Presentation is everything!

I am probably an “extra” type of person – I like to do things a bit differently, and usually outside the box. When I do something, I like to do it all the way – including extras that make a big difference and is the final touch for your presentation. Why give an embroidered gift when you can give an embroidered gift with a matching card – and get a lot of WOWs!!

I call this idea, “OML Crafty Extras” – a few extra things you can do to really spiff up your gift presentation. I use my cutter to make these crafty extras. I know not everyone is interested in using the cutters, but more and more people have them for pre-cutting fabric for their applique designs – so why not take it a bit further and create something for your embroidery?

For this crafty extra, I used a piece of plain cardstock, a glitter gel pen and my Cricut Maker! That’s it! It really took 5 minutes to put together and a few more to draw and cut it out. The key to this embroidery gift project is that the design in the card matches the embroidery design. Talk about classy!

The first thing you need to do is open up your embroidery design in your embroidery software. For this project, I used Wilcom E4, my top software. I brought in the embroidery design – a monogram from Shuler Studio that’s gorgeous – and I made a few changes. I didn’t worry about the size, but I did change the motif stitches on one of the letters for a better drawing result. I made the motif stitches simple and clear so that they would draw better.

The next thing you need to do – and you can do it in most embroidery software is to save the embroidery design as an image. In Wilcom E4 you can export the embroidery design in quite a few ways – but exporting the bitmap into a PNG seemed to pick up the detail.

PRO TIP: if you don’t have embroidery software that will allow you to export images of the embroidery, you can always take a screenshot on your computer with free software that comes with Windows 10.

Open up your cutter software and import the image to trace. Depending on your cutter software, there are many ways to do this. In Cricut design space, you import the image, tell Cricut what type of image it is (this one is simple and clean) and then you can make adjustments and save it as a drawing file. bring that into your software mat, and you are good to go! Change the cut to draw, making it the size that you want. You can hop on to the Cricut site to grab a simple card to put around the design – you can change colors and add more designs or a special lettering message if you wish – just to make it even more unique, and then load and send it to your Cricut maker. Draw, score and cut your card out!

That’s pretty much all that you do! Once you do it a few times, it will get faster and easier to set up. Plus, you can be more and more creative with this extra project. Pick paper that matches your design or gift, pick different pen colors and different card shapes. No one says that a card has to be square, right?

Make yourself stand out from the crowd and do a little extra for your machine embroidery – you will love the reactions to being just a little extra crafty!!

Take an old hoodie and make it amazing!

Check out this gorgeous sweatshirt that I made using Anita Goodesign Monogram designs!! In this video, I show you how to set up your designs and HOW TO HOOP THE SLEEVES!! This sweatshirt repurposing designs were created in 6 hoopings, including 3 for the sleeves, and ends up with a wow factor for the entire embroidery design, and my old sweatshirt looks amazing! I take you through step by step on how to set up your designs by printing out the templates and making sure they are straight on the sleeve, marking their position and then hooping. Hooping may take some time, but it is worth the time when you see the end result. Even if you don’t have large hoops, you can still do most of this layout with smaller hoops – it will take a few more hoopings to get the front done – I merged a few of the single designs and came up with a symetrical design that looks so pretty! You can position each of the single designs and mark the center and then hoop it as many times as you need to – it will still look great and no one will know how many hoopings you did! If you don’t have a sleeve hoop as I do, you can take apart the sleeve so you can have a flat surface to do the embroidery designs. This is a lot easier and you have more of the sleeve to work on – I could think of many ways to embroider an open sleeve so that it looks great!! I hope you guys like my hoodie and I hope that you will try to repurpose your old sweatshirts too! after all, if you don’t like the design that you create, you can simply toss an old sweatshirt, right?

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you can do this too!!

Learn how to style, set up and hoop different areas of a sweatshirt INCLUDING HOOPING SLEEVES to take your hoodie from meh to WOW with the Victorian Monogram designs by Anita Goodesign! Here is the link to the set: https://www.anitagoodesign.com/product/victorian-monogram/