Welcome, and congratulations on downloading our Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit! As promised, here’s a complete tutorial showing you how to create your new 3D in-the-hoop sunflower coaster (no soil needed).

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Now before we begin, if you’re new to embroidery and this project seems a bit complex, I really do encourage you to give it a try. Although there are several steps involved, it is quite easy once you get into the swing of it. Plus, I be-leaf in you! Ok, flower puns aside, let’s get started.

in-the-hoop embroidery sunflower

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Tear-away stabilizer
  • Wash-away or Dissolve away stabilizer
  • 200 x 300 hoop or larger
  • Organza fabric
  • Matching embroidery thread
  • Painter’s tape

Complete Project Tutorial

For those of you who find video is an easier way to learn, here’s a video tutorial we filmed showing you how to easily create the project:

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Now if you prefer to see step-by-step written instructions on how to create this project, we of course have you covered there too:

Step 1: Lay down a piece of Organza fabric. On top of this place a piece of water-soluble backing (dissolve-away/wash-away). On top of the wash-away, place another piece of Organza fabric (think of it like an oreo cookie; the white stuff goes in the middle). You can use the same color Organza for both pieces. Or, for a more creative effect, use two different shades of same color Organza. Next, hoop all three pieces.

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Step 2: Place the hoop on your machine and allow it to embroiderer the leaves. Remember to change the bobbin to match the bottom Organza color). Next, remove the hoop from the machine, and while the design is still in the hoop, use a stencil cutter to trace out the petals.

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Step 3: Repeat the steps above two more times for the larger & smaller petals, remembering to change bobbin color to match the bottom Organza color.

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Step 4: We are now going to combine all three pieces using a piece of tear-away stabilizer. Begin by hooping the stabilizer by itself, then switch to a pre-wound bobbin and embroider the first placement guide stitches to create an X. Next, line up the hole on the leaves to the X on the placement guide stitches and tape it into place to ensure it does not move. Then proceed to embroider the second placement guide stitch.

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Step 5: Line up the larger set of petals to the placement guide stitches and tape into place. Then place your hoop back on your machine & stitch the next set of placement guide stitches.

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Step 6: Line up the remaining set of small petals to the placement guide stitches and tape them into place. Please note that the smaller petals should be offset to  the larger petals to give it a more realistic look. Then, place the hoop back on machine & finish embroidering the center of the sunflower.

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Step 7: Cover the exposed stitches on the backside of the sunflower with your piece of cork and tape it into place. Remember to change the bobbin to match the color of the cork and then run the finishing stitches. Next, remove all the tape and take the design out of the hoop.

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From here, flip the design over and cut off the excess cork material around the stitches. You’ll then tear away the stabilizer.

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Nicely done! Your in-the-hoop flower coaster is now in full bloom (I just had to add in one more flower pun).

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Congratulations once again on downloading your Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit! Hopefully it gave you a small taste of what we have to offer here at the Embroidery Legacy. Also, if you enjoyed this project or have a question, be sure to leave a comment below. Happy stitching!

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