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free in-the-hoop project embroidery design

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Free machine embroidery design -ITH project sunflower coaster

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Before we begin, if you’re new to embroidery and this project seems a bit complex, I encourage you to give it a try. Although several steps are involved, it is relatively easy once you get into the swing of it. Plus, I be-leaf in you! 

Below we provide you with a complete tutorial, step-by-step, showing you how to create your new 3D in-the-hoop sunflower coaster (no soil needed)!

Ok, flower puns aside, let’s get started.

Supplies required for this free machine embroidery design – in-the-hoop project sunflower coaster:

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

Free machine embroidery ITH sunflower coaster tutorial:

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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 Organza fabric piece (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 the 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 them into place. Then place your hoop back on your machine and 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 the smaller petals should be offset to the larger petals to give it a more realistic look. Then, place the hoop back on the 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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