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Card Caddy Hoopla

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.


Hand embroidery hoops easily transform into a stylish card caddy for your home decor. Bright fabric embroidered with colorful designs creates a pocket to store and display household necessities.

Use different prints and designs for holidays and occasions; spring, summer, and Christmas themes are shown below. Celebrate spring by inserting seed packs, use kitchen designs and tuck in recipe cards, or create a holiday caddy to hold your Christmas cards.
 


Project Needs & Notes

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Wood or plastic hand embroidery hoops
- 1/2 yard lightweight canvas for pocket
- 1/2 yard print quilter's cotton for front
- 1/2 yard felt for back
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Hot glue and gun
- Nylon monofilament thread for inner pocket seams (optional)


For this tutorial, different sizes of designs were used in the different sizes of hoops.

The 12" diameter hoops feature the largest size of the Butterfly Spring Corner design.
The 10" diameter hoops feature the largest size of the Dragonfly Delight Spray design.
The 8" diameter hoops feature the medium size of the Honeybee Blossoms Corner design.

The designs used in the Christmas versions include Festive Joy Horizontal and Trimming the Tree Corner.

This project was featured in the following:
Crafty Christmas Trunk Show Video

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

First, prepare the lightweight canvas for the embroidered pocket.

Place the canvas flat, right side facing up.

Place the hand embroidery hoop in the center, allowing 2" of excess fabric around the hoop. Trace the shape around the outside of the hoop with an air-erase pen.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Find the center of the circle by measuring and dividing by two. Mark the center, and draw a line across the center of the circle.

The area below the line is the area for the embroidery.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software that makes templates, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Cut around the design to make the template easy to position within the shape. Place it in the half-circle where you want to stitch it. Allow at least 1/2" between the top edges of the design and the center line.

Center the design side to side. Allow 1" between the side of the design and the side of the half-circle.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks. These lines will be used for hooping.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Spray the cutaway stabilizer with a bit of temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is right over the center point, and embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away. Leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Fold the fabric, wrong sides together, along the center line of the circle.

Place the fabric flat, embroidered side facing up. Measure and mark 1 1/2" out from the bottom edge of the circle, and draw lines connecting the marks.

This creates fabric allowance around the shape to wrap in the inner embroidery hoop later.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Cut along the line you drew in the above step, cutting through both layers of fabric.

Pin the layers together and sew a 1/4" seam along the top folded edge.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the outside of the inner line (the bottom edge of the first circle shape).

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

To prepare the front fabric, place the hand embroidery hoop on top of the print quilter's cotton and trace the shape.

Measure and mark 1 1/2" out from the traced shape. Draw lines connecting the marks, and cut out the shape.

Place the fabric flat, right side facing up. Align the pocket fabric on top of the full fabric piece, right side facing up, bottom edge of the pocket aligned with the bottom edge of the full fabric piece.

Pin in place. Sew a seam along the existing seam, just to the outside of the inner line of the pocket.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

If you wish, you can divide the pocket into sections. Sew vertical seams through the pocket. Use nylon monofilament thread and sew a seam starting at the top edge of the pocket, and stopping at the seam just to the outside of the inner traced line.

You can sew this seam over any embroidery without harming the stitches or design.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Now it's time to add the fabric to the hoop.

Place the inner section of the hand embroidery hoop flat. Align the traced inner line of the fabric with the edges of the hoop.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Unscrew the outer hoop. Slide the outer hoop over the fabric with the hand screw at the top. Pull the fabric tight and tighten the hand screw.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Add drops of hot glue to the inside of the hoop. Fold the excess fabric over to the back side, and press in place.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

To finish the back, trace the shape of the hoop onto a piece
of felt. Measure and mark about 1/2" in from the traced shape.  Draw lines connecting the marks and cut out the shape along the inner line you just drew.

Add drops of hot glue onto the folded edges of the excess fabric and press the felt in place.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

To make a Christmas version, pick quilter's cotton in a fun, festive fabric and embroider a holiday design onto the pocket.

A bit of holiday ribbon tied in a bow around the hand screw finishes the look.

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

The pockets are a great way to display Christmas cards.

Make several hoops in varying sizes to hold all of your cards (and to create a stylish holiday wall hanging!).

Free project instructions to embroider card caddy hoopla.

Not only do the pockets in these caddies provide a handy place to store seed packets, cards, recipes, and more, but the colorful fabrics and beautiful designs are sure to brighten up your home.

Card Caddy Hoopla



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Products used in this Project:

Butterfly Spring Corner $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.86" x 5.87" | 4.86" x 4.87" | 3.85" x 3.85"

Honeybee Blossoms Corner $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.01" | 4.87" x 4.99" | 3.75" x 3.83"

Christmas Pine Boughs Spray $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.87" x 11.79" | 4.75" x 9.39" | 3.40" x 6.84"