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If your creative inspiration is machine embroidery, you likely have friends and family who ask for your special creations when they want to give birthday gifts. Whether it’s for a child or an adult, it’s fun to come up with personalized project ideas. Continue reading and discover some top embroidery design ideas for birthdays and you’ll be ready the next time you get a request for gift and you have another good reason to pull out your embroidery machine!

Birthday Balloons

Balloons and birthdays go together like cake and ice cream. For the little ones, balloons are magical, whether they are the blow up kind or are designed in thread. Adults love them because they’re festive, colorful, and bring back memories of childhood.  The ones done in embroidery thread can be magical too and create apparel and toys that become favorites.  Balloons come in bright primary colors, fun patterns, and even pastels. Add a touch of sparkle when you use silver or gold thread in the embroidery designs. The threads you choose set the mood!  Look for fancy balloons done in fancy fills or swirls and curls for added pizazz and appeal. Balloons work well on T-shirts, hats, sweats placemats and even birthday banners.

My First Birthday

A baby’s first birthday is one of the most celebrated milestones. What about an embroidered T-shirt for each month of their first year, using cute animals, toys and other baby “things”? Then, use the birthday design on month number 12. Birthday designs for the 1-year old are fun, fun, fun so make them bright, bright bright! Your special little love might enjoy a shirt embellished with zoo animals, trucks and cars, or clowns too. If their birthday is close to a holiday, consider incorporating in the holiday’s motif. For birthday party guests, embroider a birthday greeting on sun hats or visors (or stocking hats, depending on the time of year)! Children in this age group love anything with bright colors and fun designs.

Birthday Sweet Treats

Birthdays aren’t just about cake. We love celebrating with cupcakes, decorated cookies, and even birthday pastries. Don’t forget the colorful fruits for a sweet healthy snack that all kids of all ages love.  Pile up their plates and watch the beautiful slices and cubes of yummy goodness disappear.  When doing embroidery of pastries or fruits, choose thread  colors to match hues found in real life. Use deep red for a red velvet cake or sweet Bing cherries. Try pastel yellow hues for a lemon cake, cheesecake or mango slices. If you decide to embroider decorated cookies, go with one color for the cookies and another for the frosting and wording. Embroider birthday sweet treats on napkins and table runners for the grown-up party goers.  It will help get them in the party spirit as it reminds them of those years before when they too only had to choose which yummy treat to eat first. For the kids, create a soft embroidered toy cupcake (beanbag) to put in a goodie bag with a few other small gifts to help them carry the fun home with them.

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For the Birthday Girl

Not that boys don’t like birthdays, but girls LOVE the frilly fun things that are so much fun to embroider on your machine. We’re not talking only about little girls. Older girls enjoy celebrating with embroidered bling and sparkle too. When selecting embroidery designs online for the birthday girl, look for mermaids, princesses, unicorns…flowers, headbands, tiaras, FSL earrings…embroidered tote bag, coin purse, stuffed animal… the list goes on and on. In addition to T-shirts and hats, what about a personalized fabric backpack for each girl full of goodies from the party? You can’t go wrong when you use lots of bright pink, purple, and teal thread colors in your designs for your birthday girl.

Vintage Birthday Designs

Don’t stop with birthday designs for the kiddies! Adults appreciate embroidered designs too! You can find embroidery designs for sale that celebrate people of all ages. Monograms are an elegant way to celebrate both women and men. Embroider monograms on handkerchiefs or golf towels for the guys. If your guy is a sports fan, embroider his sport of choice onto a handkerchief or cooling towel.  For the ladies, monogrammed cloth journals, pen holders, or bookmarks are always welcomed. Place mats and matching napkins with a birthday motif make a beautiful birthday gift as well.  Mug Rugs are all the rage these days and are such a useful gift. Of course, you can always create T-shirts embroidered with cake, balloons, and fun, witty birthday quotes, appropriate for the age of your birthday girl or boy.

If you’re looking to help someone celebrate their birthday by creating something special with machine embroidery, check out OregonPatchWorks now for thousands of embroidery designs to inspire you.



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