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Layered Organza Flower



Let ethereal decor, accessories, and other beautiful projects bloom with this unique flower embroidery design! Layers of freestanding organza stitch together in the hoop to create a sheer and beautiful bloom. We'll show you step-by-step how to stitch your flower together!




To create your freestanding fabric flower, you'll need:

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

These flowers have been specially digitized to sew on organza hooped with a piece of water-soluble stabilizer. After the excess organza is cut away and the stabilizer is removed, beautiful embroidery and organza remains.




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 work 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.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

Cut a piece of both organza and water-soluble stabilizer that are larger than the hoop. Spray the water-soluble stabilizer with temporary adhesive, and smooth the piece of organza on top of it.




Hoop the organza and water-soluble stabilizer together firmly. Make sure it is nice and taut with no wrinkles.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

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




It is very important to sew out the first embroidery file (file "a") before sewing the second (file "b"), as file "b" sews the two files together.

Attach the hoop to the machine, and load the first embroidery file (file "a"). Follow the color change sheet, and embroider the "flower border". This shows the outer edges of the petals that will act as a cutting guide later on. Also embroider any inner details on the petals if the design has them.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

Then the "petal placement dieline" will embroider. This sewn dieline will show how to position this petal piece (file "a") on top of the second embroidery file (file "b").




Once all the embroidery is finished, unhoop the embroidered organza and stabilizer.

 Leaving a 1/2" margin of organza around the embroidery, cut a circle around the embroidered petals. Do not cut perfectly around the petals yet, as some embroidery details in the second file (file "b") may sew over or past the "flower border" of this petal piece (file "a").

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

After the first petal piece (file "a") is sewn out, hoop another piece of organza and water-soluble stabilizer that are adhered together with temporary adhesive.

Still matching all bobbins, embroider the "flower border" and as well as inner details, if there are any.




Then embroider the "petal placement dieline". This will show the with the placement of the first petal piece (file "a").

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

Without unhooping the second fabric piece (file "b"), take the first petal piece (file "a"), and spray the wrong side with temporary adhesive. Lay it on top of the hooped piece (file "b") with the wrong side of the "a" piece facing down against the right side of "b".




The "petal placement dieline" is a circle with a star inside. To place the petal pieces correctly, match up the edges of the circles, and then rotate the first petal piece (file "a") until the points of the stars match up as well. Matching up the points of the two stars will allow the petals of the two files ("a" and "b") to be perfectly offset, so they alternate beautifully.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

Then place the hoop back on the machine, match the bobbin, and embroider the "top petal tackdown". This will adhere the first petal piece (file "a") in place on top of the hooped "b" file.




Follow the color change sheet, continue to match all bobbins, and embroider the remaining center details.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

Once all the embroidery is finished, unhoop the flower, and carefully cut around the outer edge of the "flower borders".

Cut as close to the embroidery as you are comfortable, but make sure not to cut into the embroidery. If you accidentally cut the embroidery, using a small amount of clear fabric glue can help adhere the stitching in place so it does not unravel.




Continue to carefully cut around the outer edge of the "flower borders" until both the "a" and "b" petals are all cut out.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the remaining water-soluble stabilizer. For Vilene, soak the embroidered flower in water for a few hours.




Allow the flower to air dry. If needed, press the flower with a pressing cloth on top to remove any wrinkles in the organza.

  Layered Organza Flower



Layered Organza Flower  

Fold or curl the organza petals up as desired. Once curled up, the petals can even be hand-sewn or glued together where they touch (or overlap) to create a more dynamic, 3D flower.




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