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Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.

Organza leaves and snowflakes, made right in the hoop, add colorful dimension to garments and home decor.

For a terrific decorative idea, see the project instructions to make an organza leaf sun catcher. Sheer leaves (or snowflakes) dance in the sun for a beautiful effect.

These bright seasonal elements also add a three-dimensional touch to windows, wall hangings, table linens, mantle runners, scarves, and more!

Full project instructions show each step for making light and lovely organza leaves, completely in the hoop.

 

Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
Supplies Needed:

**Small pieces of polyester organza

**Water-soluble stabilizer (WSS - I prefer Vilene)

**Temporary spray adhesive


Special Project Notes:

I embroidered the designs with two pieces of organza: one for the front and one for the back. You can embroider them with just one piece of organza if you like. Using two pieces makes the resulting stitchout sturdy and helps them keep their shape. One piece makes the leaves a bit lighter and the corners tend to curl up, but the embroidery holds up just as well as when using two pieces of fabric.

If the organza has any wrinkles or folds, press it with an iron set on a low setting and use a pressing cloth on top (to prevent the fabric from melting). It is important that the organza be nice and flat before cutting out the pieces.

Designs Used:

I used designs from the Woodland Leaves (In-the-Hoop) Design Packs.
The Flurry of Snowflakes (In-the-Hoop) designs also make charming sun catchers and embellishments!


Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 


When you download an in-the-hoop organza design, you will find three files. One file will begin with the letter "X" followed by 4 numbers; that is the embroidery file. The other files are marked with "_DL" ("_DLfront" and "_DLback"). These are the dielines. The dielines are used to cut the fabric for the organza fabric pieces. 

If you have embroidery software, open the DL (dieline) files and print them at full size. These are the templates you will use to cut the shapes. If you do not have embroidery software, you can sew the dielines directly onto paper. To do this, hoop a piece of paper and embroider the dieline file.
 



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Next, to prepare the organza fabric pieces, spray a piece of water soluble stabilizer (I prefer Vilene) with a quick shot of temporary adhesive. Smooth the organza on top.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Then, spray the backside of the template with a quick shot of adhesive and smooth that on top of the organza. Cut out the shape. Do this for the front and back piece. If you prefer to use only one piece of organza for a lighter leaf, cut only the front piece.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Hoop one piece of WSS; I used Vilene. Hoop the stabilizer tightly by pressing the top hoop into place and then tightening the hand screw. Then, wind a bobbin for each color of thread you will be using. I will be matching the color of the tackdown to the color of the fabric. This allows the decorative border stitches to show more clearly (see the color change sheet for the tackdown step).



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design (the files that begins with "X"). I use a 75/11 sharp embroidery needle when embroidering organza leaves. Embroider the design.  The first thing to sew will be another dieline. After the dieline has sewn, stop the machine and remove the hoop (but do not unhoop the stabilizer).



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Trim any long threads on the backside of the embroidery -- doing this will prevent these excess stitches from being sewn inside the leaf later on.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Spray the backside (Vilene side) of the front fabric piece with adhesive.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Place the fabric right inside the dieline.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Turn the hoop over so the backside of the embroidery is facing up. Then, if you are adding the second piece of organza, spray the backside of the back fabric piece and place it inside the dieline on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design. A zigzag tack down stitch will sew next. This binds the fabric piece to the stabilizer for the remainder of the design.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

At each color stop, stop the machine and remove the hoop (but don't unhoop the stabilizer), and change the bobbin to match the top thread. Also, trim any long stitches on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

The decorative border will sew next.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

And then the inner elements will sew.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

After the design has finished, unhoop the WSS and cut away the excess. Trim as close to the embroidery as possible without cutting any of the stitches.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Soak the stitchout in warm water from the tap until it no longer feels sticky. I soaked my leaf for 20 to 30 minutes to remove all of the Vilene. Then, blot with paper towels.



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Allow to air dry then press with an iron set on a low setting and with a pressing cloth on top (this prevents the organza from melting).



Free project instructions to make in-the-hoop embroidered organza leaves.
 

Use these designs to add beautiful dimension to home decor projects and garments. These project instructions demonstrate how to make a sun catcher. Or, add to a scarf (shown left) for a lovely look!

So many fun possibilities with light and lovely in-the-hoop woodland leaves!

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