Monday, 19 May 2014

Flowers - Free Embroidery Pattern

Today's the day when all the bloggers taking part in my Crafty Tutorial Link-Up are sharing their flower-themed projects. Everyone has designed such nice things, I can't wait to share them all with you!

Here's my project: a floral embroidery pattern. I'm still quite new to designing embroidery patterns, so I feel a bit nervous sharing this! It started out in my head as a felt applique project and sort of morphed into an embroidery project as I started sketching. I hope you like it :)


The pattern is designed to be displayed in a 7 inch embroidery hoop. I stitched it in an 8 inch hoop to give myself some more room to work. I used half strands of embroidery thread / floss (i.e. 3 strands from 6 stranded thread) and stitched the whole design in backstitch, sewing small stitches around the curves.

I stitched my flowers in pink, purple and orange but you can of course use any colours you fancy! I used 5 colours (bright pink, candy pink, magenta, orange and Satsuma) and paired up my colours so that, for example, each orange flower has a magenta centre and each candy pink flower has a Satsuma centre.


I chose a plain backing fabric, holding the pattern and fabric up to the light (I secured them both to a window using washi tape!) and tracing the design onto the fabric with a sharp pencil. If you're stitching on dark fabric or on felt, use tissue paper as shown in this project.


You can leave the empty space blank or use it to stitch a message of your choice, maybe a favourite saying or something like "Laura's Room" (though, obviously, using your name not mine, haha).


Click here to view the colour pattern, and here to view the black and white pattern. Make sure you're viewing them at full size then print at 100%.

N.B. the colour pattern is inked in different colours to the ones I used for stitching because I have more shades of embroidery thread than I do pens! :)

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

Lots of lovely bloggers are taking part in the Crafty Tutorial link-up today... once all their projects have been published I'll put together a post with all the links so you guys can go check them out.  

UPDATE: click here for all the flower link-up projects.  

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Lilyshaw said...

Very pretty design and lovely colours!

Astrid (ach_gott) said...

Hello Laura,

thank you very much for this free pattern.

It's beautiful!

Many greetings from Cologne

Mad said...

Gorgeous! I love the layout of the flowers.

Liz said...

This is beautiful! I'll definitely stitch it up soon. I'm thinking about stitching it onto a cotton blouse/ tunic... exciting! :)

Maria - A Playful Stitch said...

So pretty, love it!
Maria x

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous! You did such an amazing job, I hope you continue to design more embroidery patterns! You're great at it!

Anonymous said...

Very Seventies (but in a good way!).
Your use of colours makes it look like you've used multicoloured embroidery threads. Love it.

Sara Millis said...


Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Sharing new things can be so nervewracking xxx

Liz - oooh, that sounds lovely, do send me a pic if you get that stitched :)

Karen said...

Thank you for your generosity in sharing this lovely pattern

Dealbaida said...

Thank you very much for your generosity in gifting your pattern to everyone. I hope I will do your lovely design justice. Thanks.
Marion in the U.K.

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for your comment, Marion! I hope you'll enjoy stitching the flowers :)