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In-the-Hoop Bracelet



Enchanting embroidery designs come to life as sweet 3D stuffies! Stitch these specially created designs completely in-the-hoop, then stuff and hand-stitch closed. Create adorable little plush toys, add a loop to make a hanging ornament, fill with fragrant herbs to make a sachet ... the possibilities are endless. Follow along below to create your own!




To create your raw edge stuffie, you'll need:

  • Raw edge stuffie embroidery design (we're using the Quirky Christmas Cat Ornament)
  • Printed dieline
  • 40 wt. rayon thread for embroidery
  • Small pieces of felt for the front and back of the stuffie
  • Small piece of cotton for applique pieces, if applicable
  • Medium weight tear-away stabilizer
  • Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
  • 1/4" to 3/4" ribbon for hanging (optional)
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Masking tape
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Scissors
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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

First, print the dieline files that comes with your design. This file will always have "DL" in the name. (Click here for instructions on how to print or stitch dieline templates.)

Spray the back side of the dieline templates with temporary spray adhesive, and smooth them onto the felt and fabric. Cut out the shapes and remove the paper.




Once all of your pieces have been cut, hoop a piece of tearaway stabilizer taut. Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle rather than an embroidery needle (a sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, so that it will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer).

Attach the hoop to the embroidery machine, and load the full embroidery design file into the machine. The first thing to stitch is a dieline that shows were to place the front felt piece.

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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the back side of the front fabric piece with temporary spray adhesive, and place the fabric right inside the dieline.




Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue embroidering the design. The next step will tack down the fabric.

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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

If your design has applique, the applique placement dieline will sew out next. If your design does not have applique, you may skip this step.

Once this has sewn, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the backside of the applique piece with temporary spray adhesive, and place it right inside the dieline. Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue stitching the design. The applique tackdown and details will be the next to sew out.




Follow your color change sheet and continue to stitch the remaining details. Watch for the step that says "back piece tack down". When you reach this step, remove the hoop from the machine once again, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

If you would like to make your stuffie into a hanging ornament, cut a 7-9" length of ribbon, and bring the ends of the ribbon together to form a loop.

Use a small piece of masking tape to secure the ends of the loop to the stabilizer, being careful to place it just below the front piece dieline so that it remains hidden when your project is complete. Place another piece of masking tape toward the edge of the hoop to keep the ribbon from shifting.




Next, spray the back felt piece with temporary spray adhesive, and place the felt right inside the dieline.

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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

Since both sides of the stuffie will be visible when complete, wind a bobbin with the same color used in the needle.




Attach the hoop to the machine and continue embroidering the design. A tackdown stitch will sew next, binding the layers together, but leaving a small opening at the bottom of the design for stuffing.

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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

After the design is finished sewing, remove the hoop from the machine. Unhoop the stabilizer, remove the tape, and gently tear the stabilizer away from the design. The outline stitches will be removed with the stabilizer.




Using the 1" opening at the bottom of the design, stuff your stuffie with polyester fiber fill. If the design has smaller areas, a narrow tool may be useful for stuffing.

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In-the-Hoop Bracelet  

Finally, hand stitch the stuffie  closed, using the same color thread as was used for the outline.

Your in-the-hoop stuffie is now ready to brighten your decor!




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Suggested designs for this tutorial: 
Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament (In-the-Hoop)_image
Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $3.99
1 Available Size:
Machine Embroidery: 3.82"w x 3.03"h | Hand Embroidery
Quirky Christmas Cat Ornament (In-the-Hoop)_image
Quirky Christmas Cat Ornament (In-the-Hoop) $3.99
1 Available Size:
Machine Embroidery: 3.86"w x 3.03"h | Hand Embroidery
Dapper Doodle Bug (Stuffed)_image
Dapper Doodle Bug (Stuffed) $1.99 - $2.99
3 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 5.59"w x 6.06"h | 4.65"w x 5.04"h | 3.31"w x 3.58"h | Hand Embroidery
Goddess (Stuffed)_image
Goddess (Stuffed) $1.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 3.46"w x 6.73"h | 1.97"w x 3.78"h | Hand Embroidery
Happy Hedgehog (Stuffed)_image
Happy Hedgehog (Stuffed) $1.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 5.83"w x 4.84"h | 3.86"w x 3.19"h | Hand Embroidery
Fish Bones (Stuffed)_image
Fish Bones (Stuffed) $1.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 6.54"w x 3.70"h | 3.86"w x 2.20"h | Hand Embroidery
Conversation Heart (Stuffed)_image
Conversation Heart (Stuffed) $2.99 - $3.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 5.00"w x 4.29"h | 3.86"w x 3.31"h | Hand Embroidery
Dapper Bird (Stuffed)_image
Dapper Bird (Stuffed) $1.99
1 Available Size:
Machine Embroidery: 3.74"w x 3.43"h | Hand Embroidery
Mustachio (Stuffed)_image
Mustachio (Stuffed) $1.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 6.42"w x 2.40"h | 3.82"w x 1.42"h