Christmas Stocking Tags

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I haven’t blogged much about it, but just a wee bit ago I thought I would foster kittens. An opportunity arose to bottle feed the cutest four little cuddly meowers you’ve ever laid your eyes on – and I jumped in. I thought I’d keep two and put two up for adoption (cough, cough). Living rurally, there aren’t as many good homes and we may have more un-neutered cats than other areas and lack the resources for no-kill shelters. So, you guessed it, I’ve added four rowdy beasts – much to the chagrin of the existing two – to my family. Crazy cat lady status is full blown here.

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I LOVE decorating with Christmas stockings. They’re just one of my favorite things and, on the practical side, take no room to store and require no heavy lifting at all. As much as I love, love, love living rurally – there are a few things – like curbside Christmas tree pickup – that just don’t happen here. Generally, you have to saw it up, pack it up and take it to the green recycle during that time in normal years where it’s raining (sawing is an outdoor activity). Not a fan, also not a fan of fake trees (well, except for some colorful tabletop versions). So, full trees are only here in years that I host Christmas eve or day.

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This is not to say that decorations don’t abound – everywhere. And, stockings figure in prominently. I’d seen this concept of tags instead of stitching the name on the cuff – and loved it. I loosened up my hoop screws and just hooped a sandwich of the back fabric, cut away stabilizer (to keep them stiff once done – the sandwich didn’t really need stabilizer for any other reason), Warm n natural Batting and the top fabric. Edited text and put four tags in each hooping – moments later, name taggies 🙂 .

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These are the easy fleece unlined stocking I’d written about here , here and here.

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A few of the boys checking out their name tags, photographing items is always an exercise in holding back cats while balancing a camera.

Nasty Woman free cutting files

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With a Brother Scan n Cut (or Silhouette or Cricut) cutting machine you can cut heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and iron it onto a shirt, sweatshirt or whatever. I created some files  and shirts for friends and family and I’m more than happy to share the files for free with anyone that wants to use them. The fonts I used are free for personal use. If you want to nab these files and sell something, see the info (for the shirt above the guy would just want $5 for commercial use of his font – the other font in that one is ok for commercial use). The files are .fcm (for brother Scan n Cut, file flipped for use on HTV) and .jpeg (the newer Silhouette and Cricut machines have ways to use jpgs). If I need to load them up as .SVG for you to use, just let me know.img_1432

The Bad Hombre is so cute on my adorable little 20 month old nephew 🙂 I prefer Siser Easy Weed HTV, although I’ve used others (you can pick some up at Joann, Michaels or the major craft stores – just make sure it’s heat transfer vinyl if you want it for cloth application, not regular sticky vinyl folks use for labels and such).

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You can size the files however you like, right now they’re as pictured with the one above a small size placed near the hem on the shirts I’d made up.

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The election is fraught with emotion on all sides, so I’ll take the files and pics down come mid-November (or whenever election results are finalized and accepted …).

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I put the files in Google drive.

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Go and make up some shirts folks!

Rainy Sunday, so fussing a bit more with fonts, images and vinyl – we’ll see what’s next 🙂 . To see what others around the world do on their Sundays, stop by Unknown Mami’s Sunday’s in My City.

Sites with free military machine embroidery designs

For some of the different groups I’m in, I’ve created different lists of free sites (like my post with all the awareness and awareness ribbon designs here). One of the popular requests in the group was for military designs.

I’m not including generic patriotic designs here – those about for July 4th and other US holidays. These have some specific military association. Some are non-U.S. .

FREE

AnntheGran – her search in free will also show for sale designs, the search link doesn’t copy over on the left under Free Designs – use that search box and key in military to see the largest selection. Free designs are 3 free per week. http://www.annthegran.com/FreeEmbroideryDesigns.aspx

BFC Creations – Free plane at bottom of a sale page (they’ve removed some free military designs)

 http://bfc-creations.com/Designs800/829Planes/index.html

Brother – Words “In Honor Of” in the Special Designs dropdown

http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/DesignStudio/Projects/DesignList.aspx#.VIuDzouhifQ

Cindy’s Embroidery Designs – Aussie troop emblems and support 

http://cindysembroiderydesigns.com/Free-Aussie.html

Embroidery Affair – Multiple designs and multiple service groups, US 

http://www.embroideryaffair.com/free-patriotic-designs/ 

Embroidery Designs (3 free per week) – USe the Search Within box to find different designs for ARMY , NAVY, MARINES, AIR FORCE – they don’t all show in a search for military. http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx  

MILITARY  http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx?SearchText=military   

FOR PURCHASE

BFC Creations – various replica planes (Marine, Air Force and more). BFC has recently updated their website, you can always query Suze for more as Fred has designed a bunch no longer showing on their new site.

http://bfc-creations.com/bfc0829-planes.html

Blasto Stitch ARMY

http://www.blastostitch.com/shop/army-men-pose-machine-embroidery-design/

Digitized Embroidery Designs DEA (not heard of them, but have a lot – just scroll down) 

http://digitized-embroidery-designs.com/digitizing-blog/

Great Notions has a Military Category 

http://www.greatnotions.com/Categories/Embroidery/Military.aspx

PINTEREST Board of Military Machine Embroidery Designs

 https://www.pinterest.com/tiatoangels/in-the-hoop-military/

Supporting our Troops Aussie & US

Cindy’s keeps a list on her site 

http://cindysembroiderydesigns.com/Supporting-Our-Troops.html

I believe there are some military machine embroidery designs on Etsy as well.

Whew, just finished checking the links – sadly some had gone away. This is most likely a partial list  🙂 . You can always turn to trusty Google to turn up more for sale designs – just search machine embroidery design military and click images for pages of choices.