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Santa Cookie Plate with Mug Mat

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Materials
  • Darice Create Your Own Cookie Plate
  • White flannel: 1 piece to fit 5” x 7” hoop per plate, and 1 piece to fit 4” square hoop for mug mat
  • Poly mesh stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread as stated in color sequence sheets
  • 1- 5” x 7” batting
  • 1- 5” x 7” cork
  • 3” x 30” bias cut strip of fabric or purchased binding
  • Sewing thread

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    These plates are fast to stitch and create a great gift not only for Santa, but for neighbors and friends when they are filled with freshly baked cookies. Add a mug mat and Santa will enjoy the gift the little ones leave for him as much as they’ll enjoy the gifts he leaves.

    The plates take about 35-40 minutes each to complete and the mug rug takes about an hour to stitch and finish.


    Step 1:
    Read through the instructions thoroughly before beginning and assemble all the materials needed to complete the project. I have had the plates for about two years, but I did a Google search and they are still available on ebay and etsy. You might also find them at a craft or hobby store. Print out the templates of the designs.

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    Step 2:
    Remove the backing from the plate and remove the paper inserts and set them aside. Cut out the design from the paper template—make sure it will fit behind the insert area.

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    Step 3:
    Cut the flannel pieces and press them well using spray starch.

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    Step 4:
    Hoop one piece of flannel with one piece of poly mesh stabilizer. Load the “I believe” design on the machine and rotate it to fit in the hoop. Stitch the design following the color sequence.

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    Step 5:
    To aid in centering the design, use a pen and mark the flannel outside of the hoop area for the left, right, top, and bottom tick marks. Using one of the paper inserts, quarter fold it and crease. Open up the paper and align the crease lines with the marks made on the outside of the hoop; pin the paper in place. Cut the fabric the same shape as the paper circle.

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    Step 6:
    Flip the plate over and place the embroidered piece right side down over the back of the plate. Using one of the other paper inserts, place the blank side down over the back of the embroidered piece as shown.

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    Step 7:
    Insert the plate back in place aligning the insert into the guides. This plate is completed.

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    Step 8:
    If doing a second plate, repeat the same steps of loading the next design on the machine and stitching it, marking the fabric, and cutting out the fabric.

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    Step 9:
    Place the second embroidery right side down on the back of the plate, add the paper insert, and the back. Make several of these plates and have them ready for holiday baking and gifting.

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    Step 10:
    Now stitch the mug mat. Hoop one layer of flannel with one layer of poly mesh stabilizer. Load the design on the machine.

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    Step 11:
    Stitch the design following the color sequence.

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    Step 12:
    Here is an easy way to create a shape for the mug mat. Use a pen and draw along the outer edge of the hoop. Remove the embroidery from the machine.

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    Step 13:
    Cut out the piece and then remove the excess stabilizer.

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    Step 14:
    Press the piece well, right side down, on a wool felt mat (or terry towel). Place the piece of batting behind the embroidered piece.

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    Step 15:
    Baste the batting and embraided piece together; trim the batting to the same size and shape as the embroidered piece.

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    Step 16:
    Place the cork and embroidered piece wrong sides together and baste the two together.

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    Step 17:
    Trim the cork to the same shape as the embroidered piece. Measure around the outer edge of the mug mat and add about 4-6” for an overlap and easing around the corners.

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    Step 18:
    To make the binding, press the bias cut fabric wrong sides together lengthwise. Apply the binding from the cork side, matching cut edges and adding extra ease around the corners. Overlap or otherwise finish the ends as preferred. If using purchased binding, read and follow the package directions.

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    Step 19:
    Bring the binding to the right side of the mug mat, and press, easing the binding in the corners so there are no puckers.

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    Step 20:
    Use matching embroidery thread in the top and bobbin to stitch the binding down from the right side and press the binding to finish.

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    Step 21:
    Congratulations! Let the children fill the plate with cookies and place a glass of milk on the mug mat and Santa will have a special welcome from them this Christmas Eve.

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    Meet The Author: Ramona Baird
    Ramona Baird has been in the embroidery industry for over 23 years. She and her husband owned a commercial and retail embroidery store in Arizona for many years. She is an experienced digitizer having been mentored by award-winners Pat Williams and Lindee Goodall. Ramona is a contributor to “Creative Machine Embroidery” magazine having 5 covers to her credit. Ramona has worked for Wilcom America and served many years as Education Director for the American Sewing Guild. With a degree in fashion design, she is able to design and execute patterns which Pat Williams says are “out of the box” in creativity and application. Ramona likes to challenge the boundaries of embroidery and bring new and exciting designs, ideas, and projects to EmbroideryDesigns.com. She wants embroiderers of all levels to increase their skills and enjoyment in using their embroidery machine for gift-making and personal pleasure.

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