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How to Make a Sparkly Faux Suede Flower

Download the free machine embroidery pattern.
Threads #206 - Dec. 2019/Jan. 2020
Photo by Mike Yamin.

Create a sparkly faux suede flower with these instructions and the free machine embroidery pattern provided in this Web Extra, a supplement to “Embellishments: Crystal clusters” by Mary Funt in Threads #206 (Dec. 2019/Jan. 2020).

Designer-inspired flower

One of Mary’s embellished garments, shown above, was inspired by an Alexander McQueen sweater. The sweater includes crystal embellishments, which she explains how to apply in her “Crystal clusters” article. It also features a faux suede flower (on the right front shoulder) that mimics details from the designer inspiration. The flower is a machine-embroidered outline on faux suede and silk organza that is then trimmed and attached to the garment. Find instructions for her method below, and download the embroidery design file for the flower. The file is in .DST format, which is compatible with most embroidery machines.

Cut and sew the faux suede flower

1. Hoop a piece of silk organza. If the organza is difficult to manage, try layering it with stabilizer.
2. Trim away a window of stabilizer slightly larger than the design.

embroidery hoop with stabilzer
3. Cut a piece of faux suede larger than the design. Spray the back of the faux suede with temporary adhesive and position it in the center of the hooped organza.
4. Attach the hoop to your embroidery machine, and stitch the design.

pattern on embroidery machine
5. With small, sharp scissors, trim away the excess suede around each petal, leaving the organza intact. It may be easier to trim the outer edge first, then between the petals.

trim the applique
6. Apply small heat-set stones around the outer edge, between the petals and the center. The sample shows size 6 (2mm) stones.
7. Trim the organza, turn the edges under, and hand-sew it to the garment with small fell stitches.

sew flower with stones on to garment

Photos by Mary Funt, except where noted.


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