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Layered Applique Trivet
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.


Craft cozy and classic accents to complement any kitchen decor! These trivets feature layered applique to create a patchwork look -- without all the piecing. These in-the-hoop designs are simple to stitch -- follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Small pieces of quilter's cotton
- Insul-Bright insulated lining
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X15007, Ohio Star Trivet (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

When you download the in-the-hoop layered applique trivet design, you will find multiple files. One is an embroidery file, 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 each dieline file with embroidery software, and print it. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use. Print enough copies so you can cut out each shape.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

First, spray one side of a piece of Insul-Bright with temporary adhesive. Smooth the Insul-Bright onto the wrong side of the back piece fabric.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Then spray the back side of the printed back piece dieline with temporary adhesive, and smooth it onto the right side of the back fabric.


Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Cut the back dieline shape out of the adhered fabric and Insul-Bright. Then remove the paper dieline.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Next spray the back of all of the remaining paper dielines with temporary adhesive. Then smooth them onto the right side of the appropriate fabrics.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Cut out all the remaining dieline pieces. These should only be fabric, and should not have Insul-Bright on the back.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Once all the fabric pieces are cut to the correct shapes, it's time to embroider the design. Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer. Madeira E-Zee 1.5 oz. or Floriani Tearaway Medium are good choices. Those brands are more fibrous, less like paper, and will tear more cleanly.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

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

Use a 75/11 sharp sewing needle instead of an embroidery needle. The sharp sewing needle has a finer point, and it will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline, sometimes called an outline stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer where the fabric will be placed.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

After the dieline has sewn, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the wrong side of the first fabric piece (here it is the front piece) with temporary adhesive. Place the fabric on the stabilizer inside of the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Then place the hoop back onto the machine, and embroider the tackdown for the previously placed fabric piece. A tackdown holds the fabric piece in the place for the remainder of the design.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Follow the color change sheet until you reach the next dieline step (here it is the star piece).

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Repeat to remove the hoop from the machine, spray the wrong side of the star piece, and place it inside the sewn dieline. Then embroider the tackdown step.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Continue again to follow the color change sheet until you reach the next dieline step (here it is the diamond piece).

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Repeat again to remove the hoop from the machine, spray the wrong side of the fabric piece, place it inside the sewn dieline, and embroider the tackdown step.

Different trivets have different fabric pieces, so look at the color change sheet carefully.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Once all the front fabric pieces are tacked down into place, embroider all of the inner details. Make sure to stop before sewing the "back piece tackdown" step.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Spray the wrong side of the back piece (the Insul-Bright side) with temporary spray adhesive, and smooth it inside the shape on the back side of the embroidery.

This is also where you can place a fabric or ribbon loop to add a hanger to your trivet, if you choose.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

As all the bobbin stitching from here on out will be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin to match the remaining thread color use in the design.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Return the hoop to the machine and embroider the back piece tackdown and finishing seam.

Free project instructions for creating a layered applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Once the embroidery is finished, carefully tear the excess stabilizer away from the outside of the trivet.

Layered Applique Trivet (In-the-Hoop)



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Products used in this Project:

Ohio Star Trivet (In-the-Hoop) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.89" x 6.88" | 5.90" x 5.89" | 4.90" x 4.89"