How To Do 3D Puff

Published: April 4, 2023

How to Do 3D Puff

Embroidery is a beautiful and intricate art form that has been around for centuries. It involves using a needle and thread to create intricate designs on fabric. One technique that has become increasingly popular in recent years is 3D puff embroidery. This technique involves creating raised, three-dimensional designs on fabric, giving your embroidery a unique and eye-catching look. In this article, we will discuss how to do embroidery 3D puff.

3D Puff Design Digitized for Caps

Materials Required for 3D Puff Embroidery

To get started with 3D puff embroidery, you will need a few basic embroidery materials. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Embroidery machine: A machine that can handle 3D puff embroidery is essential. Look for a machine that has a large hoop size and a high stitch count to achieve the best results.
  • Stabilizer: Stabilizer helps keep the fabric in place while you embroider. You will need a heavy-weight stabilizer specifically designed for 3D puff embroidery.
  • Foam: The foam is what creates the three-dimensional effect. You will need foam that is specially designed for embroidery.
  • Embroidery thread: You will need embroidery thread in the colors of your choice.
  • Fabric: Choose a fabric that works well with your embroidery machine and is compatible with your stabilizer.

Steps for Doing 3D Puff Embroidery

Step 1: Prepare Your Design

Before you start embroidering, you need to prepare your design. Choose a design that is suitable for 3D puff embroidery. Designs with bold lines and shapes work well for this technique. You may also want to choose a design that has a large surface area to maximize the 3D effect.

Step 2: Hoop the Fabric

Hoop your fabric tightly, ensuring that it is taut and wrinkle-free. Make sure you use the correct size hoop for your embroidery machine.

Step 3: Apply the Stabilizer

Cut a piece of heavy-weight stabilizer and place it on top of your fabric. Make sure it is centered and covers the entire design area. Use pins to secure it in place.

Step 4: Embroider the Design

Thread your embroidery machine with the chosen embroidery thread. Start the machine and embroider the design as you normally would. The only difference is that you will need to stop the machine periodically to add the foam.

Step 5: Add the Foam

Cut a piece of foam to the same shape as your design. When your machine reaches a point in the design where you want to add the foam, stop the machine. Place the foam on top of the design area and secure it with pins.

Step 6: Resume Embroidery

Resume embroidery, making sure the foam stays in place. Continue this process until the design is complete.

Step 7: Remove the Stabilizer and Excess Foam

Once the design is complete, remove the stabilizer and excess foam. You can use scissors to carefully trim away any excess foam around the design.


3D puff embroidery is a fun and creative way to add dimension to your embroidery projects. With the right materials and techniques, you can create stunning designs that really pop. Whether you are embroidering hats, jackets, or bags, the 3D puff technique can help take your embroidery to the next level. So, grab your embroidery machine, foam, and thread, and start experimenting with 3D puff embroidery today. To download free 3D puff test files visit our free designs page!

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