Wednesday 1 April 2020

Stay Home, Save Lives: Free Embroidery Pattern

This week I'm sharing lots of little houses to stitch while you're stuck at home!


Maybe your community is currently in lockdown due to Covid-19, or maybe you're just staying home as much as possible to practise social distancing and help save lives. Either way I hope you'll enjoy stitching one of these projects to keep yourself entertained while normal life is on hold. I'm finding creative projects a great solace right now!

Today I'm sharing a sweet "Stay Home" pattern, then later in the week I'll be posting a set of five cute house patterns which you can frame in embroidery hoops, use to make embroidered ornaments, or stitch on anything else you fancy.

You'll find the "Stay Home" embroidery pattern at the bottom of this post.

I stitched my version in mainly pastel shades, on a bit of lovely grey linen-blend fabric. I used backstitch for most of the design, using all six strands in the skein to make the lines stand out really boldly, but you can of course use fewer strands if you prefer. Sewing with all six can be a little tricky!

I also used lazy daisy stitches for the leaves, and a French knot for the door handle. When sewing the flowers, work clockwise (or anticlockwise, either is fine!) sewing one single stitch per petal. I'd recommend sewing the flowers in front of the house before you sew their stems, so you can fill all of the vertical line that remains (after sewing the vertical petals) with green.

I stitched the design in a 7 inch embroidery hoop and framed it in a 6 inch hoop. Using the slightly larger hoop gives you a bit more room to work with.

The house embroidery patterns I'm sharing this week are all adapted from a tutorial I designed a few years ago for making cute little felt houses. Follow the link for the templates and step-by-step instructions! These patterns also make super cute gingerbread houses, perfect for Christmas.

This pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many houses as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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