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Yarn Stitch Ornaments (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.


Bring a cozy and whimsical look to your Christmas tree with these unique ornaments! Stitch each shape in-the-hoop, adding a ribbon loop. Then cut out the eyelets and stitch them with yarn to add delightful color and texture. We'll show you how!
 


Project Needs & Notes:


- Small pieces of felt
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- Yarn (3-5 weight)
- Ribbon
- Craft knife, seam ripper, or awl
- Tapestry or chenille hand sewing needle (with large eye) for yarn
- Clear or masking tape
- White craft glue (such as tacky glue)

The design featured in this tutorial is:
X13700, Yarn Stitch Ornament - Hat (In-the-Hoop)

Special Notes:
If the embroidered eyelet gets cut while cutting the openings and some of the threads start to come up, simply apply some white craft glue to the cut area and allow it to dry. This will hold the stitches in place and prevent them from unraveling.

Thicker yarns are harder to thread through the eyelets. As an easier alternative, a thinner yarn can be layered over a section more than once or doubled up to get the same effect.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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

Smooth it onto a piece of felt.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Cut out the shape. Remove the paper.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Repeat this process for the back dieline and fabric.


Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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 stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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 stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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 stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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

A tack down will sew next. This holds the front fabric in place for the remainder of the design. Then some of the decorative elements will be embroidered.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

On the color change sheet, look for the note that says "back piece tack down." When you get to this section, stop the machine and remove the hoop from the machine but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Turn the hoop over, so that the backside of the embroidery is facing up.

Cut a piece of ribbon 7" long, and fold it into a loop. Then, position the ribbon on the backside of the ornament so that it is extending out of the top edge. Tape it in place on the back of the embroidery. Also tape the looped end to the hoop to prevent it from sliding around while sewing.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

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

A tack down stitch will sew around the outer edge of the fabric. This binds all the layers together.

Then all the eyelets for the yarn will embroider, followed by the finished satin border.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Once the embroidery is finished, remove the hoop from the machine. Unhoop the stabilizer, and carefully tear it away.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Use an craft knife, awl, or seam ripper to cut a hole inside of each of the eyelets.

For best results, cut an "x" shape inside each of the circles, rather than trying to actually cut the circle area out completely. This way there is less of a chance of cutting the embroidery.

If the embroidered eyelet does get cut, and some of the threads start to come up, simply apply some white craft glue to the cut area and allow it to dry. This will hold the stitches in place and prevent them from unraveling.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Cut a piece of yarn about 20" long, and thread one end into the hand sewing needle.

To make the yarn easier to thread through the needle, fold one end inside clear tape and press it as flat as possible.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Tie a knot on the opposite end of the yarn from the needle. Thread it through the first hole, so that the knot ends up on the back side of the embroidered ornament.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Thread the yarn through the holes to make a design on the front side of the ornament. If the yarn and needle are getting stuck in the holes, cut them open a little more or use a thinner yarn.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Once completed, tie the lose end of the yarn into a knot on the back side of the ornament.

Free project instructions to stitch in-the-hoop yarn stitch ornaments.

Then repeat to thread yarn through all the different patterns in different colors.

Thin yarn can be easier to thread through the eyelets, and simply threading it over the same area more than once creates a fun chunky yarn look.

Yarn Stitch Ornaments (In-the-Hoop)



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