Machine Embroidered Prairie Points

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Embroidery | Comments


In the hoop is what most embroiderers want to do for fun, so today’s post is all about making an in the hoop project quickly and easily. Have you heard about prairie points?

Prairie points are a decorative trim used in the quilting world to embellish the edge of quilts, pillows or wall hangings. Make them the traditional way or use your embroidery software program to make them ITH.

Prairie Points

Traditional prairie points

Materials

To make prairie points, begin with a square of fabric. Charm packs (5” squares) are a great way of involving an array of interesting patterns and prints into your project without breaking your budget. You can find charm packs by clicking on this link, or visiting your local quilt store.

Let’s begin

Step 1:

First fold your square in half, wrong sides together and press the large triangle with an iron. Use steam and a wooden clapper to get a sharp crease at the fold line.

Step 2:

Fold the wide triangle in half again, matching up all raw edges, to make a small triangle and press with an iron. Use a clapper again to get and nice flap crease.

Step 3:

Make several prairie points and lay them on a table with all the open edges and folded edges going the same direction.

There are several different ways to stack and arrange prairie points!

For this sample we are adding the prairie points to the band on the sewing machine cover picture from above. This application is similar to creating a piping, in that we will be inserting a finished embellishment between two seams.

Step 1:

First, find the middle of the band and mark it with a pin or notch. Find the center of one prairie point and mark it. Match up the two marks and pin in place.

Step 2:

Next lay a prairie point with the edge of one point to the left and right edge of the band and pin in place. Rather than pinning, I like to use a fabric glue stick that is water soluble. It makes life a whole lot easier.

Step 3:

Then lay prairie points in between the openings, making sure you evenly space them. Continue to add more prairie points until you are happy with the look. Make sure all the folds of the prairie points are going the same direction and all the raw edges are even.

Step 4:

Topstitch all the points to the band before inserting into your project.

Step 5:

Add a little more embellishment by sewing on some matching covered buttons.

Prairie Points

Embroidered prairie points ITH

Take the same steps above to a new level by creating your own in the hoop version of prairie points. It’s so easy to make them using an embroidery software program, you don’t even have to know how to digitize! Another great option is to add a small design such as an embroidered flower, placing it so that it will show up in the point of the finished project. Once you embroider the prairie point design, you will fold and stack it just as illustrated above.

Let me show you how easy it is to digitize your own ITH prairie points.

Tip: I am using Total Control Professional software, but you can use any program to make the squares.

Step 1:

Open a new page and select the artwork tool/rectangle.

Step 2:

Go the Properties Window/Transform and change the size to square 3” or larger, then click Apply.

Window

Step 3:

Right click on the square inside the design window.

Step 4:

Select Convert To/Run and change the stitch length to 2.0. In the Properties Window/Command/Tie in: Basic; Tie off: Basic. This adds tie off stitches at the beginning and end of the design.

Design

Add

Step 5:

Add a small flower like the one picture here, which is a free download. Once you download the file, use the smallest flower for the prairie point.

Step 6:

Once you have created your ITH design, save it to your hard drive and transfer it to you embroidery machine. Lightly starch several colors of cotton fabrics so they are slightly crisp. Iron them completely dry. Use lightweight tearaway stabilizer such as Tear Easy. You want the lightest weight stabilizer so it won’t rip the stitches which is why an easy tear is the best choice and preferred above a medium weight stabilizer.

Step 7:

Hoop Tear Easy stabilizer and embroider as follows. Embroider each prairie points on starched fabric squares. Color 1 is flower petals, Color 2 is flower center, Color 3 is the prairie point cutting line which can be used with any color as it will be cut away later.

Step 8:

When the embroidery is complete, remove it from the hoop and gently tear away the stabilizer with your fingers over the stitching line so the threads won’t pull out.

Notice

Tip: Notice the square stitching line, this is your cut line which is much easier than trying to trace a template while keeping the embroidered flower in just the right place.

Step 9:

Use a quilting ruler, rotary cutter and mat to cut out each prairie point so that the ruler is lined up on each of the four stitching lines.

Step 10:

Fold the squares in half diagonally and then in half again so that all the raw edges are together. Make sure that the flower shows on the pink prairie points.

Fold

Flower

Step 11:

Lay the prairie points along one long edge of the band, starting with a pink prairie point with a flower in the center of the strip, and add a pink gingham on each side of the solid pink overlapping about ½”. To this, add the solid pink with the flowers to each side of the pink gingham, overlapping ½” and again with the pink gingham.

Gingham

Step 12:

Baste prairie points at 1/8” seam. Attach to the bottom of the appliqué block. Press seam toward the block.

Block

It can be hard to find tiny little machine embroidery designs that would fit on the end of a prairie point. Here is an option if you are making children’s garments. Or if you’re looking for something beach-themed, you’ll love these little Nautical designs.

Find more ideas for creating your own ITH project in this previous blog post on making trapunto quilt blocks. You might also enjoy learning how to duplicate a wide variety of hand-embroidery stitches with your machine.

What will you make today? Be sure to come back for Wednesday’s post when we will take prairie points to a new level and shape.

Comments

  1. Brandi Clarke says:

    Super cute project love your stuff!!!

    1. Hope says:

      Hi Brandi,
      Thanks! Anything you might like to see a tutorial for in a future post?

  2. Judy Gilmore says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve always loved prairie points.

    1. Hope says:

      Enjoy. I love to embroider little designs in the points.

  3. dotz62@comcast.net Ziegler says:

    Such a cute project, can’t wait to try it. Keep them coming

    1. Hope says:

      Hi Dot,
      I have more in store. Anything in particular you would like to see?

  4. Jill Turner says:

    I love this idea. Thanks so much for how to make these using Total Control. I have so much to learn.

    1. Hope says:

      It’s a great embroidery program and prairie points are easy to use.

  5. Cindie Prather says:

    Very nice to have embroidery on this site I Hope is a great teacher. Have taken many classes with her. Each project is better then the last. Can’t what to see what is coming.

    1. Hope says:

      Thanks Cindie! I love machine embroidery too and know there is a big demand for this.

  6. Glenda says:

    I enjoyed this lesson very much. Please plan to do more Floriani classes. I need all the help I can get! It’s hard to drive 75 miles one way to take classes very often.

  7. Evelyn Abels says:

    Loved seeing you in Muskogee yesterday and am excited I found your blog on craftsy

    1. Hope Yoder says:

      Glad to know this is helpful. Enjoy

  8. Cindy Elliott says:

    I love this project …. and really loved attending your seminar in Tulsa yesterday too!

  9. Angie says:

    Thank you Hope.

  10. Leanna says:

    Hope, this is a great tutorial, thank you for sharing. I just came from one of your 2-day sewing events, it was wonderful!! Will you be teaching classes on Craftsy soon? I sure hope so, I think that would be totally amazing. I know that more and more people are purchasing emboidery machines and would love to see you on Craftsy, we love learning more and more techniques and ways we can incorporate machine embroidery into our projects. And I know from experience, you are an excellent teacher/instructor. Thank you for your wonderful designs and patterns, I’m a girlie girl too so they fit my style well. Hope to see you soon!

  11. Thank you ever so for you post.Really thank you!

  12. bkp says:

    Could you give the placement measurements for those of us not using software, or using designs that are being… recycled from other places, so we can mark and cut with rulers only?

  13. Pamela Fox says:

    Will Let you know. This is my first try