Hi everyone, I have a special treat/guest post for you today, courtesy of Susan M!
She made this adorable fairy costume for her glitter girl from this pattern:
Susan digitized the wings to do for machine embroidery and graciously agreed to share her embroidery files and step-by-step instructions with you here on the blog! I’d rate this project as something for people with at least intermediate machine-embroidery skills and enough crafting experience to know what your equipment can handle in terms of stitching through plastic when needed. If the plastic part intimidates you, you could leave the wings floppy as in the original or experiment with using an extra layer or two of water-soluble stabilizer and wetting it well, but not rinsing it out. I’ve found that often leads to a reasonable amount of stiffness for small projects.
Susan’s instructions for using the files follow:
(I have a Pfaff Creative Sensation and the hoop I used is 360 mm X 200 mm, enabling me to put both wings on one hoop.) If someone doesn’t have embroidery software to change the hoop, email me with your format type and hoop size you need. I’m at email@example.com
Instructions for In The Hoop Butterfly Wings:
• 505 Spray adhesive organza ( enough for hooping)
• Thin clear plastic sheet I used the sheet of very thin plastic to cut out Jennie’s wing pattern and then cut away 1/4″ all around so I wouldn’t be stitching through plastic on my embroidery machine.
• Load the same thread in both the top and bobbin. I used all black.
1. Hoop 2 layers of organza with one layer of water soluble stabilizer in between the layers.
2. Stitch out the step fill part of the design. I used 3 different colors show in the embroidery design for each wing for user control, but in my case I used only black thread with gold organza.
3. At the second color change in the design, which straight stitches around the holes in the wings, I removed the hoop and cut away the threads from the jump stitches.
4. Lightly spray your clear plastic with 505 adhesive and position it on the back side of the design, well away from the edge, so you won’t stitch through the plastic.
5. Take another piece of organza, enough to cover the plastic and extending over the entire wing, spray the plastic that’s already adhered with 505, and attach the organza also, on top of the plastic. Re-insert your hoop into the machine.
6. Stitch the final stitching which is a satin stitch around the outer edge of the wing.
7. Repeat process for second wing.
8. Remove wings from hoop and cut close to the satin stitch. I used Fray Check around the outer edge, just to be safe.
9. I sewed a small strip of black plastic faux leather to the wings, and used black elastic straps to fit the doll. I needed my Juki 2010 to go through the plastic and wings.