The Twelve Days of Christmas–NOW FINISHED 


It has become commonplace in today’s modern world for people to believe the 12 days of Christmas are the days leading to December 25th. Today people fill their homes with decorations and family and friends listen to Christmas carols. Everyone celebrates all through December up until the 25th.

Historically the  12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night.
The 12 Days of Christmas have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration  of Christ’s birth with all of the saints of faith.

Today  we all know the 12 days of Christmas from the beloved Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the Twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids a Milking

7 Swans a Swimming

6 Geese a Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


Sweet Pea 12 days of Christmas

We have tried to match each of the 12 days of the carol to one of our Sweet Pea designs         ( not that easy ) and we will discount that particular design for 24 hours only.

Please watch our YouTube video to see what each day’s discounted design will be( click image below)

Then visit this blog page every day from December 25th for the day’s discount code.


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December sew-a-long, the winners

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The sew-a-long design

the Flower Sewing Kit

Once again we have had a ton of fun in the December sew-a-long. Many of us have been super busy stitching out Christmas projects for our homes and gifts so I think it came as a bit of a welcome relief to make some non Christmassy for a change. The Flower sewing Kit design has proved to be a big hit with you all and we have loved looking at your photos.

We believe these sew-a-longs are a great way for a beginner to start their ‘in the hoop’ journey. We aim to make them fun and achievable for everyone at all different levels of experience.



The prizes

1st Prizes  x 3 …..  1 FREE Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order

2nd Prizes x 3 ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order

3rd Prizes x 3 …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order


The winners


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The Flower Sewing Kit design×7-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

Beautiful heirloom sewing kit with a beautiful flower embroidery on it.  This is a machine embroidery design to sew in the 5x7vhoop.

Very quick and easy to make.  Requires six hoopings  and is perfect for craft markets, gifts etc.  Full photo instructions are provided. The panels are joined together with your sewing machine and there is about 8cm of hand sewing or gluing required.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality in the market

The design comes in all formats except ART.  Bernina’s can use EXP. Formats pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, exp, dst etc.

Comes with English and German instructions


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Learn how to do ‘in the hoop’ FREE puppy zipper purse

Learn how to do in the hoop free puppy purse comes in three hoop sizes 4×4, 5×5 and 6×6.

This design comes with very detailed instructions and will teach you how to do in the hoop.

Full photo instructions and directions are included with your purchase.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality.

Designs come in all formats except ART.  For eg pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst etc

Instructions are included in English and German.


How to download our digital files and instructions

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Instructional videos


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How to convert Australian currency listed on our website to your own currency

Sweet Pea is an Australian Business and whilst our website shows our designs in Australian dollars you can easily change the prices shown to your own currency using our ‘currency selector’ at the top of our website.

Whilst your ‘cart’ will display your purchase in the currency you chose, you will check out using Australian dollars ( AUD) at the most current exchange rate.

Your purchase will come out of your actual bank account in your own currency.

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2016 Christmas Competition 

So many wonderful entries 

We have had a very tough time picking a winner from all the wonderful entries . Each and every one of them look festive and unique.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our competition, your work is amazing and we have had a difficult time in choosing a winner.

Our Winner of our first ever Christmas Competition is    Sandy Kiester‎.

Sandy’s winning entry was made with a combination of blocks from two of our designs. The diagonal block from the Diagonal tote bag and the Dear Allison Block #10.

Sandy made this as a gift and wasn’t sure if it would be used as a table Runner or Wall Hanging, so she just added 2 buttons at the top & ribbon for her friend to choose the option.

Sandy also had a few more entries in this competition and whilst it was the above entry that caught our eye, her other entries were wonderful as well.
What we loved about Sandy’s entry is that Sandy’s largest hoop is the 4×4 and she still has managed to achieve such wonderful results with imagination, creativity and talent.

Congratulations Sandy, we are sure the recipients of your wonderful gifts will treasure them.

The following video has just a handful of the fantastic work entered into the competition.


 Christmas is a perfect time to ‘deck the halls’ of our homes with festive decorations .

Often these decorations become heirlooms, being brought out year after year with wonderful memories attached to them. Sometimes these decorations commemorate a child’s first Christmas or even to celebrate adult children coming home to visit. Whatever the reason these decorations become part of our family’s history.  Being able to make your own unique decorations attach even more importance to them.

For more quick and easy Christmas designs

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December ‘in the hoop’ Sew-a-Long

Welcome to Sweet Pea December

Sew- a-Long


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2 weeks…8th to 22nd December (Australian time)

To join this sew along we ask that you agree to stitch out the design within the 2 week time frame, and post a photo of your Sweet Pea Flower Sewing Kit in the Sweet Pea December Sew -a-long Facebook group),

NOT share the discount code or files with ANYONE,

if you know someone who wants to join please send them here to join us.


The design is usually $10 AUD and with a $3 AUD discount this sew along will cost $7 AUD.

Discount Code to be entered at purchase

Your sew along code is: sewkit

Please enter the code at checkout. The file is an instant download from the website.

Design web address is×7-hoop-machine-embroidery-design


Instructional Videos on YouTube

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Parts 4 & 5

Part 6


We will be judging the best photos…(9 amazing prizes )


1st Prizes  x 3 …..  1 FREE Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order

2nd Prizes x 3 ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order

3rd Prizes x 3 …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order

To be eligible for judging

if you want to enter the competition for this sew-a-long there cannot be any design changes … we will permit words ( a person’s name etc) to be embroidered on any of the panels but no extra designs are to be embroidered. The design is the six blocks only and none are to be repeated or added or left off. If you don’t want to use a Kam snap that is fine, we will allow any type of closure 🙂

We make these rules so everyone in this sew-a-long is on a level playing field and that we are judging the actual design how it was intended to be .

If you wish to make changes that is fine but just know it won’t be eligible for judging.


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Christmas Holly ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery designs


Holly and greenery at Christmas

 Christmas will be here soon and many of us will be decorating our homes with beautiful bright Christmas plants. Some of the Christmas plants include mistletoe, poinsettia, Christmas wreaths, Christmas trees, Holly and more.  Here’s some quick facts and history on these plants and why they are used at Christmas.

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Mistletoe (Viscum album)

One of the many plants famously used at Christmas is mistletoe also known as the kissing plants.  A Scandinavian myth believes the poisonous plants were used, as a peace offering after a goddess’ was heart broken after the plant killed her son.  The tears of the goddess became the berries of the plants therefore making the plant sacred as “mistletoe would never again be used as a weapon and that she would place a kiss on anyone who passed under it.”  Mistletoe relates to Christmas, as the Druids believed mistletoe protected people against evil and used the plant to produce cures. Modern use as a seasonal plant around Christmas time started, as young druids would use mistletoe to signify the New Year.

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 Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

 The poinsettia plant is beautiful therefore it’s no wonder this has been a symbol of Christmas for many many years. According to a legend, a poor young girl was upset after had nothing to offer her church on Christmas. So the girl presented bright and green weeds that she found close to the church. During the service on Christmas eve these weeds turned into the beautiful red star-shaped flowers (poinsettia). The meaning of these flowers represent offering gifts of humility therefore the perfect flower at Christmas known as the ‘Holy Night Flower’

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Christmas Wreath and Tree

The Christmas wreath is often seen on doors and used as decorations around Christmas starting from pagan roots. Before the spread of Christianity these wreaths were a symbol in the wintertime as they had strength and unity. This symbolism was particular important in winter to enable those facing the hazards of cold weather to show strength.  The circle of the wreath is a symbol of eternal life a strong message at Christmas time. According to legends the pine trees used as Christmas trees signify the trinity of Creator, Son and Holy Spirit with the triangular outline.

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Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

History finds that holly grew around footsteps of Jesus Christ and the thorny leaves and red berries symbolise the blood shed from Jesus on the cross. Holly is known as ‘Christ’s Thorn’ in northern European countries.  The sharp leaves are a representation of the crown of thorns Jesus wore as he was crucified.  The bright red berries of the holly plant are a symbol of the drops of blood shed from Jesus. Therefore Holly is and still is a very strong Christian symbol of Christmas and Sweet Pea has made lots of beautiful Christmas designs featuring Holly.

Holly and Christmas Trees in our ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery designs

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The Colouring in Craze for Embroidery, an Anti-Stress Remedy.

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Simply sitting and clearing your mind can be relaxing, away from today’s technology and fast paced environment. Sometimes we just need an escape to relax our mind and wind down. We already know embroidery is our escape from reality and Sweet Pea has made it possible to use colouring as another perfect way to escape reality.  The hypnotic and calming craze is the perfect way to distract the brain.  The sense of satisfaction you feel after creating a beautiful original design can have a positive effect on the rest of your day.

Engaging our hands and our mind as we focus on colouring in between the lines is new and delightful. Join the kids and grandkids for a day of fun helping each other create a fun new project. We found that studies suggest adults 65 and over who are creative had better health overall as they required fewer visits to the doctor and had fewer health concerns than non-crafters. Furthermore, studies suggest rhythmic activities such as colouring, knitting, crocheting or quilting are beneficial as they provide a meditative state allowing you to forget about any worries or stress.  So why not combine our love of embroidery, quilting and sewing and dive into the creative anti-stress craze of colouring.

As we’ve known for many years kids love colouring in and they also benefit greatly from colouring at an early age. Colouring in improves motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and better handwriting that prepare them for school. Kids that colour when they’re young get creative, colour awareness and self-expression that can benefit them for the rest of their life.

Instead of buying a colouring in book why not personalise something unique that you can enjoy for years to come.  Instead of walking through aisles and aisles of fabric and not finding the perfect colours for you this is the way to create your own designs or even create a new fun activity for the kids and grandkids.  Sweet Pea has expanded this colouring in craze to benefit you and your design freedom. Here are some or our best-selling colouring in designs.

Perfect for Adults and Children

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