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ITH Christmas Candy Bags

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Materials
  • For each bag:
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 1 9”x 12” craft felt sheet in red, cashmere tan, lime green or black
  • 4” x 6” rectangle of vinyl
  • 8” of 1/8” ribbon
  • 2.5 ounce medium weight cut away stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • Embroidery tape
  • Wrapped and unwrapped candy
  • 3” x 4” self-closing plastic bags (Hobby Lobby)

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The vinyl used in the samples does not give a weight and since it comes in many weights you might have questions as to what vinyl to use. The vinyl used in the samples was purchased at Joann’s Fabrics. It is not the thinnest vinyl they carry, but the 2nd thinnest they carried.


    Step 1:
    Cut your felt sheet as shown.

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    Step 2:
    Tautly hoop your cut away stabilizer and take it to your machine with the cut felt as well as 8” of ribbon and the 4” x 6” rectangle of vinyl.

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    Step 3:
    Run the first color stop (CS) as a placement line for the vinyl.

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    Step 4:
    Lay the vinyl over the placement lines; run the next CS to tack it down; trim the vinyl right up next to the tack down lines.

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    Step 5:
    Run the next CS as a placement line for the felt.

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    Step 6:
    Run the next CS to tack down the felt. These are basting stitches to reduce the amount of pull that the interior stitches will have on the felt and will later be cut away.

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    Step 7:
    Run the next CS as an outline of the design as well as an outline of where to trim the felt.

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    Step 8:
    Trim the felt as close as possible to the interior tack down stitches being careful not to cut the vinyl.

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    Step 9:
    Follow the color chart through the next to last color stop to stitch the details of the design.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Slip the scissors into the cut away stabilizer over the vinyl. Trim the stabilizer away as close to the satin stitch border.

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    Step 11:
    Fold the ribbon in half. Tape the two raw edges about 1” inside the top center of the head. Also tape the top of the ribbon outside the stitching area to the stabilizer to keep it out of the way when you return the hoop to the machine.

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    Step 12:
    Lay one of the remaining pieces of felt across the bottom of the design on the back of the hoop.

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    Step 13:
    Position the remaining felt over the back of the design so that the top felt overlaps the bottom felt by 5/8”. Check to make sure that the top of the top felt and the bottom of the bottom felt exceed the outline stitches of the design, adjust as necessary. Make sure the 5/8” overlay is maintained.

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    Step 14:
    Tape the felt pieces to the cut away stabilizer. To keep the tape from peeling away when you are stitching the final seam, extend the tape all the way across the sides and top and bottom of the hoop.

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    Step 15:
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    Return the hoop to the machine and stitch the final seam.


    Step 16:
    Hold down the back felt and ribbon and trim the front fabric and stabilizer across the top of the bag about 1/8” from the seam.

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    Step 17:
    Hold the ribbon to the front of the work and trim the back felt behind the ribbon.

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    Step 18:
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    Then trim through all layers around the design about 1/8” away from the seam line.


    Step 19:
    Note: When trimming around the design with complex shapes, such as the deer’s antlers, it is perfectly fine to not trim around every detail.
     


    Step 20:
    When using unwrapped or sticky candies that might pick up lint from the felt, place the candies in 3” x 4” self-closing bags before placing the candies in the bag.

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    Step 21:
    Congratulations, your ITH Christmas Candy Bag is complete! Make the whole set!

    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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