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Cottage Gardens

~~ Links to purchase Cottage Gardens is at the bottom of this page ~~

Of all the cottages I’m made to date this is my most ambitious. It all started with a simple watercolor image of the pot with a couple of sprigs of green growing up on it and a big door of wooden planks. I never planned to make it this elaborate and not even in my dreams did I consider it could be.

I never know how my freestyle designs will turn out because they are not planned. I start with a simple image and literally design all the rest of it freestyle on the screen of my computer within my digitizing software. The design evolves with each day into something I can hardly believe it could be. This one took me 4 weeks off/on with the last week turning into 20 hour days as it was becoming a bit long in the tooth, even for me. Not to mention that I have other designs I’m anxious to make. 

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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

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

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Cottage Rose Collections

Cottage Rose 8x11

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

Life is But a Dream

This is my first two-story cottage with my dream landscaping. It was a rather plain house artwork but it was pink which of course drew my attention. I spiced it up with my dream colorful landscaping complete with grass, shaped bushes, and a beautiful balanced tree in full bloom.

I added animal and bird buttons to these sew outs because I like them this way.  Find links to these special buttons by typing the word button into the search box located in the upper right corner.

Cottage Rose 8×11 with Buttons

Remembering my mom’s purple alliums I created my machine embroidery version in the front flower bed. I remember carpets of colorful phlox in nearly every yard back home in Virginia every spring so I made the pink and purple phlox carpets on the ground of the front flower beds.

The overflowing flower box on the second floor is a dream come true for me as I have never been able to grow a flower box this great. So making an embroidery one is an assurance I can own one this beautiful with a plus that it will stay this way all season long without all the work year after year.

Cottage Rose 6×7 with Buttons

The trailing flowers and their vines are again a dream arrangement I have always wanted but no green thumb around here except on my computer playing with nothing more than my embroidery digitizing program and my imagination.

Cottage Rose 5×6 with Buttons

The front railing on the left side I left open especially for a kitty button to be placed as well as a grassy area where other buttons can be added with pets to enjoy. The tree is plenty spacious and open to add button birds. A chicken or two…or three…running around in the yard would be nice.

Included in each collection are all the elements and the house. PDF instructions included.

Cottage Rose 8×11 Inches

Cottage Rose 8-Inches

Cottage Rose 6×7 Inches

Cottage Rose 5×6 Inches

Cottge Rose 4×4 Inches

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Cottage Love 8 inch and Landscaped Designs Plus Elements

Cottage Love 8x11

I had several people ask for the Cottage Love design in an 8 inch size. So I ran a poll to find out if many people wanted an 8 inch version of the Cottage Love design. I can sew an 8×11 inch design so decided I would make one landscaped to fit my hoop plus an 8 inch cottage by itself. 

Cottage Love Landscaped 8 x 11 inches

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Cottage Love – Little House

Cottage Love Pincushion Project

I have been wanting another wool pincushion. I keep them all over the house for convenience when ever I need a pin, needle, or safety pin. If you are not in the market for a pincushion it makes a perfect paper weight and decoration any where you would like, especially window sills or on your desk.

Cottage Love – Little House Front

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