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ITH Mylar Spring Table Topper

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Materials
  • 13” x 17” each of:
  • White Kona Cotton for front embroidery and backing
  • White cotton batting
  • 1-sheet iridescent mylar for embroidery
  • 1-fat quarter for binding
  • Embroidery thread as stated in color sequence
  • Poly mesh stabilizer
  • KK2000

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Mylar adds a touch of sparkle to this cute and quick to stitch mat. Use mylar manufactured specifically for machine embroidery. It can be washed, ironed, and stitched.

    Each design fits in a 4”x 4” hoop, but for this project, the designs were laid out for stitching in a 9.5” x 14” hoop. If your machine doesn’t have a hoop this large, just do the layout with the paper templates and stitch the designs individually.


    Step 1:
    Read through the instructions thoroughly before beginning and assemble all the materials needed to complete the project. I purchased a pack of fat quarters so I had a lot of options for the binding; in the end, I chose the pink stripe. Print out the paper templates and you are ready to begin.

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    Step 2:
    Choose the hoop size in the machine and load all the designs onto the machine. Design the layout on the machine screen. Load 3 stems and position them by turning and mirroring as shown.

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    Step 3:
    Now add two yellow flowers, position them, a pink flower, and then add the butterfly. Remember, the designs will stitch out in the order they are brought onto the screen. Do not color sort as it will cause the designs to not stitch in the correct order. Hoop one layer of white Kona cotton with a layer of polymesh stabilizer. 

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    Step 4:
    There are a couple of ways to work with the Mylar. It can be cut slightly larger than the design to be stitched, removing the excess with tweezers after the light density fill is stitched.

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    Step 5:
    Or, it can be laid down in a sheet and then the smaller sections used for the smaller areas of designs to be stitched After removing the Mylar, save the scraps for future projects. Stitch the designs in the order indicated, adding the Mylar after the placement line, then the light density fill will stitch. Remove the excess Mylar and then stitch the detail. First the leaves, then the yellow flowers.

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    Step 6:
    Follow the same steps for stitching the pink flower and then the butterfly.

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    Step 7:
    Use the machine to add stipple stitching around the embroidery design. Remove the hoop from the machine but do not remove the fabric from the hoop. Flip the hoop over and very carefully cut away the stabilizer from around the edge of the hoop and then around the embroidery. 

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    Step 8:
    While the hoop is still wrong side up, use KK2000 to lightly spray the batting and backing fabric and place it in that order on the back of the hoop. Carefully place the hoop on the machine and stitch the stippling. If your machine does not do this, just quilt as desired.

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    Step 9:
    The machine makes easy work out of quilting around the design.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the embroidery from the hoop and mark ¾” outside of the stippling edge all the way around; cut through all layers to square up the piece.

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    Step 11:
    . Cut binding strips from the chosen fabric, and bind the little table topper with your favorite method.

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    Step 12:
    These little table toppers are fast so you may want to make some for gifts.

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    Step 13:
    Congratulations! Have a cup of tea and enjoy your new creation.

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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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