Valentine Embroidery Designs + Free Project

Make a tea wallet for the tea lover in your life. Embroider it with this month’s lovely CME Valentine inspired designs (the bicycle is a freebie for a limited time). And, be sure to check out last year’s Valentine collection of fonts. Perfect for a sweet personalization.

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Tea Wallet Tutorial and Pattern!

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Stitch up a quick tea wallet that’s sure to fit in any purse. No longer need you fret over the tea selection at your local haunt, with this handy tea wallet you always have a favorite tea at hand. This is a great stash buster project as it only requires scraps, an elastic hair tie and a button.

Supplies:

  • One scrap exterior fabric
  • One scrap interior fabric
  • One small scrap coordinating fabric
  • One scrap mediumweight fusible interfacing
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • One 1” covered button (or 1” button)
  • Small elastic hair tie
  • Coordinating thread
  • Removable fabric marker

Cut

Download and print out the Tea Wallet pattern.

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Cut out all the necessary pieces. Don’t transfer the markings just yet unless you have heat soluble ink.

From the exterior fabric cut one wallet exterior and one small pocket with pleats.

From the interior fabric cut one wallet exterior, two large pockets, one small pocket without pleats and the appliqué teacup saucer and handle.

From the coordinating scrap cut one appliqué teacup cup.

From the interfacing cut two wallet exteriors, one large pocket and one small pocket. Trim 1/8” from the edges of each wallet interfacing piece. Also cut one teacup saucer, handle and cup; don’t trim.

Fuse

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of both wallet exteriors, the small pocket without pleats, one large pocket and the tea cup saucer,  handle and cup.

Transfer the pattern markings.

Appliqué

Place the teacup saucer, handle and cup wrong side up on a piece of scrap paper.

Following the manufacturer’s guidelines, spray the teacup saucer, handle and cup with temporary spray adhesive.

Center the teacup cup on the wallet exterior fabric. Place the handle slightly under the cup’s side and the saucer slightly over the cup’s lower edge.

TIP: If you have a scrap of fusible web, you could use that to adhere the teacup appliqué to the tea wallet exterior.

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Appliqué the teacup to the wallet exterior.

Select an appliqué stitch on the sewing machine. Stitch around the handle and saucer perimeter first, finish the appliqué by stitching around the cup.

Pleat

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Fold and press to create the pleats in the exterior pocket.

Create the small pocket pleats by folding along one of the innermost marked lines. Press along the line. If you’re using heat-soluble fabric markers be careful not to erase your other lines when pressing.

TIP: If you’re using water or air-soluble fabric markers, finger press the lines first. Then remove the markings as heat can sometimes cause these markings to become permanent.

 

 

 

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Pleats completed.

Align the fold you’ve just created with the line closest to it, press in place. Repeat these steps to create the remaining pleat.

Sew

Use 1/2 seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

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Press the pockets once they are joined.

Place the small pocket pieces right sides together, stitch along the upper edge. Repeat to join the large pocket pieces. Fold the pockets right sides out, press.

Stitch 1/4” from small pocket upper edge. Repeat to stitch along the large pocket upper edge.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions create the covered button using the coordinating fabric scrap. Alternatively, ready your regular button for action.

Stitch the button to the small pocket exterior using the mark provided on the pattern.

 

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Layer the pockets over the non-appliqued wallet exterior piece.

On a work surface layer the interior wallet exterior piece right side up, the large pocket right side up and the small pocket right side up.

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Baste the pockets together.

Using 1/4” seam allowances, baste the pockets to the exterior piece.

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Stitch the wallet exterior lower edges, catching the pockets as you go.

Place the pocket piece and the appliquéd exterior wallet piece right sides together. Stitch from the markings on the pattern, down around the pockets.

Trim the seam allowances to a scant 1/8” in the corners and 1/4” on the sides and lower edge. Turn the pockets right side out.

 

 

 

 

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To make the flap, press the seam allowances toward the wrong side.

Starting with the interior fabric, press the 1/2” seam allowances under on the upper edge and sides of the wallet exterior.  Repeat to press the exterior fabric wallet piece.

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Center the elastic hair tie.

Measure the flap’s center and mark. Place the elastic hair tie under the mark, pin in place.

Stitch from the marks around the flap and upper edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Be sure to catch the hair tie at the center mark. Press the seams, being careful not to let the iron linger over the hair tie.

Fold the flap down so that the hair tie just fits over the button. Press to fold the flap down permanently.

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Completed!

Fill with tea and toss in your purse! The pockets are large enough to hold a few sugar packets and a stir stick as well.}

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Multicrafting and Embroidery (Plus a FREE design!)

Embroidery is one medium that lends itself well to a host of other craft techniques. Have you knit or sewn something? Embroider it! Embroider a swatch and frame it or modge podge it onto something else. Quilting and machine embroidery go hand in hand. Add beads, crystals or paint to embroidery designs. The options are endless.

Whatever medium you find yourself dabbling in, we can help. Visit interweavestore.com for beading, crochet, jewelry, knitting, quilting, needlework, weaving, spinning and mixed media resources. From books to magazines to kits and everything in between, you’re sure to find what you need.

Plus, be sure to get the skirt pattern from sewnews.com and add embroidery to one of the skirt embellishment ideas in the Feb/March 2015 Sew News.

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Or add crystals to the embroidered zipper bracelets from CME March/April. (Get a free design here until April 30!)

 

 

Let your creativity and imagination run wild. Find inspiration hot off the runway, like this Elie Saab dress.

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Large-scale embroidery on sheer fabric embellished with crystals.

I’d never in a million years make a dress like this (because where would I wear it?) but the beautiful, ethereal fabrics, embroidery designs and embellishment placement are so inspiring. I’ve dreamt up six different embroidered and embellished projects already.

What techniques do you combine with your embroidery?

~Nicki

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a Brand new Creative Machine Embroidery!

Hello readers!

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been working on big changes over here at Creative Machine Embroidery. You may be aware that we’ve redesigned Sew News (if not, read about it here). Well, we decided that it was time to refresh and renew CME too.

cme change3 a Brand new Creative Machine Embroidery!To help us on this journey, I invite you to take this survey so we can know more about you and be sure we’re bringing you the best content possible in the best way possible. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, and I encourage you to write comments in the open-ended areas. This is where we garner the most valuable information, and we really take it to heart. It does take a little time, but you’ll be rewarded with a chance to win a full-year subscription as well as get a coupon code to use in our shop.

I cannot thank you enough for being the loyal, vocal readers you are. And I can’t wait to read what you have to say! As the month progresses, we’ll be adding the finishing touches to a completely new cover look, including the logo, and the inside pages will reflect the new look and feel as well.

I’ll be posting on our progress and continually asking for your input as the month progresses. So check back on the blog frequently for sneak peeks!

Thanks for reading!

Ellen March

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Register to become a Sulky® Online Certified Teacher! Plus get $100 off Registration Now!

Make your New Year’s resolutions happen with Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training!

Creative Machine Embroidery is excited to bring this opportunity back to our readers and fans. Long time machine embroidery fanTCLogo TCwtag Register to become a Sulky® Online Certified Teacher! Plus get $100 off Registration Now!s may have heard of Sulky’s certification program, the exciting news is now  you can experience all the fun and knowledge but in the comfort of your home. Learn 55 machine art techniques from your favorite instructors and contributors and so much more.

If you need a refresher on the details, read below. Through out the month we’ll be giving you, the readers more information on this great class and opportunity.

The Details

  1. This is course is a three month class. This is not a 3 day course but 3 MONTHS of quality instruction. Class starts February 2nd  – May 1, 2015.
  2. You can take the classes in the comfort of you home. No traveling, great for those who don’t like to fly!
  3. Course starts February 2, 2015.
  4. Video instruction by the top professionals in their field.
  5. The classes are live &  you can ask questions just as you would in a regular classroom setting.
  6. Comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education.
  7. The Sulky brand, name and company is a highly valued  leader in the sewing, quilting and machine embroidery world.
  8. You will make 10 projects during the course and you will learn over 60 beautiful machine art techniques.
  9. Also included is instruction on how to teach others sewing and quilting.
  10. Last but not least if you register now you will be given a $100.00 off the course fee (full price is $499.00)! Coupon code is SN100. Use this code at checkout, but hurry seats are filling up fast.

Here is how to get started!

Go to Craft Online University to sign up. Classes start February 2, 2015.

You’ll find all sorts of valuable information on the class and all the specifics.

When ready to register use the discount code SN100.

And, you will be on your way to becoming a certified Sulky® Educator!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (Day 10) Win Pfaff 6D Embroidery Software

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Happy Friday Readers! Thanks for sticking with us for our 12 Days of Christmas. Congratulations to yesterday’s winner of the SINGER® HEAVY DUTY sewing machine, Diane G! Check your inbox for an email from me, so we can get you your new machine.

I’ve been having such a blast giving away these amazing prizes, and reading your responses to our questions! Giving gifts (and wrapping them with sparkly ribbon) is my favorite part of the holidays. I’m going on vacation starting at the end of the day today, so to wish you all a very happy holiday I’m going to give you all the chance to win:

Pfaff 6D Embroidery software!

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Adjust, monogram and combine your embroideries with an unlimited number of designs and lettering options. The ribbon bar makes 6D™ Embroidery so easy to use — all related features are grouped together intuitively.

Choose from a huge range of designs and SuperDesigns to adjust and personalize. Adjust colors, rotate and mirror designs. Move designs into the hoop automatically and change a design’s stitchout order. Resize any design with the option to keep stitch density constant or simply rescale.

Personalize your projects with unlimited lettering choices, including puffy foam. Select from 145+ embroidery fonts or use TrueType® and OpenType® fonts. Resize letters individually and adjust spacing between letters, or create elegant monograms.

Surround your monograms, names or any design with decorative frames and flourishes, or create a border automatically with motifs from your embroidery machine. Automatically repeat or reflect your designs along 8 straight or wavy lines, around 28 different shapes or to border your hoop with the Encore feature.

For your chance to win this great software, answer the following question in the comments section below:

Do you use embroidery software?

It can be such a great tool to customize and even create embroidery designs, depending on the software type. There are a lot of functions to learn, so it can be overwhelming, but the professionally-stitched look is unbeatable!

Check the Sew News blog on Monday to find out if you won, and to enter to win yet another great prize.

Good luck, happy stitching and happy holidays!

~Nicki

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 8

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 Welcome to day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Congratulations to Victoria R! Victoria won yesterday’s prize of H|CLASS 100Q Sewing Machine from Husqvarna Viking! Check your inbox for an email with instructions on how to claim your prize!

 

We have a special treat for you machine embroiders today.  Endless Stylings Embroidery Designs from Pfaff! 

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This collection of designs come in 3 different versions: Cutwork, Chainstitch or Quilt Stitch. Imagine the possibilities!! I personally LOVE cutwork designs!

Enter to win this lovely prize by answering the following question in the comments section below:

“What is your favorite holiday movie?”

My favorite holiday movie used to be A Christmas Story, but has recently been passed up by Elf. I cannot get enough of that movie!

This contest ends at 7a.m. MST tomorrow (12/18)! Check the Sew News blog tomorrow to find out if you won, plus enter to win another amazing prize!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

-Jessica

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 6

Delighted to have you back for the 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways from Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery! Excited to show you what is up for today.

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Today we’re giving away a Expert Finish Iron from Singer! Can’t call yourself a seamstress, sewist, sewing enthusiast, crafter, or quilter without having an iron in your sewing space.

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The SINGER Expert Finish iron features 1700 watts, advanced LCD electronic temperature control with 9 settings, vertical steam capabilities, open sole plate tip for excellent pleat and under-button ironing and burst of steam capabilities for stubborn wrinkles. This iron also features stainless steel sole plate with anti drip technology, 360 degree swivel cord and 3-way smart auto off. The iron comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

All you have to do to enter to win this prize is answer the following question in the comments section below:

“Do you know the difference between pressing & ironing?” And, what are the differences!

And, the winner from Friday’s contest is Carole N! Carole N. won the machine roller bag. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

Visit the Sew News blog tomorrow to find out if you won today’s prize, and for another chance to win!

Jill

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (Day 4) Win a Design & Stabilizer Pack!

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I hope you’re all getting into the spirit of the season. It’s a little hard when you’re used to snow and there’s none, but all the festive lights certainly warms my heart. To help get you (even more) in the spirit, here’s another giveaway!

Today we’re giving away the Husqvarna Viking design pack Cute and Cuddly!

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The pack includes adorable in-the-hoop projects and 11 pop-up-embroideries with fun animals for your children or grandchildren. Embellish clothes, blankets and/or bags! Designs are digitized for hoop sizes from 240×150 up to 360×350.

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Plus–3 stabilizer packages! You can always use more stabilizer, right?

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 What gets you in the holiday mood?

Is it the lights, the baking, the songs on the radio? The snow (if you’re fortunate enough to have it)? Or maybe stitching gifts for your loved ones?

The contest closes Friday 12/12 at 7a.m. MST.

Tune in to the Sew News blog tomorrow to find out if you won, and to enter to win another great prize!

Good luck and happy sewing!

~Nicki

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 2: Win a thread pack!

Hello machine embroidery enthusiast! Welcome to day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Now is the time to use all of your creativity and share it with loved ones. There is nothing that I love more! It is so fun being able to create gifts personalized to my loved ones. And what an amazing treat we have for today’s giveaway that will help you create many projects to come!

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Dianne N! Check your inbox for an email with instructions on how to claim your prize!

Today we’re giving away a Robison Anton thread gift pack from Husqvarna Viking!

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Add more thread to your stash with this gift pack of 24 spools! Who doesn’t need more thread, right?!

To enter to win this great prize, answer the following question in the comments section below:

“How much thread do you use in a year?”

Do you blast through spools like nothing? Or do you have thread spools from years ago still lingering?

Check the Sew News blog tomorrow to see if you won, and for another shot at a great prize!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

-Jessica

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New Machine Newsflash: Features & Designs Galore!

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We’ve been having so much fun playing with the brand-new Brother PE540D Embroidery-Only Machine.

Many of you probably already have standard sewing machines in your sewing room, so this embroidery-only machine is a perfectly compact and affordable addition (with the current special offer of $399 (MSRP).

You don’t even need a sewing machine to complete in-the-hoop projects using the Brother PE540D. ITH projects make for quick, easy gifts that can be customized in a snap.

The PE540D has tons of fun features and 105 built-in designs, including 35 Disney designs and 5 fonts. Kids or grandkids will love a Christmas gift embroidered with their favorite Disney character. Heck, I’d love something embroidered with my favorite Disney character! Adults are not immune to the charm of Disney.

Embroider past projects or ready-made items with ease using these great designs.

For example, did you stitch the Over the Moon pajamas from the December/January 2015 issue of Sew News? (If you haven’t yet, click the image and go download the free pattern!)

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They would be the perfect canvas for this built-in Sulley design from Monster’s Inc.

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And just in time for the traditional Christmas Eve PJs gift!

Or stitch this easy satchel in your favorite colors and adorn it with your favorite Disney Pixar character.

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Download the free pattern to stitch this pocket-ful satchel!

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Choose from classic Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, and Disney Pixar characters, such as Nemo and Marlin, Buzz Lightyear, Towmater and more!

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Have a plain, boring shirt or bag that needs some jazzing up? Add one of these fun designs to give it some character (pun intended).

Find more about the  the brand-new Brother PE540D Embroidery-Only Machine here.

Happy sewing!

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