Step 4: Get Ready to Embroider
4.1 Draw a chalk line down the centre of your fabric, starting from the middle divot.
4.2 Fleece is stretchy, so if you're embroidering by machine, you'll probably want to use 2 layers of stabilizer. And since we want the embroidery close to the edge of the fabric, you won't be able to hoop it perfectly, so you'll want to use a temporary spray adhesive.
(Alternatively, you can cut your fabric 2 or 3 inches wider so that it will fit in hoop, and then trim the excess after the embroidery is done. But I'm cheap; I admit it, so I hate the extra waste.)
Pro tip: if you spray the adhesive on the fleece, your fabric will remain sticky and be annoying to work with from now on. But if you spray the stabilizer, the fleece will stick firmly in place while being stitched, and then release nicely when you cut away the excess stabilizer.
4.3 After spraying the stabilizer, firmly affix the fleece on top, and allign with the centre of the hoop.
4.4 I lined the top of my fleece up with the top of the stitching grid, so that I would have full control over how far the stitching would sit from the edge of the finished tuque. Each grid square is 1cm, and I wanted 1 cm of seam allowance, plus 1 cm so the design wouldn't end up right at the edge of the brim.
4.5 that in mind, I positioned the embroidery designs 2 squares from the edge of the grid. When arranging your embroidery files, make sure you have them in the correct orientation! The eyes will be on the folded up brim of the tuque, so you want the top of the eyes at the bottom of the tuque.