In-The-Hoop Mother’s Day Wallet Size Picture Frames & Notepad Holders

By Cindy D. & Aimee Brooks

PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STITCHING THESE ITEMS!
These frames & notepad holders are relatively easy to stitch out and I’ve tried to make the
instructions as easy as possible.

********PLEASE NOTE********

No matter WHAT color shows up on your particular machine, the running stitches around the edges and the final satin stitch around the edge of the front, are to be stitched in the same color!

I have tried to make the very first running stitch the color ALL of the edge stitching. If you load the first frame design, you will notice the first running stitch is white, this means, no matter what color your machine says, all edge stitches, running & satin, should be white.

ALWAYS START WITH THE BACK OF THE PICTURE FRAME OR NOTEPAD FIRST!
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

Materials List:
1). A heavy fabric for the front & back of picture frames & notepad holders. I used felt, and it worked fine.
2). Heavy Weight Cut-Away Stabilizer
3) Heavy Weight Tear-Away Stabilizer
4) Embroidery Spray Adhesive
5) Thread colors of your choice
6) Small sharp scissors

NOTEPAD INSTRUCTIONS:

1.jpg You will be starting with the back first.
Hoop CUT-AWAY Stabilizer ONLY
2 Lay fabric on top of CUT-AWAY Stabilizer.
DO NOT hoop fabric.
You can spray stabilizer with a touch
of embroidery adhesive to hold it in place
3 Attach hoop to machine. Run your fingers over
fabric to smooth.
4 Stitch FIRST color ONLY.
Remove hoop from machine.
5 Remove fabric & stabilizer from hoop and trim as
close as possible to stitching line as you can
without cutting through the stitching. Put this
piece to the side, you will need it for the final step.
6 Hoop HEAVY weight tear-away stabilizer ONLY.
7 Lay fabric on top of TEAR-AWAY Stabilizer.
DO NOT hoop fabric.
You can spray stabilizer with a touch
of embroidery adhesive to hold it in place.
8 Stitch the rest of the OUTLINE stitches only.
Remove hoop from machine.
9 Trim FABRIC only as close as possible to stitch line
without cutting through running stitches.
DO NOT CUT THROUGH STABILIZER.
Put hoop back on machine.
10 Stitch the design sections of the file.
DO NOT STITCH ANY EDGES or the TWO long rectangle shapes towards the bottom of the design.
After design itself is stitched remove hoop from
machine.
11 Get the piece that you put on the side before for
the back.
Turn you hoop so the BACK of the hoop
is facing you.
Spray some embroidery adhesive on the stabilizer
side of the back piece you stitched first.
12 Gently place the back piece on the BACK of the
hoop using the running stitch lines as a guide.
It should look like the picture on the right.
The fabric should be facing you on
BOTH sides of the hoop.
13 Change bobbin thread to match upper thread.

14
Carefully turn hoop back over, holding the back
piece in place and return hoop to machine.
Stitch the rest of the design.
It will stitch a couple of tack downs first and
then the satin stitches to complete
the design.

15
When complete the front & back should look like
this and should be attached to each other.

16
Carefully tear away stabilizer.
Take an exact-o knife, using a self healing cutting pad,
and put a single slice in between each
rectangle shaped satin stitch.
Be extra careful not to cut through stitches.

17
Use hot glue or self adhesive magnets and attach
to the back of the notepad holder.
2 Magnets should be sufficient.

18
Slide cover of spiral type notepad through slits you
cut with the exac-to knife, hang on any metal
surface and ENJOY!


INSTRUCTIONS FOR

PICTURE

“IN THE HOOP

FRAMES


19
You will be starting with the back first.
Hoop CUT-AWAY Stabilizer ONLY

20.jpg
Lay fabric on top of CUT-AWAY Stabilizer.
DO NOT hoop fabric.
You can spray stabilizer with a touch
of embroidery adhesive to hold it in place

21
Change your bobbin thread to the same color as
the first segment of stitching calls for.
Stitch the FIRST color only.
You will notice it will end with a satin stitch
going across the top of the frame.
The rest of the stitching will only be running stitches.
This is correct; the rest of the stitching will be
completed later.

22
Remove hoop from machine.
Remove stabilizer & fabric from hoop.
Trim fabric & stabilizer as close as
possible to stitching without cutting through
stitches.
This is the back of the frame.
After trimming, put to the side, you will use it to
complete the frame.

23
Change your bobbin thread back to regular bobbin
thread but leave the top thread the same color as
the first set of stitches you stitched for the back of
the frame.
Hoop HEAVY weight tear-away
stabilizer ONLY.

24
Lay fabric on top of TEAR-AWAY Stabilizer.DO NOT hoop fabric.
You can spray stabilizer with a touch
of embroidery adhesive to hold it in place

25
Stitch the rest of the outline stitches.
There will be some for the outside edge and some
for the inside edge.
When you see all the edging is complete,
remove the hoop from the machine.

26
Carefully trim around the INSIDE & OUTSIDE of the
running stitches, getting as close as possible to the
stitch line without cutting through the stitches.
Return hoop to machine.

27
Stitch the design part of the frame.
Also stitch the INSIDE satin stitch edge and the
UPPER EDGE (ONLY) Satin Stitch.
Remove from machine.

28
Change bobbin thread to color of final upper
thread that you are using on the edge.
29 Get the piece that you put on the side before
for the back.
Turn you hoop so the BACK of the hoop
is facing you.
Make sure the two edges that have
satin stitches on them are facing the same way.
Spray with embroidery adhesive if you wish, and
carefully lay the piece of fabric along the stitch line
on the BACK of the hoop.
Fabric side should be facing you.
30 Return hoop to machine carefully holding back
piece in place.
Run your fingers over the top of the
fabric to make sure nothing has bunched up.
31 Sew the rest of the satin stitch edging.
You will notice ONLY 3 sides will stitch.
This leaves the top open so you can slip a
picture in the frame.
32 Remove hoop from machine and carefully tear
away stabilizer.
Make sure you hold your fingers on the stitches as
you are tearing away stabilizer.
Tear away the inside of the FRONT stabilizer, leave
the back cut-away the way it is.
33
Use hot glue or self adhesive magnets and attach
them to the back of the frame.
2 Magnets should be sufficient.
34 Insert your favorite picture and enjoy!
35
Each frame comes with a matching notepad holder!

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9 Responses to In-The-Hoop Mother’s Day Wallet Size Picture Frames & Notepad Holders

  1. Ann Scheider says:

    Very Beautiful, Thank you for Sharing with us. Ann

  2. Patty says:

    Thank you for the instructions. Very simple and easy to follow.

  3. Katie says:

    Love how you set out your instructions.
    Love the project, thank you

  4. Nelly says:

    I just love that you have instructions for every design sold in designsbysick. Thanks so much, they help a lot, al least to me, that I’m new at this.

  5. Teresa says:

    Where do you find the instructions for the “Baby’s Word Book”? I’m Confused.
    Thanks, Teresa
    [Editor's note: Hi Teresa...I just put them up in the Instructions area:
    http://articles.designsbysick.com/baby-book-instructions/#more-334
    Huggers,
    rob
    editor]

  6. lydia says:

    how do you attach the embroidery ring with a t-shirt. Would love to decorate my kids shirt but don’t know how to do it.

  7. Beverly says:

    Thank you for the instructions. They are very nice projects and look like they require a lot of work. I bet you could do a lot of pretty things like this.

  8. Linda says:

    This is just what I was looking for so my granddaughters could give it to their Momma

  9. trudy pankratz says:

    thank you for the quick respond. i am going to the embroidery machine right now.

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