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3D Classic Retro Truck
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating a classic retro truck, in-the-hoop.

Free project instructions for creating a classic retro truck, in-the-hoop.


Craft a bit of nostalgia with this unique 3D retro truck embroidery design! Stitch each freestanding piece in-the-hoop using fabric as the base, then hand-sew together to assemble. Park you truck on tabletops, mantels, and more -- for Christmas or anytime at all. Follow these instructions to create your own!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/3 yard quilter's cotton or linen (for outer fabric)
- Water-soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Medium weight cutaway stabilizer
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors
- Hand sewing needle and thread or clear glue (if preferred)
- Iron
- Ironing board
- Pressing cloth

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14834, 3D Classic Retro Truck (In-the-Hoop)

Finished sizes:
Large: 5" tall x 2 1/2" wide x 9" long
Medium: 3 1/2" tall x 2" wide x 6 1/2" long
Small: 2 1/4" tall x 1 1/4" wide x 4" long

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Freestanding fabric and embroidery designs have been specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. After the stabilizer is removed, beautiful fabric and embroidery remains.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

When you download the truck design, you will find multiple files. Some are the embroidery files, and the others are dieline files marked with the letters "DL". Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the correct shape and size.

Open and print each dieline file using embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

First spray one side of a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Smooth the stabilizer onto the wrong side of the fabric piece.


Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Then spray the back side of the printed, front piece dieline with temporary adhesive, and smooth it onto the right side of the fabric. As all the front and back pieces need to have cutaway stabilizer on them, also spray and place the back dieline piece.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Cut the dieline shapes out of the adhered fabric and cutaway stabilizer. Then remove the paper dieline. For this design the front and back fabric pieces for every file will have cutaway stabilizer on them.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

There are a couple of different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer.
One is clear and plastic, and that brand is Sulky Ultra Solvy. The other is soft and fibrous, called Vilene. Both will work very well. Vilene is used in this demonstration.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. That means it will make smaller holes in the stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Hoop the stabilizer firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Attach the hoop onto the machine, and load the first embroidery file (not the dieline files).

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline (or outline stitch). This marks the area on the stabilizer where the fabric piece will be placed.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

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

Spray the stabilizer side of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive. Smooth the fabric piece onto the stabilizer inside of the sewn dieline.

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Then place the hoop back onto the machine, and embroider the tackdown for the front fabric piece. The tackdown will hold the fabric piece in place for the remainder of the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

After the front fabric piece is in place, all of the inner details of the embroidery will sew out.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

If sewing files "a" or "b", stop before sewing the freestanding "gate" to wind a matching bobbin.

If sewing files "c" - "g", continue onto placing the back piece.

As freestanding embroidery will be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin with the same thread that is being used in the top needle.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

For files "a" and "b", sew the freestanding embroidery "gate" with a matching bobbin.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

For all files, stop before sewing the "back piece tackdown" step.

Remove the hoop from the machine, and turn it over so the back side of the embroidery is facing up. Spray the stabilizer of the back fabric piece with temporary adhesive, and smooth it into place on the back side of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

As all the embroidery from here on out will be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin to match each of the remaining thread colors used into the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Place the bobbin into the machine, and follow the color change sheet to embroider the "back piece tackdown".

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Then change out the bobbin, and embroider the "tire finishing seam" for files "a" and "b".

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

With a matching bobbin, embroider the "finishing truck borders" for all files. This will cover all the remaining raw fabric edges, and finish the sew out.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess. For Vilene, soak the embroidered fabric for 2-4 hours.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Allow the piece to air dry, and then press it with a pressing cloth on top.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Repeat the steps above to embroider the rest of the pieces.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

In this tutorial, the truck is assembled using a hand sewing needle and thread matching the embroidered border. If preferred, a hot glue gun or other clear glue of your choice can be used to assemble the truck.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

To assemble the truck, pick up one side piece (file "a" or "b") and the base piece (file "c"). Match up one long side of the base piece with the bottom edge of the side piece.

Make sure the right side of the base piece is against the wrong side of the side piece. Sew or glue from the back corner to where the wheel fender sticks out of the bottom edge of the side piece.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Then repeat to sew or glue from the front corner to where the front wheel fender sticks out of the bottom edge of the side piece.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Finally, sew or glue the two pieces together along the straight edge in between the front and back wheel fenders. You do not need to attach the pieces together behind the wheels or wheel fenders.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Repeat the previous steps to sew or glue the remaining side piece onto the opposite side of the base piece.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Next, take the tailgate piece (file "d"), and match the bottom edge up with the back edge of the base piece. Sew or glue the two pieces together along this edge.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Then take the front piece (file "e"), and match the bottom edge up with front edge of the base piece. Sew or glue the two pieces together along this edge.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Take the hood piece (file "f"), and match the bottom edge up with the top edge of the front piece (file "e"). Sew or glue the two pieces together along this edge.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Next, take the roof piece (file "g"), and match one shorter side up with the top straight edge of either side piece ("a" or "b"). Sew or glue the two pieces together along this edge.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

To finish the back of the truck, fold the tailgate (file "d") up, and sew or glue one side onto the adjacent back edge of the side piece.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Then repeat to sew or glue the opposite sides together.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

To finish the front of the truck, fold up the connected front (file "e") and hood (file "f"). Sew or glue one side onto the adjacent side piece's edge.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Then repeat to sew or glue the opposite sides together.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop 3D Classic Retro Truck..

Finally, sew the remaining short side of the roof (file "g") onto the opposite side piece.

3D Classic Retro Truck (In-the-Hoop)



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