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Wedding Cake Pincushion
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions to create a In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.


Celebrate your special day (or the wedding of a loved one!) with this in-the-hoop cake! Three tiers of delicious embroidery make it the perfect addition to any love story.

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard of quilter's cotton
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- Polyester fiberfill
- Needle for hand sewing
- Glue (optional to attach tiers)

The design featured in this tutorial is:
- X13363, Wedding Cake (In-the-Hoop)

Finished Size: 4 1/2" x 2" (with all three tiers)

Special Notes:
The in-the-hoop wedding cake is made up of three tiers stacked and sewn together. The embroidery files a, b, and c make the smallest tier. Files d, e, and f make the medium sized tier. File g, h, and i make the largest tier.

Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

When you download the in-the-hoop wedding cake design, you'll find 18 files.

Nine are embroidery files (labeled a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i).

The other nine 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 to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

First prepare the fabric piece for the top of the smallest tier size.

Cut around the first paper dieline (labeled with an "a"), and spray the back of it. Smooth it onto the quilter's cotton.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Cut out the shape.

Repeat the above steps to prepare the fabric pieces for the side and bottom of the first tier (the dielines labeled with "b" and "c").


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

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 an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery file "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 stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer where we'll place the fabric piece.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

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

Spray the back of the fabric piece with a temporary adhesive, and place it right inside the sewn dieline.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

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

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

Once the fabric is stitched in place, all of the inner elements will sew.

Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Once the embroidery is finished, unhoop the stabilizer and gently tear it away from the edges.

Make sure to leave the tear-away stabilizer on the back of the fabric piece as this will add structure to the wedding cake.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Repeat the previous steps to embroider the other two pieces of the smallest tier ("b" and "c").

Once they are finished being embroidered, tear away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Now it is time to assemble the first tier.

Match up the short sides of the long piece (piece "b"), and hand sew them together using the same thread used to embroider the border.

This will create a loop, and make sure the embroidered side of the piece is on the outside.

Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Take the top of the tier (piece "a") and the looped side (piece "b"), and line the edges up.

Carefully hand sew around the entire edge to attach the two pieces.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Next, repeat to attach the bottom piece, but make sure to leave a small hole open for stuffing.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Fill the tier with polyester fiberfill through the opening.

Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Sew the opening closed.


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Repeat the steps above to create the medium tier (using files "d", "e", and "f"), and the largest tier (using files "g", "h", and "i").


Free project instructions to create an In-the-Hoop Wedding Cake Pincushion.

Finally, stack the tiers, and hand stitch or glue them together to create a beautiful in-the-hoop wedding cake pincushion.


Wedding Cake (In-the-Hoop)



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Products used in this Project:

Wedding Cake (In-the-Hoop) $5.99

Available in 1 Size:

6.40" x 2.07"