Jennifer Stern, Manchester, CT, US

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 03/24/2008

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How to Make Corset Ornaments

Holiday decorations don't have to be the traditional red and green to be festive. These tiny symbols of fashion not only make great ornaments, gift tags, or saches, but they're also super easy to make: you can prepare, quilt, and construct them in less than an hour.

How to Embroider Book Covers for Back-to-School

In just a few short steps, you can embroider a book cover to fit every size textbook in your child's backpack!

How to Make an Heirloom Lace-Edged Hanky for the Bride-to-Be

There's something special about a handcrafted gift for a bride-to-be, especially when it's something she can pass on to her child.

How to Create a French Knot

Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create this basic embroidery stitch.

How to Embroider a Pillowcase Valentine

Save some paper this Valentine's Day. Embroidering a love note on the hem of your Valentine's pillowcase is sure to bring more than just sweet dreams!

How to Make a Coffee-Table-Worthy Scrapbook

I love to make things and I especially love to mix it up craft wise—so this totally unique and totally stylish scrapbook cover caught my eye. By simply combining paper arts, fabric, and a huge selection of fab embellishments you can transform any three ring binder into the perfect handmade gift or styling scrapbook to keep your memories.

How to Embroider a Festive Polarfleece Stocking

Polarfleece is really easy to work with, especially when you're machine embroidering. This is the first of a few quick fleece holiday projects I have dreamed up for you—perfect for decorating your home or gift giving!

How to Make an Eco-Friendly Snack Bag

These cute reusable snack bags will cut down on the number of ziplocks you burn through this school year! All you need is a few supplies and about 10 minutes!

How to Decorate Easter Eggs Ukrainian Style

How about decorating some eggs for a supercrafty Easter egg hunt this year?

How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

Give your sweetie the gift of warm toes this Valentine's Day. These slippers are cozy and really quick to make!

Fold Your Dinner Napkin into a Turkey

How many ways can you fold a dinner napkin into a turkey? Here's an economical way to add some crafty fun to your dinner table without any added expense!

How to Make Your Own Embroidered Ribbon Belt

Use two different color ribbons, the same thread in the bobbin as you are embroidering with, and your belt can be reversible!

How to Make a Machine-Embroidered Felted Wool Tote

Here are some tips on felting an old sweater, embroidering on felted wool, and inserting a zippered pocket into a lining. Put them all together to make your own felted wool tote or bag!

How to Personalize Your Reusable Grocery Tote

Make a quick gift by adding a special message or name to a reusable grocery tote—or show that you recycle and reuse by personalizing your own tote!

How to Make a Peg Board to Organize Your Wedding Plans

Turn a plain peg board into a revolving calendar, story or inspiration board, or even a crafty place to hang your tools!

How to Make a Chalk Bag from an Ugly Doll

Why not start the New Year off by trying a new sport--Rock Climbing. Instead of buying the chalk bags try using a stuffed Ugly Dolls to create one-of-a-kind bags.

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Freebie from Urban Threads

This embroidery design is not your run-of-the-mill pink ribbon. Get your free Girl Power embroidery design from Urban Threads. Embroider it on your fund raising tees and sweats for an extra POW!!

Free Embroidery Design to Celebrate H.P. Lovecraft's 119th Birthday!

Hey all you crafty horror fans, celebrate your love for being scared out of your pants by embroidering this spooky free design from Urban Threads!

Hot in the Hive this Week--Evening Gown = Art Form

It's 3:00 am and I'm just getting home from shooting a wedding video with my husband in NYC (a new hobby). After a quick check of my email I was completely taken with this gown.Definitely Art-to-Wear!

How to Monogram a Vintage Apron with 4D Monogram & Vision Software

If you've been looking for the perfect monogramming software, here it is--Pfaff introduces 4D Monogram & Vision Software today! I love it, here's why!

How to Post a Great How-To on Craftstylish

For me, the past year has been one big "learning curve. Here are a few tips to help you write a great post so you can get your "craft on"...on Craftstylish!

How to Make a Photo "Guest Book" Wall Hanging for Your Wedding

Instead of a traditional guest book, why not give your guests the opportunity to help you create a masterpiece to hang on the wall of your new home?

DIY Bridal Comb

Making your own headpiece with attached veil is a snap. Not only will you save a ton of money, but you can also create one that's the perfect length with just the right amount of sparkle to be the crowning touch to your wedding ensemble.

Recycled Jeans Transformed into a Wedding Dress!

How cool is this: blue jeans reconstructed into a wedding gown...bleached white!

How to Make a Top from Your Dad's Silk Ties

This top ain't screaming, "Look at me, I'm made from my dad's ties!"

Check Out This Zipper--Necklace!

What a crafty way to use a zipper--the unique way to pull your outfit together!

How Spray-Paint Stencils Saved a Tablecloth

Beautiful tablecloths get stains. When the spots start to add up, use some spray paint to cover them up and transform your beautiful tablecloth into a work of art!

How to Recycle The New York Times into a Surface Relief Collage

The New York Times never looked so cool! This collage was made using copies of The New York Times the week of President Obama's Inauguration. Isn't it amazing what a little acrylic paint can do?

Get Unique Handmade Gifts for Mom on Stylehive

It's not too early to start thinking about Mother's Day...I'm always on the lookout for cool gifts for my mom. This year, I found a treasure trove of gifts on Stylehive. 

Making a Great Blog!

I just downloaded my copy of Sister Diane's new ebook, "Making a Great Blog: A Guide for Creative People." I'm going to be up all night reading it!

How to Make a Skirt out of a Pile of Scraps: No Pattern Needed!

Cutting stuff out on the bias creates a lot of large scraps, so use them to make this quick skirt!

Hair Accessories Made from Vintage Costume Jewelry

Add some glam to your up-do with these fancy hair accessories from OhFaro Davis-Nail.

Make Garden Gloves, a Free Project from the New Book Weekend Sewing!

Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross is full of inspirational sewing projects to stitch on the weekends!

How to Add a Zippered Pocket to Your Favorite Hiking Top

Take the iPod with you without having to stick it under your bra strap or waistband.

Check Out This Butterfly!

These dresses are a bit of whimsy and nature stitched up into one!

Talkin' to Betz White, Author of the New Book "Sewing Green"

Find out who's behind the "feel good" environmentally friendly book "Sewing Green."

Get the Little Bunny That Has Quite a Cult Following for Free!

People have been clamoring to get their hands on this crafty bunny (who's busy chomping on craft supplies)!

How to Recycle an Old Sweater into a Plastic Bag Organizer

Here's an easy way to organize the plastic bags you get from the grocery store so they're at your fingertips when you need to reuse them!

Happy Saint Patty's Day!

Embroider a clover!

Buttons by the Scoopful!

If you are a little short in the button department, no worries—you can get 'em by the scoopful at Fashion Sewing Supply!

How to Use Buttons to Close a Seam

Instead of stitching a traditional seam, why not use some buttons to close it up?

How to "Fill Holes" with Buttons for a Unique Embellishment

Use fusible interfacing to create a clean finish on the edge of the perfect-sized "cubbie hole" for a button!

Natalie Chanin Introduced Her New Line at Fashion Week

I blogged about Natalie Chanin's book, The Alabama Stitch Book, months ago. I was mesmerized by the beautiful details in her garments, which were mostly made from repurposed knits. Check out her new collection, Songbirds.

The 2009 Prom Dress Recycle

Dig out your old prom gown and donate it to this great cause. I love this event; it's a win-win-win! Recycle, reuse, and random act of kindness all rolled into one!

How to Turn a Photo of Your Pet into a Thread Painting

Use a light box to trace the details of a photo of your pet, then let the fun begin. Drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine and play with different shades of thread as you fill in the picture with free-motion stitching—you'll be surprised how easy it is!

Make a Paper Version and Figure It OUT!

I was having trouble simplifying my instructions to sew together a back inseam pocket with a faux welt...then I did what (I imagine) Jeffery would do. I made a paper version and figured it out!

How to Make a "Hot Dog" Draft Stop for Your Front Door

Baby, it's cold outside, so keep the heat in with this cute draft stop. Fill it with something weighty like rice to prevent drafts from sneaking in under the door. They look great on a drafty windowsill, too!

How to Fix a Belt Loop on Jeans

Three simple steps to patch the hole and reattach a belt loop on (your man's) favorite jeans!

How to Make a Mosaic Tile Portrait of Your Pet

Try something new with your photos...copy them onto Inkjet Fabric Sheets and cut them up! You'll be amazed at what you can come up with when you put them back together!

Urban Threads Wants to Be Your Valentine�Enter to Win the Crafty Love Giveaway!

Enter to win a whole stash of cool hand-embroidery stuff.

Craft Your Own Mad Love Valentine ...and Dinner from Etsy's {New New} York Street Team

Whether you need a romantic dinner recipe like homemade ravioli or a quirky valentine like a customized Mad Libs, the team from New York City has it all for you....check it out!

How to Embroider a Chew Toy for Man's (My) Best Friend

Dust off your embroidery machine—this is a great beginner project. Add your dog's name using built-in lettering or a silly smiley face to one of these chew toys—I'll help you every step of the way!

Calling All CraftStylish Embroidery Machine Owners!!!

CraftStylish is what its members bring to the table! I want to know what's on your mind—what kind of tutorials, information, and links are you looking for.

Neawear--Unique Jewelry and Wall Wear

Check out this inspiring story of how this graphic designer in Montreal, Canada, turns hand embroidery and jewelry designer.

Hand-Embroidered Felted Wool and Recycled Bicycle Parts Make the Bag!

Check out how Miss Frugality combines wool, hand-stitching, and metal parts from a bike to create a beautiful handbag!

How to Use Scraps of Knit Fabric to Make Origami Squares, Part II

Here's another way to fold fabric squares to add interest to your neckline or hem.

How to Use Scraps of Knit Fabric to Make Origami Squares, Part I

Cut small squares of knit fabric, fold them up, and tack them down for an interesting embellishment on a neckline or hem!

Jewelry from Recycled Skateboards

Who knew that a skateboard could be so beautiful? Under that scuffed-up exterior, there are layers of colorful veneer that can be shaped and sanded into cool retro jewelry!

Thrift Store Jumper Turns Boutique!

Print fabric and a little fussy cutting can transform a $7 denim jumper into an original beauty for your little beauty...or for yourself!

How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape

In this video, you'll learn how to recycle an old tee into a waterproof tote bag. All you need is a tee, some duct tape, and a fully loaded stapler!

Creative Recycling in Embroidery

Sometimes all you need is a book to get you going...

How to Draft a One-Seam Skirt in 30 Minutes

You can make this pattern, cut it out of stretch velvet, and have it sewn together in plenty of time for a New Year's Eve party!

How to Rescale a Single Embroidery Design and Make a Snazzy Pillow

Start the New Year off with a fresh look for your couch or bed with this bolster pillow. Sometimes all you need is one three sizes! Here's how to mix three fabrics together with a single design that's been converted into small, medium, and larger.

Crafting Is Thriving...Is It the Economy or Is It Because of the Fringe Benefits?

Hey, CraftStylish're in good company. The New York Times reports that sales at big craft stores like Michael's are up! And, on that day in September when the stock market plunged sharply, Etsy had record sales. But is it just because of the economy? Maybe more people are discovering our secret!

How to Make a Roll-Up Tool Organizer, Complete with Embroidered Size Labels

Organize your wrenches, chisels, paintbrushes, or whatever you're into with these quick tool rolls. Whether you make the luxe version out of leather or the durable standby out of denim, your tools will be organized and ready to go when you need them!

DIY Gift Tags with Scraps of Fabric

I love this gift tag—even though it's really simple to make, the possibilities are endless!

The Ultimate Recycle-Reuse Wrapping "Paper"

Why not consider using fabric in your stash to wrap up your handmade gifts?

How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Game

Here is a headband ear warmer that's designed to keep your favorite guy's ears warm when he's wearing a baseball cap...perfect for winter spectator sports or errands!

Take a Minute to Get Some Holiday Perspective

The rush is making, holiday parties, baking, and such. Here's one way to keep your Fa-La-La-La-La!

Who's Who in Connecticut: A Wrap-Up of Etsy Crafters at the Show

After collecting a gift bag at the door, the girls and I entered a wonderland of handcrafted goodies—all made by Connecticut crafters.

The Etsy Holiday Craft Spectacular Is Coming to Connecticut!

Hey, lucky Connecticut crafters, check out the Etsy Holiday Craft Spectacular on Saturday, December 6, for inspiration, gifts, and goodies!

How to Restyle Two Tees into One with a Fancy Ruffle

Make this quick ruffle top to wear to your next holiday party. Just pick two tees out of your closet and voila...the perfect thing to dress up jeans or pair it with a pretty sweater and skirt!

Happy Thanksgiving from my Little Turkeys to Yours!

Take a peek at one of our family turkeys, complete with marshmallow heads, Swedish fish gobbles and wings, and a colorful plume made of Twizzlers!

Decorative Stitched Gift Card Holders

My search for machine embroidered gift card holders ended (for the moment) with the discovery of a cute decorative stitched version.

How to Needle-Felt on Fleece While Making a Cozy Hat

Add a splash of color on a fleece hat by using whisps of wool roving and barbed needles to create a design.

The Modish November November Giveaway, Part II

Here is part two of the exciting Modish handcrafted goodness giveaway!

While You're Watching TV, Macrame a Necklace Using a Cool Button or Medallion

Inspired by a necklace the cashier at the grocery was wearing, I am going to whip up this macrame necklace while I'm watching TV later tonight!

The November November Give-Away at Modish

Tell em' why you like it and it could all be yours!

How to Embroider a Leather and Ribbon Belt

Belts are an essential to any wardrobe, and this one is a treat to behold, crafted in rich leather and hand-dyed silk ribbon! It's perfect for gift giving or to add a designer touch to your holiday wardrobe.

Craft the Vote...or Craft at the Vote?

Crafty things to do while you're waiting in line to vote!

How to Machine-Embroider Freestanding Lace Napkin Rings

Here's an easy way to add some elegance to your next dinner party this holiday season. Choose embroidery thread that either coordinates or contrasts with your napkins and stitch these fancy napkin rings with little effort!

Hand-Embroidered Redwork Angel Ornaments or Gift Tags

This hand-stitching project is perfect for beginners.

Embroider a Baseball Hat Without a Cap Hoop

Personalize a soft baseball cap without a stiff front panel using this simple technique. It's easy to machine-embroider your message on a soft-sided baseball cap.

A New Pink Measuring Tape Ribbon Pin Introduced by ASG

Here's a new way to show your Breast Cancer Awareness from the American Sewing Guild.

How to Make an Embroidered Water Bottle Carrier

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's full of active events to raise money for the cure. The weather is also cooler—this little tote will keep your hands from getting cold holding your water bottle!

Recycle and Restyle Your Clothes with Tips from the Trade

I found some great tips for restyling tees and other knit garments that you can afford to experiment with on the Janome website—check it out!

Use These Halloween-Inspired Machine-Embroidery Designs to Patch a Hole in an Old Pair of Jeans�Instant Festive!

Got kids??? These embroidery designs will really come in handy! Cute pumpkins, candy corn, and more, use these designs to patch a hole or cover a stain in your child's pants...better yet, patch one for yourself, too! Plus there is a cool calculator at the bottom of the page that converts inches to millimeters in a snap—no more guessing!

How to Transform a Natty Cashmere Sweater into a New Designer Original

Fall is definitely in the air, when you get your closet organized for the cooler weather, gather up all your sweaters that need a make-over, and design new ones.

Pink Inspired Projects at the Expo

I had a few minutes to zip around and meet other vendors at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo this past weekend. I was looking for way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month...I hope you're inspired.

How to Frame Your Own Embroidered Masterpiece

Some embroidery designs beg to be framed, and some frames really need a face lift. Make a $10 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and get the floral embroidery design that I that's a real win-win!

Show Your Breast Cancer Awareness Every Time You Wind a Bobbin!

If your craft involves a sewing machine, show your support by winding your bobbins on the Pink SideWinder. The best part is you'll never have to unthread your machine to fill a bobbin again!

Button Jewelry at the Expo!

The J. Stern Design Booth at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Chantilly, VA, was the perfect vantage point to see all sorts of cool crafts. Here are some of my button favorites!

Get into the Fall Spirit with the Leaf Peeper's Tote

Perfect to carry all your essentials when you're off to a country fair or a weekend trip to see the foliage!

How to Machine-Embroider a 3-D Flower

The Confederate Rose is just one of the many beautiful three-dimensional flowers that you can embroider from Pam's 3D flower. They're so fun to make, you'll want to stitch up enough for a whole bouquet!

Hot Fashion in BRAG Showroom at Gibbs College!

I attended the Grand Opening of the BRAG Showroom featuring three very talented designers...I was so impressed!

Amy Butler Fans Rejoice: Check Out Her New Daisy Chain Fabric Collection

I'm a big Amy Butler fan, and I just had a chance to check out her new collection of fabrics, Daisy Chain. It's full of large- and small-scale florals with a few stripes thrown in.

How to Embroider the Back Pocket of Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

Got pocket envy? Here's how to transform your plain back pockets into mini works of art!

Japanese Inspiration for the Flower Power Challenge

Omiyage is a book by Kumiko Sudo that is in full bloom with folded flowers, buds and leaves. Check it out and be inspired!

Meet Your Rotary Cutter's New Best Friend--WD-40!

Embroidery is hard on your equipment, especially if you use spray adhesive to hold your fabric in the hoop. Here's a great tip to keep your rotary cutter working great.

Lost Your Embroidery Foot? The Free-Motion Quilting Foot Works Great for Embroidery, Too

Here's a great back-up option to keep the embroidery going if you can't find your embroidery foot.

How to Keep Your Embroidery Machine in Tip-top Shape

Here are a few things you can do to keep your embroidery machine from visits to the repair shop.

Free Spooky Craft Projects to Do with the Kids

A crafter's paradise of free projects for Halloween and every other holiday that you can think of! Pick up some great safety tips for trick-or-treat, too!

Got a Match? Update on The Burning Man Festival 2008

I woke up this morning just in time to see a segment on the CBS news featuring The Burning Man Festival 2008.

The Burning Man Festival 2008

Check out craft in a radical form of self-expression.

How to Make a Reverse Applique on a T-Shirt by Machine

Combine an easy machine-appliqué technique with a little machine embroidery to create your own designer tee!

Crafters for Obama

Crafty causes are getting political!

Iron On, Hand-Stitch a Little, and Out the Door You Go!

These iron-on transfers are the best of both worlds: No tracing required, just use the cotton thread included to fill each butterfly in with easy embroidery stitches!

More Free Designs than You'll Know What to Do With!

It doesn't matter what brand embroidery machine you own, you can take advantage of free designs on every sewing-machine manufacturer's website!

Pamper Your Hands with Gloves in a Bottle

Embroiderers, sewers, knitters, and paper crafters rejoice: There is help for irritated, itchy hands! No matter what your craft is, Gloves in a Bottle provides a barrier between your skin and what’s irritating you.

Embroidery Term: Baste in the Hoop

Basting in the hoop is the greatest—and even if your embroidery machine does not have this capability, you can still do it!

How to Use a Chart When Working with Aida Cloth

A great advantage to using Aida cloth when embroidering is that you can work from a chart instead of transferring the pattern to your fabric.

Strip-It, the Fabric Strip Cutter

Make light work of cutting mountains of fabric strips for quilting, weaving, knitting, or crocheting!

The Alabama Stitch Book

Hand Stitches Rejoice--A whole book featuring fashionable garments, accessories and home decor projects designed using recycled fabrics.

How to Insert a Crocheted Lace Band into a Hand Towel

Make these luxurious bath towels by transforming the standard variety with some crocheted or embroidered lace.

Use Embroidery Software to Speed up the Process

Using embroidery software can get you more out of your embroidery machine faster than with standard methods.

How to Embroider the Hem of Your Favorite Yoga Pants

Pick an embroidery design that's perfect for stretchy fabrics, and it's a snap to add some fun around the hem of your yoga pants!

Fabulous Crafters at the Southern Vermont Art & Crafts Festival

Every year I trek to Vermont for this crafting spectacular--here are some of the highlights.

How to Machine Embroider Your Own Paper Right at Home

Inspired by Jeffery's post on unusual embroidered papers from India, I decided to show you how to do it right at home!

How to Finish the Trendy Tunic

The more I worked on this restyled garment, the more I liked it. I suspect I could stick it in a store like Forever 21 and no one would guess that it was transplanted there.

Use Your Favorite Photo to Create a Unique Hand Embroidery Design

Take a cherished picture of a family member, pet or prized flower in your garden and turn it into an embroidery design to stitch by hand!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Corkboard

Make one of these embroidery hoop cork boards to create a space to keep all you notes, photos or business cards at your fingertips! Cute or sophisticated, you decide by your choice of fabric.

How to Make a Bullion Knot

Here is an easy tutorial for another basic embroidery stitch.

How to Transform an Embroidered Beach Cover-Up into a Trendy Tunic

Take the pattern pieces you designed in Pattern Drafting 101 and make this stylish tunic.

Pattern Drafting 101: How to Close a Bust Dart and Move the Fullness to the Hem

With a few simple adjustments, you can transform a standard shirt pattern into a stylish tunic pattern.

Christian Lacroix--On Fashion

Flipping through my latest issue of Australian Vogue, I spied a review of this new book featuring the flamboyant couturier, Christian Lacroix--I ran out and got a copy!

More Bobbin Tips: Try Magic Genie Bobbin Washers

Put these little Teflon discs under your bobbin to eliminate backlash and bird nests in your bobbin case while you’re embroidering.

Embroidery Term: Prewound Bobbin

Winding bobbins is not on anyone’s top ten list of fun thing to do while machine embroidering. A prewound bobbin is a bobbin that comes with the bobbin thread already on it. They are very convenient to have on hand when you are working on a big project, but there are pros and cons to using them.

Embroidery Term: The Jump Stitch

A Jump Stitch is not really a stitch at all. So what are they? Read on for a little primer and some jump stitch tips to save you time

Machine Applique Flip Flops right in the Hoop!

You can embroider these adorable flip-flops right in the hoop! If you’re new to machine embroidery, this is a great project to work on because it focuses on one technique...machine embroidered appliqué.

Handmade by RosiePink

Inspiration for wool felting projects infused with machine embroidery stitching.

All Crafters Need Inspiration!

Get Inspired at the StyleHive.

Do You Have Lots of Duplicate Embroidery Design Slowing Down Your Computer?

The Embroidery DeDuper can clean your computer right up!

Are You Wondering Which Book Is Best for Beginner Sewers??

Spend less time trying to figure out a sewing technique by keeping a great reference book beside your machine.

How to Tell If Your Fabric Has Enough Stretch for the Pattern You Picked Out

Have you ever bought a pattern designed for knit fabric, measured twice, cut once, and still ended up with a finished garment that was on the tight side? Maybe it wasn't the size you cut out; maybe your fabric wasn't stretchy enough for the pattern.

How to Machine-Embroider Your Own Refrigerator Word Art

Clever word art is just a push of a button away when you machine-embroider your own!

How to Place Pattern Pieces Straight on the Grainline

Here's what to do with that long, straight grainline marking printed on all your pattern pieces...

Quick Tip: Stitch and Place from Nancy Zieman

In this video, Nancy shows us how to get our embroidery designs to stitch out in exactly the right place.

Crafty Chat

If you want to check out what other crafters and crafty business people are doing, check out Crafty Chat for weekly on line chats about what's selling and being made

Did you have a sock monkey when you were a kid...

I was cruising around looking for cool embroidery, instead I found cool Socktopus!  They remind me of one of my favorite childhood pals--my sock monkey

Transform Your Embroidery Mistakes by Changing Your Outlook

Mistakes and boo-boos fall into two different categories—Designer Details and Character Builders.

"Patching the Hole" in My Stabilizer to Do Multiple Embroideries Saved My HTML Tee!

Using a "patch the hole" method to embroider the same design over and over saved my shirt...and probably my machine when it got jammed.

Crafty in Connecticut

If your 4th of July social calendar isn't full yet, why not check out the 22nd Annual New England Arts & Crafts Festival in Milford, CT.

Stitch, Dissolve, and Distort with Machine-Embroidery Stitches

We pay so much attention to stabilizing so that fabric won't pucker. Try loosening up a little and go for the wrinkles, puckers, and crinkles.

The Last Stitch: How to Finish Your Hand-Embroidery

When it comes to the end of a design, a color change, or running out of thread, a secure finish without adding bulk is what you need! Here's how to make a clean finish!

Check Out SWAK and Enter to Win a New Janome 350E!

Seal it with a kiss and enter to win this fantastic embroidery-only machine—it's the perfect companion to your trusted sewing machine!

Machine-Embroider a Tee with a Slogan: HTML Style!

Computer techies, express yourself by stitching some code. Embroider a bit of code on the back of a tee and display the results on the front! Recycle an old tee to deliver your "Go Green" message.

Be Sweet Products...Everything From Sweet Knitting Patterns to Felted Rocks and Pebbles!

Visit this website for out-of-the-ordinary knitting patterns and other unusual fiber wonderful felted wool pebbles.

How to Make a Mini Tote out of Embroidered Jeans

If you have some cool embroidered denim lurking around in your closet that you haven't worn in years...or maybe months, pull it out and remake it into a hip bag!

Hot Fashion at the Freedom of Expression Fashion Show

Gibbs College held its students' Spring Fashion Show on Thursday, June 19th.

The Laton Jacket Revisited

I checked in at the Plimoth Plantation to see the latest progress on this beautiful hand-embroidered re-creation. I was delighted to see that they were working on the lining fabric.

How to Hand-Stitch an Outline Stitch

Did you know that this basic stitch, primarily used for outlining, is actually made up of straight stitches that overlap? Learn the steps to making a graceful stitch.

Can you Machine Embroider a Bathing Suit?

Use the "Secret" to learn how to add hot embroidery to your own swim suit...and much more!

Bobbin Embroidery Takes Center Stage

Here is a new way for you to try out bobbin work: a cool technique that lets you stitch out embroidery designs on the underside of your hoop.

Initial Your Work with Snazzy Monograms

Monograms have long been symbols of elegance and luxury. Although they are fairly simple to make yourself, the hardest part is usually finding a cool monogram style to suit your personality. Here is a nifty embroidery tool that allows you to choose just about any font type for any size monogram.

Circles all around the Cocktail Party

This dress was created from hundreds of silk organza circles.

Amy Butler Jeans

I love quilting, but I rarely have the time...When I get the chance to add a quilting technique to a garment that I'm working on, I go for it.

Make Your Own Large-Spool Stand

I love to pass on new ideas I get from friends, teachers, students, and customers. Here is a great way to manage large spools of thread such as those used for your bobbin: Use the spool from packages of new, blank CDs.

Check Out the Hand-Stitching Wonder of Jenny Hart

Jenny Hart’s thought-provoking portraits feature breathtaking detail. See her work at a new exhibit at The Art Center in St. Petersburg, Florida from May 23 to August 16, 2008.

How to Make Your Embroidery Thread Behave

Whether you are hand embroidering or machine embroidering, how you handle your thread can make or break its performance. Here are some tips to keep your thread in line and running smoothly.

Embroiderers Style Accessories with Needlepoint

Needlepoint is making a huge comeback. The pages of fashion magazines are showing how this traditional, hand-crafted embroidery technique gives super-trendy flair to belts, bags, and home décor.

Use Specialty Bobbin Thread for Your Embroidery

Are you new to embroidery? Did you know that there is special thread that is made for use in the bobbin while you’re embroidering?

Embroidery Meets the Needle-Felting Machine

Have you tried those new needle-felting machines yet? They’re fantastic! It’s like embroidery with wool roving and other fibers (instead of threads). When I first got my hands on one, I used it to (of course) embroidery on my jeans!

Use these Tricks for Embroidering with Metallic Threads

I was inspired to share this information with you because I just finished making a cool embroidered skirt out of my favorite pair of old jeans. To give this restyled garment some sparkle, I embroidered with some metallic threads. I was happy to find that some true tricks of the trade made the project easier, and the resulting skirt is now a new favorite.

Restyle Alert: Vintage is Hot!

Vintage has exploded onto the pages of Vogue magazine, and embroidery designer, Hope Yoder, is way ahead of the curve! I almost swooned when I saw this dainty, girly shrug that was adapted from a new shrug pattern. It's so sweet, and sweeter still, Ms. Yoder says that there's more to come.

Quick Tips for Embroidering on Leather

Have you ever tried to embroider on leather? One would think it would be easy to work with because it’s obviously stable enough to support embroidery, but embroidering on leather has some surprising obstacles, such as stretching! Thankfully, these obstacles are easily overcome, and once you know what kind of stabilizer and needles to use, it’s a snap!

Always pre-wash fabric before you embroider on it

There is one major embroidery mistake that doesn't actually appear until after you have washed your creation for the first time: shrinkage. Too many times, I've completely destroyed beautiful creations. Luckily, this error is easily avoided if you just remember to take this one simple step.

Embroidery Term of the Week: Redwork

Today, the term "redwork" can be used to describe a general form of outline stitching, but this artful technique using red, cotton floss dates back to the 18th century when this craft’s simplicity and affordability made it very popular.

How Often Should You Change Your Needle?

Did you know that one of the simplest ways to keep your machine in shape and increase the time that you spend stitching beautiful stitches is to change your needle often? Here are some simple tips to guide you towards getting the best out of your machine stitching.

Cross-Stitching on Knitted Fabric

I may use my embroidery machine a lot, but there are times when only hand-worked embroidery will do the trick.

Embroidery Term of the Week: Weave Fill

This week’s embroidery term is weave fill, or the tiny stitches that are used to fill in an embroidery design. While there are several different kinds of fill stitches, weave fill is one of the most commonly used, especially when working with larger shapes or design elements.

Inspiration Everywhere�From Coast to Coast!

Wherever I am, at home or on the road, I am always on the lookout for embroidery inspiration. Recently, right from the comfort of my own home in Connecticut, I came across this amazing blog on the Metropolitan Museum of Art site. And last month, I found plenty of inspiration at the Craft & Hobby Show in California, where I met up with my Craft Stylish colleagues and got to partake in one of my favorite pastimes: fashion watching.

Embroidery Term of the Week: Topping

No, it is not an ice cream topping, but an indispensable tool for embroiderers. You'll get crisp, clear lines and your designs will look awesome. The name of the miracle stabilizer? Topping.

Using Hand Embroidery Stitches to Make a Personalized Card or a Vintage Valentine

After visiting the Plimoth Plantations’s website earlier in the week, I was inspired to dig out my own hand embroidery project.I love Lavender and Lace Designs, and I started this one a few years ago to celebrate my two daughters.

Laton Jacket Project

Plimoth Plantation is producing an incredible opportunity for embroidery enthusiasts: over the next few years the museum will be re-creating a 17th century laton jacket.

Quick Tip of the Week: Incredible Shrinking Thread

My friend Gail started experimenting with this cool thread to embellish a sweatshirt jacket she was working on. She used it instead of traditional decorative thread to stitch across panels of her jacket. After she was done, she steamed it with her iron. The thread shrunk up, creating interesting texture similar to smocking.

How to Create Signature Bath Linens

I love nothing more than stepping into my bathroom and being greeted with a fresh set of personalized bath linens. All you need to plump up plain-Jane towels and shower curtains is your embroidery machine and a bit of contrasting thread.

Embroidery Term of the Week: Dongle

“Dongle” is such a goofy-sounding word, when I hear people talking about their dongles, I always imagine something silly like they’re referring to their latest fashion accessory. Actually, a dongle is the security device that allows you to open embroidery software programs.

Quick Tip of the Week: Review of Embroidery Threads

Let's face it, embroidery is basically the artful application of a bunch of thread—I say that because it is so easy to forget how utterly confusing it can be when it comes to picking out the right brand and type of thread for a particular embroidery project.

Did you know you don't have to hoop your fabric?

I recommend trying this simple “hoopless” technique the next time you embroider on tricky fabric.

Hooked & Pricked

Hi, my name is Jennifer Stern, and I am so pleased to have this opportunity to share my embroidery stories and adventures (filled with both designer details and character builders) with you. Oh, and be sure to check out the Pricked exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design.

Make a Bracelet in a Flash!

Try this fast, easy and fun project from our Sew Stylish: Gifts to Make edition.

recent comments

Re: How to Make an Eco-Friendly Snack Bag

Thanks for the great idea Bonniedoo! I just want to mention that I tested my bag with ripstop nylon by filling it up with Cheerios... They lost their crispiness by the next morning :( I'm going to try again with a food safe vinyl!

Re: How To Create Prints with Stencils, a Spray Bottle, and Paint

Hey Cal...I love that idea!!! looks great!

Re: How To Make Customized Occasion T's

Hey Cal, I love that idea...Lenny and I just got married last week, I think I need a"Hasemann 09" Tee!

Re: Purple Passion

I love the way you incorporated the embroidery detail along the neckline, very nice!

Re: How to Make an Heirloom Lace-Edged Hanky for the Bride-to-Be

Hi Meredith, I like to use Aqua Mesh wash away stabilizer--it looks like paper (not the clear stuff). After the embroidery is done, I trim most of the stabilizer away and then the rest washes away. I almost alway use 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray to hold the fabric in the hoop--It makes it much easier to get the embroidery positioned exactly where I want it! (Never too many questions... :>)

Re: Make a Family Cookbook for Mother's Day or a Wedding Shower

Susan, that's a great idea...I've been jotting notes in the margins of my favorite recipe books for years. They become like a journal, I record dates, time and reactions from family members + adjustments to make them better next time!

Re: How to Make a Top from Your Dad's Silk Ties

Thanks everyone...While I design fashion patterns, my favorite project is always the one that I get to fly on the seat of my pants with!

Re: How to Make a Rickrack Brooch for Mother's Day

Linda I love these brooches...I think they would make the perfect embellishment for felted wool purses and hats!

Re: How to Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt

Hey Meredith--Stylehive did a post about your skirt in their blog--very cool!

Re: Make a Recycled Clothespin Bag

This project makes me yearn for a clothesline!!! --I love the giant trims!

Re: How to Make a Beginner's Lace Sachet Bag: Perfect for Moms and Brides

Hi Tina, as I sit down to write this comment, I glanced up and noticed that the yarn that I got for the mini-cardi are still just balls of yarn... Anyway, I love this little project, it is sweet! (Your photos are great too!!!!)

Re: Get Unique Handmade Gifts for Mom on Stylehive

I'll Be there! (Thanks for letting me know!)

Re: How to Make a Skirt out of a Pile of Scraps: No Pattern Needed!

Thanks ladies! I'd love to see what you come up with. Happy sewing.

Re: Making a Great Blog!

Thanks Linda, I was so excited to get up stairs and start reading I forgot to tell people where to get theirs!

Re: Make Garden Gloves, a Free Project from the New Book Weekend Sewing!

Hi Garnetnm, Click on the link above to get to the STC Books New. Look for the picture of the garden gloves and click on that, a pdf of the project will pop right up! Please let me know if you need any more help.

Re: How to Add a Zippered Pocket to Your Favorite Hiking Top


Re: How to Turn an Item for Recycling into a Beautiful Vase

I looked quick the first time, and I thought that your vase was a basket. That's really ingenious! ...Pretty flowers too.

Re: Crafting with VHS Tapes

You are so clever...I love every one of those ideas. BRAVO!

Re: Get the Little Bunny That Has Quite a Cult Following for Free!

Ohhhh, I think I found a Crafty Bunnie Fan! You're Welcome!

Re: How to Make Button Embellishments for Shoes!

Susan, what a sweet idea, love it.

Re: Twilight-Inspired Crafts

My daughter Anna, (age 12), has been begging me to read the Twilight series...yes, she's read them all (more than once.) She loves fantasy and is also an avid Harry Potter reading fun is usually spent with the likes of Judi Picoult, James Patterson or Ken Follett... But, I finally gave in to the pressure. I just finished Twilight...I have to admit it makes great bubble bath material! On to New Moon!

Re: How to Recycle an Old Sweater into a Plastic Bag Organizer

Thanks for the comments...and yes, the sleeve is perfect for this project (I used the front section, because that's what I had left!)

Re: How to Turn Blah Buttons into Bodacious Buttons

I love it...what an easy way to get buttons that match the fabric!!

Re: Wait 'til You Hear This...

Michaela, I loved your story...thanks for sharing. (I wish my childhood was half as entertaining!) Congratulations

Re: Happy Saint Patty's Day!

Thanks for the tip mep...I fixed it!

Re: How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillow

Your pillow IS beautiful!! --If you want to speed up the process of sewing the button on, you can do it by machine. Just "scotch tape" the button in place, drop your feed dogs and use the zig-zag stitch to sew them on. If you don't have a "sew on a button" foot, use an open toe foot so you can see the holes. Line the button up under the presser foot (The scotch tape keeps the button for sliding around). With 5 or 6 swings of the needle the button is securely in place! (Hand-walk the machine to make sure the width of the stitch matches the holes in the button before you let it rip.)

Re: The 2009 Prom Dress Recycle

Thanks for spreading the word...I'm in favor of all good causes...especially the sad ones. I'm touched.

Re: Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study

As a rule, I don't work with paper unless I'm trying to figure out how to sew something in fabric. Still, I always check out your posts, and I always find them inspiring--I especially like this one, thanks for sharing your experience.

Re: How to Turn a Photo of Your Pet into a Thread Painting

Have you ever tried Holoshimmer thread from's a great alternative to traditional metallic thread. It's actually a sliver of holographic material that is more durable (breaks much less than metallic threads). Bonus Tip--if you're having problems with your metallic threads, use a vertical spool pin with a metallic needle and a little Sewers' Aid on the spool if you have any tension or breakage problems.

Re: How to Make an Embossed Photo Frame for Your Pet

...and you're right, I have everything I need to make this project right in my pantry. This is a great weekend project to do with the girls, Thanks!

Re: How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Game

Hi ggmom, I think that if you took one of the fleece ear warmers that you made that's too small for the large brim on those team caps, you could figure out how much length you would need to add to get the brim to fit easily. It probably wouldn't be a lot, possibly an inch give or take a little. Then you would sew the ends of the "under the brim" piece a little farther back along the sides on the ear warmer part--that way you'd make more room for the brim. I also think it's a good idea to eliminate the under the brim piece if it's too low.

The small size is 22", the med is 23" and the lg is 24" Take away a 1/2 inch for the seam allowances to get the finished circumference. The problem with giving exact measurements is that fleece varies in how stretchy it is...the more stretch, the shorter the measurement needs to be to be comfortable.

I hope that helps.

Re: The Latest Trend in Sewing Machines Is BIG!

Wow...that puppy gives my Pfaff Creative Vision a run for it's hoops and stitches! Awesome!

Re: Craft for Cats: Two Yarn-Scrap Toys for Your Feline Friends

Hey Tina, maybe I should have started with this most adorable mouse... I love your knitting style, If my boyfriend wasn't allergic to kitties, I would run out and get one!

Re: Crochet Scarves to Carry You Through Winter

... I mean the ivory Nicky Epstein number. Can I learn to crochet??? The mini cardi is not going well, but I'm not going to give up on that either!

Re: Crochet Scarves to Carry You Through Winter

Linda, I agree--pair I would pair it with some black skinny jeans and a turtleneck....very hot!

Re: How to Make a "Hot Dog" Draft Stop for Your Front Door

Thanks...I just want to add another note on the filling for this project. I was interviewing an author for a book review I'm doing next month...(top secret stuff!), and we were taking about draft stoppers. She very kindly pointed out to me that if I had any "critters" sharing my home, they might think my doggie draft stopper was a buffet (because I filled it with rice.) Might I recommend you take Lucybug33's advice and use cat litter...much less tasty to the little critters that I hope I don't have! (It seems so obvious now that rice filling could be a cattle call of sorts!)

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt With Pin Tucks

I love the pintuck detail in the back, it creates a nice shape!

Re: Happy Fat Tuesday: Eat Pancakes!

OMG...that's so funny, guess what my mother dropped off to me today?? A new griddle to make pancakes on! Guess what we're doing tomorrow morning before school! ...We are going to have a pancake Wednesday morning...ashes aren't until 7:00 pm (That's when my daughter signed herself up to be an altar girl!)

Re: How to Make a "Hot Dog" Draft Stop for Your Front Door

That's a great idea...thanks for sharing!

Re: Calling All CraftStylish Embroidery Machine Owners!!!

Hi Sewongirl,

I worked in a sewing store for 10 years, and I'm pretty familiar with all the brands. While almost all of the embroidery-only machines are pretty good, the most user-friendly brands are Brother, Babylock and Janome. Embroidery-only machines can be more reliable for embroidery because the needle just does one thing--it goes up and down. It's easier to get the tension set right because you're not trying to balance decorative and zig-zag stitches.

The important feature you want to look for is how easy it is to get additional designs into the machine. Some of the embroidery-only machines that are super inexpensive (or older models) require special software to get new designs into the machine. This software can cost more than the machine!

Janome -
Brother -
Babylock -

If I had to buy just one, I would probably get the Janome Memory Craft 350E. You can get designs back and forth from the machine to your computer with a compact flash PC Card (and credit-card size adaptor)-- You don't need any special software to get .jef format designs from the computer to the machine. (.jef is the format that Janome embroidery machines recognize)

Just one more note--While you can embroider lots of designs without worrying about copy right issues when you are selling them, Disney designs and any other trade marked designs can not be embroidered and sold. Take a minute and check the copyright rules for any designs that you want to use to make things to sell.

Re: How to Embroider a Pillowcase Valentine

Thanks guys...I have a set of embroidered pillowcases for sleepover guests and lucky charms for Saint Patty's Day too!

Re: How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

Thanks Cal!

Re: How to Place Pattern Pieces Straight on the Grainline

Hi Asian Pear-- I know exactly what you mean. Directional prints can look great when all the pieces are going the same way on the fabric. I think you can get away with cutting out the carriers in the same direction as the other pieces. However, the binding and loop piece needs to be cut on the diagonal (or bias) so that it will have some stretch. If you cut the binding on the straight of grain with the rest of the pieces, you won't have an easy time finishing the legs with it because it won't have any stretch. Happily, the binding and loop pieces will be very narrow after you finish folding them--so it will be hard to tell which way the tigers stripes are going. Hope that helps!

Re: How to Make a Mosaic Tile Portrait of Your Pet

Hi Meredith and Linda, Thanks for ringing in. I would use the fusible version from Printed Treasures, it works great, and you don't have to do the step of dealing with separate webbing. And, I've washed it in gentle and it stays fused and the colors stay pretty good too! Here's the address for Printed Treasures (that will take you right to the fusible version.
Happy sewing!

Re: Neawear--Unique Jewelry and Wall Wear

I'm interested, what are you thinking of experimented with????

Re: Enhance Your Valentine Cards with a Crocheted Border

Linda, That is the sweetest thing I've seen in a long time...very vintage!

Re: How to Make Mittens for Lovers

Hey Tina, I had a guy in my skill building sewing class a couple of years ago... He sewed all sorts of interesting stuff. One of the projects I remember him making was a "love glove" he could hold hands with this wife on walks when the weather was cold. Great project....romantic and practical!

Re: How to Make a Recycled Sweater for a Dog

Your tutorial makes me want to run out and get a little dog to dress up!

Re: Calling All CraftStylish Embroidery Machine Owners!!!

Hi Carol,

Do you mean the Pfaff or Viking 3D software?...I own and love that software! I know exactly what you mean about seeing what you digitize stitch out in the hoop--it's exciting to watch. What kind of projects and info would you like to see on Craftstylish?

Re: How to Use Scraps of Knit Fabric to Make Origami Squares, Part II

Hey Jocole--Thanks, and I'd love to see what you come up with...I haven't filed this one away yet, I'm thinking of using the orgami squares to form a halter style neckline as the base for a chiffon tunic--when is the weather going to warm up?

Re: Wall to Wall Paper

Kudos to all--I can't think of a more appropriate backdrop for Craftstylish...thanks for show us how to do it!

Re: Hand-Embroidered Felted Wool and Recycled Bicycle Parts Make the Bag!

Hi Wutz4tea--Julia, designer and owner of Miss Frugality felted the wool and made the bag1!...check out her blog (link above), she has lots of cool stuff:) Have a great evening!

Re: How to Draft a One-Seam Skirt in 30 Minutes

Hi, garments and pattern making are my first love, so I'll be doing more on Craftstylish soon!...I'm putting the final touches on my own pattern line (The jeans are to die for!!!)

As far as the elastic waistband is concerned... I wrap a piece of elastic around my middle to get the length that's comfortable. Then I sew it into a circle and mark the quarters. Position the elastic against the wrong side of the waistline and pin the quarters to the side seams and CF and CB. Make sure the top edge of the elastic is even with the raw edge of the skirt. Then use a serger (or 3-step zig-zag on your sewing machine) to sew the elastic to the edge of the waistline. Stretch the elastic so it just fits the fabric between the pins. Hold the elastic taut as you sew--let the machine feed the edge without holding it back or pulling it through. Then fold the elastic down, (encasing it in fabric). Pin in place and use the 3-step zig-zag to stitch the elastic down. --that's it. Let me know if you need more detail!

Re: How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

Here is another website that carries the Homespun Slipper Pattern. I love it because it looks great on men and women--it's definitely worth picking up while you still can.

I hope that helps.

Re: How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

Here is another website that also carry Homespun Slippers from Favorite Things--If you like the style, it's well worth picking up while you still can. (I like it because it looks great on men and women)

Re: How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

Hi Betty, The pattern is readily available at the Candle on the Hill, simply click the link above. Sorry for any confusion.

Re: Hand-Embroidered Felted Wool and Recycled Bicycle Parts Make the Bag!

Every diy girl has her favorite tools...mine in the rivet and tac button putter inner...I posted it because the original photo of the bag on Miss Frugality's blog inspired me to see if I can use this tool for more than just rivets and buttons--maybe to use bike parts or other metal do-dads as fasteners of some sort... sorry if the picture confused.

Re: Reflections on Crafts and Crafters

Thanks for the recap Jen...It brought back lots of memories from my experience last year at the CHA. I can't believe it's been a year already, I guess time really flies when you're having so much crafty fun!

Re: How to Make a Machine-Embroidered Felted Wool Tote

Hey guys, thanks for the positive comments. This bag is really easy to make...has anyone given it a try, I'd love to see some pics!!

Re: How to Make a Mantra Mirror

I'm going to transform my ordinary mirror into a mantra mirror. It's the perfect way to keep what's important in my life right in front of my eyes...sometimes when it gets really busy, I can forget the real gig is!!! Thanks ...also, being a Chapstick girl, I have lots of Clinique Lipstick (that comes with the "free gift with purchase" sitting in a drawer just waiting for this opportunity!)

Re: A Tale of Two Sweaters

Hi Mary,

I love what you did to that cardigan. The leaves are great, but the restyled hem and and neckline really make it hip! Thanks for a great project!

Re: Celebrity Watch at CHA

Wow, I love the idea for the back of the Booth, it looks great! I thought you kidding about Paris, taking a pic of a look alike...I didn't know she was a crafter!

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

Hi...can you use a Orbit Gum Box????

Re: How to Use Scraps of Knit Fabric to Make Origami Squares, Part II

Hi Susan, and thanks...I knew the minute I put those gray square on the white tee that I needed a "Part II". My first love is drafting patterns, so I was more than happy to have the excuse to squeeze a new design into my tight schedule...then I had scraps of the same fabric to work with! It's a bonus really because the gathers at the neckline are very flattering to my "growing" bust line. If you're interested, you can see some of the process in my blog at!

Re: How to "Waste" Paper

This is the perfect "after life" for some of the pages and inspiring cover shots from my extra large size W Magazine ...Plus it will look great in my sewing room! Thanks Jeffrey

Re: Restyle Sweater Sleeves into Leg Warmers

This is the perfect thing to whip up to wear with your yoga pants...My legs have been a little nippy running in and out of yoga class. I noticed my yoga teacher was wearing leg warmers to cover her legs below the hem of her yoga pants...I told her to check you out on Craftstylish so she could make some more (and I'll get to it too!) Thanks for the idea

Re: Thrift Store Jumper Turns Boutique!


Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Shrug

That's really cute!!!

Re: How to Make a Woven Scrap Journal

Diane, This is the perfect gift idea I was looking for...thanks for a great project and, your instructions are excellent:)

Re: Jewelry from Recycled Skateboards

Thanks for the tip bmwbzz....I agree, the all girl camp, school, or whatever definitely has something special...and I secretly envied the girl who played on the 'boys" baseball team!

Re: How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape

I think this would be a great kid craft...I think it's really hard to hurt yourself with a stapler (I haven't managed to staple myself yet!!!) The only thing I will say it that the larger the tee the harder it is to work with...The smaller sparkle tee was easier to get the tape onto and keep in position as I was taping along! Using team shirt for this project is an excellent idea!....

...The Greatful Dead would be very cool too!

Re: How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

Maybe I should trade my knitting needles (trying to do the mini cardi) for a big crochet hook...great project!

Re: How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape

Hi Paintchipgirl (I love that)--I used s standard stapler...make sure it's fully loaded though...I used A LOT of staples! It didn't matter when I was closing the bottom, but when I was playing with adding darts for a different shape (on the sparkle "evening" version) it helped to keep the staples very close together (end to end).

Have fun making your tote!

Re: How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape

Hi Jen, I emailed Jodi Khan, the designer of this project, about your questions. Here is her response:

Regarding duct tape and the heat: I wouldn’t recommend leaving a bag made out of duct tape in a hot car for an extended period of time. The tape will get gooey if it’s left in a really hot place for too long. But you will be able to use the bags in the summer, just don’t store them in a hot trunk or closed up car. Also, regarding washing the bags, I have used a sponge to clean the outside of the bag. I’ve never tried to wash it in the washing machine. You might be able to hand wash it in cold water and woolite — You could experiment with that. Hope that helps!

I hope that helps too!

Re: How to Draft a One-Seam Skirt in 30 Minutes

Hey you guys I want to see your skirts!!! If you're working with fleece, this pattern is even easier because the darts disappear into the nap of the fabric...just be careful when you are "pressing" them. Hover the iron over the dart and use gentle steam because polar fleece can melt..yuck!

Re: How to Draft a One-Seam Skirt in 30 Minutes

If anyone needs help getting their skirt to fit, shoot me an email at [email protected] One tip I can think of right off the bat--if you are making a low-waisted skirt or have little difference between waist and hip measurements--your darts will be very small, especially in front!

Re: How to Make Non-Toxic Floor Polish

This is all excellent info for me--my new house has hardwood floors throughout!! Thanks

Re: Sewing with Knits...It CAN Be Fun!

I love the ribbon--very Chanel!

Re: How to Make a Roll-Up Tool Organizer, Complete with Embroidered Size Labels

There were templates mentioned in one of the captions. That was actually text from a previous post that I forgot to delete. I apologize for the confusion.

Re: How to Make a Roll-Up Tool Organizer, Complete with Embroidered Size Labels

Hi Everyone...There are no templates to download for this project. When I first read your comments, I couldn't remember if there were any or not...I did this project the week before I moved into my new house. (It's been a little crazy--between loosing my e-mail address in the transfer--to having no heat because the boiler blew.) Happily, the cable company found my e-mail address, and the heat is on! Please let me know if you need more help.

Re: How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Game

Hi Sue, Happy Holidays. Sorry I didn't get back to you with the measurements of the pattern in time...I'm happy you were able to figure it out. I went rushing around trying to find the pattern and I realized I already packed it...I'm moving into my new house next Tuesday. I know how tricky it is to find the perfect gift for those men in our lives...I'm glad this project worked for you.

Re: The Ultimate Recycle-Reuse Wrapping "Paper"

I love your idea of reusable drawstring bags!!!'s kinda like my Polish Pottery baking dishes that I fill over and over with delicious food! Happy Holidays!

Re: How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Game

Cindylue, that's great...wait till you see how fast they are to make. If you're interested being quick and speedy, sew them all one step at a time--bind the edges and of all the under the brim straps first, then sew the center back seam...etc. I'm glad you and your guys like this project. When I first discovered this project the only picture of it was a line illustration in Polar Fleece Pizzazz. It seemed like a really cool, innovative idea. After I made one up, I has my boyfriend try it on...just between you and me, he thought it was silly. We polled some of the neighbors in his apartment building who were walking by when I was trying to take a photo...Happily most of the guys we asked would wear it to a game!

Re: How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Game

Thanks...I know what you mean..They're quick to make, so you can whip one up for you and your guy!! Happy Holidays!

Re: Who's Who in Connecticut: A Wrap-Up of Etsy Crafters at the Show

Sorry about that Peachy Cheek...and Thanks Michaela for the quick fix.

Re: How to Embroider a Festive Polarfleece Stocking

Wow, thank for all the comments...I appreciate all the feed back, and thank you Arvid10 for trouble shooting the printing issue! As far as finding the design on, the design is swirl dot FB117. If you put that info in the search it will come up! Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays to all!

Re: Happy Thanksgiving from my Little Turkeys to Yours!

Hi Cathy,

Unfortunately, I do believe that a sewing center won't help you with something you didn't buy from them...I worked for a dealer for 10 years, and even through we didn't treat customers that way, I know plenty of shops who did. I would love to help you with your question, buy I have to research it first. I've never worked with a magic box. My gut feeling is that if there is digitizing capability, it's limited. I am familiar with most manufacturers' software....Let me check it out and I'll get back to you.

Re: How to Restyle Two Tees into One with a Fancy Ruffle

Thanks Craft Crazy22 I like the idea of using the darker knit to finish the armholes. I think the batik threw it over the edge!

Re: How to Make a Machine-Embroidered Felted Wool Tote

Thanks Toffy...if you get a chance to try it out, I'd love to see what you come up with! Happy Sewing

Re: How to Make a Snowstorm

I'm sitting here fighting with my too-small circle rings trying to make my wreath--maybe I'll get the dental floss!!!

Re: Happy Thanksgiving from my Little Turkeys to Yours!

Hi Adrien, I'm so happy to meet someone else who has similar sew space...chaotic as it is, there is a certain kind of magic that happens in that room...If I had a dining room, I'm pretty sure it would be taken over as well! I'm thrilled that our Craftstylish community reaches the whole world round. I would love to see what you've been creating in Zambia...get your daughters right on it! (My daughters are sucking in technology faster than I can keep up with it too!) Best wishes and happy sewing to you from the US of A!!!

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Oh my god, you're killing me with the cool knitting stuff...I'm trying it. I don't know how to knit, but I'm going to try and knit along with you on this you think I can figure it out???

Re: How to Use Fold-Over Elastic

Hi, another thing you can do to get a "straight stitch" look is to use a regular zig-zag and adjust the stitch a little longer, like 3.5 mm and adjust the width very narrow, like 0.5 mm. Those adjustments will give your "straight zia-zag" a little give....if you need lots stretch around the edge, the stitch shown is an excellent option.

Re: How to Embroider a Festive Polarfleece Stocking

Thank you so much, happy holidays to you as well!

Re: Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Tree

Tina, What a great idea...I love the non-traditional spin!

Re: How to Frame Your Own Embroidered Masterpiece

You can easily cut an opening for your embroidery using a super sharp craft knife. Draw faint lines with a pencil to create the shape you need. If you are making a square or rectangle, use a ruler to make nice straight lines. Firmly hold the ruler along the line and cut along the line with the craft knife. Before you remove the center piece carefully check to be sure the mat is completely cut out...especially in the corners!

Re: How to Machine-Embroider Freestanding Lace Napkin Rings

You're welcome...if you need any more help, please feel free to let me know. Good Luck with your snowflakes!

Re: How to Make an All-Recycled Sketchbook

I'm really a go-green kinda girl, and this one definitely has my vote... I'm adding it to my Christmas Gift Giving List!

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami I know how you felt when I posted the embroidered paper...I have bolts of the stuff and it never dawned on me to use it like that!

Re: How to Machine-Embroider Freestanding Lace Napkin Rings

Hey Jen--they hold up great. Usually if they don't fall apart in the rise portion of the process they will be fairly durable. In the store I used to work in we hung the same lace snowflakes in the window for years!

Re: The Name Game

Good luck! I've been following your progress with interest because I've been busy working on my patterns and website and such...and I spent all last week looking for houses (Not the best time for me considering my job situation, but the stars and moon have come into alignment!)

Re: How to Embroider a Leather and Ribbon Belt

Thanks guys...If you don't have an embroidery machine, you could draw a linked circle design, cut two out of soft leather and sew them together (wrong sides facing)...Add some ribbon and you have a non-embroidered version!

Re: Warm and Comfy Afghan

April,it looks so cozy--I especially love the way you did the fringe!

Re: Ideas for a Creepy Little Photo Book

I have two little mind controllers!...I'm constantly working on the antidote!

Re: Embroider a Baseball Hat Without a Cap Hoop

Thanks...good luck and remember to pick soft caps!

Re: Shopping for Fuzzy Bear Hats with My New Friend Bill Murray

Does Bill Craft??? Maybe some Macho Manly crafts wouldn't be a bad idea.

Re: The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Mask

Jeffery--You are amazing!

Re: How to Transform a Natty Cashmere Sweater into a New Designer Original


Re: Get into the Fall Spirit with the Leaf Peeper's Tote

I didn't check these handles specifically, but most hardware that you can get for hand bags and totes are really easy to work with. Some of them attach like magnetic snaps do. If you go to where the pattern is sold, check out the handles, they give brief descriptions that might be helpful.

Re: Button Jewelry at the Expo!

ArtByMAR--When you do dig those buttons out, be sure to show us what you come up with. We would love to see how you transform your stash into a new treasure!

Re: Button Jewelry at the Expo!

Jen, I definitely know what you mean, there was something wonderful about the woman who let me take that picture...I wish she had let me put her face in too because she was as amazing as the necklace!

Re: How to Machine-Embroider a 3-D Flower

Hi Penny, I apologize for the delay, the design will be available in the post soon. If you can use .pes format, shoot me an email and I will sent it to you. [email protected] Sorry for the inconvenience!

Re: How to Use One Pattern, Three Ways!

Holy Cow, I thought you did that by's so wonderfully perfect. Great Job!

Re: Amy Butler Dinnerware

Hi beat me to the punch, I was just about to do a post about these dishes. I love her fabric, but I'm not sure these dishes are for me either. But I do think they would look hot on the right table setting!

Re: A Gorgeous Collection of Free Crochet Stitches Online

I want to learn how to crochet...just to make these butterflies!!!! They are beautiful!

Re: How to Machine Embroider Your Own Paper Right at Home

Hi, Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Yes, I embroider on a Pfaff 2170 and a Pfaff Creative Vision at home. The designs are also from Pfaff. If you visit their website you can check out all their design collections. (You don't have to have a Pfaff embroidery machine to stitch their designs.)

Re: How to Keep Your Embroidery Machine in Tip-top Shape

Hi Jen, while hand sewing has it's merits, having a sewing machine can really speed up the process. I working at a sewing machine store for 10 years, and I've sewn on a lot of brands of sewing machines. While I'm a Pfaff girl, there are brands that are very user friendly and less expensive. I like Brother's NX-250. it's a entry level computerized sewing machine and it works great. The next model up, the NX-450Q comes with quilting feet and an extension table. Both of these machines were well under $1000.00 the last time I checked. Janome makes great lower priced machines as well. Hope that helps!

Re: Free Spooky Craft Projects to Do with the Kids

Great idea Christmas Queen....your member name makes me wonder what crafty ideas you might have for Christmas??

Re: How to Make a Reverse Applique on a T-Shirt by Machine

Thank you Amy, I should start my christmas gift making too!!

Re: How to Make a Reverse Applique on a T-Shirt by Machine

Thanks Lindsay... Did you check out the Post about the Hip Hoodie Free Download that Shannon did? (It's a few posts below this one on the discover tab.) It might work really well in combination with this.

Re: Fashion Among the Flowers in My Favorite City

Mary, what a great find...I especially love the pop-top lacing detail--very creative!

Re: How to Embroider the Hem of Your Favorite Yoga Pants


Re: Covered Snaps Lend a Touch of Couture

Hi Mary,
What a great technique!!! When it comes to closures for garments I'm working on, I usually shy away from snaps because I don't like the way they look...this is the perfect solution, I can't wait to try it!

Re: How to Machine Embroider Your Own Paper Right at Home

Jeff--welcome to my world, I was off on something else when inspiration struck!! It's hard for creative spirits to find time to do it all...I imagine your gorgeous paper masterpieces might take more than a few minutes. Thank you for sharing your craft, even though I don't work with paper as a rule, it's very inspiring!

Re: How to Machine Embroider Your Own Paper Right at Home

Hi Shannon,

This flower is part of the Grand Dream Collection #404 from Pfaff. My parents got me the new Creative Vision for my birthday in March, and at the time, I though these were the prettiest designs, so I got them too! (I had to resize it slightly and it fit in the 140 x 225 hoop for my other machine because my CV is on a short service vacation!)

Re: Save Yourself

Thanks for the idea--in addition to sewing, embroidery etc, I am the master of disaster. I see a cube of spongy foam in my future too!

Re: How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies

I am amazed at what you can do with paper!!!!

Re: How to Finish the Trendy Tunic

Thanks ladies!

Re: Machine Applique Flip Flops right in the Hoop!

You're welcome!!! Post a pic in the gallery when you do, I'd love to see what you came up with. (This project makes me want to run out and get a pedicure!!)

Re: How to Make Your Own Embroidered Ribbon Belt

How are you LnZ???? well I hope. My sister is 35 and she can't get enough of these belts. Maybe after a little more yoga I'll like them too!!!

Re: How to Transform an Embroidered Beach Cover-Up into a Trendy Tunic

Thanks, I was soooo excited when I found all that embroidery! I typically do not wear that much sister has scooped up the finished top. I got some great scoop neck tees at Target, and I think I'm going to try this pattern using them...maybe I'll use different colors. I'll post it when it's done! Happy hunting in your closet!

Re: Use Your Favorite Photo to Create a Unique Hand Embroidery Design

Hi Lindalue, If you click on" Kim Calamity" in the text of my post, it will take you directly to this project on Kim's website. There are instructions on how to do this technique. If you need more detailed help, shoot Kim an e-mail. When I emailed her to see if I could use her project on Craftstylish she was very nice to work with, I'm sure she will help you out, or at least tell you where to find the information you need to complete the project!

Good luck, and we would love to see your take on this project!

Re: Use Your Favorite Photo to Create a Unique Hand Embroidery Design

I thought so too...if it tempts you to try it, I'd love to see your design!

Re: What's Cheese Got to Do with It?

Last weekend I was on my annual trip to Vermont for the Southern Vermont Craft Show, a Play (this year it was Frog &'s amazing what a cast of 5 can do with a children's story!) and shopping in Manchester. Of course one of the highlights for me was a stop at Taylor Farm for their heavenly smoked gouda.

On the way home we stopped in Grafton VT at Grafton Farm's new retail was a wine and cheese wonderland! I like cheese too!

Re: Urban Awesome Embroidery Designs

Hi Shannon, I just wanted to let you know, I thought these designs were so cool, I went on a search for more. Didn't find any yet, but I did come across a hand stitching project to blog about that uses a light box to transfer a photograph onto fabric. I don't know if I would have found it if it weren't for you, Thanks!

Re: DIY Embroidery Hoop Corkboard

thelazymilliner, thanks for the tip, I love thrift stores, but I forget to look at all the great stuff because I always focused on the clothes section...I'll reform!

Re: Pattern Drafting 101: How to Close a Bust Dart and Move the Fullness to the Hem

You're welcome! If you need any help visit my website and send me an email!

Re: Crafte's Inferno

Isn't is amazing how the stuff you need to do for the crafts you love get in the way of doing the crafts you love when you're in the business???? I'm so glad you took the time to make those gorgeous pillows!

Re: Repurpose, Recycle, and Reuse: Cutting Edge Creations From Cast-off Sweaters

Hey Tina...I have a pile of sweaters waiting for me to do something with. I was on Nantucket this past week and I saw some really cool bolero jackets make from recycled sweaters (The whole open edge of the jacket was created from the oversized scoop neck opening of a vintage sweater.) They were incredible. As soon as my apartment cools off so I can stand working with all my hot sweaters, I'm going to give it a go.

Re: Beating Crafty Burnout

Thanks for posting about this creativity issue...I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one. Making the adjustment to working at home has been a challenge. (Especially since I was the overtime queen at the sewing store I worked at for 10 years!)

When I get a creative cramp, I usually step back and clean something or do a load of laundry. I find that making more order in my small apartment clears my mind and allows me to be creative. Visiting my favorite clothing store, Anthropologie always helps...I personally think there is something magical in the air.

Finally, my favorite way to get new ideas for creative projects is to ask someone who typically does not sew or embroider what they would make if they could. For example, I asked my sister (who doesn't even own a sewing machine) what kinds of projects she would imagine could make cool embroidery posts. She came up with some pretty great ideas. She has a completely different point of view because she doesn't sew. I think it's partially because she's not bogged down with the mechanics of how to do it--

Re: Do You Have Lots of Duplicate Embroidery Design Slowing Down Your Computer?

I know...I was surprised at how many doubles I had too! I think it's a great idea to run it every day to clean up downloads. (You should see my desktop!!)

Re: All Crafters Need Inspiration!

Fantastic, I'll look for you there!

Re: Free Julie Cuff Pattern from Blueprint Crochet

I love these bracelets...I wonder if I can make one even though I don't know how to crochet....????

Re: How to Place Pattern Pieces Straight on the Grainline

Thanks for the comment artlikebread...congratulations on your new sewing machine! I would love to see what you're working on, post some pics in our member gallery!

Re: yoga mat bag

Hey boredandcrafty...I discovered yoga too...and after a month, I LOVE it! (I am one of those sport loving girls, but after turning 40 I realized I had to find something slightly more gentle on my bones than trail running...I still roam around out there every now and then, but yoga is definitely becoming my favorite new thing to do.)

I have been kicking around some ideas for a yoga bag myself...thanks for sharing yours! (I love the print.) Does your mat stick to the sides of the bag when you're taking it out or putting it back in???

Re: How to Make a Mini Tote out of Embroidered Jeans

Please do exercise those decorative stitches...I love to see what you come up with!

Re: "Patching the Hole" in My Stabilizer to Do Multiple Embroideries Saved My HTML Tee!

Hey you guys, thanks for all the good wishes and comments--I was so excited when I realized that my tee wasn't done for. I save all my pieces of stabilizer in ziploc bags too! Reading theninaline's comment reminded me of another good $$$ saving tip..Put scraps of water soluble stabilizer in a small spray bottle, add some water, and you have home made spray stabilizer. Play with the strength by adding more scraps or water! .

PS--I've down graded to a large bandaid.

Re: Machine-Embroider a Tee with a Slogan: HTML Style!

Thank you for the idea and the comments...don't worry, the ringer tees have arrived! I'll keep you posted.

Re: How to Cover Gadgets of All Sorts

Oh my goodness....those little usb cutie covers are the best!!...Do I have time to learn to crochet????

Re: Amy Butler Jeans

Thanks MomtoZoe--you can have these can make your own pair using my original jean pattern. Visit my website and shoot me an email and I'll give you all the particulars!

Re: Be Sweet Products...Everything From Sweet Knitting Patterns to Felted Rocks and Pebbles!

They have amazing yarn too..

Re: Make Your Own Large-Spool Stand

Thanks for the tip SharlaOTR...That's a great idea to weight down the base...I'll give it a try.

Re: How to Make a Mini Tote out of Embroidered Jeans

Hey don't need embroidered jeans to make this bag. You can use any pair of jeans you don't wear any more. Add decorative machine or hand stitches ...even a zig zag looks great. If you want an embroidered look, stitch on some embroidered can find them at any big sewing store...give it a try!

Re: How to Make a Mini Tote out of Embroidered Jeans

Hi everyone...I'm commenting on my own project! I just wanted to tell you that since I finished this bag, my other "purse" has been on a vacation. Initially I was hesitant to cut up those jeans, because I loved them...even though I never wore them. Now, I'm glad I trusted my creative spirit to transform those jeans into a new favorite.

Re: How to Embroider a Greeting Card

Diane, I love your embroidered note card, beautiful job!

Re: Make a Bracelet in a Flash!

Hi wiloy, I'm not sure how they make those button bracelets...I'll try to find out.

Re: Amy Butler Jeans

Thank you trusk4u...they are lot's of fun!

Re: Initial Your Work with Snazzy Monograms

Thank you for the tip on hand embroidery...even though my specialty is machine embroidery, there is nothing like's always worth the effort. I'd love to see some of your monograms!

Re: Beat The Clock with These Father's Day Last Minute Gift Ideas

I love the map card...I'm going to make one to go with the tomtom I got my Dad...I'll wake up early!

Re: Free Patterns from Amy Butler!

Thanks for telling us about free Amy Butler patterns...I'm going to check it out. I love her fabric too...Last year I was designing a collection for a fund raiser fashion show, and I was having a hard time with the color scheme. The answer came when I had a chance to meet Amy and see her fabrics in Houston at the Quilt Festive. She's great! I chose five different prints and then mixed and matched all my other fabrics to go with them. I posted some pics of the jeans I did using her fabric in the gallery.

Re: Quick Tips for Embroidering on Leather

Hi Katrina,

Thank you for your comment. Those are my original designs. I am in the process of getting them ready for purchase. If you shoot me an email at [email protected], I'll keep you posted as to when they will be available!

Re: How Often Should You Change Your Needle?

Hi all,
I used to think you could sharpen needles when I first started to sew...I've discovered that it's best not to try. I like the idea that Crafty gal had for using old sewing needles to hang pictures with, I'm definitely going to give that a try.

I'm going to find out about how often you should change you hand embroidery needle...I tend to loose them so frequently that I never need to consider trading in an old one for a new one! I suspect that MindlessPursuits is correct in assuming that fabric comes into play... in general synthetic fabrics dull needles faster than natural fibers (in Machine Sewing) I'll find out the answer for hand stitchers!

Re: 3d Embroidered Flowers Bouquet

I love how you used Pam's 3d flowers to create your bouquet...very cool.

Re: Use these Tricks for Embroidering with Metallic Threads

I just loaded two pictures of the completed denim skirt! Thanks for all of the comments.

Re: Restyle that Old Sweater with Stitch Lounge and CraftStylish!

I've been saving a cashmere sweater...with some small holes...I'm going to cut it up and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

Re: Use these Tricks for Embroidering with Metallic Threads

Thanks for the comment halfaperfectpair...Pictures should be coming along soon. It's featured in an upcoming downloadable project--you'll be able to make the whole skirt!

Re: Did you know you don't have to hoop your fabric?

Hi Cowgirl53,
Thanks for the suggestion. Because most of the posts so far seem to apply to machine embroidery I will do my best to specify hand embroidery in the title to differentiate. I hope that helps.
Michaela Murphy
Managing Editor