DIY Tutorial: How to Design Felt Embroidered Heart Decorations

DIY Tutorial: How to Design Felt Embroidered Heart Decorations

I am always looking for cute decorations for Valentine’s day, maybe it’s just that I love the color red ?  Custom embroidered felt hearts is a fun way to share the love.  This is a quick tutorial using My Design Center on the Brother sewing machine.  Photo 1

Supplies: felt, tearaway embroidery stabilizer, water soluble topper, embroidery thread, scissors

  1. Start by going into MY DESIGN CENTER in the Brother Embroidery Machine. Choose the hoop size you plan on using.  I am using the 14” x 9 /2” so I can embroider a lot of hearts at the same time.

Click on the SHAPE.  You will find a heart shape on the first page, but if you have the upgrades or THE Dream Machine 2 click on the icon for additional shapes.

On this page you will find a few different heart shapes, choose you favorite.

Alter the size of the heart if you want it larger or smaller. Send the design to embroidery, but before you set the design check the stitches. There are five options.  I choose the satin stitch, but there are other fun one’s too.

 

I decided to widen the ZIGZAG WIDTH. Save the design if you want to quickly access it later and click SET.

Click on ADD and choose a font.

 

Type in your “Valentine Message” and remember you can make the letters large, medium, or small and there are options for capital and lower case letters. Photo 26

 

To read the full blog, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial. Be sure to share photos of  your bags #angleawolf #brothersews

Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

Cheers,

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Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

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It’s Sew Easy TV’s Shirt Dress Sewalong 

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve

There are many ways to sew the sleeve placket and depending on your pattern you might have a one piece or two piece placket.  If you have a two piece placket, you can change it to one piece and follow the steps I have shown in the tutorial.  I learned this technique from altering men’s ready-to-wear and thought THIS WAS SO EASY (It’s Sew Easy LOL!)

The video from It’s Sew Easy tv is a brief tutorial on sewing the placket including pressing and topstitching. As far as interfacing, keep the interfacing out of the seam allowances or the placket will be too stiff.

I am going to work on another shirt dress out of chiffon and definitely going to add embroidery.  Now is the time to embroider the sleeve, before we sew the side seams.  Just an idea 🙂

 

 Supplies used in this videoSEWALONG SALE

Sewalong Schedule

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Part 1: Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong with Angela Wolf on It’s Sew Easy

Episode 1401: Choosing and prepping fabrics, patterns, and sizing

Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket

Part 3: Attaching the Collar  Episode 1404: Attaching the collar

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve  Episode 1405:  Sewing the placket on the sleeve

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam  Episode 1406: Sewing the sleeves and side seams  (1/27/2018)

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs  Episode 1408: Sewing the cuffs  (2/3/2018)

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes  Episode 1409: Buttons and buttonholes  (2/10/2018)

Part 8: Finishing the Hem  Episode 1413: Finishing the hem with a rolled hem  (2/17/2018)

 

Join us! A new video will arrive on YouTube every SaturdaySign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Leave your comments & questions below …

Cheers,

 

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Sewing Tools Used in this Tutorial:

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Sewalong Scheduleangela wolf shirtdress

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

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Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket  Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket

Part 3: Attaching the Collar  Episode 1404: Attaching the collar

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve  Episode 1405:  Sewing the placket on the sleeve  (1/20/2018)

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam  Episode 1406: Sewing the sleeves and side seams  (1/27/2018)

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs  Episode 1408: Sewing the cuffs  (2/3/2018)

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes  Episode 1409: Buttons and buttonholes  (2/10/2018)

Part 8: Finishing the Hem  Episode 1413: Finishing the hem with a rolled hem  (2/17/2018)

Join us! A new video will arrive on YouTube every SaturdaySign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy #shirtdresssewalong

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Leave your comments & questions below …

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Tips for Attaching Interfacing

Pressing fusible interfacing to the fabric is easy if you follow these tips:

  • Use a press cloth underneath the garment to prevent the fusible from ruining the ironing board cover
  • Use a press cloth between the garment  to save your iron and prevent burning the fabric
  • When pressing the interfacing into place, lift and hold the iron – DO NOT SLIDE IRON
  • Press and hold the iron for a few seconds and press firmly to prevent the fusible from coming unattached later on

Pressing Cloth

You can use various fabrics for a press cloth.  I tend to use a lightweight cotton or muslin fabric because that is what I typically have on hand.  Cheese cloth is another option and Silk organza is another favorite.
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Tips for Topstitching

  • Stitch from the right side of the fabric
  • Use cotton or silk thread for touch of style
  • The triple stitch with a stitch length of 3.5 to 4.0 resembles ready-to-wear
  • Lengthen the stitch length and test on a scrap of fabric to see which looks the best

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Fabric Ideas

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Sewalong Scheduleangela wolf shirtdress

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Join us! A new video will upload on YouTube every Saturday. Sign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy #shirtdresssewalong

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It’s Sew Easy TV’s Shirt Dress Sewalong 

Announcing the shirt dress sewalong!  This season of It’s Sew Easy I will be sewing a shirt dress from beginning to end and you can follow along each week watching each episode of It’s Sew Easy!

To get started you will need to gather the supplies. You will find quick links to many of these items on my Amazon shopping list.

Patternsangela wolf shirtdress

Check your pattern stash 🙂  Any button down shirt or shirtdress will work 🙂    Here are a few ideas:

Fabric

A cotton or cotton blend is the most common fabric used for a shirt dress, but the dress can take on a completely different look with different weight fabrics. Consider a rayon, linen, silk charmeuse, silk chiffon, or crepe.

TIPS:

  • If you choose a fabric with a print be sure to buy more fabric than the pattern recommends so you can line up the design while cutting out
  • Pre-shrink the fabric by washing and drying the fabric before cutting

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  • Interfacing
  • Buttons
  • Thread
    • Universal polyester thread
    • Silk or cotton thread adds a nice finish for the topstitching)
  • Pressing Tools
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
    • Seam Ripper, Measuring Tape, Tailors Chalk, Pins,

 

Sewalong Schedule

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Part 1: Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong with Angela Wolf on It’s Sew Easy

Episode 1401: Choosing and prepping fabrics, patterns, and sizing

Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket

Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket

Part 3: Attaching the Collar

Episode 1404: Attaching the collar

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes

Part 8: Finishing the Hem

Join us!  A new video will launch every Saturday on YouTubeSign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itsseweasy

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Sportswear: Embellishing a T-Shirt with Coverstitch

Sportswear: Embellishing a T-Shirt with Coverstitch

One of my favorite items to make is a simple t-shirt.  It’s fast and easy when sewn with a serger. Then I use the Brother Coverstitch machine for hemming.  But what about embellishing the tee with coverstitching!  If you have used the Coverstitch before you will notice the back side of the coverstitch has a sporty look, similar to what we see in sportswear.  For this tutorial, I am going to show you how to utilize the 3-thread Coverstitch to create this fashionable look!  Let’s get started:

Materials:

 

DESIGNING THE LOCATION FOR THE STITCHES:

Cut out the pattern. My T-shirt pattern pieces consist of 1 Front, 1 Back, 2 Sleeves, and 1 Collar. There are not princess seams, but I want to add the illusion there are princess seams.  Starting with the front pattern, on the wrong side of the fabric, draw a line from the armscye to the hem.  Use a curved ruler if you need help drawing the curve .

Fold the fabric in half and use your hand to brush the fabric.  This will trace the chalk mark to the other side of the fabric.

Open the fabric back up and you should see a faint line from the first chalk marking.  Use the chalk to trace over this line, making it darker and easier to see. Do the same thing for the BACK pattern piece.  For the collar and sleeve, draw randomly placed chalked lines.

SET UP THE COVERSTITCH MACHINE

Choose the color of thread for the decorative stitch.  Ideally the color should be in the same color family as the right side of the fabric, but enough of a contrast that you can see the stitches.

Decide which stitch looks the best on your fabric:

  • Stitch a swatch of fabric with a wide coverstitch (using the left and right needle)
  • Stitch a sample with the triple coverstitch.

Keep in mind you will be stitching with the wrong side of the fabric facing up.  Check the look of the stitch on both sides.

I prefer the triple coverstitch on my fabric, so I will set up the coverstitch machine with all three needles using 4 spools of thread.  It’s a little faster to stitch from piece to piece, so start stitching on a scrap of fabric and then add another piece of fabric.  This allows me to check my stitch quality and I won’t have to worry about threads falling off at the beginning or end of my garment pieces.  (All of these stitches rows will be sealed in a seam, so no worries on threads unraveling).

For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog.  I always love to see what your are working on, be sure to share photos of your sporty tops using #angelawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

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