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Embroidered Pockets, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to create a lace heart pocket.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.


Add a charming pocket to the front of your apron, tote bag, or jacket with these in-the-hoop embroidery designs! Perfect for keeping your essentials close at hand, and adding a colorful look to any project.

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard quilter's cotton
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking

The designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13195, Floral Pocket (In-the-Hoop)

- X13190, Geometric Pocket (In-the-Hoop)
- X13192, Heart Pocket (In-the-Hoop)


Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Each pocket design has four files.

Two are the embroidery files and the other two are dieline files. File "a" is the embroidery file that creates the pocket, and file "b" is what attaches it to your project.

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 create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

To prepare the fabric piece for the front of the pocket, spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary stabilizer.

Smooth the fabric on top.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Cut around the paper dieline and spray the back of it with temporary spray adhesive.

Smooth it onto the fabric and stabilizer.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Cut out both shapes, and remove the paper.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

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 create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design labeled with an "a" (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 for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

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 create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Attach 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.

Next all of the inside elements will be embroidered.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

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.

Spray the backside of the back fabric piece with adhesive. Turn the hoop over and place the back fabric inside the shape on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

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

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, 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 pocket, binding the layers together, and a finished edge will sew along the top opening of the pocket.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Once the embroidery is finished, 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 create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Print a template of your design from an embroidery software.

Place the template where you would like the pocket to go on your project.

Using an air-erase pen, mark the center point and the vertical and horizontal axis lines for the pocket.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer and smooth it on the back of where you will be embroidering.

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

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design labeled with a "b" (not the dieline files).

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline or outline. This marks the area for the pocket to go.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

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

Spray the back edges of the pocket with temporary adhesive, and carefully place the fabric right inside the sewn outline.

Be sure that the edges of the pocket line right up to the dieline stitches to be sure the pocket will get properly sewn into place.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue embroidering.

A final tack down stitch will hold the pocket in place, and the the final finished edges will sew.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Once finished embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer on the back, leaving about 1/2" around the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Slip cooking utensils (or the recipe you're working with!) into the pocket of your apron with this tasty embroidery idea.

Free project instructions to create embroidered pockets, In-the-Hoop.

Corral all your crafting gear in one place with a fabulous pocket added to the front of your tote.

Embroidered Pockets, In-the-Hoop



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Products used in this Project:

Sale
Heart Pocket (In-the-Hoop) $1.39

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.82" x 4.80" | 3.86" x 2.74"

Sale
Floral Pocket (In-the-Hoop) $1.39

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.86" x 4.39" | 3.87" x 2.49"