Napkin Ring in the Hoop

This week we welcome guest blogger Sue O’Very from Sealed With A Stitch. We hope you enjoy her Napkin Ring project and make good use of it, perhaps as a Valentine’s place setting! You can download the designs for the project here.

Materials

  • (2) 4″ x 4″ Top ~ Cotton fabric (spray starch and press)
  • (2) 4″ x 4″ Bottom ~ Cotton fabric (spray starch and press)
  • (4) 4″ x 4″ Cut-away stabilizer – medium to heavy weight
  • (1) 8″ x 8″ piece of Tear-away stabilizer – medium to heavy weight


NOTE: Avoid Tear-away that leaves extra fibers!

i.e. Bosal Medium weight Tear Away

The basic napkin ring was used in photos as the example. All the napkin rings have the same basic steps.

For more details, see pages 7-9 for photos and steps of each napkin ring.


Tools

  • Ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat
  • Hoop with 4″ x 4″ sewing area
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Embroidery snips
  • Embroidery needle size 14
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Spray starch
  • Embroidery thread, bobbin thread and two empty bobbins
  • Seam sealant

*Bonus Appliqué instructions on page 10

 

KEY:

RS = Right Side

WS = Wrong Side

 

Step 1: Wind Bobbins

a) Wind one bobbin with thread to match the outer satin stitching for the Top (example is grey). Wind the second bobbin to match the outer satin stitching for the Bottom (example is pink).

b) At this time, thread top and bobbin with thread for the Bottom outer satin stitching (example is pink thread).

Step 2: Prepare Fabric

a) Spray starch and press all cotton fabrics (not shown).

b) Lightly spray one side of each Cut-away piece with spray adhesive. Place both Top and Bottom pieces RS facing up, centered on top of the Cut-away.

Step 3: Bottom

NOTE: All Napkin Rings will have the same first five stitch sequences. In these instructions we will refer to them as:

*Ring Placement Stitch

*Ring Secure Stitch

*Ring Satin Stitch

*Top Placement Stitch

*Top Secure Stitch

a) Hoop Tear-away stabilizer (not shown).

b) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch first stitch sequence, which will be the Ring Placement Stitch and where to place the Bottom fabric.

c) Lightly spray the WS of one piece of the Bottom. Place over the placement stitch on the front of the hoop.

d) Lightly spray the WS of other piece of the Bottom. Place over the position stitch on the back side of the hoop.

e) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the second stitch sequence, which will be the Ring Secure Stitch.

f) Remove hoop from machine and place on a flat surface. Do not remove the materials from inside the hoop. Use appliqué scissors to cut away extra Bottom on front and back of hoop. Cut as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the secure stitch.

g) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the third stitch sequence, which will be the Ring Satin Stitch.

T20_13 (Basic) – Design Accent colors in BOLD1 – Ring Placement Stitch2 – Ring Secure Stitch3 – Ring Satin Stitch4 – Top Placement Stitch5 – Top Secure Stitch

6 – Decorative stitch

7 – Top Back Secure Stitch

8 – Top Satin Stitch

 

 

Step 4: Front of Top

a) Insert bobbin weight thread (usually 60 wt white thread). Top embroidery thread should be same as for outer satin stitching (example is grey thread) (not shown).

b) Insert hoop into machine and stitch the fourth stitch sequence. This will be for the Top Placement Stitch.

c) Lightly spray the WS of one piece of the Top. Place over the front of the hoop over the top placement stitch.

d) Stitch the fifth stitch sequence which will be the Top Secure Stitch.

e) Stitch the Design Accents. NOTE: Some Napkin Rings will have multiple thread colors for this step. Follow the color breakdowns or see pages 7-9 for more details on the Design Accents. Be sure to clip all little jump threads as Design Accent colors progress. The basic napkin ring has only one design accent color. NOTE: You can also add your own design or monogram at this time by editing the design.

Step 5: Back of Top

NOTE: All Napkin Rings will have the same last two stitch sequences. In these instructions we will refer to them as:

*Top Back Secure Stitch

*Top Satin Stitch

*Lower speed to avoid thread
breakage for final satin stitching around Top.

*Raise presser foot height when stitching over the final satin stitching. Check your manual or ask your local dealer to see if your machine has this feature.

a) At this time, use matching top and bobbin with thread for the Top outer satin stitching (example is grey thread) (not shown).

b) Turn hoop with the WS facing up.

c) Spray WS of the second piece of Top. Place over the Top Secure Stitch and align with the Top front piece.

d) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the second to last stitch sequence, which will be the Top Back Secure Stitch.

e) Remove hoop from machine and place on a flat surface. Do not remove the materials from the hoop. Use appliqué scissors to cut away extra Top on front and back of hoop. Cut as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the secure stitch.

Step 6: Finish Napkin Ring

a) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the last stitch sequence, which will be the Top Satin Stitch.

b) Notice that the satin stitching has perforated the tearaway stabilizer. Hold the hoop and pull the napkin ring toward you in order to release it from the stabilizer.

c) To help get rid of any extra pokey threads or stubborn stabilizer around the outside of the napkin ring, try this – dab some seam sealant on your finger tip and run your finger around all the edges of the Ring and Top of the outside edge of the satin
stitch.

 

BONUS matching Appliqué designs to coordinate with the Napkin Rings

Material

  • (1) 4″ x 4″ Appliqué material ~ Cotton fabric (spray starch and press)
  • Cloth napkin (spray starch and press)
  • (1) 4″ x 4″ Fusible web i.e. Bosal Splendid Web or Steam-A-Seam 2®
  • (1) 8″ x 8″ piece of Wash-away mesh style stabilizer –
    i.e. Bosal Wash-Away Plus

The basic appliqué design was used in photos as the example. All the appliqué designs have the same basic steps. For more details, see pages 14-15 for photos and steps of each appliqué design.


Tools

  • Hoop with 4″ x 4″ sewing area
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Embroidery snips
  • Embroidery needle size 11
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Mini iron (recommended) i.e. Clover mini iron
  • Spray starch
  • Marking pen
  • Towel (for drying napkin)

KEY:

RS = Right Side

WS = Wrong Side

Step 1: Prepare Materials

a) Spray starch and press Appliqué material (not shown).

b) Spray starch and press the Cloth napkin.

c) Iron on a piece of fusible web on the WS of the Appliqué material, follow the manufacturers instructions.

d) Peel off paper from fusible web.

NOTE: These designs were digitized using Sue’s techniques along with specific stabilizers and materials for Napkins. Not all appliqués will be digitized with these exact steps.

Step 2: Secure Napkin

NOTE: All Appliqué designs will have the same first three stitch sequences. In these instructions we will refer to them as:

*Appliqué Placement Stitch

*Napkin Secure Stitch

*Appliqué Secure Stitch

a) Hoop Wash-away mesh style stabilizer.

b) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch first stitch sequence, which will be the Appliqué Placement Stitch and where to place the Napkin.

c) With a marking pen, mark the center of the design on the Napkin (not shown). Lightly spray the Wash-away stabilizer with spray adhesive. Place the “mark” over the center of the Appliqué Placement Stitch and press the Napkin down in place.

d) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the second stitch sequence, which will be the Napkin Secure Stitch.

Step 3: Appliqué Material

a) Place the Appliqué material RS up over the Napkin Secure Stitch and finger press the fusible web down to hold in place (not shown).

b) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the third stitch sequence, which will be the Appliqué Secure Stitch.

c) Remove hoop from machine and place on a flat surface. Do not remove the materials from the hoop. Use appliqué scissors to cut away extra Appliqué material. Cut as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the secure stitch.

d) Press the Appliqué material with the mini iron. This will set the fusible material.

e) Stitch the Design Accents. NOTE: Some Appliqué designs will have multiple thread colors for this step. Follow the color breakdowns or see pages 14-15 for more details on the Design Accents. Be sure to clip all the little jump threads as the Design Accents colors progress. The basic Appliqué has only one design accent color. NOTE: You can also add your own design or monogram at this time by editing the design.

f) Stitch the last stitch sequence, which will be the Outer Satin Stitch.

Step 4: Finish Napkin

a) Remove hoop from machine. With appliqué scissors, cut wash-away stabilizer close to the satin stitching.

b) Follow manufactures instructions to remove wash-away stabilizer. NOTE: Do not distort the embroidery stitches. I use warm water and gently massage the back of the stabilizer.

c) Let dry on towel for a little while (not shown). Press flat once all the stabilizer is removed. The results are a very professional clean finish on the front and back of the napkin.

d) Fold and slip napkin ring into the appliquéd napkin ring and set the table for dinner.

Here is your assignment for this week:

Tell us what Valentine’s Day projects you have in the works. One lucky winner will win a $25.00 shopping spree to DZGNS.com!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Tell me what embroidery task you find most challenging to win an autographed copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps and the Sew with Nancy DVD.

And the winner is… “as a newbie my biggest problem is which stabilizer to use.” – Vicki

Congratulations Vicki, we hope you enjoy the book!

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53 Comments on Napkin Ring in the Hoop

  1. Deborah
    February 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I am working on In-the-hoop projects as gifts for Valentine’s Day.
    Doorhangers, candy holders, & bookmakers…

    Reply
  2. Gail Beam
    February 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I hope to do a sweatshirt for my daughter.

    Reply
  3. Robin F
    February 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I am currently working on valentine lolly pop toppers for my daughters students and embroidered hand towels for friends and family. I’m also working on a valentines day quilt. I am using pretty hearts and sayings ribbons and bows too!

    Reply
  4. Wanda Keller
    February 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Heart shaped jumbo paper clips for the ladies in my office.

    Reply
  5. Barbara Rowlan Wong
    February 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve just finished sets of hand towels as gifts to my nieces and sister. What a pleasure to be able to create a handmade item that is so pretty and something I am proud to give.

    Reply
  6. Patty Sack
    February 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I am making a vest with heart appliques and embroideries coming from the back over the left shoulder and on the bottom right front for myself!

    Reply
  7. Donna G.
    February 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m making a quilted table topper, and time permitting, matching napkins.

    Reply
  8. Shirley
    February 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I am embroidering a set of napkins for my daughter; the design will be a red one-color design.

    Reply
  9. Shirley
    February 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I found a set of great napkins in a large black and white check; I am going to embroider a red one-color design on them.

    Reply
  10. Sue Reiss
    February 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I have twin Granddaughters and I made them shirts with layered hearts on them and then I am going to make them lolipop holders.

    Reply
  11. Sue Reiss
    February 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I made them shirts with layered hearts on them and then I am going to make them lolipop holders.

    Reply
  12. Beth R
    February 6, 2013 at 5:59 am (2 years ago)

    I have some valentine’s bookmarks in progress – my DH reads a lot, so I’m doing some bookmarks for him.

    Reply
  13. Chris
    February 6, 2013 at 6:58 am (2 years ago)

    I am making ITH heart shaped coin purses for the grand babies. I love ITH designs! I might even make one for myself!

    Reply
  14. Barbara
    February 6, 2013 at 7:22 am (2 years ago)

    There are so many people that I love that it needs to be simple, so I think this year’s choice will be in-the-hoop coin purses and bags.

    Reply
  15. Cathy
    February 6, 2013 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

    I am stitching in the hoop Valentine “Cookies” for the college kids, and will send in a bag with candy and a home made card.

    Reply
  16. Agnes B. Bullock
    February 6, 2013 at 9:53 am (2 years ago)

    Made bone shaped placemats for my dachshunds and matching machine embroidered napkins

    Reply
  17. Dee
    February 6, 2013 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

    I made free standing raggy letters out of valentine fabric that spell LOVE. I used pinking shears on the letters for a neater cute. Then I used ITH label – edited it for just the heart – fussy cut the fabric of a heart print with “stitching) and put that with some tulle and zebra ribbon around a glass candle holders to hold mints. I made a set of napkins with serged edges and also a set of ITH coasters (stippled). I then edited another label and put “coasters” on it – used an upcycled rectangular shaped glass candle holder and put the ribbon on the candleholder with some black sparkly tulle and zebra ribbon. All of this is on my dining room table on the zebra and heart print table runner.

    Reply
  18. Joyce Stiehler
    February 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m working on ITH wrist-lets, chap-stick holders, and a crayon holder for my grandkids for valentines. Also in the works (but won’t be finished in time) are two purses for my granddaughter and a messenger bag for my oldest grandson. I’m also doing some ITH Valentine favors for my youngest grandson (4 years old).

    Reply
  19. Calla Ferguson
    February 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m making bandannas for a valentine gift for hubby. He likes black & red so it’s great for Lovers day! (and easy)

    Reply
  20. judy revell
    February 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm (2 years ago)

    i’m working on a valentine outfit for a new born.

    Reply
  21. Joyce B
    February 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I am working on polar fleece mittens for 2 of my daughters for the cold Midwest weather! I’m also working on embroidering Valentine’s greeting cards for all the kids.

    Reply
  22. Joleen
    February 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I am working on placemats for Valentine’s day. I hope I get them done in time.

    Reply
  23. Lee Vertrees
    February 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I am working on a pink t-shirt with “LOVE” appliquéd on it for my grand daughter.
    It’s my first attempt. I’m a newbie to machine embroidery.

    Reply
  24. Paule-Marie
    February 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I am not working on embroidery. Most of my stuff is packed for the move when our house is done. I am, however, working on a scrappy trip around the world for Quilts of Valor. (I keep a sewing machine and supplies in my Wrangler for quilting days at the quilt store.) Once the move is done, I will start going to their embroidery club.

    Reply
  25. Merron Kay Skramstad
    February 7, 2013 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been making ITH Valentine heart coin bags for my grandchildren.

    Reply
  26. Lori Mehrer
    February 7, 2013 at 10:44 am (2 years ago)

    I plan on making some ITH sucker holders and some treat bags.

    Reply
  27. Vicky
    February 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Not exactly a Valentine project, but I have been making clutch size handbags to give away at an event in Wichita called Gown Town. Donated prom gowns are made available to girls who cannot afford a prom dress. Members of our local American Sewing Guild chapter spend two days at the event doing alterations. This year we also decided to make some clutch bags to give to the girls.

    Reply
  28. Joan Bloecher
    February 8, 2013 at 12:38 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve embroidered valentines that are sewing cards for granddaughters. I’ve been looking for sewing cards for them for a long time. When design came out for a valentine I just had to make them!

    Reply
  29. penny
    February 8, 2013 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

    First, I would love to thank Sue from SWAS for such an awesome design. What a sweet treat to get this awesome FREE design. Sue is one of my favorite designers and I just love all her designs, mostly her in the hoop projects! Thanks, Sue!

    Valentines Day stitching in full swing this week! Candy holders, cards and a mini quilt in the works!

    Thanks, SEW much!
    Penny

    Reply
  30. Kathy E.
    February 8, 2013 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    How kind of Sue from SWAS to offer this design as a freebie! It is so versatile and gets my creative juices going to make these!

    Currently, I am working on my first pieced quilted table runner. It’s not going perfectly, but I’m learning a lot as I go.

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Kathy E.

    Reply
    • Sue O'Very
      February 8, 2013 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Kathy ~
      I am glad you see the versatility in this design. I can see so much with it myself…even using chalk board fabric!

      Learn as you go is what its all about, enjoy as you go! You are welcome!

      Sue

      Reply
  31. Wyvonne
    February 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Where do I get the napkin ring design

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      February 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Wyvonne,
      Great question! Scroll to the top of this blog post. You’ll find a link in the first paragraph to download the design.

      Happy Stitching!
      Denise Holguin
      Tech Support

      Reply
  32. Janet Payne
    February 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Putting embroidery design on a shirt for my son.

    Reply
  33. jenny christiansen
    February 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to make napkin rings but am not able to print instructions

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      February 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Jenny,
      Were you able to download the zipped file with the designs and instructions? The link is at the top of this blog.

      The instructions are a PDF file named: T20_Napkin_Rings_SWAS.pdf. I double checked and it should print without any problems.

      Denise Holguin

      Reply
      • jenny christiansen
        February 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm (2 years ago)

        I can’t usually do zipped files but will try again
        thanks

        Reply
        • Greta Kanegae
          February 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

          if you can’t download zip files by just clicking with the mouse, you can do a “right click” and then select “save as” and a box will come up so you can choose where to save it

          Reply
        • jenny christiansen
          February 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm (2 years ago)

          tried again no luck I tried to do only pes and that didn’t work for me either ,guess I am just not good at this sort of thing
          thank you

          Reply
          • Sue O'Very
            February 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

            Email me at sue@sealedwithastitch.com as I am the designer of the napkin ring. I would be happy to send it to you directly.

  34. LeAnne L
    February 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I am making Valentine potholders and a table runner.

    Reply
  35. Greta Kanegae
    February 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I am making a book bag for my daughter that has applique pig front and back designs…

    thank you to Sealed with a stitch for the napkin ring!!

    Reply
    • Sue O'Very
      February 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm (2 years ago)

      You are VERY welcome!! Come by our Facebook page and show us what you are up too :) Thank you to DIME for blogging about us!!

      Reply
  36. Cecilia Wilson
    February 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I am making a Kindle fire keeper bag for my honey, and sister and nephew, it goes on and on. Great fun though.

    Reply
  37. Deb Bremer
    February 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I am working on 38 Frog Sucker Covers for my Grandson in Texas ti give to his class, a swap project and then various valentine projects for here one of them a towel for me hopefully! LOL!

    Reply
  38. Betsy Cook
    February 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Going to finish granddaughters shirt I started last year….thank goodness it was big to begin with. I really want to be organized !

    Reply
  39. Barb
    February 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm (2 years ago)

    We are going to a niece’s wedding Saturday, so I made a set of napkins using a cutwork heart design as part of her gift. May not be Valentine’s day when she gets them but with an anniversary so close, she may use them for anniversary dinners in the future.

    Reply
  40. Kathy Stoessner
    February 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I just finished a crazy patch table runner that featured heart as the center. I also did a cross stitch machine design of a doorway with a cupid. I am so glad you have this blog, since the trend is going toward quilting. Happy to have some embroidery inspiration.

    Kathy

    Reply
  41. Bonita
    February 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I am working on the Sunset Runner in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Love of Quilting. Just learning quilting but am enjoying it. Also completing a tote that was started in my local Quilt Shop where we machine embroideried a Purely Gates design using mylar.
    Bonita

    Reply
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