Let’s Embroidery on Toilet Paper!

As many of you know I have a Brother SE400 and while it sews great I also have the option to do machine embroidery. The more embroidery I do the more I love it. If you think you might be interested in trying machine embroidery now is the time to get yourself a machine. For those of you who have a sewing machine in good working order you can purchase an ‘Embroidery Only’ machine.

The Brother PE500 is such a machine and Walmart has them on Black Friday for $200.

Walmart Black Friday Ad

I recently was lucky enough to purchase a Brother PE-770, it is also an embroidery only machine, it comes with a larger hoop (5×7) instead of the 4X4 that comes with the SE400 or the PE500. I love it!  Of course there are other great brands such as Singer, Janome but I have never used them. I love my Brothers!


Now let’s get started on that toilet paper.That’s right, you read it correctly. I have discovered the world of Toilet Paper Embroidery. Why? That was my first thought but they are so cute and so easy to do. People love them, they are fun, and they really are a cute design in your bathroom during the holidays. Pick the right design and you can give them to your mailman, hairdresser, teacher, coworkers, the list is endless and everyone who sees them wants a roll.  Today I am using a free design, if you want to download the design just click on the photo and it will take you to the link.


I used Cottonelle toilet paper but this is not written in stone. I selected this brand because to me it felt more like a fabric. I have seen rolls made with Charmin, store brands, etc. They are all cute.

Type of Toilet Paper

Other supplies that I used was Embroidery Thread, Medium weight Cutaway Stabilizer, Pellon Sol-U-Film Lite, Mettler Web Bond 105 spray adhesive, and my embroidery Hoop,


Okay, lets get started. First step is to hoop the cutaway stabilizer.

Hooped Stabilizer

Next I like to lightly spray my temporary spray adhesive in the center of the cutaway. This helps to hold the toilet paper that I will be placing next.

Spraying the stabilizer

I now attach my hoop to the machine. You can use the guide that came with your machine to make sure the paper is in the center of the hoop. I have to admit I don’t normally do this but for beginners it helps to see where your design will stitch. No matter what size your hoop is the design will always be in the CENTER.

Using Hoop Guide to Center

When preparing the toilet paper turn under two sheets of the toilet paper. Make sure that you are turning it the right way so that the design that you are stitching is on top.

Fold Back Two Sheets

I use the ‘float’ method when using toilet paper. What that means is that you are not going to hoop the paper as you did the stabiilizer but will lay the paper on top of the stabilizer. This is where the temporary adhesive comes in handy. It helps to hold the paper in place as it stitches.

Floating Toilet Paper

After setting toilet paper in place I lay a piece of the Pellon Sol-U-Film on top of it. The Sol-U-Film is normally used to prevent your stitches from going too deep into whatever you are sewing on. Again this is not written in stone, there are those that don’t use this at all and it works for them.

With WSS floated on top on toilet paper

Now it is time to begin stitching. The first color is Santa sitting on the chimney in red.
First Color Done

Next comes the black for the foot steps leading to the chimney.

2nd Color

Last but not least is the HO Ho Ho words written in green.

3rd Color

Time to remove the hoop. First you need to cut all the ‘jump’ stitches. These are the threads that goes from one part of the design to another. After this you can pull away the Sol-U- Film. Again you may not elect to use the film. It is all a preference and what works for you.

Cutting the jump stitches

Trim the cutaway on the backside to the size of the design.

Trimmng the stabilizer

At this point I spritz another small amount of the spray adhesive to the backside of the design, roll your toilet paper back up and tada! Now you have to admit that it is cute.

Ready to be packaged

I have done a couple of other designs and have more designs to come. These are waiting for the cellophane wrap and tie them up with a pretty ribbon.

Three Designs

The Snowman and Santa’s behind can be purchased from a site called Goodies by Gail. She has over 100 different designs, not just Christmas designs. You are sure to find one you want to try out.

May your needles always be sharp,

Your bobbins always be full,

And your stitches always be straight.

It’s Fall Y’all!

The last few days have been consumed with creating yet another garden Flag. I love embroidering on burlap! It is so easy, it weathers well in the outside elements, and there are several ways to finish the hems.

I belong to a Facebook group called Resources for Free Machine Embroidery Designs, Sales, Tutorials, Networking. If you are interested in learning, looking for tutorials, free machine embroidery designs then make sure you join. We recently had a Halloween/Autumn Garden Flag Swap. It is great fun, who doesn’t love a package in the mail!  If you would like a sneak peek (Official viewing isn’t until October 30 8:00 pm EST ) at all the flags that were swapped you can view it HERE! Just no telling! 😉
Watch for upcoming details for the upcoming Winter/Christmas Swap and think about joining in. It is open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

My current machine (Brother LB6800PRW/SE400) only does a 4×4 design and that is not always large enough but I have found a great new hoop called a re-positional hoop that allows me to create a larger design (4 x 6 3/4).

Re-positional Hoop

I have paired with some great software called SewWhat Pro which allows me to split a larger design and stitch it using my re-positional hoop.

By the way if you are interested in learning how to use SewWhat Pro and the re-positional hoop check out my favorite instructional video on YouTube, it is easy to use

Re-positional Hoop, Temporary Spray Adhesive, Burlap, Tear away Stabilizer for the bottom, Wash away Stabilizer for the top.

Re-positional Hoop, Temporary Spray Adhesive, Burlap, Tear away Stabilizer for the bottom, Wash away Stabilizer for the top.

Threads used

My machine loves Mettler Thread, used the Brother Bobbin thread in the bobbin, The letters are applique and love the fall polka dot fabric.

Here is my completed flag!


May your needles always be sharp,

Your bobbins always be full

And your stitches always be straight.

Days turns into Months

I sit here, staring at my blog and am amazed at how much time has passed since I have posted anything. Sometimes it becomes almost an embarrassment and that makes me stay away even longer. But I have been watching all you ladies that I follow, slipping peeks at all the garments that you have been creating. I still have a white bombshell swimsuit laying across the top of my dress form, much to my youngest daughter’s unhappiness. I was so close to finishing it when I realized that I had sewn the front piece on inside out. It is white I said, both sides are white, you can’t tell but when she tried it on I could tell. One side has a sheen to it, the other is more on the dull side. She didn’t notice but I did. So it sat there, undone, mocking me. Hours turned into days, the summer quietly ticking away until I realized that it was officially fall, the leaves has begun to change colors, a chill is in the air as the morning sun rises. At this point I accept defeat. I shall pack it away, stashed deep in my ‘unfinished’ projects box, thus hiding my shame.

I created nothing for a while after that, I was in such a dark place. I hated that a simple swimsuit defeated me. Depression set in, time passed and the lack of enthusiasm was great. Finally fate delivered a message. It came in the form of a Facebook group. It is about machine embroidery. The creations were amazing, from embroidered towels, appliques on blankets and free standing lace purses. I knew I had found my new muse.

I have never used my Brother Sewing/Embroidery machine at its full capability.  Sure, I have sewn seams, put in zippers, buttonholes and had even stitched a few initials here and there. I see now that this entry level embroidery machine has so much more to offer. Below are a few things I have made.

I made these in a swap for a group. First time appliqueing and much easier than I thought!

I made these for a swap in a group. First time appliqueing and much easier than I thought!

Used variegated thread to create initials for my daughter's bathroom.

Used variegated thread to create initials for my daughter’s bathroom.

Currently working on Garden Flag swap with a group.

Currently working on a Garden Flag swap with a group.

Finger puppets created in the embroidery hoop. Using for Halloween Advent Calender.

Finger puppets created in the embroidery hoop. Using for Halloween Advent Calender.

12 Days til Halloween Advent Banner.

12 Days til Halloween Advent Banner.

I  have learned to make my own cards as well. Easier than it looks and so much fun!

I have learned to make my own cards as well. Easier than it looks and so much fun!

So there it is! A new creative outlet that brings me back into the hobby that I enjoy so much!  My head has filled with ideas as the holidays approach. What is your creative outlet? Does your change from time to time? Until the next time….

May your needles always be sharp,

Your bobbins always be full

And your stitches always be straight.

Glad to be back!

It has been a long two weeks and my life has been a little crazy. I am so glad to be able to settle down and write a post today.

My first news is that I am GUEST HOSTING! Yay! ! I am excited. You may or may not remember ( yeah, 18 days ago ) that I had decided to pull out all of my booklets that said you could create a perfect pattern using their instructions and your measurements. Ready to see how things came out? Head on over to VintageZest.com and see for yourself. Overall it wasn’t a hard process and it did kinda fit though I have to admit is was a shapeless shift dress. I was also able to create a PDF file with the entire booklet, including the pattern and rulers, so if you want to give it a try you can. Make sure you set your printer to have no border when you are printing the rulers and the pattern.

Magic SeamstressMagic Seamstress Booklet

 I haven’t made much process on my Vintage Playsuit Sew Along but I am really going to crack down this weekend and get things done. There is still time to join in! What a wonderful summer sew along!

playsuit sew along

I have managed to collect some wonderful older sewing patterns, some great old spools of thread and thimbles and will be posting photos this weekend. Plus I have decided that the next addition in the Pattern Drafting Series I will be using The Master Fit Kit!

As always, Happy Sewing!

Thrift Store Finds and new Sew Along

Welcome fellow sewists! Hope this past week has been a great one. First off I want to say congratulations to all those that participated in MMM’14. I am in awe of all those that gave that challenge a try, your outfits were wonderful and creative.


Applause To All! Check out their group here!

 There are two new thrift stores in town and I forged through their wares on Saturday. I squealed with delight when I was able to find a box of patterns in the back corner of one. Yeah, people in the store looked around like I had discovered a Rembrandt hiding in a stack of $3 pictures but once they saw I was digging around in a dusty box of old sewing patterns they kinda rolled their eyes and went back to what they were doing. None of them are rare or spectacular but I believe any patterns that are over 50 years old should be preserved and loved. And who could resist those cute little red, white and blue snaps or those tiny little wooden spools. Plus I got them all for less than $7! The bonus is the proceeds go to our local APA (Animal Protection Association) that sponsors a No-Kill Shelter. A cash donation went into the pot as well.

Vintage findsVintage finds1

Vintage finds2

Vintage finds3Vintage finds4My next stop didn’t score a single pattern but I did come across a few packs of seam tape. Another great bargain and I was able to talk to the store owner about sewing patterns, only to learn that he had a huge box that he threw away last week because they were ‘too old’ and he didn’t think anyone would be interested. I ran to his dumpster but the trash man had already come and gone, the patterns now a part of the ever growing landfill. He knows what I am looking for now and he promised to never throw any of them away again.

Vintage finds5A friend brought me a box of goodies! Another great score of vintage notions. I had no idea that zippers use to come in little round plastic containers! They are so wonderful. A tin full of old buttons and three glorious needle books, he found them all at a local goodwill store!


There is a great sew along starting today. It is all about Play Suits. I did a little research and the earliest adult sewing pattern that I could find was in the late 1940’s. What fun outfits they are, some came with a blouse, shorts and a matching skirt, some were blouse, shorts and a coverup, some of them had full size bloomers, some shorts were like skirts themselves, some shorts are short and form fitting.

Head on over to ‘The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart‘, read her inspirations she has posted through the month of May, grab a badge and let’s get started!

playsuit sew along

 Stefanie, my youngest daughter, is the recipient of this sew-along outfit and I recently acquired a great vintage Vogue Pattern that I had planned on using. But she doesn’t like the fact that to made a visit to the ladies room is going to require the top and the bottom to come off. Vintage PatternI had already promised her a vintage style swim top so we are combining it with two other patterns that I had in my stash to make a great playsuit. Now to get the muslins made up and then select the fabrics.


On to one last topic, I have managed to acquired a few of those handy dandy booklets and kits that swear you can draft a perfect pattern for you. I have decided that I am going to give them each a trial run using the exact same dress form and measurements. I will makes notes, take plenty of pictures and try to recreate the same garment. Stay tuned for my first choice, ‘Magic Seamstress’.

Magic Seamstress

Magic Fit

magic fit

The Perfect Fit

Perfect FitIt is time to hope off, get ready for the new work week and give my kitty, Paulie the attention he is begging for. Who could resist that face?!

Mommy, let’s play please!

See everyone later,

As always, Happy Sewing!

Memorial Day and Bombshell Completed

Good afternoon fellow bloggers! First off let me say Happy Memorial Day. While many of us will be celebrating with hotdogs on the grill and picnics in the parks. let us not forget to say thank you to all of the veterans! Without you we would not be the country we are. I proudly display my country’s flag to salute you and remember the price that has been paid for our freedom!


I have been busy over the last couple of weeks, I am continually trying to get my sewing area organized. I found a great container to keep all of my sewing machine feel sorted. It is a lot easier to find the foot I am looking for now. Maybe now I will actually use them instead of just admire them.

OrganizingI often see bloggers bragging about the pleasures of using weights instead of pins to hold down their patterns. Since I was working on a swimsuit I realized that now would be the time to give them a try. I headed over to my local hardware store and scored the largest washers they had in stock. I decided to use Puffy Paint to make little gripper feet on one side. I love this paint. After drying just steam and the paint raises. This is also a great application for little one’s bedroom slippers or those cute little foot pajamas instead of buying gripper fabric. WashersOver at The Monthly Stitch  May was Sew Stretchy and what better way to complete this challenge but finally make Closet Case Files Bombshell Bathing Suit. Last year Heather hosted a sew along and she has a great tutorial. If you have not tried this pattern you should really check it out. It was pretty simple and easy to alter if you need to. And for the ladies that don’t want to show too much skin this is the perfect suit.



Buy it Here!

I purchased this adorable swimsuit fabric at Michael Levine’s, LowPriceFabric . While it was a heavy fabric and the recovery of the stretch was great I did learn that if the design is printed on instead of woven in there will be discoloration at the stress points. Lesson learned. Thank goodness it doesn’t show up because of all the gathering of the swimsuit.

Polka Dot FabricAshley is proud of the swimsuit. And it is ready for the opening of Pool Season!

Bombshell3Bombshell2Ash had agreed to make a beach bag and a new cover up while I made the swimsuit but she fell behind in. We all do that from time to time so I worked on the bag yesterday while she worked on the cover up. Both got done and they looked great.

Beach Bag 1Cover Up 2With all May projects done it is off to enjoy the warm weather, great friends and wonderful food!

Memorial Day Ready 1Memorial Day Ready

Happy Sewing!

PS.. It has been brought to my attention that our lovely US Postal Service can not manage to get everyone’s giveaways to them in a timely fashion. I will be addressing this and see what happened and see if I can get them to get them delivered ASAP. Please let me know if you have not received so I can start the bitching!

Busy Few Days

I realized that I have become very slack in posting so I thought I would sit down and wrap up what I have done over the last several days. First off Mother’s Day was terrific at my house, As you may remember the girls had gotten me the vintage sewing machine cabinet.

cabinet openBut they surprised me with plants and cards. What a great pair of ladies!

flowersWhen the youngest handed me the Grandma card I was kinda shocked since I don’t have grandchildren. But it turned out to be from my Grand Kitties. Thank goodness!

DSCN1311They fixed my favorite meal for brunch. Chili Dogs! Yeah, I eat like a 10 year old. And my other half bought me a wonderful China cabinet. Don’t get excited, he didn’t pick it out ( I did ) and it wasn’t his idea but he did gather friends and got it set up in the dining room. Plus he paid for it!

China CabinetIt is perfect, My Kitties, Markie and Paulie approve and I was finally able to get my Blue Heaven Dishes out of a box and properly displayed.

DisplayPlus this cabinet is now doing double duty, I am using the lower half to store a lot of my fabric in the cabinets, my books, patterns and other important sewing stuff on the shelf. I have finally gotten rid of the plastic tubs that were on display in my living room!

Sewing DisplayPlus all ‘Giveaway’ fabrics and patterns are packaged and shipped!

packagesNow I have to get started on the Bombshell Bathing Suit!

Life is good!

See everyone later and as always,

Happy Sewing

Giveaway Winners

Thanks for everyone that threw their name in hat for my fabric and pattern giveaway! I have the results listed below. Congrats to everyone!

 Bea from Bea’s Sewing Adventures has won the Shirtweight Chambray


Siri from The Pinhouse Playmate is taking home the green/white Linen Look Fabric

Green White

Tanya from Mrs. Hughes loved the orange gauze so it is her’s.


Hanne over at A New Dress is brave enough to take on the Swimsuit Pattern from McCall’s 6569


Mads who blogs at Life in a ‘Mads’ House also loved the orange gauze and luckily I was able to dig through my stash to find another 3 yards.


Simon and Sophie’s owner over at ‘I made it!’ is the winner of the Simplicity’s Jiffy Pattern, 1609.


I will need all of your addresses so I can get them mailed out. I am trying to make the trip Saturday morning if at all possible. Since most of you live in other countries I have no idea how they will take to find their way to your part of the world but rest assured they will find their way to you. Click on the ‘About Me’ section for my email address.

All of you have made me smile and brought joy to my heart with your comments. I feel as if I have now have ‘personal’ friends all over the world and for this I am forever grateful.

Weekend Progress!

Good morning everyone out there in the blogisphere! I am feeling like a lost child here. I purposely did not blog, read a blog, or even check my email for the last four days after completing the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I was excited to take a break from the written word, or so I thought. I found it so hard not to check on someone’s progress, their daily inspirations, or simply sneak a peek into someone’s world. I am so addicted!

My four days has not gone without productivity though. The Kentucky Derby was this weekend and my oldest daughter, Ashley, needed help finishing her blouse she had planned to wear. There was a huge error in the neck and armhole facings that we had to address so I spent a few hours removing seams and correcting what I could. Overall it came out okay. Not her best work but we both learned a few things.


She also volunteered to make potato salad, deviled eggs and buffalo chicken dip for forty people. Which at my house means that I also volunteered my services. The cooking was crazy and the cleanup was insane. Overall a successful cooking session, she noted that everyone loved the food she fixed and no one got sick or died from food poisoning.

I managed to finish my dress for the Simple Dress Challenge that Diane is hosting at VintageZest,  This challenge is due on June 4, yep that is right! I am a month ahead of schedule on it.! WOOT WOOT. There is plenty of time left to grab a button and participate. If you don’t have a blog you can still join her Facebook group, Stitch Once, Rip Twice and show off your creation there. Again not my best work, I swear there is always something I want to correct or wish I had done differently.


I do love her name on the dress.

IMG_1107The cat designs on the pockets.


The adorable buttons I found to complete the garments.


After the scalloped hem fiasco I was so disillusioned, but Annette from Mrs Toad Sews commented that I should try a scalloped stitch from my machine as the hem. It looks perfect! What a great idea. Thanks!



Today is the last day to get your projects finished for Rochelle’s Sew for Victory 2.0. There are so many great vintage inspired outfits out there! From simple house dresses to elegant suits the ladies participating has pulled out all of the stops. Make sure and check out her flickr group and check out everyone’s creations. I had a great time creating this one, my youngest daughter, Stefanie, loves vintage clothing. Yesterday she was already talking about a new vintage outfit she wants!

Also I have thrown my hat in the ring to play along with The Monthly Stitch‘s challenge. This is an easy one ladies, your only requirement is stretch fabric. This would be a great time to pull out your serger and join in. I am using the Bombshell bathing suit that was so popular last summer in the online sewing community. I know, I know, I am a late starter but hopefully this will only take the month of May.


Tonight when I get home I will be packing up fabrics and requesting email addresses for my giveaway and follow up with a post about the winners! Thanks to everyone who follows along as I post my successes and failures as I sew my way through life.

See everyone tomorrow and as always,

Happy Sewing