If you’re someone who enjoys decorating for the holidays and has an embroidery machine, well then, you’re in luck! This fun article will teach you how to easily create 3D In-the-Hoop ornament embroidery projects to add that extra special touch to your holiday season.
Personalize these 3D ornaments to go with any room or Christmas tree decor by simply changing the embroidery design, organza, or thread color. Why not add in and experiment with that metallic thread? Your options are endless as to the outcome of your ornament, and you can create multiple ornaments as these don’t take up much time at all! Why waste time going to the store when you can make exactly what you want from the comfort of your own home.
These ITH 3D ornaments make great gifts for your friends or family. Create them as Christmas gifts, give them as party favors on your Christmas table setting as a keepsake, or create a personalized ornament for that new baby’s arrival. There is no better time or excuse to make your own embroidered ornament.
Although these ornaments are great to personalize and give as gifts, the best part is they’re inexpensive! Why not use organza material from your fabric stash at home. Using the thread you already have while finding the perfect ornament embroidery design can help save money in your pocket. Who doesn’t like to have extra cash to spend during the Holiday season (or expand your embroidery or fabric stash)?
Don’t forget when creating your In-The-Hoop 3D Ornaments to use designs from a reputable source. Here at Embroidery Legacy, we offer nothing but high-quality In-The-Hoop 3D Ornament embroidery designs. Click here to check out our 80+ In-The-Hoop Christmas Project Embroidery Designs now.
Thankfully, although the finished results of creating these designs are quite impressive, creating them is rather simple.
Here’s an easy to follow video tutorial we created a while back if you find watching an easier way to follow along and learn:
Of course, we also have the written instructions for you to follow here.
Tip: A stencil cutter/soldering iron will give you visually better results. However, the smell of burning organza may offend some people or not ideal for those with respiratory issues. In this case, a good pair of scissors will do. Instead of burning the design out of the hoop, you can simply cut it out instead.
Step 1: Hoop Your Organza and Stabilizer
With this first step, you’ll want to begin by taking your wet and gone stabilizer and sandwiching it in between two pieces of organza. As John would say, think about it like an oreo cookie, the white stuff goes in the middle. Choose whichever colors of organza you like.
Once this is done, simply hoop your organza and stabilizer. Ensure that it is hooped tightly so nothing moves while being embroidered.
Step 2: Embroider the Design
Well, there’s not much to say about this step. Load the design into your machine and embroider away!
Step 3: Cut out Your Design
Here’s where you’ll use your soldering iron (or scissors). Keeping your embroidered design secured tightly in the hoop, you’ll next burn (or cut) around the finished design. If you are using a soldering iron, remember not to hold it in one place too long, or it will begin to melt your thread. If you’re embroidering an ornament, you’ll also burn (or cut) through the center areas on the tips of all four ends of the project to create little holes. This is where each end of the design will be tied together to make it into a 3D ornament.
Tip: If you can, use polyester or metallic thread instead of rayon. Polyester is a synthetic thread, and because of this, it tends to do better when exposed to heat. Rayon thread will quickly discolor and burn.
Step 4: Remove the Wet & Gone Stabilizer
Next, you’ll quickly run your project under warm water to somewhat remove the wet and gone stabilizer (hence the name wet and gone). This will cause the stabilizer to become slightly transparent, so the white is no longer showing through your design. It will also make your project remain a little starchy and stiff so you can shape your ornament.
Step 5: Tie Your Project Together (Literally)
While the project is still somewhat wet and malleable from step 4, turn it upside down, so the bobbin stitches are facing upwards, and then bring all 4 of the tips together and line up the tiny holes you burnt (or cut) out. Next, simply take a piece of ribbon or string and put it through each of the four holes to hold everything together.
That’s all there is to it. Congratulations, you just created your very own personalized embroidery ornament!
Of course, here at Embroidery Legacy, we have quite a few beautiful in-the-hoop ornament designs to make both your embroidery machine and Christmas tree happy. Our designs are specially digitized with a low stitch count to ensure they run smoothly and take less time to embroider on your machine (so you can make lots of them for others or yourself!).
Besides our Ornament designs, we also have in-the-hoop angel designs created in a very similar way using the same tools. Plus, if that’s not enough for you, we also have a complete in-the-hoop nativity scene!