Posts Tagged ‘appliqué’

Handmade Highlights – Undead Rockabilly

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Even though Dia de los Muertos was a couple of days ago, I couldn’t help sharing this awesome hand stitched applique sugar skull from mrscreativegypsy. He’s just one little piece of the original design, but her stitches have added so much character, he’s amazing on his own!

Get The Look – Glamorous Embroidered Sweatshirt

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

This cute sweatshirt we found on asos is a good example of a simple accent adding a lot of elegance. This sweater is pretty simple on it’s own, but add a touch of embroidery in the right places and suddenly it’s worth nearly $80! The execution is chic but easy to do ourselves. Plus it’s a simple enough concept that there’s probably a shirt or sweater in your closet you could transform right now.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

All you need to give your sweatshirt an updated look is of course, a sweatshirt, some awesome heraldic designs (in this case, the corner and frame edge) and some lace. We’re going to use the heraldic pieces to build a frame, and then applique the lace underneath. The lace is meant to mimic the fishnet stitching on the original, and give it that elegant edge. What’s nice is that by combining these embroidery designs into a large “frame” piece, you can still get a pretty big finished result, even with a small hoop.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Start with your front piece. Pin or spray your lace in place on your sweater, and then stitch your heraldic designs on top of it, in a closed “frame” shape. This isn’t the same oval as the original inspiration, but I personally think this sort of triangle shape is more flattering anyway. If you want to get a better idea about how to lay these out like this, you can check out our original heraldic tutorial. When your frame is done stitching, carefully cut away the excess lace outside of the stitched edge.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Ok! So one down, two more to go. You’re going to repeat this technique on your sleeves. If you’ve never stitched on sleeves before, it’s simple! All you need to do is split the seams all along the side of your sweater and down your sleeve, to let the fabric lay flat. There’s an easy tutorial on how to do it here. Once your have your sleeve open and flat, you can stitch the same “framed” lace piece up on the shoulder. Do this on both sides.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Stitch the back of your sleeves and side of your sweater closed again, and you’re done.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

From plain closet sweater to a runway original, you can use this look on everything from tees to long sleeve shirts. It’s a bold statement without a lot of stitches and without the need for a giant hoop. The sweater from Glamorous was nice, but it always feels better to DIY, because you get to pick the cut, the colors, everything!

Tutorial – Lavender Sachet Plushies

Urban Threadster Tabatha from Bending Pins shared an adorable tutorial over on Quilt Story.

She made these little lavendar sachets using various UT designs, like the little bunny, gingerbread man, gnome and fox. These great little sachets can be adapted for any season, but they would be especially great for the holidays!

Check out the tutorial here.

Craftster Find – Octopus of DOOM!!

Check out this awesome double hoop duel! I am so in love with all of this… the appliqué bursting from the hoop, the nomming of the pirates, the color transitions on the fabric (the color of the deep and the lighter of the ocean…wowza)

…and check out the ship!

Yo Ho Ho Ho...

That is some amazingly clean stitching on our little pirate ship.  In case you’re wondering how on earth she got the octopus, the hoops, the stitching even the standing tentacles to work together, he’s a little explanation from the post:

1) I used the wonderful tutorial by onegroovyday for the backs doing the octopus head first and half of the ship then stitching the tentacles on and finishing the ship’s background.  There was a lot of flailing around… and many many pin pricks.  But I’m clumsy like that. 2) I wove some wire into the tentacles to keep them up.

...a pirate's life for-AAGHHH!

Love it. Check out more detail shots and background on her post.

Spring Is Here!

Egg cozys

Check out these super cute egg cozies from Ganz und Garn! Such cute little appliqués and bright fabrics.

Ahh… spring is here!

* …resolutely ignoring Minnesota’s snow forecast for Friday…*

Egg cozy

This is also quite a learning experience for me, as I had no idea eggs needed cozies. I suppose everything needs to feel cozy now and then.

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Check out more coziness in the Urban Embroidery flickr pool, and happy spring!