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Fabric - What a difference it makes!

When I first got my Embroidery Machine, I added filled embroidery designs to everything that moved.  A few years down the track, and based on our most popular designs, machine embroidery has changed.  It seems in our short on time lifestyles, Applique and In-the-hoop Projects enable us to quickly make professional hand-made  items. - Great for quick gifts, or for selling at Markets.   Being clever with Fabrics adds another (and even quicker) element.

Blank CoasterOur In-the-hoop Coasters have been very popular, but I had so many requests for a 'blank Coaster', so I created one.  This is my effort - pretty boring!

Then I started seeing photos from my incredibly creative Facebook Group - and 'what a difference Fabric (and imagination) makes!

Debra-In-the-hoop Star Wars Coasters

How awesome are these Coasters?  Debra has taken our humble 'Blank Coaster' used licensed fabrics and her Coasters are now 'really cool for young ones' - I'm sure they would sell well at Markets.

Debra-Religious Coaster

With this fabric, the Coasters are transformed into a beautiful Gift for a Friend at Church, or a Friend needing some inspiration.

Cindy Mickey Mouse Coaster

These very cute Coasters from Cindy, are perfect for little Girls - They would make lovely party favours!

These examples, all use a technique called 'fussy cutting' - Click here for tips on Fussy Cutting

Fabric choice doesn't just apply to small projects like Coasters - Our large applique Place-mats can also be made with 'special' fabric.

Broncos OctagonPlacemat

Maria used our Octagon Placemat to make this for the 'Mancave' - Her Fabric choice has changed the 'pretty' placemat into a very cool 'Man' Placemat (and we all know how hard it is to embroider for Men!)

Toni Grinch Dresden

Toni uses our Dresden Design for many of her Sets - this is just one example - again, a 'pretty' design is now suitable for Boys.

Betty Boop In the hoop Bag

Betty shared this today - again a clever use of licensed fabric with our In-the-hoop Bags

Dawn photo paper

How inspiring is this absolutely stunning Placemat Dawn made for her Daughter - I think this is truly beautiful.  I bought printable fabric 'paper' for my computer from my local Craft Shop, do a quick search on Google for your closest stockists.

What a difference Fabric Makes!!

Its not only using special/licensed fabric, sometimes just the style of fabric makes a difference.

How about this? - My Hexagon Swirl (rainbow) against the absolutely beautiful Placemat Jacqueline made - same design, but they look totally different,

Hex Swirl In the Hoop Placemat 

Rita used nappa (imitation leather) for these Free Coasters - Again, what a difference Fabric makes!

Leatherlok Coaster

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how your Fabric choice can both enhance your Embroidery Designs, and in the case of the Coasters, enable you to make quick and popular items for a market, or for a personal gift, and in most instances, you only need scraps!

Want to see an example of one design/many fabrics? - Take a minute to view our really quick video showing how different our Free Coffee Cup Design looks with different fabrics .

If you are looking for Inspiration, be sure to join the Kreative Kiwi Facebook Group - the photos being shared are truly inspiring - it will give you lots of ideas.

A HUGE THANK YOU to  the wonderful Ladies on the Group - using their photos lets me add pictures to my ideas - its much nicer seeing photos rather than just words.  

For those without Facebook - Check out our Inspirations page, I put together quick videos show casing everyone's amazing projects.

Tags: Beginner  

Posted: Thursday 18 May 2017


  • Ganz toll was ihr auf die Beine stellt. Ich bin totaler Neuling und probiere gerne Designs von euch aus. Aus jedem Fehler lerne ich, die tollen Tips helfen mir oft weiter.
    Danke, danke, danke
    Posted: 2021-12-28 09:57   by Claudia
  • Design von Kreative Kiwi sind einfach fantastisch. Ich liebe alle Ihre Arbeiten. Und Stoffe machen wirklich einen grossen Unteerschied.
    Posted: 2017-06-27 06:45   by Esther Sommer

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