In-the-Hoop Project: Square Coasters – Free Design from StitchinJenny!


Design Option 1:Plain Square 4×4 In-the-Hoop Coaster

Hello!  

I’ve been kind of quiet for a few days because I’ve been busy behind the scenes with creating and testing a new embroidery design that I am giving away….

If you are new to machine embroidery, I just want to take a minute to let you know that no matter what make & model embroidery machine you have, it can sew out this project as long as you have a 4×4 hoop and you download the correct design format for your machine.  (more on design formats later)

Read on to see more pictures, how to make these, and to access the link for your free download….

I recently posted a blog tutorial for a Round In-the-Hoop Coaster.  Since then, a member of my StitchinJenny Yahoo Group has inquired about a Square 4×4 In-the-Hoop Coaster.  Now, she was just seeking a plain square coaster as seen in the photo to the left.  I was able to digitize and create this one in short order and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Design Option 2: Square Deco 4×4 In-the-Hoop Coaster

If you know me, you know that once I get started on something creative, it’s hard for me to stop.  So, I decided to make a few more options for this project.

Here is option #2:  A lovely coaster that is nice as is or would look great with a monogram in the middle.

There are so many fonts to choose from that I’m not including letters a-z this time, but I do provide instructions later in this post so you can know at which step to import your own monogram into this design.

Next is option #3:  If you follow this blog, you may recognize this fun fabric from my Pot Holder Tutorial.

Anyway, option 3 happens to be my personal favorite of the square coasters.  You can use this design to add a diamond applique to middle of your coaster or, you can leave out the applique fabric and just have the nice geometric shape as an accent stitch.

Design Option 3:  Diamond Applique 4×4 In-the-Hoop Coaster

So, I’ve shared the pictures of the three versions of this project along with my happy little roosters…

Now, I get to show you the steps to make yours!

If you are in a hurry and want to skip to the designs download link, just click the link to join my StitchinJenny yahoo group.

Joining is free and once you are a member, you can access and download these free designs!  If you do not see your machine’s format in the designs folder, please email me your machine’s make and model and I will upload the coaster designs in your needed format.

(NOTE: Different brands of machines require embroidery designs in their specified format.  For instance, Janome machines use JEF files. Babylock and Brother machines use PES files and so on and so forth…)

In-the-Hoop Square Coasters Tutorials For Options 2 & 3

Supplies:  

  • Self-adhesive wash-away stabilizer -or- Self-adhesive tear away stabilizer
  • 1 can of temporary spray adhesive
  • for all coaster design options, you will need two 5″x5″ fabric remnants per coaster,  one for coaster front and one for coaster back
  • for all coaster design options, you will need one 5″x5″ scrap of cotton, low-loft batting
  • for the applique option, you will need a 4″x4″ scrap of fabric for the diamond
  • 1 spool of embroidery thread (be sure to use matching embroidery thread in your bobbin)

The first tutorial is for the Option 2 Coaster:  Square Deco Coaster

NOTE:  This design is broken down into 6 thread colors to allow the machine to stop in between steps.  You can stick with one color of thread for the entire project.  (Be sure to use matching thread in your bobbin.)

Step 1: Peel away the protective paper and hoop your self-adhesive stabilizer so that it’s tight like a tambourine and the sticky side is face up in the hoop.

Step2:  Place the hoop on your embroidery machine and stitch color #1.  (This is the coaster outline.)

Step 3:  Place your coaster front fabric right side up on top of the coaster outline stitches.  Smooth out your fabric so there are no wrinkles and stitch color #2.  (This stitch will tack down your coaster front fabric.)

Step 4:  Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not un-hoop your fabrics.  Using applique scissors or your preferred scissors, trim away the excess fabric, cutting close to the tack down stitches.

Picture of Step 4

Step 5:  Spritz one side of your low-loft cotton batting with temporary spray adhesive. (When spraying, hold the can about 8″ away from your fabric.  The fumes are strong so you may want to do the spraying outdoors.)

Picture of Step 5

Step 6:  Turn your hoop over so that you are looking at the back of the hoop.  Lay the sticky side of your spritzed batting on the back of your hoop.

Step 7:  Place your hoop onto your embroidery machine.  Stitch color #3.  This stitch will tack your batting in place.

Step 8:  Remove your hoop from the machine.  Using applique scissors or your preferred scissors, trim away the excess batting, cutting close to the tack down stitches.

Picture of Step 8

Step 9:  Place the hoop onto your machine.  Stitch color #4.  This is the decorative stitch.  After this stitch is sewn, you could also import a monogram and stitch your preferred letter before moving on to the next step.

Picture of Step 9

Step 10:  Spritz the wrong side of your coaster backing  fabric with temporary spray adhesive.

Step 11:   Remove the hoop from the machine and turn it over so you are looking at the back of the hoop.  Lay the sticky side of your spritzed backing fabric on the back of your hoop.

Picture of Step 11

Step 12:  Place your hoop onto your embroidery machine.  Stitch color #5.  This stitch will tack your coaster’s backing fabric in place.

Step 13:  Remove your hoop from the machine.  Using applique scissors or your preferred scissors, trim away the excess backing fabric, cutting close to the tack down stitches.

Picture of Step 13

Step 14:  Place the hoop on your machine.  Stitch color #6.  This stitch is the border of your coaster.  Once you’ve stitched your coaster’s border, you can remove the hoop from the machine and you can un-hoop your project.

Picture of Step 14

Step 15:  If you used wash away stabilizer, trim away the excess stabilizer and lightly rinse the edges with warm water to dissolve any leftover stabilizer.  -or- If you used the tear away stabilizer, just tear away the excess stabilizer and you are done.

Back View of Deco Coaster

Option 3 Tutorial:  Applique Coaster

See supplies list at the beginning of the option 2 tutorial.

NOTE:  The applique coaster design is broken down into 8 thread colors to allow the machine to stop in between steps.  You can stick with one color of thread for the entire project.  (Be sure to use matching thread in your bobbin.)

Follow steps 1 through 8  from the option 2 tutorial above.

Step 9:  Place the hoop onto your machine.  Stitch color #4 of the applique coaster design.  This is the outline stitch for the diamond applique.

Step 10:  Spritz the wrong side of your coaster applique fabric with temporary spray adhesive.

Picture of Step 10 – Applique Coaster

Step 11:   Lay the sticky side of your spritzed applique fabric on the diamond outline stitch.  Smooth the fabric to remove any wrinkles.

Step 12:  Place the hoop on the machine.  Stitch color #5.  This stitch tacks down your applique fabric.

Step 13:  Remove the hoop from the machine.  Using applique scissors or your preferred scissors, trim away the excess applique fabric, cutting close to the tack down stitches.

Picture of Step 13 – Applique Coaster

Step 14:  Place the hoop on the machine.  Stitch color #6.  This is the satin stitch border around your applique.

Picture of Step 14 – Applique Coaster

Step 15:  Spritz the wrong side of your coaster backing  fabric with temporary spray adhesive.

Picture of Step 15 – Applique Coaster

Step 16:   Remove the hoop from the machine and turn it over so you are looking at the back of the hoop.  Lay the sticky side of your spritzed backing fabric on the back of your hoop.

Step 17:  Place your hoop onto your embroidery machine.  Stitch color #7.  This stitch will tack your coaster’s backing fabric in place.

Step 18:  Remove your hoop from the machine.  Using applique scissors or your preferred scissors, trim away the excess backing fabric, cutting close to the tack down stitches.

Step 19:  Place the hoop on your machine.  Stitch color #8.  This stitch is the border of your coaster.  Once you’ve stitched your coaster’s border, you can remove the hoop from the machine and you can un-hoop your project.

Step 20:  If you used wash away stabilizer, trim away the excess stabilizer and lightly rinse the edges with warm water to dissolve any leftover stabilizer.  -or- If you used the tear away stabilizer, just tear away the excess stabilizer and you are done.

Back View of Applique Coaster

Thanks for reading!  If you would like to download these free embroidery designs, just click the link to join my StitchinJenny yahoo group.  My group is a place where members can download my free designs, share their creations, and network with other crafty people.

Blessings!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

About Jenny Gabriel

Jenny Gabriel is a mother of 2, an independent sewing educator, and a full-time Residential Counselor at a Texas based safe haven for victims of domestic child sex trafficking. Please visit her blog at: http://girlsrestorationproject.org/ to see how you can help provide supplies and fabrics for these precious girls.
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4 Responses to In-the-Hoop Project: Square Coasters – Free Design from StitchinJenny!

  1. Kathy(maw) pigg says:

    Thanks again for a nice project it will make a nice gift. Will try asap. :-)

  2. Sharon Roden says:

    I really wanted to download your design but since I don’t have texting on my phone, I am unable to join your yahoo group. Is there any other way to get the design?

  3. debbjones says:

    Can you tell me how to import a monogram into the middle of a design for Option 2? I have a Brother PE770 machine, and I use Embird software.

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