This past weekend, I attended a baby shower for my niece, Suzie. I was going to make her a quilt, but when I learned the name she chose for her baby, I thought it would be more fun to play with some embroidery designs and personalize some little outfits for her soon-to-be bundle instead.
I love the name Kodi and think it was a great choice. However, it has an unique spelling, so I decided to take some cute little outfits and make them uniquely hers.
I started with a few onesies, something you can never have too many of for a newborn.
Next, I spent some time choosing embroidery designs that are appropriate for a baby. There are so many cute embroidery designs available, that it was a lot of fun to sort through them.
The bird applique design from Embroidery Online actually had 2 birds on the original design. I opened the design up in my Version 6 software and deleted one of the birds. I carefully positioned the applique fabric so that the little orange leaf-like design was towards the bottom center of the applique. Next, I added a “K” inside the little pink heart for Kodi.
In some cases, the outfit I purchased already had a little design on it, so I added Kodi’s name. One thing to consider is that it’s sometimes easier to flip your design upside down before sending to your machine so that it will better accommodate the embroidery hoop, like the little gray outfit shown below.
I found a cute pink top with adorable polka dotted pants and monogrammed the top with a font from DigiStitches called Dotty Girl.
Next, I added some cute designs to the remaining onesies, including, “Her Royal Cuteness” – how cute is this?
Then there was also
And, of course, every girl has to have a few hair accessories…
While I was working on items for the baby shower, I had the pleasure of watching our granddaughter, Belén, one day, since she was trying to recover from a cold. She was excited to see what I was making for the baby shower and asked if we could also make something for her. When I agreed, she busily went through my embroidery design notebook and found an adorable mermaid applique for me to put on a t-shirt for her. She wanted to “help” me stitch it out, so she sat on my lap while we embroidered a little pink shirt I just happened to have on hand. She was thrilled with the finished product.
Then she chose a couple designs to put on some shirts that I had bought for Eloise, including a fun monkey for her purple t-shirt. It’s so sweet how B’ looks out for Eloise.
Since I was getting a lot of embroidery work completed, I decided to finish my seasonal Halloween pillow from a design set called Pillow Talk, which is also a class I teach at Quilt Crossing. The design set includes embroidery designs that you stitch out onto a pillow sleeve, so you can change them out for the various holidays. Very clever idea, don’t you agree?
So there you have it, a few fun embroidery ideas. You can purchase any of the Embroidery Online designs as well as the Pillow Talk design set at the Quilt Crossing.
What have you been busy working on in your sewing studio? I would love to hear about it.
Rick Rack and Polka Dots