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Freestanding Lace
Christmas Ornament Covers

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.

Beautiful freestanding lace adds an elegant, vintage look to your Christmas bulb ornaments. Learn how to embroider the stunning ornament covers and how to stitch them together to attach to the bulbs. They're a beautiful way to add a unique look to your Christmas tree.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Water-soluble stabilizer
  (like Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Christmas bulbs
- 1/8" wide ribbon
- Tapestry needle
- Needle and thread for hand-sewing

Designs used in this tutorial include the Christmas Lace Ornament Covers (Lace) design pack.

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Free video with instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.

See the steps for making freestanding
lace ornament covers in this video tutorial!


Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Embroidery Library has three different sizes of freestanding lace ornament covers. The largest size is for a Christmas bulb that is 4" tall and 12 1/2" inches around.

Measure the height to the top of the sphere, not including the cap and hanger.

Measure the circumference at the widest part of the bulb.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
The medium size fits an ornament that is 3" tall and
9 1/2" to 10" around.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
The smallest size of the lace ornament covers fits an ornament that is 2 1/2" tall, and between 8" and 8 3/8" around.

Those three sizes are the most common sizes found in stores. But oftentimes the packaging doesn't list the size. Bring your tape measure with you when shopping so you can measure the bulbs.

Or, order bulbs online (through a store like Amazon) where the size information is listed.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Freestanding lace designs are embroidered onto water-soluble stabilizer. There are two different kinds of stabilizer.

One is clear and plastic-like, and one of the brand names is Sulky Ultra Solvy.

The other is soft and fibrous, known as Vilene. Both will work well, but this demonstration uses Vilene.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Hoop the water-soluble stabilizer firmly and make sure there are no loose areas.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Freestanding lace is visible from both sides, so wind a bobbin with the same thread you are using in the top.

Use 40 weight rayon or polyester, 30-35 weight cotton, or metallic thread in the needle and bobbin.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Embroider the design.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller point than an embroidery needle, so that will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
One embroidered design is one half of the ornament cover.

After embroidering the design once, stitch it a second time for the other half of the cover.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Cut the excess stabilizer away, then soak the remaining away according to packaging instructions.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Usually the lace is allowed to dry before working with it. But for ornament covers, working with them while damp helps to shape to the curve of the ornament.

Place the two pieces with their right sides together and hand-stitch at the widest point.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Turn the cover right side out.

Slip it over the bulb, and mold the pieces to the shape of the bulb.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Use a tapestry needle with a
1/8 inch wide ribbon through the top.

Tie in a bow.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Some ornament covers go all the way to the bottom. Use ribbon on the top and bottom of those ornaments to secure.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Dress up ornaments with beads, too. Stitch beads or pearls to the bottom ends of the half ornament covers, or at the bottom circle of the full covers.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.
Thread another colorful ribbon in the tapestry needle, and weave it through some of the open spaces in the lace. This is a quick and simple way to add extra color and dimension

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace ornament covers.

This ornament sports a marabou feather boa and hot fix crystals. It's an eye-catching addition to Christmas trees and wreaths!


Freestanding Lace Christmas Ornament Covers



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