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Back to School

Free Project Instructions!

It's that time of year once again when the days grow a little shorter and the start of a new school year gets a little closer. That means it's time to start sprucing up back-to-school apparel and accessories! New designs this week have got it covered, with delightful stacks of classic school symbols, light-stitching and light hearted "doodle" sketches of a globe, shooting stars, an artist's palette, and more, and heartfelt teacher appreciation samplers.

Add inspiring book- and library-lovin' designs, shining lace and Mylar bookmarks, brand new clothespin cozies, and a bold and beautiful Wild Side Alphabet, and you have the formula for your back-to-school projects to be at the head of the class!

Scroll down the page to scoop up your favorite designs -- it's as easy as ABC and 1-2-3!

Free project instructions to make a lace bookmark with mylar foil tissue.

Treat your back-to-school students and your favorite teachers to stylish lace and Mylar bookmarks. Click here for free project instructions!



School Days Stack 'Em Up

The first day of school is just around the corner! Stock up on stacks of back-to-school fun with books, crayons, ABCs, school buses, and more piled high with everything students need. Stitch onto backpacks, reusable lunch bags, sweatshirts, jacket backs, and more for a smart start to the new school year.

An apple, a book, and a chalkboard are classic symbols of the classroom, while colorful crayons balance with a bottle of glue, scissors, pencil, and eraser. Stitch onto all kinds of kids' items for an A+ look!

Kids love jokes, so mixed in this week are a few that will have them rolling.

Q: What is the smartest state? A: Alabama - it has four A's and one B.
   
 
Available in three sizes:
5.13"X9.41" and 3.72"X6.84" and 2.09"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.71"X9.39" and 4.18"X6.86" and 2.35"X3.86"


It's not too early to start stitching your ABCs and 1-2-3s! Awesome patterns and a 3-D look make these designs the head of their class.

Q: What flies around the kindergarten room at night? A: The alpha-BAT!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
2.95"X9.40" and 2.16"X6.87" and 1.22"X3.87"
  Available in three sizes:
4.36"X9.41" and 3.19"X6.88" and 1.79"X3.86"


Nothing says fall quite like bright yellow school buses riding up and down the block, and a stack of musical instruments will make beautiful music anywhere you stitch it.

Q: What did the math book say to the other math book? A: I've got problems.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X8.38" and 4.78"X6.85" and 2.68"X3.87"
  Available in three sizes:
4.70"X9.40" and 3.43"X6.86" and 1.93"X3.86"


School Days Stack 'Em Up Design Packs


Create stacks of back to school fun with school supplies, letters, numbers, buses, and musical instruments. Get the Design Pack for the smartest deal!

School Days Stack 'Em Up Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack at an even deeper discount with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Head of Class

Who hasn't doodled in the margins of their notebooks? Light-stitching designs are in that "doodle" style, with a look like pen etchings on paper. Perfect for a quick yet colorful addition to T-shirts, book covers, and cloth pencil cases!

Q: Which hand is better to write with? A: Neither, you should use a pen.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.43"X5.85" and 5.31"X4.82" and 3.84"X3.49"
  Available in three sizes:
6.51"X5.85" and 5.38"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.46"


Stylish stars burst and musical notes float in designs that look like they were lifted right out of a daydreamer's notebook! Both are terrific for sprucing up a back-to-school wardrobe.

Q: What school supply is always tired? A: A knapsack.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X5.88" and 4.84"X4.87" and 3.83"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
6.34"X5.85" and 5.23"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.55"


Celebrate science with a trio of bubbling beakers, while the artistic crowd will love a pretty paint palette and brush. Awesome for T-shirts and totes!

Q: What did the pupil say when the teacher told him he had his shoes on the wrong feet?
A: But these are the only feet I've got!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
7.97"X5.85" and 6.59"X4.84" and 3.85"X2.82"
  Available in three sizes:
7.39"X5.85" and 6.13"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.05"


Head of the Class Design Packs


You'll be on top with the Head of the Class Design Pack! Quick to stitch, they'll add colorful style to lots of items. Get the whole pack and doodle away with thread!

Head of the Class Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack at an even deeper discount with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Teacher Appreciation

If you can read this, thank a teacher! It's said that teaching creates all other professions. Show a favorite teacher your appreciation with samplers expressing the importance of what teachers do and a lifelong love of learning.

"Teachers change the world one child at a time" inside an apple silhouette makes a sweet design for tote bags and towels!
 
Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.87" and 4.85"X5.68" and 3.30"X3.86"


"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart" inside the classic outline of a schoolhouse. Perfect for framed embroidery or a classroom wall hanging!
 
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X7.74" and 4.85"X6.40" and 2.92"X3.86"


Hooked on Books

Stephen King once said that "Books are a uniquely portable magic." All the designs below celebrate the magic of reading, with a wide variety of styles but one important message: reading is fun! Share the news with your favorite students by stitching Hooked on Books designs onto book bags, e-reader covers, T-shirts, and more!

"Reading is a hoot!" says this wise old owl perched on a towering stack of books. A very fun design for book bags.
 
Available in three sizes:
8.95"X5.87" and 6.84"X4.48" and 3.87"X2.50"


A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. Stitch a whole row of good friends onto towels, totes, book covers, and more with a sketchy "Be Book Smart" design.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.42"X5.37" and 6.84"X3.88" and 3.82"X2.18"


Harry S. Truman said, "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." Keep learning by reading because reading rocks! A great design for a wall hanging or tote.
 
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.07" and 6.88"X2.97" and 3.85"X1.67"


"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Celebrate your love of the library with an excellent stamp design just right for tote bags and sweatshirts.
 
Available in three sizes:
5.87"X5.88" and 4.85"X4.86" and 3.83"X3.86"


Hooked on Books Design Packs


Get the best price by purchasing the design pack and you'll be hooked on books! Stitch all these smart designs onto sweatshirts, book bags, wall hangings, and more.
 

Hooked on Books Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack at an even deeper discount with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Once Upon a Time Lace Bookmarks (Mylar)

A new school year...new friends, new teacher, new locker...and new bookmark! What better way to start off a shiny new school year than with a sparkly lace and Mylar in-the-hoop bookmark. Students, teachers, librarians, and moms will all love these pretty and practical items.

Apples stacked on a book and stars shooting from the pages of an open book are terrific themes for back-to-school bookmarks. Stitch both for your favorite bookworm! See Kenny's free project instructions to learn how to whip up lots of these easy in-the-hoop bookmarks.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
2.29"X5.52" and 1.62"X3.88"
  Available in two sizes:
2.42"X5.52" and 1.70"X3.87"


A sparkling book stands atop the word "Read" while a heart expresses the love in "I love books." Great welcome-back-to-school gifts for teachers, librarians, and bus drivers.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
2.31"X5.53" and 1.64"X3.87"
  Available in two sizes:
2.27"X5.52" and 1.60"X3.87"


A bright crescent moon and stars decorate the word "Dream" while the bookmark on the right is filled with love. Make one for yourself to keep your place in your favorite book!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
2.27"X5.53" and 1.60"X3.88"
  Available in two sizes:
2.22"X5.56" and 1.56"X3.90"


A sparkling cross amid swirling leaves is a perfect gift for pastors, Bible study group members, and choir directors, while a pretty fleur-de-lis shines with bright Mylar.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
2.30"X5.54" and 1.63"X3.90"
  Available in two sizes:
2.29"X5.52" and 1.62"X3.87"


Brilliant paisley and fresh roses will brighten the pages of any book, and make great hostess and birthday gifts!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
1.94"X5.52" and 1.36"X3.87"
  Available in two sizes:
2.27"X5.52" and 1.60"X3.87"


Blast off with a fun lace and Mylar rocket ship bookmark! And give peace a chance with an adorable peace sign and groovy flowers bookmark. Perfect for tweens!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
2.36"X5.53" and 1.66"X3.88"
  Available in two sizes:
2.28"X5.52" and 1.61"X3.88"


Once Upon a Time Lace Bookmarks (Mylar) Design Packs


Tell a story of sparkling Mylar and delicate lace with these fabulous Once Upon a Time in-the-hoop bookmarks. Get the Design Pack for the best deal, and have designs on hand for any age and taste!

Once Upon a Time Lace Bookmarks (Mylar) Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack at an even deeper discount with all 12 designs, priced at only $19.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"



Too Cool for School Clothespin Cozies (In-the-Hoop)

Hang favorite photos or shopping lists on the fridge, keep a picnic tablecloth from blowing away, close snack bags, clip rain boots to keep them together at school...you can do all this and more with clothespins! Add a cute in-the-hoop clothespin cozy, and you've got a colorful decoration, too. Click here for project instructions to make the cozies, and to add magnets if you like.

Showcase crayon drawings and schoolwork on the fridge with "A+" and apple clothespin cozies!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.60"X3.87"
  Available in one size:
2.47"X3.86"


A "Rock On" and peace sign clothespin cozy are perfect for tucking inside lunch boxes or for clipping friendly reminders onto backpacks!
     
 
Available in one size:
3.87"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
2.55"X3.87"


Clip a little "Love" or lightning bolt clothespin onto the bottoms of wire hangers to hold scarves and ties in place.
     
 
Available in one size:
3.36"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
3.82"X3.87"


Too Cool for School Clothespin Cozies (In-the-Hoop) Design Packs


Clothespins are a useful household item, and with clever clothespin cozies, they make a fashion statement, too! Get the Too Cool for School Clothespin Cozies (In-the-Hoop) Design Pack and you'll have lots of styles and motifs to choose from.

Too Cool for School Clothespin Cozies (In-the-Hoop) Design Pack

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above, or get the pack at an even deeper discount with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 1 size:

**Designs smaller than 4"x4"

 



Wild Side Alphabet


The Wild Side alphabet is a boldly elegant alphabet with striking letters and graceful filigree, perfect for stitching gorgeous monograms onto quilts, pillows, table linens, towels, tote bags, and more! The luxurious curves of the letters are repeated in the swirling backdrop. Choose your favorite colors to match your decor and to make beautiful personalized gifts.

If you're new to monogramming or working with alphabets, we invite you to read our tutorial on monogramming. This tutorial shows you how to arrange letters for monograms in both classic and contemporary ways. Click here for the monogramming with embroidery tutorial!

Letters and numbers are available for individual purchase for only $1 each, or buy the pack for only $19.97! For single letters, click on the A, B, or C below and scroll through the department, selecting the letters that you need.
 

Machine embroidery wild side alphabet.

Machine embroidery wild side alphabet. Machine embroidery wild side alphabet.


Wild Side Alphabet Design Packs
 

Get the complete Wild Side Alphabet with letters and numbers, and soon you'll be monogramming quilts, pillows, wall hangings, and more in style! Individual letters are priced at only $1.00 each!

Each pack is only $19.97, and three sizes are available! Click on a link below to see the size that you need.


The alphabet is available in 3 sizes:

**8.5 inch height
**7 inch height
**4 inch height


 
It's "Back to School" season, and shops are packed with notebooks and pens and backpacks and oodles of other necessities and treasures for the classroom-bound. Take part in the back to school fun and make homemade gifts for friends and family to kick off the school year in style!

Visit the Stitchers Showcase and check out what folks have been stitching with their "back to school" efforts! Seeing what other stitchers have done with totes, wall hangings, towels, framed pieces, and more is like a lesson in inspiration!

Nine photos are shown below -- click on them to get a closer look at the projects and read more about how stitchers put them together. And, there are more right here. Wander the creative halls lined with great ideas as you browse the many projects sent in by stitchers like you!

Send in photos of your work (email us: stitch@emblibrary.com). We'll admire your creativity and show off your projects to inspire others, too!
 
School Days Tote Ready for Reading Great Teacher Tote
 
School Bus Towels Teachers Have Homework, Too Back-To-School Packs
 
To Touch A Teachers Heart Class Rules Wall Hanging Special Education Appreciation
 


Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in previous weeks!