DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Hot Air Balloon

Hi everyone!

I have a pretty, little embroidery tutorial to share with you today! IMG_3343Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Joann’s)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_3342DMC Floss Color:

  • 4180 – variegated pink

IMG_3347I found this cute hot air balloon motif on Pinterest.  You can find it here!

After printing off the motif, trace it, and hoop your fabric. IMG_3348Start by Back Stitching the balloon.

This project is super easy and is made with only the Back Stitch and a few Straight Stitches. IMG_3350 IMG_3356 IMG_3387 IMG_3391Keep Back Stitching until the balloon is complete. IMG_3394Split your thread into two strands of three.  You’ll be using strands of three for the remainder of this project.

Use one of the strands of three to stitch this zig zaggy portion of the motif. IMG_3398Continue using one of your strands of three to Straight Stitch the ropes that tether the balloon to its basket. IMG_3402Back Stitch the little basket. IMG_3405Add a few straight stitches across to complete the basket and our hot air balloon! IMG_3448I love the way the pink and yellow look together!

So cute!

I’m going to go back in a few days and add some embellishments to the balloon!  There will be a separate tutorial for that! IMG_3437Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink


DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Ice Cream Cone

Hi everyone!

I have a sweet, summery project to share with you!


  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0225DMC Floss Colors:

  • 210 – purple
  • 744 – yellow
  • 893 – pink
  • 964 – blue
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_0236Print out the motif, and trace it with your Sharpie.

In the beginning, I wasn’t going to stitch the cherry.  Later on, I decided I wanted it, so I added it in.  It’s up to you!

IMG_0239Using your pencil, trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_0241We’re going to start with our yellow thread and Back Stitch the cone.

IMG_0246Since our design is so small, I decided to use smaller stitches.

IMG_0249If I ever stitch this design again, I’m going to make the stitches intersect instead of overlap on the body of the cone.  I’m not a fan of how jumbled this looks.IMG_0250Now, we stitch the ice cream!

IMG_0253You can switch the ice cream colors if you’d like!

Two of the same colored scoops would look adorable, or you could add an extra scoop or two!

IMG_0256We’re going to Satin Stitch the cherry, but first, we need to Back Stitch the outline.

IMG_0260Now, Satin Stitch over your outline.

My cherry ended up more of an oval than a circle.  Whoopsie!

IMG_0262Add a little, curved stem to the cherry.

IMG_0269Our ice cream cone is complete!

Isn’t it adorable?!

A perfect summer craft!

Happy Crafting!!

Bow signature pink

DIY Embroidered Floral Initial

Hi everyone!

I’ve been practicing my embroidery skills, and I have a project I want to share with you today! IMG_7440 Supplies:

  • 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used Muslin from the clearance bin at Jo-Ann’s)

IMG_7432DMC floss colors:

  • 727 – yellow
  • 798 – blue
  • 842 – beige
  • 988 – green

IMG_7443I really love the floral letters featured in my book! IMG_7444Since my name is Natalie, I decided to make the “N” IMG_7407I started my project by hooping my fabric. IMG_7408I used the Lazy Daisy stitch to create the flower.

Make sure the very bottom petal and the one to the right of it create an angle like that of the top left on the letter “N” IMG_7410Use French Knots to create the center of the flower.

I wrapped the thread around the needle twice to create a larger knot.

I don’t think three knots are necessary, so next time, I’ll just use one. IMG_7411Create the first leg of the “N” by using the Back Stitch. IMG_7415Create the second and third leg of the “N” by continuing to use the Back Stitch. IMG_7419As you can see, I had a little trouble with the third leg. IMG_7421Here’s a close-up.  Sorry it’s a little blurry!

Now it’s time to add the leaves! IMG_7424Use the Lazy Daisy stitch to create the leaves.  You can stagger them more if you’d like!

For some reason, my leaves get a wee bit larger as they go down! IMG_7425Here’s another close-up!  This one is way more in focus than the last one! IMG_7427Continue using the Lazy Daisy stitch to add leaves to the last leg. IMG_7429And there you have it! A pretty, floral initial!

Happy Crafting!!

Bow signature pink