If you’re anything like my family, your house might get a little festive over the holiday season. Wreaths, lights, and a big old Christmas tree make things a little more cramped, but also a lot more joyful.
Now, 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.
How to Create In-the-Hoop Embroidery Ornaments
Thankfully, although the finished results of creating these designs is quite impressive, the process of 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 do have the written instructions here as well.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Wet and Gone stabilizer
Polyester or Metallic Thread
Soldering Iron (although a good pair of scissors could work too)
Tip: A stencil cutter/soldering iron will give you visually better results. However, the smell of burning organza may offend some people or not be ideal for those of you 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. Make sure 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. Simply 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 little 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 an 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 also take less time to embroider on your machine (so you can make lots of them).
Besides our Ornament designs, we also have in-the-hoop angel designs that are 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!
Click here to view our entire in-the-hoop Christmas collection now.
All of the designs shown on this page (plus close to 30,000 other designs) are included within our Embroidery Legacy Design Club. If you want to save money on quality embroidery designs, click here to learn more.
Conclusion: Deck the Halls with Embroidery that’s Jolly
You now know how easy it is to create beautiful in-the-hoop embroidery Christmas projects with Embroidery Legacy Designs.
Whether you’re looking to decorate your tree, home, or even just create a gift for your friends or family, these quick embroidery projects are an easy way to add some festive embroidery fun to your Holiday season.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Embroidery Legacy and happy stitching!
Jesse Deer is a 5th generation embroiderer.
As the oldest son of John Deer, Jesse grew up embroidering and helping his family run samples for their embroidery business. Also familiar with digitzing, Jesse has over a decade of experience in the embroidery industry.