Pete’s Dragon Sleepover Set – Part 2

February 22, 2017By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Quilting, Sewing, Tips & Tricks 16 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Part Two in this Three Part Series, will walk you through how to make a Stippled and Quilted, Zippered Sundry Bag so he (or she) has a place to put his toothbrush and comb for that Sleepover! Download the Protector of the Wild design from, load it into your Brother Embroidery Machine and off we’ll go on our own adventure!

Stippled Sundry Bag

Materials and Supplies


  • 20 x 12” forest print quilting fabric
  • 20 x 12” tan quilting cotton
  • lightweight cotton quilt batting

Notions & Supplies:

  • 12” green zipper
  • Double sided tape

Additional Links that may come in handy:


This handy stippled bag is sized to carry the necessary miscellany for a youngster’s overnight adventure. I love stippling and the interesting texture it gives a project. THE Dream Machine® has an amazing function that embroiders precisely spaced stippling stitches. This is a perfect project for mastering this technique as you learn to stipple around an existing design, the PTD04 Protector of the Wild.

Creating the surrounding intricate curlicue stitches requires contrast between the design and the background fabric. However, on this project the design/background fabric combination gives too little contrast for an acceptable scan. There is an easy remedy.

A solution to achieving adequate contrast is to cover the forest fabric background with stabilizer, leaving the embroidery exposed. Here’s how.


  1. Hoop your tear-away stabilizer in the 8×12 frame.
  2. Go to the setting page by tapping the key boxed in green.

stippled bag 2a settings screen

  1. Disengage the Upper and Bobbin Thread Sensor on settings page 4.

stipple - thread sensor

  1. IMPORTANT: Remove both needle and bobbin threads. Stitching will be done with no thread.
  2. Position the PTD04 – Protector of the Wild design centered 4” from inside top of hoop.

  1. Stitch the first color, a straight stitch circle.

Stippling Bag image 4

  1. Scroll ahead through the stitches to stitch the wing tips that extend beyond the circle.


  1. Cut around needle holes, making a window for the actual design.
  2. Set aside stabilizer template and re-engage Upper and Bobbin Thread Sensor on settings page 4.


  1. Hoop 3 layer quilt “sandwich” with tan fabric on the bottom (right side out), batting, and forest fabric on top in 8×12 hoop. No stabilizer is used.
  2. Cut a 4” circular scrap of the tan fabric.
  3. Open PTD04 and center the design 4” from top/inside of frame and embroider the appliqué design.



  1. Apply double-sided tape to the underside of the stabilizer template and press in place with embroidery peeking from the cut out window.


  1. Open My Design Center.

stipple bag image 8MDC

  1. Select the Image scan key, indicated in the purple box.

bag image 9 scan key stipple

  1. Press OK.
  2. The frame will move as the scanner does its job. As it scans, the message that it is recognizing is on the screen.

bag 10 scanned stipple

NOTE: The background brightness of the scanned image can be controlled by the slider scale in the green rectangle as shown above.
  1. Remove the stabilizer template.
  2. Select the Illustration design key with the double flower. This changes the scanned image into an embroidery design.

bag 11 2 flowers stipple

  1. Frame (crop) the scanned image by dragging the arrows into place with your stylus.

bag 12 framing stipple

  1. Press OK. You will be prompted to “Please wait a while” as THE Dream Machine® processes this new information. After the wait is over, press OK again. The cropped image is now an embroidery design. You might be thinking, “But I’ve already embroidered it!” It’s okay. Trust me.

bag 13 loading stippling

  1. Press Set then select the Stamp key, shown in the purple circle.

sleepover region button

  1. Select the two squares in blue when this screen appears. The smaller square is the stamp type. The larger is the stamp shape. Press OK.

Sleepover - stamp screen

  1. Select the Size key circled in orange. Use the arrows to resize the red box superimposed on the image. Enlarge until it fits the scanned area and it becomes a rectangle. Press OK.


  1. Within the Line tool key menu, Select the Page key in the aqua box. IMPORTANT: This begins the process of preventing that rectangle from being stitched, so don’t skip it.

Dragon - eliminate stitching

  1. When the next page comes up, Select the Line WITHOUT stitch key boxed in yellow. This creates a region rather than a stitch line. Press OK.


  1. Apply that change by selecting the Set key circled in pink within the Line key tool menu.

stipple bag 19 set color

  1. Activate that change by touching the red rectangle with your stylus. Now it will not be stitched or included in the embroidery pattern.
  2. From the Brush tool key menu, select the Page key to select the brush type and fill color, boxed in lavender.

stipple bag 20 region property

This screen will come up.


  1. Select the Stipple pattern boxed in brown.
  2. Scroll down to the color chart to select the color of your choice for the stipple stitches. this will allow you to have an idea of what it will look like before you stitch. The image above shows that dark green has been chosen.
  3. Press OK. Next, the screen with the embroidery design comes up.
  4. Select the icon circled in black to apply the stipple stitches to the design.

stipple bag 22 apply stitches

  1. Apply the stippling stitches to the area by touching it with your stylus. It’s magic! The stitches appear. But they cover the entire area rather than surrounding the embroidery design. Carry on.

stippling bag 23

  1. Tap on Preview in the green rectangle in the lower right hand corner of the screen. A message pops up “The My Design Center data will not be saved. OK to continue?”

stipple bag 24

  1. Press OK.

If you would like to save this data for future reference, check the owner’s instruction manual on how that is done.

  1. See the Preview screen. It offers an array of options.

stipple bag 25

For this project, leave all the default settings in place. Press OK. A message will ask ”Please wait a while.”
The information will be loaded, creating perfectly placed stipple pattern around the perimeter of the design.
stippled bag 26

Notice that the stitches hug the edges and veer around the wing tips. How amazing is that?

  1. Tap Set then OK. The next screen will give you this message: “Converted to the embroidery pattern and My Design Center will be exited. Ok to continue to embroidery edit screen?”
  2. Press OK then press Embroidery. Here comes another message: “Please wait a while.”
    Next this screen appears:

stippled bag 27

  1. Scroll down through the embroidery colors until you get to the stippling. PTD04 has been made a part of the stippled embroidery design. Since that was previously embroidered, only the stippling remains to be stitched.

stippled bag 28

Embroider your perfect stippling stitches. Awesome, isn’t it!



An excellent video tutorial by Angela Wolf is posted here at Stitching Sewcial. Her serger tucked zipper bag has unlimited uses—like this sundry bag for the Pete’s Dragon Sleepover set.
First, follow the three steps below:

  1. Cut the embroidered and stippled piece to 9 x12, approximately 1” beyond the stippling stitches.
  2. Stitch around the perimeter close to the raw edge. This keeps the 3 layers in place for the next step.
  3. Serge or clean finish all four sides.
  4. Go to Angela Wolf’s excellent video tutorial for construction instructions for the sundry bag found here.

Wouldn’t this set be a welcome gift for any youngster? Stay tuned for Part 3 where we’ll make the PJ’s Set!

Did you miss Pete’s Dragon Sleepover Set – Part 1? Pop over HERE to see the Pillowcase/Drawstring Bag tutorial!

  • These embroidery designs have been manufactured by Brother under a licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company, through which Brother has permission to use Disney images. The embroidery patterns offered on iBroidery are for personal non-commercial use only. No license is granted for any commercial use of these embroidery patterns and any such use is strictly prohibited.


    • Donna, thank you for your comment. I’m not from Missouri, the Show Me state, but I might just as well have been. I get more from seeing the instructions than reading about them. It seems that all the tutorials at Stitching Sewcial have great illustrations. Thanks for taking time to write.

  • Janice I am going to make a comment before I get around to doing this project because I am over the moon that I came across this site where you give soooooo much spot on information regarding sewing & machine embroidering .
    After deliberating for years I have finally bought Dream Machine 2 mainly because of the auto stippling as I have arthritis in both hands, so it was lash out & buy , or give up sewing — but then the brain has to be supposedly kept active in older age .
    To get info/help for Dream Machine is very hard when you require 4 hrs traveling & as previously said “we do not know what we do not know”,so I am also very keen to follow this site & learn what ever you post for us to get some use from our fabulous almost do anything machine.
    As I said previously I would give anything to have you travel to Australia because your project teaching is just superb.
    Many Thanks Coral

    • Hello Coral,

      Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely comment to our dear Janice. I wanted to pop by and let you know that if you put the words Dream Machine into the search box (upper right-hand side of any blog post, all of the articles mentioning this fine machine will populate in a list for you to work your way through. And, we are adding more all the time, so check back for even MORE fun projects, super tips and technique building tutorials!

      Many thanks,

    • Coral, I am so excited that you have a Dream Machine. It certainly is named perfectly as now any project you can dream of is absolutely do-able. All the machine’s capabilities are best utilized with instruction and driving 4 hours takes a lot of energy best applied to learning! I am so happy you came across this site because there is a wealth of information here. Each of the blog posts is so well done. I am honored to be included with these exceptional teachers. So read on, dear Coral, because there is yet more to come!

    • Janet, I am so glad to know that you appreciate “clear and thorough.” Often I worry that I am giving too much detail and making the instructions too cumbersome. It’s encouraging to know that it is helpful to you. Thanks for your comment.

    • Hi Janet,

      Thank you for your comment. I always tell Janice that you simply CAN NOT be too detailed when she sends me her posts! I’m glad to see so many of you agree! It’s so much easier to learn when you have a true step-by-step, and no one does it quite like Janice!

      Happy Sewing!

  • Dear Janice,
    As always your projects are done to perfection and are greatly admired.
    Do you hold workshops in New Zealand? I can provide housing.

    • Hi Susanna,
      Thank you for the kind comment, as always! We too adore Janice and I love to see others gush a bit so I’m not the only one.
      Thank you for stopping by Stitching Sewcial and see you again soon!!

    • Susanna, your comments are so sweet! I’m so glad my projects please you but I have no plans to hold a workshop in New Zealand. But your offer to provide housing is heartwarming. I’ve taught in Australia twice and had several delightful students from New Zealand. I wish you had been one of them.

    • Hi Jane,

      Thank you for this comment! This is very useful as we continue to tweak how we present each and every blog post to our readers.
      Please keep those comments coming! We also would LOVE to see what you are making! Be sure to post photos on Facebook and Instagram and tag us at #StitchingSewcial and @BrotherSews so we can follow along!


  • Jane, I’m so pleased that you find the screen shots helpful. I am a very slow learner and always need step-by-step instructions. Pictures are even better. I appreciate your comment, Jane.

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