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How to Embroider a Cheeseburger Charm

Cheeseburger Charm

cheeseburger charm hanging on backpack

Cheeseburger Charm, you ask? Yes, you read that right! It’s National Hamburger Day, and we are here for it with a Cheeseburger Charm tutorial! This project is done in the hoop of your embroidery machine, with the help of Parker on the Porch.

Parker on the Porch is a machine embroidery design company that offers tons of fun stand-alone Felties and Planner Clip designs (among other cute things). We’re starting this charm “hack” with the stand-along Feltie design shown below left, part of the Cheeseburger Planner Clip & Feltie Set.

cheeseburger charms by Parker on the Porch

Then. we’ll transform the design into a Cheeseburger Charm with swivel clip tab so we can attach it to bags, add our keys and get cheesy!



Load the Cheeseburger Felty design into the machine. You’ll have the option to load multiples of the design in a 5×7 hoop or a single design for a 4×4 hoop. Choose the single design.

cheeseburger design on machine screen

Hoop a piece of Sulky Stiffy Stabilizer. Stiffy is a heavyweight tear-away stabilizer, which supports all the layers we’ll add to the hooping.

stiffy stabilizer in the hoop

Stitch Step 1, which is the outline of the cheeseburger, directly onto the stabilizer. We’re going to use this first step as the “placement” line for the front fabric piece, even though that’s not what’s intended. (The first step is stitched directly to the fabric when making the Feltie or Planner Clip.)

Then, use Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to adhere the fabric of your choice (faux leather, cork or Sulky Felty) to the stabilizer, covering the placement stitches.

Next, stitch Step 1 again. This will tack down the fabric. Using Duckbill or Double-Curve Scissors, trim about 1/8″ from the stitching line along the charm upper edge. Feel free to also trim the sides and lower edge; however, you don’t need to trim as close because we’ll trim the front and back of the charm together at the end.

cheeseburger charm tacking stitches

Continue with the remaining embroidery steps, stopping before the final Step, which is the final cheeseburger outline stitch.

trimmed charm in the hoop


Fold the small rectangle of fabric in half widthwise around the swivel clip ring. Make sure the right side is facing out.

adding swivel clip

Remove the hoop from the machine. Flip the hoop over so the wrong side is facing up. Center the rectangle ends about 1/8″ beyond the charm upper-edge stitching. Use Sulky Clear Embroidery Tape to secure the ends as well as the entire swivel clip ring. This ensures the hardware won’t scratch the machine bed during the final stitching step.

adding swivel clip to charm

Center the remaining fabric square over the back of the cheeseburger outline on the wrong side of the hoop. Use KK 2000 and more tape to secure.

Place the hoop back onto the machine. Stitch the final Step of the design, which outlines the cheeseburger and secures all the layers.

When the stitching is complete, remove the hoop from the machine.

tape cheeseburger charm fabric back

Remove the tape from the back of the hoop.

remove tape from back of charm

Carefully trim the fabric along the charm back, about 1/8″ beyond the stitching line and avoiding the swivel clip fabric loop.

trim charm

Independently trim the fabric sides and lower edge a bit, but not as close as desired yet.

trim charm

Then, gently tear away the stabilizer from the outer stitching line.

charm with stabilizer removed

Trim the entire charm about 1/16″ to 1/8″ from the outer stitching, cutting through all layers. Leave the upper edge (where the swivel clip is attached) alone, as it’s already been trimmed independently.

trimming the charm together

Add your keys to the charm and clip it to your bag.

cheeseburger charm with keys

Love this design as much as we do? Register for our FREE In-the-Hoop Boba Tea Pouch Webcast with Jennifer Chesnick of Parker on the Porch, happening June 13, 2023 at 2pm ET. REGISTER HERE> Can’t attend live? No worries! Register anytime and watch on-demand after the live event ends.

boba tea pouch with parker on the porch

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


  • Suellen

    This charm key ring in the shape of a cheese burger is amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Linda M Whitver

    When I first saw the title of blog. I was like Cheeseburger? Then I read it it’s adorable and now I need to make it. Thank you