This is the first Christmas gift-making season that I have my embroidery machine in my crafty arsenal! Like many people I know, everything we see in stores becomes a potential for customizing, monogramming, or embroidering in some way.
Thinking of the kids on my list this year has had me thinking of what I can embroider for them. No matter what, I do still remember being a kid at Christmas, though, and no way am I just giving a garment for Christmas. (Opening clothing was the worst when I was a kid!)
So my solution is to combine embroidered items with toys to make fun gift sets. My first set is for my little niece. I was told that Ariel, who she calls "Mermaid," is one of her favorite characters. I picked up an Ariel bathtub doll and paired it with the hooded towel I appliqued, personalized and sewed for her to make this gift set!
I found the embroidery file for this character on the French Frills website. The coolest thing about this company is the awesome little private customer Facebook group they have where they have tons of files with instructions for all kinds of things from the classic hooded towels that is the hallmark of their site to hats to stockings to hooded blankets. You can go to their business Facebook page and message them to be added to their secret group.
I found a great video that showed me how to self-line the hood so that the backside of the embroidery is hidden and it is absorbent and comfy for kids.
French Frills has their own YouTube channel for how-tos as well for learning how to attach the hood to a towel (although it is basically matching the center of the hood to the center of the towel and sewing in place).
What makes all of this more fun in my opinion is that you can personalize it for the specific child it is going to. I simply added my niece's name, but there are all kinds of add-ons available, especially if you are open to using files from other digitizers as well.
The font I used is Ballerina from Itch2Stitch. It has become one of my favorite fonts!
Then I just folded the towel up in thirds and then rolled each side toward the middle and secured with ribbon.
The most fun to me is the presentation. Several French Frills' customers have posted using cake boxes to package their hooded towels.
|This is the label for the boxes I purchased at Walmart.|
Links Shared in this Post:
- Little Mermaid peeker applique file: click here.
- French Frills business Facebook page: click here.
- Video how-to for self-lining the hood for hooded towel: click here.
- French Frills YouTube channel: click here.
- Ballerina Embroidery Font: click here.
- BRP Box Shop for boxes in bulk: click here.
In the event that you are wondering....This project was done using a Brother PE770 embroidery machine, Embrilliance Essentials, a bx embroidery font file, Heat N Bond Light to fuse the applique fabrics to the towel, Metro embroidery thread, tear-away stabilizer, water soluble stabilizer for topping, sharp Titanium needle with embroidery eye, and a pre-wound white bobbin. The appliqued face fabric is crepe; the hair fabric is flannel. For links to where I buy all my supplies as well as general embroidery info, check my machine embroidery page on this blog, or click here.