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Napkin Holders, In-the-Hoop

 

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.


Skip the napkin rings: Add fun and colorful flair to your dining table decor with charming in-the-hoop napkin holders. Follow our instructions to learn the best way to embroider these napkin holders right in the hoop for optional results.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- Felt
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Craft knife and cutting pad


Designs used in this tutorial include the large size of the Woodland Fox Napkin Holder (In-the-Hoop) design. Find even more in-the-hoop napkin holder designs here.

Sizing Notes:
The large size of the in-the-hoop napkin holders is perfect for a standard size cloth napkin -- about 18" x 18". Choose a smaller napkin for the small size holders -- about 10" x 10" (cloth cocktail napkins). Paper napkins also fit both sizes nicely and make a great choice.

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Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

In-the-hoop napkin holders have dieline files. These files are used to cut the fabric pieces to the right shape and size.

Download the napkin holder design and unzip it. Extract the files and look for those marked with the letters "DL."

Open the dieline files with your embroidery software and print them. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

To cut the front fabric piece, spray a piece of medium-weight stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Smooth the felt on top of the stabilizer.

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

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Cut out the shape.

Repeat this with the back dieline file to cut a piece of fabric for the back, too.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

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.

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.

Load the full embroidery file (not a dieline file) to your embroidery machine.

Attach the hoop, and begin embroidering the design.

The first thing to stitch is a dieline, or outline, that traces the shape for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

After the dieline has stitched, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Spray the backside of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Place the fabric piece right inside the sewn outline.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

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

A tackdown stitch, also called a zigzag stitch, will sew next. This will bind the fabric to the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Other elements of the design will sew.

Watch for a note on the color change sheet that says "back piece tackdown." When you reach this step, remove the hoop from the machine and turn it over to the backside.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Spray the backside of the back fabric piece with temporary adhesive. Place it right inside the shape on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

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

Another tackdown will stitch. This binds the back piece to the front piece.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

The remaining steps will be seen from both sides. Wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the top.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Continue embroidering the design.

Satin stitch borders add a smooth and sleek finish to the outside, as well as the area to insert the napkin.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

After the design has finished, gently tear away the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Use a craft knife to cut through the layers between the napkin slots.

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

Insert a napkin through the slots (starting at the backside through the bottom hole).

Free project instructions to embroider In-the-Hoop Napkin Holders.

These in-the-hoop napkin holders are the perfect way to add a pop of color and fun to your dining table! Mix and match the colors of the napkins to coordinate with the designs.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Easter Egg Napkin Holder (In-the-Hoop) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.22" x 4.45" | 2.80" x 3.86"

Baby Chick Napkin Holder (In-the-Hoop) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.43" x 4.69" | 3.66" x 3.87"

Turkey Napkin Holder (In-the-Hoop) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.37" x 4.66" | 3.65" x 3.90"