Christmas Tree Tea Light Cover In the Hoop

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

Steps to Make a Christmas Tree Tea Light Cover In the Hoop

  1. Wind a matching bobbin with the thread that matches the felt, in my case green.
  2. Insert a brand new embroidery needle, 60 wt bobbin, and the thread that matches the felt, in my case green.
  3. Hoop one piece of felt.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Change thread for the tree trunk. In my case, brown and sew Stitch #3.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Change the top and bobbin to the thread that matches the felt, in my case green.
  10. Insert hoop into the machine and sew Stitch #5, the final outside stitch.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

I hope you enjoyed this easy In the Hoop machine embroidery project and make many of these. When you make yours, please snap a shot and tag me @SookieSews and @BERNINAUSA!!

33 thoughts on “Christmas Tree Tea Light Cover In the Hoop

      1. Thank you. I’m trying to order the tea lights you mention but your website doesn’t allow you to enter the order without applying for a business option????

  1. These are sew cute but I don’t have an embroidery machine. I sure would love to know the dimensions of this felt tree so I can make one by hand that would fit a tea light. Thank you.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  2. These are SO cute! Just finished two of them, and had a problem with both of them. As it’s finishing the last stitches, and wants to return to the start/end, the presser foot does not go up, nor does the needle. So it broke/bent the needle. First time I thought it was something I did, but it happened exactly the same way, in the same spot, on the second one. Help please??????

  3. Thank you for the cute design. I immediately downloaded it to my Bernina Software and was easy to do. Now I just have to decide what colors I want to use. Such a cute idea.

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