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How to Embroider a Can Koozie Blank

Embroider a Can Koozie

finished can koozie on table

Learn how to embroider a can koozie with this quick tutorial. A can koozie makes a great gift for Father’s Day, birthdays or any time of year. Find a fun design that fits the can koozie front or use software to resize a design to fit.



This tutorial showcases an appliqué machine embroidery design, Craft Beer Appliqué, but a design with satin or other fills also works great. Choose a dense design so the thread pops rather than sinks into the koozie fabric.

Choose a monogram design, “knockout” letter or design that suits the recipient’s interest.

If desired, use Sulky Puffy Foam™ if stitching a satin fill letter, monogram or word. Place the foam on the koozie right side like a topper, and then tear it away after the stitching is complete. The foam creates raised stitches, making the threadwork really prominent. Choose a Puffy Foam color that coordinates with the thread color.

The available embroidery field is about 3″ square, so if choosing a larger design you may need software for proper resizing without compromising the stitch quality. Remember that it’s only possible to resize up or down by 20% using the machine screen functions. Anything beyond that requires software so the stitch density is accurate.

The featured design measures 4.88″ x 4.89″, so Creative Drawings® software was used to resize the design to fit the koozie front. Note: Choose a koozie side as the “front” as the sides are the same!

Remember to account for a margin around the design and seam allowances when determining the design size and placement.

using software to resize design

After resizing, if necessary, export the design in the needed embroidery format. Then, import the design into your machine.


First, hoop a piece of Sulky Sticky+ in the hoop appropriate for the chosen machine embroidery design. Make sure the paper side is facing up in the hoop.

Sticky+ in hoop

Use the Sticky+ Slitting Pen to score just the paper within the inner hoop ring. Then, tear away the paper backing to reveal the adhesive.

Sticky surface showing in hoop

Mark the center cross marks onto the stabilizer using the hoop markings as a guide. A clear 1″ x 6″ ruler is handy for this process. Note: If using a permanent marker to mark the center cross marks, place clear tape on the ruler edge, and then remove the tape after marking to avoid transferring permanent marks to the ruler.

marking stabilizer for embroidery placement

Print the Sulky Placement Sticker PDF onto a sheet of Sticky Fabri-Solvy using the lowest ink setting.

Cut out one circle, and then remove the paper backing. Then, center the sticker on the can koozie front.

placement sticker on can koozie

Align the placement sticker cross marks with the marked cross marks on the stabilizer, and then stick the koozie in place.

lplacement sticker on koozie in the hoop


Install a size 90/14 Embroidery Needle and thread the needle with the first color in the design. Use Sulky Bobbin or PolyLite Thread in the bobbin.

begin to embroider

Remove the placement sticker. Note: If you forget to remove the sticker, it’s water-soluble! So it washes away after embroidery is complete. Bonus!

Begin the embroidery. If using an appliqué design, place the appliqué fabric according to the design instructions, using Sulky KK 2000 to secure.

Finish the embroidery according to the color sequence chart, clipping jump threads with each color change using the Curved Tip Squeezers.

finished embroider on can koozie

After embroidery is complete, carefully tear away the can koozie from the stabilizer.

tear away stabilizer


Fold the can koozie in half with right sides together. Clip the side edges using Wonder Clips, as pins could damage the fabric.

clip side edges of koozie together

Use Poly Deco Thread for constructing the can koozie.

A serger is completely optional for finishing the can koozie. However, it makes quick and secure work of stitching the side seams. If you don’t have a serger, set the machine for a zigzag or straight stitch, and then stitch each side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

If using a serger, serge the side seams with a 3- or 4-thread overlock stitch.

serge can koozie edges

Once serging is complete, thread the serger thread tails through the looper stitches using a large-eye hand sewing needle.

Turn the koozie right side out.

finished can koozie

Insert a beverage of choice or wrap it up as a gift!

can inside can koozie

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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!