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How to make a Soccerball Keyfob 4" x 4" Hoop

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Materials
  • Kinship Keyfob soccer ball design KK4036-KK4061
  • Spray Adhesive Madeira MSA1000 or your favorite
  • Hoop 4” x 4”
  • Cutaway stabilizer (I used 2 layers)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Kam snaps Size 20 (I bought Kam snaps, keyring, clasps)
  • Key ring 1”
  • Lobster Swivel Clasps ( I used Metal Swivel Clasps Lanyard 1 5/8” x 1”)
  • Marine vinyl or another material that will not fray
  • Masking tape or scotch tape
  • Sharp/sharp scissors.

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/DesignPack/1/DPKK216.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4036.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4037.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4038.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4039.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4040.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4041.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4042.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4043.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4044.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4045.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4046.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4047.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4048.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4049.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4050.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4051.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4052.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4053.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4054.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4055.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4056.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4057.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4058.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4059.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4060.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Kinship-Kreations/StockDesign/1/KK4061.aspx

  • Final Product: What You Will Create


    Step 1:
    Hoop your stabilizer. For this project I am using white, but I have been making glitter monogrammed too and the main fabric is black so I actually used black stabilizer. Not required, but if you do not want to see a white edge in the middle that is the solution. Cut out your paper template and center in your hoop and mark the center of the stabilizer. Make sure you use the right vinyl for this as fabric will not be heavy enough. 

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    Step 2:
    Because I used my paper template and know it will adequately fit my hoop I marked the center. Take your hoop to your machine, load your colors. In my case I am going to use 2 colors so the outline and monogram are different colors. My background marine vinyl is white. The hoop is on the machine, design is loaded and colors are selected. I am using:
     
    Color 1: black, this is the placement stitch
    Color 2: black, this is the soccer ball detail
    Color 3: red, this is the monogram
    Color 4: black, this is the final two outlines

    Make sure you read carefully the next steps. After loading a design I ALWAYS do a trace. My machine will accept any size so I want to make sure it is within the hoop size.

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    Step 3:
    Sew placement stitch, cut your vinyl (fabric) slightly larger than your template to make sure you have adequate coverage.

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    Step 4:
    On the front I usually only spray the wrong side of my fabric I am placing on top, but for anyone just starting out I would also tape it or just tape it to make sure it is securely attached to the stabilizer. You want to make sure the fabric is over the placement stitch. You can lay your paper template over it to make sure as a final check that your fabric piece is large enough.

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    Step 5:
    Sew out color 2, which is your soccer ball detail. If you want your monogram black sew that after the outline or if you want to change color like I did change to red and finish. Carefully take the hoop off the machine, but do not unhoop anything.

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    Step 6:
    Make sure you have taken your hoop off the machine and flip it over showing the wrong side. LEAVE everything hooped. This is the underside of the hoop. I cut another piece of vinyl same size as I did for the top and placed it over the placement stitch covering the soccer ball detail and monogram.  

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    Step 7:
    This is what underside looks like with vinyl taped over wrong side of design. This is the bottom of my hoop. It is really a good idea to tape the bottom side of the fabric to the stabilizer as this is where it can curl or move when inserting the hoop back onto the machine before sewing.

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    Step 8:
    Take the hoop back to the machine and finish sewing the outline. When finished sewing you are almost done!

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    Step 9:
    This is what the back should look like when complete. 

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    Step 10:
    Remove the stabilizer from the hoop and rough cut out the design. You want to remove as much as you can without getting too close to the design.

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    Step 11:
    This is where your very sharp scissors are going to be needed. I start with the tab end, and cut around it. I do a snip across the top and then I go down each side being careful not to get to close to the corner. I do a diagonal cut, which makes it easier to cut around the circle.

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    Step 12:
    All cut out! Now for the fun part! I am going to give instructions for those that do not have KAM snaps or the swivel hook. Also, I am not going to show how to use the KAM snaps. There are a ton of resources out there on how to use, but really, it is very simple. The size of the snaps are 20. The only caution is to make sure you have two different snap pieces as one is a male and one is a female. You can see the difference easier on the colored ones than the black, it’s easy. This is for NOT using the KAM snap. Take the 1" keyring and slide over the tab. 

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    Step 13:
    You can fold the tab under or on top, whichever you think looks better. Fold it over and tape down. After adding the keyring  take to your sewing machine and stitch down or you could easily glue it. You are finished with your monogrammed soccer ball keyfob!


    Step 14:
    This is what you need if using KAM snaps. You need 1 key ring, 1 lobster clasp and the KAM snaps to finish. For this one I used red.

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    Step 15:
    Take the awl you received with your KAM snaps and after folding over the tab, poke a hole where you want the snap. I usually place in the middle of the folded over tab to make sure I have enough material showing on the top and the bottom. You do not want the snap to close to the bottom or top.

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    Step 16:
    After removing the awl you can see a tiny hole. If darker fabric I hold up to the light and helps. Push awl all the way through the material. I insert both at the same time to make sure my holes match up. Insert hardware. After placing the tack part of the snap in the hole turn it over and with your fingers push down around the edge of the point. It makes it easier to place the other pieces on the bottom. After securing the snaps with the tool I snap it open and closed a couple times to make sure they are in correctly.

    In the event you put the snap in wrong there are several video's on Utube on how to remove. Here is some other info I found: apply a small amount of heat to the smushed cap prong at the center of the snap which holds the snap together. The heat will melt the prong, which will allow you to simply pull the 2 pieces of the snap apart. You can use a soldering tool if you have one (eBay has inexpensive “soldering pencils”), the tip of a glue gun, or just heat up the tip of a fork tine, meat thermometer, or screwdriver over a flame on the stove and quickly place it against the prong to melt it.

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    Step 17:
    Here is your finished monogrammed soccer ball keyfob.  

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    Meet The Author: Jayne Monsipapa
    Jayne Monsipapa has been digitizing for 24 years. It all started after walking into a sewing store in 1993 to buy a couple spools of thread and there was a sewing machine hooked up to a computer! Embroidering the designs were fun at first, but it did not take much to get hooked on digitizing. From 1993 until 1999 she worked on her digitizing skills and found her designs sewed out very good. With her husband’s encouragement Kinship Kreations LLC began in 1999 selling designs online. In those early years she took classes with both Walt Floriani and Lee Caroselli (Balboa Embroidery) who are both very talented and successful digitizers. Jayne joined the EmbroideryDesigns team in 2008.

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