Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hope Yoder's 2012 Embroidery Conference Pictures

Hope Yoder's 2012 Embroidery Conference Pictures

I'm so excited to share photos from our previous Embroidery & Embellishing Conference. We have finished the projects for our 2013 Conference and  hope you will bring a friend and join us in Sarasota, FL April 24-April 27, 2013. Visit our website to fine out more info or to register.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

USB Wristlet's For Embroidery Machines

I just had to show you our new online exclusive from They come in pink and purple. Click here to see more photos.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Embroidered Monogram Wooden Letter

Click Here to find the embroidery designs.

We are remodeling our breakfast nook area and decided to go with a beach theme in tribute to our beautiful Siesta Key beach close to our home. I found the wood monogram at Michaels craft store which is about 6" tall and was already painted white. I used our handy dandy 1" Button~Ups Fabric Button Cover Machine to make lots of buttons using a cream fairy frost fabric and aqua gingham. I also embroidered about 25 Nautical Button~Ups designs and made them into flat back buttons and glued them to the wood. 

Materials Needed
Step # 1
  • Embroider @ 20-25 Nautical Button~Ups machine embroidery designs selecting the design with the digitized circle. Cut out circles using the Button~Ups Circular Fabric Rotary Cutter and make into flat back buttons

Step # 2
  • Make @ 40 1" fabric covered buttons using cream and gingham fabric and glue them to the wood as shown. 
  • Gluing options:  Glue gun is fast and dries instantly but is not as strong and buttons may come off if they get knocked around. E6000 glue smells bad and take 24 hours to dry, however it is a much stronger alternative. If you plan to hang your monogram on the wall, a glue gun is all you need. 

Step # 3
  • Make all of the embroidered Nautical designs into flat back buttons and glue over the first layer of plain buttons.

Step # 4
  • Randomly glue plastic covered buttons to fill in the empty spaces and hang your finished wood monogram on a wall. 

Visit to find more exciting projects, embroidery designs and button cover crafts.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fresh Garden Salsa Recipe

Here is the first of many of the Yoder family favorite recipes!  The original recipe came from Dave Disbro but I have changed it adding more flavors and a few extra ingredients.  The salsa isn't cooked or canned, just fresh chopped veggies.  Anyone on a no sugar diet?  No sugar in this recipe!!! Enjoy and share w/ friends.

15 oz can black beans washed & drained
Small bag frozen corn, thawed & uncooked
3 medium tomatoes
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 large Vidalia onion
1 long john pepper
1 jalapeno pepper
1 serrano pepper
1 small bunch cilantro (washed & dried)

Wash all veggies and dry. Remove seeds from the peppers and tomatoes. Dice all the peppers in a food processor. Dice tomatoes in a food processor. Dice cilantro in a food processor. Place all ingredients in a large strainer and drain excess liquid from all the diced veggies.

Mix together the following items and pour over diced veggies and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before using.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Juice of 3 fresh squeezed limes (about 1/3 cup)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp Adobo all purpose seasoning (Goya product)

Will keep about 1 week in the refrigerator.  It's great over grilled chicken breast for a nice quick dinner.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ruffled Fabric Skirt Tutorial ~ Sew EASY

My daughters are 15 & 13 and are past the age of asking me to make them clothes, however they wanted ruffled skirts so here is a quick tutorial on using this super easy ruffled fabric using a serger and sewing machine.  The skirt only has one side seam and one seam at the top to attach the elastic waistband.  No hemming necessary as this fabric can be cut using a rotary cutter and that's it.  No pattern is necessary either...keep reading!  They have already picked out their next color for another skirt.  Visit to find products and more inspiration!

Materials Needed

  • Ruffled fabric 
  • 1.5" elastic
  • Serger & sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Skirt Pattern Measurements
To decide how much fabric and the measurements to cut your skirt,  measure around the widest part of the hips and add 2.5".  That will be the width of the fabric.  Measure from the waist to the desired length.  That will be the length of the fabric.  We cut the fabric so the ruffles are going vertical instead of horizontal but either way will work fine.  This will make a difference in the amount of fabric you will need to purchase.  Find the ruffled fabric here

Serging Side Seam
Serger setup:  Set your serger for a 4 thread wide overlock stitch.  Adjust the differential feed to 1.5 instead of having it on N (normal).  This will help the stretchy fabric lay flat after sewn.  Test on scraps of fabric to make sure the finished seam is neat and not stretched out of proportion.  Pin fabric right sides together making sure the two long vertical ruffles won't get caught in the seam (just be the boss and push the ruffles out of the way.)  When you are done serging, press the seam flat and then check your seam.  If you have done this step correctly, you won't be able to see your seam from the right side.
Elastic Waistband
Measure the waist and deduct one inch from that measurement.  Cut your elastic and sew right sides together using 1/2" seam allowance.  Press the seams open and cut corners off elastic as shown.  Using the seam line as the first mark, fold the elastic into quarters (4 equal lengths) and mark each section with a straight pin.  Mark the skirt into quarters using straight pins.
Basting Ruffles Along Top
To make sure the ruffles don't get twisted while attaching the waist band elastic, sew the ruffles down along the top using using a 1/4"  seam allowance as shown.
Attaching Elastic to Skirt 
The elastic goes on the outside of the skirt, so match up the pins in the elastic with the pins in the skirt  and re-pin the elastic on top of the skirt so the top of the skirt sets 1/4" below the top of the elastic.  Use a lightening stitch (stretch zigzag stitch-check your owners manual) to sew the elastic.  Since the elastic is smaller than the skirt you will stitch about a  1/2" inch section and then backstitch to anchor or tie off the stitches.  Then sew slowly stretching the elastic as you sew in small increments.  Stretch the elastic so it is equal with the skirt as shown.  Using a lightening stitch instead of a straight stitch means when you are done sewing the elastic, the stitches won't pop out when the skirt is worn or stretched over the hips because it has some "give" to the stitches.  From the wrong side trim away any excess fabric that is above the lightening stitch for a cleaner finish.  If necessary, trim the length of the skirt using a rotary cutter, ruler and quilting mat.