Applique Flowers: Tips and Tricks

Applique embroidery is so versatile that it is perfect for flowers. Especially if you use these tips!

Why does applique work so well with floral embroidery? In large part, due to the wide selection of fabrics and edge finishes that you can use.


Cottons, particularly batiks and pastels, are ideal for applique flowers, like Freestanding Fabric Gerberas from Embroidery Weekly.

Organza is another favorite, especially for freestanding applique. 3D Fuchsia String Lights from Embroider Shoppe take on a delicate, romantic effect that would not be achieved with cotton fabric.

Poinsettia Tea Lights by Mar Lena Embroidery are so pretty. See how easy this project is to make here.

Organza can also be used with traditional applique, such as Roses Applique from Art Embroidery. It adds a pretty, glistening appearance to delicate petals.

3D Cosmos Flower from Mar Lena Embroidery combines both standard embroidery and freestanding embroidery for a dimensional project that would be gorgeous stitched and popped in a frame.


For beautiful edges in freestanding embroidery, use a water-soluble stabilizer. I prefer a fabric-type which holds up well and cleans up easily.

Edge Stitching

Wide satin-stitched borders provide excellent coverage for both traditional and freestanding applique. In addition, close trimming to the tack-down stitching will also give you cleaner edges.

Go to the Secrets of Embroidery Facebook Group page and share your tips for stitching flower appliques.