Nancy Zieman Piece in the Hoop Candle Covers



Make a Candle Cover to coordinate with your holiday theme. With Larisa Bland’s Piece in the Hoop techniques and a few seasonal fabrics you’ll have a lovely gift in just a few hours. Each Candle Cover is made with a computerized embroidery machine in only one hooping. You’ll end up with nice finished edges, so when turned right side out, your Candle Cover will be complete. Larisa’s book includes 20 quilt projects and 40 machine embroidery designs!

  • Load the designs onto the machine. Hoop the stabilizer. Thread the machine using a neutral thread for piecing. Pull up the Economy Patch. Start the machine and allow the reference shape and the placement shape to stitch.


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  • Lay piece 1 right side up over the placement shape. Slip a pressing pad under the hoop and use your mini iron to fuse the fabric in place.


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  • Start the machine and allow a placement line to stitch.


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  • Lay piece 2 right side down along the placement line. Ensure that piece 2 extends at least 1/4″ beyond both ends of the placement line. Start the machine and allow a tacking line to stitch. Trim away the excess fabric.


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  • Slip a pressing pad under the hoop. Flip back piece 2 and fuse it in place with the mini iron. (The instructions and embroidery design to create a handy sized embroidery pad is also given in the book.)


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  • Continue with the stitch-n-flip process until eleven pieces are placed. Start the machine and allow a placement line to stitch.


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  • Place the 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangle right side down along the placement line. Ensure that the rectangle extends at least 1/4″ beyond both ends of the placement line. Start the machine and allow the tacking line to stitch. Remove the hoop and trim away the excess fabric.


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Note: If you have any loose threads popping up in the block, use tweezers to pull the thread taut and clip it with applique scissors as close to the fabric as you can.

  • Fold the edge under so that it extends just beyond the reference shape line. Press to crease the fabric and fuse it to the stabilizer.


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  • Return the hoop to the machine and allow a placement line to stitch.


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  • Place the 4-1/2″ x 5″ rectangle right side down along the placement line. Ensure that the rectangle extends at least 1/4″ beyond both ends of the placement line. Start the machine and allow the tacking line to stitch. Remove the hoop and trim away the excess fabric.


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  • Fold the edge under so that it extends just beyond the reference shape line. Press to fuse it to the stabilizer.


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  • Place a 4-1/2″ x 9″ backing piece of fabric right side down over the project. Fold the edges back, making sure that all the folded edges are aligned to the same height. Press with a mini iron. Tape the pieces in place. Make sure to apply tape along the folds to hold them securely in place.


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  • Return the hoop to the machine and allow the final two lines to stitch. These lines will double back at the ends to give the candle cover added reinforcement at the edges. Remove the project from the hoop and trim away the excess fabric.


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  • Trim a “scoop” out of the stabilizer on both ends of the project. This ensures that no stabilizer will show.


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  • Turn the project inside out, press, and insert a seven-day candle.


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  • Repeat all these steps for the Heart and Log Cabin designs.

 

You’ll find many more creative ideas, plus all the embroidery designs in Larissa’s book, Piece in the Hoop. There’s an added bonus—a 30 minute video. It’s all part of the book package. Talk about a great value!


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