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Birdcage in 3D (Lace)

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Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)


Add a little sweetness to your decor with this unique five-sided birdcage! Stitch each freestanding lace piece separately, then stitch together to assemble -- complete with a little perch inside. We'll show you how to create your own beautiful birdcage!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer
- Hand sewing needle
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon or cord

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14066, Birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Finished size: 7" tall x 4" wide

Special notes:
To make a completed birdcage, embroider a total of 5 copies of the roof pieces (labeled with a "d" and "e"), 4 copies of the sides ("a"), and 2 copies of the door frame ("b"). Then embroider only one of the base piece, door, and swing ("c", "f", and "g").

In this tutorial, the birdcage is sewn together by hand. If preferred, some steps can also be sewn together with a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine. If this is possible, it will be noted in the text of the given step. To do this, simply lay the pieces side by side (instead of back to back), and sew a zigzag over the adjacent edges of the pieces to hold them together.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

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 seven files which contain all of the pieces of the birdcage.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

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 lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

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 for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

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

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Attach the hoop to the machine and load file "a". Embroider the design.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess.

For Vilene, soak the lace pieces for a few moments.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

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

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Repeat the steps above to embroider the rest of the lace pieces. Sew a total of 4 of piece "a," 2 of piece "b," 5 of pieces "d" and "e," and 1 of pieces "c," "f," and "g."

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

To begin assembling the lantern, take two of the side pieces (labeled with an "a"), and match up the long edges with the wrong sides of the lace pieces together. Make sure the tops and bottoms are also matched up, and hand sew the pieces together along one long edge. This can also be sewn with a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Then repeat to sew all four of the side "a" pieces together side by side. Make sure to always sew them with wrong sides together, and also watch to make sure none end up upside down. This step can also be sewn on a sewing machine.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Lay the sides out on the table. Then take the door (piece "c"), and the two door frame pieces (labeled with a "b"), and line them up along the side piece ("a") that is all the way on the right. Place the door ("c") between the two door frame pieces ("b"). Make sure all the right sides of the lace are facing up.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

With wrong sides together, sew the door ("C) and door frame pieces ("b") to the side piece ("a"). Make sure not to sew the door to the door frame. This will allow the door to be opened and closed once the birdcage is completed.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Next, take one of the bottom roof pieces (labeled with a "d"). Match up the longest edge to the top edge of one side piece ("a"). Make sure the wrong sides are together. Then hand sew the pieces together along that edge. This step can also be sewn on a machine.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Repeat to add all of the bottom roof pieces ("d") on top of the all the side pieces ("a"). Also add one on top of the top door frame ("b").

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Then hand sew a top roof piece ("e") on top of a bottom roof piece ("d"). This time make sure the right sides are together when hand sewing along the straight edge. This can also be sewn on the machine.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Repeat to add all the top roof pieces ("e") onto the bottom roof pieces ("d").

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Now that those pieces are connected, line up the side edges of the roof pieces that are adjacent to each other. Make sure the wrong sides are together, and hand sew along the edges.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Repeat to sew all roof pieces together that are side by side. Make sure to leave the final roof sides open for now, and not sew the roof completely shut.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Once the roof pieces are sewn together, the lace will begin to curve and take shape. Now it is time to sew the roof completely shut. To do this, sew from the top of the roof down until you get to the bottom edge of the top door frame (top "b" piece). The door frame ("b") will be sewn to the adjacent side piece ("a"). Do not sew the door or bottom door frame to the side piece.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Turn the birdcage upside down, so you can look into it though the bottom. Using a hot glue gun, glue the "strings" of the sewn lace swing (piece "g") to the roof of the inner roof of the birdcage. Hold the swing in place until the glue dries for best results.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Once the swing is securely in place, it's time to put on the base of the birdcage (labeled with a "f"). Match one edge of the base piece ("f") to the bottom edge of the bottom door frame ("b"). Make sure the wrong sides are touching, and hand sew the pieces together along the bottom edge.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Then repeat to sew all the sides of the base piece ("f") to the bottom edge of each side piece ("a"). Make sure to hand sew the pieces with wrong sides together.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

Finally, sew the remaining side of the bottom door frame (bottom "d" piece) to the side piece next to it ("a") with wrong sides together. Do not sew the door to this side piece or the door frames to allow it to open and close freely.

Free project instructions for creating a lace birdcage in 3D (Lace)

To make a hanger, simply cut 12" of ribbon, and thread it through two of the loops found on top of the top roof pieces ("e"). Once threaded through the holes in the lace, tie the ribbon into a loop to create a hanger.

Birdcage in 3D (Lace)



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Products used in this Project:

Birdcage in 3D (Lace) $7.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.68" x 3.86"