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3D Fabric Birdhouse

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Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.


Craft charming nature-inspired decor with this unique embroidery design! Stitch each piece of this flower-adorned birdhouse in-the-hoop, then hand-sew together to assemble. Your choice of colors and fabrics makes each birdhouse unique. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard quilter's cotton for main fabric
- 1/4 yard of quilter's cotton for the roof fabric
- Water soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene of Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors
- Hand sewing needle and thread, or glue
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14727, 3D Floral Birdhouse (In-the-Hoop)

Finished Birdhouse Sizes:
X14726: 5 1/2" tall x 6 1/5" wide x 2 1/2" long
X14727: 4 1/2" tall x 5" wide x 2" long

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

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

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

When you download the birdhouse design, you will find multiple files. Some are the embroidery files, and the others are dieline files marked with the letters "DL".

Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the correct shape and size. Open and print each dieline file using an embroidery software.

If you do not have an embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

First spray one side of a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Smooth the stabilizer onto the wrong side of the fabric piece.


Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Then spray the back side of the printed front piece dieline with temporary adhesive, and smooth it onto the right side of the fabric.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Cut the front dieline shape out of the adhered fabric and cutaway stabilizer. Then remove the paper dieline.

Make sure to cut out the opening for the file "a" pieces as well. A craft knife and cutting mat can help cut out the hole more easily.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Then repeat to cut out the back piece for file "a" with cutaway stabilizer on the back of the fabric.

For this design the front and back fabric pieces for every file will have cutaway stabilizer on them.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

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 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

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

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Attach the hoop onto the machine, and load the embroidery file (not the dieline files).

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline (or outline stitch). This marks the area on the stabilizer where the fabric piece will be placed.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

After the dieline has sewn, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Spray the wrong side of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive. Smooth the fabric piece onto the stabilizer inside of the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Then place the hoop back onto the machine, and embroider the tackdown for the front fabric piece. The tackdown will hold the fabric piece in place for the remainder of the design.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

After the front fabric piece is in place, all of the inner details of the embroidery will sew out. Stop before sewing the "back piece tackdown".

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Before sewing the "back piece tackdown" step, remove the hoop from the machine, and turn it over so the back side of the embroidery is facing up.

Spray the back side of the back fabric piece with temporary adhesive, and smooth it into place on the back side of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

As all the embroidery from here on out will be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin to match each of the remaining thread colors used into the design.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Place the bobbin into the machine, and follow the color change sheet to embroider the remaining "back piece tackdown" and the "finishing border".

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Some pieces also have freestanding lace details, and those will also sew after the back fabric piece is tackdown.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

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

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

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

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

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

Make sure to sew out two copies of the roof piece (file "f") to make a complete birdhouse.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

To assemble the birdhouse, first take the base piece (file "e"), and hand sew it onto the bottom edge of the front piece (file "a").

Use thread matching the finishing border for best results. If desired you can also sew these pieces together with a wide zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Then repeat to hand sew the two sides (files "c" & "d) as well as the back piece (file "b") onto the other three sides of the base piece. If desired you can also sew these pieces together with a wide zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Next take the two roof pieces (file "f") and match them up with the top point of the front piece (file "a").

Hand sew both roof pieces onto the front piece starting at the top point and sewing down until you reach the next corner of the front piece.

The roof pieces will hang past the edges of the front piece on either side. If desired you can also sew these pieces together with a wide zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Fold up the one side and the front piece, and hand sew them together along the adjacent edges. This creates the first corner seam of the birdhouse. These pieces should be hand sewn as it will be hard to fit under the needle of a sewing machine.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Repeat to fold up the remaining side piece and back piece and sew the remaining three corner seams of the birdhouse together.

This will mean everything but the roof is completely sewn together. These seams should also be sewn by hand and not on a machine.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Match up the top edges of the two roof pieces (the sides with the loops), and hand sew them together using thread matching the roof finishing border.

Make sure to also sew the two loops together around the outer edge for best results.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Then match the roof pieces up with the top point of the back piece, and sew them together from the point downwards.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

To attach the side pieces to the roof where it overhangs, thread your needle with the same embroidery thread color as used on the roof.

Reach in through the opening of the birdhouse, and push the side outwards until it appears to be straight and is no longer bowing. Then carefully slide the needle under the stitching of the finishing border at the center of one side.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

Sew from the side's finishing border up through the center of the roof piece. Sewing around one of the stitched shingles on the roof will hide your sewing. Then sew back through the roof and side piece a couple more times to successfully tack them together. Repeat for the other side.

Free project instructions for creating a 3D Fabric Birdhouse.

To make a hanger, cut a piece of ribbon 8"-10" long, and thread it through the embroidered loops. The tie the ribbon into a loop to create the hanger.

3D Fabric Birdhouse



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