The snow is finally arriving here in Michigan. Besides the usual window scraper, I also keep a hat and gloves in the car as you just never know when you might need it! There are plenty of hats out there that already have some embroidery or bling, but I prefer to add my own touch of style. Recently, I found a few solid colored ski hats at a local discount store - they came in packages of two - so I’ll embroider one and send my niece a little surprise in the mail.

Supplies:

  • Machine used: Brother Luminaire XP1
  • Embroidery Stabilizer: Medium Weight Sticky Back Tearaway Stabilizer, Water Soluble Topper
  • Notions: hat, tailors chalk or fabric marking tool, embroidery thread
The main issue embroidering a ski hat like this one is to adjust for the stretch needed to get the hat on your head. If you simply embroider the hat without stretching the fabric, the area around the design will look a little odd. To get started, use tailors chalk or fabric marking tool to mark the placement for the embroidery design. This hat edge will not be folded up, to the “X” marked the spot. Hoop the medium weight tearaway embroidery stabilizer with the paper side up. Score the paper and pull off the paper, revealing the sticky side. Stretch the hat as you position the hat onto the embroidery hoop. My niece is 8 years old, so I am going to have to guess how much to stretch. If you want to be more precise, measure around the head and compare that length to the circumference of the hat. Stretch the hat to match the head measurement. Depending on how tacky your stabilizer is you might need to pin the edge of the hat to the stabilizer on each side of the embroidery hoop. My niece loves cat’s and I found this super cute design in the Disney section on the Luminaire.
There are so many Disney designs built into the Brother Luminaire XP1
and with the new scrolling feature, it is very easy to quickly scan the numerous designs. Click on the arrow to the right and check the size on the grid or click the arrow again and the designs fill the screen. Once you choose a design, click on SET. It looks like the cat design has 6 thread changes and will take 7 minutes. Click on the Projector Icon and the embroidery designs shows up on the hat. The cat is a little hard to see on the pink, so I will change the background color on the projector. Center the embroidery design with the chalk marking or “X”. Place a sheet of water-soluble topper over the hat, pin or tape in place if needed. Embroider. Remove the embroidery hoop from the machine and tearaway the top water-soluble stabilizer. Tearaway the back stabilizer. That’s it! Now I will keep my fingers crossed the had fits Allie 😊 Leave your comments below and share your photos on social media #brothersews #angelawolf and let me know if you are going to try this. Now I need to choose a design for her brother. Cheers, Angela angelas-sig
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Angela Wolf Says:
1/6/2020 10:31:20 AM

Hi Sandra, I don't have a pattern for the hat, but you could trace one of your favorites - just an idea Cheers, Angela

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Joanne Banko Says:
1/6/2020 3:29:11 PM

Hi Sandra, Angela's idea to trace a ready made hat is great! You may also want to type the word beanie into the search engine on the home page of this blog. I remember a past project that looked very similar to the ready-made hat.

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Angela Wolf Says:
1/6/2020 10:29:11 AM

Hi Verla, Can't wait to see your hat :)

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Irene Moreaux Says:
3/7/2019 6:45:27 PM

I cannot begin to thank you for making these fantastic lessons for us. I am learning so much from them. They are helping me discover what my new Luminaire is capable of. Thank you!!!!

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dorothy Says:
2/5/2019 6:43:51 AM

I just love this .

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Darlene D Deck Says:
1/5/2021 2:23:59 PM

I love this, a neat gift idea

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Barbara Dumler Says:
2/6/2019 12:43:16 AM

I will try this for sure. Need more of this type of teaching. Thanks.

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Sandra Ainbinder Says:
2/5/2019 8:27:28 AM

I'd love a pattern for the hat. I need and want to use my fabric stash.

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Julie Says:
1/5/2020 12:56:46 PM

It uses sticky stabilizer and is also pinned. It is too cumbersome to hoop the hat.

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Julie Says:
1/5/2020 12:53:33 PM

Just pinned on top. To cumbersome to hoop cap.

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Verla Sonier Says:
2/5/2019 6:28:05 AM

love how to do will try this i have done one before but didn't know how thanks

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Joan Shriver Says:
1/9/2020 5:03:58 PM

Love the machine that will project the design on the item!

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Cindy Jenkins Says:
2/5/2019 10:28:27 AM

So you are not putting the hat within the hoop? It is just pinned on top?

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Sharon Says:
1/5/2020 11:43:09 AM

Thank you for the wonderful idea and info. I definitely want to do this. Thank you!!!!!!!!

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Angela Wolf Says:
1/6/2020 10:30:24 AM

Thanks Dorothy :)

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Badgers Embroidery Says:
5/21/2019 7:38:17 AM

Thanks for the information. sounds so great and helpful. Kudos!

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Tim Trombley Says:
1/5/2020 1:08:15 PM

Thanks for this one, I've never tried not to hoop the hat with the stabilizer, and stretch the hat tight in the hoop, curious what the topper does for this?

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Amanda Young Says:
2/5/2019 12:11:31 PM

This looks great Angela. I usually use 2 layers of woven water-soluble stabilize on top. I LOVE the Luminaire XP-1. That is such a GREAT machine.

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Nancy Says:
2/5/2019 10:38:53 AM

This was very timely for me - I have 8 hats like this to embroider for next week! Thanks so much!!

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