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ITH Christmas Gift Card Holders

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Materials
  • For each gift card holder:
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 2 5 ½” x 4” rectangles of black cotton fabric
  • 1 8” x 4” rectangle of Christmas print cotton fabric or black cotton fabric
  • 1 5 ½” x 4” rectangle of firm fusible interfacing such as Pellon Craft Fuse 809®
  • 13” of 1/8” grosgrain black ribbon
  • Two layers of Fibrous Water Soluble Stabilizer to fit your embroidery hoop
  • Spray adhesive
  • Embroidery Tape
  • Awl
  • Bobbin filled with 60 weight thread to match your border thread
  • Terial Magic® or Magic Sizing®
  • Small ruler
  • Sharpie pen

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The bobbin thread is seen on the back of the border stitches on these gift card holders so it should match the top thread. Your top embroidery thread is 40 weight which is heavier than the 60 weight thread that should be used in your bobbin. Most thread manufacturers offer a 60 weight thread to match their regular embroidery threads. Using regular embroidery thread in the bobbin may produce unexpected results. A regular white bobbin should be used when embroidering the main parts of these designs, just change to the colored bobbin for the final border stitches.


    Step 1:
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    Cut your fabrics to the sizes specified in the Materials list.


    Step 2:
    To reduce fraying of the fabrics starch them heavily and press. Terial Magic® is like a super starch and will produce a crisp fabric with just one application. If using Magic Sizing® spray and press your fabric about 4 times. Fold the 8” x 4” pocket fabric in half. Apply the Pellon Craft Fuse 809® to the back of one of the black 5 ½” x 4” rectangles following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    Step 3:
    Hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer. Run color stop (CS) 1 as a placement line.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the Pellon Craft Fuse side of a black rectangle and position over the placement line so that approximately ½” exceeds the placement line on all sides. Run CS 2 to tack down the top fabric.

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    Step 5:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, and trim the fabric right next to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 6:
    Follow the color chart to embroidery the design. This sample only has a one color design but there are color changes in a few of the designs. Stop stitching before you sew the last two color stops.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the hoop from the machine and place the hoop face down on a flat surface. Lay the ruler across the gift card holder at the point that the angled portion begins. And mark two lines on the stabilizer. These marks will tell you the height at which you will place the pocket. 

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    Step 8:
    Spray adhesive on the remaining black fabric rectangle and position over the back of the gift card holder so that approximately ½” of fabric exceeds the placement lines.

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    Step 9:
    Position the top of the pocket with the drawn lines and tape into position along the side edges of the fabrics. Tip: Extend the tape all the way to the top of the hoop if you have any problems with it coming loose while stitching the pockets down.  

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    Step 10:
    Remember to change your bobbin to the matching thread bobbin.

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    Step 11:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the next to last color stop to tack down the back fabric and the pocket.

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    Step 12:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, trim the back fabrics right next to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 13:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the final color stop to border the gift card holder.

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    Step 14:
    Cut away the stabilizer about ¼” around the project. Open the hole with an awl.

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    Step 15:
    Wet a small cloth or sponge with hot water and run around the edges of the gift card holder to remove the stabilizer.

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    Step 16:
    Cut a 13” length of 1/8th” ribbon and knot the ends together.

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    Step 17:
    Loop the ribbon through the hole to make a hanger.

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    Step 18:
    Insert your gift card into the pocket.

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    Step 19:
    Congratulations your Christmas Gift Card Holder is complete. Make one for everyone on your gift card list!

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    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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