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Seasonal Coasters, In-The-Hoop

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Add a seasonal look to your dining table with in-the-hoop coasters. The coasters are stitched in elegant UltraSuede fabric and are a gorgeous way to protect your table from drips and spills. Comes in autumn, winter, and Christmas themes!


  • Small pieces of UltraSuede
  • Tear-away stabilizer
  • Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)

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Special Notes
Use UltraSuede or felt for best results, as the edges of the coaster are raw. Using these types of fabric will ensure that the fabric will not fray.

When you download an in-the-hoop coaster design, you will find multiple files. Some are the embroidery files, and the others are dieline files marked with the letters "DL". Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the correct shape and size. Open and print each dieline file using an embroidery software. If you do not have an embroidery software, take a look at our helpful video on using dielines.

Spray the backside of each dieline printout with temporary adhesive.

Smooth each the dieline onto a piece of UltraSuede.

Cut out the shapes.

Now that the fabric pieces are cut to the proper shape and size, it's time to embroider the design.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.

Madeira E-Zee Tear 1.5 oz. or Floriani Tearaway Medium are good choices. Those brands are more fibrous, less paper-like, and will tear more cleanly.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design (not the dieline files).

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, so that will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline, or outline stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer where we'll place the front fabric piece.

Spray the back of the front piece with temporary adhesive.

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Place the fabric piece right inside the sewn dieline.

Reattach the hoop to the machine and continue with the design.

A running stitch tack down will sew next. This binds the fabric in place for the remainder of the design.

All of the inner elements will sew next.

On the color change sheet, look for the note that says "finishing seam." When you get to this section, stop the machine and remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Turn the hoop over and spray the backside of the back piece with temporary adhesive.

Place the back piece within the shape on the back of the embroidery.

The remaining steps will be seen from both sides. Wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the top.

Attach the hoop back to the machine. Continue the design.

A running stitch tack down will bind all the layers together.

Unhoop the stabilizer and gently tear the excess away. The outline stitch will be removed as well.

If any bits of the stabilizer are still showing, carefully pull the layers of UltraSuede apart and trim away the stabilizer.

Change the color of the Ultrasuede fabric to stitch these leaves for spring or summer.

A Christmas version of these sophisticated coasters can bring an elegant look to your holiday dinner parties and decorating.

And add a frosty look to your dinner table with Winter Coasters decorated with a flurry of snowflakes.

This project is featured on the Embroidery Library Pinterest page.

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