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Stabilizer Holder

Date Posted:1 September 2023 

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Are you tired of your rolls of stabilizer cluttering up your sewing and embroidery workspace? Look no further! In this article, we will show you how to create a stylish and practical stabilizer holder using your sewing and embroidery machine. Not only will this holder help you keep your stabilizer rolls neatly organised, but it will also add a touch of personalised flair with embroidered badges for the labels.

Gone are the days of searching through stacks of stabilizer to find the right one for your project. With this innovative DIY solution, you'll have everything at your fingertips, making your sewing and embroidery process smoother and more efficient. So, grab your sewing machine and get ready to turn your workspace into a well-organised haven of creativity. Let's dive in and discover how to create your very own stabilizer holder that combines functionality with style!

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What you'll need:

Stabilizer Holder

  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery Machine (Minimum 5” x 7” hoop)
  • 1.5m x WOF of feature fabric
  • 2 x packets of Polyester Twill Fabric to match feature fabric
  • 1.5m Pellon
  • Hemingworth Embroidery Thread
  • Rasant to match your feature fabric
  • Simplicity Bias Maker
  • Basting spray/505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • 6” x 24” Quilting Ruler
  • Sticky hook and loop tape

Embroidered Badge Labels:

  • Badge Embroidery Designs Download Files
  • Washaway Stabilizer
  • Supersolv
  • Embroidery bobbin thread or pre-wound bobbins
  • Hemingworth Embroidery Thread
  • Stiff Specialty felt
  • Kimberbell paper tape

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Finished size: 21½” x 43”
Minimum Hoop Size Required: 5” x 7” (130mm x 180mm)

Cutting instructions:

Fabric reference: backing fabric, backing feature fabric, hanging tabs, fabric pockets, binding

Feature fabric:

  1. Cut 30” x 51” for the backing feature fabric.
  2. Cut 6 strips across the WOF x 1½” wide for the sides of each fabric pocket.
  3. Cut 4 strips of 2.5” x WOF for the binding.

Cut the same size as the backing feature fabric (30” x 51”).

Twill Fabric
Packet 1
Cut into 3 strips of 19½” x WOF, then cut each strip down to two pieces of 16.5” x 19½”. You should be left with 6 strips for the fabric pockets .

Packet 2
Cut a strip 25 ½” x 19 ½” for the hanging tabs. Cut the same size as the backing feature fabric 30” x 51” for the backing fabric.

Embroidered Badge Labels:

Cutting: Cut a 7” x 3” shape of Stiff Specialty felt for each badge you are making.

  1. Transfer the badge label designs onto a USB to move to your machine or if you have a Wi-Fi enabled Brother, you can use Brother Design Database Transfer.
  2. Hoop a single layer of Washaway Stabilizer in your 130mm x 180mm (5" x 7") embroidery hoop. Hoop Washaway
  3. Load the chosen badge label design on your machine.
  4. Thread your machine with the chosen colour.
  5. Stitch out the placement line. Stitch placement line
  6. Remove hoop from the machine and place the Stiff Felt on top of the placement line, tape in place. Place Stiff Felt on top of placement line
  7. Return the hoop to the machine and stitch the tack down stitch.
  8. Remove the hoop from the machine and trim the stiff felt back to ⅛” past the stitching line. Trim Stiff Felt
  9. Place a piece of Supersolv over the stiff felt and tape in place covering the label. Place Supersolv topping
  10. Return the hoop to the machine and stitch out the badge name.
  11. Once completed pull the excess SuperSolv off. Peel excess Supersolv
  12. Stitch out the final colour in the sequence to finish off the badge with a satin stitch edge. Stitch final colour
  13. Keep the badge in the hoop and use a paint brush with a bit of water and wet the washaway stabilizer around the edge of the badge, this will cause the washaway to dissolve and leave you with a badge. Wet Washaway to dissolve
  14. Make sure the badge is laid flat to dry. Attach the sticky back hook and loop tape onto the back of the badge ready to be added to your holder.


  1. Iron the Pellon onto the wrong side of the backing feature fabric fabric.
  2. Pre-quilt the backing feature fabric fabric and the Pellon together using your chosen method. For this project we have quilted the background piece using a built-in design on the Brother Luminaire embroidery machine but you could use any quilting design, redwork design if you don’t have any designs built into your machine. Quilt backing feature fabric & pellon
  3. Once quilted, fold the backing feature fabric in half lengthways, mark the centre of the quilted fabric using your quilting ruler and your choice of fabric marking pen. Set aside. Fold and mark fabric
  4. Using the 6 x 1½” strips previously cut to make bias tape. These strips will be attached to the raw edges of each side of the fabric pockets. To make the bias strips we will be using the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker. Attach the 1” bias tip and create the binding using the Bias tape maker. Watch our video on how to use the Bias Tape Make →
  5. You will end up with six lengths of bias tape, and each length will be cut down to twelve 16½” strips.
    6 lengths of bias tape
    6 lengths of bias tape
  6. Using your sewing machine attach the 1” binding strips to the two short sides of each of the six fabric pockets.
  7. Fold fabric pockets in half lengthwise and overlock or zigzag the two raw edges together. Fold fabric pockets and overlock/zigzag
  8. To create hanging tabs fold the tabs fabric strip in half lengthways with right sides together, and sew a ¼” seam. Turn, so the seam is on the inside of the tab.
    Fold the tabs fabric strip
    Fold the tabs fabric strip
    Fold the tabs fabric strip
  9. Iron the fabric strip with the seam in the centre of the tab.
  10. Cut into 3 equal lengths to create the hanging tabs for the top, set aside. Cut 3 equal lengths
  11. Line up the first fabric pocket by placing it 1½” from the top raw edge of the backing feature fabric making sure the overlocked or zigzag edge of the fabric pocket is at the top. Line up the first fabric pocket
  12. Attach the hanging tabs to the top of the Stabilizer holder. Fold each of the hanging tabs in half and pin in place along the top of the Stabilizer Holder, making sure the raw edges overlap the top of the fabric pocket and the folded side is facing up. Start by placing the first tab in the centre along the top of the Stabilizer Holder and then attach the two remaining tabs so that they are 2½” in from each side of the holder.
  13. Using a walking foot, a straight stitch and a ¼” seam, stitch along the top of the pocket securing the tabs and pocket in place.
  14. To hide the overlocked/zigzag edge, use a piece of bias tape and stitch along the top of the pocket and tabs. Use bias tape to hide the overlocked edge
  15. Now we need to attach the remaining 5 fabric pockets. Fold the pockets in half and mark the centre with chalk. Using this mark, centre the pocket onto the backing feature fabric centre position (done in step 3), pin in place. Continue pinning the rest of the fabric pockets in place using a tape measure to ensure the top of the next fabric pocket is positioned 6” below the previous pocket. Stitch in place using a walking foot. Continue until you have stitched all 6 fabric pockets in place.
    Attach remaining pockets
    Attach remaining pockets
  16. Spray baste the wrong side of the backing fabric onto the back of the Pellon. Using a walking foot, stitch along the top of each pocket to quilt the three layers together.
  17. Make the binding by sewing the 4 x binding strips together to create one long length, fold in half and press. Attach the premade binding strip to the outer edge of the Stabiliser Holder and stitch in place.
    Note: When approaching the top of the project, ensure the tabs are folded down towards the pockets so they don’t catch in the binding. Once the binding is attached fold the tabs up, and sew along the edge of the outside of the binding to reinforce the tabs to stand up.
    Create and attach binding
    Create and attach binding
  18. Decide where you would like to place the embroidered badges and attach the hook and loop to each pocket.
  19. Hang up and fill with your stabilisers!
    Completed stabilizer holder

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