DIY Hand Embroidery – Owl Always Love You

Hi everyone!

I’ve been practicing my hand embroidery, and I have a fun project to show you!


  • Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray (You can find it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used muslin from the clearance section)
  • Pencil

IMG_7565DMC floss colors:

  • 498 – Pink
  • 727 – Yellow
  • 798 – Blue
  • 799 – Light Blue
  • 823 – Navy
  • B5200 – White


This is the design idea I’ll be working off of.

You’ll notice that I chose to do mine differently in some areas!  You should experiment with yours as well and see all the fun designs that you can come up with!

IMG_7453We’re going to start the project by hooping our fabric.

IMG_7458With the blue thread, Back Stitch a wing shape.

If you’re nervous about winging it (no pun intended!), you can draw a wing shape or trace the entire design onto your fabric before you begin stitching.

IMG_7462With our light blue thread, we’re going to begin stitching the head and the ears.

IMG_7467Continue stitching around the wing to form the remainder of the body.

IMG_7470When you get close to the “tail” of the bird, make sure the owl body lines up on the top and the bottom of the wing.

IMG_7475Now we’re going to make little circles for the eyes.

Use tiny stitches to make the circles.  The smaller the stitch, the more control you have over the shape of whatever you’re trying to make!

IMG_7479My second circle turned out WAY better than my first.

That just goes to show that practice makes perfect!

IMG_7492Use the yellow thread to create three, little feathers with the Lazy Daisy stitch.

IMG_7496Add more detail to the wing with three Straight Stitches below the Lazy Daisy feathers.

IMG_7502Continue using the yellow thread to create little V’s along the chest of our bird.

The V’s are made with the Back Stitch.  Almost every stitch in this tutorial is the Back Stitch.

IMG_7504Continue to add the V’s.

Once the V’s are complete, we’re going to move on from the bird.  We will come back to him later and finish up his eyes and beak.

IMG_7505Now, we’re going to start adding teardrop, feather shapes all around our owl.

IMG_7508Each teardrop is made with the Back Stitch.

IMG_7515Be sure to mix up your thread colors and the placement of the teardrops!

IMG_7518If you don’t like what you’ve stitched, use the blunt end of your needle to remove the stitches.  Once the unwanted stitches have been removed, smooth out your fabric (this usually eliminates the needle holes) and stitch it again!

IMG_7519Experiment with the size and shape of your teardrops!

IMG_7522I tried to distribute my thread colors evenly across the piece.

IMG_7526Now that I’m done with the teardrops, I’m going to start adding other accents!

IMG_7528I decided to add some circles and French Knots!

All of my French Knots are double wrapped.

IMG_7533More French Knots!

IMG_7539Now we’re going to go back to our owl!

With the navy thread, use two Back Stitches to create a slightly curved line for the eyes.

Use the pink thread to stitch the beak.  Make the beak with a few Straight Stitches or the Satin Stitch.

IMG_7541Use your pencil to draw out your words.

Be careful about writing too darkly.  If you mess up, it can be hard to erase if the lead is too dark.

Once the words are drawn, use the Back Stitch to complete the project!

IMG_7548Here’s a close-up of my first two words.

IMG_7555Once you finish stitching the words, our project is complete!!

IMG_7849I’m really pleased with how this little guy turned out!

He’s super cute and perfect for a gift! 🙂

Happy Crafting!!!!

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