Friday, March 11, 2016

Our Newest Items Include Planners for your Walt Disney World Vacations!

Are you ready to have a truly Magical Walt Disney World Vacation? Great! We are here to help you.
 Ultimate Walt Disney World Vacation Planner Set by 4girlsdesigns

As any Disney World Vacation Veteran will tell you, it is all in the planning. The degree to which you research and make at least basic plans is directly related to the amount of fun you can have while you are there.  My family moved to central Florida so we could be near the place "Where Dreams Come True".  After having lived here and written hundreds of articles for other blogs concerning Disney, we are now launching our Ultimate Walt Disney World Vacation Planner along with various smaller sets for each Theme Park as well as deciding on where to stay while you are here. We just added a set for the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Show that will help you if you are coming in the next couple of months. We keep up to date on what is going on in the World by visiting the parks every week and watching for news that will impact guests in the future.

The planning sheets are easy to use and you will in the end only need to take one sheet of paper with you each day, that can be folded and stuck in a pocket. We wanted this to be a fun way of educating you on choices you should make prior to making a reservation all the way through the layout of each day when you arrive. The sheets have some color and images thrown in to make them "prettier" but not use all the ink in your printer! You will recieve the PDF file that includes all of the Planning sets you want and then you print them out and get started planning the best vacation for you and your family. There are tips from us along the way to help you!
Top 10 Articles and Planning Sheets

Hollywood Studios Vacation Planning Sheets

Walt Disney World Vacation-General Planning and Tips Planning Sheets

Magic Kingdom Vacation Planning Sheets

Epcot Vacation Planning Sheets

Animal Kingdom Vacation Planning Sheets

Flower and Garden Festival Planning Set

Choose from sets for each individual Disney Park, the resort general planning, Top 10 articles, or our Tips set to begin with. You will save $$ by purchasing the Ultimate set over purchasing each individual set. The Flower & Garden set is separate and available for a limited time. NOTE: We are no associated with the Walt Disney World Company.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Custom Hand Embroidered Pet Portraits Using Thread Painting Techniques

NOTE: Our Hand Embroidered Art has taken off and demanded its own shop so please find these wonderful items at Harrison Custom Gifts, also on Etsy and their blog can be found HERE.

I am still doing hand embroidered wedding items but also enjoy doing custom hand embroidered pet portraits. Our pets are so much a part of our lives and I so enjoy making a special image of them for you to treasure through the years. It takes many hours of work to make these pet portraits, one thread at a time, all made completely by hand.I use a technique known as "thread painting" which uses one thread at a time to layer on the colors of the embroidery floss to create a beautiful portrait. I am happy to combine multiple pets on one hoop if you like. I would suggest the larger hoop for more than one pet.

I use 4", 5" or 6" bamboo embroidery hoops with the finest DMC cotton floss to make these images. I will need at least one detailed photo with good light of your pet. The more detailed the photo, the more detailed I can make your portrait.

I would love to know any details you want to share about your pet to help me understand his/her personality. Please share the name you would like added to the portrait or any custom details you would like to have included. Please contact me with these custom details prior to purchasing the listing. If you have a pet that has gone on before you to Heaven, I can make you a portrait from your photographs to memorialize your sweet pet.

Thank you for visiting 4girlsdesigns blog today. Please take a moment to visit the shop on Etsy today!

Happy 2016! Hand Embroidered Wedding Gifts

HAPPY 2016! 

Are you looking for custom hand embroidered wedding handkerchiefs, tie patches, wedding dress labels or a custom hand embroidered pet portrait? Please come to 4girlsdesigns for all of those!!

Wow, 2015 was a whirlwind for my family. After moving to Florida one of my daughters met the man of her dreams, they were together a year and became engaged and the wedding date was chosen for early January 2016. They desired to have a Hobbit-themed wedding which meant handmade items were needed! It was so much fun, everyone had a wonderful time in Hobbiton. 

I have included some of the embroidered wedding items in my shop that are available for any style of wedding. I hope that you find what you are looking for and if not please send me a conversation through my Etsy shop, with the details of you want your custom embroidered items to look like. I can embroidered pillows using wedding or engagement photos. 

Brides: An important thing to remember when your wedding day is approaching: Don't wait until the last two weeks to try and choose gifts for your parents who have put so much into making your Wedding Day special. Order your special message to them to be carefully hand embroidered on a handkerchief or tie patch to let them know how special they are to you. Don't forget the Groom, his parents, Grandparents...include these in your plan from the beginning so you can get exactly what you want. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sew Box Subscriptions Invited 4girlsdesigns To Be A Part of Their January Box!

4girlsdesigns wants to thank SewBoxSubscriptions and their subscribers for inviting us to be a part of their very special January Box.  Sew Box Subscriptions are, sadly, only available in Australia. So if you are an Aussie you are in luck! 

The box contained not one, but two sewing patterns, a wide assortment of sewing accessories, fabric and more! The fabric was personally selected by SBS's crafty owner to make 4girlsdesigns Make It Yourself Beach Bag along with the sewing pattern for it! 

These boxes are full of great items every month to keep your sewing on the cutting edge and you can't beat it as the perfect gift for all the people you know who sew or who want to learn.

You can find out more about Sew Box Subscriptions at their Facebook page:
For all our new clients from Sew Box Subscriptions, please visit our shop: www.4girlsdesigns.etsy 
or and search for 4girlsdesigns in "Patterns"

Friday, December 19, 2014

4girlsdesigns now offers custom hand embroidered items:

  • Portraits
  • Pet Portraits
  • Home Portraits
  • Wedding Party Gifts
  • Tie Patches
  • Wedding Dress Tags
  • Anniversary Hoops
  • Almost Anything Hoops
  • Custom Pillows
  • Holiday Ornaments
My work is all done by hand, no computers, no machines involved. They are professionally finished by me. I love to make custom hand embroidered pieces, so contact me today about making yours!

See example below of hand embroidered custom pet portrait on linen pillow. Yes, I even make the pillow! You can choose a pillow or hoop art. 

My sweet Beagle passed away, just prior to her 18th birthday and it devastated my family. She was perfect for our family and her loss hit us all very hard. Embroidering her on a hoop as a lasting memory of her cute face helped me to heal, some. Although we mourned her loss we soon realized we needed another pet, soon. We have scoured the shelters and rescue organizations over a couple of weeks and finally met our new four-legged family member. We did not intend to, but wound up with a much younger dog than what we were looking for. She demands alot and keeps us running. I am happy to have her in our home and we are meeting the challenge of having a puppy. I am glad for the quiet moments when I can look at my little Beagle embroidery, remembering her fondly. It is my hope that my pet embroideries will serve you well as a fond remembrance of a passed loved one, or celebrating your pet today. 

Example of a recent pet portrait pillow:

After purchasing the pillow/hoop listing, please send me a few great photos in full light of your pet. I will send you a photo of the finished item for your approval, prior to shipping. If you would like your pet's name, a heart, years of their life, please let me know and I can make you a custom listing, or just send me the details after purchasing the pet portrait. 

HUGE Shop DeStash Sale going on now through the end of 2014!

There are many items in my shop available for rock bottom prices that I hope you will take advantage of.   Visit my shop, look for the list of sections down the left side of the page and click on "Shop DeStash Sale" to find the items. Thank you to all my awesome customers who made this the best Holiday season ever for my shop! Merry Christmas everyone!
Everything from Tote Bags to Hand Embroidery are included in this sale!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NEW iPhone 6 and 6+ Touch Screen Wallet PDF Sewing Pattern

Are you getting one of the new iPhone? Here is a Touch Screen Wallet PDF Pattern for the iPhone 6 and 6+! You can also use this for your iPhone 5S or 5C. I love being able to see a text, respond to it, look at an app, etc. without having to take my iPhone out of this handy wallet. Access it right through the clear vinyl window. Your phone is protected and handy. Carry it with the handy wristlet, or toss it in that big bag you like to carry. All your essentials will fit. There is a panel separating your phone from the rest of the wallet. You have an interior section with a pocket and another pocket on the outside. This uses very little fabric and you can start making it today! Just purchase from my Etsy shop  or Craftsy shop.

Looking for Custom Embroidery for Weddings or other Special Occasions?

Look no further because 4girlsdesigns is ready for your special occasion. Brides you can now select personalized gifts for your Father, your Husband to Be, your Mother, and of course your Bridesmaids!  Parents and Grandparents? How about a special Christmas Tree ornament custom made for that beautiful new addition to your family? Please check out my other embroidery items too. There are patterns for Halloween Embroidery and finished as well as custom pieces in my shop. It has become a passion of mine and I accept custom requests. Please get your orders for Christmas ornaments in early.

Here are my custom, original designs for Wedding Table Numbers.

Need a unique gift for the Father of the Bride? Write your own or use one of ours to send a special message to your Dad on your Wedding Day.


For your Husband to Be send him this special message on his tie! It will calm his nerves and encourage him.

Groom's you can now send your own message to your Bride. Have her Mother or the Maid of Honor gently stitch this to the tag in her Wedding Dress. Let her know how excited you are about today! You can choose the message or use one of ours:

For your Bridesmaid you can select custom monogram necklaces that also match your Wedding Table Number hoops.


and Special for the 2014 Holiday Season

Baby Christmas Stocking version
I am not only a hopeless romantic, but also quite the nerd. Embroidery gives me a new outlet for that. I currently offer these finished hoops in my shop.
J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired Hoop art: Never Laugh At Sleeping Dragons

If you would like to try some embroidery of your own, I have 4 designs for Halloween. Check out my Halloween Cuties PDF Pattern Set:
Thanks for visiting! Come see my shop with lots of new items!!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Magical Stuff

My life has changed so much in the last five years.  I have made it through the most difficult days I have ever faced.  Faith grows during difficult times, and brings the hope we all need that things will get better.  I hope that if you are going through difficult times that hope is still alive. I pray that your faith will grow. Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of encouragement, it is a priceless gift.

I now live close to my "happy place" that my family visited whenever we could afford to, Walt Disney World.  This has influenced my life and my patterns as I like making things I need and sharing them with you. I am listing some of my newest patterns and maybe you will see something that would meet a need of yours, or someone you know that you could make this as a gift to bless them.
Simple Shoulder Strap Tote
This is a bag that I created to wear over a shoulder, cross body, that was easy to reach into while wearing it, yet the top also stays close to the body keeping items inside. I see variations of this bag at the theme parks every week on people of all ages. 

Walt Disney World Guests are using Magic Bands that is worn on the wrist and carries the ability to store data like the resort room key, charging capability, and any reservations or fast passes (FastPass+) reservations so in the parks all the guest needs to do is to tap the Mickey head portion of the Magic Band to a touchpoint and it confirms the reservation, gets you in the FastPass+ line, pay for meals or merchandise, collects any photo pass photos taken of your group, link your groups reservations together, etc.  It is a magical addition to the Walt Disney World experience.  They are also completely waterproof so they can be worn in the water parks or swimming pool at the resort.  Some of us have discomforts in wearing the Magic Bands as they are so I designed these unique Magic Band covers that have a comfortable flannel layer next to your skin.  It also makes it possible for you to make the look your own instead of the same band thousands of other people are wearing.   I hope that many people find this Magic Bands Comfy Cover Sewing Pattern helpful. Just click on any of the purple links to get to that pattern in my Etsy shop.
If you are a complete beginner, you may want to try this pattern as your first: Fast & Easy Hobo Bag

How about a wallet that would store all of your credit cards and those small key chain store cards in one place where you can see them at a glance. No more looking through multiple cases at the counter looking for the right card, you can see it and pick it out quickly. 
You will find this in my new Stow It All Wallet sewing pattern.

Maybe you need some bigger bags to pack your things in to come to Disney? Here is a pattern for Pack & Go Bags that come in three sizes.

Would you like something smaller that would carry all of your essentials, and have a touchscreen pocket through which you can use your smartphone without having to remove it? It is especially helpful to protect your phone from scratches and water-resistant vinyl covers it when going on those water rides at the theme parks, or just being around young children who spill often. : )
If you want something just as easy to carry around, yet holds securely more than the wristlet, check out this pattern for the ultimate in travel gear: The Great Wallet Bag sewing pattern

One last item is especially helpful for organization but is equally delightful to use as a gift. The best part is it uses small amounts of fabric that you may have in your stash, waiting for the right thing to use that treasured piece on-this is it. You get to see it, and use it to help organize your tools, pens, markers, crayons, or as a gift put these same items or a candy assortment.  These mug organizers have been around a long time, but they never caught my eye before, but now I see how they are good for SO many things. So I made my own pattern and hope that you find it useful. I include instructions for pre-quilted material and for regular fabric construction. I love these on my sewing table. It is a great way to use a mug that may have a chipped top or other imperfection. Don't throw those away, make a Mug Apron for it and start organizing your stuff!
Thank you for reading my blog today.  I will be posting more sewing patterns soon, particularly some new items for using in theme parks or traveling, and I am working on a new wallet. Is there something you would like to see a sewing pattern for? 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Do It Yourself Holiday Gifts

Who has money any more? My life has changed so much over this year but the creative drive has not.  Some of us just love to make things, especially things we can bless someone we love with.  You know those people better than anyone else, certainly better than any marketing campaign.  Show them how well you know them, and even more, appreciate them for their uniqueness.  That is what drives me to create Holiday gifts.

I have many sewing and craft patterns that can set you on your way to making that very special gift for those very special people.  There are thousands of do it your self patterns at  I would love to share a few of my own patterns with you.  My patterns are delivered to you via an email that you can save to your computer or other device, and it is ready for you when you are ready to start.  You can carry that pattern with the list of all the materials you need right to the craft/fabric store so when you leave, you have everything you need.  That frees your mind up to your creative input, whether it be a fabric that is perfect for that special someone, or a themed craft item you can embellish that finished item with that will make your recipient flip!  When you are working on a project other things may also spring to mind to make it even more tailored to delight the recipient....especially if it is YOU!

I have Christmas patterns, sewing patterns for trending cases for electronic devices from iPods to iPads, handbags, organizers, fabric baskets, toys, and more! Please come visit my shop today and check everything out.  In the meantime, take a quick look at some of what I have to offer over at Craftsy.


Show your style, your creativity, and how much you treasure the uniqueness of the recipient by creating something special just for them.  The sewing patterns are accompanied by full color step-by-step photos and directions to help you complete your project!

I just have to add a note about embroidery on felt: It is fabulous! It is so much fun to create with such colorful materials and a product that can be cut to any shape and doesn't need any hemming or turning the edges to the back. It is relaxing and the possibilities are endless.  I have several felt embroidery projects to get you started.  Jump in!