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Vinyl Ornament Treat Holder
(In-the-Hoop)

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Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament


Make Christmas delicious with this unique treat holder! Felt and clear vinyl create an ornament with a clever pocket, perfect for slipping in tasty holiday sweets. We'll show you how to stitch your own!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 6" x 6" square of felt
- 6" x 6" square of vinyl
- 2" x 2" square of satin
- 2" x 2" square of medium weight cut away stabilizer
- Tearaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
- Masking tape
- Ribbon for hanger

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14409, Ornament Treat Holder (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

This in-the-hoop Vinyl Candy Ornament design has three files. One is the full embroidery file, and the other two are dieline files marked 'DL'.

The dieline files are marked with the letters "DL". These files are used to cut the fabric pieces to the right shape and size. Each dieline file has two shapes to print and cut out for a total of four shapes total.

Open the dieline 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 for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Tape the printed dieline for the large front piece (X14409_DLfront) to a piece of vinyl.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Spray the back side of the printed dieline (X14409_DLback) for the back fabric pieces with a small amount of temporary adhesive. Smooth it onto a piece of felt.


Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Spray the back side of the printed dieline (X14409_DLfront) for the top of the ornament with a small amount of temporary adhesive. Smooth it onto a piece of satin. Add cut-away stabilizer to the back of the satin fabric.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Cut out the shapes and remove the paper.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

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 for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

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 back fabric pieces.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the back side of the top half of the back fabric piece with adhesive, and place it inside the sewn outline.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Next, spray and place the back bottom piece over the top piece. Make sure the bottom back piece is on top of the top back piece. This will make the back opening easier to use when putting candy into the ornament.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design. A tack down will sew next. This holds the fabric in place for the remainder of the design. Then all of the inside elements will be embroidered.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

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

When you get to this section, stop the machine and remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Lay the vinyl piece over the back pieces. Use masking tape to avoid shifting.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Cut a 7" length of ribbon or yarn and fold it into a loop. Use masking tape to center the loop at the top of the vinyl piece. 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 for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Attach the hoop to the machine and sew the "preliminary vinyl tack downs". Then remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Remove the masking tape.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Return the hoop to the machine. Next, the "vinyl tack down" will sew, followed by the "socket" dieline.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the stabilizer side of "socket" piece with adhesive, and place it inside the sewn dieline/outline.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Since both sides of the ornament will be seen, wind a bobbin with the same thread used for the finishing borders.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

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

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

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Once the embroidery is finished, remove the hoop from the machine and gently tear the ornament from the tear-away stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament

Remove the excess stabilizer from the back of the design, and fill the ornament with candy and treats!

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop vinyl treat holder ornament



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Products used in this Project:

Ornament Treat Holder (In-the-Hoop) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.14" x 4.90" | 2.50" x 3.90"