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ITH Scarecrow Wall Hanging

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Materials
  • ¼ yd 100% cotton for back fabric and shirt
  • Fat quarter of 100% cotton fabric for pants and hat
  • 5” x 4” rectangle of light beige for face
  • 4” x 8” rectangle of contrasting fabric for cuffs of shirt and pants
  • 22” x 10” of Pellon 809 Décor Bond – a Firm Iron-on Backing with Extra Crispness (Do not use Peltex it is too thick)
  • 22” x 10” of Pellon Thermolam Fleece batting – an extra dense batting
  • Fibrous Water Soluble Stabilizer for three hoopings
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing or Best Press
  • Scotch Tape
  • Embroidery tape
  • Raffia

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    This is a fun project even the raffia is attached in the hoop. The process for making the two different sizes is the same. The one demonstrated below is for the 6” x 10” hoop – or larger. My hoop is 12” x 7” but the pieces will all fit in a 6” x 10” hoop. Where called for the different sizes for cutting materials are stated in parenthesis.


    Step 1:
    Press all fabrics with Magic Sizing or Best Press twice. This will make them easier to trim close to the tack down stitches.


    Step 2:
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    Following the manufacturer’s instructions iron the Pellon Bond Décor Backing to the wrong side of the back fabric in a 22” x 10” (20” x 10”) rectangle. Sub-cut into three different pieces. For the shirt & face cut one section 7” x 10” (8” x 6”); for the hat cut one section 6” x 10” (6” x 6”) and for the pants 9” x 10” (9” x 6). Cut Thermolam® fleece in the same size rectangles.


    Step 3:
    Hoop one layer of fibrous water soluble stabilizer in your hoop. The three designs that make up the scarecrow must be run in the proper order in order to be able to join them together. Load SCW01B (SCW01) into your machine. Run the 1st color sequence which is an outline of the shirt and head.

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    Step 4:
    Remove the hoop from the machine and turn it over. Spray the stabilizer with adhesive spray. Place the face/shirt 7” x 10” (8” x 6”) back fabric and Décor Bond combination, right side up, over the outlines and smooth into place.

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    Step 5:
    Turn the hoop right side up. Spray the 7” x 10” (8” x 6”) piece of Thermolam® and place on the top side of the stabilizer and smooth into place.

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    Step 6:
    Run the 2nd color sequence which is the tack down stitch for both the back fabric and the fleece.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop. Place the hoop on a flat service to avoid stretching out the stabilizer in the hoop. Trim the fabric as close as possible to the tack down line on the backing fabric.

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    Step 8:
    Turn the hoop over and trim the fleece batting as close as possible to the tack down stitching.

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    Step 9:
    Run the next color sequence which is an outline for the shirt fabric.

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    Step 10:
    Spray adhesive on the back side of the shirt fabric and place over the outline. Sew the next color sequence which will tack down the shirt fabric.

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    Step 11:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop. Trim the shirt fabric as close as possible to the tack down stitches. Be sure to trim closely to the curved areas at the bottom of the shirt as we will be fitting the pants into that area.

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    Step 12:
    Sew the next color sequence in a color to match the shirt as it will be the borders on the shirt.

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    Step 13:
    Stitch the next color sequence. It is a placement line for the raffia.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Spray a little adhesive spray on the cuff. Cut about a 2 ½” (2”) section of raffia and place along the placement line overlapping the line by approximately ¼”. Spread the raffia pretty evenly. Though you want the raffia to overlap slightly you do not want to pile the strands up heavily as the machine won’t be able to sew through it. Place scotch tape right over the raffia at the placement line and then place more tape about an inch out on the raffia in order to keep the presser foot from kicking up the strands. Stitch the next color sequence which will stitch the raffia into place.

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    Step 15:
    The next two color sequences will repeat this procedure for the second cuff.

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    Step 16:
    Run the next color sequence to sew an outline for the coordinating cuff fabric. Spray the cuff fabric and place over the outline. Run the next color sequence which is a tack down for the cuff. Trim the cuff fabric close to the tack down stitches. Change your thread to the cuff border color and stitch the border around the cuff.

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    Step 17:
    Repeat step 16 for the second shirt cuff.


    Step 18:
    Color stop # 16 is to embroider the collar on the shirt. Choose a color that coordinates with the shirt.

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    Step 19:
    Run the next color sequence for the outline for the face.

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    Step 20:
    Spray the face fabric with adhesive spray and place over the face outline.

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    Step 21:
    Stitch the tack down line for the face. Trim the excess face fabric as close as possible to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 22:
    Stitch color stop 19 in red for his nose and mouth.


    Step 23:
    Stitch color stop 20 in black for his eyes and mouth.

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    Step 24:
    Stitch color stop 21 in a flesh tone for his face.


    Step 25:
    Stitch color stop 22 in a color for the buttons on his shirt.

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    Step 26:
    Color stop 23 is a placement line for the raffia at the top of his head. After running this color stop remove the hoop from the machine and spray a little adhesive across the top of the head. Place a few strands of raffia in the center of his head and over to the right and the left of the placement line. Scotch tape over the raffia at the placement line. And scotch tape about an inch down from the placement line to keep the raffia from kicking up while sewing.

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    Step 27:
    Remove the design from the hoop. Trim excess fibrous water soluble stabilizer away close to the design. Leave all the scotch tape on the hair line and across the face for now. With a wet sponge or cloth and a bowl of hot water rub along the side, shoulder and bottom lines of the piece to remove the remaining stabilizer.

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    Step 28:
    Hoop fibrous water soluble stabilizer in your hoop. Load design SCW02B (SCW02) into your machine. Run the first color sequence which is an outline for the hat.

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    Step 29:
    Remove the hoop from the machine and place the 8” x 6” backing fabric on the back of the hoop. Place the Thermolam® fleece and the hat fabric on the front of the hoop applying spray adhesive between layers. Stitch color sequence 2 which tack downs the fabrics. Trim both the backing fabric, the hat fabric and the fleece fabrics as close as possible to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 30:
    Stitch color sequence #3 in a color to coordinate with the shirt. Stitch color sequence #4 in a contrasting color to coordinate with the shirt. Stitch color sequence #5 in Black for detail on the hat. Do not sew the last color sequence of the hat yet.


    Step 31:
    Pick up the shirt and face embroidery that was previously sewn. Now trim – right through the scotch tape as close as possible to the top scalloped edges of the face – handling gently to keep the raffia in place.

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    Step 32:
    Remove the hoop from the machine and place on a flat surface. Do not unhoop the hat embroidery. Spray a little adhesive just below the bottom of the hat on the stabilizer. Align the bottom of the hat with the scalloped edges of the face. They should fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. If they don’t fit well together - trim the appropriate places until they do. They should not overlap but just butt up to each other. Use scotch tape to hold the face down into position.

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    Step 33:
    Slow your machine down to 600 or less stitches per minute. Run color stop #6 which will join the hat and face together; border the hat; and sew a little eyelet in the top of the hat.

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    Step 34:
    Remove the scarecrow from the hoop; remove the excess stabilizer with a wet sponge.

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    Step 35:
    Hoop two pieces of fibrous water soluble stabilizer. Load SCW0B3 (SWE0B) into the machine and run the first color sequence which is the outline for the pants.

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    Step 36:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, spray adhesive on the back of the stabilizer and lay the back fabric over the outline; turn the hoop to the right side; spray adhesive over the outline, place the batting; spray adhesive on the batting and lay the pants fabric over the batting; return the hoop to the machine.

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    Step 37:
    Run the next color sequence which is the tack down line for the front and back fabrics.

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    Step 38:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, trim the front and back layers as you did for the other parts of the design.


    Step 39:
    Run the next colors sequence which is a placement line for the raffia. Spray a little adhesive spray at the placement line and lay strands of raffia across the bottom of the pants; apply scotch tape right over the placement line to hold the raffia in place, and one slightly below to prevent the embroidery foot from lifting the raffia; stitch the next color sequence which will tack the raffia down.

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    Step 40:
    Stitch the next color sequence which is an outline for the cuff of the pants.

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    Step 41:
    Spray a little adhesive spray on the wrong side of the cuff fabric and lay over the outline.

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    Step 42:
    Trim the cuff fabric.


    Step 43:
    Load a contrasting color into the machine to stitch the patches on the knees.


    Step 44:
    Load a contrasting color into the machine to stitch the dots of the patches.


    Step 45:
    Load black into the machine to stitch the stitching lines on the patches and the split between the legs.


    Step 46:
    Load a contrasting color to stitch the belt


    Step 47:
    Load a color to match the pants to border the sides of the pants.


    Step 48:
    Load a contrasting color to stitch the border on the cuffs.

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    Step 49:
    Do not remove the pants from the hoop. Spray a little adhesive on the stabilizer at the top of the pants. Place your previously complete shirt and hat piece and fit it into the top of the pants like a puzzle piece. If the fit isn’t close enough, trim it a little closer.

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    Step 50:
    Add a little embroidery tape across his chest to hold the piece in place.

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    Step 51:
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    Stitch the last color sequence which will stitch a row of satin stitches to join the pieces and then a satin stitch to complete the pants border.


    Step 52:
    Remove all tape and the project from the hoop. Cut off excess stabilizer and the run a cloth or sponge wet with hot water around the edges to remove the remaining stabilizer.

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    Step 53:
    Use an awl to open the eyelet in the top of the hat.

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    Step 54:
    Thread a few long strands of raffia through the eyelet and tie in a knot for hanging.

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    Step 55:
    Congratulations your Scarecrow is complete! Make up a smaller or larger one, or just change up your threads and fabrics to give him a totally new look. He should make a great addition to your Fall Harvest Festivals booth.

    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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    Linda B Aug 02, 2015
    This is one of the cutest Scarecrows I have ever seen. The instructions were written very clearly, I made several last year, used different fabrics, and it was so much fun! Thank you Pat for your great Scarecrow. I need to make more this year.
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    Pat W Aug 05, 2015
    Thank you Linda! I'm glad you had as much fun with this project as I did.
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    Sharon D Sep 14, 2015
    I enjoyed making this scarecrow and even made a lady scarecrow to go with it.
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