mention the glitter, means that everything happens in a very particular order. I worked with the digitizers for several weeks to get them perfect!

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10 Embroidery Designs Perfect For Holiday Projects

Oh how I love holiday embroidery designs. Not only are they great for festive home decor, but using holiday themed designs for gifts is a wonderful way to bring a touch of handmade into the holiday season.

holiday 871668796 Recovered1 10 Embroidery Designs Perfect For Holiday ProjectsMaking your own cards is one way to utilize your embroidery designs, and stitching on paper is easier than you might think. Hoop an adhesive-backed sticky stabilizer with the paper side facing up. Continue reading

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DIY Holiday Stockings: Sew Stockings With Personalized Embroidery!

Stockings are great projects that are perfect for personalized embroidery embellishment. You can make an intricate stocking with piecing, applique, embroidery, beading–you name it. Or you can create a simple stocking using one fabric for the outer and lining stocking and simply embroider the band with the name of the recipient.

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There are tons of stocking patterns out there–from easy freebies to more tried-and-true affordable digital patterns. I particularly like this one.  It’s super easy yet elegant. Choose linen, velvet or a simple cotton fabric, and then go with one line-art design or font for a name. Continue reading

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