Adding 3D Flowers To Your Garment

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me again. Today I’m going to show you how to create adorable and versatile 3D flowers using synthetic fabrics, a wood burner, and some machine embroidery! Let get started…

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

To make these 3D flowers, you will need:

  • An embroidery machine, or serious applique skills
  • wash-away stabilizer
  • Synthetic fabrics (I’m using organza and tulle)
  • Embroidery thread
  • A wood burner/stencil tracer (I used THIS ONE)
  • A flower shaped embroidery file (redwork style works best) (I used THIS ONE)
  • Scissors

Step 2: Hooping Fabric

Hoop your fabric with the wash-away stabilizer on the bottom, and your preferred fabric on top. If you are using tulle, I recommend using 2-6 layers depending on how stiff you want your flowers to be. the more layers, the stiffer they will be. for organza, 1-3 layers will do.

Here I used 3 layers of blue tulle, and one layer of white with gold sparkles.

Step 3: Preparing the Embroidery File

The redwork 3D flower design I chose came with two sizes, so I arranged several of them to fit on my 4×4” hoop. The file I’m using can be found HERE from the sweetest etsy seller.

Step 4: Embroider

Go ahead and begin the embroidery. My file stitched out so well, I was confident that my machine could handle it by itself.

Step 5: Melt the Edges

In order to ”cut out” the flowers, you will need to use a wood burner/stencil maker so that the edges of the synthetic fabric melts to prevent fraying. If you dont plan on washing your flowers (say for hair accessories), it may not be necessary, but highly recommended. I found it to be easiest to keep the fabric hooped during this process. Be sure to use a thick piece of glass under your wood burner. Its also important to note that if you keep the wood burner in the same place for too long, or have the heat too high, the fabrics can burn, leaving black or brown marks. Next, clip any loose threads and gently rinse off the wash-away stabilizer.

Step 6: Create!

You can use these flowers for garment decoration, make hair accessories, or any other craft you can think of! I added mine to this Jasmine Dress. Don’t forget to have fun with it! Thanks for sewing with me!

Fabric from Luna D’Avalon Fabrics


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