One of our favorite parts of each issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is the “In the Hoop” column. In-the-hoop projects are so fun — it’s really interesting to see how Lisa Archer, our columnist, designs the projects to go together without having to remove them from the hoop.
Our in-the-hoop project in the Nov/Dec issue is this adorable mini Christmas stocking. We like it because it can do double duty! It was originally designed to be a gift card holder — it has a perfectly-sized pocket on the back, ideal for hanging a gift card on the tree. In addition, with a little personalization, it also makes a great gift tag.
To make a personalized mini-stocking gift tag, embroider the recipient’s name on the stocking cuff. If you’re comfortable with embroidery software and how in-the-hoop designs stitch out, this can be done in a copy of the design file, placing it so it embroiders between steps five and six. But if you don’t have access to embroidery software or aren’t comfortable altering the design, it’s easy to do by embroidering the cuff fabric in advance.
Design the embroidered name so it measures no more than 2 1/4” wide by 3/4” high to fit on the cuff with a comfortable margin. The Hopscotch Alphabet, available on shopsewitall.com, is the perfect height for this purpose, though it may require some resizing to make longer names fit lengthwise. Make sure to choose a solid or low-volume fabric for the stocking cuff to ensure that the name is easy to read!
The In-The-Hoop Mini Stocking embroidery design is available free from cmemag.com/freebies until Dec. 31, 2017, and will be available at shopsewitall.com afterward. Head on over to download the free design, then find all the instructions for making the stocking, as well as specifics on how to personalize the cuff, in the Nov/Dec issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, available on newsstands until Dec. 11, 2017, and in shopsewitall.com indefinitely. The issue also includes other ideas for embroidered gift card holders/gift tags, so if you’re the kind of crafter who likes to add that kind of special homemade touch, be sure to check it out.