In-the-Hoop Santa Ornament

This adorable Santa stitches up completely in the hoop!

One of the reasons that I so love in-the-hoop (ITH) projects is that, with most, there is no finish work. These ITH Santa Ornaments from Embroidery Weekly are so darn cute that you will want to stitch up a bunch!

If you have never tried an ITH project like this, fear not. The directions are quite good and include photos and step-by-step instructions.

Piecing is done right in the hoop. Placement stitches show where to position fabric pieces.

Secure each piece onto the stabilizer with a glue stick or temporary spray adhesive.

Continue through the process, adding pieces where instructed.

Add the front of the hat and stitch the face and a sprig of holly.

Place back flaps over the embroidery.

Stitch the layers together. Remove everything from the hoop and trim close to the stitching lines.

Turn right side out and the ornament is done. The back flaps are fused in place with a strategically placed piece of narrow Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, so there is no finish work other than pressing and gluing the hat fold in place. Just add a hanger to use as an ornament. Now, if I could just find the pom poms that I bought for his hat!