DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Smile

Hi everyone!

I have another little phrase embroidery project to share! IMG_2107Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Jo Ann’s)
  • Printed phrase
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_2110DMC Floss Color:

  • 917 – magenta

Start by printing out your desired phrase.

I chose the word “smile” and used a script font I had on my computer.

Use your pencil to trace the word onto your fabric. IMG_2197Start Back Stitching the word.

As you can see, I left some space where the lines intersect and where the letters meet.

Later on, we’re going to be adding another row (or two) of the Back Stitch, so we’re going to need that extra space to work with. IMG_2202 IMG_2207 IMG_2210Once our first row of the Back Stitch is complete, we’re going to move on to the second row. IMG_2212As you can see, I stitched right next to my original Back Stitch.

I still left some space between the “L” and the “E” because we will be adding a third row of the Back Stitch there at the end. IMG_2215 IMG_2220 Once the second row of the Back Stitch is complete, we’re going to add a third row to the left side of each letter. Font comparisonWe’re trying to make our stitching look as close to the original font as possible. IMG_2234Once the Back Stitching is complete, we’re going to dot our “I” with the Satin Stitch.

Start by outlining the dot. IMG_2238Once the dot is outlined, we’re going to Satin Stitch over it.

Once the “I” is dotted, our project is complete! IMG_2246I love how this turned out!

The colors are so happy! They definitely make me want to smile! 🙂

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Quote – Aspire To Be

Hi everyone!

I have another embroidery phrase to share! IMG_1725Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Printed phrase
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle

IMG_1728 DMC Floss Colors:

  • 823 – navy
  • E3821 – metallic gold (optional)

We’re going to start by printing out a phrase.

I chose “Aspire To Be” because it’s short, cute, and something we say in my sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma).

Because my quote is somewhat inspirational, I chose a script font that fit well with the phrase. IMG_1733Use your pencil to trace your phrase onto your fabric. IMG_1736We’re going to start by double Back Stitching the body of the “A” and single Back Stitching the little connector.

By “Double Back Stitching” I simply mean two rows of the Back Stitch right next to each other.

I double up my Back Stitch when I want to make my lines thicker. IMG_1740 IMG_1749 IMG_1751Continue to Back Stitch “aspire” until you reach the end.

Remember to only double stitch the main portion of each letter and single stitch the connectors.

Use a French Knot to dot the “I” IMG_1755 IMG_1760Use the single and double Back Stitch method for the last two words as well.

Once, “to be” is done, our project is complete!!

If you want to add a little more pizzazz, you can use the gold thread to Whip Stitch around the letters.  Just like we did in our “Eat cake” project.

IMG_1782I love how classic this project looks!

There’s nothing wrong with simplicity!

Happy Crafting and Aspire To Be (KKG)!! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Hello Darling Quote

Hi everyone!

I’ve been into crafting little phrases/quotes recently, so I have a easy, short embroidery phrase to share with you today.


  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Pencil

IMG_1491DMC Floss Colors:

  • 3341 – peach
  • 747 – light blue (optional) I promise the blue thread actually matches the fabric.  It looks completely off in this picture  though.

First, find a font (or two) that you like and type out the phrase.

Then, trace the phrase onto your fabric.


Were going to Back Stitch the “Hello.”  Instead of just one “row” of the Back Stitch, we’re going to do two.

Because I was going to Satin Stitch the “Darling,” I wanted the “Hello” to be thick too.

IMG_1503 IMG_1507 IMG_1510 IMG_1518This was the first time I’ve ever done two Back Stitches next to each other.  It was a little annoying, but I really like the look!

IMG_1521Separate your six strand thread into two strands of three for this next portion.

We’re going to use the thinner thread to outline the “Darling.”  Outlining make the Satin Stitch much easier!

IMG_1528I wasn’t sure how the Satin Stitch was going to look, so I did a little test portion!

IMG_1530If you’re confident in your Satin Stitch, you can definitely skip the testing portion!

After testing, I went ahead and outlined the rest of the word.

I tried my best to outline inside of the pencil lines, because I didn’t want to make “Darling” extra thick when it came time to do the Satin Stitch.

IMG_1538 IMG_1542 IMG_1544 IMG_1565Continue with the Satin Stitch until “Darling” is done!

IMG_1569Our project is complete!

I love the color combination, and I had a good time practicing my Satin Stitch!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Kate Spade Quote

Hi everyone!

I love Kate Spade and hand embroidery, so I decided to combine the two in this next project! IMG_1341Supplies:

  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle
  • Sharpie

IMG_1343DMC Floss Colors:

  • 823 – Navy Blue
  • E3821 – Metallic Gold

IMG_1332Type up and print out the quote.

I used a font called “Things People Do For Love!” You can download it too or use another font you like! IMG_1337Trace the quote onto your fabric. IMG_1350We’re going to start with the navy thread and Back Stitch the words. IMG_1355IMG_1358IMG_1363The quote looks so cute!

If you’re satisfied, you can stop now. If you’d like to add a little more pizzazz and tie in the gold dots, keep reading! IMG_1367Separate the gold thread into individual strands.

Take one of the strands and whip it around the navy Back Stitch. The gold thread only pierces the fabric at the beginning and end of each letter.  You just weave it over and under each stitch. Does that make sense? IMG_1373IMG_1378IMG_1385Sooooooo cute! I can’t tell you how much I love this (and cake!) 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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