Super Hero Masks: In the Hoop Embroidery

How fun are these masks?Super Hero Masks: ITHEmbroidery Janome Memory Craft 500e

Janome sent me an amazing embroidery machine several months ago to review and try out, the Janome Memory Craft 500e.  I have already made Star Wars towels for the kids’ bathroom, a really cool headband for Ainsley, a Valentine’s Day banner, now these fun masks.  This was my first time using a technique called In the Hoop embroidery (also known as ITH embroidery) and it was so much easier than I expected.  I used basic craft felt, stabilizers for the back, and elastic measured to their heads. I purchased the files to create these (read below for links to the shops).  All four took me about 2 hours, but that is only because I am still learning.  I am guessing it would take much less time in the future.  Wouldn’t these be so fun for gifts or for birthday party favors?Super Hero Masks: ITHEmbroidery Janome Memory Craft 500e 2


I think the Wonder Woman one is my personal favorite and I might even make Ainsley some super hero wrist cuffs to match!  A few years ago, I made Ainsley a super easy Wonder Woman outfit that she wore until it literally fell apart, so she was very excited to get this mask.  The file was purchased HERE.  This was the “trickiest” one of the four because of the multiple layers, but it was so easy!IMG_2133 IMG_2181 IMG_2167


The Minecraft Creeper is perfect for my Minecraft loving kid.  I wish I had made these when he had his Minecraft birthday party back in the summer!  ( I just realized I never blogged about that!)  I purchased the file HERE.IMG_2136 Minecraft Masks ITH Embroidery IMG_2207 IMG_2203


Ainsley is a HUGE Star Wars lover.  I still need to blog about their Star Wars bathroom, but HERE are the towels I made for them AND check out this Star Wars baby shower I threw for a friend a few years back!  So, I knew she needed a few Star Wars masks.  First up, is a storm trooper.  The file was purchased HERE.  (and check out Ainsley’s awesome Darth jammies!)IMG_2137 IMG_2156 IMG_2159


Finally, it wouldn’t be complete without a Darth Vader mask.  This was the easiest mask of the bunch because there were no layers.  Just stitching lines.  File purchased HERE.IMG_2135 IMG_2154 IMG_2150


I am enjoying the embroidery machine so much!  I am eager to try some more projects.  Any ideas or suggestions on what to make next???

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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3 Responses to Super Hero Masks: In the Hoop Embroidery

  1. Kathy March 8, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    Very cute. However, the links are not working for me.

    • Hayley March 8, 2016 at 9:19 am #

      sorry about that! I just edited them!

  2. Ana Martin November 9, 2017 at 2:01 am #

    This is ADORABLE! And so clever! I love it

    Embroidery Machine

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