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Terrors of the Night

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Materials
  • Stabilizer based on the type of project.
  • Orange and black embroidery thread (poly thread if you choose to embroider the pumpkins)
  • Invisible thread
  • Knit interfacing if embroidering children’s shirts.
  • 6” squares of tulle if embroidering the pumpkins faces
  • Rick rack and assorted trims for Halloween treat bags
  • 13 x 13 purchased black totes (these were purchased at Hobby Lobby) 3 for $7.99
  • Baby Onesie in desired size
  • Toddler shirt in desired size
  • Youth t-shirt
  • Small pumpkins
  • Fibrous water soluble stabilizer such as Wet N’ Gone
  • Glue stick
  • Spray Adhesive

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/DesignPack/1/DPTOTN.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN10.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN11.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/1/TOTN12.aspx

  • Preface:
    You can complete any one of these projects in 30 minutes or less. Though we have three different types of projects shown here, it is just to show you how many ways you can use some really simple designs. You could also use these designs on place mats or embroider them on white sheets and hang over a balloon to make a ghost to hang from a tree. Let you imagination run wild and don’t be afraid of these terrors of the night.


    Step 1:
    Halloween Trick or Treat bags. Find the center of the bag by measuring between the two handles and mark with white chalk.

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    Step 2:
    Iron on a 10” x 8” rectangle of fusible tear a way onto the inside of the bag just below the top hem and centering based upon your center mark.

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    Step 3:
    Load the desired design file into your embroidery machine and rotate 90 degrees to the left to have the face properly positioned on the bag.

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    Step 4:
    Sew the design, remove from the hoop and remove the excess tear a way stabilizer.

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    Step 5:
    Trim the bag as desired. When applying rick rack sew down both edges of the rick rack in a straight seam using invisible thread. This will keep the rick rack from curling as this bag is sure to be used for many years.

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    Step 6:
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    This bag had the Terror design TOTN06 and rick rack on the handles only for a little boy.


    Step 7:
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    This bag, obviously for a girl, has Night Fright design TOTN11 embroidered. A feathery fringe, rick rack and an organza ribbon were added to decorate this tote.


    Step 8:
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    This bag uses the design Terror in the Night, TOTN07, and purchased bias tape applied with a decorative machine stitch.


    Step 9:
    To make faces for the pumpkins hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer with a layer of tulle on top. Light pink tulle was used in the sample as it is what I had on hand. Stitch the desired Terrors of the Night face.

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    Step 10:
    Cut out the embroidered face in an oval shape from the stabilizer leaving the tulle inside the design to maintain the spacing of the facial features.

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    Step 11:
    Hold the face under running hot water to remove the stabilizer.

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    Step 12:
    Place the embroidery on a smooth cotton towel and allow to dry thoroughly.

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    Step 13:
    With a damp microfiber rag clean off the face area of the pumpkin.

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    Step 14:
    Apply glue stick to the back of the embroidered facial features. I also sprayed a little spray adhesive on the pumpkin to help hold the features in place.

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    Step 15:
    Position the faces onto the pumpkins. Placing the features so that the bottom of the eyes rest on an imaginary line around the center of the pumpkin seems to be a good guideline for placement. Check as the glue is drying as you might have to finger press the pieces down more than once. The faces used on these pumpkins are: Terror of the Night (TOTN07), Scream (TOTN02), and Jack O’ Lantern (TOTN10).

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    Step 16:
    The three knit garments were all embroidered in the same fashion. Fusible poly mesh cut a way stabilizer was ironed to the inside of the garments. Hoop the garment through the bottom.

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    Step 17:
    Rotate the design 90 degrees to the right.

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    Step 18:
    Stitch the design.

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    Step 19:
    Cut a way the excess stabilizer.

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    Step 20:
    Cut a piece of soft knit interfacing slightly larger than the design and fuse over the back of the embroidery.

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    Step 21:
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    The onesie was embroidered with the “Nightmare” design TOTN12.


    Step 22:
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    The toddler girl’s shirt was embroidered with the “Happy Ghost” design TOTN09.


    Step 23:
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    The youth t-shirt was embroidered with the “Terror” design TOTN06.


    Step 24:
    What will you do?

    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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