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Christmas Embroidery in Felted Frames
These simple projects make great gifts. We used the designs Snowman with Gifts and Snowman Couple. Both designs are for the large hoop (5"x7").

The finished size of the framed pictures is about 13" x 13".
Snowman with Gifts design in a felt frame.

Snowman with Gifts
Snowman Couple design in a felt frame.

Snowman Couple
You will need :
  • embroidery threads according to the color cards of the designs,
  • fabric for the background,
  • medium-weight iron-on embroidery stabilizer,
  • 1/2 yard each of green and red polyester felt,
  • decorative Christmas-themed buttons,
  • green and red ric-rack (optional),
  • scissors,
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter,
  • chalk pencil or fabric marker,
  • 2 pieces of cardboad, 12" x 12" each.
Open the color card on the computer. If you have a color printer you can print out the color card.
Select threads according to the color card.
Upload the embroidery file into the machine.
Stabilize the fabric with medium-weight embroidery stabilizer. Hoop it tightly.
Embroider the design.
Christmas Embroidery in Felted Frames image 1

Press if needed.
Making the Frame
Out of felt, cut 2 squares measuring 13" x 13" each - one piece for the front and another for the back.The back piece may be of the same or of a different color. In the center of the front piece draw a rectangle measuring 6" x 7 1/2".
Piece of felt with drawn rectangle.

Cut out the rectangle.
Piece of felt with cut-out rectangle in the center.

Position the felt over the embroidery so that the embroidery looks through the central opening. Pin. Then stitch along the opening, seam allowance 1/4". You can also stitch rick-rack over the felt opening.
Sew on all embellishments.
Felt frame aroud the stitch-out decorated with buttons.

Place the front on the back piece of felt, align and pin all sides.
Photo showing the front and back pinned together.

You can also baste the front and back together with seam allowance 1/2" - 3/4".
Framed basted with the back panel.

On your sewing mahine, topstitch 3 sides along the baste stitches, 1/2" - 3/4" from the edge.
Measure the size of the square you stitched. Cut a piece of cardboard measuring 1/4" less than your measurements on each side.
Insert the cardboard square through the opening.
Topstitch the opening closed with the same seam allowance. A zipper foot might be helpful in this operation.
Christmas Embroidery in Felted Frames image 2

Rick-rack will add a ecorative element to the frame.
FInished frame decorated with buttons and ric-rack.

If you have a "wavy" blade for your rotary cutter, you can use it to cut the outer edges of the frame.
Rotary cutter with a special "wavy" blade.

Have fun!
Stitch-out of the finished frame. Close-up of the embroidery.

Stitch-out of the finished frame. Close-up of the embroidery.

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