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Bunting (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.


Make your decor a little more festive with embroidered bunting! Stitch each triangular flag in-the-hoop, then weave a ribbon through the buttonholes to string them together. Perfect for summertime parties!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/2 yard of linen or quilter's cotton
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Ribbon or cord


Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14077, Wildflower Garden Bunting 3 (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

When you download the In-the-hoop bunting design, you'll find three files. One is an embroidery file, and 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 each dieline file with an embroidery software, and print it. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

First, spray the backside of the two paper dielines with temporary adhesive, and smooth them onto the right side of the fabric. For the front piece only, spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, and smooth it onto the back side of the fabric piece.

Label the pieces as front or back to help keep them from getting mixed up.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Then cut out the pieces, and fold back one corner of the paper to make it easier to remove later.


Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Now that the fabric pieces are ready, hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer tightly.

Madeira E-Zee Tear 1.5 oz. or Floriani Tear- away Medium are good choices. Those brands are more fibrous, less paper-like, and will tear more cleanly.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Attach the hoop to the machine, and load the full embroidery file.

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 front fabric piece.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

After the dieline has sewn, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Remove the paper dieline, and spray the back side of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive. Then smooth the fabric piece right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Then continue to embroider the design. The next thing to sew will be the front piece tackdown which will hold the fabric in place for the remainder of the design.

Then all of the inner details will embroider. Make sure to stop the machine before sewing the "back piece tackdown."

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Before sewing the "back piece tackdown" step, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Turn the hoop over so that the backside of the embroidery is facing up. Then spray the backside of the back fabric piece, and smooth it into place on the back of the embroidered area.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

As both sides of the bunting will be seen, wind a bobbin with the same thread that's used in the top needle. Place it into the machine.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Once the bobbin is in place, embroider the "back piece tackdown."

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Then continue to sew the "ribbon slots" with a matching bobbin as well.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Once the embroidery is finished sewing, tear away the excess stabilizer from around the design.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

Using a craft knife and a cutting mat, carefully cut each of the ribbon slots open. If some of the stitching accidentally gets cut, use a small amount of fabric glue to glue it back into place.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop bunting.

After all the holes are cut, use a hand sewing needle with a large eye to thread the ribbon or cord through the holes.

Bunting (In-the-Hoop)



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