5 Ways to Make Your Patriotic Designs Pop

Make the red, white, and blue even more spectacular with these tips!

Red, white, and blue by itself is beautiful to those of us in the states, especially this time of year. Want to jazz it up a bit? Try these tips and techniques!

Put it on Black

A black background makes most any colors jump off of the fabric. It highlights the embroidery without any competition from the fabric, just like American Grunge from Kreations by Kara.

Make it Shine With Metallics

Metallic thread can transform an otherwise nice design into something that dazzles. America the Beautiful from Kreations by Kara would be stunning stitched in metallic threads. Before you completely dismiss this thought, check out these tips for taming metallic threads.

Use Glow-in-the-Dark Thread

Another thread option is even more fun at the fireworks. Glow-in-the-dark thread gathers energy from the sun by day, and releases a luminescent glow after dark. Consider using glow thread on stars that will jump off of your shirt, like this one in the Fourth of July Set from Elite Lifestyle Designs.

Everything is Better with Glitter

American Baby from Hatched in Africa would really stand out with an applique bow using GlitterFlex.

GlitterFlex HTV adds tremendous sparkle and dimension to applique projects. If you despise flakes of glitter that linger as much as I do, worry not. Quality GlitterFlex will not leave fairy sparkles all over the house when you are finished with your project.

Mix and Match Thread

Consider mixing polyester or rayon threads with cotton or metallic threads. Make the scrollwork sparkle on Partiotic Borders and Corners from Sweet Heirloom Designs by using a polyester or metallic thread. Stitch the rest in cotton or polyester. The shiny thread will jump off of the fabric while the more subtle companion will add interest without competing.

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