Echidna Sewing Projects https://www.echidnasewing.com.au en daily 1 https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/assets/website_logo.png Echidna Sewing Projects https://www.echidnasewing.com.au Create an embroidered key fob using Embrilliance https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-embroidery-projects/create-an-embroidered-key-fob-using-embrilliance/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/907 2020-02-14 00:00:00 This tutorial will show you how to create a personalised key fob using Embrilliance . This is a great gift idea for a loved one, teachers or is the perfect addition to a child's bag so that they can easily identify which is theirs. This 'In-The-Hoop' project uses Embrilliance Essentials , Enthusiast and StitchArtist to create an embroidered key fob with no sewing required. WHAT YOU WILL NEED An embroidery machine Embroidery software - we've used Embrilliance Essentials , Enthusiast and StitchArtist Soft vinyl Softaway stabilizer Popper studs/Snap fasteners Key fob hardware Applique scissors CHECK YOUR EMBRILLIANCE IS UP TO DATE Before ... This tutorial will show you how to create a personalised key fob using Embrilliance. This is a great gift idea for a loved one, teachers or is the perfect addition to a child's bag so that they can easily identify which is theirs. This 'In-The-Hoop' project uses Embrilliance EssentialsEnthusiast and StitchArtist to create an embroidered key fob with no sewing required.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED


CHECK YOUR EMBRILLIANCE IS UP TO DATE

Before starting, check the Embrilliance version you are running to make sure it is up to date:

  1. Open Embrilliance, go to Help > About and check version.
  2. Check what the latest version number of the software is by going to Software Trials and Updates - click here.
  3. If necessary, download the latest version and follow prompts to update to the latest version.

Or you can grab a free trial version here →


CREATING THE  KEY FOB DESIGN IN EMBRILLIANCE 

  1. Open Embrilliance. Edit > Preferences.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  2. Choose hoop size 130mm x 180mm and set the hoop to horizontal by ticking the Rotate 90 option.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  3. Choose the lettering icon Text Font Icon Embrilliance.
    "ABC" will appear in the work area and also in the text box on the right of your screen. Double click on this text, type your name and press Set (or Enter on your keyboard). Choose your font directly under the text box by selecting the down arrow and scroll through fonts.  Select desired font  (we have used Narrow Retro Embroidery Font in this example), resize by dragging corners and position on the right side of hoop. 
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  4. Select the StitchArtist icon Text Font Icon Embrilliance, then Merge Design Merge Design Icon Embrilliance Shapes 1. Choose the horizontal rectangle. Resize to approx. 12mm high and 40-50mm long and drag to left side of the name, nice and close.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  5. In StitchArtist Text Font Icon Embrilliance, make sure you have the rectangle selected and choose Run for rectangle outline from the Stitch tools.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  6. From Enthusiast, Go to Utility > Add Knockdown Stitching.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  7. Go back to Stitch Artist and choose “Run” again to make the knockdown stitch an outline and leave selected. In the Properties box on the bottom right of your screen make sure run type is set to single. The START and STOP points on the stitches are indicated by the GREEN and RED arrows.  Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  8. Move the Start and Stop points to back of the tab so they will not be seen.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  9. Copy and paste outline (you will see the second one in the Objects box). Make this outline a bean stitch in the properties box. Change colour by selecting the colour  tab at the bottom of the screen. Click outside of design to deselect.
    Text Font Icon EmbrillianceText Font Icon Embrilliance
  10. In Objects box, select the original rectangle and Delete on your keyboard.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  11. Choose Edit Stitches in EnthusiastEdit Stitches Embrilliance and delete any unnecessary stitches if required by selecting stitch and then press delete as before.
  12. In Objects box, rename outlines by clicking on “Underlay” twice slowly. Call first outline “Placement” and second outline “Final Outline”
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  13. Check stitchout order by running Stitchplayer Edit Stitches Embrilliance and then play.

SAVING YOUR FILE IN EMBRILLIANCE

Go to File > Save as (Stitch and Working) to have a BE file for editing and a separate machine file for stitching out.

  • Save Working File: to have an editing file to come back to later.
  • Save Stitch File: to have a stitching file only

STITCHING OUT THE DESIGN

  1. Hoop 130 x 180mm hoop with tearaway stabiliser.
  2. Stitch Placement Line onto stabiliser.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  3. Place a piece of vinyl down to cover placement line, stick down with tape and stitch out the name/design.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  4. Remove hoop from machine (do not unhoop key fob!) and stick another piece of vinyl on back of hoop to cover placement line.
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  5. Reattach hoop and stitch Final outline. Make sure you have a bobbin with the same colour as your top thread for this step as the outline will be seen from both sides.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  6. Remove from hoop, rip away the excess tearaway and cut around your key fob a few millimetres away from outline.
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
  7. Attach snap fasteners and your key fob is done!
    Text Font Icon Embrilliance
    Echidna sewing Create an embroidered key fob using Embrilliance Project
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Personalise an apron https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/scanncut-projects/personalise-an-apron-with-your-brother-scanncut/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/910 2020-02-14 00:00:00 They say it's the thought that counts - and that's why personalised presents are so special. Now you can easily create custom gifts at home using your very own Brother ScanNCut cutting machine. Created with care and meaning it will show you’ve put a little extra thought into your gift. In this project we'll look at how to apply flex iron-on transfer media using two FREE designs we have created. Download the files for this project → These include: "King of the BBQ" (.fcm) "Queen of the kitchen" (.fcm) Download now → What you will need: Any model of the Brother ScanNCut Your Standard 12″ x 12″ ScanNCut Mat (suitable for your mo... They say it's the thought that counts - and that's why personalised presents are so special. Now you can easily create custom gifts at home using your very own Brother ScanNCut cutting machine. Created with care and meaning it will show you’ve put a little extra thought into your gift.

In this project we'll look at how to apply flex iron-on transfer media using two FREE designs we have created.

Download the files for this project →

These include:

  • "King of the BBQ" (.fcm)
  • "Queen of the kitchen" (.fcm)

Download now →


What you will need:

When working with flex fabric transfer media it is important to remember that your design will need to be mirrored before it is cut. This is because flex transfer media is cut from the back. When we iron the cut media to the fabric, the design is flipped making it display correctly once on the apron.


Preparing your surface:

It's best to give your apron a quick iron to remove any creases and provide a flat surface to minimize any wrinkles or bubbles in the media when applied.

NOTE: The item must be cool before applying the flex fabric transfer media, otherwise the heat will activate the fabric adhesive before you have correctly positioned the item.


Instructions

  1. Download the ScanNCut files (.fcm) for your project and save these onto a USB to plug directly into your ScanNCut machine.
  2. Install the Standard ScanNCut Blade into your ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide.
  3. Place a piece of white flex fabric transfer media in the top left-hand corner of your Standard mat; making sure the media is large enough for the required design. Ensure the flex transfer media is stuck with the clear protective backing facing down (shiny side down) using a brayer will help make the media stick.
    Apply Flex Media on ScanNCut Mat
  4. Load the mat into the ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide (remember to hold the mat level while loading)
  5. Load the design from the USB (2)
    Load Media on the ScanNCut
    • Firstly we need to mirror the design by selecting your design and clicking Object Edit
      Edit Object ScanNCut
    • Select the flip design icon (SDX pictured)
      Flip Design on ScanNCut
    • When active the design will be flipped and the button will be highlighted. Click OK to continue.
      Flipped Design on ScanNCut
  6. Do a scan of the mat to ensure that the design does not go over the edge of the mat and is within the flex fabric transfer media.
  7. We suggest doing a test cut to ensure you have your settings correct for the media you are using. On the main screen choose the ‘test’ button. We usually use the ‘triangle’ test and place it towards the edge of the media so that you can check if the cut was correct.

    SDX Settings: The SDX models feature a ‘Half Cut’ setting. We recommend using this setting with flex fabric transfer media so that it will cut through the first two layers and ensure the clear protective backing remains intact. The thickness of the transfer media can vary so you may find you need to adjust the ‘Cut Pressure’ for the ‘Half Cut’ setting.
  8. Once you have the design lined up on the media, choose the ‘cut’ option and select ‘Start’ or press play to cut out your design.
  9. Once the machine has completed cutting the design, unload the mat from the ScanNCut and gently peel off the transfer media sheet off as a whole.
    Remove media from ScanNCut Mat
  10. Starting from one corner of the media, peel the unwanted coloured layer away from the clear backing (also known as ‘weeding’).
    Peel off excess media
    Tweezers or fine scissors may be helpful to get into the inner parts of the design or are often helpful to get you started.
    Use fine scissors excess media
  11. Keep peeling the unwanted sections away, leaving the finished design stuck to the clear protective backing. For this particular design, we have removed the crown so that it can be done in a different colour.
    Use tweezers
  12. Repeat the above steps with the yellow flex vinyl media in order to finish with a yellow crown.
  13. Place the design onto your apron and position the design to achieve your desired outcome.
    Press media onto apron
  14. Use a domestic iron set to “cotton” with no steam for 17-20sec, pressing down firmly and evenly whilst moving the iron back and forth over the design. Alternatively, you can use a heat press at 160°C (warm iron) for 12 - 15 seconds.

    Note: Flex cannot tolerate heat without the clear backing sheet so ensure you have covered the whole design as you cannot go back over it once the clear backing sheet has been removed.
    Peel off excess media
  15. Once the design is cooled, gently peel away the clear backing sheet and you're done!
    Peel off excess media
  16. Now why not have a go at creating your own design in CanvasWorkspace.

Customise Apron Using Brother ScanNCut

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February 2020: Dementia Australia https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-for-charity/february-2020-dementia-australia/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/904 2020-02-01 00:00:00 FIDDLE PILLOWS FOR DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA Dementia Australia represents a bolder, stronger voice for people impacted by dementia. They are committed to building an inclusive future where all those impacted by dementia receive the care and support they need and choose. Dementia Australia works with individuals and families, all levels of government and other key contributors to ensure people of all ages suffering from dementia have the appropriate support behind them. They provide support services, education and information regarding dementia to address the issues that are faced every day. We're joining Dementia Australia and their vision by sewing fiddle pillows for dementia patie... FIDDLE PILLOWS FOR DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA

DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA logo Dementia Australia represents a bolder, stronger voice for people impacted by dementia. They are committed to building an inclusive future where all those impacted by dementia receive the care and support they need and choose.

Dementia Australia works with individuals and families, all levels of government and other key contributors to ensure people of all ages suffering from dementia have the appropriate support behind them. They provide support services, education and information regarding dementia to address the issues that are faced every day.

Fiddle-pillow We're joining Dementia Australia and their vision by sewing fiddle pillows for dementia patients. These pillows provide gentle sensory stimulation with different fabrics, textures, colours and objects attached to the pillow. They are used as a calming tool and to give the user a relaxing tactile experience.

Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

MATERIALS NEEDED

Please note: The charity has kindly requested for no patterned fabric to be used.

  • 1 x Fat quarter of plain cotton fabric - pillow top (20" x 20" square)
  • 1 x Fat quarter of textured fabric - pillow back e.g. Corduroy, velvet, fur fabric, linen, satin
  • 1 x 6" square plain fabric (used for large circle)
  • 1 x 4" square textured fabric (used for small circle)
  • 2 x buttons
  • Various ribbons of different textures and styles: Organza, satin, decorative ribbons (We have used 3 x ric rac large and small, cord, decorative or regular elastic)
  • Thread for applique and piecing
  • Toy stuffing
  • 1 x Wooden pole ring (we got ours from the Bunnings curtain department)

You can download our Placement Plan to follow. This is a guide as to where we have placed the fabric, ribbons, objects on our pillow. Otherwise, feel free to make your own. Download Placement Plan →


Cutting instructions

    1. Cut each fat quarter to 10" x 12", set aside.
    2. Cut out your applique pieces:
      - 1 x 5 ½" circle
      - 1 x 3" circle
      - 1 x 3" by 3" square
      (Refer to Placement Plan)
    3. Cut ribbons and ric rac embellishments and set aside (see below):
      - For the 5 ½" circle - cut 8 ribbons and ric rac embellishments - (4-5 inches long for each piece).
      - For the 3" x 3" square - cut 2 pieces of elastic (1 x 3" and 1 x 6").
      - For the outer edge cut 1 x 9" piece for both the organza ribbon and ric rac. Also cut 1 x 10" piece of white satin ribbon for the wooden ring.

Stitching instructions

Prepare embellishments for stitching onto cotton fabric.

  1. Stitch ric rac on top of 9" organza ribbon - set aside.
    Stitch ric rac on top of 9inch organza ribbon
  2. Take wooden pole ring and thread it onto the 10" piece of satin ribbon. Pin the ribbon to hold together - set aside.
  3. Attach elastic to each side of the 3" x 3" square using a matching thread.

Sewing applique shapes onto pillow

  1. Place the 5 ½" circle onto the top of the plain cotton fabric near the bottom.
  2. Select the 8 ribbon & ric rac pieces and fold in half. Slip the raw edge under the blue circle and position the 8 pieces evenly around the circle.
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  3. Select a matching thread to the 5 ½" circle and stay stitch as close to the edge around the outside of the circle to hold the embellishments in place. Choose a decorative stitch - we used a blanket stitch. Sew around the outside of the circle covering the raw edge and stay stitching.
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  4. Change thread to match the 3" circle. Stay stitch circle onto the top of the 5½" circle. Choose a decorative stitch and sew around the outside of the circle covering the raw edge and stay stitching.
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  5. Attach the buttons onto the top of the 3" circle and draw or stitch a smiley mouth (we have done this using a Pintor Pen).
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  6. Change thread to match the 4" square. Place the square at the top of the cotton fabric. Fold the elastic in half & slip the raw edge of the elastic under the square (refer to Placement Plan). Stay stitch as close to the edge around the outside of the square to hold the elastic in place, then choose a decorative stitch and sew around the outside covering the stay stitching and raw edge.
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Sewing embellishments to outer edge of pillow

  1. Pin the organza ribbon 1" in from the top left hand corner of the pillow. Using a ¼" seam, sew the organza ribbon onto the edge of the pillow.
  2. Pin the satin ribbon with the wooden pole ring 2" down from the right hand corner of the pillow. Using a ¼" seam, sew the satin ribbon onto the edge of the pillow.

Sewing the Fiddle Pillow together

  1. Fold and pin the ribbons into the middle of the pillow to ensure they don't get caught in the seams.
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  2. With the right side of the pillow facing up, lay the backing fabric on top.
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  3. Pin in place, and using the edge of your foot as a guide, stitch around the outside of the pillow leaving a 2" gap for turning inside out and stuffing.
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  4. Remove the pins and clip the corners.
  5. Turn in the right way, remove the pins that were holding the ribbons onto the pillow.
  6. Stuff the pillow with toy stuffing and slip stitch the gap closed.
    Fiddle-pillow

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CREATE THE PROJECT?

This sewalong will run from 1st - 29th February 2020.


SENDING IN YOUR DONATIONS

The pillow can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores during the month of  the sewalong. Please send any donations made after the sewalong month directly to the charity:

Dementia Australia PO Box 8141 Woollongabba QLD 4102 Australia

MORE INFORMATION

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ITH Roll Up Pencil Case https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-embroidery-projects/ith-roll-up-pencil-case/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/900 2020-01-16 00:00:00 This tutorial will show you how to create a roll-up pencil case for the kids to store their pens and pencils. It's the perfect back to school project and is a great way to keep their stationery neat and tidy. With the fabric of your choice, we'll show you how to create this fun and useful gadget using the 'In-The-Hoop' embroidery method with no sewing required. WHAT YOU WILL NEED Washaway stabilizer Fabric Pieces x 2 - at least 21cm x 31cm each Hot Melt Web Cutaway Stabilizer (or Fusible Cutaway depending on your fabric type) Thread and matching colour bobbin Piece of elastic - approx. 7.5cm long x 2.5cm wide OR 2 pieces of ribbon at least 2.5cm wide 20... This tutorial will show you how to create a roll-up pencil case for the kids to store their pens and pencils. It's the perfect back to school project and is a great way to keep their stationery neat and tidy. With the fabric of your choice, we'll show you how to create this fun and useful gadget using the 'In-The-Hoop' embroidery method with no sewing required.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED


THE EMBROIDERY DESIGN

You can make your own custom size to suit your pens/pencils/markers by simply creating a rectangle of the size you would like it to be and add button holes (you can find the button holes in the Create Layouts tab if you are using Wilcom Hatch)

Or you can grab a free version of the design here →


HOW TO MAKE A PEN ROLL ITH

Prep fabric and stabilizer – I used quilting cotton I had on hand so I added some cut away stabilizer to the pack of each piece to give it a bit more body.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Hoop the wash away and head to your machine with your thread, matching bobbin and design.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Thread the machine and plug your USB in with your design (or transfer it by WI-FI if you have a WI-FI capable machine).

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the first step (Step 1) – This is the placement line so you know where to put the first fabric piece face down on the hoop.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 2) which will tack down the first layer of fabric

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 3) which is a placement line to show you where to place the elastic or ribbon – have it overlap around 1inch/2.5cm into the seam, the overlap will be secured down in a later step

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 4) which will tack the elastic down

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Place your next piece of fabric face up and stitch the next step (Step 5) which will tack all the layers together.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Trim all the excess fabric away from both layers of fabric – be careful not to cut the elastic/ribbon.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 5) which will add a reinforcement stitch for the elastic/ribbon and then finish off the entire edge of the project with a satin stitch.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the final step (Step 6) which will stitch the button holes.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Remove the project from the hoop and trip away the excess wash away stabilizer from around the edge of the design as well as on the side of the fabric which was face down in the hoop. Use some warm water to dab away at the bits of wash away which are left on the project and allow to dry.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Once dry, take your favourite snips or small scissors and cut open the centres of the button holes.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project
Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

And you’re done! You can then add a decoration, name or saying with some HTV (heat transfer vinyl) as I have done.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project
Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project
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Create an embroidered bookmark https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-embroidery-projects/create-an-embroidered-bookmark/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/899 2020-01-07 00:00:00 This tutorial will show you how to create your own embroidered bookmark using Embrilliance StitchArtist software. This is the perfect back-to-school project for your kids! Choose any embroidery design that you like and we will show you how to insert it into a bookmark shape of your choice! WHAT YOU WILL NEED Embroidery machine with a 4″ x 4″ embroidered hoop Any 70mm x 70mm embroidery design or similar (we can resize it if it’s slightly larger) Embroidery thread 10cm x 10cm Material x 2 Embrilliance Software with StitchArtist 1 Double Curve Scissors Wash away and tear away stabiliser Elastic (36mm for A5, 54cm for A4) SETTING UP YOUR EMBROIDERY DESIGN Firs... This tutorial will show you how to create your own embroidered bookmark using Embrilliance StitchArtist software. This is the perfect back-to-school project for your kids! Choose any embroidery design that you like and we will show you how to insert it into a bookmark shape of your choice!


WHAT YOU WILL NEED


SETTING UP YOUR EMBROIDERY DESIGN

First, open up Embrilliance StitchArtist Level 1 and select your embroidery size hoop by going to Edit – Preferences.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

We are using the 100mm x 100mm size embroidery hoop, which is the perfect size for this project.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Once we have the right size embroidery hoop we are going to select the Merge Design tool. Then select from the Catalog drop down the Embrilliance: Outlines options. This will give you a selection of shapes to use as your bookmark. For this project, we have selected the circle option.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

It depends on what size your embroidery design is you will just need your bookmark to be larger than it. For our project, we have resized the circle to be approximately 92mm x 92mm.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now that you have this outline selected, choose the Create tool which will give you a number of stitch options. You can now select your circle and click on the run stitch option.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

You can now save this file as your run stitch. Select File, Save As which will open your save settings. Choose the embroidery file that your machine takes. For example, a Brother machine will be .pes. Save this as your bookmark-runstitch.pes file.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now that you have the run stitch saved let’s create the applique file. Click on the Create tool again and select your circle shape. Now choose the Satin border option. This will now give you a satin border for your circle shape. We want to adjust the stitch settings to be width 6.0mm and density 5.0mm.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Select the File, Save As and save this as your bookmark-applique.pes file.

Now we have created the two border embroidery files. We now want to place your embroidery design inside it! Select the Merge File tool, and then locate your embroidery file that you want to put inside the bookmark.

Tip: Make sure that the embroidery file isn’t too close to your applique border. We would suggest going with a maximum 70mm x 70mm embroidery design.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

If your heart it set on an embroidery design such as the one we have chosen from Urban Threads, then you can resize this in Embrilliance to make it slightly smaller to fit.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now that you have the embroidery design inside your applique stitch, as per the size you want, you can now delete the applique stitch and save your embroidery design as bookmark-design.pes.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Place all three of these embroidery design files onto a USB and transfer to your embroidery machine. We have used the Brother NV180 sewing and embroidery machine.


HOW TO EMBROIDER YOUR BADGE

First hoop up two layers of Echidna Wash Away stabiliser into your 4″ x 4″ hoop.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Place a piece of tear away stabiliser and your material over the top of the hoop with right side of the fabric facing you.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

You can choose to sticky tape your fabric down onto the wash away stabiliser or simply hold your material down while it does the run stitch. Select the run stitch embroidery design on your USB and press start. Hold the material down and ensure that it’s nice and flat as your circle embroiders around the fabric.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now choose your embroidery design and embroider this as per the colours required. Once your embroidery design is finished select the circle run stitch and apply it one more time to your fabric.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Unhoop your embroidery hoop from the machine. Using the Double Curved scissors trim away any unwanted jump stitches from your embroidery design.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Using the Double Curved scissors carefully cut around the outside of the circle removing the top layer of fabric and tear away stabiliser. It doesn’t have to be exactly on the circle stitching, preferably just outside it so you leave a millimetres of fabric.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Tip: If you cut too close or into the stitching it may impact the applique stitch at the end, ensuring that it meets the fabric. So try and cut carefully and not too close to the circle stitch line.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

You can now cut around the wash away stabiliser about an inch from the edge of the bookmark badge, as shown above.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now hoop up another two layers of wash away stabiliser.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now add your material down (right side facing downwards) and a piece of tearaway stabiliser on top of this. Select your run stitch embroidery design and guide the circle stitching, ensuring that your fabric sits nice and flat.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

We suggest removing the embroidery hoop from the machine and cutting around the fabric using your Double Curved scissors.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Tip: Do not cut too closely to the stitch line as per our recommendations above. Please leave a millimetre of fabric around the stitch line.

Before you return your embroidery hoop back to the machine, make sure that you have the correct embroidery colour thread that you plan on using for the applique border. Also, whatever colour you choose it’s recommended that you also choose that same colour as the bobbin thread.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Cut the elastic 36cm long for an A5 size and 54cm long for an A5 size. Otherwise, you can measure around your book page and simply minus the height of your embroidered bookmark badge to get the right length.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Position the elastic at the top and bottom of your embroidered badge, as shown above, making sure that it’s secured to the washaway stabiliser with some sticky tape.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now place your top bookmark badge over this and line it up so that both circles sit directly above one another. Sticky tape around the edges of the wash away stabiliser to ensure that it’s secure.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

You can now pin the elastic out of the way, onto the side of the washaway stabiliser so that it doesn’t get caught when embroidering. Once you have it all firmly in place select the run stitch design and press start. This will stitch all of your fabric together, prior to us doing the applique stitch.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Finally, select your applique stitch and press start. This will finish off your embroidered bookmark.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now remove it from the hoop and you will be able to notice that the stitching has gone through to both sides, since we’ve used the same colour bobbin thread as the top thread.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Now using a cotton wool bud, wet it with water and gently remove the wash away stabiliser from your embroidered bookmark fabric badge. You may also need to wet a paper towel to get any excess stabiliser off and to avoid any sticky residue.

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Embroidery Design from Urban Threads

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

Echidna Sewing Embroidered Embrilliance bookmark

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January 2020: Tiny Sparks WA https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-for-charity/january-2020-tiny-sparks-wa/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/903 2020-01-01 00:00:00 DEVELOPMENTAL HEARTS FOR TINY SPARKS Tiny Sparks WA is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers with the mission to improve the health and well being of Western Australian families enduring high-risk pregnancy, infants requiring neonatal unit care and associated childhood impacts. Every year many families experience the highs and lows of sick full term babies, premature infants, loss and the ongoing developmental and medical needs of a child who begins their life in the neonatal unit. The volunteers at Tiny Sparks WA work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide support and guidance. We would like to get involved and support this charity by sewing developmental he...

DEVELOPMENTAL HEARTS FOR TINY SPARKS

Tiny Sparks WA is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers with the mission to improve the health and well being of Western Australian families enduring high-risk pregnancy, infants requiring neonatal unit care and associated childhood impacts. Every year many families experience the highs and lows of sick full term babies, premature infants, loss and the ongoing developmental and medical needs of a child who begins their life in the neonatal unit.
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The volunteers at Tiny Sparks WA work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide support and guidance. We would like to get involved and support this charity by sewing developmental hearts. These hearts are provided to families with infants who have been admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The fabric heart is worn against the mother's skin to absorb her scent. The heart is then placed with the baby so the mother is always with her child.

Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.


MATERIALS NEEDED

The charity has been wonderful in providing instructions for you to follow to create these development hearts. Download the PDF to get started →


HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CREATE THE PROJECT?

This sewalong will run from 1 - 31st January 2020.


SENDING IN YOUR DONATIONS

The bags can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores during the month of  the sewalong.

Please send any donations made after the sewalong month directly to the charity:

Tiny Sparks WA
PO Box 1114
West Leederville WA 6901
Australia


MORE INFORMATION

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Perpetual Calendar https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/scanncut-projects/perpetual-calendar/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/844 2019-12-26 00:00:00 This Tie Gift Box created on the Brother ScanNCut is a great way to add a personal touch when gifting a tie to dad. The Brother ScanNCut allows you to create a vast selection of projects from beautiful wall decor, to intricate greeting cards and so much more. Your creative possibilities are virtually limitless with ScanNCut! You can find a large range of great projects and inspiration on Brother's CanvasWorkspace . What you will need: Paper/Cardstock – 4 kinds Cork tile (approx. 10 mm thick) Small clips – 4 Glue or spray adhesive High-tack double-sided tape or adhesive Craft knife Ruler Download Instructions Download the project files ... This Tie Gift Box created on the Brother ScanNCut is a great way to add a personal touch when gifting a tie to dad.

The Brother ScanNCut allows you to create a vast selection of projects from beautiful wall decor, to intricate greeting cards and so much more. Your creative possibilities are virtually limitless with ScanNCut! You can find a large range of great projects and inspiration on Brother's CanvasWorkspace.

What you will need:

  • Paper/Cardstock – 4 kinds
  • Cork tile (approx. 10 mm thick)
  • Small clips – 4
  • Glue or spray adhesive
  • High-tack double-sided tape or adhesive
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler


Download Instructions Download the project files

 

Watch how to make it:

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Simple zip pillow cover https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-embroidery-projects/simple-zip-pillow/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/589 2019-12-26 00:00:00 This simple zip pillow is so easy to make. Using your choice of fabric, you can customise it to fit pillows in any size! Work out your fabric dimensions Measure the width and height of your pillow. Write down these dimensions. Then add 1/2 inch (1.25cm) to each side of the pillow (each dimension should now be 1 inch (2.5cm) larger. Example: If your pillow is 50cm width x 30cm height adding half an inch to all sides will make it 52.5cm x 32.5cm as the final fabric measurments. You're going to cut your fabric in these new dimensions, as shown below. Cut fabric Cut 2 pieces from your fabric in the dimensions you worked out above. 1 piece will be the front of your... This simple zip pillow is so easy to make. Using your choice of fabric, you can customise it to fit pillows in any size!

Work out your fabric dimensions

Measure the width and height of your pillow. Write down these dimensions. Then add 1/2 inch (1.25cm) to each side of the pillow (each dimension should now be 1 inch (2.5cm) larger.

Example: If your pillow is 50cm width x 30cm height adding half an inch to all sides will make it 52.5cm x 32.5cm as the final fabric measurments.Pillows

You're going to cut your fabric in these new dimensions, as shown below.

Zip Pillow Measurements

 

Cut fabric

Cut 2 pieces from your fabric in the dimensions you worked out above. 1 piece will be the front of your pillow, and the other will be the back.

Fabric Size

Overlock edges

Overlock the edges of your fabric. This will stop them fraying if you wash the pillow.

Overlock Edges

This is what your fabric will look like when overlocked.

Fabric Overlocked

Pin the zipper

You will now need a zip the size of the full height of your fabric. Pin the front of the zip to the right side of your fabric (as shown below - grey is the right side of our fabric).

Pin Zip Edge

Now sew along where you have pinned your zip to your fabric. If you are not using a zipper foot you may need to adjust the needle to sew as close to the zipper centre as possible.

Sew Zip

Now pin the other size of the zip edge to the front of the second piece of fabric (as shown below). 

Pin Other side

Now sew along the pinned line as you did for the first side of the fabric. Once you have sewn that side your fabric should look like the below photo when you turn it to the correct side.

Zip Front Zips

Now fold the two fabric pieces so they are on top of each other. (Wrong side on the outside).

Pin along where the red lines are shown below (the zipper will be on the inside of the fabric).

Sew Final

Now sew a straight stitch along where you have pinned. You will sew over the edge of the top and the bottom of the zip. Go slowly when you get to the zip to ensure you don't accidentally go over the metal part and snap your needle. 

Sew Edge of Zip

As shown above in red above you will need to make sure you sew just inside the edge of the zip. 

Once you have sewn around the outside of the pillow case cut the corners of your fabric to ensure they don't bulk when turning the pillow inside out.

Final Pillow

Iron the corners so they lay nice and crisp. Now place the pillow inside your pillowcase.

Zip Pillowcase

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Santa Footprint Stencil https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/scanncut-projects/scanncut-santa-footprint-stencil/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/825 2019-12-08 00:00:00 Make Christmas extra special and exciting this year with our Santa Footprint stencil! Perfect as decoration and to get the kids excited that Santa has been in the house. You can create magical moments and memories with this fun and easy project. This ScanNCut project is a great beginner project for those who have just started on the ScanNCut journey! FREE SCANNCUT DESIGN OF SANTA FOOTPRINT Download the files for this project These include: ScanNCut File (.fcm) ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace file (.svg) Download Now → What you Need Any ScanNCut Machine Your Standard 12″ x 12″ ScanNCut Mat (suitable for your model) Your Standard ScanNCut Blade (suitable fo... Make Christmas extra special and exciting this year with our Santa Footprint stencil! Perfect as decoration and to get the kids excited that Santa has been in the house. You can create magical moments and memories with this fun and easy project.

This ScanNCut project is a great beginner project for those who have just started on the ScanNCut journey!

FREE SCANNCUT DESIGN OF SANTA FOOTPRINT

Download the files for this project

These include:

  • ScanNCut File (.fcm)
  • ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace file (.svg)

Download Now →

What you Need

  • Any ScanNCut Machine
  • Your Standard 12″ x 12″ ScanNCut Mat (suitable for your model)
  • Your Standard ScanNCut  Blade (suitable for your model)
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking card (A4 card can be used – your footprint may be smaller)
  • Flour/Icing sugar/Baby powder (or similar substance that is easy to clean)

How to make your SANTA FOOTPRINT stencil

Step 1: You can either download the ScanNCut file (.fcm) and save this onto a USB to plug directly into your ScanNCut machine or download the ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace file  (.svg) which will allow you to alter the design online and send it to your machine via Wireless.

Step 2: Install the Standard ScanNCut Blade into your ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide.

Step 3: Place your scrapbooking card onto a Standard Mat making sure it sticks well. You can use some 505 spray directly to the media and then place it onto your mat to ensure that it sticks properly. The last thing you want is your media moving when it’s cutting out your design.

Step 4: Load the mat into the ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide (remember to hold the mat level while loading)

Step 5:   Load the design from either the USB or via CanvasWorkspace using your Wireless connection depending on which method you selected in Step 1. Do a scan of the mat to ensure that the design does not go over the edge and allows room for your test cut.

Step 6: (SDX owners may jump to step 7 unless you are using an unfamiliar medium). For all other ScanNCut models don’t forget to do a test cut! Cutting a small hole in the corner of your mat is a lot less upsetting than cutting a large design straight through your mat.

On my main screen choose the ‘test’ button. We usually use the ‘square’ test and place it in the top left hand side corner of my mat. Referring to the ScanNCut Educational Binder that came with the ScanNCut machine, the cheat sheet on machine settings found on page 9 is very useful. If you have to, do a few test cuts to ensure you have the correct blade settings before moving onto the next step.

Step 7:  Once you have the design lined up on the media, choose the ‘cut’ option and select ‘Start’ or press play to cut out your design.

Step 8: Once the machine has completed cutting the design, unload the mat from the ScanNCut and gently peel off the card. You will now have a  template of a single boot.

Hint: You can either cut out 2 boots or use one and simply flip it over to create a right foot.

Step 9: Place the template on floor in your desired location (we suggest in front of a fireplace or near the Christmas tree) and gently sprinkle flour/icing sugar/baby powder or similar substance to fill in the cut out sections. Take extra care not to spill over the edge of the card otherwise you will be left with an outline.

Step 10: Repeat Step 9 until you have created a trail of foot prints as desired.

Step 11: Enjoy seeing the reaction on the kids faces when they discover Santa has left some footprints in or around the house!

 
Echidna Sewing Santa Footprint Brother ScanNcut Stencil SVG Project Free
 
 
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Gingerman ornament https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-embroidery-projects/gingerman-ornament/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/590 2019-11-15 00:00:00 by Lindee Goodall Learn how to adapt appliqué to make quick and easy Christmas ornaments. Make a baker's dozen and add them as an extra gift on a present. The basic technique can be used with most any appliqué where the design is fully contained within the appliqué fabric area. Why Applique? I love appliqué! It's easy, it offers design variety, and it works on a wider range of fabrics and textures than standard appliqué. How else could you embroider a white snowman on a fluffy red towel and not have it turn out pink? Plus, appliqué with the embroidery machine comes out with perfect curves and corners every time! What You'll Lean in this Lesson How to use simple ... by Lindee Goodall

Learn how to adapt appliqué to make quick and easy Christmas ornaments. Make a baker's dozen and add them as an extra gift on a present. The basic technique can be used with most any appliqué where the design is fully contained within the appliqué fabric area.

Why Applique?

I love appliqué! It's easy, it offers design variety, and it works on a wider range of fabrics and textures than standard appliqué. How else could you embroider a white snowman on a fluffy red towel and not have it turn out pink? Plus, appliqué with the embroidery machine comes out with perfect curves and corners every time!

What You'll Lean in this Lesson

  • How to use simple yet creative techniques to expland your embroidery skills
  • How to make double-sided free-standing designs with appliqués

What you need to begin

Share your project

Once you have completed your project we would love for you to share your photos with us! Like us on any of the social media networks below and simply hashtag #echidnacraftsy with your photo. Otherwise feel free to post to our Facebook wall with your project photo.

Gingerbread Christmas Design Pack

You can also purchase the Gingerbread Christmas design design pack from our online shop.

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3D Christmas Tree Card https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/scanncut-projects/3d-christmas-tree-card/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/878 2019-11-15 00:00:00 Create this adorable 3D Christmas Tree card on the Brother ScanNCut . It's perfect to give to someone for Christmas and you'll have loads of fun making it! The Brother ScanNCut allows you to create a vast selection of projects including decorations, gifts, costume accessories and much more. Whether it be just for fun or for a special occasion, you can create incredible things on the ScanNCut. You can find a large range of great projects on Brother's CanvasWorkspace . What you will need: Paper/Cardstock – 5 kinds Coloured foil - 2 kinds Ribbon printed with Christmas message - Approx. 30cm (11.8") long Glue or double-sided tape Download Instr... Create this adorable 3D Christmas Tree card on theBrother ScanNCut. It's perfect to give to someone for Christmas and you'll have loads of fun making it!

The Brother ScanNCut allows you to create a vast selection of projects including decorations, gifts, costume accessories and much more. Whether it be just for fun or for a special occasion, you can create incredible things on the ScanNCut. You can find a large range of great projects on Brother's CanvasWorkspace.

What you will need:

  • Paper/Cardstock – 5 kinds
  • Coloured foil - 2 kinds
  • Ribbon printed with Christmas message - Approx. 30cm (11.8") long
  • Glue or double-sided tape


Download Instructions Download the project files

Watch how to make it:

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Christmas Advent Calendar https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/scanncut-projects/christmas-advent-calendar/ https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/guid/project/879 2019-11-15 00:00:00 Create your own Christmas advent calendar with the Brother ScanNCut . It's perfect for the kids or even yourself to get excited for Christmas and a great way to get creative! The Brother ScanNCut allows you to create a vast selection of projects including decorations, gifts, costume accessories and much more. Whether it be just for fun or for a special occasion, you can create incredible things on the ScanNCut. You can find a large range of great projects on Brother's CanvasWorkspace . What you will need: Paper/Cardstock – 5 kinds Ribbon 5mm (W) x 50cm - 5 Pieces Red wooden beads (diameter 9mm) - 25 pieces Christmas pattern cloth (Approx. 65cm x 50cm) A2 Si... Create your own Christmas advent calendar with the Brother ScanNCut. It's perfect for the kids or even yourself to get excited for Christmas and a great way to get creative!

The Brother ScanNCut allows you to create a vast selection of projects including decorations, gifts, costume accessories and much more. Whether it be just for fun or for a special occasion, you can create incredible things on the ScanNCut. You can find a large range of great projects on Brother's CanvasWorkspace.

What you will need:

  • Paper/Cardstock – 5 kinds
  • Ribbon 5mm (W) x 50cm - 5 Pieces
  • Red wooden beads (diameter 9mm) - 25 pieces
  • Christmas pattern cloth (Approx. 65cm x 50cm)
  • A2 Size frame
  • Corrugated board or cardboard (size to fit the frame)
  • Glue
  • Glue gun or liquid adhesive agent


Download Instructions Download the project files

Watch how to make it:

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