Autumnal Decor Tutorials + Free Embroidery Designs!

Fall for Fall! Create autumnal decor accents to delight guests and ghosts alike.

Fall in love with fall and invite the changing leaves inside to spruce up your nest. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween feast or getting an early start on Thanksgiving, these foliage themed projects are perfect for the season. The best part: the following embroidery designs are free!

An Autumn wreath will class up a front door or a dining room wall.

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Purchase a wicker wreath base from a craft store and collect pine cones, acorns and other tree leavings while out for a walk.

Use the free appliqué leaf  embroidery designs from CME Sept/Oct ’14 to create a plethora of embroidered leaves.

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leaf coaster 200w Autumnal Decor Tutorials + Free Embroidery Designs!These leaf designs are free through Oct. 31, 2014, be sure to download them soon!

Get the appliqué leaf designs now.

Attach the leaves, pine cones and other decor to the wreath using invisible thread or hot glue. Affix the wreath to a door or wall using a removable hook.

Set the table with the “Autumn Accents” place mats from Sew News Oct/Nov ’12 and have a beautiful fall table.

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The patterns for these place mats are free.

These delightful leaf and pumpkin place mats are sure to spruce up the table.

To add a touch of Halloween fun, purchase the CME Boo Bones alphabet and stitch out “Happy Haunting” on the place mats to encourage little ghouls and ghosts at your table.

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Free BOO Font

Embroidering just the word BOO is free until Oct. 31, download the “B” and “O” embroidery designs now to get started. Whichever message you choose, these place mats are sure to add a touch of spooktacular fun to your table.

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Pretty leaf candle

Add a touch of class with a leaf-be-decked candle wrap. The full details for this project can be found in the free ebook 3 Innovative Appliqué Designs, available for download today.

Just sign into the CME website to access the free ebook and get to stitching! Choose an appliqué design you enjoy to add to the candle wrap.

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Either the free appliqué leaf design or the “Skeleton Leaf” design, both from CME Sept/Oct ’14, would look lovely.



Lastly, create a hanging leaf mobile to complete the Autumnal decorations.

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This leaf mobile is made of paper, but using embroidered leaves to create a similar look is sure to please.

To get started download the “Skeleton Leaf” design.  This design is free until Oct. 31, 2014, grab it soon!

A hanging leaf mobile can be as elaborate or simple as you like. To achieve a similar look to the photo at left, stitch 60 leaves. The free-standing lace design will allow the light to flicker through the mobile playfully. Measure how long the mobile’s leaf strands should hang over the table, to do so, measure from the ceiling to the lowest point the mobile should reach.

The mobile will need 6” above the leaf strands to hang properly. Subtract 6” from the measurement, record as the strand length. Cut 10 lengths of invisible thread to the strand length plus 2”. Tie six leaves to each thread at regular intervals, leaving a 2” length at the upper thread end.

If you have especially high ceilings or if you want a very large mobile, you may need to embroider additional leaves to fill in any gaps.

Open a 6” embroidery hoop, tie the strands of leaves to the inner embroidery hoop ring at regular intervals. Reassemble the hoop. Cut 4 lengths of twine to 8”. Tie the twine lengths to the hoop evenly spaced.

Tie the four lengths together in a knot at the top. If you prefer, tie the twine lengths to a hoop for ease of hanging.

To complete the mobile, wrap the embroidery hoop in twine. Either tie off the end or hot glue it to the inside hoop to complete the look.

Hang the mobile over the table to show off your delightful creation.

Use this Autumn inspiration and get to stitching! Be sure to share your creations with the CME Flickr group, your projects always delight the editors.

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The November/December issue of CME is here!

The November/December ’14 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is on newsstands now! Pick up your copy and stitch the adorable holiday apron on the cover, plus get the cupcake design FREE until December 31st.

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Check out all the other freebies from the issue at 

Get the stocking pattern to create this sassy double-sided stocking:

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Download the fun FREE Santa in a hot air balloon design to decorate the tree, use as a small gift holder, or give in a Christmas card.

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Decorate your holiday table with three free ITH table-top designs!

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Plus, get the Snowy Scenes designs and embroider a cool layered wall hanging using screen material!

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Visit Craft Daily for Risk-free Access to 500 Videos!

IW CraftDailyFreeTrial 4031 Visit Craft Daily for Risk free Access to 500 Videos!Visit where you can have risk-free access to 500 videos on all kinds of embroidery, sewing, quilting, mixed-media, and crafting techniques, now through October 13, 2014.

Just enter the code CDFT500 after selecting the risk-free trial for your cart at checkout.

Note: This is a Risk Free Trial.  Sign up now, then immediately log in and uncheck the ‘auto-bill option.’ You won’t be charged for anything and you’ll enjoy your full period of free access.

And, what perfect timing – the weekend is just around the corner! Please let me know in the comments section below what you thought of the videos, what was your favorite and what you’d like to see more of.

At you’ll find all your favorite crafting hobbies with expert videos to show you new techniques, fun projects and top contributors.

Have fun!


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Attend The Sewing Party online classes Live + get 30 bonus classes!

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I’m super excited to attend The Sewing Party on November 8, the first ever online-all-day sewing and crafting event in the U.S.! The Sewing Party offers a fun-filled day of sewing immersion in more than 30 interactive, fun and innovative classes taught online by leading bloggers, designers and educational experts.

When they’re on live, I’ll be attending “Becoming an Etsy Entrepreneur”, “Making of a Perfect Cosplay Costume” and “Knits 101: Sew a Slouchy Tee (Without a Serger!)”. I’m so excited to expand my sewing horizons! Scope out all the classes here.

After the event, you can bet I’ll be watching as many of the 31 classes as I can get in front of my face in the following 90 days. Classes feature topics for every creative passion, such as home décor, fashion sewing, quilting, upcycling, costume design and more!

Create “Throw Pillows with Pizzazz,” refresh your skills with “Sewing Machine Basics,”make a “Hand-Dyed Baby Rattle,” craft the perfect “Strips and Bricks Quilt,” learn “Bra Making with Madalynne,” or take any of the other fun, informative classes!

In addition to attending classes, you get to chat with participants from across the country, interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching, and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in the virtual marketplace.

Space is limited; sign up for $40. To see a full schedule of classes, read teacher biographies and register, visit

Hope to see you there!

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FREE Aster design and 5 tips for embroidering on terry cloth

In this month’s issue Creative Machine Embroidery we have great festive fall freebies like the September flower of the month the Aster.

Download the design and use it to dress up guest towels. Find all the how-tos in the current issue. Plus, below are some bonus tips for working with terry cloth.

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2) Cut-away stabilizer on the back of the towel will keep your design beautiful for years to come.

3) Match backing stabilizer to the density of the terrycloth. Not all terrycloth is heavy and dense, when choosing a backing stabilizer take into consideration the density of the material and use a matching stabilizer.

4) Hoop carefully, preferably on a non-skid surface such as a rug liner. All the time spent prepping for the stitching will pay off in the end, so make sure your stabilizer, terrycloth and floater are hooped securely together.

5) Tear away the excess topper carefully, then toss it in the wash to remove the remainder. If you prefer to not wash the towel right away, just rub away remaining stabilizer with wet fingertips.

Apply these tips to achieve a great look when making any of these fantastic projects:

Swim skirts

Kitchen Towels

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Free Table Runner Project!

Remember the table runner on the cover of CME March/April issue? We now carry it as a kit in AND it’s now 50% off! Plus, you can get the entire written project instructions FREE from CME.

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Project by Kim Hanson
Table Runner size: 28″ x 75 1/2″

Have a wonderful  day!


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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 12: Win an A&E Thread Pack!

Happy Friday! Kick off the long weekend right–by entering to win another prize!

But first–yesterday’s winner of the beautiful Pendleton wool is Faith K.! Congratulations Faith, check your email for instructions on how to receive your prize!

On season 8 of Sew it All TV, we bring you great guests, including Ashley Briggs, former Sew News, Sew it All and CME editor! Ashley demonstrates how to make a big duffle bag for all your overnight needs. She teaches you how to add 3 different zipper types, including a separating zipper and pockets, to keep your mentionables and unmentionables secured. Plus, use fun decorative thread to add pizzazz.

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As you may know, you get an exclusive sneak preview into Sew it All TV season 8 on beginning this Monday, September 1. Check out the full instructions and download the free patterns for Ashley’s project and more, so you’ll be ready when the shows starts airing on PBS at the end of September!

Don’t forget to check out all the other cool freebies we have on You get full instructions and free patterns for ALL past 7 seasons. That’s 84 episodes to inspire your creativity! Such as this episode from Kay Whitt, where you learn how to sew with sheer fabrics and lace, and make this stunning sparkly dress!

KayWhitt Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 12: Win an A&E Thread Pack!Today’s prize is an Intressa thread pack from American & Efird! Intressa thread is a premium 40-wt. sewing thread. Soft, strong, UV resistant and colorfast, it’s used for fashion sewing, home-dec, serging, quilting and crafting. You can also use it on canvas, denim, vinyl, upholstery as well as quilting fabrics.

Who doesn’t need more thread, right? It’s almost as addicting to collect as fabric! Especially when it’s high-quality and beautiful!

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To enter to win this great prize, answer the following question in the comments section below: How much thread have you collected in your stash?

High-quality thread is not only imperative to sewing, but it’s a fun way to embellish projects as well. A line of decorative topstitching perfectly placed can be just the finishing touch you were looking for. Even all-purpose thread makes a great embellishment when topstitched using one of those fun built-in stitches.

Head over to the Sew News blog on Monday to hear the winner of today’s prize, plus enter to win the last prize of the giveaway! Remember–every day you enter, you’re also entered to win the Grand Prize, Sew it All season 7 on DVD!

Have a great weekend! Good luck and happy sewing!

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 10: Win a Subscription to!

It’s Day 10 of our Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, and we’ve got more prizes coming your way!  Plus, we’re previewing another episode from the upcoming season, featuring none other than Project Runway season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak!

But first- yesterday’s winner is Lynn G.! Lynn, your prize awaits! Check your inbox for more details.

Michelle stopped by the Sew it All studio to show us how to make this super cute and stylish swimsuit.

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Watch the episode to learn how to make a swimsuit that suits your style, plus learn tips for working with swimwear fabrics.  Sew it All season 8 begins airing on PBS in September, so the wait is almost over!

And starting Monday, get full instructions and patterns for this and every episode at  Get your gear ready and sew along with Ellen and this season’s awesome guests!

Speaking of things that are awesome, today’s prize is a subscription to!  In fact, we’re giving away three subscriptions, so that means more chances to win!  Catch up on all your favorite episodes of Sew it All, like this one from season 2 featuring another Project Runway alum, Peach Carr.

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Peach taught us how to make a girl’s A-line spandex skirt and pattern using a serger.  Want to catch the full episode?  Head on over to logo 300x159 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 10: Win a Subscription to!

Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack!

To enter today’s contest, answer below in the comments section.  Have you ever made your own swimsuit? Why or why not? Tell us about your adventures in creating swimwear and enter to win!

And don’t forget to watch Sew it All TV season 8 in September on PBS.  Check for your local schedule, or contact your station to request it!

Good luck to all and happy sewing!

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Join the Ultimate Quilting Experience at Quilting Live, Atlanta GA September 11-13

QL 14 horizontal3 Join the Ultimate Quilting Experience at Quilting Live, Atlanta GA September 11 13Looking for the ‘Ultimate Quilting Experience’? Look no further than the Quilting Live event from Original Sewing & Quilting Expo. Starting on September 11 – September 13, in Atlanta, GA. There you will experience 3 days of inspiration, education, shopping, trunk shows and more.

Plus your favorite quilting magazines such as Quiltmaker, Keepsake Quilting, Quilty and many others will be there! Meet Marianne Fons and Liz Porter in person and enter in to exciting drawings and giveaways that are being held through out the weekend.

Another exciting event is the Disney Frozen Quilt workshop. Being held for two days, if you know someone special that loves all things Elsa, Anna and Disney’s Frozen you won’t want to miss this chance to make a special quilt featuring favorite characters from the movie.

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Admission is $10.00 per day or $19.00 for the weekend. You can find more information on hotels, class and workshop prices, directions and more here.

Here’s the line up of quilting educators and presenters.

Carolyn Beam
Barb Callahan
June Colburn
Rose DeBoer
Dusty Farrell
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Mary Fons
Rachel Griffith
Debbie Grifka
Darlene Guillory
Deb Karasik
Mary Kerr
Debby Kratovil
Linda Lee
Cindy Losekamp
Ebony Love
Linda McGehee
Jean Nolte
Sue Patten
Heather Scrimsher
Cyndi Souder
Joyce Teng
Holice Turnbow
Nelly Vikeikis
Helene Weber
Jean Ann Wright
Casey York

We hope you get a chance to visit Quilting Live! for a fun filled weekend of quilting, shopping and meeting old and new friends.


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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 6: Win a free April Rhodes Pattern!

It’s Day 6 of our Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, and we have two more awesome prizes to give away! April Rhodes is a pattern and fabric designer and is also one of this season’s super-talented guests. She is generously donating two of her lovely patterns for today’s prizes. One winner will win a copy of the lovely and versatile Staple Dress pattern, and the other will receive the The Riding Peplum & Party Dress pattern. I’ve made my own Staple Dress and I highly recommend it; it’s such a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Plus, get sneak peek at April’s episode from the upcoming season!

But first, congrats to yesterday’s winners of Christine Haynes’ patterns and book! They winners are Kristina, Tina L., Alexis, Judy H., Arianna and Ashley P.! Check your inbox for more details.

When April visited Sew it All, she demonstrated how to stitch up a very cute and on-trend paper-bag waist skirt with in-seam side pockets. April showed how easy it is to insert in-seam pockets into any skirt or dress, even if the pattern doesn’t originally include it! And really, who doesn’t love pockets?

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Get full instructions and patterns for all season 8 episodes at beginning September 1st. Gather your supplies and be ready to sew when the episode airs! You can also find instructions and patterns from past episodes, like this must-have wrap skirt from Nicole Smith. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to add pockets! Check out the full instructions from season 6 here.smith pg guide 450 300x200 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 6: Win a free April Rhodes Pattern!

To enter today’s giveaway for April’s patterns, answer below in the comments section.  Do you like to put your own spin on sewing patterns or do you follow the instructions word for word? Tell us your sewing pattern approach and enter for a chance to win!

Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack!

And don’t forget to watch Sew it All TV season 8 starting in September on PBS.  Check for your local schedule.  If your station doesn’t carry it, contact them and request it!  Good luck and happy sewing!


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