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3D Freestanding Lace Calla Lily

Free project instructions to create a 3D freestanding lace calla lily.

Free project instructions to create a 3D Freestanding Lace Calla Lily.


Simple and stunning calla lilies come to life with beautiful freestanding lace. Stitch the three-dimensional embroidery designs as a lovely decor item in your home.

Project Needs & Notes:

- Water-soluble stabilizer
- Hand sewing needle
- Pre-wrapped floral wire
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliers

The design featured in this tutorial is:
- X13352, Calla Lily in 3D (Lace)


Finished Sizes:

Large: 1 7/8" x 3 3/4"
Small: 1 1/2" x 2"
Free project instructions to create 3D Freestanding Lace Flowers.
Special Notes:
Shape the lace petals with your hands to look like real peony petals. Simply bend and shape the lace petals while they are damp, and they will hold their shape when they dry. Once the flower is finished you can spray it with a water spray bottle to make it damp.

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Freestanding lace designs have been specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. After the stabilizer is removed, beautiful lace remains behind.

When you download the design, you will find a total of 2 files. The file labeled with the letter "a" is the petal piece, and the file labeled with a "b" is the flower center.

To make a full calla lily, embroider just one of the file "a", and two of file "b".


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

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 Envelope Sleeve.

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

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Hoop the stabilizer firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load file "a". In this example, 40 weight rayon thread was used.

You can also use 30 weight cotton or metallic thread for most freestanding lace designs.

Embroider the design.


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

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 Envelope Sleeve.

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

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Repeat the steps above to embroider the rest of the lace pieces.


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Cut the wire to 10" long with a needle nose pliers or wire cutter.

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Take one of the embroidered center pieces (piece "b"), and hot glue the end of the wire onto the wrong side of the lace piece.

Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Take the other center piece, and glue it on top, trapping the wire between the two lace pieces.

Make sure to glue the wrong side of the lace to the wire.


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Now take the lace petal pieces (piece "a"), and fold it along the triangle dart with the wrong sides of the lace together.

Using a hand sewing needle and the same thread as used in the embroidery, stitch the dart closed.


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

There is a purposeful channel left in the lace design of the calla lily along both sides where it will want to fold.

Fold the lace piece along both sides with the wrong sides together, and crease them with your fingers.

The right fold will go lower than the right.


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

After folding the sides, press the center in towards the end of the dart to create the bowl shape for the flower.


Free project instructions to create a Freestanding Lace Envelope Sleeve.

Wrap the lace petal piece around the wire and center, overlapping the right side (which folds lower) over the left.

Using a hand sewing needle and the same thread as used in the embroidery, sew the petal overlap in place.

Then sew the petal piece to the center lace pieces to keep them from spinning or falling down the wire.


3D Freestanding Lace Calla Lily



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Products used in this Project:

Calla Lily in 3D (Lace) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.53" x 4.88" | 2.81" x 3.87"