When I design embroidery collections, I always think in terms of coordinates. Fabric coordinates make it easy to design and sew a quilt with a variety of print sizes and color combos in one collection. The same principle applies to embroidery designs—a single motif, a grouping of that same motif—large and small, or an embroidery ideal for a border. Yes, coordinates make it easy to embroider!
Seven Cute for Kids Embroidery Coordinates
I started by sketching what I thought would be classic designs for newborns to toddlers: mid-century modern baby toys; playful elephants; fluttering butterflies; smiling flowers; curious puppies and kitties; turtles & leaping frogs; and animated trucks. Then, talented Sewing With Nancy artist, Laure Noe, took my rough designs and made my visions come to life.
I rarely just stitch one embroidery design on a project. Rather, I like two or three of the same motif on the design. For example, the fluttering butterflies motif has ten coordinates. If you look at the product cover above, you can see the individual designs. Here the options are grouped together so that you can see the versatility of the embroidery coordinates.
I’m in the process of embroidering a baby layette. The playful elephants embroideries will someday make a great baby shower gift of a top, pants, and bib!
Bonus Bib Pattern
Three motifs are included within the Cute for Kids Embroidery Collection that are designed to fit a curved bib. Download the free bib pattern, cut two layers of fabric, fuse interfacing to the back of the fabric if needed, embroider one of the three curved embroidery designs, stitch right sides together using 1/4″ seam allowances, and add a snap or Velcro closure.
Embroideries are Great for Quilts
The Cute for Kids Embroidery Collection CD purchase includes a FREE Baby/Lap Quilt Showcase Pattern.
- Alternate embroidered blocks with Log Cabin blocks. The 36″ square quilt is an ideal palette for showcasing embroidery.
- Position the single embroidery motif in the center of the Log Cabin quilt block—it’s a perfect fit!
- Use the linear design as embellishment for the quilt border.
Cute little sayings, especially those relating to babies and toddlers, can’t help but bring a smile. There are eight timeless phrases that complete this embroidery collection. Hmm, just think of where you can say a word or two.
Embroidery Lessons on Sewing With Nancy
For a chance to win a Cute for Kids Embroidery Collection, please leave a comment sharing where you’d add these adorable embroideries.
The random winner of Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares is Precilla Palmer. She said, The smallest scrap I keep is 1″; you never know when you might need it for an appliqué!
Bye for now,