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Freestanding Fabric Poinsettia

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.


Let Christmas beauty bloom with this unique embroidery design! Stitch each piece of this poinsettia onto fabric, then cut out and stitch together to create a pretty 3D flower. Metallic thread and a button in the center add a dazzling touch. Follow the steps below to grow your own festive flower!

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/2 yard of red acrylic, polyester or wool felt for petals (organza can also be used)
- 1/2 yard of green acrylic, polyester or wool felt for leaves (organza can also be used)
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors
- Button (1/2" or larger)
- Hand-sewing needle
- Water-soluble stabilizer if working with organza (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Sewing threads to match each fabric color

Design featured in this tutorial is:
- X14959, Freestanding Fabric Poinsettia (In-the-Hoop)

Special Note: To make a full poinsettia, embroider a total of 5 copies of the pieces labeled with an "d". Embroider only one of the pieces "a" and "b" and "c".

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Freestanding felt 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 to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Alternatively, the pieces of this poinsettia can be stitched using organza fabric, hooped with water-soluble stabilizer. If you want to stitch this using organza, simply follow the steps below, but hoop your organza together with water-soluble stabilizer when stitching each piece. See this tutorial for more information on embroidering on organza.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
When you download the design, you will find multiple embroidery files containing all the pieces.

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

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Hoop the piece of felt firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load file "a". Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be the lighter color of shading on the leaves.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Follow the color change sheet, and embroider the rest of the design, changing out the bobbins to match every thread color.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
After the embroidery has finished, unhoop the felt. Then using scissors, carefully cut along the stain edge, make sure not to cut the stitching. Cutting right along the satin edge will result in leaving a clean fabric edge after the piece is cut out.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Repeat the steps above to embroider and cut the rest of the fabric pieces.

To make a complete poinsettia, make sure to embroider a total of five single petals (file "d").

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
The single petal pieces (file "d") have darts on them. The dart is the triangular cutout at the bottom of the each piece.

To sew the dart, match up the two edges with right sides together, and hand sew the edges together using matching thread.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Repeat to sew all the darts on the five felt pieces.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Take the smaller five petal piece (file "c"), and lay it on top of the larger five petal piece (file "b") with the right sides facing up.

Hand stitch through the center to adhere the two pieces together.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Then take the leaf piece (file "a"), and arrange it onto the back of the larger petal piece (file "b").

Make sure the right side of the leaves is against the wrong side of the petal piece. Hand sew through the center to adhere the leaves onto the petal pieces.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Take one of the sewn single petals (file "d"), and arrange it on top of the five petal pieces. Hand sew it in place just at the base of the single petal piece.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Repeat to sew on each of the five single petals. Overlapping them slightly will give the poinsettia a more realistic effect.

Free project instructions to create a freestanding fabric poinsettia.
Finally, hand sew a button onto the center of the poinsettia.

Freestanding Fabric Poinsettia



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