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Free Motion Embroidery Hoop Art- All Things Belle

Hi ya’ll! This is Jennifer from All Things Belle.
I’m over the moon excited to be a guest on CSI.
Today I’m going to show you how to make a super unique gift
with a tutorial on how to do free motion art.
I fell in love with this style of craft and I hope this tutorial
encourages you to get out and try it!
This will be done on your sewing machine,
but you could absolutely do this with hand embroidery too.
So now there are no excuses to not try this addictive craft..
For this project, I’m going to show you the art piece
I made for my scuba crazy dad.
It’s his Father’s Day gift!
You can of course easily change this to a million different images.

What do you need?
Materials
*hoop
*freezer paper – optional
*fabric scraps
*cotton batting
*thin ribbon in a coordinating color
Tools
*safety pins
*sewing machine
*darning foot
*fabric glue stick
*applique scissors
*Fabri-Tac glue
What Do You Do
The first thing I do is place my hoop on the main piece of fabric.
I want to see how much of the fabric I need to cut.
You will want to give yourself a 3-4" extra inches around.

Then in pencil, I draw the outline of the outer hoop so I have an idea
of how much space I have to work with.

I sketch out my art piece on freezer paper.
When you are creating your sketch, think of it as a coloring book.
You don’t want super small or overly detailed pieces for your first project.
I draw it on freezer paper because if there are any
pieces that I think would be difficult to freehand,
I can cut out the freezer paper and iron it on to the fabric as a guide.

Grab your fabric and start cutting out the shapes.
This is a great way to use up scraps!
I like to use everything from batiks to solids.
While I’m cutting the pieces out,
I like to place them and make sure everything is going as planned.

Next, glue down the applique pieces to the main fabric with
a fabric glue stick.

Cut out a piece of batting about the same size as your main piece of fabric.
The batting helps reduce the embroidery from bunching.
You could also use stabilizer, but I prefer batting.
Safety pin the batting to the main fabric.

Time to prepare your sewing machine.
You need to change your foot to a darning foot.
Drop your feed dogs.

Take a deep breath and have fun!
You will be using your needle like a pencil.
You want to draw around the inside perimieter of each applique piece.

Remove the safety pins and hoop the main fabric.

Cut the excess fabric and batting off as close to hoop as possible.

Draw a line of Fabri-Tac around the back edge of the hoop.

Lay down the ribbon on the glue.

Stand back and enjoy your super duper cute artwork!

Here is another piece I did for my mother.
She’s been wanting an Airstream for awhile..

I really hope you will give this a try.
There are so many ways you could personalize this!
 

All Things Belle

4 Comments

  1. Sandy says:

    How crafty and cute! I know a certain scuba diver who would love to receive this. Your work is beautiful.!

  2. SO cute! Love your adorable little mini pieces of art! Especially loving the Airstream!

  3. L2L says:

    Ohh I think I might make myself a couple of these!!!! Thanks for sharing very fun.

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