If you are new to embroidery, it is a fantastic hobby to take up. This embroidery tutorial for beginners will introduce you to this simple handicraft. With a little bit of practice you can start producing some lovely items.
I also like embroidery because it is the type of project that you can set aside and then pick it back up when you have a few spare moments. This is great if you have kids running around or are busy with homestead chores.
Furthermore, embroidery requires little investment to get the proper materials that you need.
And you can make fun items that can be displayed around your home. Hand embroidered items add a lovely vintage touch to home decor.
Embroidery Tutorial for Beginners
This embroidery tutorial for beginners includes a free spring themed embroidery pattern. The adorable little chick has a vintage flair. The pattern is linked below in the directions.
Read on for instructions on how to complete this embroidery tutorial for beginners using a few simple stitches.
-Fabric (I just used some scrap muslin)
–Embroidery floss in the following colors: yellow, orange, and black and brown
Print the pattern.
Click here to download the pattern.
Trace the pattern onto your fabric. There are several options for how to trace the pattern. If your fabric is thin enough, you can simply lay it down on top of the pattern and trace it. You can also hold it up to a window to trace it. I used my daughter’s lightboard to trace it.
I recommend using this blue marker to trace the pattern onto the fabric. This is a dissolvable marker that you can wash off when you are done with your project.
Center the fabric with the pattern on the smaller hoop place the larger hoop over the smaller hoop and tighten as much as you can. Make sure your fabric is taught inside of the embroidery hoop.
Now you are ready to begin sewing. For this pattern we will mainly be using a backstitch to make the outline of the chick. If you are new to embroidery you can read my tutorial on how to sew a backstitch.
I started with the yellow embroidery floss at the top of the outside foot and worked my way around the chick.
Once I made the outline of the chick I finished off the yellow floss on the body outline on the backside of the embroidery hoop.
And then I completed the wing.
Once the wing is completed you will need to use the orange embroidery floss to make the feet. Use a backstitch on the feet.
For the next step you will need the black embroidery floss to make the eye. Again, use a satin stitch to fill in the eye.
The next step is to wash off the marker that you used to draw the pattern onto the fabric. I used a wipe and gently went around the chick to wash off the blue marks.
Now we will work on finishing off the fabric to give it a nice clean look. Begin by taking the fabric out of the hoop. Cut the fabric into a circle that is about an inch and a half wider than the hoop all the way around. Then cut a second piece of fabric that is the same circumference as the fabric with the chick on it.
Place the new piece of fabric on the backside of the fabric with the chick, then put both pieces of into the embroidery hoop together and tighten.
Pull the extra fabric onto the backside of the hoop and use a running stitch (tutorial here) to sew the pieces together on the backside of the embroidery hoop. When you have sewed all the way around, tie off the floss.
You now have a completed embroidery project.
Making a simple embroidery project is a lot of fun. There is great joy to be had in being able to display your handiwork.
Embroidery projects also make great gifts. You can also change things up and sew the embroidery pattern onto a canvas bag, dishtowel, or other type of fabric. The possibilities with embroidery are endless!
Embroidery is a really fun hobby to have and I look forward to sharing more projects with you!