One of the things I love most about machine embroidery is the ability to personalize most anything you can get into an embroidery hoop. With that in mind, how about transforming a pair of utilitarian garden gloves into a stylish set stitched in bright and cheerful colors? Combine a small garden theme accent design with built-in fonts and you’ll have gloves that make you smile each time you put them on and head out to the garden. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!
Materials and Supplies:
- Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine with 4-inch hoop capability.
- Small embroidery design with garden theme. This project features a design from the Brother iBroidery.com download center. See Figure #1 for more details.
- Brother Polyester Embroidery Threads and bobbin thread for embroidery.
- Embroidery needle for embroidering.
- SA5906 Brother Adhesive Backed Water Soluble Stabilizer or SA5815 Brother Adhesive Backed Tear Away Stabilizer.
- SA5810 Brother Medium Weight Tear Away Stabilizer.
- Basic sewing notions including thread to blend with fabric, a seam ripper, and a wash-out marker or chalk.
- Ruler and gridded surface such as cutting mat.
- Cloth garden gloves with a side seam suitable for opening with seam ripper.
Featured Design from the Brother iBroidery.com download center:
- Item No. sa355027
- Width: 1.65 inches (42.0mm)
- Height: 1.40 inches (35.5mm)
Original thread colors:
Steps to Create Embroidery on Garden Gloves
- Tightly hoop adhesive backed stabilizer as if it was fabric. Make sure the shiny side of the paper faces up so adhesive is exposed when you tear away the protective layer. Next, score paper with a pin, piercing only paper and leaving adhesive layer intact. Peel away paper to expose an adhesive layer that fills the entire hoop. See Figure #2a and Figure #2b.
- Open seam as far as necessary to allow for smoothing the glove flat on the adhesive surface. See Figure #3.
- It’s a good idea to pay attention to the exact way glove was sewn so you can sew it back together and have it look like new. Determine approximate size for combination design by measuring the area you want to embroider. Decide on letters for a small monogram and combine as desired. Change colors and play around with different layouts to get a nice-looking design that is as compact as possible. Depending on your machine you may have a variety of options for moving letters and arranging and changing the array. See example in Figure #4a and #4b.
- Be sure design will fit the area on your glove with some space at the top, bottom, and sides. See completed design in Figure #5.
- Measure and mark the glove for center point of combination design, marking both right side and wrong side. Place hoop on a gridded surface with center point of hoop aligned with the grid. Fold glove so you can align it with the center and smooth fabric over adhesive. See Figure #6a and #6b.
- Transfer hoop to the machine and slip a piece of tear-away underneath. Make sure center point is still aligned on the top side. Adjust position if necessary using the arrow keys on your machine, and then stitch design. See Figure #7.
- Repeat embroidery process for second glove to make a pair.
- Remove excess stabilizer. Change machine to sewing and re-sew seams. See Figure #8.
- What a difference a little embroidery can make! Take a look at the before and after pictures below:
You are finished! Enjoy!