Over the next few days, I am going to share with you my two favourite quick Christmas gift ideas that you can make in a single night, that are relatively cheap, and will delight all recipients
- must be able to make in a single day/evening
- must cost less than $10 for the basics
- should be useful
Gift 1 – Metallic Place mats
I am loving these place mats. I found mine at K-mart Australia – for $1 each. The only mistake that I have made is to only purchase 4 of them. Now that I can see how well they have worked out, I am going back to grab a dozen or so.
These place mats are so on-trend at the moment. Mum was here this weekend, and loved the original collection so much, she went and brought a set of 8, and I have embroidered these for her as a gift for a friend.
There are two tricks to working with Vinyl:-
- The first is to select open weave designs. I am using the Zentangle Christmas design collection.
- The second trick to working with vinyl is to slow the machine down. I have slowed my machine all the way down to 350 stitches per minute.
To give a modern feel to the designs, I am stitching in a bright teal and hot pink.
- 1 set of vinyl placemats – I have chosen round metallic vinyl placemats from kmart – which cost me $1.50 each.
- Zentangle Christmas Embroidery Designs by Julie Hall Designs
- Thread colours (I have used hot pink and bright teal)
- Bobbin thread
- TearClean Stabiliser
- Double sided tape
- Take your TearClean stabiliser, and hoop firmly.
- Using four pieces of double sided tape, place one piece on each side of the stabiliser in the hoop – try to place the tape in non stitching areas. Remove the backing to expose the sticky side.
- Place the first vinyl place mat on top of the hoop, and press down firmly to stitch the vinyl to the stabiliser.
- Load the hoop carefully onto the machine, and stitch out the design.
- Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine, and carefully remove all of the excess stabiliser.