Category Archives: Home Dec

More Christmas gift sewing!

December 18, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

We have snow! I love it! It has been several years in a row without snow at Christmas, so I hope it will stay some days now so we can get a “white Christmas” this year.

I am working on some last minute Christmas gifts. My daughter Johanna have an apron on her wishlist, and I thought it would be very fun to sew one in the same fabric as the breadbasket. She is very fond of black, so I think she will love it. I sew her name on the apron using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery. There are so many beautiful fonts to choose from within the software.


Next suggestion for a quickly embroidered Christmas gift is a kitchen towel, or any towel you want of course. I bought a ready made and added Johanna’s Monogram on mine.

If you are like me, saving all small scraps, here are some other small things to create:

• Potholder, in a log cabin technique.

• A small quilted wall hanging. This one I bought in Japan. It was made on HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer SE.  Size is 5,5” (14cm) x 8” (20cm. )

• My colleague Karin made nice embroidery on a pillowcase also using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery.

this was all for this week. Now I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! now it’s time for a short blog break, but I will come back with new fresh ideas and news from HUSQVARNA VIKING® next year. Next update of the blog will be at the first week of January.

Best sewing wishes from Lena, and all of my colleagues here in Sweden.

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Sewing bread baskets

December 3, 2009, Posted in Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I hope you are having as fun as I have when sewing Christmas gifts. I am sewing some new gifts every week to be able to have something for each member of my big family. This week I’m actually sewing myself some gifts, bread baskets. When doing this I have to use my old mathematics knowledge. To sew the bread baskets, I need need to know the circumference around the circle for the bottom of the basket. The math I use to get this is multiplying the diameter of the bottom with 3.14 (pi) The best type of fabric to use for the bread baskets is a very heavy cotton fabric.

If you would like to sew the bread baskets, here is how to do it:

For the big size I did use about 0.4 meter (approximately half a yard). Cut out two circles for the bottom parts. I did cut the circle with a diameter of 27cm (11”). Calculate the circumference. For my basket it was 79cm (31“) and the height was 27cm (11”). On one circle and on one of the long pieces, add an iron-on-stabiliser to give it more stability. I included 1,5 cm (5/8”) seam allowance in these measurements.

Sew the short sides, right side to right side, of the long strip together to create a tube. If you want you can also add a little decoration on the side, approximately 10 cm (4“) from the bottom. I folded a ribbon that was 5 cm (2”) long double, and put it in the seam with the folded edge sticking out a bit from the right side of the tub. It makes it look more professional, don’t you think?

Sew the circle (bottom piece) right side to right side of the tub, with the circle on the top when you are sewing, as it is easier to control the turning of the fabric all around. Iron the seam allowance toward the top of the basket. Sew a straight stitch using the D-foot around the bottom to keep the seam allowance in this position.

Sew the other two pieces in the same way.

When this is sewn, you have to iron the top of the basket, with a fold of 1,5 cm (5/8”), on both the baskets. Pin them together with a couple of pins, and sew all the way around it with the D-foot and use the stitch length of 3mm.

Make them look different:

  • Select a printed fabric for one of the layers of the basket.
  • Decorate with any embroidery on the edge of the baskets. For Christmas I have seen a lot of texts on pillows and home decorations. Why not add “Merry Christmas” on the edge that will be folded towards the outside? See my sample with the Swedish text “God Jul” which is “Merry Christmas” in Swedish.
  • Use the calculation and you will be able to sew any size of the basket.

I created big bread baskets because I have quite a big family. At least during Christmas, we will be around twenty people in our house. Out of these twenty, twelve will be staying for a week or more in our house. You can just imagine how that is, if you have seen “My Big fat Greek weeding!

Happy Christmas sewing from Lena

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Coming Up… time to personalize for the Holidays!

November 12, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

What a fantastic weekend I have had, parties two day’s in a row. My husband had his 50th birthday. Friday night we had a surprise party for him. All his colleagues, almost 30 people were waiting in our house when he showed up from a trip. 

What would have made it easier with all the glasses with drinks would be to create wineglass charms, as there were many who lost track of where they put their drinks. It would have been beautiful and at the same time we would have saved lot of dishes.

There are lot of holidays ahead, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Therefore I will make these wineglass charms starting now using HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Express Monogram Wizard. It will be easy to fit at least six of them in one hooping. I will decorate them with the initials of my relatives that will spend Christmas and New Year together with us in our house. To differentiate them more I will add different pearls and beads.

Of course there are much more possibilities with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D ExpressMonogram and Vision. I have included a few more samples I have made below.

Tip; One thing I did learn at a fair in  London, England, was to cut a yard of a light metal thread, and make it into a small ball, by rolling it like you would make a snowball. It is also a beautiful decoration for the wineglass charms instead of using the beads!

Next week, we will start to make Christmas gifts and cards.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Majestic Bedcover!

October 23, 2009, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Quilting, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

One of my many ongoing projects is a bedcover that I am sewing in off-white satin, using the biggest embroidery hoop the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER™ Majestic Hoop. The size is 360x350mm/ 14.2” x 13,8”. I started to create these blocks at a quilt show in Gothenburg a couple of months ago. It was attracting a lot of people to see what I was doing.

The Design Collection “Majestic Yarn quilting”, #209 is what I selected for the embroideries. It is fabulous as it has got many possibilities and you can sew them with embroidery thread or sew the designs with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Yarn Couching Feet set. The design collection also includes designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Do All Quilters Hoop 150x150mm/ 6”x6”. What to choose is often the trickiest part!

I will use my new overlock machine, the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s25, with the large extension table and the large sewing area to piece the blocks together. After calculations I found that I need 20 blocks. I also plan to add a border around the edges that I will create in a new software module; the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Quilt Design Creator.

Come back next week and let me show you!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Play With Textures!

October 5, 2009, Posted in Accessories, Downloads, Embroidery, Home Dec, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

The new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Texture Hoop, (#920225096) is a fun and very out of the box sewing tool! It is perfect for a person like me as I like things to be unique and out of the ordinary- nothing boring for me!

This weekend I will be teaching how to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Texture Hoop at a dealer event. We are going to sew a mini bag (please see the image below/beside), and decorate the little bag with a Texture Hoop design. The design we will use is from the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection 213, “Flowers and Ribbons”. If you would like to sew it yourself you can find the sewing instructions for the mini bag here.

But I also needed some accessories and yesterday I cut the pieces to the kit; fabrics, a stabiliser and a piece of organza. To create textures, I also brought the new Inspira Ribbon Kit, both in Bright colors and in Neutral colors along with yarn, ribbons and wool.

Several projects have been created at our office since we first started to work with the Texture Hoop. I have added a few of my favourites here, and I can assure that only your imagination can set the limits for what you can create.


There are several tips on how to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Texture Hoop.
Below you can find a few of them:
• Trace/transfer the design to the included template using a template marker, or print a copy of the design from the PDF and place the inner hoop directly on the copied design. Line up the inner hoop with the center lines which is number 8 both horizontally and vertically, and place the ribbons/yarns according to the lines of the printed design.
• Secure each ribbon/yarn with a clip. Then add the outer hoop, slide it under the fabric and stabiliser.
• If you add a lot of yarn, do also add a layer of water soluble stabiliser on top of the hooped fabric to prevent the presser foot for getting caught under the embellishments.

Until next week, Happy Sewing!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).


    Lena Kantis
    I have my office in Sweden, but I do also travel worldwide to teach and to share the Joy of Sewing. The Sew Fun! blog, is sharing all the latest HUSQVARNA VIKING® news, regarding all our sewing products. Lot of inspiration, videos, and pictures for you to get inspired by! Happy Sewing!

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