My year of gifting Embroidery – Whiteboard

I know what you are thinking.  What in heavens name are you thinking combining a whiteboard with embroidery?  Well this is a fantastic project, that is wonderful for boys.  My whiteboard is made for my favourite (and only) nephew Ryan, who is turning 14.

All you need is a simple frame, a piece of fabric, and some thread!  Quick, simple, and every one loves something personalised.



Poster Frame 16×20”
White homespun or even weave fabric, 20×24”
Wadding or iron on pellum 20×24”
Embroidery Thread
Scissors and bobbin thread
Free calendar design by Julie Hall Design


NOTES:                you can create your own lettering design using either software that comes with your machine or in the lettering component on your actual machine.



  1. Take the homespun and press firmly with a hot iron. Ensure there are no marks on the fabric (these will annoy you for life if you leave them in the frame).
  2. Iron the pellon or wadding to the main fabric.
  3. Mark the centre position of the fabric, and hoop the fabric/wadding together with stabiliser , so that embroidery will be approximately 3.5” from the top of the hoop. Embroider the whiteboard title.
  4. Remove embroidery from the frame, take away any excess stabiliser, and press.
  5. Working with the centre position of the fabric again, hoop the fabric/wadding together with stabiliser so that the embroidery will be approximately 3.5” from the bottom of the hoop. Embroider the calendar.
  6. Remove embroidery from the frame, take away any excess stabiliser, and press.
  7. Take the frame and remove the backing sheet.
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  8. Lay the backing sheet on top of the embroidered fabric, and centre the design. Lay the backing sheet with fabric centred on it into the frame, and flip to ensure it looks correct. Once you are happy with the positioning, re-set the clips to complete your whiteboard.



My year of gifting embroidery – Snap Bag Emergency Kit

Hello everyone, I hope your month is going well.  We have been extremely busy this month, with hubby being off taking care of some family issues.  I have however just finished my presents for the month.  This month I had my gorgeous niece’s 19th birthday.  Ally is a gorgeous girl, who is off on her way to America at the moment, to be a nanny for 2 years.  I wanted a gift that was practical, as well as gorgeous.  This emergency kit is perfect for any young lady.  It contains lip balm, money for a cab, band aids, sewing kit, hand sanitiser, panadol, breath mints, feminie hygiene products, and anything else a young woman could need.

Whilst this bag is small, it is perfect for the bottom of a handbag.  I have used a snap bag design, and monogram of ally’s name.




9×14” piece main fabric (I love using denim)
9×18” piece lining fabric – I have used a red homespun
2 pieces 9×2” piece of interfacing
Embroidery threads
Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery
Sewing thread to match fabric
Old broken builder’s tape measure (check if hubby has a leftover, or buy from the $2 store)
Masking tape or duct tape.



All seam allowances are 6mm


  1. Take the main fabric piece, and press in half. This will be half the size of your bag. Press the half rectangle into half and quarters to find the middle of the bag half. Finger press, and hoop together stabiliser and main fabric, ready for embroidery.
  2. Load your embroidery design onto the machine, and stitch out your monogram. Once embroidery is complete, remove all of the excess stabiliser, and press.
  3. Take the lining fabric, and iron the interfacing strips to the lining fabric, leaving 1cm, or just under ½ an inch at the top.
  4. Turn the ½ inch (1cm), over the interfacing
  5. Lay the main fabric on top of the lining fabric, and fold over the lining ends with the interfacing on to form the top pocket.
  6. Top stitch the lining to the main fabric.
  7. Take the ruler, and cut 2 pieces 8 ¼” each.   Round off the ends to make less sharp
  8. Take your masking tape or duct tape, and tape the ends of the ruler pieces. This makes them less prone to poking through the fabric.
  9. Thread the tape through the pockets, making sure the wording on the tape is on the front of the bag
  10. Fold the bag with right sides together, and stitch along the side seams. The easiest way to do this is to stitch the first seam with the tape coming slightly out the opposite end, and then firmly press the tape in to stitch the second seam.
  11. Overlock or overstitch the side seams
  12. Create a bag base by pulling the bottom of the bag to the edge, and stitching along diagonally 1” out on both sides of the bag.
  13. Carefully pull the bag right side out, and press. You can add a touch of fray stopper to the top of the snap closure for extra security.
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Ladies of Deco – Alice

Next in the beautiful ladies of Art Deco collection is Alice.


Alice is a trendy gall, with her bobbed haircut, who is taking time to smell the roses.  Alice’s jacket is beautifully embellished and embroidered, and she comes with an amazing rose border.

Tomorrow I will introduce you to Jessie – lady no. 3.

Have a great day.



Introducing the Ladies of Deco – Esme

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new week.  I am so excited to show you a new collection that I have been working on.  I have a huge fascination with the art deco period – my engagement ring is art deco, hubby and I collect old furniture and restore it – there is just something about the clean lines of art deco that appeals to me.  I have always wanted to work on a wonderful collection of art deco women, and over the past 2 months that is exactly what I have been doing.  Over the next few days I am going to introduce you to these 13 fabulous ladies, who are created using embellished applique.

First off the rank is Esme.

Esme is an elegant lady, with beautiful patrician features, whom I imagine is driving in her car, with the wind fluttering her scarf around her.


I have liberally used metallic threads in my creation of these wonderful ladies, giving them a really lush look.  By embellishing the applique, I have managed to make my ladies with almost plain fabrics, whilst still giving a beautiful bespoke look.

Tomorrow I am going to introduce you to Alice.

Have a great day.  Julie


My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Mothers Day Sewing Caddy

I know, I know, Mothers Day is next weekend, but I have spent my weekend thinking about all of the mothers in my life, whilst I am stitching up a new set of owl keep it’s.

As per my post last month, I created a wonderful sewing caddy in the shape of an owl.  I thought I was being so smart in having these owls completed early, only to realise as I showed them off how popular they were.  My neighbour “borrowed” one to show a few of her sewing groups, my mum did the same, a shop I work with asked to run a class, and use one as a sample, another one went off for a magazine article.  And at the end I found I only had two owls left, and 5 gifts to give.  So this weekend, I have completed another 6 owls, so that I have enough for my mothers day gifts, and a few left over.


I am wrapping these gifts tonight, and posting all off first thing in the morning, so that no more go “missing”.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and keep on stitching.


My year of Gifting Embroidery – Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Hello everyone, and welcome to May.  May is a hugely busy month for my family and I.  I am busily working my way through my mothers day presents today, and then on the weekend, I am planning on finishing off gifts for my dad, nephew, niece, friend, and a friend of my sons.  However I was just reminded that for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, it is coming up to the end of the school year.  I want to show you my favourite teacher appreciation gift.  Each year I customise the pillow with the teachers name, and the name of each of the students the teacher has inspired that year.

I have simply used the lettering available in my software (or you could use the letters available in your machine), and stitched each child’s name.  I love adding the year (which has worked well, as one of my teachers ended up with 3 of my children, so has 3 different pillows).  Trim the pillow in a bright fabric, and you teacher will have a memory of the year forever.