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Candy Cane Holders, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Free project instructions to make candy cane holders in-the-hoop.


Add a sweet look to your Christmas tree with embroidered candy cane holders. Fun and festive, the quick-stitching designs have been specially digitized to sew entirely in the hoop. Hang them on your tree, or use as a tasty gift tag!

When choosing candy canes for your holders, choose Spangler traditional candy canes that are 1/2 ounce and 5 3/4" - 6" long.
 


Project Needs & Notes


- Two 4" x 4" pieces of craft felt
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- 1/8" wide ribbon for hanging
- Masking tape
- Craft knife and pad

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.


Designs used in this tutorial include:
- X7058, Radiant Reindeer Candy Cane Holder (In-the-Hoop)
- X3555, Polar Bear Candy Cane Holder (In-the-Hoop)
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X5737, Snowman Candy Cane Holder (In-the-Hoop)

Special Notes:

Craft felt is an excellent choice, but you can use any good-quality fabric with a tight weave. Denim, twill, linen, chamois, flannel, Ultra suede, and Kona cotton are good choices. Avoid low-grade or loose-weave fabrics, such as cheap quilter's cotton. That type of fabric will fray, and you may see separation and gaps between the border and the fabric.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, not an embroidery needle. A sharp sewing needle has a finer point than an embroidery needle, and it will make cleaner, smaller perforations in the tear-away stabilizer.


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Free project instructions to make candy cane holders in-the-hoop.

When you download a candy cane holder you'll find three files. Two are dielines, and those are marked with the letters DL.

Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size before embroidering.

Open the dieline files with embroidery software and print them. If you don't have software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the felt
on top.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Spray the front dieline printout with temporary adhesive and smooth that on top of the felt.

Cut out the shape.

Repeat this for the back dieline, too.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

After the fabric and stabilizer pieces are cut to the right shape, it's time to embroider the design.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Attach the hoop to the machine. Load the full embroidery file (not the DL files) to the machine.

Embroider the design. Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, not an embroidery needle.

The first thing to sew is a placement stitch for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Spray the back of the front fabric and stabilizer piece with a small amount of temporary adhesive.

Place that piece inside the sewn outline.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Continue embroidering the design. The color change sheet for the design is an excellent guide, and will show you the order that the design stitches.

A tack down stitch will sew, binding the fabric to the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Other elements of the design will sew. Follow along on the color change sheet.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

When you get to the section on the color change sheet that says "back piece tack down," stop the machine and remove the hoop.

Do not remove the stabilizer from the hoop.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Cut a length of ribbon.

Form a loop, and tape it in place on the back fabric and stabilizer piece as shown.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Turn the hoop over and spray the backside of the back piece with temporary adhesive.

P
lace the back piece within the shape on the back of the embroidery.

Tape the ribbon loop on the end of the hoop to keep it out of the way when embroidering.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Since both sides of the candy cane holder will be visible when complete, wind a bobbin with the same thread you are using in the needle.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Attach the hoop to the machine and continue embroidering the design.

A tack down stitch will sew, binding the front and back fabric pieces together. A satin stitch border is a nice, smooth finish.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

The last thing to stitch will be two buttonholes. These will be the openings for inserting the candy cane.

Because we used white felt, we chose white thread for the buttonholes. The buttonholes are seen from both sides, so use the same thread in the bobbin as in the needle.


Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

After the design is completed, unhoop the stabilizer and gently tear it away.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Lay the holder on a self-healing pad. Use a craft knife to cut the buttonholes open

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Slide a candy cane through the buttonholes.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

One of the candy cane holders, X5737, Snowman, uses a fabric applique piece for the snowman's body.

When you download that design, you'll find a fourth file: a dieline
or DL file for the body.

Print the DL file, then use it to cut a fabric piece for the body.

As you embroider the design, you'll find that an outline stitch for the body sews in CC5.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Spray the back of the fabric with temporary adhesive, and place it in the stitched outline.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

A tack down stitch will bind the fabric to the stabilizer.

All the other steps are the same.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Simply slide a candy cane through the buttonholes of the holder and hang this adorable design on your tree this Christmas!

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care -- and embroidered candy canes were seen everywhere! Use the in-the-hoop designs as a stunning stocking stuffer, too.

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop candy cane holders.

Or, use the ribbon to tie them on holiday presents! They're a fun way to bring the sweetness of the season to your gift-giving.

Candy Cane Holders, In-the-Hoop



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