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Hand Warmers, In-the-Hoop

 

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.


Keep your hands toasty warm during the cold winter months with in-the-hoop hand warmers! Beautiful frosty blue embroidery means they're as beautiful to look at as they are great to have on hand. Simply pop them in the microwave, and they're ready to go!
 


Project Needs & Notes

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Small pieces of wool felt
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Filler -- like dry beans, rice, or flax seed (I used navy beans)
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Needle and thread for some hand sewing

Designs used in this tutorial include the Hand Warmers (In-the-Hoop) designs.

Special Notes: Polyester felt (craft felt) and thread may melt when warming in the microwave, so it's best to use wool felt (or a wool-blend) and rayon thread when stitching these hand warmers.

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Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Hand warmer designs have 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 for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Spray the backside of the front piece dieline with temporary spray adhesive. Smooth that onto the felt.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Cut out the shape and remove the paper.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Repeat this process for the back dieline piece, too.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

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 for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

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 stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Spray just the corners of the back of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive.

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Place the fabric right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Reattach 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.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

All of the inside elements will sew next.

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. Do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Turn the hoop over and spray just the edges of the backside of the back fabric piece with adhesive.

Place the back piece right inside the shape on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.
The remaining steps will be seen from both sides. Wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the top.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

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

A running stitch tack down will sew. This binds all the layers together.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

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 for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Fill the hand warmer through the opening with beans, rice, or flax seed.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.

Hand-stitch the opening closed by stitching along the original tack down seam.

Free project instructions for embroidering In-the-hoop hand warmers.
And your hand warmer is ready to go! Pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm it up.


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

Products used in this Project:

Winter Hand Warmer Square (In-the-Hoop) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.85"

Winter Hand Warmer Heart (In-the-Hoop) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 5.08" | 3.67" x 3.85"

Winter Hand Warmer Circle (In-the-Hoop) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.85"