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Treat Holders (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop Easter egg treat holder.

Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.


Make holiday candies extra special with in-the-hoop treat holders! These patterned designs are stitched entirely in the hoop, and have a pocket to hold your choice of candy or treats. Makes a sweet gift for kids of any age!

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard of felt
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- Ribbon for hanger


The designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13266, Easter Egg Treat Holder 1 (In-the-Hoop)


Special Notes:
Using felt for the back pieces will create the best results, as the edges of the back pieces are raw. Using felt will ensure that the fabric will not fray.

Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

The in-the-hoop treat holder design has 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 TrueSizer is a free program to use.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Spray the back side of the printed dieline for the front of the candy holder with a small amount of temporary adhesive.

Smooth it onto a piece of felt.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Cut out the shape. Remove the paper.

Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Repeat this process for the back dielines and fabric.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

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 an in-the-hoop treat holder.

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


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

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 an in-the-hoop treat holder.

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

A tackdown will sew next. This holds the front fabric in place for the remainder of the design.

Then all of the inside elements will be embroidered.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

On the color change sheet, look for the note that says "pocket tack down, outer border."

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

Turn the hoop over.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

To make a hanger, cut a 7" length of ribbon or yarn and fold it into a loop before taping it to the back side of the top back fabric piece.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Some candy holders have stiff felt pieces, like the reindeer antlers in our reindeer candy hugger.  Add the antlers to the back of the front piece before you add the back pieces to the hoop.

Be sure to place the bottom of the antler over the tackdown stitch. Make sure the antlers are evenly spaced apart, and place a piece of masking tape over the top of the felt, to prevent shifting.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Spray the back side of the bottom back fabric piece with adhesive, and place it inside the shape on the back side of the embroidery.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Next, spray and place the top half of the back piece over the bottom piece.

Make sure the top back piece is on top of the bottom back piece. This will make the back opening easier to use when putting candy into the holder.

Tape the ribbon hanger to the side of the hoop, so that it will not be sewn over in the remaining steps.

 


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

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

Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Some of these candy holders, like our Santa candy holder, use two different colors to finish the design. Be sure to match the bobbin thread with both top threads used to complete the design.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

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

A tack down stitch will sew around the outer edge of the treat holder, followed by the finished satin edge. This binds all the layers together.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Once the embroidery is finished, remove the hoop from the machine. Unhoop the stabilizer, and carefully tear it away.


Free project instructions to create an in-the-hoop treat holder.

Fill the treat holder with candy and treats! Give as a adorable sweet gift, or use to create a fun candy hunt for the kids.


Treat Holders (In-the-Hoop)



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