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10 Machine Embroidery Projects To Do During Quarantine

Here are 10 machine embroidery projects for you to do at home during quarantine! With plenty of ideas for the designs to go onto the projects! There are three sections, just sewing, just embroidery or options for both.

If you are new to embroidery start here!

Have you ever gone into your sewing room or area and felt stuck for ideas?

I know that I have! I’m always stuck for ideas! So I thought I’d share a few ideas and projects for what you can do! 

Sewing and embroidery

1. Reading Pillows

To do these, you're gonna want to sew a reading pillow together and embroider the fabric for the pouch before you sew it on!

This is a great project to motivate your kids to read a book! Or even motivate yourself!

This design can be found in my shop here.

Here's a list of some ideas for sayings you could add!
  • "A book a day keeps reality away" (This one is in the photo above)
  • "Book worm in training"
  • "Once upon a time"
  • "I've read past my bedtime"
  • "I'd rather be reading!
  • "Read me a story, tuck me in tight, tell me you love me & kiss me goodnight"
2. Quilt

Quilts are a great project for quarantine because they take a long time! Quilts are great because the design for them is so flexible! 

And you can embroider just about anything on them!

Here are some ideas for what you can embroider onto quilts:
  • A name on the outer border
  • Quilting blocks
  • Birds
  • Flowers

If you don't already know how to make a quilt, you can get a very in-depth pattern here!

3. Pillow

Pillows are such a fast and easy project! Or long if you have an awesome complex embroidery design!

All you have to do for them is 5 steps!
  • Cut the fabric any size. For example, a throw pillow could be cut to 18" X 18".
  • Embroider the fabric. This is where you can embroider anything that you want on the fabric! Some ideas are down below!
  • Put the fabric right sides together and sew, leave a little gap to flip it right side
  • Flip the fabric right side, and stuff the pillow
  • Hand sew the little gap, now you have a cute little throw pillow!
Here are some ideas for what you could add on the throw pillow:
  • Name
  • Sports design, for example, skier, snowboarder, baseball, basketball, or hockey
  • A heart
  • "Life is ruff"
  • "Glam-ma"
  • "This is my happy place"
  • "Good vibes"

Option for both

4. Apron

With all this time at home during quarantine, you're probably in the kitchen a lot! 

Maybe you're baking up some cookies, or some amazing dinners, embroidering an apron to wear in the kitchen is just so exciting!

Here are some fun kitchen sayings you can embroider onto the apron using the fonts in your machine!
  • "Mom's/Dad's kitchen"
  • "Kiss the cook"
  • "Heart of the home"
  • "A taste of the good life"
  • "No chaos, no creation"
  • "Shake it up"

5. Table runner

A table runner is great to add to your dining table! Or, if you already have one, adding an embroidery design or two to it could be a fun project!

Here are some fun ideas for what you could add to it:
  • Holiday design, for example, Christmas, Easter, Valentine's day or New years
  • Stars
  • "Life is art, live yours in colour"
  • "Dinner choices, take it or leave it"
6. Tea towels

If you don't know what tea towels are, they are pretty much a dish towel! They are a great reusable napkin for at the dinner table! 

And, you can fold them like this to make your table look really fancy!

Here are ideas for what to add to a tea towel:
  • Baby Nut or baby Yoda
  • "Life is too short lick the bowl"
  • "All you need is love, and a cupcake"
  • "My happy place"


7. Towels 

Towels are my favourite machine embroidery project! 

There are so many things that you could add to towels, the possibilities are endless!

They're also a great project because there are a few different sizes of towels you can embroider!

For example,

     - Bath towels
     - Hand towels
     - Wash clothes

You can read more on how to hoop and embroider towels here.

Here are some ideas for what to embroider on towels:

  • Monogram
  • Birds
  • Sports designs, for example, hockey, baseball, skier, snowboarder
  • "I hope your day is as nice as your butt"
  • "Flush your worries away"
  • "Be the change, start with the toilet paper roll"

8. Clothing

Shirts, hoodies and sweaters 

Do you have a shirt, hoodie or sweater that's maybe boring or needs a little something extra? 

I know what it needs! It needs a nice embroidery design!

Here are a few ideas of what you could embroider onto shirts:
  • "I'm sorry, did I just roll my eyes out loud?"
  • "Ok boomer"
  • "I'm a drop the f-bomb kind of mom"
  • "Just a girl getting by with a lot of coffee"

Babies just look so cute in their little onesies, so why not add a fun saying to their onesie! 

Make their onesie the best! Here are a few ideas:
Funny onesie quarantine sayings!
  • "Social distancing Queen"
  • "Social distancing King"
  • "Quarantine first birthday party, none of you are invited!"
  • "My first quarantine 2020"
9. Fabric in a frame

Embroidering fabric and putting it in a frame is such a fun project! You could showcase anything!

Here are a few ideas for what you could embroider onto the fabric in the frame:
  • Flowers
  • Animals
  • Heart
  • "don't let yesterday take up too much of today"
  • "Never regret something that once made you happy"
10. Blanket

Embroidering a blanket is the perfect way to add that special personalization to something that you already use every day!

Whether it's a throw blanket or a blanket from your bed, embroidery will be the perfect touch to it!

Do you or one of your friends or family have a newborn here or on the way? A receiving blanket can be so meaningful and precious! 

You can add something like the child's name, birthday and weight. With maybe something like an animal from this bundle, cute family saying, family with a heart, or even just a cute little ducky!

Here are some ideas for things you can add!
  • This is my FRIENDS watching blanket!
  • You could add a fun character! For example, Baby Yoda or Baby Nut!
Some sayings you could write using the fonts in your machine:
  • The snuggle is real
  • To have and to hold in case you get cold
  • Steal my heart not my blankets
Try making a blanket pillow! Not only are they fun to make, but they're great gifts too! Here's an article on how to make one!

11. Reusable snack bags

Not only are these great for the environment, but they are just so much more fun to use than Ziplocs! You can do all the different types of fun designs on the outsides of these! You can find how to make snack bags here.

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