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Classic & Creative Uses for
Corner Designs

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.


Classic corner designs are most often used on placemats, pockets, and napkins thanks to their small size. Get creative with your corners using the fun placement ideas and embroidery tips in this tutorial!
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Linen napkins
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking

Designs used in this tutorial include:

E5857, Alhena Swirl Corner
E3298, Bluebird of Happiness Corner
K9006, Celtic Knotwork Owl
A9692, Celtic Knotwork Corner
E6764, Lovebird Heart Corner

D7025, Argyle Corner
D7042, Delft Blue Floral Corner 2
Free video with instructions on creative uses for corner designs.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Corner designs are L-shaped; a perfect fit for napkins, placemats, and pockets.

It can be tricky to hoop the fabric and stitch close to the edge. This project demonstrates a technique for stitching corner designs, and also shares creative and non-traditional use ideas.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
We'll begin with a classic use, and embroider the design onto a linen napkin.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Arrange the template on the napkin.

After it's placed where the design will be stitched, mark the center point, and the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Because the design is placed so close to the edge, it's evident that not all of the napkin can be hooped.

When all of the fabric can't be hooped with the stabilizer, use temporary spray adhesive to bind the fabric and stabilizer together.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer a little larger than the hoop.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Spray it with temporary adhesive.

Smooth the napkin on top, leaving excess stabilizer on the sides for hooping.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Hoop as much as possible, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

In this example, two sides of the napkin are in the hoop.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
The napkin can be embroidered just like this.

But, if the design were rotated 45 degrees counter-clockwise, and the napkin rotated 45 degrees also, then more of the napkin could be hooped.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
To do that, use embroidery software to rotate the design.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Print a template of the rotated design.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Arrange the template on the napkin, and mark the center point and the axis lines.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Hoop the napkin and stabilizer together, lining up the axis lines with the marks on the hoop.

Note that by rotating the design and napkin, more of the napkin is hooped.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Either orientation will work fine. But generally when embroidering, it's best to have as much fabric hooped as possible.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design.

A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is a fine choice for linen or cloth napkins.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
After embroidering, trim the stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Make 2, 4, 6, 8 or more for your dining table.

Those are the basic steps for using a corner design on a napkin. Next, take a look at these creative and non-traditional uses for corner designs.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
A corner design adds a splash of color to this t-shirt.

Popular areas for designs include the left chest, and the hip area.

Selma from California liked the Rosemaling corner design. When she turned her head a bit, she thought of a different place to stitch it.

By rotating the design 45 degrees, the design becomes a fashionable feature to this shirt.

Seeing this creative twist on a corner is inspiring. Thanks, Selma!

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
In this example, a corner design is used to frame a larger design.

This technique is an excellent one to use if you want to fill a large space, but have a small hoop.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
This sweatshirt cardigan has a design on the back and front, and a coordinating corner on the pocket.

Marie-Antoinette from France used one corner design to make this pillow cover.

She mirrored the design both horizontally and vertically and spaced the stitchouts to make a magnificent feature.

The design used here is Celtic Corner 2.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Inspired by Marie-Antoinette's example above, we created this pillow cover with an argyle corner design.

One corner is stitched four times to form an eye-catching focal piece. When embroidering, you can either rotate the design 90 degrees, or rotate the fabric.

Free project instructions for creative uses for corner designs.
Here a corner design is added to a tea towel, but I mirrored it so one is facing left, and the other is facing right.

Add a corner design (or a few!) to your next project to create a masterpiece that is all your own.

Classic and Creative Uses for Corner Designs



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Products used in this Project:

Alhena Swirl Corner $2.49 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 4.91" | 3.84" x 3.88"

Bluebird of Happiness Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.08" x 5.86" | 5.03" x 4.83" | 3.86" x 3.72"

Celtic Knotwork Owl $5.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.36" x 9.39" | 3.91" x 6.85" | 2.22" x 3.88"

Celtic Knotwork Corner $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.85"

Lovebird Heart Corner $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.84" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.87"

Argyle Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 4.89" | 3.82" x 3.86"

Delft Blue Floral Corner 2 $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.85"

Sunflower Corner (Toile) $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 5.86" | 4.85" x 4.86" | 3.84" x 3.84"

Camellia Corner (Toile) $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.88" x 5.85" | 4.87" x 4.85" | 3.86" x 3.85"

Weigela Corner (Toile) $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 5.84" | 4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.84"

Peony Corner (Toile) $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.83" x 5.84" | 4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.85"

Clematis Corner (Toile) $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 5.85" | 4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.86"

Rose Corner (Toile) $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 5.96" | 4.78" x 4.87" | 3.78" x 3.85"

Daisy Corner (Toile) $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.87" x 5.85" | 4.87" x 4.85" | 3.87" x 3.86"