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Embroidery for Kids

I have so many patterns for adults, it dawned on me that kids would also love to embroider. Especially when everyone is stuck inside all day because of Corona Virus.

So… say hello to my newest product! 👋🏻 Embroidery kits for KIDS – a KIDDIE KIT as my husband likes to call them 🌿

This kit comes with:

  • pre-traced fabric
  • 4-inch embroidery hoop
  • thread
  • a large embroidery needle (to help kids thread their own needle)
  • step-by-step instructions with minimal words and lots of pictures!

My favorite part about this kit is after your child is done stitching, you can erase the pattern marks with the heat from a blow dryer! It’s magical!! 🙌🏻

The pattern is sweet and simple and is perfect for children wanting to learn a new craft! Recommended for ages 7+

Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Choosing the perfect gift is always so difficult for me! Especially when I’m shopping for my mom. Often times I feel like whatever I get won’t be good enough because she could just buy it herself! She does have lots more money than me, after all 🙂

That’s why I usually go with something handmade! When you make something with your own two hands, no one can be mad about it (cuz that’s just rude). The time and effort you put into making something beautiful for someone is priceless.

This year, I’m gifting my mom a floral embroidered art piece. It’s something I know she will love because I made it myself and because it’s just really cute!

Another idea is this “Home Is Where Your Mom Is” hoop. It’s a lovely reminder that no matter where you live or what your circumstances are, home is wherever your mom is.

Give your mom the best Mother’s Day gift this year – something handmade, and made with love from the heart.

Get all the materials to make this hoop for your mom here.

Don’t like this pattern, but still want to embroider something for your mom? I have 20+ patterns to choose from in my Etsy shop! Go pick something to make that your mom will LOVE!

Here are some of my favorite patterns that your mom will love:

My mom loves this pattern! Yours will too 🙂

This was my Mother’s Day pattern last year! I LOVE it!! These words are so, so true.

My most popular pattern that is fun to have displayed year-round. Make it for your mom… or make it for yourself 😉

Free Halloween Embroidery Pattern

I love doing seasonal embroidery patterns that I can offer my followers for FREE! This pattern is perfect for the Fall season!

This pattern is beginner friendly and would be super fun to do yourself, or with kids at home!

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

To create this hoop, you will need:

  • your Thread Unraveled pattern
  • black embroidery thread (DMC 310)
  • needle
  • white fabric (I like to use linen blends)
  • 5 inch embroidery hoop for the web
  • 3 inch embroidery hoop for the spider
  • felt (for the back of the hoop)
  • scissors

STEP 2: DOWNLOAD YOUR PATTERN

STEP 3: TRANSFER YOUR DESIGN

Start by printing your pattern and tracing it onto your pieces of fabric. Trace the web onto fabric that will fit in your 5-inch embroidery hoop. Trace the spider onto fabric that will fit in your 3-inch embroidery hoop. I like to use a water-soluble marker to trace my pattern. You can also use a #2 pencil or whatever else you have found that works for you!

You can also visit this blog post for for help transferring your pattern.

STEP 4: STITCH YOUR DESIGN

Once your patterns are transferred onto your fabrics, you are ready to begin stitching your designs!

SPIDER WEB: To create the WEB, use 4 strands of the black thread (DMC 310). Use long back stitches to go over each line of the web.

SPIDERS: To create the spiders in the web, use 3 strands of the black thread (DMC 310). For the circle part, use a woven wheel stitch. For the legs, use a back stitch.

LARGE SPIDER: To stitch the large spider use 12 strands of the black thread (DMC 310). For the circle part of the spiders, use a woven wheel stitch. For the legs, use a back stitch.

STEP 5: FRAME YOUR EMBROIDERY

I love framing this design in the actual hoop because I love how the circular web and spider fits perfectly in the round frame. To finish off the embroidery hoops and make them look neat and tidy on the back, I like to back the hoop with felt. This way, it preserves the embroidery and looks great on the front and back!

If you enjoyed this pattern, you can also check out other embroidery patterns and kitsI have available!

Home Is Where Your Mom Is Embroidery Pattern

Sometimes I feel like giving gifts is extremely difficult. How can you let someone you love know how much you care for them by giving them a gift? Sometimes that task feels impossible. Whenever I feel like no gift could possibly be enough to express what I want it to, I turn to making something with my hands. This way, no one can be mad about their gift because you spent time and energy making them something that you felt would be meaningful! And if they do hate it, at lest they can’t tell you without looking like a jerk! haha

This pattern was something I initially came up with for Mother’s Day. For some reason, giving a gift to my mom feels like an impossible task. Firstly, anything I buy, my mom could buy herself if she really wanted to. And secondly, how can you accurately express your appreciation and love to the woman who gave birth to you, raised you, and continues to support you throughout your life? That task feels overwhelming to me.

This pattern is something I made with my mom in mind. I know she appreciates when I take the time to make her something with my hands, and the message of “Home Is Where Your Mom Is” is a beautiful saying that couldn’t be more true.

Every mom wants to know that her children love her and think of her as being their “home.” I don’t live at home anymore. I now live in Utah where I live with my husband and we are expecting a child of our own. But still, I consider going back to Arizona where my mom lives “going home.”

Grab this pattern, or kit if you need all the materials, and make it for your mom! It could be a Mothers’s Day present, birthday present, Christmas present, or “just because” present. 🙂

Wild Daisies Embroidery Pattern

I have always loved daisies. When I was little, my mom, sisters, and I would frequently watch the movie “You’ve Got Mail” together. Because of that movie, I decided from a young age that daisies are my favorite flower. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you’re missing out and you need to watch “You’ve Got Mail” ASAP.

Because of my love for daisies, I created this Wild Daisies pattern. It was one of my very first patterns I ever made and I immediately fell in love with it. And apparently many of you have fallen in love with it too! This pattern is by far my most popular embroidery pattern.

Perfect for beginners and advanced embroiderers alike, this digital embroidery pattern takes you through everything you need to know to create this embroidery.

The Wild Daisies Embroidery Pattern includes:

PDF pattern (comes in black and white so it can be easily traced)
-pattern instructions (including what stitches to use, thread colors, and pictures to help you along the way)
-stitching guide (pictures and explanations for how to create the stitches needed for this pattern)
-video tutorials (links to videos that explain how to create specific stitches and back your hoop)

Note for BEGINNERS: If you are a true beginner to embroidery, your digital pattern also comes with a “Beginner’s Embroidery Guide” that will teach you all about your materials, how to transfer your pattern onto fabric and place the fabric in your hoop, how to thread your needle, and how to begin stitching your design. So yes, beginners can complete this design. 🙂

This pattern is sized for a 6-inch hoop, but you could enlarge or shrink it to fit any size hoop you wish. And please, feel free to use any color scheme you want with this pattern! Let your imagination carry you! 🙂

Fishbone Stitch

The fishbone stitch can be used in several ways, but it is usually used to embroider leaves.

I love the texture of this stitch. It makes leaves look realistic and dimensional.

Below is a video tutorial for embroidering the fishbone stitch!

I love to use the fishbone stitch in my embroidery patterns! Some of my favorite patterns that use this stitch are the Good Vibes Only and Squeeze The Day embroidery patterns.

Back Stitch

The back stitch is one of the simplest embroidery stitches. It is used for outlining shapes, lettering, and creating solid lines.

This is the first stitch I ever learned. I used to embroider every pattern with just the back stitch. Needless to say, I have come a long way, but this is the perfect place to start!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the back stitch!

For practice with the back stitch, the Squeeze the Day embroidery pattern is a great place to start!

Free Embroidery Pattern: Pot of Gold

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! How cute is this little rainbow with the pot of gold at the end?! I whipped up this little pattern the other day and thought I would share it with you for FREE!

I love the bright happy colors in this little hoop. I made it in a 6 inch embroidery hoop, but you can enlarge or shrink the pattern to fit any size!

Step 1: Download your pattern!

Step 2: Transfer your pattern

Print your pattern and transfer it onto your fabric. Use this link for help transferring your pattern.

Step 3: Gather your materials

You will need:

  • your Thread Unraveled pattern
  • fabric (I like to use white linen fabric)
  • 6 inch embroidery hoop
  • DMC thread skeins: #321, #742, #943, #383, #310, #729
  • scissors
  • needle

Step 4: Stitch the design

Rainbow ArchesTo create each arch of the rain bow, use a large chain stitch.
Red row: use 12 strands of the red thread (DMC 321)
Yellow row: use 12 strands of the yellow thread (DMC 742)
Green row: use 12 strands of the green thread (DMC 943)
Purple row: use 12 strands of the purple thread (DMC 3834)
Black PotUse 6 strands of black thread (DMC 310) to outline the pot of gold with a back stitch.
Gold CoinsUse 6 strands of the gold thread (DMC 729) to create the gold coins with french knots.
CloverUse 6 strands of the green thread (DMC 943) to create the clover with a satin stitch.

Step 5: Frame your embroidery

I love framing my embroidery in the hoop I made it in. I love seeing the finished product all neat and tidy in its’ hoop. I’ve done some experimenting for framing embroidery in a hoop and the method I feel looks most professional and doesn’t put your embroidery at risk with things like hot glue is the FELT METHOD. And the best part is it’s EASY! Here’s how to do it in just 5 simple steps!

I hope you enjoy this free embroidery pattern! Share your creations on social media with #threadunraveled.

If you thought this was fun, click here for more embroidery patterns!

How to Embroider 101

Embroidery is not as difficult as you may think. You’ll get it down in no time! And, with a bit of practice, you may find that embroidery is the perfect way to relax after a crazy, busy day. My favorite way to unwind is Netflix and embroidery.

This post includes everything you need to begin embroidery, and a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Keep reading to learn how to begin!!

If you are nervous about beginning embroidery, I have a few patterns and kits that I HIGHLY recommend for beginning embroidery artists. These patterns/kits come with instructions for what stitches to use, how to create each stitch, and the color thread you will need. So if you are needing somewhere to start, check out the patterns and all-inclusive kits available.

Beginner Embroidery Patterns and Kits:

Wild Sunflowers
Wild Daisies
Donut Worry Be Happy
I’d Spend All Nine Lives With You
Squeeze the Day
Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

1.MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

embroidery hoop – an embroidery hoop has two rings. You put the fabric between the hoops and keep it pulled tight. They come in several sizes, so you can get the size that works for the embroidery piece you are creating.

fabric – you can use any fabric you want to. My favorite fabric to use is linen and linen blends. I like it because it stretches and doesn’t “pucker.”

small, sharp scissors – really, any scissors will work, but embroidery scissors are cute and they get the job done!

embroidery floss – I love DMC embroidery floss, but there are many other cheaper brands you can use as well. I prefer DMC because the color doesn’t bleed onto my fabric.

embroidery needle – there are sever sizes you can buy, depending on the thickness of your thread. I usually work with a size 7 needle and it works with all thread sizes I use.

water soluble marker – this will be used to trace your design onto your fabric

2. HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR PATTERN

Follow these steps in my Instagram post for how to transfer your design onto your fabric. Follow @threadunraveled.stitches on Instagram for more tips and tricks on embroidery.

3. STITCH YOUR DESIGN

In this video tutorial, I will teach you 7 simple stitches: the back stitch, split stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, french knot, and lazy daisy stitch. This free embroidery pattern will allow you to practice many of these simple stitches. Once you have mastered these stitches you will be able to create your own art.

4. HOW TO BACK YOUR EMBROIDERY HOOP

My favorite way to finish off an embroidery hoop is with felt on the back. There are many other methods, but this is the method I have found to be the most professional looking and safe for the embroidery art I created. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to back your embroidery hoop with felt.