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Kid's Sweat-shirt Decorated with Puppies Embroidery
It can be difficult to embroider on small items. They can be hard or even impossible to hoop. In this tutorial, we show how to get around this problem. The embroidery is made on netting and then attached to clothes.

To decorate this children's sweat-shirt, we used the designs from the Kitties and Puppies Set.
A girl in a gray sweatshirt decorated with puppies embroidery

You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon. Use our color cards.
  • a sweat-shirt,
  • nylon netting, (try to choose netting close to the color of the background),
  • water-soluble stabilizer,
  • fusible netting, such as Steam-A-Seam2, Stitch Witchery or similar products,
  • temporary fabric adhesive, such as SUlky KK2000, and/or sewing pins,
  • scissors,
  • iron and/or #12 universal needle, sewing threads,
  • pressing cloth.
Pictures of fusible nettings Steam-A-Seam2 and Stitch Witchery.
Step One: Cut a piece of netting and 2 pieces of water-soluble mesh, large enough to be hooped in a 4"x4" hoop. Sandwich the netting between the sheets of the stabilizer. Tighten the hoop.

Upload any file from the set into your machine. Open the JPG color card on your computer and select threads.
A "sandwich" of netting between 2 layers of water-soluble mesh

Step Two: Embroider the design.
Step Three: Neatly cut away the excess stabilizer, but do not cut the netting yet.
Stitch-outs of kittens and puppies on the "sandwich" with excess stabilizer cut away

Step Four: Wash-away the remaining stabilizer and leave the stitch-outs to air dry.
Stitch-outs of the puppies with stabilizer washed-away.

Attaching the Stitch-outs:
If you do not have fusible netting, or do not like to work with it, skip Steps 5-6 and go to Alternative Step 5.
Step Five: Cut away the netting around the stitch-outs. If you are using Steam-A-Seam2, it's a 2-side self adhesive fusible netting, cut a piece a little bit larger than a stitch-out. Remove the protecting paper on one side and , with your fingers, press the stitch-outs onto the netting.
Stitch-outs of the puppies placed onto Steam-A-Seam2 fusible netting

Cut away the excess netting and fusible netting around the stitch-outs. Remove the protecting paper from the back.
Remove the protecting paper from the back.
If you are working with non-adhesive fusible netting, cut away the stitch-outs, apply some temporary adhesive to the back of the designs, press the fusible netting onto them with your fingers. Cut away the excess fusible netting.
Step Six: Position the stitch-outs onto the sweater.
Stitch-outs of the puppies on a gray sweater.
Step Seven: Put the setting of the iron as the instructions of the fusible netting ask. Cover the stitch-outs with the pressing cloth and start fusing them to the fabric one by one.
An iron fusing the stitch-outs to the sweater through the pressing cloth.
Alternative Step Five: Working with one design at a time, apply some temporary adhesive to the back of the design, trying not to get any on the netting. Press with your fingers. If you do not have adhesive, use pins to anchor the design in place.

On your sewing machine, stitch the design in place following the inside of the black outline.
Stitch-out of a puppy sewn onto the sweatshirt

Using a pair of sharp scissors, neatly cut away the netting around the design.
Repeat Step 5 with the remaining stitch-outs.
Have fun!

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