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Freestanding Lace Snowflake Bowl

Free project instructions to create a lace snowflake bowl.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.


Bring a cool look to your winter decor with stunning freestanding Battenburg lace snowflake bowls! The intricate embroidery designs combine the elegance of lace with winter's natural beauty.

Project Needs & Notes:

- Water-soluble stabilizer
  (Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)

- 30-35 weight cotton thread
  (and/or 40 weight rayon thread)
- Size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle


The designs featured in this tutorial is:
- X13315, Snowflake Bowl (Lace)
Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.
Finished Size:
Small: 4 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Medium: 6" x 2 1/4"
Large: 7" x 3"

The video tutorial demonstrates how to embroider Battenburg lace. Instructions for creating the
Battenburg with rayon bowl are below.


Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Battenburg lace designs are embroidered onto water-soluble stabilizer.

When the stabilizer is soaked away, beautiful lace remains behind.


When you download the design, you will find a total of two files.

The file marked with the letter A is the side piece of the bowl, and the file marked with the letter B is the bottom piece.


Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

There are a couple of different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer.

One is clear and plastic, and that brand is Sulky Ultra Solvy. The other is soft and fibrous, called Vilene. Both will work very well.

Vilene is used in this demonstration.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. That means it will make smaller holes in the stabilizer.


Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Battenburg lace is digitized for 30-35 weight cotton thread.

This thread brings a classic, hearty, and traditional look to the lace pieces.

30-35 weight cotton thread is found under different names, such as mercerized cotton or all-purpose cotton.


Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Because freestanding lace is seen from both sides, wind a bobbin with the same cotton thread that you're using in the needle.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Hoop the stabilizer firmly.

Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the design.

First, the cotton portion of the design will sew.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Then, change the bobbin for the second color.

In this example, 40 weight rayon thread was used in the second color to add extra shine to the flourish.

This color can also be sewn using 30-35 weight cotton thread or 40 weight rayon thread.

The first color, however, must always be sewn using 30-35 weight cotton thread.


Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Continue embroidering the design.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess.

For Vilene, soak the lace pieces for a few moments.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Allow the lace to air dry, then press with a pressing cloth on top.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Repeat the steps above to embroider the other five sides of the bowl as well as the bottom center piece.

In the end, you should have a total of one center piece and six identical side pieces.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Using the same thread you used to embroider the outer border of the lace, zigzag stitch the bottoms of the side pieces to the bottom center piece.

Make sure the right side of the embroidered lace pieces are facing down, and continue until you have sewn on all six sides.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Finally, use the same thread to zigzag stitch the adjacent sides together.

Sew the seam from the edge to the inner corner along the inside of the lace bowl.

In the end, the right side of the lace should be the outside of the bowl.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Place battery-operated candles inside these lace bowls to add winter flair to your home decor.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding lace snowflake bowl.

Or, fill the stunning snowflake bowl with treats to share the sweetness of the season with friends and family.

Freestanding Lace Snowflake Bowl



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