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How to Make it - Freestanding Lace Earrings

Here are the simple steps to create simple FSL Earrings from Designs by Babymoon

You will need:

  • A small embroidery hoop for your embroidery machine. Smaller than the 4x4 if at all possible. Did your machine come with one to use to make embroidery on baby socks? A tiny one for doing less than 2 inch logos on polo shirts? That’s the one to use. If you only have a 4x4 hoop use that, but be sure to hoop your stabilizer carefully with absolutely NO slack. Exactly how big? Print off the Color Map PDF document in the file to get a full sized template. Size varies by design.Choose a hoop that leaves at least 0.5” all the way around for the foot to clear the edge of the hoop.
  • Mesh-type Washaway stabilizer - something like Aqua Magic by Inspira or Pellon 541
  • Earring Findings - I like this kind for the FSL designs (Pinch Bail Style) but any kind that you normally like will do. You may need to wiggle any jump rings carefully between threads if you choose to use ones that require them.
  • Flat needle nose pliers for closing the pinch bail style earring findings.
  • Thread and matching color bobbin thread. Please see your machine manual to find out exactly what kind of bobbin thread works best in your embroidery machine.
  • Embroidery Software so that you can merge lettering into the design if you want to add a monogram or another tiny design onto the earrings for some extra fun - I always recommend Embrilliance Essentials (affiliate link for Embrilliance software - I really appreciate you shopping through my link - this generates a small commission that helps support my business: - ttps://www.embrilliance.com/jamaffiliates/sheilaryan)
  • Optional Embellishments: Additional charms, beads, or hotfix rhinestones with hotfix applicator

Got everything? OK! Let’s stitch!

Hoop 2 layers of the washaway stabilizer in your hoop. Run the colors of the embroidery piece on the stabilizer, matching the bobbin color to the top thread color as close as possible. The PDF Color Map is just a general guide to the shades of colors that I originally designed the file in. You do not have to use the exact thread colors or the exact brand. On some designs it makes sense to get as close as possible, but you are always free to use colors that you like the best! Be sure to trim any starting or ending loose threads as they come up instead of waiting until the very end. This ensures that your embroidery is as clean as possible. After all the stitching is complete, remove the stabilizer from the hoop and rinse it away with warm water.


Dry between clean, absorbent towels by pressing the water out in the fluff of the towel. Dry the embroidery pieces flat. Insert the tiny prongs of the Pinch Bail earrings into the top of the embroidery, wriggling threads apart without breaking them. Squeeze the pinch bail closed with flat pliers, being careful not to mar the surface of the pinch bail. You may also use these tiny free standing designs as miniature ornaments or even patches by adhering them with Patch Attach or other permanent fabric glue or by hand stitching them on. 



Have fun with these tiny designs and be sure to show them off in the Designs by Babymoon Friends and Fans Facebook group!

Freestanding Lace Earrings Quick Tutorial by sheila.ryan.tx



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