The holidays are finally here and we have a lot to look forward to these coming months. From Christmas to New Years and many birthdays in between (all four of my boy’s birthdays are within a month of each other). It also means the season of giving... For me I enjoy making handmade gifts, it's one of my favorite things about being a maker. Because I have a lot of sewing to do, I like to design projects that are simple enough but also one-of-a kind. That's why I love my Brother machines, they make customizing gifts easy and fun. For this post I want to share how to make custom blankets with my Brother PE800
and Brother ScanNCutDX
, this tutorial can be done on many things from stockings to towels and even t-shirts. Get the details below.


  • Brother PE800
  • Brother ScanNCutDX
  • Pacesetter Lt Weight Water-Soluble Stabilizer
  • Pacesetter Medium Tear-Away Stabilizer
  • Brother Metallic Thread
  • 5” x 7” hoop
  • Fleece blanket
  • 1 yard flannel fabric
  • 1 yard fleece material
  • Heat Vinyl Transfer sheets for fabric
  • Iron

Let’s begin with the Embroidery:

  • For the Embroidery blanket I’m using a purchased fleece blanket.
  • You will want to have an idea of where you’d like the embroidery to go. I’m embroidering on the center of the right bottom corner. My design is about 4”x4”.
  • For the embroidery design, I’m using the built-in lettering from my Brother PE800
    and a laurel wreath that I made. I added the designs together on my touchscreen machine. I’m using Brother metallic thread in gold.
  • Hoop the blanket with a tear away stabilizer on the back side and a water-soluble stabilizer on the front as a topper. When embroidering on materials with piles, you want to use a topper to keep the design from getting lost in the fabric. Mark on top of the stabilizer where you want the design to be.
  • Before embroidery, make sure the design is centered and in the location you marked using the touchscreen.
  • Begin embroidery. Note: When using metallic thread, slow down your machine to the slowest setting. This helps ensure a smooth embroidery process.
  • Once the embroidery is done remove stabilizer. For the top stabilizer, cut it down just around the design and then remove the additional with water.

For the ScanNCut Blanket:

  • I made the blanket but you can buy one. This blanket was simple and small for my toddler son.
  • Begin by cutting the measurements of your blanket - you can adjust however you’d like (mine was 30” x 30” but you can create the dimensions you prefer).
  • Place front and back right sides together, pin and sew leaving a 4” gap along one of the sides (center).
  • Flip right side out. Press seam allowance under the opening and topstitch around the blanket, closing the opening in the process (1/8” from the edge for topstitch).


  • I just started using this and I have been having too much fun. From appliqué to vinyl transfers and more, it’s another hobby I want to continue. I like that I can add the ScanNCut into my sewing projects and designs.
  • For the designs: I used the built-in designs from the ScanNCut for the lettering and laurel wreath. For the deer silhouette, I transferred it from my computer to my ScanNCut
    from the CanvasWorkshop.
    Each design measured about 4” x 4” total.
  • Place the vinyl sheet on the sticky mat. I used some tape at the corner for some extra security.
  • Create your designs on the touchscreen and select placement. Because I used white vinyl, I’m sharing the photo in black. Once the mat is loaded, you choose the cut selection and it cuts it out for you. I also cut most of my designs out on one sheet.
  • Peel the images off the mat. You can use the little spatula as well for the smaller letters and corners.
Follow the vinyl heat transfer directions. Place on desired location. Place a cotton cloth or parchment paper over the design. Press on high (no steam) for 30 seconds. Let cool off. Peel the sticky protectant top off. I kind of went crazy with the Brother ScanNCutDX
for my holiday projects! I made our Christmas jammies and even a mantle banner with the squares from the samples.

Happy Holidays!