Placemats using a new collection – Knives & Forks

I am so happy to show everyone my latest collection, a beautiful set of knives and forks.  I have made a wonderful set of placemats using these designs, that I wanted to share with you.

Knives and forks on the table


I am really terrible at knowing which way my knives and forks go on the table (and therefore haven’t really taught my children).  These beautiful placemats will not only ensure that you set the table correctly, but will add a beautiful and elegant look to your table.



2 rectangles of even slub linen 13×18”
2 rectangles of backing/border fabric, 21×18”
Dark grey embroidery thread
Tear away stabiliser
Knife and fork designs by Julie Hall Designs
Sewing thread
Sewing revolution double mitre ruler



  1. Take the template included with the knives and forks collection, print out, and poke holes in the cross hatches.
  2. Mark up each of the positioning marks, and hoop your stabiliser and fabric together in the hoop. (If you have a machine with a large hoop 8×12 or above, you can complete this design in one hooping)
  3. Stitch out each of designs.
  4. Remove the embroidery from the hoop, and press.
  5. Take the backing/border fabric, and press.
  6. Using the Sewing Revolution Double Mitre Ruler, mark up each of the corners according to the instructions with the double mitre ruler.
  7. Stitch along each of the lines marked, and then trim away the excess fabric.
  8. Turn the placemat backing/border the right side out, and press.
  9. Turn under the hoop, and press again.
  10. Place the embroidered linen into the placemat border, pin, and stitch around the edge to complete.



Must have Monday – 1GB USB Bracelet

The next on my list of desireables for Must Have Monday, sounds really silly, right up until you try to find it.  It is a 1GB USB Bracelet.  Now many of you may ask, why buy a USB stick so small?  Embroidery designs are notoriously small in size, and most embroidery machines will not take USB sticks of more than 1GB.  Even if your machine does take a larger USB stick, I recommend using nothing larger than the 1GB, simply so that your files don’t take forever to load.


This USB stick forms into a bracelet, which means you can either wear it, or I recommend people loop it around the handle of their embroidery machine, so that they always know where it is.  The USB bracelet is available from Julie Hall Designs, for only $10.00


My year of Gifting Embroidery – January – Part Two

As I mentioned in my last post, this month I have two birthdays in my life, my young next door neighbour (for whom we made the basket last week), and my beautiful niece Bethany, who will be 14 on the 12th of January.  Bethany’s favourite movie is “Mean Girls”, so I am making her a snuggle rug for watching movies on the couch, using movie quotes.  Now I know what you are thinking – isn’t that copyrighted?  And from my personal understanding of the law (I am not a lawyer, nor am I looking at advising anyone on the law, or inflaming a discussion), I am using a small sampling of the work, for a personal project, and I am not planning on profiting from this.  In no way to I recommend creating quilts like these, and selling them.

The Quilt


You will notice that the quilt is made up of 9 blocks, and then stripped together using 6 fat quarters.


  • 9 x 13″ square blocks of black homespun (100% cotton) fabric
  • 1/2 m black homespun for binding
  • 6 fat quarters
  • sewing thread to match your homespun
  • embroidery thread to suit your project (I have used pink)
  • 2m flannel for the backing of your quilt.
  • 1.5m wadding


  1. This project is a wonderful way to get to know the lettering features in your machine.  Firstly write down the 9 quotes you will be using in your project.
  2. Using the lettering feature, in either your machine or the software that came with your machine, type in each quote.
  3. Save each quote as an embroidery file.
  4. Stitch out each of the quotes.
  5. Press all 9 blocks, and trim to being 12×12″
  6. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut each of the fat quarters into 3″ strips.
  7. Using two strips from each colour way, join strips into one long strip.
  8. Use the long strip to firstly join each row together, and then each column, until you have a square.
  9. To create the border, join the rest of the strips together along the long seam, and then cut into 3″ strips, giving you a long strip with 2.5″ blocks of different colour.
  10. Join the border strips together to form one long 3″ strip.
  11. Working from side to side, and then top/bottom, add the border to your quilt.
  12. Press
  13. lay out your flannel, with the wadding on top of it, and then lay the quilt on top.  Pin all 3 layers together.  Quilt using your favourite method.
  14. To bind your quilt, cut 5 x 3″ strips across the width of your fabric.  Join together in one long strip.
  15. Fold your strip in half lengthwise, and attach to the front of the quilt, before folding over and hand stitching to finish.

I hope you enjoy this project, and I would love to hear how you could use a project like this.

Must Have Monday – Scissor holder for your sewing machine

Don’t you hate it when you are sitting down at your machine, just getting into your stitching, and you go and reach for your scissors, only to find that they are not where you thought they were.  I have a wonderful solution for you.  It is the Scissor holder for sewing machines.  Simply apply the sticky dot to the most appropriate part of the machine for you (for instance my mum is a lefty, so she puts hers on the left of the machine)  Slide your scissors in, and you will always know where they are.

scissorholder2 scissorholder

The Scissor holder is only $3.00, and is available here

My Year of Gifting Embroidery – January

This year I am inviting you all to make the most of your embroidery machine, by making gifts for the people you love. I come from a large family, I have 11 nephew and nieces, and my husband has 4 siblings. Add to that friends, mothers and fathers day, and school parties, and the year can really get away from you financially.

I have a couple of goals for my gift giving:-

  1. The gift needs to be made well, with love
  2. The gift should be relevant and useful to the person it is made for
  3. Ideally I will be “using up” fabrics/accessories that I already have in my stash

I will post each month a project, with instructions, suggestions for making the gift relevant to the person you love.

This month I have two birthdays happening.  My Niece Bethany turns 14 on the 12th of January, and my neighbours son Oscar will be 6 on the 15th.

For Oscar we are making a craft bucket.  I love this gift idea for kids, because you can fill it up with items from the $2 store, and kids love getting lots of “stuff”

Buckets of Love

bucket 1

Looking for a quick and simple gift that can be customised to people of all ages, and has multiple purposes?  This gift bucket will be your saviour.  Take a cheap bucket (mine was $3.99 at the discount shop), add embroidery that is age appropriate (I used the Monster Mash design set for a 6 year old boy), or the perfumery set for my 19 year old niece going into share accommodation.  Use up some scraps of your fabric, and you are set.  Fill your bucket with treats for the recipient (I love the $2 store for crafty stuff).  You can make this bucket cover for any size bucket, just follow the directions below.


  • ¾m fabric – I have used denim remanets that I had leftover, alternatively use different remanent for each part for a patchy look.
  • 1 bucket, of any size, but if you go quite large, you may need extra fabric
  • Sewing thread to match your fabric
  • 4 machine embroidery designs (I have used monster mash designs, or the perfumery designs)
  • Machine embroidery threads – I used bright green, pale blue, red, yellow, orange, purple, black and white.
  • Butchers paper or old newspaper for pattern making

Dimensions of my bucket

Inches centimetres
Top of bucket circumference 33.5 85
Bottom of bucket circumference 24 3/8 62
Height of bucket 9 3/8 24


  1. Using the butchers paper, or old newspaper, trace the bottom of the bucket onto paper.
  2. Add a 1.5cm, or 5/8” seam allowance to the outline of the base, and cut the paper pattern out.
  3. For the sides of the bucket, draw a pattern piece (as per below)
  4. From your fabric, cut out a single base piece, and two side pieces.
  5. With right sides together, join the bucket sides together.  Once attached, join to the base to form the inner bucket.
    bucket 4
  6. To make the outside pockets of the bucket, make a pattern piece as follows
  7. Cut out the outside pockets, and embroider as per below, in the top 3rd of the fabric.
  8. Press your embroidered pieces, and working first with the top, and then with the sides of each embroidered piece of fabric, press a double seam allowance, to hide all raw edges, and stitch.
    bucket6bucket 7
  9. Create your pockets by folding your embroidered pieces up until you have a height you are happy with, I like to leave approximately 1.5” between the top of the fabrics, and the beginning of the pockets.  Press and pin in place, and then stitch along the previously stitched lines.  Create additional pockets by stitching rows into the one big pocket.
  10. With both pockets completed, stitch the pockets to the bucket inner.
  11. Press the pockets out, and place over the bucket to complete.

bucket 1 bucket11

I love to make this bucket cover for my nieces as they move off to college, or into a share house – all of the bathroom essentials can fit into one bucket, and you just pick it up each morning on your way to the shower.

I hope you enjoy this project – let me know who you would make this for.