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Poinsettia in 3D
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating free flying embroidery, in-the-hoop.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.


Let merriment bloom with this unique poinsettia design! The leaves, and center are specially digitized as individual freestanding embroidery pieces. Stitch each section separately onto water-soluble stabilizer, rinse, and assemble to create a majestic, lifelike plant. We'll show you how!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Heavy weight water-soluble stabilizer (we prefer Sulky Ultra Solvy or Vilene)
- Hand sewing needle, hot glue or fabric glue
- 40 weight rayon or polyester embroidery thread
- 75/11 sharp sewing needle
- Scissors

Special notes:
To make a full poinsettia, sew our 5 of file "a", 5 of file "b", 5 of file "d" and just 1 of file "c".

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14164, Poinsettia in 3D (in-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

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

When you download the design, you will find of total of four embroidery files. File "a" is the largest petal. File "b" is the smaller petal. File "c" is the flower center, and file "d" is the leaf.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

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 poinsettia, in the hoop.

Hoop a piece of stabilizer firmly. Make sure it is nice and taut and has no wrinkles.


Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

As the embroidered poinsettia's pieces can be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin to match every thread color used in the design.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Look at the color change sheet, and place the first bobbin color into the machine. Then load the first embroidery file (labeled with an "a"), and attach the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the first color.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

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

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

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

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

After embroidering, trim away the excess water-soluble stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

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 poinsettia, in the hoop.

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

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Repeat the previous steps to embroider all of the pieces. Make sure to sew a total of five copies of files "a", "b", and "d" to make a complete poinsettia.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Once all the pieces are completed, it's time to assemble the poinsettia. First take one of the ten petal pieces (labeled "a" or "b"), and fold it with the right sides together. Match up the straight edges of the inner triangle dart cutout, and hand sew the two edges together to create the dart.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Repeat to sew the dart on all ten of the petals.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Then take the five smaller petals (file "b"), and arrange them around the flower center (file "c"), so they are evenly spaced. Make sure the right sides of the petals are facing up.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Hand sew or glue the petals in place by attaching them to the center piece one by one. Make sure to keep them evenly spaced.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Then repeat to arrange and attach the larger petals (file "a") behind the smaller petals. For best results, arrange the larger petals so that they sit in between the smaller petals, and not directly underneath them.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.

Then repeat again to arrange the leaves as desired. This time sew or glue the leaves to the backs of the petals rather than the center piece.

Free project instructions for creating a freestanding poinsettia, in the hoop.



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Products used in this Project:

Poinsettia in 3D (Freestanding) $9.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.47" x 3.87"