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North Pole Envelope, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.


Slip letters to Santa, Christmas cards, photographs, or even gift cards into this sweet envelope for the holidays! A sweet way to share your Christmas spirit with friends and family.

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard of felt for the envelope
- A small piece of felt for the stamp
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Tearaway stabilizer
- Velcro for closing

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13002, North Pole Envelope (In-the-Hoop)


Special Notes
This envelope is not intended to send in the mail on its own. If you'd like to send it, we recommend putting it in a new envelope to ensure it doesn't get damaged. This will protect the embroidered envelope and ensure that it makes it to the recipient safe and sound.



Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Each envelope design has four files.

One is the embroidery file and the other three are dieline files. The dieline files are marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open the dieline 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 make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Spray the backside of the front dieline printout with temporary adhesive.

Smooth each the dieline onto a piece of felt.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Cut out the shape, and repeat these steps for the back piece.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

For the stamp applique piece, spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer and smooth felt onto the stabilizer.

Next spray the paper dieline and smooth it onto the felt.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

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 make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full pocket 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 where we'll place the pocket fabric piece.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Spray the back of the pocket piece with temporary adhesive.

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

Place the fabric piece right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

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

A running stitch tack down will sew next. This binds the fabric in place for the remainder of the design.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Continue embroidering the design.

The design elements on the envelope and stamp dieline will be embroidered.

On the color change sheet, look for the note that says "stamp tack down."

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

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Next, spray the back of the stamp piece and place it within the dieline shape.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Reattach the hoop onto the machine.

Continue the design.

A running stitch tack down will sew the stamp to the envelope.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

After the felt piece is sewn down, the decorative elements will sew.

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. Do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

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

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

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

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

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

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

A tack down stitch will sew around the outer edge of the envelope. This binds all the layers together and finishes the embroidery.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

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 make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Also carefully tear away the stabilizer left on the backside and inside the envelope.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Use circles or strips of self-adhesive Velcro to make a closure.

Free project instructions to make North Pole envelope in the hoop.

Give cards to friends and family, letters to Santa, or gift cards with this sweet in-the-hoop envelope.

You can also fill them with family photos or drawings, making them the perfect personal gift for the holidays.

North Pole Envelope, In-the-Hoop



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