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Freestanding Daffodil in 3D

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

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


Bright yellow daffodils make springtime bloom with colorful cheer!  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 tulip and rose too!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Water-soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Hand sewing needle
- Hot glue gun
- 12 gauge floral wire
- Floral tape
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliers

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13997, Freestanding Daffodil in 3D (In-the-Hoop)

Finished flower size (without stem):
3 3/4" tall x 3 3/4" wide x 1 1/2" deep

Special notes:
To make a full daffodil embroider 2 of the file "a", and just 1 of both file "b" and file "c".

You can use your fingers to shape the 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 daffodil in 3D.

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

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

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

As the embroidered daffodil 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 daffodil in 3D.

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

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

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

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

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

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

Take the center piece (piece "b"), and fold it along one of the two triangle darts with the wrong sides of the embroidery together. Using a hand sewing needle and the same thread as used in the embroidery, stitch the dart closed. Repeat to sew the second dart.

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

Once the darts are completed, line up the two side edges of the center piece, and hand sew it together to make a cone. Leave a small hole at the bottom for a wire, and also make sure the right side of the embroidery is on the outside.

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

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

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

Slide the center piece onto the wire, so that the curled end of the wire ends up inside the cone. Hot glue the wire in place inside against the bottom.

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

Then slide the first petal piece (piece "a") onto the wire so that the right side of the embroidery is facing the center piece. Line up the long seam of the center piece with the center of one petal. This will be the bottom of the daffodil. Then use a hand sewing needle and matching thread to sew the petals onto the center piece. This will prevent the petals from falling off the wire or spinning.

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

Add the 2nd petal piece ("a") onto the wire with the right side of the embroidery facing the center piece. Off set the petals between the petals of the first petal piece, and sew them together with a hand sewing needle to keep them from spinning.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding daffodil 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 daffodil 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 Daffodil in 3D



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