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                     In-the-Hoop Purse
            This purse is made entirely in the hoop,
              with a lining, shoulder strap, flap, and
            button closure. To watch the free video
             tutorial, click on the image to the right.
                  Written instructions are below.

                  In-the-Hoop Purse designs are
                available at www.EmbLibrary.com.

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                                                     1/4 yard outer fabric
                                                     1/4 yard lining fabric
                                                     42 inches of cording for purse strap
    Supplies Needed:
                                                     Tear-away stabilizer
                                                     Spray adhesive
                                                     3/4 Inch button
                                                                                When you download a purse
                                                                                design, you'll find three files.
                                                                                One will be called DLFront
                                                                                and one will be called
                                                                                DLBack. Those two files are
                                                                                the die lines (DL stands for
                                                                                "die line"). You won't actually
                                                                                embroider those files --
                                                                                they're included so you can
                                                                                cut the fabric to the exact
                                                                                shape of the purse pieces
                                                                                before you start sewing.

                                                                                If you have embroidery
                                                                                software, open the DLFront
                                                                                file and print it at full size,
                                                                                twice. Do the same for the
                                                                                DLBack file.




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                                                                              If you don't have embroidery
                                                                              software, or cannot print from
                                                                              it, then hoop two pieces of
                                                                              paper.




                                                                              Embroider the DLFront file
                                                                              onto the paper with an
                                                                              unthreaded needle. For this
                                                                              example, we did leave thread
                                                                              in the needle so you can
                                                                              better see the die line's path.

                                                                              Repeat this for the DLBack
                                                                              file.




                                                                              Then, cut the shapes from
                                                                              the paper. These will be your
                                                                              templates to use to prepare
                                                                              the fabric.




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                                                                              You'll need four pieces of
                                                                              fabric to make an in-the-hoop
                                                                              purse: two pieces for the
                                                                              outer fabric, and two pieces
                                                                              for the lining.

                                                                              Begin with the front outer
                                                                              fabric. Spray the square
                                                                              template with a bit of
                                                                              adhesive, then smooth it on
                                                                              the right side of the front
                                                                              outside fabric.




                                                                              Cut around the shape.
                                                                              Repeat this step with the
                                                                              fabric for the lining. Leave the
                                                                              paper templates on the fabric
                                                                              after you have finished
                                                                              cutting.




                                                                              Now, do the same for the
                                                                              back fabric and lining. Spray
                                                                              the paper template with a bit
                                                                              of adhesive, and smooth it
                                                                              onto the right side of the
                                                                              fabric.




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                                                                              The in-the-hoop purse
                                                                              designs come in many
                                                                              shapes and styles. If you are
                                                                              working with a purse that has
                                                                              a rounded flap, you'll notice
                                                                              notches in the die line. Cut
                                                                              the triangles from the
                                                                              notches.

                                                                              Again, leave the paper
                                                                              templates on the fabric after
                                                                              you have finished cutting.




                                                                              We'll need to press seam
                                                                              allowances on the fabric
                                                                              pieces. Fold the paper
                                                                              template down to the marked
                                                                              line.




                                                                              Turn the piece over so the
                                                                              fabric is up, and fold the
                                                                              fabric down toward the wrong
                                                                              side until it equals the paper's
                                                                              fold. Then, press with an iron.




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                                                                              Remove the paper template.




                                                                              Make seam allowances for all
                                                                              four pieces -- the front fabric
                                                                              and lining, and the outer
                                                                              fabric and lining.

                                                                              If you are working with a
                                                                              purse that has a rounded
                                                                              flap, fold each paper notch
                                                                              back.




                                                                              Turn the piece over so that
                                                                              the paper template is facing
                                                                              down. Press the notches
                                                                              back to the wrong side of the
                                                                              fabric to make that seam
                                                                              allowance.




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                                                                              Spray the wrong side of the
                                                                              front lining piece with a bit of
                                                                              adhesive, then smooth onto
                                                                              the wrong side of the outer
                                                                              fabric piece.

                                                                              Spray the wrong side of the
                                                                              back lining piece with a bit of
                                                                              adhesive, and smooth that
                                                                              onto the wrong side of the
                                                                              back outer fabric piece.




                                                                              If you'd like to add a strap to
                                                                              the bag, prepare that now.
                                                                              We cut a 42" piece of cord for
                                                                              the strap.




                                                                              Slip the ends in between the
                                                                              upper corners of the back
                                                                              fabric and lining.




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                                                                              For the first part of the
                                                                              embroidery, we want the
                                                                              bobbin thread to match the
                                                                              top thread.

                                                                              Wind a bobbin with the same
                                                                              thread that you'll be using in
                                                                              the needle.




                                                                              Now we're ready to begin
                                                                              embroidering! Hoop a piece
                                                                              of tear-away stabilizer.




                                                                              Begin embroidering the
                                                                              design -- the one that begins
                                                                              with the numbers "24."
                                                                              Remember, you don't need to
                                                                              sew the files that are marked
                                                                              DLFront and DLBack.

                                                                              The die line for the front
                                                                              panel will sew first -- that's
                                                                              already programmed in to the
                                                                              file.




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                                                                              After the die line finishes
                                                                              sewing, lightly spray the
                                                                              corners of the lining side of
                                                                              the front piece with a bit of
                                                                              spray adhesive -- just a small
                                                                              amount.




                                                                              Place the front piece, lining
                                                                              side down, into the sewn die
                                                                              line.




                                                                              Continue embroidering the
                                                                              design. The next portions to
                                                                              sew are the top seam of the
                                                                              front panel, and a basting
                                                                              stitch that will help to keep
                                                                              the fabric in place during the
                                                                              embroidery. And, any
                                                                              embroidered embellishments
                                                                              will also sew.

                                                                              On the color change sheet
                                                                              you'll see a line that says
                                                                              "back piece die line." After
                                                                              that has sewn, stop the
                                                                              machine.




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                                                                              For the remaining steps you'll
                                                                              want to use a bobbin that
                                                                              matches your top thread
                                                                              again.

                                                                              Take the back piece and
                                                                              lightly spray the corners of
                                                                              the outer fabric side with
                                                                              adhesive.




                                                                              Place the fabric, lining side
                                                                              up, inside the sewn die line.




                                                                              Continue embroidering the
                                                                              design. You'll see a seam
                                                                              sew the front and back panel
                                                                              together. And, you'll see a
                                                                              seam that finishes the flap.
                                                                              Finally, the buttonhole will
                                                                              sew in the top of the flap.




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                                                                               Remove the stabilizer from
                                                                               the hoop, and gently tear the
                                                                               stabilizer away.

                                                                               You'll notice the die line
                                                                               threads tearing away with the
                                                                               stabilizer. Clip away any
                                                                               loose threads that remain.




                                                                               Flip the purse right-side out.




                                                                               Using a craft knife and a self-
                                                                               healing pad, slit the
                                                                               buttonhole open.




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                                                                               To mark the button
                                                                               placement, measure 3-1/2
                                                                               inches from the bottom of the
                                                                               purse. Bring the flap down to
                                                                               meet the edge of the ruler.
                                                                               Doing this will create a little
                                                                               slack in the flap, and that's
                                                                               okay, because you want to
                                                                               be able to put things in the
                                                                               purse. Pull the buttonhole
                                                                               open slightly, and mark in the
                                                                               center.

                                                                               If you are working with a
                                                                               purse that has a triangular
                                                                               pointed top, then measure
                                                                               down 2-3/4 inches.




                                                                               Sew a 3/4 inch button at that
                                                                               mark.




               You'll find a fabulous variety of styles and subjects for in-the-hoop purses at the
                 Embroidery Library. Click here to see the purse designs below, and others!

                      Also available are "blank" purse designs so that you can add initials or
                      monograms or designs of your own choosing. To use the blank purses,
                     embroider the fabric before you cut it to the shape of the paper template.




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