I was really excited about a project segment I saw on Martha a couple of weeks ago featuring freehand embroidery with sewing machines. Basically, you draw something on dissolvable stabilizer and use blue painters tape to attach it to a t-shirt. Then, using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, you trace the drawing. Brilliant! You can find all the detailed instructions here. The technique was demonstrated by Julie Dunbar and she’s clearly a creative genius. Her site sells products featuring this same technique. And everything is adorable.

Why this project excites me? So many possibilities! You can trace an existing drawing or make your own. You could customize a t-shirt, a hoodie, a tea towel, a pillow or a onesie. I love how she positions the embroidery to wrap around the side of the tees. I can wait to try it.

This could work for sibling-made Christmas gifts as well — they do the drawing, I do the sewing. . .