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ITH 3D Sleigh

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Materials
  • Large embroidery hoop to fit designs (9 ½” x14” was used for the project)
  • Red 40 wt. polyester embroidery thread
  • Sulky Holo Shimmer (or silver metallic thread)
  • White 40 wt. polyester embroidery thread
  • Red bobbin thread
  • White bobbin thread
  • 3 layers of fibrous type water soluble stabilizer for each of the five hoopings
  • Old cardboard cutting board
  • Old quilting pins
  • Glad Press ‘n Seal wrap to cover cutting board
  • Aleen’s Stiffen Quick Spray
  • Styrofoam ¾” x 5” x 6”
  • Small Awl
  • 2- pkgs. Recollections 25 pc. Snowflake Brads
  • Silver applique pins
  • Floral pics
  • Polyester fiber-fil or fake snow

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Any time of year is perfect for stitching seasonal holiday décor. Begin early and create a FSL Sleigh, adorned with snowflakes, for yourself and gifts for family members and friends. There are five files to stitch. The stitch count is heavy to allow the sleigh to stand on its own after assembly, and the stiffening spray makes it board stiff. Snowflake brads inserted into strategically placed eyelets, make assembly very easy and allow the sleigh to be taken apart, stored flat, and re-assembled year after year. The time stated does not allow for drying time. Realistically, it can be completed in a weekend.


    Step 1:
    Read through the instructions thoroughly before beginning and assemble all the materials needed to complete the project. Do not re-size the design. Use a new embroidery needle and wind several bobbins. The five files to the design are:
    • Side 1 (210208SLA)
    • Side 2 (210208SLB)
    • Sleigh Front Panel (210208FRP)
    • Sleigh Back Panel (210208BAP)
    • Sleigh Floor Panel (210208FLP)
    Chose the format for your machine and load the files on the machine. Load plenty of bobbins and put in a new needle. 

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    Step 2:
    Print out and tape together the sections of the paper templates. They can be printed in grayscale or color. Trim around the templates and lay them on an old cutting board. Use sheets of Glad Press ‘n Seal to place over the templates, with the tacky side down to hold the templates in place. If needed, tape down everything.

    For stitching each of the five files, hoop three layers of fibrous water-soluble stabilizer.

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    Step 3:
    Load Side 1, rotating the design to fit the stitching area. Stitch following the color sequence using white bobbin thread for the first two colors which are white and Holo Shimmer for the sleigh runner. Color 3 is red with red bobbin. Color 4 is white (white bobbin thread) and the last color is red again (red bobbin thread).. Remove the piece from the hoop and trim away most of the excess stabilizer. Repeat hooping and stitching Side 2.

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    Step 4:
    For each of the Sleigh Front Panel, Sleigh Back Panel, and Sleigh Floor Panel sections, hoop three layers of WSS stitch color 1 Red (red bobbin thread), color 2 White (white bobbin thread), and color 3 Red (red bobbin thread. 

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    Step 5:
    Hint: because these pieces take quite a while to stitch, if possible place the machine within ear shot for color changes and just let the machine stitch while doing other tasks.

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    Step 6:
    After each piece is stitched, remove the piece from the hoop and trim away most of the excess stabilizer. 

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    Step 7:
    This is how the designs will be “blocked” to retain their shape and size. Here is showing how the stitchouts should be aligned to the appropriate template on the cutting board. You’ll want to be sure to find points on the design, such as the angles on the blades of the sleigh sides 1 and 2, to pin first and then continue to place pins.

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    Step 8:
    So, rinse out stabilizer from each piece just until it is dissolved—most of the stabilizer should remain in the pieces. Work one piece at a time. Rinse, and then pin it over the appropriate template aligning all edges and placing pins all around the edges as needed to make sure the piece is the same shape as the template. I found it helpful to use tweezers to help push the piece into alignment for pinning.

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    Step 9:
    After the piece is pinned, dab it with paper toweling to remove as much excess water as possible. Repeat for all the remaining pieces. When the piece is all but dry, spray it lightly with the Aleen’s Stiffen Quick. Allow that to dry, and then repeat spraying two more times drying well between each coat. Allow the pieces to dry in place overnight. The next day remove the pins—the pieces should be board-stiff.

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    Step 10:
    Now is time for the assembly. Fold in the tabs on the Front and Back, and the side flaps on the Floor. Check all of the eyelets—poke the awl through the eyelets to make sure they are totally open. Lay the pieces out, wrong side up, as shown with the Front piece on the left, the Floor in the middle, and the Back on the right.

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    Step 11:
    Here are the sections that were just stitched. The next slides will show how they should be assembled.

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    Step 12:
    The floor, back, and front panels will be attached together first. Lay them like this (wrong side up), matching the holes as indicated by the arrows.

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    Step 13:
    After those three pieces are assembled, the next step will be to attach the floor sides to the sleigh bottom, matching the eyelets.

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    Step 14:
    Then the front eyelets of the sleigh will be aligned to the tabs on the sleigh front.

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    Step 15:
    The sleigh back eyelets will be aligned to the side tabs on the back panel.

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    Step 16:
    All the eyelets are affixed together with snowflake brads not only to hold all the pieces together, but they also add a decorative element. After the eyelets are aligned, the prongs are place through the eyelets and then the prongs spread apart flat to hold the pieces together.

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    Step 17:
    To begin, place the front, floor, and back panel pieces wrong side up as shown.

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    Step 18:
    Use the awl to open up and help align the eyelets together—you’ll find this is a very useful tool for this.

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    Step 19:
    Align the holes for the front and back to the floor. Here is the view from the top. As you can see, the tabs for the front and back pieces go underneath the floor piece. Insert and affix the eyelets together with the snowflake brads.

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    Step 20:
    Here is what it looks like from the top and from the bottom. When assembling these sections to the sleigh sides, the floor will be facing up, and the wrong side will be to the underside of the sleigh.

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    Step 21:
    Now affix the side back pieces together as shown, aligning eyelets and inserting the brads.

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    Step 22:
    To form the corner at the back, insert the awl from at the lower eyelets and bring them together

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    Step 23:
    and then those eyelets to the lower corner of the back side of the sleigh side. Continue aligning and affixing eyelets,

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    Step 24:
    from the back to the front.

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    Step 25:
    The last brads to insert are decorative ones to the side of the S.

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    Step 26:
    Though the sleigh is pretty stiff, it still needs a little more stabilizing at the runners. Place the Styrofoam between the runners (the 6” going from front to back), and aligning the bottom of the runner flat and even with the bottom of the runner on each side. Use the sequin pins to pin the runner to the Styrofoam, pinning inside the little cross marks so the pins are hidden as much as possible.

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    Step 27:
    Congratulations!!!! Add floral picks of berries and pine, along with small ornaments to fill the sleigh. Enjoy your new ITH 3D Sleigh and be prepared for oodles of compliments and lots of questions about how this can be made from only thread!

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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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