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Digitizing Practice – Peeking Santa

Here’s a new Digitizing Practice! Enjoy practicing your digitizing with this cute peeking Santa image.

Fill out the form below and the image and a PDF guide will be sent to your email inbox.

Download the image from your email and use your creativity to trace and digitize the image, however you would like.  The PDF guide will include a numbered digitizing plan and suggestions and tips for tracing the image.

Create A Digitizing Plan

Decide which shapes to trace first – look at the image and think of it as layers. Trace the layers in back first. Trace the shapes that should stitch first and leave the details for last.

Digitizing suggestions

The following notes are a few suggestions to help you follow a digitizing plan for this image.

Before you start tracing, make a plan of what shapes to trace first, second, etc. This is important for this image because there are shapes that need to stitch behind other shapes.

Use your creativity and choose the Fill patterns and thread colors that you would prefer! That is the benefit of digitizing our own designs. No two will ever be the same!


  • trace skin color with the fill stitch tool
  • trace pink cheeks with fill stitch
  • use a satin stitch to create the eyes

red hat – mouth

  • use the Fill stitch tool
  • after tracing, choose a new fill pattern in the properties box

White beard – hair

  • trace using the Fill stitch tool
  • make sure to note the layers and trace the shapes underneath other layers first
  • edit the fill stitches to different Fill patterns for interest

 red nose

  • trace the nose using a Satin stitch
  • add the small white highlight if you would like

green mittens

  • trace each mitten using the Fill stitch tool

Digitizing Steps

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.

need help?

Here are two ways to get the help you need to digitize your own designs.

1. Have a digitizing question?

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.

2. To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

You can get one-to-one digitizing help by joining our Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 step-by-step written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. We can create a personalized “journey” for you to learn to digitize!

Click HERE to find out more information.

share your design!

After you have finished, you are welcome to share your design image with our Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group. We would love to see your creativity!

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Fill out the email form below and a PDF copy of this digitizing practice and the image, will be emailed to you!

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2 thoughts on “Digitizing Practice – Peeking Santa”

    1. Hi Cassandra,
      I checked my email provider and it shows that the Santa PDF was emailed to you on Dec 18. If you did not receive it, you are welcome to fill out the email form above and have it emailed to you again. Please let me know if you have any trouble receiving it. I will be happy to troubleshoot for you. Good luck with your digitizing practice!
      ~ Paula

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