Category Archives: Seasonal

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).

Only for you – a free embroidery design!

December 18, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

You are so lucky! This week I will give away an embroidery design as an early Christmas gift only for you! It is one of the embroidery designs that I really love and I have used it a lot. Look at this table setting for example:

I did sew a little mini Santa for each person coming to the Christmas Dinner in our house. It is sewn as a cone, and I think it is very cute. Under the bottom of the cone, I added a little text saying “Merry Christmas xxxx” (xxx= the name off the person), created with the 4D Embroidery software.  The Santa was multifunctional as it also positioned the people around the table. I am a genius!! (If I may say so myself).

Download the free embroidery design and instruction here!

For the table setting I also bought a big bunch of red napkins which I decorated with embroidery designs from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection#38 “Christmas”. Those can be used each Christmas, as they are washable.

It is fantastic to be able to set the table like this!

My sewn Christmas gift of this week is a little bag. I am creating this for my daughter that has moved out from our house. It will hold her aspirin, thermometer, plastic aid, noose spray etc. I can tell you this is something kids will not spend money on and as a mum I still think it is important to have if they get sick.

Best wishes and Happy December sewing!


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).

Creating Christmas Cards!

November 20, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

I look forward to the month of December, because I love to plan for the Christmas presents (shopping), and what to give to each person. Hopefully we will be getting some snow soon, which will make the days a little lighter, as we now have less day light hours.

I do also love receiving beautiful Christmas cards from my friends, decorated with embroideries and lovely Christmas poems. This year I will make some of my own cards to send to my family and friends and I will share my ideas with you here. To sew your own Christmas cards can be fun, creative and easy. And it is a great way of using small scraps of fabric, felt, paper, buttons and ribbons.

My first Christmas Card

On the first card I embroidered a design on the inside. Since the design I used containe 3 angels, I cut out one of them by using the edit tab in HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D™ Embroidery Extra. The embroidery design comes from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection # 70, “Happy Season”. As I have a handwriting that is difficult to read, I did also add text using the same software module. You can cut the design using a pinking sheer scissor or a rotary cutter with wavy blade. Sew it on the card with a straight stitch or a zig zag. I used a metallic thread that I liked.

On the front page of this card I did use Tear-Away Stabiliser underneath the paper when sewing the text: Merry Christmas. I used the possibility to program one single stitch with a tie-off in the beginning and at the end of the single stitch. That way I did secure the ribbon on the front.

My second Christmas Card

How to create the Christmas Card with the Christmas Tree appliqué:

Cut a Tear-away stabiliser as a template for the Christmas tree.
Then cut out the Christmas tree in a green silk fabric.
Use a narrow satin stitch 2mm, to sew the appliqué on the linen fabric, that is slightly bigger.
Sew the linen fabric on to the card, using a zigzag ¼” from the edge.
Pull the threads from the edges, to create the fringe look.
Sew on felt to write “Merry Christmas” and sew it on the card with a straight stitch.

Here are even some more Christmas Cards that you can try!

And don’t forget to check out the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Holiday website where you can find even more inspiration for some Christmas cards and a couple of free designs to download and a lot of other Christmas gift ideas.

I am sure you will come up with your own way of sewing Christmas Cards. Until next week, have some happy sewing!.

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).


    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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