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Embroidering

Embroidery can be used to simply embellish something store bought like a tote bag, or it can be the prominent design of a homemade craft. Learning the how-to of embroidery is easy, and once you start, you’re sure to find many items to decorate.

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Add character to a store-bought pullover by embroidering your child’s initial. It looks as though the letter was knit into the sweater, but it’s actually stitched on top with a simple technique called the duplicate stitch.

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September signals back-to-school and with it, that crucial first-day outfit. A button-front shirt embroidered with a “handwritten” message is especially fitting for kids with budding penmanship skills. Personalize the shirt with an ice-breaking salutation, like “hi,” or with your child’s first initial (extra credit for both upper and lower case).

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Make a lasting impression: Let napkins double as place cards, with your loved ones’ names stitched right in. As your family grows with births and marriages, welcome each new member to the table with one of his or her own.