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Spider Webs & Spiders Table Topper

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Materials
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 3 packages of Simplicity®/MD Spider and Ball Trim (Joann’s)
  • ¾ yard of Battilizer ® or low loft batting
  • ½ yard of White Kona® Cloth or 100% quilting cotton
  • 1/4 yard of Orange Fabric with Black Dots 100% cotton fabric (Joann’s)
  • 25” square of Black Kona® cloth
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Black Bobbin for the embroidery and sewing machine
  • Frixion® heat erasable marking pen

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    This table topper was inspired by the cute Spider and Ball trim found at Joann’s, however if you cannot find this specific trim wide black rick rack or black ball trim would be just as cute.


    Step 1:
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    This is a picture of the trim package found at Joann’s. You need 3 packages, but at the time of the writing of this project it was 40% off.


    Step 2:
    To begin this project cut a 25” square of Battilizer®. Fold it into quarters and mark the center with the Frixion® pen.

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    Step 3:
    Cut a 17 ½” square of the white Kona® cloth. Press horizontal and vertical creases.

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    Step 4:
    Cut 2 3” strips of the orange polka dot fabric. Attach 1 strip to each side of the white square. Use a separate strip for each side so that when you cut excess from the sides the remaining strip will be long enough to go across the top and bottom of the square.

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    Step 5:
    Press the seams towards the polka dot fabric. Then trim off the excess strips.

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    Step 6:
    Attach the remaining polka dot strip all the way across the existing borders and white fabric. Press the seams towards the polka dot fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Lay out your Battilizer® square and spray it with spray adhesive or basting spray.

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    Step 8:
    Align the center of your top fabric with the marked dot on the Battilizer® smooth the top over the Battilizer®. As there is no quilting in this table topper we are going to sew the designs through the top fabric and Battilizer® to let the designs serve as quilting.

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    Step 9:
    At each corner of the topper measure 1” in from the side and 1” up from the bottom and draw a line about 4” long with the Frixion® pen.

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    Step 10:
    Print out all 5 of the designs with crosshairs on the print out. Cut out placement templates by cutting out right on the edges of the spider webs and close around the rest of the design. SWB01 will go in the upper left corner.
    SWB02 will go in the upper right corner.
    SWB03 will go in the lower left corner.
    SWB04 will go in the lower right corner.
    SWB05 will go in the center.
    Tape the templates to the lines drawn 1” from the edges of the topper lining up 1” marks with the lines drawn in the corners. You can extend the cross hair lines on the template if desired to assist in hooping. Punch your pen right through the template at the center of the crosshairs to mark the center of the design. Hoop the topper tautly, due to the thickness of hooping the fabric stabilizer was not added to the hooping. Do cut 5 pieces of stabilizer the size normally cut for your 5” x 7” hoop. They will be floated underneath the hoop when the hoop is put in the machine.

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    Step 11:
    Put a black bobbin in your embroidery machine. Blackwork always looks sharper when a black bobbin is used.

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    Step 12:
    Insert the hoop in your machine. Float a piece of stabilizer under the hoop.

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    Step 13:
    Center your needle directly over the center of the design.

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    Step 14:
    Stitch each design following its color chart.

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    Step 15:
    Trim the stabilizer around each design.

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    Step 16:
    Your topper will now look like this photo.

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    Step 17:
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    Trim each border to a finished size of 2.5”.


    Step 18:
    Lay the topper face down on the black Kona® cloth and trim the black to the same size as the topper.

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    Step 19:
    Pin or clip the fabrics together. Stitch around the topper with a ¼” seam allowance leaving a 5” opening to turn the topper right side out. A ¼” presser foot was used for this step.

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    Step 20:
    Clip across all corners and turn the topper right side out through the opening. Use a point turner to push the corners out.

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    Step 21:
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    Press around all the edges of the topper, turn under the ¼” seam allowances at the opening and press. Edge stitch the opening shut.


    Step 22:
    If you used a ¼” presser foot for Step 19 switch to a regular presser foot and zigzag the ends of the three yards of trim together. Then switch to a zipper foot to attach the trim. The zipper foot was useful in keeping the stitches off of the little legs of the spiders. Start attaching the trim in the center of one of the sides. Edge stitch the trim to the outside edge of the border first.

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    Step 23:
    Sew slowly pulling out each spider in the trim as necessary to keep from stitching its legs. Stitch right to the edge of each corner and cut your threads, then fold the trim back on its self to turn the corner and repeat for all the other corners. When you get back to where you started, cut off the trim, put your regular presser foot back on and zigzag the end of the trim to the beginning of the trim right through the topper.

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    Step 24:
    Put your regular presser foot back on the machine and stitch the inside of the trim around the topper. I used a ¼” presser foot in this photo, but the regular presser foot would be fine as it is used in the next step.

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    Step 25:
    Top stitch ¼” around the inside edge of the border.

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    Step 26:
    If you have any gaps in the trim where you joined it together it is easy to remove a spider from the excess trim and hand stitch it to fill the gaps.

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    Step 27:
    Congratulations your Spider Webs & Spiders Table topper is complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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