Category: crafts

My new thread holder/tote

This makes a great tote for going to quilting classes or retreats. It has 80 spools of thread at 500yd each.  I can sew one up for you for only $90, thread included. Lots of fabric to choose from.


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How to embroider on really thick fuzzy Christmas Stockings

This is a little easier than you think it would be. The problem is the fabric is so thick that the embroidery foot on the machine doesn’t jump high enough to move to the next spot without snagging. What you need to do is make the fuzzy part temporarily thinner.

Start by putting a tear-away sticky-back stabilizer on the back of the part to be embroidered. On the front use a thick/heavy wash away stabilizer. Using a regular sewing machine run a basting stitch (1/4″ stitch length) up and down the area that will be embroidered. This will tie the two stabilizers together, sandwiching the whole thing into something that will be thin enough to work in the embroidery machine.

Next, hoop up the stocking, pick a design, and start the machine to stitch it out. After the machine finishes all you need to do is remove the base stitches and pull the tear-away stabilizer off. The fabric that was sandwiched together will fluff back up, leaving a very nice design.

Stocking with basting stitches and stabilizer still in place. The machine embroidery has already been finished.

The stabilizer and basting stitches are gone. As you can see, the fuzzy part of the stocking is all fluffed up again.

More Boo Boo Buddies

I have added a new Boo Boo Buddy this week. One of the local dentists wanted some shaped like a tooth to use as cold packs for the younger patients. He liked the sample and ordered a bunch! So the rest of weekend I’ll be making Boo Boo’s.

Candy Scarecrows

Every year for Halloween I make candy scarecrows for all of my kids to hand out at school.

They turn out super cute and are very easy to make.

Things you’ll need are:

2 Tootsie Rolls, 2 Smarties, 1 mini KitKat, 1″ Wooden Ball, 2″ Straw Hat, 5″by 5″ piece of fabric, and 1 mini pumpkin.

You need to use ether glue dot “3D Zots” by therm-o-web or a hot glue gun will also work. Start with the KitKat and glue the Smarties vertically to the bottom of the KitKat. Glue the Tootsie Rolls horizontally to the top of the KitKat. Next take the fabric and fold 2 of the corners in as shown below.

Place his body on the bottom middle and fold over the top for the jacket. You will need to place a little glue in the arm pits to hold the jacket on. Now for his head, place some glue on the wooden ball and add the hat. Glue this to the top of the jacket and make his face with a marker. As a finishing touch I’ve glued a pumpkin to his hands. Oh yeah – Super Cute!

I picked up all of the candy at our local HyVee, and the rest I got at Hobby Lobby.