Craft a naturally gorgeous decor piece with this
succulent design! Stitch each piece separately onto water-soluble
stabilizer, then assemble by hand. Shaded coloring around the edges
will make your succulents really dazzle. Follow along below to learn
how to create your unique succulent!
To stitch your adorable succulent, you'll need:
Begin by stitching the four freestanding pieces onto
heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra
Solvy), using 40 wt. rayon thread for best results. Once you're done
stitching, rinse and dry each piece completely. (Here's
more on stitching freestanding lace).
The succulent will be assembled on a piece of
wire. Cut a piece of 12 gauge floral wire to 4" in length using a
wire cutter, and then make a small curl the end with a needle nose
First, take the small three-leaf piece (labeled with
a "d"). Each of these pieces has one dart in the center of every leaf.
With right sides together, match up the straight edges of the first
dart. Using a hand sewing needle and matching thread, sew the dart
Then repeat to sew each of the darts on every
leaf. The darts will create a bent look to all of the leaves which
will add to the 3D effect of the succulent.
Once all the darts are sewn closed, slide the wire
through the center opening where all the darts meet. Make sure the curl
ends up resting against the right side of the leaves.
Locate the smallest of the three leaves, and
fold that leaf with wrong sides together around the wire loop. Line
up the opposite edges, and use a hand sewing needle to tack the
edges together. Then sew the leaf onto the wire loop for added
Then fold up and overlap the other two leaves as
desired. Use a hand sewing needle and matching thread to tack them in
place. To do this, locate where each of the side of the leaf touches
another leaf, and then sew a couple of stitches where they meet to tack
the two leaves permanently together.
Next take the larger three-leaf piece (labeled
with a "c"), and sew the three darts closed with right sides
Once the darts are sewn, slide the piece onto the
wire with the right side of the piece facing up towards the loop. Rotate
the new piece ("c") until the smallest of the three leaves is opposite
the larger leaves of the first piece ("d"). Then use fabric glue, and
glue the two pieces together around where they both meet the wire. Once
glued in place, overlap the leaves as desired, and use a hand sewing
needle to tack them in place where they touch other leaves.
Then sew the darts of the smaller four-leaf
piece (labeled with a "b"), and sew all four darts closed with right
sides together. Once the darts are sewn, add it onto the wire with
the right side of the piece facing the other pieces. Then glue it to
the previously added piece around the wire.
Once adhered to the other pieces, overlap the leaves
as desired, and hand tack them in place. It is especially important with
the larger leaves to sew both sides onto other leaves to help them hold
their shape over time.
Finally, sew the darts on the larger four-leaf
piece (labeled with an "a"), slide it onto the wire, and glue it to
the previously added piece ("c").
Overlap the leaves as desired, and hand tack them in
place by stitching them the leaves of the previous piece.
When the leaves are all securely sewn into
place, use a needle nose pliers to curl the wire right against the
bottom of the succulent. Then trim off the excess wire. The finished
succulent will be about 3" wide by 1 1/2" tall.
Combine different colors to make each succulent
unique! The top succulent shown here is in the
original colors; the bottom one uses the following Madeira Rayon
colors for each piece:
1: 1033 Purple Pansy - leaves2: 1160 Antique
Blue - leaf shading3: 1279 Tropical Teal - leaf edges
Grow a whole garden of these beautiful designs!