Saturday, July 21, 2012

Snuggle Monster [Sewing & Embroidering a Hooded Baby Bath Towel]

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I had an order recently for an embroidered hooded baby towel for a new little bundle of happiness.  After looking at my options for embroidery blanks, I decided against the traditional hooded towel and set out to make my own.  In my search, however, I came across this tutorial and decided it was perfect.  (Thank you Janet, from Today's Fabulous Finds!)

Here's the towel I made and embroidered:

(Baby dolls are so helpful, who knew?!)

[The Project]
Hooded Baby Towel w/ Embroidery

Machine Used:
My trusty Singer Futura CE-150

100% Cotton Terry Bath Towel
100% Cotton Terry Hand towel
Isacord Polyester Embroidery thread (for sewing the towel and the embroidery)
Madera Cotton Soft Cutaway Stabilzer
Floriani Heat n' Gone topper
Monster Scribble Embroidery from Urban Threads, I added the wording

I am thrilled with how this towel turned out, and I love that it will be practical for years to come! I tried it on my littlest chickie (who is 3 1/2yrs old) and it fit her, too.  This towel was added to a set of matching Snuggle Monster Onesie and Bib... CUTE!

XxOo~ Melissa

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up {Market, Savannah Tote, Sunsets}

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Happy Monday!

My weekend started bright and early with me walking out my front door at 6:30am on Saturday to head out to the New Bern Farmer's Market with my SoChick goodies.  I've been away from the market for a few weeks because the busyness of the summer had caught up with me, and it felt great to be back in the swing of things.

New on my table this weekend:
-SoChick Sling in Aqua Spring
-Two new Mini-Totes
-Grab-n-Go Totes 

I didn't have a ton of time to restock because I was pre-occupied with other projects, but new items are high on my to-do list for this week... I will be at the Market next weekend, also.

I also enjoy delivering orders at the market.  This Savannah Tote is one of the orders that was picked up at my market booth this weekend:

This SoChick Savannah Tote was made with Dancing Paisley in Limestone and Temple Doors in Deep Water, both fabrics are from Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms Collection and are for sale in the SoChick Shop.  I really love how the genuine leather accents on this bag contrast with the blues and greens in the fabric, so chic!

Saturday afternoon, the little chicks and I went to see Ice Age with friends, it was cute and I love how our littlest chickie does so well sitting through movies.

We ended the weekend with a walk on the beach and drive through downtown Beaufort and Morehead City, NC... Nothing beats a coastal sunset:

What did you do this weekend?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!  

XxOo~ Melissa

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Custom Tankini {Swimsuit Embroidery}

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I waited until the last possible minute to find a new swimsuit before we left for vacation last week... well, last possible day, anyway.  I settled on a mix n' match set from Target, coral bottoms with a Navy/White striped tankini top.

Needless to say, I wasn't super thrilled with the top as swimwear... it basically looks like a tube top, cute, but not like a swimsuit, and very plain. BUT, it was on SALE!  Naturally, I decided I should spice it up with some machine embroidery! 

I knew I wanted something nautical, so I headed over to my go-to Embroidery Site, Urban Threads, to purchase my design.  Also, this was a great opportunity to use some of the new supplies I picked up a few weekends ago at The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Raleigh.  

Here's the deets:

[The Project] 
Machine Embroidered Swimsuit (top)

Machine Used: 
Singer Futura CE-150

 Swimtop from Target, 92% Polyester 2% Spandex; Fully Lined

 Thread: Floriani, 100%Polyester Embroidery Thread in Coral
 Stabilizer: Floriani No Show Mesh
 Topper: Madera Wash Away Avalon Film
 Embroidery Design: Ahoy from Urban Threads

  I fused the stabilizer to the back of my swimtop, where I planned to position my design; I lightly hooped the top.  I didn't pull the fabric taught because of it's stretchy-ness and the fact that the area to be embroidered doesn't stretch much when worn.
  I then pinned my wash away film to the top before beginning embroidery.  I used white bobbin thread.

P.S.- Since this was a last minute thing, I had some anxiety about it and asked my machine, "Please don't eat my swimsuit", a few times... the whole design and process went very smoothly!

Here is the design right after taking it off of the hoop and trying on the top: 

Here is the design after a week of vacation, several wears at the beach and pool, including washing:

[The Verdict: on Embroidering Swimwear]
  The embroidery held up better than the top!  While the top is still perfectly fine to wear, I am super bummed that it was so stained by sunblock... I don't know that it'll last past this summer, but for a last minute sale find, I'm happy. 
  Embroidering on this swimsuit wasn't as difficult as I imagined.  That could be because it's not the super stretchy kind of material, but I have an old top that is, and I plan to try my hand at machine embroidery on it... I'll let you know how it goes.

P.S.~ The first day on the beach I saw a similar Target top... but it wasn't custom embroidered, like mine... Winning. *wink*

XxOo~ Melissa

Monday, July 9, 2012

FABRIC SALE {Free Shipping Code}

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We are back from vacation and while we are getting back into the swing of things, my littlest chickie said we should try to sell some fabric, so here's a FREE SHIPPING offer for you:

Enter code NAT25 at checkout and receive FREE SHIPPING when you spend at least $25 in the SoChick shop.

This is a great way to stock up on some Amy Butler Soul Blossom fabric, or to finally get that SoChick Market Tote Kit you've been eyeing!

XxOo~ Melissa
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