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Cutwork Embroidery

Free project instructions to create cutwork embroidery.

Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery


Add an impressive look to your table linens, fashion, and other home decor projects with stunning cutwork embroidery. It combines traditional embroidery with freestanding lace for a beautiful effect.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Woven fabric (like linen)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer
- Sharp craft knife and cutting pad
- 30-35 weight cotton thread
- Double stick tape
- Paper towels

The design featured in this tutorial include:
- M11875, Butterfly Beauty Spray (Cutwork)
- M11882, Butterfly Beauty (Cutwork)

Free project instructions to create cutwork embroidery.
Special Notes:
There are some special cutwork needles available on the market, however, we used a 75/11 sharp sewing needle. Cutwork needles should not be used with our cutwork designs. The open areas are cut using a sharp craft knife (while the fabric and stabilizer are still hooped).

It's important to use 30-35 weight cotton thread when embroidering cutwork, as it is thicker than rayon or polyester thread and will hold up the delicate detail of the cutwork.

Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Cutwork is a mix of freestanding embroidery and embroidering directly onto fabric.

Woven fabrics, like linen, are an excellent choice for cutwork. Avoid stretchy fabrics and fabrics with Lycra or Spandex as these types of fabric will bunch and pucker.

Before starting, be sure to preshrink the fabric by washing and drying it. If you do not preshrink the fabric, it may pucker later on.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

First, cut a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop.

Spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together firmly, and tighten the hand screw.

Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Since both sides of the cutwork can be seen, wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the needle.

It's important to use 30 or 35 weight cotton thread when embroidering cutwork.

There are a couple of different names for cotton thread, like mercerized and all-purpose.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Embroider the design -- the first thing to sew will be the cut lines. These lines will be used to cut the openings in the fabric.

Using a darker colored thread to sew the cut lines will make it easier to see them on the fabric.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

After the cut lines have sewn, remove the hoop but do not unhoop the fabric.

Place the hoop onto a cutting pad. Then, using a sharp craft knife, carefully cut out the openings by cutting in between the sewn cut lines.

Cut through the fabric and the cutaway stabilizer.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Next, cut a piece of water-soluble stabilizer to the size of your hoop. This tutorial uses Vilene, which is soft and fabric like.

Add double stick tape to the outer edges of the stabilizer and smooth it on the back of the embroidery.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design.

A zigzag stitch tack down will sew around the raw edges of the fabric. This tack down binds the fabric and stabilizer together.

Next, the design will sew over the water-soluble stabilizer and the fabric, covering the raw edges of the openings.
 


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

After the design has finished, unhoop the fabric and cut away the excess water-soluble stabilizer and the cutaway stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

To remove the remaining water-soluble stabilizer, lay a dry paper towel underneath the embroidery and using a damp paper towel or sponge, dab the embroidery inside the open areas.

Or, you can hand wash the fabric with a mild detergent.


Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Allow the fabric to air dry. Then, using a pressing cloth on top, press the embroidery with an iron.

Free project instructions to create Cutwork Embroidery

Use cutwork to dress up your table with napkins and table runners. This unique and exciting type of embroidery is a great way to dress up your table with napkins and table runners.

Or, add it to garments, pillows, and more for classic, delicate, and dainty detail.


Cutwork Embroidery



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Products used in this Project:

Butterfly Beauty (Cutwork) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.91" x 4.88" | 3.88" x 3.85"

Rose Beauty Spray (Cutwork) $4.49 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.81" x 4.31" | 7.75" x 3.79" | 6.86" x 3.36"

Rose Beauty Corner (Cutwork) $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.86" x 5.88" | 4.85" x 4.87" | 3.89" x 3.90"

Rose Beauty (Cutwork) $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.63" x 2.87" | 3.86" x 2.39"

Bee Beauty Spray (Cutwork) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.94" x 5.12" | 7.78" x 4.46" | 6.82" x 3.91"

Bee Beauty Corner (Cutwork) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.78" x 5.81" | 4.79" x 4.81" | 3.86" x 3.88"

Bee Beauty (Cutwork) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.88" x 3.07" | 2.83" x 2.24"

Swan Beauty Corner (Cutwork) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.84" x 5.93" | 4.85" x 4.92" | 3.81" x 3.87"

Christmas Ornament (Cutwork) $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.60" x 5.31" | 2.62" x 3.88"

Christmas Poinsettia (Cutwork) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.99" x 4.87" | 3.87" x 3.25"