Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Tutorial – Embroidered Gift Boxes

Etsy has a super cute tutorial up on how to make these hand embroidered gift boxes. The post includes free templates for the boxes and the designs, and it looks like the perfect way to add a handmade touch to your giving this season.

See the full post over on the Etsy blog.

The Perfect Gift For the Embroidery Enthusiast Who Has Everything

Gift certificates! Yup, if you’re wondering what to get your UT crazy friend (or want to drop some serious hints to the hubby) there’s no better solution than Urban Threads gift certificates!

You can get them from $5 all the way up to $100, and it’s the best way to let that special someone (or yourself) shop for whatever their little heart desires! Not sure what format they wanted that design in? Did they want ponies or unicorns? Don’t fret! Grab them a UT gift certificate by clicking here and they’ll be set no matter what.

Exclusive Yuletide Revelry Printables

The new Yuletide Revelry series is out, and we have some very exciting news for anyone who buys the whole pack (on sale!) … you get a FREE pack of coordinating printables!

That’s right, just purchase any version of the Yuletide Revelry design pack through Nov. 18 and these printables will automatically be added to your order history in as a separate order, all for FREE.

So, what do you get in this awesome PDF pack? Let’s peek…

A beautiful “Deck the Halls” Christmas card that fits on any letter size paper. We recommend printing on cardstock or something similar to give your card a glossy feel. Just cut it out, score the middle, and write your holiday wishes inside.

You also get SIX coordinating gift tags. These can be used as little toppers for presents, or with a simple hole punch and ribbon, they can be tied onto toys and handmade gifts to give each present its own special touch. Write your recipient’s name on the back, or just let it add a chic and simple touch to your wrapped gifts.

Finally, you get this free downloadable pillow box! How does this thing work exactly? Easy! You just print the pillowbox pattern on cardstock (this is especially important for this one … regular paper won’t work!) Instructions included on the printable show you how to cut it out and assemble it. Yes, you really can make that box with one letter size piece of cardstock and the free download! You don’t need anything else but a glue stick and scissors to make it.

In fact, you can make a ton! These little boxes are absolutely perfect for little gift cards, candies, or more. Once you push the flaps closed on the side the box stays shut by itself. It’s pretty neat!

So, all these matching printables are yours FREE with ANY purchase of the Yuletide Revelry design pack through Nov. 18, in any format and any size. Plus, the design pack is on SALE now through through Nov. 18.

Grab your pack on sale, and enjoy your free printables! It’s never too early to get a jump on holiday stitching and gift wrapping, and we hope you enjoy this special holiday gift from us to you.

New Yuletide Revelry Collection

Christmas may seem a long way off to some, but if you’re going to get stitching this holiday season, now’s the time to get started! Nothing brings new life to your holiday gifts and decor like the new Yuletide Revelry Collection, showcasing elegant, painterly motifs that can be layered and combined to create graceful, colorful designs.

Everything from bold Christmas motifs to elegant accents let you embroider endless coordinating creations. Practice laying out your favorite designs in overlapping patterns like we did in this tutorial, and make yourself a classy Yuletide pillow like the one above.

Bold colors don’t always mean heavy designs! Even though these designs have a lot of stitches, they’re layered with open fill techniques to mimic the whimsical qualities of painting, and it helps keep them lighter for more projects and more kinds of fabric.

Hand designed lettering lets you add all kinds of holiday wishes to your projects. Try out this tutorial to embroider on fabric and turn it into a custom card!

You can choose from various holiday greetings all laid out in beautiful handwritten script. Add a couple of coordinating flourishes to bring the whole thing together.

These designs don’t have to just be for decor. You can use them to stitch up gorgeous gift bags. Just check out this tutorial for an easy how-to on stitching up simple pouches great for all kinds of holiday goodies.

Angels, holiday bells, and backgrounds of holiday music or lyrics bring the season out in bold style and light stitches.

Want even more of a handmade touch to your creations this season? You can stitch up this in-the-hoop gift tag. Leave it as is or even learn how to tea stain it using this tutorial on how to assemble it all together.

On everything from gifts, to home decor, to bringing a little holiday glam into the kitchen, these designs are versatile enough to work for any Christmas project you can dream up! Tea towels, aprons, napkins, pillows, blankets, gift bags… anything and everything can be embroidered to bring new holiday cheer!

Plus, if you’re looking to really coordinate your sewing fabrics with your favorite new Christmas designs, we now have new coordinating fabrics available from our Spoonflower store! Grab the big and beautiful Vintage Yuletide fabric (left) or the bright and cheery Yuletide Wishes fabric (right) with elegant handmade script and pretty snowflakes.

Combined with your new embroidery designs, you can create totally matching creations that blow away anything you could buy in a store. Order it today to give yourself time to stitch up all your Christmas creations!

Even better, when you order any version of the Yuletide Revelry design pack through Nov. 18, you’ll receive a special bunch of free bonus printables – gift tags, a gift box, and a greeting card. These printables will be added to your order history in a separate order after you purchase any version of the Yuletide Revelry design pack.

Still not enough Christmas joy? How about all these embroidery designs are on sale through November 18.

Grab them up and get stitching — after all, Christmas is only 45 days away!

Flickr Roundup + New Urban Threadster!

Today we’re introducing a new Urban Threadster to our crew. Please welcome our new artist, Caitlin! She’ll be sharing a little bit on the blog now and then. She’s going to tell us a little bit about herself, and then share some of her favorites from our flickr pool. Here Caitlin strikes up a yoga pose and tells us a little about herself…

Hello! My name is Caitlin! I am so lucky to be a new member of the Urban Threads crew.
I am native Midwesterner, recently returned from a 10-year adventure in Los Angeles, CA. While residing in the City of Angels, I went to art school at the Art Center College of Design, and ate tons of avocados and Mexican food. I also fell in love with a handsome Californian and married him. The rest of the time I was drawing, painting, animating, sewing, crafting, or doing yoga. My favorite parts of art school were drawing and painting naked people and sewing up a huge interactive installation of giant leaf-shaped pillows for playing in. (They currently live at a preschool, where they are well loved.)

Eventually, I found my way to designing textiles for Alexander Henry Fabrics, where I could draw and paint and sew to my heart’s content. The transition from textile design to embroidery design was easy and obvious! I am so grateful to be a part of the awesomeness that is Urban Threads!!  I am always excited to contribute to the fabulous mash-up of drawing, embroidery, crafting, and design.

I am actually so crafty I make people! I am currently expecting a little girl, named Olive, in March. Yay!

Caitlin is joining us as a full time illustrator. You’ve probably already seen some of her cute and quirky designs come up. We’re so happy to have her with us! Now, on to the flickr roundup!

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I thought I’d share some of the wintery catches I had, after ice fishing in the UT flicker pool!

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I am in love with this Yeti Hat by Giliell. There is so much cuteness going on in this situation I  am having trouble using words to describe it! It’s a perfect winter monster snuggle!

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Woodland Creature Stuffie Ornaments by timewrinker!  These have even been upcycled from a red wool blazer, with faux suede and satin appliques.  I am starting a wish list for next year already.


Eigennaht creates such gorgeous work using embroidery. There are tons of her treasures floating around the flickr pool.  I want to wear this entire outfit as soon as I am done carrying a tiny person around inside me.

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I think this embroidered card by lacerslife would be welcome in my mailbox any time of year!

Cute As Hell Dog Coat
Rhonda created this super cute cozy coat to keep her mom’s pup warm. In the meantime, this radical stuffed dog gets all the glory.

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Ganz und Garn produced this winning combination of embroidery and pampering. These hot and cold packs will soothe aching shoulders after a day bent over an embroidery machine. Crafting win!

Judy stitched this fantastic pillow for her mom, who loved it.  I love it too. I like to imagine Santa spending his January’s sailing through the Caribbean as a jolly pirate.

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For a long winter’s beauty sleep, rest your head on this Sleeping Beauty embroidered pillow by Tracy. The corset laced back will make each beauty rest more glamorous.

Thank you for sharing all the radical work that you do on the flickr site, and spreading the embroidery love around. There is more and more creative stitchery up every day so keep coming back to take a look or upload your own!

 

Do you want to see your stuff featured in a roundup? Upload it to our flickr pool or e-mail it to blog@urbanthreads.com!

Tutorial – Embroidered Felt Stocking

Need some quick and adorable decor for the holidays? Jacinda from Prudent Baby shows you how to make this cute and quirky stocking, complete with Santa embroidery.

Now just to fill it with gifts… not like you’re a last minute shopper like me or anything. Right? Eek! I have to go…

Urban Threads fabric is here

*Update – Contest is Closed! Winners announced soon*

Did you ever stop and think… Gee, how awesome would it be if I could have some fabric that perfectly matched my favorite embroidery series? You can select your answer below.

A) Really awesome

B) Totally awesome

C) Awesomley awesome

D) All of the above

I’d say D, but I’ll give anyone extra credit for C, since you appear to like the word awesome as much as I do. And it is AWESOME!

That’s right, Urban Threads has opened a Spoonflower store where you can buy fabrics to match some of your favorite series! It’s a small selection to start, but we thought we’d offer some of our holiday favorites, including our new Robot Christmas designs, and then expand with your requests.

So, you might ask, what is this Spoonflower and how does it work?

Spoonflower is an online store that makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. What this means for us is that without having to go full on into the textiles business, we can offer you awesome Urban Threads designs on fabric for your crafty needs. Spoonflower will print and ship your fabric directly do you, on demand.

This also means that for ordering purposes, all questions about fabric, shipping or general customer service should be dealt with through the Spoonflower site. You can e-mail us with groovy new fabric design ideas, but if you have a question about how long your order is going to take to get to Tahiti, you’ll need to contact Spoonflower, since we’ll be unable to help you. We just make the designs. Gotcha?

Sweet. Let’s get on to the fabric candy.

 

The Robot Christmas Collection

We’ve created four collections, each with two fabric designs in it. We couldn’t of course launch this new Spoonflower adventure without kicking it off with our new Robot Christmas embroidery series (on sale for a limited time!)

You can get the matching Spoonflower Robot Christmas collection here, featuring a full crazy lineup of all the robot characters, or a simpler little robo-gift pattern.

 

The Primitive Christmas Collection

We’ve also turned our popular Primitive Christmas embroidery series into it’s own fabric line.

You can check out the fabric collection here, featuring all the primitive characters, or just a cute little coordinating candy fabric to dress up your designs.

 

The Steampunk Christmas Collection

You didn’t think we forgot about Steampunk, did you?

What do you take us for?

Yup, your favorite Steampunk Christmas embroidery series is now available in it’s own fabric collection, featuring the full Steampunk Christmas characters, or you could just grab those steampunk snowflakes to add some simple gear-tastic goodness to this holiday season.

 

The Wonderland Collection

Finally, though it’s not Christmas themed, we just couldnt resist taking our mega-popular Wonderland embroidery series and giving it some Spoonflower magic.

Check out the Wonderland collection, featuring all your favorite characters, or a simple playing card suit for linings or edgings to any Wonderland design.

 

We are SO excited about this new venture into the fabric world. We hope you guys love it. It’s not all we’re excited about today though, because this weekend we’re giving away a chance for three lucky people to win three yards of Urban Threads fabric each. That’s right, we’ll ship you three yards of our quilting weight fabric, with any designs you like! Pick two yards of one kind, one yard of another, or go crazy with a full three yards of the one you love most. It’s up to you.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you might do with this fabric (that can include anything from project ideas to just staring at it happily, as far as we’re concerned) by Monday 11:59am, central time. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random to try out their favorite Urban Threads fabric on us.

What are you waiting for? Leave you comment below to enter! Good luck, and we hope you enjoy browsing our new Spoonflower fabrics. We can’t wait to see what you create with them!