i'd gone a really long time without firing up the ol' embroidery machine. this didn't mean that i wasn't keeping up with all the fun stuff my favorite designers were cranking out, though. and since we were approaching the holiday season, i was on the lookout for ideas for what might become my 2021 hustle. you know - like that one year i made a ton of mermaid blankets, or the crocheted pumpkins and trees, the elf quarantine kits from last year, the grinch elf sweaters...you get my drift.
so when i saw my friend jen of parker on the porch post her newest design for some super cute mug rugs, i decided i'd bust out the machine and give it a shot. and what exactly is a mug rug? well, it's basically an oversized coaster. you can put it on your desk or side table or wherever you're hanging out with a drink and a snack, and it'll protect the surface from condensation or heat from the mug or whatever you're using. and it's totally customizable with different fabrics, text, colors, designs. not to mention, she found the cutest little wooden trays that the mug rug fit into perfectly - at dollar tree. see, like this:
and because they were such a quick sew, they were really addicting. i had a blast making a bunch of samples, like these:
as soon as i posted a few pictures on my facebook page, i had a good number of friends who were interested in picking some up. i took orders from my mom, one of my junior league friends, one of my mom besties, a friend whose brother i was really good friends with in middle school who also happens to be married to the fiancé's cousin. nothing sells my handmade goods better than facebook, i tell ya.
anyway, i started working on those orders but remembered pretty quickly why i'd put the machine away for so long. it's a starter machine and it served me well for quite a few seasons, but after having to fish out shredded thread and breaking several needles and other annoying problems, i decided i was finally ready to suck it up and get an upgrade on my equipment. i did a little checking around for the next machine up from mine, called my usual shop for availability and cleared my space to make room for what i knew was going to be a much bigger machine than my old one.
and a couple of days later, i came home with this:
she was very pretty, and super easy to figure out and get started with.
in fact, she was so easy to work with that in no time i had this stack of mug rugs all done and ready to send out to their new homes:
i stitched out this one too, and made some mini cookies to display with it. i thought it was adorable, but it wasn't a big seller.