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Monday, June 13, 2011

My First Try At Embroidery

Hi friends!

So many of you know about the Prudent Baby contest that was going on where you had to embroider words and images onto whatever you wanted to win an awesome sewing/embroidery machine. They announced the winners today so you should head over and take a look! No, i'm not one of them but there is so much creativity and it's so fun to see what everybody came up with!

I had never ever embroidered anything in my life but I thought it looked like fun and the prize sewing/embroidery machine was enough to get my off my duff to do it! I headed to Joann's where I bought a 36 color floss pack, an embroidery hoop and some needles and got to work.

This is what I came up with.
I went to Target and bought 2 of their solid tees. For the first one I embroidered the words "Two Turntables & A Microphone" from the Beck song "Where It's At" which always gets me up and moving!
 The workmanship isn't perfect but I was surprised at how easy embroidery is! I used iron on fusible webbing to cut out the little record out of fabric and then embroidered around the edges of it.

I think Evie likes it! She's my little rock star!

Once I got started I couldn't really stop so I made a boy's shirt too, playing off the famous "mom" tattoo without promoting actually marking your child!

I was originally going to put the patch on the arm but I thought it looked so much cuter on the front where you could really see it.

The stitching is a little messy, half on purpose and half because the heart was a bit hard to sew through. I drew out a heart on white broadcloth and then silk stitched a heart. I cut it out and used fusible webbing again to attach it to the shirt. Then I cut out a banner and ironed that down on top. Finally I went around and stitched all around it.

Did any of you enter the contest? Have you ever tried embroidery before?

Hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Hi- Found you through Tea Rose's hop and am a new follower. I'm loving your embroidery. I did it in elementary school, but haven't since then. I recently bought a stash of crafts and now have a bunch of floss. Thanks for inspiring with new ideas! I hope you have time to follow my life of crafting and adventure in South Africa at

    Have a great week!

  2. Your blog is so adorable!!!! I am definitely going to be following you!! If you would like to check out my blog also I would LOVE that!! And follow me too!! I am excited to share new ideas on recipes and about mineral make-up!! And giving away free giveaways on make-up! So look out for it...