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Christmas Card Holder
For this Christmas Card Holder we used the designs Snowy Street and Star of Bethlehem.
Card holder in an embroidery frame with Christmas-themed embroidery


You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon, either follow our color cards, or use to your own taste,
  • 1/2 yard or 2 fat quarters of royal blue fabric,
  • light-weight cut-away or tear-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • 14" wooden frame for hand embroidery (available on Amazon.com or craft websites and shops),
  • 1 fat quarter of polyester craft felt,
  • scissors, chalk pencil, graph pencil,
  • #12 universal machine needle,
  • sewing thread and needle,
  • acrylic paint and paint brush (optional),
  • small embellishments like hot-fixed crystals, beads, themed buttons (optional).
Painting the Embroidery Frame:
This step is optional, you can leave the frame as it is. However, paint can give the finished project a different look.
Unscrew the frame, you will need only the outer hoop. Spread a layer of old newspapers on your working surface and paint the hoop in any color you like. Leave to dry. Apply another coat, if needed.
Wooden embroidery frame painted in blue.

Embroidery:
Stabilize one of the royal blue fat quarters with light-weight cut-away or tear-away stabilizer. Upload the Star of Bethlehem design into your embroidery machine. Embroider the design.
Cut/tear away the excess stabilizer.
Spread the stitch-out on a working table. Position the lower hoop over the fabric so that the star is close to the upper edge.
Position the lower hoop over the fabric so that the star is close to the upper edge

With a chalk pencil trace the outline of the hoop.
With the chalk pencil trace the outline of the hoop.

Cut away the excess fabric around the outline leaving margins about 1 1/2" wide.
Cut away the excess fabric around the outline leaving margins of about 1 1/2" wide.

Stabilize the other fat quarter and embroider the design of the Snowy Street . Remove the excess stabilizer.
Cut away the fabric over the upper edges of the stitch-out leaving a margin of about 3". Fold the edge 1/4" back, press. Fold 1/4" again, press. Topstitch in place.
The upper edge over the snowy street embroidery is folded and stitched in place.

Your title of this step.
Position the stitch-out with the Snowy Street over the circle with the Star. With the chalk pencil, mark the level of the upper stitch-out on the margins of the circle.
Mark the level of the upper stitch-out.

Position the hoop over both stitch-outs aligning it with the chalk outline around the star.
Position the hoop over both stitch-outs aligning it with the chalk outline

Trace the hoop outline over the "street" part.
Trace the hoop outline over the "street" part.

Press with heavy steam. Square the quilt. Finish the raw edges with the binding.
Pin the layers together.
Topstitch through both layers along the chalk line.
Topstitch through both layers along the chalk line.
Turn the working piece face down
Turn the woring piece wrong side facing.
With scissors, cut away the fabric along the edge of the "star" circle.
cut away the fabric along the edge of the "star" circle.
This is what the working piece looks like after all above steps. If you want to add any embellishments, do it now. We added some hot-fix crystals.
This is what the working piece looks like after all above steps.
Place the inner frame over a piece of craft felt. With a pencil, trace the outline.
Place the inner frame over a piece of craft felt. With a pencil, trace the outline.
Cut out the felt circle.
Cut out the felt circle.
Insert the working piece into the frame. Tighten the screw.
Insert the wprking piece into the frame.
Baste along the edges of the fabric and pull the thread.
Baste along the edges of the fabric and pull the thread.
Cover the back with the felt circle and stitch it to the fabric along the edges. It will make the back look tidier.
Cover the back with the felt circle and stitch it to the fabric along the edges
Cover the back with the felt circle and stitch it to the fabric along the edges
Have fun!
Card holder in an embroidery frame with Christmas-themed embroidery

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