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The Cottage Shoppes

Cottage Shoppe 8x11 Applique Machine Embroidery Project

Cottage Shoppe Applique Machine Embroidery Project
Cottage Shoppe 8×11

~~~~ Links to each collection are at the bottom of this page ~~~~

I ran across this free artwork a few years ago. I didn’t know if it would be well received or not. So I have hung onto it. This is actually the first cottage I made. There is so many details, hence all the thread changes. But it is worth it!

The one sewn on blue is sewn onto polar fleece and the house is cream polar fleece.

Cottage Shoppe 8×11

The one sewn on gray is sewn onto gray wool and the cottage is cream polar fleece

Cottage Shoppe 8×11

The pink and blue cottages are cotton and sewn on cotton.

Cottage Shoppe 5×7


Cottage Shoppe 6×9

They fit the 5×7, 6×9, 7×11, and 8×11 hoops or larger

On the product pages be sure to zoom into the photos to see all the details.

All cottages were hooped with a layer of cotton quilting fleece on the backside, plus one layer of medium weight soft tear away stabilizer. The cottage on the blue polar fleece was sewn with a top layer of Badgemaster. It’s not shown in the picture because I washed it out.


  • Background fabric of choice
  • Applique fabric for: The stone chimney and steps; the house and dormers; the roof; the grass up against the front of the house; and the sign. Take note that the stitching will show up better on solid or almost solid fabrics.
  • Cotton quilt batting
  • Medium weight soft tear away stabilizer
  • Topdressing of Badgemaster – if sewing onto fleece or any knit fabric
  • Size 12 Topstitch needle for fabrics other than knits
  • Size 11 Ball point needle if sewing onto knit fabric
  • Size 80 or 100 weight bobbin thread – I use Wonderfil polyester bobbin threads
  • Thread colors of choice.

Thread Colors Needed

  1. Color to match each of the applique fabrics
  2. Color a shade or two darker than what matches each of the applique fabrics. These will sew the heavy blanket stitch around the applique, a few line details, and the shingles on the roof
  3. Three greens – dark, medium, light
  4. Light gold for flower centers and petals
  5. Gold for door knob
  6. Pale yellow or lighter for the light inside the house. Can also use pale blue or pale blue/gray
  7. Dark gray or black for the wrought iron sign holder and the sewing machine (if you chose to sew that particular sign)
  8. Color for the curtains and a coordinating color for the stripes (For coordinating color I used white most of the time and pink once)
  9. Three pinks for the tree flowers: light, medium, and dark pinks or colors of choice
  10. Color for the cone flowers (I used soft gold)
  11. Color for the center of the cone flowers (I used brown)
  12. Color for the daisies (I used blue or white with yellow centers)
  13. Two colors for the flowers outside the dormers – I used medium pink and rose red. I used the same two colors for the flowers inside the front window as well as the lamp shade, bowl, and vase inside the front window.
  14. Color for the window frames and the door – I used dark red or white
  15. Color for the decorative wood trim around and above the door – I used white
  16. Brown for the topiary trunk and lamp base inside the front window.
  17. Two colors for the topiary planter – I used rose and white or blue and white
  18. The topiary top colors sew with various flower colors during the design
  19. Two coordinating colors for the rose buds just outside the door – I used 2 shades of pink or 2 shades of plum.

The sign

There are two signs: ‘Welcome’ and ‘Sewing Machine’.

Both signs are included in the design. They sew after everything else is sewn.

Cottage Shoppe 8×11 Inches

Cottage Shoppe 7×11 Inches

Cottage Shoppe 6×9 Inches

Cottage Shoppe 5×7 Inches

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Pami – Flaunt Your Sass!

Pami - Flaunt Your Sass Embroidery Project

Links to the collections can be found at the bottom of this page


If you like this design, please let me know so I can make others to go with her.

I stumbled across this beautiful artwork and immediately said, ‘Pam’!

Pam is a friend of mine who has red hair and a peaches and cream complexion. Also her favorite color is black.

I asked another friend who knows both of us what saying I should add to it. She immediately said “Flaunt your Sass!” and it stuck. Thank you Mari for that perfect description to this sassy picture.

But don’t let that description fool you. Our Pam has one of the sweetest most beautiful hearts you could know.

It has been great fun digitizing this design with the flouncy hair and darling face. Although it uses few thread colors, it has a lot of thread changes and they are necessary. Everything has to sew in a specific order from backwards to forward.

Her dress is an applique fabric that can be sewn using a wing needle to create the circles on the dress or without any of that stitching at all. The pink applique dress is one such example where I skipped the wing needle stitching. The white applique dress is one such dress where I used the wing needle and stitched the wing needle circles. It’s hard to see that because I used black thread. But it is there.


I want so much to put her on a tunic, but right now I have a new day bed to decorate and she will be part of that.

Pami is available in 2 sizes

5 inches wide and 7 inches wide

Or Get Them All

See links at the bottom of this page

  • The 5 inches wide includes 2 Pami’s – a 5×7 and a 5×8, a Pami bust, and Flaunt your Sass! lettering.
  • The 7 inches wide includes Pami in 7×11 size, a Pami bust, and Flaunt your Sass! lettering.

Also, plan ahead, I have one more red head coming up. Her name is Dee.

Notions I used

  • Madeira Polyneon threads black, dark gray, white, and dark taupe; colors Dark Auburn 1639, Medium Auburn 1779, and Light Auburn 1616 for her hair; Darkest Auburn 1638 for her lips; 1927 for her skin; 1656 for her skin shadows
  • Pellon ShirTailor fusible interfacing
  • Medium Weight Soft tear away stabilizer
  • Pima Cotton Broadcloth in cream color
  • Green Cotton/Linen blend
  • Wing Needle size 100
  • Wonderfil pre-wound bobbins in gray
  • #12 Topstitch needle

Yes I want Pami – Flaunt Your Sass!

5 Inch Collection

7 Inch Collection

I want it all – Both 5 and 7 inch collections

When you elect to purchase any of the recommended notions through the links below, Laura’s Sewing Studio receives a small remuneration at no additional cost to you.


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Cottage Love Collection

Cottage Love 6-Inch

Links to each collection can be found at the bottom of this page

I’ve been holding onto this artwork for a long time but I didn’t think anyone would be interested in embroidery cottages. I decided to start making these anyway. I love them myself and am anxious to make projects with them. I have so many projects in mind for them. 

I created several hand look stitches for sewing onto heavier fabrics like fleece and wool, but incorporated them into these sew outs as well for truly original designs. These sew outs I used regular quilting cotton fabrics as well. They are full of details. I can’t stop looking at them!

There are 3 appliques in these designs – house, roof, and dormer.

Cottage Love 5×6

The 5×6 design I made in pink and green


Cottage Love 6×8

The 6×8 design I made in cream and brown

The four inch design should be available early next week.

Happy Sewing Everyone!


Cottage Love 8×11 Landscaped Design

Cottage Love 8 Inch Design

Cottage Love 8 Inch Elements

Cottage Love 6 Inch Design

Cottage Love 6 Inch Elements

Cottage Love 5 Inch Design

Cottage Love 5 Inch Elements

Cottage Love 4 Inch Design

Cottage Love 4 Inch Elements

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Lacy Heart Gifts Designs

Glorious Hearts Gifts

Lacy Heart Gifts are another in the series Lacy Hearts.

Lacy Hearts Gifts 6×10 Design

I made this purse out of black pin-wale corduroy from my stash. The lining is a surprise gift of fabric from my friend Karen. I used a two way zipping zipper in the top of the purse and two neckline zippers for the 2 front pockets. The pockets on the backside and inside do not require zippers.

I used the largest gift embroidery design on the purse.

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