How to make simple three dimensional fabric leaf embellishments

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How to make simple three dimensional fabric leaf embellishments

I love to embellish! Especially using three dimensional fabric embellishments that I make myself.

I normally like to finish the edges on my fabric embellishments using a satin stitch like these fabric leaves.

How to make simple three dimensional fabric embellishments

But when you’re in a hurry, or need a whole bunch of embellishments like the leaves that I’m adding to this fabric art canvas, finishing the edges can take a very long time.

How to make simple three dimensional fabric embellishments

So luckily I have a super simple quick and easy fabric embellishing technique for making three dimensional fabric embellishments – for times when you don’t need an elaborate embellishment, or you’re in a hurry, or you’re simply too lazy to finish the edges (guilty).

What You Need

Instructions

Note: These instructions explain how to make simple fabric leaves however you could use the same technique for any shape.

Cut a piece of fabric, fold it in half, and fuse it together with some fusible webbing.

How to make simple three dimensional fabric embellishments

Make a leaf template from a piece of cardstock, trace the design onto the fabric using a fabric marking pen, and then cut it out. Or if you’re in a hurry, hold the template on top of the fabric and cut around it as I’m doing here.

How to make simple three dimensional fabric embellishments

In no time at all you have dozens of lovely fabric leaves. Although I did make a *little* effort and used a fine point sharpie to fill in the detail.

How to make simple three dimensional fabric embellishments

If you’d like to try this technique for yourself, download these leaf templates and get started. To download, right click the image and save to your desktop.

How to make simple three dimensional fabric embellishments

Tip

To add some visual interest, vary the size of the leaves and use different color fabrics.

So go make some fabric leaf embellishments – it’s fun!





8 thoughts on “How to make simple three dimensional fabric leaf embellishments”

  1. Hi Linda This is a great idea. I don’t feel guilty being lazy sometimes. I also would like to suggest that another way to add more 3D effect could be adding different variety of fabrics, maybe some hand-painted canvas or upholstery left over(which I have) I wish i also have some time to practice this idea… Love it!!!

  2. Thanks so much for a super idea….I was looking for a way to add holly leaves in 3d to a Christmas wallhanging….I’ll give you credit when I post the finish on my blog!

  3. You have many super ideas. How did you finish off the edges of your leaves? I don’t have a serger. If you use a zig-zag, do you edge before or after cutting? Thanks!

    1. Linda Matthews

      Hi Pat, when I finish the edges I usually use a zig-zag stitch and then cut after stitching.

  4. Wonderful stuff. I love the leaves. I do bead embroidery to embellish my fabrics, but this opens up even more creative doors. Thanks.

  5. You can also zig zag over a strip of embroidery thead on the edge as you go. It gives the edge texture and makes it stronger. You can use matching or contrasting thread. You just have to sew a little slowly and it takes some practice to hold it just so to get it on the edge. Or zig zag before cutting the leaf out.

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