Monogram Madness!

Six Weeks Until Christmas! The thought of the holidays often produces panic and stress for me, but this year I hope to get ahead of the 8 Ball.Through the years I’ve given and received lots of monogrammed gifts and I’m thrilled to now have the ability to produce my own with the Pfaff Creative Icon. Personalizing an an ordinary object with a decorative monogram is a lovely way to create a special gift.

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Lately, I’ve been fixated on learning to embroider monograms. Obsessed……a dog with a bone.

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I found Lindee Goodall’s Craftsy Class – 20 Things Every Machine Embroiderer Should Know to be an excellent tutorial for someone new to machine embroidery.   In the class Linda explains hooping, stabilizers, needles, threads, fabrics and all of the essentials to get you started.

Many websites sell Embroidery Monograms ready to download. I found several I liked and found it easy to get carried away. Three sites I enjoyed and patronized are:
  1. Apex Embroidery Designs
  2. Designs by Juju
  3. Itch to Stitch

For practice, I bleached old dish towels and experimented with size and placement.

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Old linens are perfect candidates for monograms!

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I’ll always be fond of white on white. Note the larger towel has no puckering! I embroidered it on a soft tearaway stabilizer. The smaller napkins were embroidered on a water soluble.

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Eventually, I decided the circle monogram standing alone needed something…….

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So I went back to the websites and ordered frames.

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Dishtowels led to baby bibs. Did you know Walmart sells a 13-pack of assorted color Gerber bibs for $10?

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Finally I grabbed a few things from my closet.

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I really like the new look of the vest……..

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and Lulu is crazy about the pashmina!

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All projects were embroidered using Coats and Clark  Trilobal Embroidery Thread or Polyester Mini King Spools featured in every imaginable color.  The Trilobal Embroidery Threads are continuous trilobal filament construction of polyester fiber. Trilobal thread is durable and colorfast even when bleached making it ideal for  charming machine embroidery designs on baby clothes, handmade quilts, uniforms, appliques and other items that are laundered often. It is inherently UV-resistant which is perfect for embroidering  colorful outdoor apparel.

Coats polyester embroidery threads  are durable and ideal for decorative machine stitching, topstitching, applique and embroidery.  Available in assorted shades, these polyester sewing threads come with a lustrous texture and will add just the right amount of shine to your projects!

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So now it’s time to put the pedal to the metal and get started on those holiday gifts!

The possibilities are endless…………..

  1. Christmas morning PJs
  2. Pashminas
  3. Wine bags
  4. Linen coasters
  5. Cocktail napkins
  6. Stocking hats
  7. Baby hats
  8. Baby dresses
  9. Dogs kerchiefs
  10. Fleece
  11. Pillowcases
  12. Duffle bags
  13. Jean back pockets
  14. T shirts
  15. Sweatshirts
  16. Baby bibs
  17. Onesies
  18. Bath Towels
  19. Beach towels
  20. Throws
  21. Shirt Pocket
  22. Canvas Totes
  23. Gym shorts
  24. Parka hoods
  25. Boot socks

Until soon 🙂


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