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Sneek Peak July 22nd

How Vickie Does it - Sneak Peek!!

Here are a few projects that Vickie will be showing off this Thursday via Facebook LIVE at 6pm

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flamingo santa hat embroidery

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close up zipper pouch

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flaming camper tree fabric

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Sneak Peek #5

close up embroidery center of tote bag

flamingos, zippers, happy campers...any guesses?????

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Sneak Peek May 13th

How Vickie Does it - Sneak Peek!!

Here are a few projects that Vickie will be showing off this Thursday via Facebook LIVE at 6pm

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...any guesses?????

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Sneak Peek - March 25th

How Vickie Does it - Sneak Peek!!

Here are a few projects that Vickie will be showing off tonight via Facebook LIVE at 6pm tonight

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Sneak Peek for Feb 25th...LIVE on FB

Vickie had soooo many things on her To-Do List and decided to share a few of projects here..and BONUS Jackie let us show a sneak peek too! So check out our Facebook page tonight at 6pm for the LIVE with Vickie (How Vickie does it) and see these sneak peeks and so much more! Oh and don't forget the challenge that you guys put Vickie up to....tonight she will reveal what she ended up making!!! Could be one of the pictures below ...or maybe it isn't 😁😝🤭🤔

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Playing Catch Up!

If you missed our LIVE videos on Facebook, then here are a few projects that we hope you enjoy!

Caravan Tote + Pouch by Noodlehead
Milk Crown Fabric Noodlehead Tote 1

This was one of the teasers listed below, the one with the polka dots and zippers! This bag is "tote-ally" adorable inside and out! I really like how the outside pouch and straps turned out. Can you guess what fabric I used? Cork!!! You can find this fabric at Green's Sewing and Vacuum, available in a variety of colors.

 

Kimberbell Fill in the Blank for January with a Twist!
Kimberbell Sparkle Pillow 1Got a little creative with the Kimberbell FIll in the Blank for January and made this "Sparkle lik you mean it" pillow

More to follow...check back soon and don't forget to keep an eye out for the sneak peek pics for this Thursday!

 

 

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Sneak Peek for Jan 28th - LIVE on Facebook

Sneak Peek How Vickie does it LIVE 2 >>>How Vickie does it LIVE 1

LIVE with Vickie tonight at 6:00pm via Facebook
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LIVE with Vickie tonight at 6:00pm via Facebook
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Sneak Peek for Jan 14th - LIVE on Facebook

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LIVE with Vickie tonight at 6:00pm via Facebook
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LIVE on Facebook - How Vickie does it...

Vickie LIVE on Facebook

We are going to start posting sneak peeks here! If you haven't joined in, then you must join the fun...LIVE on Facebook - where you will learn a few sewing and embroidery tips, allowing you to ask questions while we show you a few projects that we have been working on.

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EMBROIDERY ADDED TO BOOTIES

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It’s been so long since I have shown you anything in progress.  When Baby Lock advertised their new publication of Totally Stitchin’ on their website I had so much fun going through it for ideas and inspiration.  Well, the shoe freak in my jumped at the opportunity to embroider something for a pair of shoes.  Their instructions are on page 16.  I knew I didn’t want to do something as elaborate as they, but I wanted to do something.  I looked through the built-in designs on my Destiny II and came up with this simple paisley design by Nancy Zieman. 

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I prepared my hoop per their instructions and placed one design and then another, but mirror imaging it so I would have a right and left.  It didn’t take long to stitch them out.  When I finished them, I trimmed the edges and soaked as they said.  It is difficult to cut close to the edges to remove the organza and you can see some of it in my pictures, but hey, who is going to be that close to my feet.  So, of course, I had to go show shopping.  I certainly didn’t want to use a pair in my closet.  Those are my friends you know, and I didn’t want to ruin them.  So I went to Fred Meyer and found two pair I liked and that I thought would work.  You can see that I clipped a design to each of the shoes

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and then made my decision as to which one I preferred the appliqué on.  You can see that the brown wedge won out.  I think they turned out pretty cute. 

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NOTEBOOK COVER (Recipes or whatever)

I love notebooks.

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I’ll walk through stores, especially office supply, and see a notebook display and have to get over there to check them out.  I have them all over the house and I buy them just because.  You would think, being who I am, that I would have a notebook designated to each set of ideas, i.e., recipes, quilts, bags, embroidery, etc.  Nooooo-they are all mixed up, but oh well, it doesn’t matter.  Anyway, I was playing with one of Kimberbell Designs “Fun With Fringe” and decided to cover a notebook with the Christmas design and make it a collection of Christmas recipes.  I dug through my “notebooks” and found one that I had not yet scribbled in

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I measured the cover.  It was 7” x 9 ½”, so I popped up the 5” x 7” hoop in the IQ designer of my Baby Lock Destiny II and started laying out what I wanted on the cover.  Once I was happy with the design, I placed two sheets of The Embroidery Store’s fusible no show mesh in the hoop for stabilizer along with a red tea towel and stitched out my design horizontally on the width of the towel.  Follow me while I make the cover:

My full notebook measured 9 ½” x 14”.  The towel measured approximately 18” x 28”.  When I stitched out the design, I placed it as close to the hem as I could without stitching my design on the hem itself.

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 I removed the hem from the opposite end of the towel. 

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Fold the towel in on itself so the design is close to the folded edge.  This will be on the spine of the notebook.   I then brought the cut edge under the hem of the towel.  Since my notebook top is 7” wide, I then measured 9 ½” from the fold and cut off the excess towel.  (photos 660 and 661)

When you open out the fold you will have two pieces. 

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Overlap the folded edge over the cut edge of the smaller piece placing a length of jumbo rick rack in between and stitch on the folded edge. 

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Press both raw edges in ½” and stitch.  I decided to put buttons on the rick rack for a little more interest.  I used different sized buttons, because I had them.  

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Find center of your embroidery design and mark center on the back of the towel.  I used a chalk-o-liner for ease of removal.   My notebook is 9/12” tall so I measured 5” to each side of my center mark.  

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Then cut 1” beyond those lines. 

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Place right side up and fold in finished sides until it measures the width of your notebook (14”).   

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Stitch the four corners so the inside measurement is slightly larger than the length of your notebook.  My notebook is 9 ½” so I sewed mine 9 ¾”, but it is a tight fit, so I would recommend  10”. 

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Trim the four corners as shown. 

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Turn right side out and press the long raw edges in.  It should be about a 1” fold.  Carefully stitch the raw edge down being careful not to stitch into the folded sides.  Stitch a length of ribbon to the top inside center for a bookmark and you are finished.  

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Insert your note book and you have a great gift either for yourself or someone else.  Wouldn’t this be great as a shower gift with some your favorite recipes?  Or change up your design and words on the front, and use it for quilt ideas, or wherever your imagination goes.  I hope you enjoy this.

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Night Before Christmas by OESD

Over a year ago I saw this OESD design and fell in love with the chalkboard color version.  It is called "Night Before Christmas" #12592.  I ordered the design, printed out the instructions and kept coming across it in my sewing room until I decided about four weeks ago to get started.  And, I love it!

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The picture does not do it justice.  I used the 5” x  7” Snap Hoop from Dime throughout. 

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I was able to combine two of the corner blocks in one hooping and also for the top and bottom borders.  If I had used my larger Snap Hoop, I would have been able to combine the side borders to do two at once. But since I already had my fabric cut, I decided to stick with the 5” x 7”. 

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Machine used: Destiny II by Baby Lock

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Baby Lock Tech 2017

This year Baby Lock is kicking off their 50th Anniversary Celebration

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OH BOY, OH BOY, OH BOY, Jackie and I get to go to Baby Lock Tech with Tina.  Can't wait!  We are so excited.  She told us about three months ago and we have been driving her crazy checking on the email registrations.  She made the mistake of telling us that once the registration was emailed that we had to jump on getting it completed to get the classes we wanted to attend. 

When the pre-registration info was sent to Tina, she forwarded it to us so we had time to dream and make notes about what we might be able to take.  Whoa, sensory overload.  I wanted to take them all.  No kidding, there were so many I wanted that I could probably attend for a week and still not complete all of them on my wish list.  Anyway, the day came that they were going to go online to register for our classes.  Double checked that 10:00 a.m. Central Time was 8:00 a.m. for us. 

Can you imagine that many people trying to get on the same website to schedule their classes?  At first, I was unable to log on.  I guess because there were so many people trying to get on at the same time.   Finally, there it was.  I didn't get all the classes I was hoping for, but I did get my number 1 and number 2 choices and then just added from there with whatever I could.  We are leaving the end of August and I will be taking pictures and will write more when we get back.   

By the way, just found out that we are leaving on the 5:30 a.m. flight to Seattle.  OH NO!!!

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM!!  WOO HOO!!!

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Our Week at the Coast

We scheduled it, and we did it!  We didn't let anything stand in our way.  The three of us needed some dedicated sewing time and we went to beautiful Waldport.  The house was tiny, but had everything we needed and then some. 

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We walked to the beach and Jackie and I even walked out into the water.  The sand was wonderfully warm and the weather was perfect.  Tina decided not to walk Vinny on the sand because she knew he wouldn't be happy once we got back to the house and he had to be sprayed down to remove the sand.  We took lots of projects to work on so that we can wow you when we finally get to move over to the expansion area.  It will happen, trust us.  And, we are working on so many new things to get everyone excited.

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You can see from our teaser pictures that there is some fun stuff happening. 

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And, no, that is not a halter top. 

It is the most adorable purse, but the construction is such that it looked like a halter top so Tina had to play with it.   Jackie and I worked on purses, bags, totes and wearables, oh my!!!  Tina had fun with open work designs on the Destiny II and copic markers. 

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We all had a great time and hope to do it again next year, because we get so much done.  We can't wait for you to see the finished works.  Tina and Jackie were using their Baby Lock Destiny IIs.  I was using my Baby Lock Crescendo, and Jackie was also using her Baby Lock Evolution serger.

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Monogrammed Travel Trio - Shop, Work & Fun

This is a fantastic product. Tina had ordered in a couple of different colors so we could start playing with it. Jackie and I found this great "Monogrammed Travel Trio" on the Janome website. We opted not to do a monogram but instead labeled them "shop," "work," and "fun."

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This is really an easy product to work with. In some instances you may need a leather or jeans needle depending on some of the bulky spots, and sometimes when doing topstitching, you may want to use a teflon foot or roller foot if you find that your regular foot is dragging a little.

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Jackie used the Baby Lock Soprano with a Klasse size 14 leather needle and the teflon foot. We have made a kit for the Travel Trio which includes the amount of cork needed for all three projects and the metal 7" zipper we used on the Zippered Pouch.

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The patterns for the three projects are available at sew4home.com. We have included a link for each of the three projects for your ease in finding them on their website, and a layout for the cutting of the cork. The kit price is $45.00.

Product Name:  Monogrammed Travel Trio

Machine: Baby Lock Soprano by Baby Lock

You can get to the Sew4Home website on any link listed below:

Monogrammed Travel Trio Device Case
http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/monogrammed-travel-trio-device-case-janome-america 

Monogrammed Travel Trio Zippered Pouch
http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/monogrammed-travel-trio-zippered-pouch-janome-america 

Monogrammed Travel Trio Weekender Tote
http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/stylish-monogrammed-weekender-tote-weekend-wonders-returns-fabriccom

 

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Holiday Shadow Boxes using Stitches by DIME

After lunch one day, we decided to pop into Craft Warehouse and see what was on sale during their sidewalk sale. Oh wow, we found some inexpensive items to play with for some home decor embroidery items. I just had to start with the black pedestal shadowbox.

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I thought it would be fun to design something related to the holidays using Word Art in Stitches by DIME.

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I started with my shapes, filled them in with words related to the shape theme and let it do it’s job. What fun!!! I did have to make sure they were sized to fit my design area. I stitched them out

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Then padded foam core with leftover batting scraps and used double stick tape and E6000 glue to stick the two together.

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If you decide to do something like this, don’t forget to cut your foam core slightly smaller to take into account batting and fabric. I glued a colored ribbon around the edges to cover up where the covered pieces met. Even though you don’t really see the edges in the shadowbox, I really wanted a cleaner finish. I then added some crystals for a little bling, and sandwiched the designs in between the two pieces of glass and slid the unit into the shadow box. Slid the lid in place and immediately fell in love with my little design.

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I think this will look great placed in the center of a wreath on the holiday table. Don’t you? I did go buy two more of the shadow boxes, and can’t wait to get started on them. You could easily whip up some other holiday or seasonal designs to replace these throughout the year. Wouldn’t that be fun? Snowflakes for January, hearts for February, shamrocks for March, and just keep on going!

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Designed using DIME Word Art in Stitches software

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Kraft-tex

This is a cool product. I have been wanting to work with it for some time and finally have.

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I wanted to wash it first to see what it would be like. I read about the process on line and decided to try it. I had a bag pattern picked out and have kraft-tex in black and white. I decided with the other fabrics I chose, to use the black.

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So I took the roll which is 19" x 1 1/2 yards and crumpled it up as best I could. It's pretty stiff stuff. I then threw it in the washer with my husband's jeans (think I wanted to mess up my own if it got ugly?) on warm wash and cool rinse. I then threw it all in the dryer. It came out pretty crumpled up. I then steamed it with a hot iron. I did not use a pressing cloth, I just ironed it as best I could. I then cut it according to my pattern directions. It sews beautifully. You do have to slow down when going through thicknesses, but other than that, it was great. I also did a light embroidery on it to showcase my fabric. Sorry, you will have to wait to see the finished bag. It will be one of our new models when the remodel is completed. What you say, you are remodeling?

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Yes, we are expanding and will have a classroom, so stay in touch. We can't wait either!

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SEW in love with this!

This was another find when we hit the sidewalk sale at Craft Warehouse. It’s one of those wooden panels that looks like a recessed cabinet door.

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I saw this idea for a project called “Monogram Grid” in the March/April 2014 issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. I thought it would be fun to spell out a word instead of doing a monogram using their background application. I measured the inside measurement of the panel and divided it by three to get the area for design size. I found that the 6” square used in the magazine was going to work perfectly. I used the Perfect Embroidery Pro design program from DIME and started following the magazine directions just changing out my letters. I started with the “S”, of course, and put “E” and “W” in the background.

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Saved it to my memory stick and then did the remaining two letters. Using Snap Hoop I stitched out the three letters.

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I then glued batting to the tops only, of three pieces of foam core cut to size, drew a square around each design one inch bigger than the foam core size so that it would make it easier to center the design on to the foam core. I put strips of double stick tape on the back of the foam core and wrapped the fabric to the back and held the corners down with more tape. I then used E6000 glue to glue the three pieces into the panel. I decided to accent it by gluing ribbon across the two seam areas where the stitched panels met and around the four outside edges to give it a finished look. I think it turned out great.

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I went back to get another of the panels, only in white this time, and I think I will do the word “JOY” for the holidays. Since I have been doing these home décor projects, I am now looking at picture frames, shadow boxes and other craft related items differently.

Stitched out on the Baby Lock Destiny
Snap Hoop by DIME
Designed using DIME Perfect Embroidery Pro

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Log Cabin Table Runner Pre-Cut Kit by Maywood Studio

Have you ever had a day when you knew you wanted to work on something, but didn't want to get started on something big either because you felt you didn't have the time or maybe the energy to pick it out? Well, there I was in the sewing room. I had once again cleaned off the horizontal surfaces and had some time to work on something, Oh, sure, I have plenty of projects already started, but just didn't feel like trying to remember where I had left off. Then I looked at a pile of projects waiting for me, and I saw this package leaning against my sewing cabinet. I really liked the fabrics in the kit and decided I would start yet another project. Of course, being a log cabin design helped. I love log cabins.

Well I made the right choice. You open the kit, look at the instructions, and they have it packaged in order of use to construct the project. How easy is that? Just lay it out and start sewing.

Log Cabin Table Runner
I had the four blocks finished in less than 45 minutes.

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The top was done in an hour. Wow!!!

I decided to go ahead and quilt it myself on my Destiny using the Snap Hoop by Dime.
Log Cabin Table Runner using my BabyLock 2
I had used the Snap Hoop before for an embroidery design and liked it, but let me tell you that using it for quilting is fantastic. You just literally "snap" the quilt sandwich into the hoop and pick your quilting design and stitch. Yes, there are multiple hoopings, but it's so easy with the Snap Hoop, just lift the magnetic top of the hoop, place your sandwich in the hoop and drop the top back on, make some minor adjustments and go again. I quilted the runner with an all over stipple using Exquisite variegated thread V104.

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This was a quick, oh my gosh, I got it finished in one evening project. I will definitely make more. It was very rewarding. Come try one, I think you will really like doing these fun, easy projects. The table runners include the backing and binding. The quilts include the binding, but you do need to pick a backing.

Love 'em

Product NameLog Cabin Table Runner Pre-Cut Kit by Maywood Studio

Machine: Baby Lock Crescendo by Baby Lock

The pattern and all supplies to make it are available at Green's Sewing & Vacuum

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Designer Knockoff Handbags from Designs in Machine Embroidery

I have been wanting to make one of the bags from 1 of the 2 Designer Knockoff books from Designs in Machine Embroidery since the first one came out.
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When I stumbled on a piece of fabric that I thought would be perfect, now was my time. Oh yeah, best laid plans. It took me some time to gather the rest of the items needed to make the bag and when that finally happened, I got through about half of the bag and then was interrupted by, you guessed it, LIFE. Of course, there is the ordinary day-to-day, but then throw in jury duty and a trip to Central California with my dad to visit his sister, and then three of us have decided to rent a place on the coast for a mini sewing retreat. Tina and I are hoping to get some uninterrupted time working on projects for the store and upcoming events. So the preparation of projects to take so that you aren't wasting your time cutting, or possibly taking every piece of fabric you own (who wants to rent an 18-wheeler?), was quite time consuming too. My wonderful Knockoff bag kept getting shoved around the sewing room. Of course, too I was trying to keep everything together so that I didn't have to hunt for anything when I eventually got back to it.

Well, finally the time came, and there it was, in a pile of bits and pieces. Of course, I had to re-read the directions to figure out where I left off, because I don't know about you, but my memory is at max about a week ago with a sewing project, and it had been just about a month since I had last worked on it. I had gotten through the prep of most of the outer bag.
Designer Knockoff Handbags Using BabyLock Machine Designer Knockoff Handbags Using BabyLock Machine 2Embroidery wise all I had left was to embroider the outlines for the grommet placement on the lining pieces. Once that was done, it was on to basically putting it together. The construction of the handles differed from anything I had done before, but it was really easy. Also, using the large wonder clips is something I have done in the past and it worked well here too.
Designer Knockoff Handbags Material Prep 2I will admit that inserting the grommets through all that thickness was a bit tricky but after trimming a little at a time, they finally popped in. I did the zipper installation instead of using a magnet closure. This meant that I had to bind the top edges, but again, the wonder clips worked beautifully. Pins just would not have worked here through all the thickness.
Designer Knockoff Handbags Material Prep 3I think the finished bag turned out great. This was a general cotton weight fabric and I found a great piece of ultra suede in the stash that matched beautifully.
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I hope you enjoy making one of these bags as much as I did. There are a number of different designs in the books, including a small clutch. That's on my list to try, but first off to the coast. There will be pictures of our adventure and, of course, projects.

Product NameDesigner Knockoff using DIME Handbag 2 Designer Knockoff

Machine: Baby Lock Destiny by Baby Lock

The pattern and all supplies to make it are available at Green's Sewing & Vacuum

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Seasonal Celebrations Placemats by Lunch Box Quilts

It was time to update the placemats in the store and since Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day were upon us, I decided to do a patriotic theme.  So, of course, I started with red for the placemat itself.  And, then I used the Americana embroidery design on the Lunch Box Quilts Seasonal Celebrations Placemats CD.

   

These designs are so quick and easy to stitch out.  Once you decide what you want to put on your placemat, press the back and top onto the placemat, trim and bind.  Since I have been playing with "Slicker" a fusible vinyl from Lazy Girl Designs, I decided to fuse it to the top of the placemat for ease of cleaning. 

It is necessary to bind with a bias binding because of the curves, but because I was using a striped fabric anyway, bias was best.  I will confess that I did complete the binding on the machine rather than by hand because of the stiffness of the placemat, but this was really easy.  I used Clover Wonder Clips) to hold the fabric to the back and then stitched in the ditch from the top.

They turned out great.  Lunch Box has a number of different designs for these placemats.  Wouldn't these make wonderful gifts for friends, family, wedding shower gift, hostess gift, or just to dress up your own table?  You could also use a wonderful piece of fabric alone or even piece a block and fill with a complimentary fabric instead of doing machine embroidery.  Let your imagination go.  Enjoy!!  They are fun and easy.

Product NameSeasonal Celebrations Placemats by Lunch Box Quilts using "Craf-tex" fusible placemats

Machine: Baby Lock Crescendo by Baby Lock

The pattern and all supplies to make it are available at Green's Sewing & Vacuum

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