Part 2: A Winnie the Pooh Inspired Bib

February 11, 2019By Janice FergusonBaby, DIY, Projects 24 Comments

For generations, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh has been everyone’s favorite bear. On this little bib, he enjoys his favorite treat, “Hunny,” while your baby gobbles their favorite sweet potatoes. With THE Dream Machine or another Brother Disney machine, you can make this simple, practical item very special. A previous post detailed Pooh’s burp cloth and … Read More

Embroidered Greeting Cards

February 7, 2019By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Projects, Sewing 19 Comments

Making greeting cards is so much fun! With Valentine’s Day around the corner you have time to whip up some really special cards for family and friends. With cardstock, fabric scraps, designs from iBroidery.com and THE Dream Machine by Brother, you have all you need for a card making marathon. With regular 8.5 x 11” … Read More

Angel in Lace Cloud

December 7, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Holiday, Projects 32 Comments

Angels are a common theme in needlework, legends, and philosophy. Featured here are two Christmas versions using a pieced technique. The first, an angel pillow with detailed instruction, is an open-ended pillow cover made from a linen hemstitched guest towel. Combined with heirloom lace, antique pearl buttons, and a heavenly machine embroidered angel from iBroidery.com, … Read More

Give Thanks Tutorial

November 3, 2018By Janice FergusonHoliday, Projects, Sewing 22 Comments

Eleven canning jars have been transformed into twinkling mantle décor for Thanksgiving. This is a visible reminder of the reason for all that delicious turkey and pumpkin pie. With THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother (the quintessential combo embroidery/sewing machine) or any Brother embroidery machine, you can make a meaningful Thanksgiving decoration that can be … Read More

Pumpkin Goodies

October 10, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Holiday, Projects 43 Comments

It’s a pumpkin patch of goodies and so much fun to make! With your Brother Embroidery machine, you can quickly stitch enough to fill a basket of these cuties. Delight visiting children or any young friends at church or community gatherings. Mail a few to your grandchildren or deliver some to nursing home friends or … Read More

Lacey Heirloom Bonnet Tutorial

September 14, 2018By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Heirloom, Projects 35 Comments

Few sights bring more admiring looks than a baby in a smocked or heirloom sewn bonnet. Common components of this classic infant accessary are heirloom lace, hemstitching, embroidery, feather stitching, and lace beading threaded with satin ribbon. Most of those techniques, time consuming techniques, can now be done not only faster, but more precisely with … Read More

Multi-Colored Mickey and Minnie Outfits

August 13, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Projects 29 Comments

Step out beyond Mickey and Minnie’s traditional red and black palette with these fun, multicolored iBroidery.com designs. The coordinating toddler brother/sister outfits will bring big grins to children as well as adult Disney fans. Requiring only a 4×4 frame, iBroidery.com’s delightful, contemporary Mickey and Minnie can be embroidered on any Brother Disney machine. Planning a … Read More

Heirloom Baby Dress

July 13, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Heirloom, Sewing 13 Comments

This baby dress is an example of heirloom sewing, also known as fine machine sewing. You’ve seen examples, whether or not you recognized them by name or category. Heirloom sewing is a (relatively) new name for the fine art of French hand sewing, the techniques and materials of which were used on garments before the … Read More

Summertime Fun! Embroidered Picnic Dress

July 11, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Embroidery, Garment 16 Comments

Kite flying, picnics, family reunion, and Labor Day celebrations are just a few of the occasions for which this cool and comfortable summer picnic dress can fill the bill. Construct your own white dress or purchase a “blank” with drawn thread work at the hemline. Embellishments include the embroidery, of course, but also contrasting topstitching. … Read More

DIY Bicycle Bag

May 7, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Quilting, Sewing 17 Comments

Hurrah! It’s National Bike Month! Let’s celebrate the way we like best—sewing and creating with THE Dream Machine by Brother or another Brother combo machine with 5×7 frame. Let’s celebrate all that fun, healthy, outdoor cycling with this handy bike bag. Embellish it with a scenic bike design from iBroidery.com and learn to convert it … Read More

Elegant Embroidered Table Linens

April 30, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Embroidery, Home Decor 22 Comments

The foundation for a special occasion table is the linens. Combining purchased linens with THE Dream Machine (or any other Brother embroidery machine with 5×7 frame), you can create a uniquely luxurious tablescape. The designs used on these linens are built-in on THE Dream Machine and are also available at www.iBroidery.com. So many designs on … Read More

Quilted Foot Warmer

March 12, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Projects, Quilting 20 Comments

Often on those cold winter nights, your feet get cold, even while snug under the blankets. A quilted foot warmer, lying just across the foot of the bed, is just the ticket for a cozy night’s sleep. With this beautiful in design on THE Dream Machine, a colorful print and a few other touches, your … Read More

Minnie Mouse Birthday Play Set

February 12, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Garment, Tutorial 14 Comments

See a different side of fashionista Minnie Mouse as she celebrates her 60th birthday. Her traditional wardrobe of white, black and red polka dots are made more contemporary in white, grey and hot pink with polka dots. This fun little outfit would be fun and comfortable for a trip to Disney World or Disneyland. THE … Read More

Magic Cookie Bag

December 3, 2017By Janice FergusonDIY, Holiday, Projects 8 Comments

Convince Santa that you are nice, not naughty, with cookies baked just for him! This magical gift bag holds a bribe for Santa and a poem that will bring a smile. Or make goodies for your child’s teacher, a neighbor or a friend. The magic comes when the bag is quickly transformed into a holiday … Read More