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Thanksgiving Leaf Applique Center Piece

Allow me to introduce Angela Wolf to you.  She is a fashion designer and sewing expert, anchor of the PBS series It’s Sew Easy, host of a weekly facebook live show Behind the Scenes, and founder of the Angela Wolf Pattern Collection. She teaches online classes on Craftsy, Patternreview, and  Author of How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business, Angela is also a blogger, vlogger, spokesperson, a brand ambassador. She is the author of today’s post.  Read on for step-by-step instructions on the Brother Luminaire. ~ Eileen

Whether you are hosting a feast for Thanksgiving dinner or looking for a simple table decoration for the fall season, this leaf applique center piece is ideal.  I am starting with a small circular center piece, but keep in mind you can add as many leaves as you need to cover your table or counter top!  Let’s get started …


  • cotton fabric cut 11” by 11” for each leaf
  • Sticky-back tearaway stabilizer
  • ½ yard cotton fabric backing
  • Applique scissors
  • Embroidery Thread
  1. Choose a leaf embroidery design. I am using a built-in leaf design from My Design Center in the Brother Luminaire; another idea would be to sketch a leaf and scan in the design.  
  2. Click on SIZE and expand the leaf to over 200mm

Optional Design Tip:  Choose a solid color cotton for the leaves and add stippling.  I will leave instruction on when to embroider the stippling.

  1. Convert the design into an embroidery design and change the leaf outline and stem to a running stitch. SAVE the design.
  2. In the EMBROIDERY screen, DUPLICATE the leaf. MOVE one design to the top half and the other to the bottom half of the screen.  ROTATE the designs so they overlap.
  3. Add an APPLIQUE outline to each leaf; change the distance to 5.0mm.


  1. Hoop the Sticky Back Tearaway Stabilizer with the paper side up, score the paper and insert the hoop into the embroidery machine.
  2. Open the list of embroidery steps: skip ahead to the first set of applique stitches and stitch the placement line.
  3. Remove the hoop. On the backside of the hoop: Center the backing fabric (with right side facing out) over the leaf outline and tape the fabric in place. On the topside of the hoop: center one of the colored fabrics over the leaf design.
  4. Stitch the next step in the applique. Remove the hoop.  Trim off the excess fabric on the front and back fabrics.
  5. Insert the hoop. Stitch the remaining applique stitches. (Optional: stitch the stippling). The first leaf is finished!  Skip ahead to the next set of the applique stitches and stitch the second leaf placement outline.
  6. Repeat steps 7 – 10.
  7. Remove the hoop and tearaway the embroidery stabilizer.


  1. Hoop a piece of sticky-back tearaway stabilizer with the paper side up and score the paper. Place the first set of leave along the left edge of the hoop as shown (the leaves should stick to the stabilizer).  Use the SCAN feature, then MOVE the embroidery design or finished leaves until all the leaves are overlapping.
  2. Use the StitchVison feature to project the embroidery design onto the hoop. Double check the overlapping on the first set of finished leaves.  Continue to move the finished leaves or embroidery design as needed.
  3. Follow steps 7 – 12.

TIP: Add Fray Check along the edges to prevent fraying, which is exactly what I will be doing when my center piece is complete!


  1. Follow the same steps to design and embroidery smaller individual leaves, just make sure the leaf embroidery designs are not overlapping.

CUTTING TIP:  Transfer the leaf applique .PES embroidery file to the Brother ScanNCut.  Let the ScanNcut do the cutting.

There are so many possibilities with this leaf pattern! Consider using a solid colored fabric with metallic embroidery thread for the stippling or try a lace for the fabric. I am planning on embroidering up both for the holiday season.  Be sure to share photo’s of your new table decorations, I always love seeing what you are working on.  #angelawolf #brothersews














Happy Halloween Mylar Tote Bag

Note from Eileen: Our friends at Embrilliance are the authors of today’s blog. We recognize many of you use a variety of products and wanted to highlight one of our long time advertisers in Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.  Enjoy!

Happy Halloween Mylar Tote Bag
Sponsored by Embrilliance

Add circular text to this cute mylar pumpkin design to create a fun embellishment to hold your Halloween treats!

1. Download and unzip the Halloween Pumpkin design.

2. Open Embrilliance Essentials and choose to open the Pumpkin_Embrilliance2018.BE file. The BE file is the native Embrilliance format, and you will be able to save the machine stitch file format that you need.

3. Choose your format and the hoop that you want to stitch this design in by going to the preferences. Select your machine format from the pulldown menu at the top of dialog. The available hoops for your format are listed below.

Machine embroidery uses metric measurements for accuracy, but many of us are used to using inches for our measurements. When you select a hoop in the list, right below the list, you will see that the more familiar size is shown in inches.

In our example we have chosen the PES format 5×7 hoop.

4. Next we are going to add two lettering objects to our design. This is done by clicking on the lettering tool at the top of the page. Essentials provides three styles of lettering text.

Multi-line is great for when you are typing in text such as a poem or announcement. When your text would look nice on two or more lines that you want to have evenly spaced, you want to make sure that you choose multi-line text.

Single line or monogram text allows you to access the quick styles that are built into the program. They allow you to create 3 letter monograms from any font as well as create vertical lettering with a single click!

If you are interested in checking out these lettering options in more detail, be sure to visit our Embrilliance YouTube channel. We have a playlist called “All About Lettering in Embrilliance” that contains many videos showing how to use the lettering tool.

Circular text is the style that we will use in this project. Click on the lettering tool and an ABC will be placed in the center of your hoop. Select the Circular text style. Type in HALLOWEEN and hit the ENTER key to set the text on screen. To have the lettering be placed on the bottom of the circle, be sure to check this option.

From the pulldown font list, we have selected Jazz which is a built in font to Essentials. You can use any installed font, including BX files.

Use the radius slider to adjust the circle of text. If you need to adjust the spacing between letters you can use the slider bar for Space.

To move the entire lettering object in the design page, put your mouse ON THE STITCHES – not the green adjustors – and move the lettering below the design.

Click on the Lettering Tool to add another lettering object to your design. The ABC shows up in the same font in circular style based on your previous choice – this can save time if you are adding multiple lettering objects of the same style in the same font.

Uncheck the option to place text on bottom of circle and use the sliders to adjust the spacing. If you want to move the letters around the circle, click on the center green box of the letter H. Now put your mouse on the lower selector and you will move the H and all the letters that follow around the circle. This will allow you to place the lettering exactly as you want it to look.

5. To change the lettering to be of the same color that is already in the design, we can use the palette option.

Click on the color chip for the lettering in the properties pane and in the change color dialog box, choose Palette from the style. This will show you the colors used on the current page. Choose Black and click OK and your design will now have 3 colors.

6. Go to File > Save Stitch file and save directly to your USB in the format you need. At the machine: