Machine embroidery tutorials

Freestanding Lace Bowl and Doily Tutorial

Freestanding lace bowl and doily machine embroidery setLearn how to stitch out and assemble our freestanding lace bowl and doily machine embroidery projects.


This tutorial was created using our machine embroidery design sets:

SKU 10194 Freestanding Lace Bowl & Doilies,

SKU 10195 Free standing Lace Bowl, Doily and Heart


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In order to create a fine set of freestanding lace embroidery bowl and doily you will need:

  1. One of our Freestanding Lace Bowl and Doily Sets
  2. Water-soluble stabilizer
  3. Suitable machine embroidery thread

Note: We find that cotton and polyester thread are especially suitable for these designs. In order to have the stitched out embroidery look the same on both sides, we would recomend that you use the same upper thread and bobbin thread.

Step-by-step instructions

Creating the freestanding lace bowl

1. Hoop the water-soluble stabilizer. Depending on the type of stabilizer you are using, you have to hoop from a minimum of 2 and up to 4 layers. When stitching out FSL it is very important to have sufficiently thick stabilizer, to have it hooped very tight (as one would often say "Tight as drum skin") and make sure it stays that way during the whole process of stitching out. It sometimes happens that a hoop may not hold well the stabilizer one is using  tight enough during the stitching. In such case one may have to rap some suitable material (e.g. muslin stripes) along the long sides f the hoop's frame and then hoop the stabilizer. In order to avoid possible problems it is also recommended to use the smalest possible hoop and NOT to stitch out more than one design in a single hoop.

Stitch out the freestanding lace2. Stitch out the design components. You will need to stitch the side panel several times (depending on the bottom you will be using) and once - the bottom. Carefully cut off the loose thread ends or any jump stitches you may get in the process of stitching (at the beginning or when changing thread).











Cut away the excess stabilizer3. Cut away the excess stabilizer


4. Dip the side panels and the bottom in water. Follow the instructions of your stabilizer's manufacturer. In order to get a bowl with a better shape, please do NOT leave the components in water for too long. Just wait until there are no visible traces from the stabilizer.








Place the lace on a towle to dry

5. Get the bowl components out of the water, place them carefully on a towel and let them dry. Once they are dry - iron them. Do NOT iron them directly. Cover the embroidery with a soft fabric instead.











Stitch the fs lace pieces together6. Connect the side panels by zig-zagging them to each other from the inside.

If you have used cotton thread it is best to use the same thread for connecting the elements. If you have used viscose or other threads which are not suitable for connecting seams, then it is better to use invisible thread for assembling.

It is better to use invisible thread for connecting you stitch out the 2 color versions of the free standing lace bowls and doilies.










Stitch lace together

Stitch all pieces togetherConnect all of them, including the last seam which connects the first and last side panel.

















Attach the lace bowl bottom to the sides After you are done assembling the side walls of the bowl - attach the bottom to them by zigzag stitch.


Your bowl is now ready!