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TamNearPDX
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Date: 8/14/11 9:53 AM

I just picked up an embroidery machine -- and I'm curious to what gifts people make. I'm looking for affordable gift ideas for my nieces and nephews and other family members including g-mas and great g-mas. I'm wanting to get a head-start on my Christmas gift list!

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Date: 8/14/11 10:46 AM


Congratulations on your purchase.. Which model did you acquire ?

Oh my.. it is time.. maybe even past time we start thinking of Christmas. and I for one am glad to do so.. as its been a long hot summer..

Embroidering personalize motifs. such as a car for a nephew who may like cars. .along with a monogram of their initials .. or such like that. onto either RTW or not clothing makes a nice gift..

In fact anything personalize. even table napkins with a motif that a grandmother may love is well received. The more practical the better though I think.

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Date: 8/14/11 10:53 AM

I've started to think about Christmas too and wish I had an embroidery machine.

I like embroidered pillowcases. I have been given embroidered bath towels and love them as well.

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Date: 8/14/11 11:26 AM

If you have linen or cotton scraps ... monogrammed hankies. I made one last year for hubby's g-ma, and she was so thrilled. I put her initial inside a floral frame design, then stain-scallop stitched around the edges, and it was done up in a couple hours, including tests for what size and colors to use.

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and I was encouraged at the time to write up a how-to review for it.

I will be making grandma a new, better one ... she still has not used that hankie and still insists it's "too good to use".
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Date: 8/14/11 11:45 AM

Some of what you can make depends on what your largest sized hoop is.... That being said, you can embroider almost anything you can image. ....

For the older set, hankies, kitchen towels, hand towels, bath towels with initials or other motifs. Also beach towels for the kiddies...

I love my monogrammed tote bags.... and have done monograms on gym bags, back packs, pencil cases, lunch bags, totes and purses.

Kids love embroidered t-shirts. I do a lot of applique first initials with the full first name embroidered over it. Also great for baby gifts on onsies or for the layette.

Polartec scarves are super easy to make (just cut - no seam finish required) and also easy to embroider. Monograms or snow flakes or santas or whatever!

There are blanks made specifically for embroidery. I recently embroidered a teddy bear's tummy and a crayon purse.

Key fobs are also easy to make and have a perceived high value. For teacher gifts I embroidered their names on strips of fabric and made key fobs out of them using webbing and fob hardware.

I could go on and on and on.... if you want to see pictures of some or the ideas I've mentioned, feel free to check out my website.... www.deboraland.com

Congratulations on your new machine. Happy Stitching!

Debora

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Date: 8/14/11 11:56 PM

Quote: TamNearPDX
I just picked up an embroidery machine -- and I'm curious to what gifts people make. I'm looking for affordable gift ideas for my nieces and nephews and other family members including g-mas and great g-mas. I'm wanting to get a head-start on my Christmas gift list!




The first year I had my machine made all of the kids lovely pillowcases with their initials (beautiful, elaborate ones from Embroidery Library) and a set of towels each. They all liked them and still use them.

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Date: 8/15/11 0:26 AM

Congratulations on your new machine. I just saw an idea for recipe towels. I have my grandma's recipes cards and we have a huge extended family. Do you have software? Do you hate that I asked the question? For the little ones I'm putting the word out for their artwork that I can incorporate into bookbags, totes, toy satchels, etc.

Personalized play quilts are super for the littlest ones to play on when they get toted around. For the 2 to 4 year olds, they can build on them and then it's easy for them to pick up after themselves.

Personalized tags to sew into everything for just about every kid would make a great gift. They need them for daycare, summer camp, church camp, extracurricular activities. For the g-mas and great g-mas, it might be fun to embroider some reading glass cases with names and maybe some indication of magnification as some people use different ones for different purposes. People put those things everywhere so you can never have too many pouches for them. If the g-mas are still sending out birthday cards but maybe not shopping so much, it might be fun to make a custom design card for them and make up a packet they can send out. (Depending upon their circumstances, include stamps along with the envelopes, maybe address labels).

Short table runners/long placements. Something that is a nice in between size to put under a vase, bowl of fruit or centerpiece. Fruit and vegetable bags. I wrap my produce in dish towels in the frig and will be making veggie bags for myself and for friends. Matching Christmas socks for a family stuffed with some little goody and made into a wreath? Once you start looking you'll have so many great ideas your head will be spinning. Have fun.

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Date: 8/15/11 8:52 PM

I made wine bags with Christmas and New Year designs for co-workers, etc. at work. Had fun learning how to use my embroidery machine while making all the designs.

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Date: 8/15/11 11:17 PM

I have made fabric bowls with embroidery for a few gifts and am planning on doing house shoes (slippers?) for the extended family for Christmas. I got all my ideas off of blogs with "free patterns" kind of searches.

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Date: 8/16/11 2:21 AM

There are some great machine embroidery magazines that are relatively inexpensive for a year's subscription such as Creative Machine Embroidery and Designs in Machine Embroidery. You might want to check at Joann's or Hancock's to see a copy. Also, type in machine embroidery ideas in Google to get lots of free ideas. I have more free ideas than I will ever be able to use because I'll see something and then start thinking about how I can adapt it.

I take classes at my dealer's that help me learn to use my SM. Many SM companies have ideas on their website, also. A simple embroidery on a placemat or napkin looks great. Also, check out the embroidery design websites ("free machine embroidery designs") for free downloads and ideas. I embroider children's designs on diapers and trim the edges for burp cloths that are in demand at baby showers. Add the baby's name and the new mom will love them. Same with baby blankets and bibs. For older children, I'd leave off the name for security reasons but do simple designs on t-shirts or blankets. I have also bought craft aprons at Walmart for a couple of dollars and embroidered designs on the bib part with name of the recipient for Christmas one year. Very popular. Tone-on-tone embroidery or monochromatic colors look great -- ivory on a garment that is only a shade or two darker, etc.

I'd use simple designs with muted colors for most gifts unless you know that the recipient likes bright colors and designs. With kids, the brighter the better in many cases. You can note what type of clothing your recipient wears or how they decorate their home. One of my DDs will not wear anything with embroidery or lace on it but loves embroidered towels and kitchen items. The other one likes seasonal items such as Halloween placemats, napkins, etc.

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