Number Beanbag In the Hoop Instructions©

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Number Beanbag In the Hoop Instructions©
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Number Beanbag
In the Hoop Instructions
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The number beanbags you purchased come in the 4x4 hoop size. They are so fast to stitch and each
one is made in the hoop with just two hoopings.
For the 4x4 design you will need:
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2 pieces of fabric cut 5 inches by 5 inches for the actual bag. One piece will be for the front and one
piece will be for the back of the beanbag. Tip: Charm packs work great for this project!
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2 pieces of fabric for the number appliqué, one for the number and one for the dots.
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Coordinating thread
Medium weight tear away stabilizer.
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Filling material for your beanbag.
Note about filing material: there are several things that you can use to fill your beanbags. Good old-fashioned
dried beans work great as does rice, buckwheat seeds, dried cherry pits, etc. As with any natural filling, be sure it
is free of pests. A good way to do this is to freeze your filling prior to filling your bags.
If you prefer to use a non-natural filler, these pony beads are a great option.
They can be found at Michael’s or Wal-Mart and are fairly inexpensive. The other nice thing about the pony
beads is that they are very lightweight, so if you are making these for very young kids, this is a good option. Also,
with the pony beads as filler, you could wash the beanbags if needed.
Note about stabilizer: this project is so fast and easy and is the perfect project to use up your scraps! In the
materials list we note that you need medium weight stabilizer. After stitching many of these beanbags, we found
that it is sometimes best to use an iron-stabilizer (i.e. poly mesh stabilizer) on your beanbag fabric as well. This
helps to keep the fabric smooth and eliminate any potential problems with puckering.
Let’s get started!
If you are making the bag with both
the number and the numerical dots on
the back, choose the front/back file. If
you are making the front only
(numbers) or back only (numerical
dots) choose that specific file.
Send the front/ number beanbag
design to the embroidery machine.
Hoop stabilizer.
Place hoop on machine.
Place one piece of fabric, right side
up, on top of the stabilizer. Try to
make sure your fabric is in the center
of the hoop.
You will not have a placement
stitch for this first panel. We did
this on purpose because it would be
impossible to line the two placement
stitches up at the very end of the stitch
out.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #1: placement stitches for
appliqué fabric the number for front of
beanbag.
Remove hoop from machine.
Place your appliqué fabric on top of
the number placement stitches.
Place hoop on machine.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #2: tack down stitch.
Remove hoop from machine.
Trim around the number close to the
line of stitching.
Place hoop back on machine.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #3: satin stitch.
Remove Hoop from machine and
unhoop fabric.
Remove stabilizer then set aside.
Hoop second piece of stabilizer, and
place hoop back on machine.
Send the back design file to the
machine.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #1: placement stitch for
back of bag.
Place back piece of fabric, right side
up, on top of the placement stitches.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #2: tacks down fabric.
Do NOT trim the fabric at this point.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #3: placement stitch for the
number dots appliqué fabric.
Remove hoop from machine.
Place the appliqué fabric, right side
up, on top of the placement stitches.
Place hoop back on machine.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #4: tack down stitch.
Remove hoop and trim close to
tack down line.
Using thread color of your choice:
Sew color #5: satin stitch.
Remove hoop from machine.
Take the front part of the bag (the
piece with the number that you
already stitched) and place it on top
of the number dots, right side
down.
Be sure to try to align the design
carefully so that the front and back
designs are centered.
Use clear tape on the corners of the
fabric to secure.
Using thread of your choice: Sew
color #6: Final stitch/ sews the back
of the bag to the front.
Remove hoop from machine and
unhoop beanbag.
Trim around the entire design and
remove stabilizer.
Tip: be sure to round or clip corners
so that they turn out nicely.
Turn bag right-side out.
Fill your beanbag with whatever
contents you prefer (here we used
pony beads). It is best to fill the
beanbag about 2/3rds full.
Tip: Fill the bag inside a large ziplock
or on top of the tub, it is much cleaner
as your beans or beads don’t go all
over the place. You might also try
using a large sized funnel.
Whip stitch or use steam a seam to
close the opening.
Note: our bag held up fine with steam
a seam, but use your best judgment
when deciding how to close the bag.
If these bags are going to kids who
tend to be a little rougher on things,
you will want to whip stitch it closed so
that the filling doesn’t leak out.
You’re done! Now, start the next
number! ;-)
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