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Crafty Cut Critters (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters


Sweet in-the-hoop animals are delightful transformed into bookmarks, elastic headbands, or even added to a mobile! See how to stitch and assemble these machine embroidery designs in this project tutorial.
 


Project Needs & Notes:


- Small pieces of felt or ultrasuede
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- 1/4"-1" wide elastic
- Masking tape

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13453, Hammerhead Shark (In-the-Hoop)


Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

The in-the-hoop design has three files. One is the full embroidery file. The other two are dieline files marked with the letters DL.

Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size. Open the dielines files with embroidery software and print them.

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

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Spray the backside of the printed dieline for the front of the shark with a small amount of temporary adhesive.

Smooth it onto a piece of felt or UltraSuede.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Cut out the shape. Remove the paper.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Repeat this process for the back dieline and fabric.


Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Now that the fabric pieces are cut to the proper shape and size, it's time to embroider the design.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.

Madeira E-Zee Tear 1.5 oz. or Floriani Tearaway Medium are good choices. Those brands are more fibrous, less paper-like, and will tear more cleanly.


Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design (not the dieline files).

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, so that will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline or outline. This marks the area on the stabilizer for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

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

Place the fabric right inside the sewn outline.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design.

A running stitch tack down will sew next. This holds the front fabric in place for the remainder of the design. Then all of the inside elements will be embroidered.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

On the color change sheet, look for the note that says "finishing seam."

When you get to this section, stop the machine and remove the hoop from the machine but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Next cut a piece of elastic that is 18" long.

Lay it onto the backside of the back fabric piece, so that the center of the elastic strip lines up with the center of the fabric piece. Then tape it in place.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Spray the backside of the back piece with adhesive, and place it inside the shape on the backside of the embroidery.

Tape the elastic to the side of the hoop so that it will not be sewn over in the remaining steps.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Since both sides of the animal with be seen, wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the needle.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

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

A tack down stitch will sew around the outer edge of the shark.

This binds all the layers together.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Once the embroidery is finished, remove the hoop from the machine. Unhoop the stabilizer, and carefully tear it away (the dieline will be removed with the stabilizer).

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

Overlap the elastic ends by 1", making a loop out of the elastic and in-the-hoop shark.

Make sure the elastic is not twisted at all, and sew the two ends together with a sewing machine.

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Crafty Cut Critters

The crafty cut animal with elastic makes a great bookmark for yourself or for the little readers in the family!

Pick up your favorite book, and loop your the elastic band around the pages and the cover as a fun and adorable way to mark your page.

Crafty Cut Critters (In-the-Hoop)



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Products used in this Project:

Sea Dreams Hammerhead (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 3.06"

Sea Dreams Fish (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 3.04"

Sea Dreams Whale (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 2.51"

Sea Dreams Turtle (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 3.74"