I’m going to show you how to make any of my ornaments, they all follow the same procedures – it’s super quick and easy. (For the purposes of this tutorial, let’s pretend my embroidery hoop is clean… mkay?)
Rudolph Ornament can be found here!
Step: 1. Hoop 1-2 pieces of cut away stabilizer. I like cut away because I think that it helps the vinyl hold the stitches better and it adds a lot of stability to the design. I say 1-2 pieces because if you are using a thin vinyl – you’ll want to make sure to use 2 pieces so the vinyl doesn’t warp. I typically use marine or promo vinyl for ornaments because it can handle the dense stitching well.
Step 2: Color change 1 is stitched directly on the stabilizer. This is your vinyl placement line. After you stitch the placement, float your vinyl over the placement line – secure with tape so the vinyl doesn’t shift. You’ll want to make certain your vinyl completely covers this line.
Step 3: Color change 2 – this is the body and the face of the reindeer.
Step 4: Color change 3 – this is antlers and hooves.
Step 5: Color change 4 – this is the inside of the ears.
Step 6: Color change 5 – Rudolph’s nose
Step 7: Color change 6 – Stitches the eyes and the the outline.
Omg! How cute is this?
Step 8: Color change 7 – This is your placement for the grommet. You can skip this step if you are comfortable placing the grommet without a reference. (I usually use a thread color the closely matches the vinyl color in the event that I don’t center the hole perfectly. Yes, it happens!)
Step 9: Remove your hoop and place a piece of backing vinyl under the hoop. Secure with tape and double check that ALL your stitching is completely covered. Put your hoop back on the machine.
Step 10: Color change 8 – This is the final bean stitch around your ornament.
Step 11: Unhoop, cut out your ornament carefully making sure you don’t clip into the bean stitches.
Step 12: Install your eyelet or grommet. (Tip: I mark the center of the the grommet placement circle with a Sharpie – that way when I’m using my crop-a-dile to create the grommet hole, I use the center marking point as my reference point.
That’s it! You’re all done!
You can see all of our ornaments here!!
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