The Best Fabrics for 3D Embroidery Projects

Embroiderers love 3D projects, and these fabrics help make them even more fabulous!


Chickadee and Blossom Wreath from Anandas Divine Designs

Felt, especially felted wool, is one of my favorite surfaces upon which to embroider. Not only does it come in many colors, it easily stands alone. Just stitch and trim.


Owl Soft Toy from Louisa Meyer Originals

Fleece is particularly nice for stitching ITH plush toys. It launders well and is much easier to use than faux fur. Just add a topper to keep stitches from sinking out of sight.


Mylar 3D Bugs and Blooms from Inspiration Mutz

Mylar adds a nice sparkle to embroidery. Designs are digitized specifically for using mylar. Typically open-work or thread painting, flowers, butterflies, and holiday themes are ideal designs to include mylar.


3D Flowers Delight from MarLena Embroidery

Like mylar, organza adds a shimmer to embroidery. In addition, it is sheer, which allows for a lot of beautiful dimension in things like flower petals. Designs are stitched much like freestanding lace with satin-stitched edges.

Freestanding Lace

FSL Realistic Butterfly 2 from Ace Points Embroidery

Because it is digitized to stand alone, freestanding lace (FSL) is the mother of all things 3D. While looking difficult, all you do is stitch on a water-soluble stabilizer and rinse away.

Vinyl & Cork

Common Threads Key Fob from SewAZ Embroidery

Like felt, vinyl and cork require no edge finishing. They are perfect for stand-alone ITH designs like zip bags, baskets, and key fobs.

Don’t forget, these designs are all 70% off this weekend!