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Embroidered Chair Tabards
Embroidered Chair Tabards

Created by: Michele Mishler

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Level: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours

Create matching tabards for the dining room chairs, featuring a large embroidery design created in HorizonLink. Yardages are for two tabards. Multiply to create as many as you need for your next dinner party!

Janome Supplies Required:

Horizon MC12000
PC with HorizonLink software
A foot
P foot
AccuFeed foot
Janome Blue Tip Needles
Janome pre-wound bobbins

Fabric and Notions Required:

2 yds Kona Dimensions by Kaufman Fabrics, in Celery
2 yds Kona Dimensions by Kaufman Fabrics, in Ivory
5 1/2 yds grosgrain ribbon, 3/4" wide
Tear away stabilizer
Matching all purpose thread
Embroidery thread
Removable marker
Rotary cutter and cutting mat

Cutting Instructions
Dining room chairs vary greatly in size, some with low backs and some with very tall backs. The width, however, is almost always the same. For a custom fit, measure from the seat over the chair back, and down to the seat. Add to this measurement 8" for the point plus 1" for the seam allowances. The sample tabards are 50" in length.

Kona Dimensions, Celery:
From the length of fabric, cut two strips of fabric 19" x 51"

Kona Dimensions, Ivory:
From the length of fabric, cut two strips of fabric 19" x 51"

Cut eight lengths of ribbon 24" long

Mark the center at one end of each strip. Measure 8" from the end at each side and place a mark. Connect the marks to create the point. Use a ruler and rotary cutter to cut the point. Note that each strip has a square end and a pointed end.

Creating the Embroidery Design
1. Open HorizonLink. Select Home. Left click on Embroidery Edit.
2. Open Favorite_1_19.
3. Left click on the dropdown arrow of Embroidery Edit. Select the SQ23 Hoop.

4. Select View, and click on the dropdown arrow on Fit to Window. Select Fit to Window.

5. Select Edit. Change Rotate to 325 degrees, enter. Move the design to the upper half of the hoop.
6. Left click on Copy & Paste to add a second design.
7. Left click on Horizontal Flip, and then click again on Vertical Flip. Arrange the designs to make a large flower group. Center the design.

8. Save the design as Tabard. Send the design to the Horizon MC12000.

Embroider the Tabards
The tabards are embroidered with a central motif positioned on the chair back, and with ribbon ties at each end. If you wish, you can choose to embroider both sides of the tabard so that it is reversible, or just one side so that the tabard reverses to a plain colour. Instructions are given for embroidery on the ivory fabric, leaving the green side plain.

1. Mark the placement of each embroidery design 12" from the point, centered on the strip of ivory fabric.
2. Set up the Horizon MC12000 for professional style embroidery. Thread the machine with embroidery thread and insert a pre-wound bobbin.
3. Hoop the fabric with stabilizer, positioning a placement mark in the center of the hoop. Embroider the design. When the embroidery is complete, remove the excess stabilizer. Repeat for the second tabard.

Sew the Tabards

Place ribbon ties as shown in the diagram above, on the embroidered panels. The ties are positioned at the corners with a point and 1/2" from the corners of the square end. Pin to hold in place.

Place an embroidered ivory tabard right sides together with a green tabard, matching all edges. Pin in place. Using the AccuFeed feature on the new Horizon MC12000, sew around each tabard with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 4" opening for turning.

Turn each tabard right sides out. Press, folding the opening to match the outer edge. Top stitch each tabard 1/4" from the edge, closing the opening as you go.


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