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Gift Card Holders, In-the-Hoop

Gift Card Holders, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.


Give your friends and family the perfect gift this Christmas season -- a gift card wrapped in its very own in-the-hoop holder! These adorable gift card holders are a festive way to present your loved ones with their holiday surprise.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- 1/4 yard sturdy fabric, such as craft felt, Ultrasuede, twill, or lightweight canvas for front of gift card holder
- 1/2 yard lightweight quilter's cotton for inside and back of gift card holder
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Velcro for closing (optional)
- 1/4" wide ribbon for hanging or closing (optional)

The design featured in this tutorial is X5736, Merry, Frosty Christmas Gift Card Holder (In-the-Hoop). To find more gift card holder designs, click here.

This project was featured in the following:
Christmas Gift Guide Lookbook


Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

In-the-hoop gift card holder designs have one full embroidery file and two dielines.

Dieline files are marked with the letters DL. They're used to cut the fabric to the proper shape and size.

Open the dieline files with embroidery software and print them.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Cut out the shapes.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Place the fabric on top. This example uses craft felt.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Place the dieline for the front of the holder on top of the felt and stabilizer combination.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Cut out the shape for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Next, cut the fabric for the inside of the gift card holder. In this example, quilter's cotton is used.

Place the dieline for the front on top of the cotton, and cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Finally, prepare the fabric for the back of the gift card holder.

Quilter's cotton is used again.

Spray the wrong side of the cotton with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Fold the fabric in half.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Place the dieline for the back of the gift card holder on the fabric.

Align the straight edge of the dieline with the folded edge of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

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.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Use a size 11 sharp sewing needle in the machine rather than an embroidery needle.

A sharp sewing needle is the best choice when embroidering in-the-hoop designs.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Load the full embroidery file (not a dieline file) to your embroidery machine.

Attach the hoop, and begin embroidering the design.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Reference the color change sheet for the design as you stitch. That sheet tells you what is stitched in each step.

CC1 is a dieline, or outline stitch, that traces the shape for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

After that dieline (outline) has sewn, spray the back of the felt and stabilizer piece with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Place that inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Continue embroidering the design. The next thing to stitch is a tack down or zigzag stitch. This binds the fabric to the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Other elements of the design will stitch, such as the gifts and ribbon on this design.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Reference the color change sheet as you stitch.

When you get to the section that says "back piece tack down," stop the machine before embroidering this step.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Remove the hoop from the machine and turn it over.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Spray the back of the inside fabric piece with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Place that on the back of the stabilizer, right inside the sewn shape.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Spray the corners of the back side of the back fabric piece with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Place that piece on the back of the embroidery.

The bottom edge should line up with the bottom edge of the card holder; the folded edge should be on top, near the point.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

The remaining steps will be seen from both sides of the holder. Wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the top.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

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

The remaining steps are tack down stitches, which bind the three layers together, and a satin stitch finish.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

After the design has finished, unhoop the stabilizer and gently tear the excess away.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Use strips of self-adhesive Velcro to make a closure.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Or, cut two 4" strips of 1/4" wide ribbon. Tie knots on one end of each strip.

Thread the ribbon through a tapestry needle and sew one strip of ribbon to the point on on the holder.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Sew the other strip where the point meets the back.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Tie the two together to make a bow.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

To add a hanger, cut a 6" length of ribbon. Tie a knot on one end.

Thread the ribbon through a tapestry needle and sew the ribbon through the top of the holder, about 1/2" from each top corner.

Tie a knot to the other end of the ribbon to secure it in place.

Free project instructions to embroider in-the-hoop gift card holders.

Not only are these gift card holders a festive way to give your friends and family a heartfelt Christmas present, but they're the perfect size to hang on the tree, too!

Gift Card Holders, In-the-Hoop



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