Sample Sale

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I think most bloggers agree it’s easy to get in to a blogger’s slump. A) Life in general is so busy = lack of time and B) a general lack of anything interesting to share. Other than samples I have barely turned my machine on, which is nice! I AM working on some onesies today for a customer. Speaking of samples, I did my last batch of boy samples on size 5/6 (I’d say = 4T or 5T) Kiddy Kats white short sleeved t-shirts. I sold one already and have a few left. The price on these is $12/each and I’ll add a name for $3. I might also be willing to strike up a deal if anyone wants 2, or all 3. Any shipping would be extra.

I really love the new birthday designs! We need to come up with some girl ones, eh?


This is also a sample tee but for some reason I don’t have a photo of the shirt. It’s the same 5/6 Kiddy Kats white, short sleeves.

If you are interested in any or all of these, please email me:

We have been super busy lately with several things, including furniture shopping for our den. I have been to the furniture store about 6 times. Picking out a couch is not easy! We’ve had our den furniture since I was a single gal living apartment life across town over 10 years ago. We’re also installing a bookcase (today) in our den and a wall of desks in our “mystery room” aka Browder’s office off the kitchen. Did I mention that our washing machine broke a couple of weeks ago? On top of all that “house stuff”, registering the kids for school next year. My “G” will be in Kindergarten!! Both boys playing soccer = a crazy calendar!! Would you like a sewing room update? Well, there is none!! The piece of fabric that was pinned above the window is still there. Still pinned there. One day….

Have a great weekend! All designs at Applique Cafe are 30% off through Wednesday (Feb 8th)! We have 5 new ones to work on over the weekend too! Hopefully my next post will be a little more exciting…


  1. Connie Donald says

    Do you have any suggestions of where to buy a good quality boy’s blank white tees to applique on? I don’t have a business license. I’m just sewing for my grandsons. Thanks

    • There is a list of blanks websites under LINKS on my blog. I like Walmart Garanimals, Target, Old Navy also! is another good site – cheap w/ fast shipping.

  2. I never know what to charge for making my shirts. I have been giving a lot away just to get my name out. People ask and I tell them, I usually just double what I paid for the shirt. What do you think is a fair price? or how do you calulate your price?

    • I typically charge $7-9 for a monogram and $10-12 for applique (name included). It really depends on a) who I’m doing it for (close friend vs stranger) b) how many fabrics is the applique? c) how big is the monogram? If it’s small/simple, I charge less!

  3. Hi Rosemary,

    I just wonder how you get your fabric to lay so flat. I use 505 Adhesive Spray and heat n bond lite and they still seem to bunch up, not all the time, but more times than I’d like! Thanks so much for any help. Love your blog!

    • The HNBL weighs it down a bit, and I usually try to hold it down w/ my hands (which is dangerous!!) while it’s sewing the tackdown. If your fabric seems bubbly, you can always iron it BEFORE The satin stitch w/ a craft or travel iron in the hoop. That should fuse it before the satin stitch. You can also squirt some water (from your iron) before you iron it. That usually works for me if the fabric bubbles at all.