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Take & Make Kits

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Materials

This Take & Make Kit includes materials to make embroidery art. We’ll use two simple stitches to create the iconic IU trident with a circular border and display our project using an embroidery hoop. Follow along using our video tutorial or by reading through the instructions below.

Included in Your Kit

  • White cotton fabric
  • Trident design for tracing
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle                
  • Red embroidery floss
  • Pencil

Extra Supplies

  • Scissors

Trace the Trident

1. Place the printed trident design underneath the piece of fabric. Use a pencil to trace the trident and border onto the fabric.Tracing the IU trident onto fabric.

Set Up Your Embroidery Hoop

2. Loosen the screw at the top of the outer hoop. 
3. Separate the two hoops.
4. Place your fabric on top of the inner hoop and center your design.
5. Press the outer hoop on top and fit the two hoops back together.
6. Tighten the screw to secure your fabric.
7. Gently pull your fabric to make it taught.

Embroidery hoop separated in two pieces.

Embroidery hoop with fabric.

Thread the Needle

8. Cut a strand of embroidery thread that is roughly 2 feet long.
9. Pull the thread through the needle and leave a short tail. 
10. Tie a knot at the end of the long piece of thread.

Red embroidery thread pulled through a needle.

Sew a Straight Stitch

11. We will break up our stitches into 9 sections, both vertical and horizontal. 
12. A straight stitch is made by bringing your needle up through the back of the fabric and pulling it through until the knot reaches the fabric. Pull the needle back through to make a straight line. 
13. Start at section 1 and make a series of horizontal straight stitches directly next to each other in order to create a block of red.
14. When you complete a section (or when you run out of thread), tie a knot and cut off the excess thread. 
15. Continue to fill in sections 2-5 with horizontal straight stitches.
16. For sections 6-9, use a straight stitch that runs vertically.

Red thread stitched on an embroidery hoop.

Embroidery stitched vertically.

Pattern for embroidery.

Sew a Back Stitch Border

17. Use a back stitch to make a continuous line for the border. To sew a back stitch, bring your thread up from the back and go one stitch backward. Then skip a stitch length and bring your needle up through the back. Instead of moving forward, move backward and come up through the same hole as the previous stitch.Tie a knot once you have completed the circle. 

Red back stitch border on embroidery hoop.

Cut Excess Fabric

18. Flip your design over and trim the excess fabric around the edge.

Cutting the edge of the fabric with scissors.

Display Your Work

19. Hang your artwork for all to see!

Additional Embroidery Stitches

Interested in experimenting with different embroidery stitches? Visit the Cutesy Craft YouTube channel for quick video demonstrations of different stitches.