In the Hoop Embroidery: DIY Stuffed Animal
"This makes for a fast and easy way to both personalize and sew finished items from scratch with your embroidery machine alone."
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Did you know you can sew and embroider a stuffed animal from scratch using your embroidery machine?! Click here to see other machine embroidery projects you probably didn't know you could embroider.
This technique, called in the hoop embroidery, allows you to sew directly on your embroidery machine using a special digitized design.
This makes for a fast and easy way to both personalize and sew finished items from scratch with your embroidery machine alone.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how we managed to transform a few pieces of fabric into a full-blown stuffed animal using the in the hoop embroidery technique. Watch the video below or continue reading to follow along with each step.
What you'll need
- In the hoop embroidery design
- Two large sheets of cut-away stabilizer
- Appliqué fabric (amount depends on design)
- Fiskars fabric scissors
- Hand sewing thread
- Hand sewing needle
- Batting (stuffing)
- Appliqué scissors or sharp scissors
- White felt
Step 1: First hooping (Frankenstein's arms and legs)
You will need two separate designs to embroider this project.
In the first part, you'll embroider Frankenstein's arms and legs using the arms and legs embroidery design.
To do so, hoop a sheet of cut-away stabilizer, and place two sheets of fabric over the hoop.
Note: You do not need to hoop the stabilizer and fabric together. You can simply "float" the fabric over the hoop. Click here to see how we embroidered cards using the floating technique.
Step 2: Create the bolts, arms and legs
Set these aside for later.
Then, place the hoop in the machine, and embroider the arms and legs. Once they're done stitching, cut them out carefully along the stitches.
Note: Be sure to cut a few millimeters outside of the stitches, because you will need to turn the legs inside out to reveal the seam. (You'll see what we mean in the next step.)
Step 3: Turn the arms and legs inside out
Perform this step carefully, or you might end up tearing your stitches.
Note: You may gently use a screwdriver or tool to help you turn the arms and legs inside out.
Step 4: Stuff the arms and legs
Note: Make sure not to "over-stuff" them, or else it may be hard to get through the next steps.
Step 5: Second hooping (Frankenstein's body)
If you haven't done so already, select the second embroidery design for this project. In the next steps, most of the doll (including the arms and legs) will be sewn and embroidered.
Step 6: Mark your placement and place the corresponding fabric
In this case, the first placement line was Frankenstein's head. Therefore, we placed our green fabric over it to marry it to the stabilizer and batting.
Note: Follow the instructions on the color sheet to see which color stops correspond with the appliqué parts of the design.
Step 7: And again...
Place the purple fabric directly above the placement line.
(The purple fabric should be placed above the green fabric, in this case).Then, resume the design.
After it has embroidered, fold the purple fabric over to reveal a clean edge on the top of Frankenstein's shirt.
Press start again to stitch over the loose end of Frankenstein's shirt and seal it shut.
Step 8: Appliqué time!
First, stitch the placement line for Frankenstein's hair. Then, place the fabric over the hair to sew it onto the rest of the design.
After your machine finishes stitching, cut around the edges of the fabric using appliqué scissors. Press start again to embroider the satin stitch, which will cover up the edges of the excess fabric.
The design will then continue to stitch the details on Frankenstein's face.
Step 9: And another appliqué
Repeat the appliqué process for Frankenstein's bowtie and the bat on his shirt, as well. Click here to watch a full tutorial on appliqué.
Step 10: Where the magic happens
Press start to stitch the placement line for the bolts onto Frankenstein's head. Then, place the bolts facing toward each other. Use a piece of tape to hold the bolts down as the machine embroiders.
Step 11: Where the magic happens (part two)
Make sure to leave about half an inch of the arms outside of the running stitch border to allow the machine to stitch over the arms.
Next, place the legs facing up on the bottom half of Frankenstein.
Note: Use tape to hold down the arms and legs, so they don't interfere with the machine when it sews.
Step 12: Where the magic happens (part three)
Then, press start and the machine will stitch over the fabric, creating a closure.
Note: You can tape or pin down the fabric to make sure it is secure.
Step 13: Unwrap your masterpiece!
Then, use the opening on the side of Frankenstein to help you turn him inside out.
Step 14: Bring Frankie to life!
Then, sew the opening. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can hand-sew it shut using an invisible stitch or a regular running stitch in the same color as Frankie's head.
Step 15: Celebrate with your friends!
Now that you've sewn a beautiful embroidered stuffed doll from scratch, snap a photo and share it with your embroidery friends on a Facebook support group like Embroidery and Custom Apparel Mastery.
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