DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Swirly Twirly Design

Hi everyone!

I have more embroidery to share with you!


  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldson-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_1040DMC Floss Colors:

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 162 – light blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 600 – pink
  • 605 – light pink
  • 744 – yellow
Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_1045Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_1047Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_1053Start with the green thread and Back Stitch the leaves.

IMG_1055 IMG_1058 IMG_1060Once the leaves are done, we’ll move on to the yellow portions.

IMG_1065Back Stitch the “stems.”

IMG_1070Add in some Lazy Daisies.

IMG_1073 IMG_1076Repeat!

IMG_1079Use the dark pink thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the swirly portions.

IMG_1085 IMG_1092It’s starting to look so cute!

IMG_1095Use the light blue thread to Back Stitch the little paisleys.

IMG_1099 IMG_1100Once the paisleys are stitched, separate your six strand thread into two strands of three.

IMG_1106Use one of the strands of three and Straight Stitch the lines inside the paisleys.

IMG_1110 IMG_1114Once the light blue is done, we’re going to move on to the dark blue.

IMG_1118Use a Lazy Daisy for the large teardrop.

Be sure not to pull your thread too tight.  You want to maintain as much of the teardrop shape as possible.

IMG_1120Use the Back Stitch for both crescents.

IMG_1126Once the crescents are stitched, separate your thread into two strands of three like we did earlier with the light blue thread.

IMG_1128Use the Scallop Stitch for the inside portion of the crescents.

IMG_1132 For a finishing touch, we’ll add a few light pink stars.  Take your pink thread and split it into two strands of three.

IMG_1134Use the Star Stitch to make little stars.

IMG_1139Once the stars are stitched, our project is complete!

IMG_1147So cute and playful!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Cursive Initial

Hi everyone!

I made this little project for one of my grandlittles the other day and decided to share it with you! IMG_1176Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used muslin)
  • Needle
  • Pencil

IMG_1179DMC Floss Colors

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 326 – magenta
  • 712 – cream (optional)

IMG_1187We’re going to start with the light green thread and feather stitch around the edge of the hoop. IMG_1189I’ve never used the feather stitch before this project.

I was surprised with how much I liked it.  It’s easy, quick, and pretty.  What more could I want? IMG_1195The feather stitch is a great way to create vines and ivy. IMG_1198After completing the wreath, place a dark blue, double wrapped French Knot on each “leaf” on the inside of the wreath. IMG_1202Keep going around the circle.

My fabric is very thin, so you can see the connecting threads under the fabric.  That really started to annoy me, so I went back and cut the connecting threads and tied them off. IMG_1204Use the magenta thread and place double wrapped French Knots on each outside “leaf.” IMG_1209Keep going around until the circle is complete. IMG_1212The finished floral wreath. IMG_1216Use your pencil to draw a cursive initial in the center.

I chose “J” because my grandlittle’s name is Jessica. IMG_1218Use the magenta thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the initial. IMG_1220If you’re not a fan of the Stem Stitch, the Back Stitch would also look pretty!IMG_1228Once the initial is stitched, the project is complete!

So simple but so pretty!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Birdies on a Branch

Hi everyone!

My Big (Sister in my sorority) is graduating soon, so I made her a cute, little “going away” present.


  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_9602DMC Floss Colors:

  • 703 – green
  • 840 – light brown
  • 958 – medium turquoise
  • 964 – light turquoise
  • 838 – dark brown

My dark brown thread has clearly seen better days!  It’s a jumbled mess right now!

Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the birdie motif we will be using.

IMG_9609Print out the design and trace over it with a Sharpie. I like to use the Ultra Fine Point ones.

IMG_9613Use your pencil to trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_9615We’re going to start by using the green thread and Back Stitching the leaves.

IMG_9618You can use whatever stitch you like, but I think the Back Stitch looks quite nice!

IMG_9622We’re going to start stitching the birds with our light turquoise thread.

I chose to use the Stem/Outline Stitch for this portion of the project.

IMG_9625I like to try and stitch all the portions that are the same color at one time and then move on to the next color.

IMG_9628Now, on to the medium turquoise.

IMG_9631The Stem/Outline Stitch is so pretty!

IMG_9634I love the little swirls!  They make these birdies so much cuter!

IMG_9642Finish up the bird bodies and move on to the beaks.

I used the Satin Stitch for both beaks.

I don’t love the way the little bird’s beak turned out.  I’ll get over it though!

IMG_9645Using the light brown thread, Back Stitch the branch.

IMG_9649Using the dark brown thread and the Back Stitch, create the nest.

IMG_9652Stitching the nest was the hardest part.

My pencil lines were all jumbled and hard to see.  I ended up just placing the lines wherever!

IMG_9655Continuing with the dark brown thread, use a French Knot for each eye.

IMG_9679And there you have it!

Our cute, little birdies are complete!!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Fairy Cottage

Hi everyone!

As promised, here is another embroidery project featuring the Stem/Outline Stitch!


  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop (7 inch)
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Needle

IMG_9256DMC Floss Colors:

  • 704 – green
  • 747 – light blue
  • 996 – blue
  • 3705 – dark coraly pink
  • 3706 – medium coraly pink
  • 3770 – very light peach
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the cottage motif we will be using!

Feel free to switch up your thread colors!  I did (a little bit!)

IMG_9262Start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie.  I like to use the Ultra Fine Point.

IMG_9263Use a pencil to trace the design onto your fabric.

I went with a white fabric with a (kind of) subtle abstract, floral pattern on it.  Throughout the project, I had a love/hate relationship with my fabric.  This fabric has a thicker weave than I’m used to and can be a little distracting.  I got over it though and am satisfied with the final product! (Which you will see in a few minutes!)

IMG_9268Start with the blue floss and Back Stitch the walls of the cottage.

IMG_9270Here comes the Stem/Outline Stitch!

My thread pulled a little on the right swirly.  I had to go back and tuck it back in.

IMG_9273I chose to stitch the stems over the blue, because in reality, the flowers would be on the outside of the house.

IMG_9276Continue on across the side of the house.

IMG_9280Use the darker, coral thread to Back Stitch the heart.

IMG_9281Now, comes the hardest part!

Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for the scalloped rooftop.

IMG_9290This rooftop took the longest amount of time!

IMG_9297I can’t tell you how many times I stabbed my left thumb with my needle while stitching this! 🙁

Because my fabric was so thick, I had to push with my right hand (which ended up bruising) and pull with my left.

IMG_9298After one too many stabs to the thumb, I took a break from the rooftop and stitched the curtains.

I used the medium coral for this part.

IMG_9303Use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the window.

IMG_9308Continuing with the Back Stitch, use the light peach thread for the door.

IMG_9310We’re going to Satin Stitch the doorknob, but before doing that, we’re going to Back Stitch the outline.

My Granny told my Mom (who told me) that this is the easiest way to do the Satin Stitch.

IMG_9313Now, Satin Stitch over the doorknob outline.

IMG_9315Moving onto the window frame.

Continue with the Back Stitch.

IMG_9318I tried my best to center the vertical stitches as much as possible.

IMG_9321Now, finish up the outer window frame.

IMG_9323Using the medium coral, Back Stitch every other “flower.”

IMG_9330I apologize for randomly skipping around.  I don’t know what I was doing!

Again with the light peach and the Back Stitch, create the chimney.

IMG_9335Now, we’re going back to the rooftop!IMG_9337The hardest part of stitching the rooftop was lining up the first and last stitch to make it look seamless.  I stitched it five times before I was satisfied!  Can you tell?!

IMG_9340Back to the flowers!

Finish up the medium coral flower on the right of the door, and then stitch the remaining three with the darker coral thread.

IMG_9345Once the flowers are complete, you are done!

IMG_9349So cute! I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out!

There are quite a few fairy motifs in the Doodle Stitching book.  I’ll probably do another one soon!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery – Olivia the Octopus

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy embroidery tutorial to share with you!

I’ve been talking about practicing the Stem/Outline stitch for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to doing it.

This project is made (almost) entirely with the Stem Stitch. IMG_9354Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Fabric

IMG_9358DMC Floss Colors:

  • 552 – dark purple
  • 553 – medium purple
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the cute, little octopus we’ll be stitching! IMG_9362First, print out the motif and trace with your Sharpie.

Then, trace with a pencil onto your fabric. IMG_9365 Apart from her eyes, Olivia is made entirely of the Stem/Outline Stitch.

I used the medium purple floss for the body. IMG_9368I started at the top and went around counter clock-wise. IMG_9370My fabric was very thin, so my stitches are a little looser than I would like.

In the next few days, I’ll be uploading another project featuring the Stem/Outline Stitch where the stitches are much tighter. IMG_9373Olivia was so fast to stitch!

I believe it took me less than half and hour! IMG_9377I used the darker purple floss for her eyes.

You can either use the Satin Stitch or French Knots for the eyes.  Whatever you prefer! IMG_9380Olivia the octopus is complete!

What a cutie!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Maribel the Mermaid

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8955  Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8957DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 995 – dark blue
  • 996 – medium blue
  • 3706 – coral
  • 3770 – very light peach

Not pictured:

  • 747 – light blue
  • 840 – light brown
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the mermaid design we’ll be using for our project.

IMG_8962As usual, we will print out and trace our motif with a Sharpie.

I chose to leave out the blushing cheeks.  If you want to add them, feel free to do so!

IMG_8960Trace Maribel onto your fabric.  Then, hoop your fabric.

IMG_8965Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for her hair.

IMG_8968I’ve been talking out practicing the Stem Stitch for a while now.  I am finally getting around to it!

IMG_8971Use the Back Stitch for Maribel’s body.

You can use whatever color thread you’d like for your mermaid’s hair and skin.  I chose blonde hair and fair skin for Maribel, because that’s what the book shows and it’s what I have.

IMG_8974Continue using the Back Stitch but switch to the dark blue thread for the outline of her tail.

IMG_8978Continue with the Back Stitch but switch to the medium blue for her tail scales.

Use the coral thread and the Satin Stitch for Maribel’s mouth.

IMG_8986I spent at least 10 minutes deciding on Maribel’s eye color.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of my options!

I finally settled on the light brown.

Use the Back Stitch for this portion as well.

IMG_8991Finally, use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the bubbles.

IMG_9004Now our mermaid is complete!

Isn’t she pretty?!

Happy Crafting!!

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