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Christmas Ornaments,
In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments

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Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments


Bring a cozy and charming look to your Christmas tree with embroidered ornaments! Each of these ornaments are sewn completely in your embroidery hoop, with no additional stitching. Trim your tree with these crafty ornaments, and add them to gifts and cards for an extra-special touch.


Project Needs & Notes

- Fabric for ornament
  (craft felt, denim, twill, linen, chamois,
  flannel, Kona cotton, or Ultra suede)
- Temporary spray adhesive
  (like Gunold KK100)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Tear-away stabilizer
- 7 " of ribbon
- Masking tape

Free video with instructions on how to embroider in-the-hoop Christmas ornaments.

Designs used in this tutorial include:
- X6896, Christmas Stocking Ornament (In-the-Hoop)
- X10128, Christmas Joy Ornament (In-the-Hoop)

Fabric Notes:
Craft felt is an excellent choice, but you can use any good-quality fabric with a tight weave. Denim, twill, linen, chamois, flannel, Ultra suede, and Kona cotton are good choices. Avoid low-grade or loose-weave fabrics, such as flimsy quilter's cotton. That type of fabric will fray, and you may see separation and gaps between the border and the fabric.

This project was featured in the following:
Trim the Tree Lookbook

Trim the Tree Trunk Show Video


In-the-hoop ornament designs have three files. 

One is the full embroidery file, and the other two are dielines. The dieline files are marked with the letters DL. They're used to cut the fabric to the right 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.

Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Smooth the fabric for the ornament on top.

Place the printed dieline for the front of the ornament on top of the felt. Cut out the shape.

Repeat this with the back dieline for the back fabric and stabilizer piece.

Next, hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery file (not the DL files).

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, not an embroidery needle. A sharp sewing needle has a finer point than an embroidery needle, and it makes cleaner, smaller perforations in the tear-away stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to sew is a placement stitch for the front fabric piece.

Spray the stabilizer side of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive.

Place the fabric and stabilizer inside the circle sewn on the stabilizer.

Continue embroidering the design. A tack down or zigzag  stitch will sew, binding the fabric to the tear-away stabilizer.

Continue embroidering the design, referencing the color change sheet as you stitch.

Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments

Look for a note on the color change sheet that says "back piece tack down".

When you reach this step, stop the machine. Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the stabilizer from the hoop. 

Cut a 7" long piece of ribbon and bring the ends of the ribbon together to form a loop. Use a small piece of masking tape to secure the ends of the loop to the top of the backside of the back fabric piece. 

Spray the backside of the back fabric piece with adhesive and place it inside the shape on the backside of the embroidery.

Tape the ribbon to the side of the hoop so that it will not be sewn over in the remaining steps.

Since both sides of the ornament will be visible when complete, wind a bobbin with the same color used in the needle.

Attach the hoop back to the machine. Continue the design.

Another tack down stitch will sew. This binds the front and back fabric together.

The ornament is finished with either a satin stitch border, or a blanket stitch (e-stitch) border.

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



Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments
 

Hang your completed ornament on the Christmas tree to add
a crafty and colorful look to your home. It's beautiful on wreaths, too!

The Merry with Candy Cane Ornament is shown here.

Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments

Tuck in-the-hoop ornaments into gift baskets to add an extra- special homemade touch to holiday presents.

The designs used in this example include the Eat, Drink, and Be Merry ornament, bottle apron, and stitch-filled design.

Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments, such as the Light and Lovely Poinsettia Ornament shown here, are also a fabulous way to dress up a bottle of wine -- use it as a hostess gift or dinner table decor for the holidays.

Free project instructions to make In-the-Hoop Christmas Ornaments

Or, use ribbon to attach an in-the-hoop ornament as a gift tag on Christmas presents.

Here we've tied the Christmas Doodle Holly Ornament to a matching embroidered tea towel featuring the Christmas Doodle Holly design.

Christmas Ornaments, In-the-Hoop



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Products used in this Project:

Let It Snow Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.51" x 3.51"

Ho Ho Ho Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.51" x 3.51"

Antique Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.51" x 3.51"

Joyful Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.51" x 3.51"

Naughty List Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.51" x 3.51"

Nice List Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.51" x 3.51"