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Three in four parents agree: Labelling rocks

Labelling RocksLet’s face it, as a parent, dealing with an over-burdened schedule can be tough. Whether it’s day camp, school or just tidying up the house, the challenges you face organizing your kids’ lives can sometimes feel overwhelming. But in a recent Brother survey, 3 in 4 parents agreed that it doesn’t need to be this way!

 

The new school year is just around the corner. As much as this is fun and exciting, getting ready for school normally brings on some levels of stress and frenzy in the household. Let’s be honest – there’s a lot to do and to think about. But don’t fret. Organizing the kids for school is easier than you think.

If you’re already imagining your kids coming back from school with personal items and clothes missing, why not label them? Brother carries a variety of P-touch labellers that are affordable and perfect for on-the-go use. P-touch TZe tape conveniently comes in iron-on format and it’s real easy to use:

      • Just type a label, print it and iron it on.Back2School_3
      • The adhesive doesn’t damage clothes
      • And it can stay on for up to 20 washes or more

Shirts, t-shirts, pyjamas, underwear, face and bath towels, socks, shorts pullovers, swimsuits… you name it! Let nothing escape your labelling powers.

Pyjamas, shirts, t-shirts, underwear, face and bath towels, socks, shorts pullovers, swimsuits… you name it! Let nothing escape your labelling powers.

P-touch laminated labels on the other hand, come in all sorts of colours and sizes and are virtually indestructible. They’re great for anything that’s not clothes. Why are they super-tough? Well, they’re scrape-proof, water-proof and U.V. resistant. They’ll easily stick to your child’s belongings all through camp and way beyond. These are essential for things like toiletry kits, flashlights, and medication!

Getting organized this summer by labelling your child’s belongings will help avoid lots of headaches and stress. It might even save you money in the long run as you will avoid lost items!

So start labelling today and share your labelling stories with us on our Facebook Page: www.facebook/BrotherCanada. We would love to see your great labelling ideas and we’re certain our other customers will too!

Enjoy your summer!

Survey source: Survey conducted for Brother Canada by third party.

 

Want more ideas on how labelling can save you time? Find more here.

 

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♥♥♥ Keep Your Loved Ones Warm This Valentine’s Day ♥♥♥

Stop asking Mother Nature why February’s so darn cold and take matters into your own hands! Spread some warmth and give your loved ones this very special Valentine’s Day card.

The Tea Lover’s Card

Tea Lover's Card

Download instructions for this sewing/embroidery project

Make it even more special and personalised with homemade herbal tea blends or hot chocolate bags. For coffee lovers, buy a large pot of gourmet ground coffee and make small packages using cute little plastic or paper bags such as these.

Valentine's Day Bag

P.S. You can easily find original gift bags on Etsy 😉

With love, from Brother to you ♥

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’Tis The Season To Be Busy

If Christmas’s definitely the jolliest time of the year, it’s also the busiest season of the year. No worries, Brother’s got your back! Our early Christmas gift to you: three DIY projects that’ll get you covered and ready to rock it like a Christmas Diva!

Quick & Easy DIY Christmas Cards

Nothing says better “Thinking of you” than a handmade Christmas card. Here are over 50 quick and easy Christmas card templates.

½ Fold Christmas Card Templates

¼ Fold Christmas Card Templates

Personalised 2014 Calendar

The New Year’s just around the corner and everyone’s going to need a new calendar. So, craft your very own 2014 calendar and offer it as a hostess gift!

Calendar Project

Download instructions to create your calendar.

Homespun Holiday Banner

Time to deck the halls and get your home all cozied up for Jack Frost’s arrival! Follow these easy steps to create a fabric banner that’ll greet family and friends as they enter your home.

Homespun Holiday Banner

Now, just remember to put on a smile! Because ’tis the season to be jolly…Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the Brother Family!

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Projects > Flower Napkin Rings

Tbrothernapkinbloghis whimsical, floral board makes a great gift but you might end up wanting to keep it for yourself instead!

Materials and Supplies

  • Brother Sewing/Embroidery Machine (Machine used in this project: ULT2001 or ULT2002D)
  • Brother Embroidery Thread (Recommended Colors: #339, #507, #085,# 079, and #205)
    • Brother Memory Card No.29 – Lace: Design No.15
    • Fabric for each napkin 24″ X 24″
    • Fabric to match napkins 3″ X 8″ (2 pieces)
    • Fusible interfacing for each napkin ring 3″ X 8″
    • 4 strips of tear away stabilizer 2″ X 19″
    • Tear away stabilizer for embroidery 8″ X 9″
    • Sewing thread to match fabric
    • Button for each napkin ring
    • Water soluble marker
    • Hand sewing needle
    • Fray Check or similar product

Instructions for Napkin

1.   Using the water soluble marker draw a square on the fabric for the napkin 18″X 18″.

2.   Select Character Decorative Stitch then select the satin stitch 9-01. Adjust the length and width to your liking. The setting used here is length X3 with adjusted length to .02.

3.   Using the 18″ X 18″ marked square as a guide stitch the scalloped edge, placing a strip of tear away stabilizer under the fabric. Turn corners only after a full scallop has been completely stitched.

4.   Mark a corner of the scalloped area for the embroidery design.

5.   Hoop the napkin fabric. Place embroidery card Floral 2 in the embroidery machine. Select Embroidery Edit and select the basket design, touch SET. Rotate the design 45 degrees, CLOSE > END.

6.   Touch SEWING and move the design until centered with the placement mark on the fabric. Embroider design.

7.   After embroidering design remove from hoop and remove excess stabilizer. Put a small amount of Fray Check on the outside of the scalloped edge. Allow the Fray Check to dry, then trim close to the scallops.

Instructions for Napkin Rings

1.   Fuse interfacing to wrong side of one of the 3″ X 8″.

2.   With right sides together stitch all four sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave about a 2″ opening on one of the long sides to turn. Trim seam to 1/4″and clip corners. Turn to the right side and press. Top stitch 1/8″ from the edge.

3.   Form a ring over lapping ends 1″. Stitch a button on by hand at overlapping ends. This is where the changeable motifs will be buttoned on.

Instructions for Finishing Napkin

1.   Hoop a piece of fabric that matches the napkin or the napkin ring with stabilizer. Embroider designs No.12 and No.13.

2.   Place a small amount of Fray Check around the edge of both flowers. Allow to dry and trim around the outside of the flower.

3.   Place the small flower on top of the larger one and pin together.

4.   Mark the smaller flower for a buttonhole that will go through the center of the flower. This buttonhole should be the same size as the button sewn on the napkin ring. Stitch buttonhole. Carefully cut open the buttonhole and add button to the napkin ring.

 

 

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