Shimmering Feathers Sewing Box: Mylar Machine Embroidery


Glistening in all angles of light, using Mylar in your machine embroidery offers a subtle glittering and magical effect beneath your stitches. Today we are going to embellish a beautiful sewing box to keep or gift a friend this holiday season.


First, let’s talk a little more about what Mylar is? Mylar is a poly film available in a variety of weights and colors. There are companies that produce Mylar specifically for machine embroidery, but as many of you know, I have a knack for repurposing and I’ve found cellophane gift bags and even birthday balloons will do the trick (though Mylar balloons are not the same material as your purchased sheets.) The effect looks as if you may have stitched it out using metallic threads without the fuss! Keep in mind Mylar embroidery will not hold up to ironing or machine wash.


One thing I love about experimenting with embroidery & Mylar is that you can try this in any size hoop. The process is exactly the same as appliqué only it can be done using a variety of designs (even if they are not specifically digitized for Mylar embroidery.) Today there are so many options and styles when it comes to embroidery, choosing a design that isn’t densely stitched will allow the shimmer to peek out between stitches. Look for water color and painterly styles, feathery stitch fill, or make alterations using any BERNINA software. Above you’ll see a close up of the design I’m using today. Notice how the stitching is spaced. Even if you don’t own an embroidery machine this technique could be adapted to create magical free-motion or mixed media designs!


Materials needed to embroider with Mylar

1. Prepare hoop medium weight stabilizer and design layout on your machine.

2. Lay 5″ x 5” piece of mylar on top of stabilizer tape down on corners.

3. Stitch out first feather changing threads as directed.

4. When first feather design is completely stitched out, stop and remove hoop from the machine.

5. Use tweezers and gently pull the Mylar film away from embroidery along the edges. The stitch out has perforated the plastic film and it should be easy to remove excess. If you find you have trouble use a small pair of snips.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 for remaining feathers option to change colors if you’d like to along the way.

7. Remove embroidery from hoop and trim away any excess stabilizer.

8. Apply Phoomph for Fabric to back side of embroidery. This product is an adhesive that adds structure and dimension without sewing or ironing. Trim to size.

9. Apply fray check to edges of embroidery.

10. Remove paper backing and adhere to top of box.



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76 thoughts on “Shimmering Feathers Sewing Box: Mylar Machine Embroidery

  1. This Christmas season, I machine embroidered holiday designed mug rugs which I gave away as gifts. One of the designs was a free download of a Christmas tree from the Bernina website. Thank you.

  2. I love this idea! I’ve never heard of phoomph before I will have to check it out. Yes I do machine embroider gifts for the holidays! Thanks for all the ideas, projects, and gifts!

  3. Embroidered holiday gifts is my primary use for my embroidery module, although I’ve not progressed far beyond embellished towels and napkins. I appreciate the new-to-me techniques introduced in this tutorial.

  4. For gifts this year, I embroidered many little hanging monogram “welcome pillows” as well as linen throw pillows with 3-letter monograms. Love my Bernina embroidery function!

  5. Oh yes–I love to make machine embroidered gifts at Christmas! I am well known throughout my immediate and extended family for making machine embroidered kitchen towels, bath towels, aprons, blankets, pillows, pillowcases. Regardless of the age, I can always find great designs to match the varied personalities. This is one of main reasons I purchased the Bernina 880–to ensure that I could continue making gifts that match up to professional customized gifts! Thank you Bernina!

  6. I just recently bought my embroidery machine, so I haven’t made anything yet. I’ve only done some practice stitching. Hopefully, I will be able to make some embroidered gifts for next year.

  7. Looks like fun! I’ll need to give this a try with some of my mixed media and free motion projects.If I had a machine that embroidered I would ; ) Thanks for the chance to play!

  8. I make all my gifts from my sewing room from quilts to everyday usage. My family enjoys receiving the gifts I make it is one of I kind and all made with love! Merry Christmas to everyone and happy sewing into the new year!!

  9. I have this year for the first time. I’m really enjoying making monogrammed napkins and embroidered table runners. I love the look of Mylar and will have to try it.

  10. This year I made all my family personalized bath towels with the person’s special interest such as flowers and then their name. I sure hope they all like it. Other years I done oven mits and jelly jars with pretty embroidered Christmas decorations on them.

  11. Yes, I do every year. This year I embroidered the names of my grandchildren on beach towels, embroidered nativity pictures for my 7 children, and made a Noah’s Ark kit for one of my grandsons. I’m always embroidering something.

  12. Do I create machine embroidered gifts for the holidays? That all depends on how you define “machine embroidered” gifts. I’ve never been able to afford an expensive embroidery machine so I have to improvise. I cut out my holiday designs (snowman, wreath, mittens, etc.) from fabric, iron them onto my fabric using Heat n Bond, then blanket stitch around them. I have created some beautiful items this year using this method.

  13. Yes, I definitely create machine embroidered gifts for Christmas. I have been busy making ITH potholders, embroidered pillow cases, embroidered ITH quiet books and wall hangings. I love my Bernina 880 embroidery machine. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I have been a little afraid of trying mylar but now I am ready to give it a try.

  14. Most definitely! I just finished10 snowman candy cane holders for the neighbors grand kids. I also made a new travel toiletry bag for my husband and decorated it, and a couple of fabric covered boxes with emb. for my sewing friend.

  15. Not really machine embroidery. But I made pillow shams for a commission with FMQ around the fabric flowers. And I put some appliqued owls on my daughter’s t-shirt quilt.

  16. Yes I do, I love to give Lace gifts, ornaments-tree toppers-gift boxes et, as presents for the holidays. My Bernina sewing and embroidery machine makes it all possible !

  17. No I have never attempted machine embroidery. One of my Berninas has the embroidery hoops and everything else to do it but never had the courage to try.

  18. Yes, I made a very good friend a quilted pillow in her favorite color. Many quilted shades of blue embroidered squares. And in the middle I scripted her initials in a pretty color blue square. Whenever she visited, she always brought a rectangular pillow with her. I had asked her once about that, and she said she always wanted a pillow to hug. After I gave that pillow to her I, learned that when she traveled for work (which is VERY often) she always takes my pillow with her.

  19. I started early this year and stitched out all my gift labels. I made a few tissue box covers and several ITH pocket tissue holders. Merry Christmas everyone!

  20. Yes, Last Christmas I made my brother a table center mat with a buffalo embroidered on it in his college colors. This year, though I had limited time, I made some cute snowballs with faces for grand nieces and nephews.

  21. I haven’t done any embroidered gifts for this Christmas, but I did earlier this year. I absolutely love these feathers! I’m definitely going to try this project!

  22. Yes, I do. I made pot holder/hot pad sets all in the hoop and angels and snowflakes too. My 830 is so looking forward to its annual spa treatment after the holidays!

  23. I love to gift homemade Christmas presents. This year there has been some family trials so I did not hit my machine as I would have liked. I was able to stamp tags for small gifts. I’m not a great embroiderer, but slowly playing with my machine to get it.

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