My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Feedback

I have reached a wonderful milestone today – I have completed my 10th embroidered gift.  The scary part is that I have 50 more gifts to complete the year, however I am focusing on the positive.

The wonderful thing is that as family and friends realise what I am doing – the response has been very positive (even from teenage nieces and nephews), and I am now getting requests and suggestions as to gifts they may like.

I really wanted to share this feedback, as many of you, much like me may be scared of what people will think of “homemade” presents.  I want to encourage you all to give it a go, and see the great response.

Below are the gifts I have made so far……

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My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Notebook/Journal Cover

This week it is my wonderful friend Lyn’s birthday. Lyn has been a great support to me over the years, she “adopted” me when I moved to Melbourne, and has always been one of my “Melbourne Mum’s”.  So I was looking for something special for Lyn.  Lyn looks after grandchildren 3 or 4 days a week, and is always in the car, or dashing around to things like gymnastics or swimming.  She has often bemoaned that she always forgets a notebook or book to read when she is out travelling – so the idea of this present was born.


The Notebook/Journal cover is a fast and easy gift, with a pocket to hold the notebook, an extra pocket for receipts/notes or even your kindle, a pouch for your pen, and a magnetic closure, this cover is quick to make, and will be an immediate hit.  I customise the designs for whomever I am making it for – ensuring that it is always personal, and made with love.  I have used the Antique Rose – Bullion Rose Collection design here to suit Lyn


45 x 30cm piece main fabric (I love using denim)

45 x 60 piece lining fabric – I have used a white homespun

20cm contrast fabric for the binding (or use a fat quarter)

45 x 30 piece of stitch and shape

Antique Rose  Bullion embroidery designs by Julie Hall Designs

embroidery threads

Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery

Sewing thread to match fabric

1 set magnetic closure

Pattern for Notebook/Journal Cover (here)



All seam allowances are 6mm


  1. Enlarge the attached pattern to full size (currently at 50%), and print out. The finished size of the pattern should be 42×23.8cm.
  2. Using the pattern, cut a main fabric, stitch and shape, and two lining pieces. Set aside all but the main fabric.
  3. Mark up the embroidery placement lines, with chalk marker, and hoop together the main fabric and tear away stabiliser.
  4. Embroider the Antique Rose design 4 onto the fabric. Once completed, remove embroidery from the hoop, take away any excess stabiliser, and press.
  5. Lay the embroidered fabric on top of the stitch and shape, and mark up for the magnetic closure.
  6. Place the first side of the magnetic closure through the main fabric and stitch and shape.
  7. Turn the stitch and shape and main fabric over, and lay the 1st piece of lining fabric on top. Take the second piece of lining fabric, and fold and press ¼ of the way across the fabric. Lay the second piece of lining on top of the first to form the pocket.
  8. Place the second side of the magnetic closure through the 2 layers of lining fabric, and stitch and shape.
  9. Press all 4 layers of the journal cover together to bond the heat and shape to the fabrics.
  10. Mark up the pocket placement lines, and stitch through all of the layers
  11. Take your binding fabric, and cut bias strips to go all the way around the journal.
  12. Attach the bias strips to the outside of the journal, and hand stitch to complete.



My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Technology Tablet Case

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These days, most family’s have at least one tablet in their technology stash. In our house, the children got one each for Christmas, and the biggest problem we have is keeping them safe as we travel around. My Brother-in-law received a Surface Pro 2 for his birthday this month, and I got together with his partner, and created this carry case for him. I have lined the case with Neoprene, making it a little more shock resistant, and used a set of woodworking designs and fabrics to make it totally masculine.   By adding a zippered pouch on the opposite side to the embroidery, I have given additional room to place cables and chargers.  Change up your fabrics and designs, to make the case suitable to the person you are gifting.

The biggest problem with making any technology cases, is that all the tablets/computers are different sizes.  I am giving you the instructions for how I calculated the size of my case, I suggest that you measure your tablet and complete the math before you begin.

40cm Main fabric
20cm contrast fabric
40cm cream homespun (fabric for embroidery and lining, you can use any fabric for lining)
35cm piece of neoprene for the lining
70cm continuous zipper with two toggles or 2 x 40cm zips
60 cm 25mm webbing for the straps
Out in the Shed embroidery designs by Julie Hall Designs
Brown embroidery threads
Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery
Sewing thread to match fabric

All seam allowances are 6mm

  1. Measure your tablet. In my case, the tablet is 275x175mm. Therefore, by the time I add in movement for the depth of the tablet (20mm), plus seam allowance (15mm), plus easement (1.5cm), my measurements to cut out the main pattern piece will be as follows
    275 + 20 + 15 + 15 + 15 = 340mm wide
    175 + 20 + 15 + 15 + 15 = 240mm high
  2. From the cream homespun, cut a piece across the width of the fabric (40cm x 25cm)
  3. Hoop together the fabric and stabiliser, and embroider the Out in the Shed design onto your homespun.
  4. Remove the embroidery from the hoop, and press.
  5. Cut the following fabrics:-
    Main fabric 1 piece 34x24cm
    1 piece 34 x 7.5cm
    1 piece 34 x 10.5cm
    Contrast fabric 1 piece 34 x 24cm
    2 pieces 32 x 6.5cm
    Embroidered piece 1 piece 34 x 11.5cm
  6. Take the contrast fabric and fold in half. Press.
  7. Using one of the zipper pieces, join the folded contrast fabric to the zipper.
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  8. Lay the zipper with contrast fabric on top of the main fabric piece, and measure.
  9. Flip the contrast and zipper over, and pin.
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  10. Stitch the zipper to the main fabric, and press. Set aside, this is now the back of the case
  11. Trim the embroidery piece to ½ inch top and bottom of the embroidery. Should now be 34 x 11.5cmIMG_2610
  12. Attach the embroidered piece to the top and bottom main fabric pieces, to create a piece of fabric the same size as the zippered piece. This is now the front of the case.
  13. Join the front and back of the case together along the bottom. Press.
  14. Measure the size of the case, and cut a piece of neoprene 1” smaller all the way around.
  15. From the remaining homespun/lining fabric, cut a piece the same size as the case. Press.
  16. Take the remaining zipper, and attach to the top of the case. Enclose the zipper by attaching the lining to the zipper. You should now have a case with the side parts open. (I remove the zipper pull to make everything easier to work with. I will re-attach the pull later)
  17. Take the neoprene, and place between the lining and the main fabric. Stitch the neoprene down in the bottom seam, with a 5mm long stitch.
  18. Create the handles by covering the webbing with the left over contrast fabric. Take the two remaining strips of fabric, and stitch down the long side to enclose. Pull the strip right side out, and thread the webbing through. Repeat for the second strap.
  19. Stitch the straps to the bag, stitching down with exposed ends facing the opening, and then back to enclose the exposed ends.
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  20. Re-attach your top zipper pull, before stitching the side seams together. Press and overlock or zigzag the side seams to avoid shredding.
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Your table case is now complete. Enjoy.

A new collection – Woodworking Tools

I am so happy to bring you all a new collection today – Out in the Shed.

Out in the Shed is a great collection of 17 antique woodworking tools, all beautifully created to have minimal or no jump stitches.  Each design will fit into a 5×7 inch hoop, making it perfect for a quick embroidery design for the woodworker in your life.

Tomorrow I will be bringing you a fantastic technology tablet cover that I have made using these designs.

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Out in the Shed can be found here, and retails for a just $34.95.

You can download a free sample of Out in the Shed here.