Are you ready to make something adorable with your embroidery machine for the holidays? I’m so excited to share with you this fast and fun In-the-Hoop machine embroidery project. What is In-the-hoop you might ask? It’s a project created using an embroidery machine where the construction is done inside the hoop as opposed to a sewing machine. The tree tea light cover project’s total size is 3-1/2″ wide by 4″ tall, so use the smallest hoop that comes with your machine that this design will fit into. I’m using my bernette 79 and using the Medium hoop, 120×180 mm.
Hello my Sewing Bees, my name is Sue O’Very-Pruitt owner of Sookie Sews and BERNINA Expert. You can find me on Instagram at @SookieSews and my website SookieSews.com where I have hundreds of machine sewing patterns, embroidery designs, and In-the-hoop projects. Ok, let’s get stitching.
Materials and Supplies to Make a Christmas Tree Tea Light Cover In the Hoop
Measurements are Width by Height
- (2) Felt 9″ x 12″
- Embroidery thread i.e. Mettler Polysheen
- Match the felt color – Green
- Tree – Cream
- Trunk – Brown
- Balls – Red
- 60 weight bobbin thread
- Empty bobbin
- Embroidery needle 75/11
- Fabric Shears
- 5.5″ All-Purpose Craft Scissors i.e. Sookie Sews
- EZ Hook n Snip i.e. Sookie Sews
- Tea Lights
- Clear adhesive tape
Steps to Make a Christmas Tree Tea Light Cover In the Hoop
- Wind a matching bobbin with the thread that matches the felt, in my case green.
- Insert a brand new embroidery needle, 60 wt bobbin, and the thread that matches the felt, in my case green.
- Hoop one piece of felt.
- Insert hoop into the machine and sew Stitch #1, the outside tree stitch, this will be shown so if you decide to make it a contrasting color, keep that in mind.
- Change thread for the tree swirls. In my case, cream and sew Stitch #2. Clip any jump threads that didn’t get cut by the machine.
- Change thread for the tree trunk. In my case, brown and sew Stitch #3.
- Change thread for the balls. In my case, red and sew Stitch #4. Clip any jump threads that didn’t get cut by the machine.
- Remove the hoop from the machine and turn the hoop to the wrong side facing up. Cut the second piece of felt in half (4-1/2″ x 6″) and place it over the wrong side of the embroidery design stitching. Use clear tape to secure it in place.
- Change the top and bobbin to the thread that matches the felt, in my case green.
- Insert hoop into the machine and sew Stitch #5, the final outside stitch.
- Remove the hoop from the machine and the materials from the hoop. With the 5.5″ All-purpose craft scissors cut around the outside stitch about 1/16″-1/8″ away from the edge, do not cut the stitches.
- Slip the bottom of the tree opening over the tea light. Turn on the tea light. Keep making more to grow your very own magical Christmas forest of trees.