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Freestanding Tulip in 3D

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.


Brightly colored tulips are a sure sign spring has arrived! This specially digitized design is created to hold together all on its own, like freestanding lace -- but with the full color and detail of a regular embroidery design. Follow the steps below to let your own embroidered flower blossom. If you like this design, you'll love the freestanding daffodil and rose too!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Hand sewing needle
- Hot glue gun
- 12 gauge floral wire
- Floral tape
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliers

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13998, Freestanding Tulip in 3D (In-the-Hoop)

Finished flower size (without stem):
2" tall x 1 1/2" wide

Special notes:
To make a full tulip embroider two of the file "a", and just one of both file "b" and file "c".

You can use your fingers to shape the freestanding embroidered petals. Simply bend and shape the 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 for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

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

When you download the design, you will find a total of 3 files. The file "a" is the petal piece, the file "b" is the flower center, and file "c" is the lace leaf.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

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 for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

As the embroidered tulip pieces will be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin to match every thread color used in the design.


Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

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

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load file "a". Follow the color change sheet, and embroider the first color of the design.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

After the first color is finished embroidering, change the bobbin out to match the next thread color.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Continue to embroider the design. Watch the color change sheet carefully, and make sure to match the bobbin color to every thread color used in the embroidery.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess. For Vilene, soak the embroidered pieces for a few moments.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Allow the piece to air dry, and then press it with a pressing cloth on top.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Repeat the steps above to embroider the rest of the pieces. To make a complete tulip, make sure to embroider two copies of the petal piece (labeled with an "a").

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Cut the wire to 10" long, and curl the end with a needle nose pliers.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Take the first petal piece (piece "a") and slide it onto the wire with the wrong side of the embroidery resting against the curled end. Hot glue the flower to the wire curl, and allow the glue to dry before continuing.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Take the flower center (piece "b"), and hot glue it onto the wire curl so that it hides the wire.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Mold the three petals with your fingers, and fold them up so that they overlap each other. Using a hand sewing needle and matching thread, tack each of the petals together where they overlap to keep them in place.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Add the second petal piece onto the wire with the wrong side of the embroidery resting against the previously added petal piece. Carefully hand stitch to two petal pieces together around the hole that the wire goes through. This will prevent the pieces from spinning or sliding off the wire.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Fold up the three petals, and overlap them slightly. Then hand sew them together where they overlap to hold them in place.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Once the flower is completed, position the lace leaf on the wire as desired. Use a hot glue gun to glue the end of it in place, and allow the glue to dry completely before continuing.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding tulip in 3D.

Finally, wrap the wire in floral tape to finish off the stem. Wrap over glued end of the leaf as well to reinforce it onto the wire.

Freestanding Tulip in 3D



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