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How to Sew a Metallic Plush Snowflake Throw

Metallic Plush Snowflake Throw

by Ellen March

Snowflake Plush Throw

Learn how to sew a metallic plush snowflake throw to add some bling to your winter decor. These tips for stitching success almost guarantee flawless results, and are useful hints for the metallic embroideries you’ll stitch in the future.

metallic snowflake throw

Choose a fuzzy fabric that has embossed metallic motifs (like snowflakes!) for extra pizazz, if desired. Then pick a metallic thread that matches the embossing.

plush snowflake throw supplies

SUPPLIES

PREPARE

Load each snowflake embroidery design into software, if using. Choose the desired hoop size and resize each snowflake to fill the hoop.

Load the edited designs onto the machine. Prepare to embroider each snowflake in separate hoopings.

Determine the throw’s right side by choosing the fabric that has the most loft. The lofty side needs to face up for embroidery. Layer the fabrics with wrong sides facing and all edges and corners aligned. Use KK 2000 to secure the layers for embroidery.

secure layers of plush snowflake throw for embroidery

Plot the placement for each snowflake on the throw right side. Cut 1/2″-wide strips of Sticky Fabri-Solvy, if using, to “mark” each snowflake placement. Position the hoop on the fabric, and then place the strips in an “X” inside the hoop, using the hoop markings to align the strips. Continue to “mark” each snowflake placement in this way across the throw.

plot snowflake design placements

EMBROIDERY

Install a metal or embroidery needle onto the machine. If the chosen fabric is really lofty and plush, an embroidery needle will work better than a metal needle. Apply a drop or two of Sewer’s Aid onto the needle eye.

Sewer's Aid

Install The Thread Director onto the machine.

Thread Director for throw

Make sure the Holoshimmer thread winds flat off of the spool and through the thread housing.

Thread Director

Thread the Thread Director with the Holoshimmer thread. Insert a bobbin wound halfway with Holoshimmer thread.

Hoop a rectangle of Sulky Sticky + with the paper side facing up. Score the paper within the inner hoop ring; peel away the paper backing to reveal the adhesive.

Sulky Sticky + for plush snowflake throw

Center the center-most snowflake embroidery design within the hoop on the sticky stabilizer surface. Lightly press the fabric to the stabilizer using your hand.

Place the hoop onto the machine. Float a rectangle of Sulky Solvy over the throw right side.

Sulky Solvy as a Topper

Use the perimeter baste function on the machine to further secure the fabric and stabilizers in the hoop.

perimeter baste the stabilizers for plush snowflake throw

Embroider the first snowflake design.

snowflake embroidery on throw

When embroidery is complete, remove the basting stitches. Remove as much Solvy as possible, and then remove the throw from the hoop. Tear away the remaining stabilizer from the throw wrong side.

Repeat to embroider each snowflake, working from the center outward. If necessary, re-apply KK 2000 to ensure the throw layers remain together without stretching out of shape.

FINISHING

Square up the throw if needed to ensure the edges are aligned.

Bind the throw using the metallic binding, with the method of your choice.

Metallic Binding on Snowflake Throw

Credits

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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!

2 Comments

  • Toni Leggate

    A wonderful project and useful hints for working with these fabrics and metallic threads, thank you. I was wondering what thread was used in the bobbin because the reverse side looks so similar to the right side? THank you for any enlightenment you can provide…

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