Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

Stitching Light As A Feather



Do you ever look at something and think… why didn’t I think of that?

Thought we’ve used stitches plenty of times to replicate the thin strands of feathers, somehow this simple and elegant long satin effect never occurred to me. These feathers are the beautiful handiwork from the etsy shop picciolo, who’s creator Jane designs and embroiders all her fabric herself. These feathers are a specialty of her shop, and I am just smitten with the simplicity of the stitches and the boldness of the colors. Oh to have a whole couch filled with these!

If you’re just as taken as I am, go check out her etsy shop and grab one for yourself, or at the very least go gaze at some simple and inspiring embroidery.

Stitchy Mother’s Day Gift From A Child’s Drawing

Embroidering a child’s artwork for a loved one is a concept we’ve seen before, but it’s just too cute an idea to pass up for Mother’s Day. Buzzmills shows us a quick and easy tutorial for stitching a little one’s special drawing on a tea towel as a gift for their mum or grandma.

Mother’s Day is next Sunday. Want to get stitching? Check out the tutorial over on Buzzmills.

hat tip to Craft Gossip

UT Tutorial – Embroidered Leather Cuffs

Want an afternoon project that looks totally boss?  These embroidered leather cuffs can be made easily in a short afternoon, depending on your talents with a snap pliers and your machine’s applicable mood.

Machine embroidering on leather just takes a few quick tips, and creates a beautiful, almost embossed effect on leather that is just gorgeous. Add lace or just stitch directly on leather for a raw look that you can rock for any occasion.

Get the tutorial here!

Urban Entrepreneurs – Ganz und Garn

We’ve got another international edition of Urban Entrepreneurs today, with another crafty stitcher from Germany.

Urban Entrepreneurs is our series where we feature sellers of any kind who have decided to take the plunge (with the help of some UT designs) and start their own small biz. It looks like embroidery fever is catching abroad, and Martina from Ganz und Garn is showing us that the international community (and right now, Germany especially… the rest of Europe has some catching up to do, wouldn’t you say?) can really rock an embroidery machine.

Martina joins us today to talk about her love of embroidery, and her decision to jump from the production world and transform into the self employed business woman she is today.


You look like you’ve been sewing for awhile, but what started you into embroidery?

It was just the logical consequence. After sewing stuff, you have to embellish it in some way!

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

It was one of the first sites I found on the net after I bought my embroidery machine. I was looking for more cool and contemporary designs, most of the other ones are either old fashioned or for kids.

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What made you take the plunge into starting your own business?

I am a creative person, and I found sewing and embroidery combined my love of materials, colours, pattern and structures. 

Originally I am an interior and production designer but it was getting more and more difficult to find interesting and challenging jobs in the corporate world and so I decided to jump in at the deep end and try my luck with my own business.

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Tell us a bit about your shop, Ganz und Garn. What kind of stuff do you do?

My shop is always in flux and I am permanently searching for new ideas! My focus lies on making things for grown ups with the aim of creating everyday things off the beaten track.

Happy Camper

What kind of customer do you cater to?

As all my stuff is handmade, I care most about the customers who are not interested in mainstreams products and big brands and appreciate individual things made with love.

Egg cozys

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?

Despite all the other lessons I learned and still learning, one of the most important thing is to realize that it needs time to be successful.

Even if my products not selling as much is I wish for, it is not necessarily that the idea is poor, it ‘s just more often the fact that my small bussiness is still unknown and I don’t have to get discouraged by that.


Where would you like to see your shop in one year? Any fun stuff planned for the future?

I am always searching for new projects, nothing bores me more than sewing the same thing for the hundredth time!

I do have a lot of things in my head and I hope to achive some of that this year. I still want my business to grow, but I don’t want to lose the fun in it.

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If you want to check out more of Ganz und Garn’s amazing items, you can visit her DaWanda store, (kind of like a German etsy store… and yes, it is in German, but Google translate to the rescue!) and take a peek.

I just love how bright and bold everything she makes is, from all the patterns and colors in her fabric to the simple covers and cute designs she picks. It feels both whimsically traditional and contemporary all at once. All the best to you Martina, I’m sure armed with talent like this, Germany doesn’t stand a chance against the cuteness!

Do you use Urban Threads designs to create one of a kind products? Want to see your story or your store featured here and join our gang of  Urban Entrepreneurs? Send us an e-mail at with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!

UT Tutorial – Valentine Memento Kit

Looking for a sweet and stitchy valentine idea for your honey? Well, nothing says romance like those notes you used to write your crush in 5th grade (Hi Mark!)

Bring back that old-school nostalgia with this cute machine and hand embroidered valentine kit. Stitch the little card kit for your love and let them stitch back their answer. It makes a darling little handmade memento when it’s done!

Get the tutorial right here.

psst… you know that cute “do you like me” design used in the tute? It’s on sale through this weekend!

Alice’s Sewing Basket Print

Once an awesome threadless tee, now an amazing screen print from Jillian Nickell. It might be a late Christmas present, but it would be a good one. This would look amazing framed in a sewing room!

Last Minute Stitchy Gift Ideas

Did the holidays creep up on you again this year? It’s like a sneaky ninja, that holiday. Well don’t distress, you and your trusty embroidery machine can make some quick and easy gifts in no time at all. Check out this roundup of some of our favorite quick gift ideas…

Want something cute and small to give? These mischievous little gingerbread guys are perfect for giving and easy to stitch up. Get the tutorial here… it even includes a recipe for real gingerbread cookies!

Are your Christmas gifts lacking in gears? Are they not quite steamtastic enough? Then you need to stitch and bling out this easy little steampunk snowflake lace ornament. The tutorial shows you how to stitch it and and make it extra pretty.

If you’re looking for something quick for a little one, this furry monster tag blanket is soft and cute and can be easily whipped up in under and hour!

Who doesn’t love warm fuzzy socks for the holidays? It’s just that regular socks are pretty much impossible to hoop. Well, not so if you make them yourself! This guest tutorial from Karen will show you how, including a downloadable pdf pattern for the socks.

Have a gift card but don’t have any creative way to give it? Grab this little in-the-hoop stocking holder and learn to whip it up in a jiffy.

For someone crafty in your life, why not make them a little needle book crafting kit? It can be made in a jiffy and you can customize it with all the little bits and bobs your crafter needs, including a pin cushion, needle holder, and a place to store their scissors. Not to mention you get to pick out an awesome custom design for the cover.

Don’t knit,or don’t have time before Christmas? Learn to upcycle an old sweater into a cozy pair of embroidered mittens.

Want some awesome ideas that don’t even require a tutorial? Here are some of our favorites from our crafty customers!

Damask Towel/Pot Holder

Stitch up a set of embroidered towels and a cute potholder like Fabulously Fierce did.


Mary grabbed a jacket and added a favorite design to the back.

True Love!

Whip up a quick handmade or store bought apron with a snarky design like Wyld Hare.

Eric's Tavern

Or take a cue from Liberty Original and just add it to a cozy long sleeve tee.