Monogrammed Holiday Pillow Wraps + FREE ALPHABET!

CME11117 221x300 Monogrammed Holiday Pillow Wraps + FREE ALPHABET!Every year, my favorite CME issue is a toss-up between the Halloween issue and the Christmas holiday issue. There are many things to love in both issues, this year – and I have a ton of favorites from both issues!

The Wreath Wrap Pillows by Sue O’Very top my list. The project includes instructions to create a festive pillow wrap and include a download for a full monogram alphabet (!). Instructions are also included to make your own pillow insert but what I love most about this project is that you could use the wrap (and adjust the dimensions if needed) to update your favorite pillows for the holidays, then remove the wrap after: no new holiday pillows needed! Continue reading

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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!

Lead1 840x1024 Luggage Tags   DIYThis 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: Continue reading

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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.

Lead 1024x763 Sewing Mini Christmas StockingsOur 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. Continue reading

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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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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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