Thread Caddy With Hatch Monogram

This thread caddy is so cute you will want to make one for yourself and maybe even a few as gifts! Personalize with a monogram then fill them with thread (or candy) and it is a wonderful gift for your embroidery friends.

You will need a wide-mouth jar with a ring and a Tutu Sewing Caddy. I stitched the monogram using Hatch Embroidery.

Open Hatch Customizer.

  1. Click on the My Designs tab
  2. Open the Scalloped Monogram Border design
  3. Choose Lettering/Monogramming and choose the Antique Rose font. Type the letter of the monogram and click Insert Character.
  4. Size 1.25.

I reduced the overall design size by 20 percent so that it measured 2.5 x 2.5 inches.

A layer of Shape Flex SF 101 interfacing to the back of a tone on tone fabric, hooped it, and embroidered the monogram.

When embroidery is finished, trace the outline of the wide mouth lid, centering the design in the center. Cut fabric about 1.5 inches larger all around.

Trim the inner pin cushion from the Tutu Sewing Caddy as instructions indicate. Tuck the edges of the fabric into the slot of the inner pin cushion and place it in the lid.

Place the Tutu to the top of the jar (mine was half-gallon size), add the lid, and you have a lovely addition to your sewing room or a thoughtful gift.




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Applique Sheep Block: The Non Traditional Way!

Designs with satin stitched edges can be turned into applique. I thought this black-faced sheep from Sweet Heirloom was adorable and I had just the right fabric to make his body. 


Open the design in Hatch Creator. Start by deleting everything that isn’t needed inside the body shape. Click on each object and hit the delete button.

Now, all that is left is black and gray.

The design was not meant as an applique, but because the edges are satin stitched much like a traditional applique, the design includes a series of underlay stitches. These can be used as placement stitches.

Hoop fabric and a cutaway stabilizer. Place the fuzzy fabric over the area where the body will be. Place a water soluble topper on top of the curly fabric and pin it in the hoop. That will help keep stitching from sinking into the fabric. Stitch a round or two of the underlay stitching to tack the applique fabric to the base fabric.

You can see exactly where underlay stitching starts and stops by running the stitch simulator in Hatch. Take note of where to stop the underlay tackdown before it starts satin stitching the edges. Then, stop your machine as close as you can to the stitch count to trim the applique fabric.


Stop the machine before satin stitching begins. Remove the hoop from the machine and clip away excess fabric and topping close to the stitching line.

Put the hoop back on the machine and continue the rest of the stitching to complete the sheep. Since my fabric was really curly, I ran the outside stitching twice to get more definition. Peel off the topper and fluff up the sheep.

This makes an adorable pillow or quilt block. The fabric is really cute but is extremely messy to clean up. Textured fleece could also be used.

Click through to the black-faced sheep which is ON SALE NOW at Sweet Heirloom Embroidery.

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Happy Halloween Door Hanger

Here’s a quick project you can whip up just in time for Halloween. It’s easy to add the wording with Wilcom’s Hatch software. If you do not already have Hatch, you can try it free for 30 days!

There is a special promotion on this month, if you purchase the Hatch Embroidery Digitizer program you will receive the Halloween Alphabet for free!

Start off with a purchased felt cutout placemat upon which to embroider “Happy Hallowen!”

To create the lettering, open Hatch and choose the Creator program.

  1. Select hoop size
  2. Design Settings: Choose Fabric (wool)
  3. In Toolbox, choose Lettering/Monogramming
  4. Click on Lettering tab
  5. On Font dropdown, choose Ballantines Script
  6. Type wording
  7. Make size 175%
  8. 15 degrees left
  9. Save the file

Hoop a tear-away stabilizer, spray the back of the felt mat, and position the mat on the stabilizer in the hoop. Add painter’s tape to help keep it in place.

Normally, you would embroider in the smallest hoop for the design size (5×5 for this design). The stiffness of the mat makes it not lay flat which interferes with embroidery. Placing the design in a 5×7 hoop helped the mat lay flat.

Use a 100/16 needle and glow-in-the-dark thread.

Embroider the design.

Embellish with a ribbon hanger and buttons as desired.


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