Category Archives: Embroidery

Sugar Skull Cocktail Napkins

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Embroidery Wedding Gift

I haven’t been embroidering much lately but this was my first project back in the swing of things.

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As Seen On Etsy: Embroidered Valentines Gifts

In case you didn’t realize what a trend setter I am (insert sarcastic laugh here), these Etsy finds are similar to my DIY Valentine I created earlier this week. You could recreate any of these projects by using the simple back stitch to create any of these projects!

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Happy Valentines Day!

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Easy DIY Valentines Gift

Here’s hoping you came back after I posted an embroidery tutorial.  Yes, I’m a big geek.  However, embroidery is a great way to create some unique DIY gifts and home decor.

Even though embroidery requires a needle, some embroidery floss, and a little patience, it is easy enough for anyone to do. That’s a guarantee you can bank on! Try it for the first time by making this Valentine for your sweetheart.

Supplies

  • Picture frame
  • Enough fabric to fit the frame
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery hoop

First, decide how big your heart should be in proportion to the frame. You can freehand a heart or print an image from your computer and lightly trace it in pencil onto the fabric.  Lightly pencil in your names in the middle of the heart.  (If you want to get fancy, you can print the names in a word document and trace them onto the fabric so that your font is consistent.)

Second, secure your fabric in your embroidery hoop so that the fabric is taut.

Third, thread your needle and stitch the design using a back stitch.  Remember: There’s nothing to be afraid of with the back stitch! Follow the lines and you’ll be just fine.  If my photo tutorial didn’t help, try this video tutorial.

Third,  frame the fabric in your frame and deliver to your Valentine.  Revel in all the thank-you kisses.

Do you have any DIY Valentine ideas?

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Easy Stitch: Back Stitch

Although I haven’t said much about it since I started this blog, I hand embroider fairly regularly.  The biggest reason I started embroidering (other than to keep my hands busy) is because you only need the fabric you like, a needle, a hoop, and embroidery floss.

Embroidery needles and floss can be purchased at most fabric or craft stores.  Floss is cheap!  When you study a piece of floss, you can see that each piece of floss is made of 6 pieces of string.  Depending on the look you’re going for you can use or just some of the strands.

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My go-to stitch for embroidery is called the back stitch.  It was the easiest stitch for me to master and I like it because it makes clean lines.  (If video tutorials are for you, visit here.)

To accomplish the back stitch, follow me as I embroider this onesie for my newest nephew.  (Lil’ guy was born into one huntin’-lovin’ family.)

First, bring your threaded needle from behind the fabric at point one.

Second, at the point of your desired stitch length, thread the needle back to the back of the fabric.

Third, at the place where you’d like your second stitch to end, bring the needle to the front of the fabric.

Fourth, push your needle through at the same place your last stitch ended.  For this stitch set, your needle will push through at number two on the diagram below.

Repeat this pattern.  Bring the needle to the front at the place you’d like the next stitch to end.

Return the needle to the back through the place where the stitch began.  (In our diagram, this is point number 3.)

The back stitch is my go-to stitch for most onesies that I embroider. I like the simple lines. I’ve used this stitch in the onesies below.

Stay tuned for some gift ideas using simple embroidery!

P.S.  I’m starting a six week online sewing course today so wish me luck!  When I finish my projects I’ll be sure to show you all my progress.

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