Another Halloween Mug Rug off the Machine

UT Vampire mug rug

This cutie is two Urban Threads designs, the corner webbing and the lil vamp.  He is one of their sketchy designs and the outline is not meant to match up (really, no excuses here, check it out their dark charcoal is on the outside of the outline all along the bottom edge plus has those gaps – it’s supposed to be that way, sketchy). Emphasizing this as there’ll be someone who think the embroidering is off. I get a lot of their sketchy designs as I’m a fan of the look. My vamp has a blue cape to call out the blue of the witch hat in the border. Mentioned a few posts back, that the ITH mug rug is from Stickbaer, edited, and that I changed it to use a backing with an opening in a seam in the center back so the edges don’t show any of my horrid hand stitching. Too hot to be outside here today, so it’s back to the machine for me!

This post is participating in Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City – check it out, most folks are out and about not hiding inside from the glaring sun.

Finishing a Few Gifts

Owl hoodie

This is actually soooo cute as it’s on a 12 month hoodie. The lil guy’s parents are into a concert venue that has an owl (EDC) as its thing. A blue owl was the feature at the last event although their ad material often goes multi-colors. Living in the mountains, I put owl designs on a lot for my use here and have just about every owl design any digitizer has ever offered :-) . I am so set to stitch up a million items for this little one if the owl thing stays in vogue with mom and dad!

Mom done

Mom’s stocking also finished up quite nicely. I’ve been putting the tabs on the outside seam as they hang better that way (they hang longer empty and some seam inserts of the tab hang off kilter).

Charlie C

Added a C to the front of Charlie’s hoodie, wish it was a tad closer to the zipper but I think it will look fine on. One of those, the facing for the zipper is a bit wide and I didn’t want to stitch onto it (the C would’ve come out loopy going over two seams of sweatshirt material). I’ll get the mom to send me a pic on and see if I need to fuss a bit more and move designs over for the next one.

Babies are so fun to stitch for. I have another hoodie in the works and want to get to a few stuffies, although I worry that everyone and their brother gifts moms with stuffed toys – probably the one thing in the world they don’t need more of!

More Stocking Cheerfulness

UT Snowstorm

Continuing to stitch a few more Christmas items. I was really pleased with the fleece plus cuff combo on the Charlie stocking (and it was so well received by his mom!) that I’m determined to do a bunch in this style. As with the Charlie stocking, an iron on polymesh backs the cotton cuff, cut away stabilizer – with even more temporary spray adhesive – anchors the center stocking designs and Sulky rayon threads are used throughout.


Tatjana at Stickbaer does wonderful appliqué and in the hoop designs. I’d purchased one of her in the hoop (ITH) Christmas stocking designs and, although it can go to 14 inches long, decided not to use the ITH part of the design. My stockings tend to be about 18 inches long and I like that look.  A tad more space between the bird and the holly matches the slightly longer stocking. Her appliqués stitch perfectly with a nice satin edge that covers all your trimming. Heat n Bond Lite was bonded to the appliqué pieces – and temporary spray adhesive applied to their backs – before they were used in the embroidery. UT Snowstorm close

Urban Threads‘ Snowstorm Santa just makes me smile. I love happy Santas and this one is so perfect, I want to put him everywhere! The word Believe is edited out of their Believe Santa design – it fits beautifully with both. Did use a floater of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fleece to prevent the threads from sinking too far into the fleece – and it worked. I’d thought I might have to stitch this design twice to get it to show up on the fluffy fleece, but the one time was all that was needed – yea!

Back to the machine to stitch even more cheer. Saving the names for last, then I’ll sort who gets which.

Halloween Mug Rugs

EL Haunting Ghosts mug rug
Been in a “do a Christmas project – do a different project – do a Christmas project” mode (really, you don’t want to be sick of looking at Christmas images before December 1st!).
EL Shake Bones mug rug
This ‘in-between’ project is some quick stitching mug rugs. I love mug rugs for the little splash of season or holiday they can bring – yet they don’t take space or have the weight or require the effort to put up that other decorations might. Simple and cheerful, a fun little gift for a friend or for me :-) .
EL Halloween mug rugs
I tend to go for sets, two, four or six – you get the picture. The center designs are from Embroidery Library, their Shake your Bones and Haunting Ghosts vintage designs.
EL Shake cup
The in the hoop (ITH) mug rug pattern is the Easter Mug Rugs from Stickbaer, edited. I often create my own, moving the border size to better highlight the design, but I had Stickbaer’s as I loved her appliqués for the hen and bunnies and dropping her outline in meant less time fussing with the digitizing program. I don’t sell or that would be a no no, both her and Embroidery Library’s terms of use let you edit designs – some companies specify that you may not – even for your own ‘not for sale’ project, I try to avoid those companies.

Chris's mug rug

After doing a fairy mug rug for a friend, (Embroidery Library’s sprite for the fairy and their bramble quilting used on the side piece, Five Star Fonts edited wave quilting under the fairy) I realized I should never attempt designs where hand stitched closures may show. (Showing the digitized version as I didn’t nab a shot before heading out to the post office). My hand stitching is not something to rave about. Some folks do the envelope or overlapping back style. It takes twice as much fabric for a back, but is neat all around. I decided the easiest was to make the back an inch longer, cut it down the center and stitch it together with an opening that is now in the middle of the bottom piece – so my ugly hand stitching won’t show and I can choose to use iron on seam tape to close it up. Takes just a moment for the extra step but what a difference in my final mug rug. With this black back, not such a big deal – but with my friend’s mug rug I used some beautiful quilting fabric for the back and I get a little stingy if I’m using the expensive stuff – hate to use twice as much if I don’t have to.

Mug rug back

More projects – plus a trip in for machine service – on the schedule. Time to log off and get cracking again :-)

In Progress Christmas Stocking

In Progress Stocking Charlie
Just sharing a few quick pics of an in progress Christmas stocking.

In progress Stocking UT
Cthulhu by Urban Threads, fleece stocking with cotton band for the cuff, cut away stabilizer. My registration of the outline is a tad off – did use the heavy stabilizer and spray adhesive, plus a basting stitch around the design. UT is great, I had re-sized it a tad bigger and that must’ve thrown it off somehow (blame it on the editing software :-) ). I’ll probably leave it “as is”.

In progress Stocking Name

Rockford font by Meringue Designs. Will trim that bit of thread between the i and its dot.

In Progress with Ric Rac

The fleece is heavy enough that I may not line these. Using the Serger for the inside seams should give them a nice clean finish. Got a handful more to get to, so back to the sewing machine I go!

Christmas in July – Stockings


Stockings were also on the crafting agenda. One for me and two for the kitties (I love stockings – plan to make even a few more).


First, although I have many stocking patterns, was tracing a stocking whose size and shape I liked. The right piece is the back and linings, duplicated that piece and added a tad for seam allowance then cut a cuff.


In cutting, make sure you flip your pattern piece to give you backs and linings that will all be right side out. Had very little of that bright poinsettia fabric (left over from an apron I’d made and gifted a bit back), thus the backs of the stocking are a different fabric.


Flannel ‘batting’ for quilting to give them  a bit of heft – I like how they hold their shape when quilted or made from heavier felts.


Cutting two linings finishes out the prep.IMG_8614

Embroidery included the the paws I’d copied and edited to walk across the top of the stocking and quilting.


Cut the stabilizer – a tear away – big enough to handle the required multiple hoopings.

EL Snowflake quilting 1

Quilting was edited-for-different-sizes-and-shapes an Embroidery Library snowflake.IMG_8629 (1)-1

There are two of these for the kitties. IMG_8603

And the first stocking I’ve ever made for me :-) . Maggie is Rockford font from Meringue designs. A piece of bias tape sewn into the seam provides hanging.

Stocking lining-1

And here you can see the lining (I’d shared the stockings on a craft board and someone wanted to see the lining – some of you might as well!).


My brother’s girlfriend had a gold and white Christmas theme going, so I’d stitched these up for them with some brocade fabric. If you’d like to see the ones I made sis and her hubby, just check this post Handmade Christmas Victorian Santa Stockings. Next up are some fun fleece ones.