3D Embroidery Brings Designs to Life!

Your embroidery will come alive when you stitch three-dimensional designs. Go full-throttle 3D with freestanding lace or applying freestanding applique techniques to organza. Both are surprisingly easy!

Your embroidery will come alive when you stitch three-dimensional designs. Go full-throttle 3D with freestanding lace or applying freestanding applique techniques to organza. Both are surprisingly easy!

Stitching 3D machine embroidery designs makes them jump off of the fabric. Usually, the dimensional part of the designs are stitched like a freestanding applique  on fabric-type water-soluble stabilizer, in a separate hooping before you start stitching the actual project.

Remember to use the same thread in the bobbin as that with which you are stitching the satin stitches. That way, the edges of your 3D embellishment are pretty.

After embroidery, the stabilizer is trimmed away and the remainder is removed with a wet cloth or stencil cutter.

When you get to a certain point in the project, you will be instructed where to place the pieces. Depending on the digitizer, dimensional embroidery may be attached to the project while in the hoop or may be added after the project is finished.


3D Butterfly Purse by Oma’s Place

An adorable little girl’s purse becomes so much more enchanting with a 3D butterfly on the front! Butterfly wings are created before the butterfly body stitches out. The body attaches wings to the bag before it gets turned right side out.


3D Easter Wreath and Basket by Ananda’s Divine Designs

How cute would this be hanging on your front door? There are dozens of options with this design since each piece is made in the hoop separately. Basket, bunny, eggs, chicks, and flowers are all  freestanding appliques.


3D Flowers Delight by Mar Lena Embroidery

Stitched similarly to the Poinsettia Tea Lights project, organza flowers add depth to the rippled embroidery underneath. Together, they make a stunning statement.


3D Iron On Flower 2 Neckline by Embroider Shoppe

Organza flowers make a gorgeous presentation here as well. These flowers were stitched, assembled, and embellished with beads before being fused to the garment using fusible web.


3D Pearly Daisy by Embroidered Necessity

Dimension can also be accomplished using layers of freestanding lace. The two flower layers are stitched separately, then layered and accented with the center embroidery which holds everything in place.


Stumpwork Mylar Fairies by Embroidery Weekly

This is perhaps my favorite of all of these samples. Not only are the skirt and wings added over the rest of the embroidery, the entire design sits on a scenic fabric panel, which adds even more depth to the project.

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Machine Embroidery Projects to Get You Organized

It’s the time of year we often get our lives back in order. A place for everything and everything in its place never rang more true than in your sewing and embroidery area. If you are like me, your creative space is ground zero for chaos following the Christmas merry making marathon. Here are some cute-as-can-be machine embroidery projects that will help you get everything organized.


Sweet Sewing Box by Enchanting Designs

Keep your notions, pins, needles, and machine cleaning supplies within reach while looking pretty in this vintage sewing box. Customize with quilting and embroidery.


Sewing Kits by Stitch Soup

On my list of things to make this year, these vinyl pocket sewing kits are a fabulous idea. Mix and match the quick stitch options for housing your needles, notions, buttons, and presser feet.


Sew Organized by My Fair Lady

This is also on my list of things to make this year. Add as many pockets as you like to keep all of your thread, notions, and supplies organized and looking nice.


Victorian Pin Cushion by Stitch Delight

Keep pins secured and off of the floor with a darling Victorian pin cushion. Keep it by your machine or add an elastic strap and it will sit nicely on your wrist.

Quilted Box Purses by Inspiration Mutz

Two hoopings are all it takes to construct these boxy zip bags. They would be perfect to keep clips, thread, and other project supplies together in one place.


Sew Something by My Fair Lady

Another of my must-make items, this sewing mat is not only cute, it is extremely functional. Bobbin pockets, a thread catcher, and the option for adding a magnetic strip keep everything you need within reach.

Birdhouse Boxes by Stitch Delight

So adorable, these birdhouse boxes hold facial tissue. Or, simply add fabric over the applique opening and you can use them to store most anything.

Little Boxes by Enchanting Designs

Another adorable must-have item is these storage boxes. Easy to assemble with sturdy cardboard, just eEmbroider accents and dividers. Then use them to keep track of design notes, thread, fat quarters, and more!


Magic Christmas Nesting Box by Embroidery Weekly

These nesting boxes aren’t limited to Christmas. Grab your scraps and stitch up a bunch to tidy up your creative space. They are great for storing thread, fabric, and supplies, and take up little room when empty.


Organizer Baskets by Ronels Creations

Another great scrap buster, these pretty baskets stitch up in two heights with extra storage in the cone-shaped corners. Panels are created in the hoop and then zigzag stitched together.


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Top-10 Machine Embroidery Designs of 2018

It is always interesting to see what everybody else is stitching. Here are Secrets of Embroidery’s  top-10 machine embroidery designs of 2018.

#10 Christmas Towel Toppers by Embroider Weekly

Super easy to make in just two hoopings. There is a little bit of hand stitching to close the opening and attach the hanging ring.


#9 Ornament Runner by Kreations by Kara

This design is perfect on a table runner or for making placemats, a wallhanging, or a deorative flag.


#8 3D Christmas Angel by Graceful Embroidery

Mix and match components of this gorgeous design, then accent with metallic thread, beads, crystals and lace.


#7 Flower Bear by Louisa Meyer Originals

Stitch this adorable bear for girls or leave off the flowers for boys. Personalize with a name on the front. Bonus heart balloon is also included!


#6 Folding Tote Bags by Stitch Soup

This handy tote folds up into a snapped pouch for easy storage. Made in the hoop, it sewn together with French seams for no raw edges!


#5 Crafty Divas Set by Threads of Embroidery

It is easy to see yourself or your friends in this eclectic set of creative divas. They can sew, quilt, and embroider.


#4 FSL Realistic Butterfly by Ace Points Embroidery

Everyone will do a double-take with these freestanding lace butterflies. Stitched on water-soluble stabilizer, they look like the real thing.


#3 3D Animal Towels by Ronels Creations

Kids will love bath time when they have their very own 3D towel. Removable wash cloths form the feet and fins.


#2 Pixies and Fairies by Artistic Designs

Eight adorable garden fairies in two hoop sizes provide many options for fun embroidery that speaks to the little girl in all of us.

 And the most popular design of 2018 is

#1 Snowman Christmas Tree Skirt by Ananda’s Divine Designs

This 32” diameter tree skirt is made up of 12 panels. Each has three individual designs made in the 6×8 hoop. Pieces are finished off with a satin stitch outline for easy joining.

It’s not too early to start projects for next Christmas!

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Quick Projects Perfect for Last-Minute Gifts

Christmas is days away, but there is still time to embroider something special. These project ideas stitch up fast and are oh, so cute!

Whether for family and friends or service providers who have brightened your life over the past year, it’s nice to share the love during the holidays. These designs can be stitched up in no time.

Candy Cane Hangers

Grab your felt scraps and buy some candy canes! These adorable 3D Christmas Candy Cane Holders by Ananda’s Divine Designs will bring a smile to young and old alike. The set also includes a stick horse, owl, and deer.


Designs like Blackwork Christmas 01 by One by One Embroidery look beautiful when embroidered on a purchased hand or kitchen towel. Add it to a basket of lotions or gourmet mixes for a wonderful hostess gift.

Want to know how to make the back look pretty too? Read here!

Decorative Pillows

Sometimes, even simple makes a statement, as with this Bauble by Stitch Delight. You can always stitch up a pillow cover (get a free pattern here). If you are pressed for time, purchase one and add embroidery.

Designs become even more elegant when stitching with metallic thread. If metallics make you nervous, check out these tips for taming metallic threads.

Personalized Items

Adding a monogram to any gift makes it even more special. Use a pretty holiday font, like Christmas Alphabets 012 by One by One Embroidery.

Stitch fonts on felt for personalized ornaments, add them to a wine bottle bag for a classy presentation, embellish a plush throw, or simply stitch and pop into a pretty frame.

Not sure how an embroidered monogram should look? Check out monogram protocol here.




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Setting Your Christmas Table

You’ve got the tree and wreaths are hung. Don’t forget your table when you are decorating. We have the designs you need to make your holiday meals even  more festive!

Table Decorations by Mar Lena Embroidery

Stitch up beautiful 3D and fill stitches poinsettias for cutlery holders, door hangers, napkin rings, and table linens.

Christmas Bow Runner by Oh Sew New

Combine files to create elegant table cloths and table runners. Whether you make the runner or buy one already made, you can accent these designs with metallic thread for a bit of sparkle.

Poinsettia Table Runner by Embroider Shoppe

An easy, multi-hooping technique turns organza into gorgeous, shimmering poinsettias. Tack them together to make table runners, garlands, or use them to make a pretty pin or hair accent.

 Christmas Placemats by Allstitch

Mix and match these Christmas word art files for unique placemats that will impress your guests. Create the placemat or buy ready-made mats and add embroidery.

 FSL Christmas Napkin Rings by Ace Points

Little touches make a big difference. Choose from 14 different napkin rings stitched as freestanding lace. Just stitch and soak for a festive addition to your holiday table.

 Christmas Coasters by Oma’s Place

These Christmas coasters stitch up fast but look like you spent days on them. Piece, quilt, and embroider entirely in the hoop. The set of 4 comes with a holder that doubles as a hot pad for a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift.


Glowing Christmas Table Runner by Designs 4 Africa

Dress up a plain table cloth with this pretty table runner. Line quilting combines with holly motifs and elegant trapunto accents, making the stippled blocks pop on a monotone fabric.

 Cutwork for Christmas by Erinas Designs

Add gorgeous cutwork to table cloths, table runners, placemats, and napkins. If you can stitch applique, you can create heirloom cutwork very easily!

Stitch up something pretty for yourself, a friend, or hostess gift!

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