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Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Create beautiful freestanding flowers in a fraction of the time with felt and light stitching! Simply stitch each piece of the flower onto your choice of felt, then cut out each piece before assembling. Let us show you how!




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

  • Freestanding fabric flower design -- we're using the Enchanting Anemone (Freestanding)
  • 1/2 yard of felt or wool felt (for petals)
  • 1/2 yard of felt or wool felt (for leaves)
  • 1/2 yard of felt or wool felt (for center)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Button (1/2" or larger)
  • Hand sewing needle & thread to match felt colors
  • Hot glue gun
  • 12 gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Floral tape
  • Needle-nose pliers

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone

To make a full Anemone flower, embroider a total of 3 copies of the single petal piece labeled with a "d" and 2 copies of single leaf piece labeled with an "f" . Embroider only one of pieces "a", "b", "c", and "e".




Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

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

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

When you download the design, you will find multiple embroidery files containing all the pieces.




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

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

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




Attach the hoop to the machine and load file "a".

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.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

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




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

Cutting 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 Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

Repeat the steps above to embroider and cut the rest of the felt pieces.

To make a complete anemone, make sure to embroider 3 copies of the single petal (file "d") and 2 copies of the single leaf (file "f").




The single petal (file "d") was created with a dart.

The dart is the triangular cut out 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.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

Repeat the previous step to sew all the darts on the 3 felt pieces.




Take the smaller triple petal piece (file "b"), and lay it on top of the larger triple petal piece (file "a") with the right sides facing up. Hand stitch through the center to adhere the two pieces together.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

Take the triple leaf piece (file "c") and tack this to the bottom of the joined triple petal pieces with the right side facing the petal pieces.




Then take one of the single petals (file "d") and arrange it on top of the triple petal pieces. Hand sew it in place.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

Repeat to arrange and sew all of the single petals on top of the triple petal pieces. Overlap them slightly for a more realistic effect.




After all of the petals are sewn together, take the center black piece (file "e") and sew that down in the center of the three single petals.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

Finally, hand sew a button onto the center of the anemone.




To add the stem, cut a piece of 12 gauge floral wire to a 10" length using a wire cutter, and curl the end with a needle nose pliers.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



Freestanding Fabric Anemone  

Glue the stem to the bottom of the flower.




Using floral tape, begin to wrap the wire stem. Take the two single leaf pieces (file "f") and add the leaves as you wrap to hold them in place against the wire.

  Freestanding Fabric Anemone



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Suggested designs for this tutorial: 
Enchanting Anemone (Freestanding)_image
Enchanting Anemone (Freestanding) $5.99
3 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 5.83"w x 5.87"h | 4.88"w x 4.92"h | 3.86"w x 3.86"h