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Freestanding Fabric Designs
(In-the-Hoop)

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Craft an elegant and natural look with freestanding fabric designs! This specially digitized embroidery is created to stitch out onto a piece of non-fraying felt, with the cut edge of the fabric adding soft and realistic flair. Stitching these designs is quick and simple -- we'll show you how!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/2 yard of acrylic, polyester or wool felt (for petals)
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- M26598, Freestanding Fabric Monarch Butterfly (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating freestanding fabric designs (In-the-Hoop)

Freestanding fabric designs have been specially digitized to sew on only a hooped piece of felt, so there is no stabilizer used of any kind.

After the pieces are embroidered and cut out, only the embroidery and felt remains, allowing for the pieces to look pretty on both sides.

Free project instructions for creating freestanding fabric designs (In-the-Hoop)

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

Free project instructions for creating freestanding fabric designs (In-the-Hoop)

Hoop the piece of felt firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.


Free project instructions for creating freestanding fabric designs (In-the-Hoop)

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

The first thing to embroider will be the "cut line". This marks the area on the felt where the piece will be cut out later.

Free project instructions for creating freestanding fabric designs (In-the-Hoop)

Follow the color change sheet and embroider the rest of the design, changing out the bobbins to match every thread color.

Free project instructions for creating freestanding fabric designs (In-the-Hoop)

After the embroidery has finished, unhoop the felt. Then using a scissor, carefully cut along the inner edge of the "cut line".

Cutting right along the inner edge will remove the cut line from the edge of the felt piece, leaving a clean felt edge after the piece is cut out.

Freestanding Fabric Designs (In-the-Hoop)



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