How to embroider flowers - 16 simple stitches (2022)

Flowers in embroidery are the most loved motif throughout history. Even today, they pop up everywhere on clothes, in stitched flower wreaths, and more. The great thing is that there are many easy ways to embroider flowers even if you are a beginner. In this article, you’ll get inspiration and instructions on how to embroider flowers with 16 step-by-step stitching tutorials.

If you have never attempted flower embroidery, these little flower designs are a perfect start to floral embroidery! Choose one of the floral motifs below and get your needles moving or do the full flower meadow with the free pattern below!

Now, let’s get started with flower embroidery!

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Materials

Download the free embroidery template

How to stitch a flower meadow

Download the free flower embroidery pattern template and transfer the pattern to your fabric. If you are new to embroidery, I highly recommend my beginner embroidery article where you can gain insight into all the basic stuff like pattern transfer and how to start and end threads.

To embroider the flowers, stitch each flower step by step. Because there are so many stitches, I divided them into groups of 3-4. Click on the pictures below for the detailed embroidery tutorials or begin with the basic flower stitches shown below.

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Stitches for flower embroidery

Woven Roses

Woven roses have become very popular among modern embroidery. It is easy to get why. They are simple and easy even for beginners and they look pretty! But how are woven roses made?

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How to embroider the woven rose

For the woven rose, embroider a set of 3, 5 or 7 single stitches in a circle. Then, bring the needle up in the center and weave up and down these stitches around the circle. This results in a spiral of thread woven around the foundational stitches like a rose.

This is just one method of stitching the woven rose. In this article, you’ll get 3 more step-by-step tutorials on embroidered roses.

Lazy daisy flowers

Lazy daisies are an amazingly simple way to stitch flowers with petals. They can be small or big. With a stitched center or without. There are so many ways to create flowers with this stitch, it is incredible. But how do you do the lazy daisy?

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How to embroider the lazy daisy flower

In order to embroider the lazy daisy flower, mark a circle and the center in the size you want the flower to be. Then, embroider a set of 3 or more single chain stitches inside that circle. Always start from the center and embroider to the outside edge.

For more detailed step-by-step instructions, visit the lazy daisy flower article with 2 more variations.

3D flower embroidery

Hand embroidery in itself is quite 3D already. However, there are embroidery techniques that raise the 3D effect to another level. The woven picot stitch is such a stitch I want to introduce to you. It is simple to do once you get the hang of it. It is also a very playful stitch that adds that extra piece of texture to your stitching projects.

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How to embroider the picot flower stitch

For the picot flower, you need a sewing pin or an additional needle. Pin it so that the head of the needle is where the pointy end of the picot will be. Bring the thread up on the left side. Then, wrap the thread around the head of the needle and stitch into the bottom right side. Bring the needle up in the middle and wrap the thread around the pin again from the left. Now, weave up and down the three threads beginning from the right. To finish, pull out the pin.

Learn how to use even more 3D stitches here.

Big flowers with blanket stitch

Sometimes flowers need to be big and airy. Blanket stitches are commonly used for the bigger flowers in embroidery but they are superb for leaves, too!

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How to embroider a leaf with blanket stitch

For an embroidered leaf, mark your leaf shape with a centerline. Start blanket stitching one side of the leaf up to the top. End the last stitch in line with a short stitch into the pointe end of the leaf. Embroider the second half of the leaf from the top down using blanket stitch again. Try to meet the arms of the stitches with the ones of the previous half. To finish, make a short stitch at the end.

Learn how to embroider blanket stitch flowers here.

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Satin stitch flowers – the queen of fill stitches

Satin

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How to embroider flowers in satin stitch

To embroider flowers in satin stitch, mark your flower shape and divide the individual parts of the flowers. Then, make stitches from one side of the shape to the other. Always go in the same direction on top and go back on the back of the embroidery. This results in much neater satin stitches. Fill out each shape this way. Adapt the angle of the stitches to the shape you are filling out.

How to use flower embroidery

Now, what do you do with all these flower stitches? There are a lot of flower embroidery patterns out there that are great for beginners and more advanced stitchers. I gathered a list of my favorite floral patterns here. However, you are not just limited to creating pictures for your walls. Flower embroidery has a long history in fashion and thus is fantastic for embellishing your favorite pieces of clothing.

Here are some ways to use flowers in embroidery:

  • create inspiring flower wreath quotes
  • stitch flower embroidery patterns (I gathered my favorite patterns here)
  • repair clothes and textiles by stitching over holes with flowers
  • cover up stains with floral patterns
  • embellish clothes and home textiles with florals

Especially for mending, you don’t have to use the regular patterns of darning techniques. For example, you can cover up stains and save your favorite textiles or cover those tiny holes in T-shirts that tend to appear every now and then especially if you have cats.

Embellishing your clothes or home textiles with a spread of freshly stitched flowers also makes each item unique. During the process, you’ll infuse your own ideas and skills into each textile making it something special that only you have. Isn’t it a lovely thought?

THE FLOWER EMBROIDERY STITCH BOOK

Get even more flower embroidery inspiration in my The Flower Stitch Book. It contains photo tutorials for 24 unique floral designs and teaches you how to embroider a variety of florals in no time.

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Video tutorials on how to embroider flowers

If you are more of a visual learner, you might enjoy my flower embroidery video series. There you’ll see heaps of different ways to embroider flowers. From small ones to the big leafy flowers. If the player doesn’t work, click here for the link to my Youtube channel.

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FAQs

What are the ideal embroidery stitches for creating flowers? ›

Satin stitch is probably one of the most popular stitches for flower embroidery. It is a great filler stitch and will mold itself to the shape of the flower. A variation, padded satin stitch, will give more fullness to the flower.

How do you embroider simple stitches? ›

So again we're starting from underneath the fabric. And coming up. And we're going about a stitch

How do you make a flower stitch? ›

You want to pull the needle right through that loop make sure that the thread is through the loop

How do you embroider a flower stem? ›

And then you just start on one side and keep it going on that one side you don't want to switch

Which stitch is the simplest and easiest to do? ›

Running Stitch. Running stitch is the name for the super simple 'in and out' stitch that you would have learnt as a kid. For this design you are working the running stitch on the 2nd circle from the centre.

How do you embroider by hand for beginners? ›

Basic Embroidery Techniques | Beginners' Embroidery Tutorial

What is the easiest embroidery stitch to make? ›

Of all the basic embroidery stitches, running stitch is the easiest to master. This quick stitch is perfect for borders and outlines. You can change the look by lengthening or shortening the stitches.

How many basic embroidery stitches are there? ›

How many basic embroidery stitches are there? There are 6 basic embroidery stitches: running stitch, backstitch, split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, and French knots.

How do you embroider roses? ›

How to embroider rose flower - YouTube

How do you embroider a daisy stitch? ›

How to do a Lazy Daisy Stitch - YouTube

How do you make satin stitch flowers? ›

Unicorn Embroidery Pattern, Video 6 - Satin Stitch Flower Petals - YouTube

How do you sew a feather stitch? ›

Feather Stitch - YouTube

How do you make smooth embroidery lines? ›

Outline Stitch - YouTube

How do you make a stem stitch step by step? ›

Stem Stitch - YouTube

Which of the following stitches that resemble the petals of a flower? ›

also called detached chain stitch, this stitch is work in a circle to resemble the petals of a flower.

How many strands do you use for embroidery? ›

Six Strands of the embroidery floss are used for a chunkier or embossed outcome. Contemporary embroidery styles do not shy away from using all six strands in their projects. That being said, using fewer strands of thread can take more time to finish a project.

What type of looped stitch used to create dainty flower petals is called? ›

Lazy Daisy stitch is nothing more than a simple loop arranged in groups to create flowers, combined in a line to make Chain Stitch, or worked individually to create leaves.

How can I learn to do embroidery at home? ›

Here's how to backstitch for embroidery:

Bring your needle through to the front of the fabric and take a stitch to the right. Bring the needle back to the front of the fabric a stitch length to the right and then pass the needle through to the back of the fabric using the hole at the end of the first stitch.

How long should embroidery stitches be? ›

Pull the needle through and place it down a stitch length away in any direction. A stitch length may vary, but it's approximately 1cm (0,4″) for controlled stitchery. I wrote in the section on backstitch how multiple shorter stitches will give you more control over your embroidery work than few long ones.

How do you embroider a straight stitch? ›

How to do a Straight Stitch - YouTube

What is the most popular embroidery stitch? ›

One of the most classic embroidery stitches for filling an area is the basic satin stitch. There are a few variations, but at its essence, satin stitch is a series of straight stitches worked next to each other.

How do you sew a straight line by hand? ›

How to hand sew a straight line - YouTube

How do you make a thick line in embroidery? ›

Heavy Chain Stitch - YouTube

What is a basic embroidery stitch called? ›

Some of the basic stitches of embroidery are running stitch, cross stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch and blanket stitch. Stitches are categorized to stitch families based on the nature of the technique used to create the individual stitch. Some embroidery books will include name variations.

What is the best stitch for embroidering letters? ›

Back stitch is my favorite stitch to use for lettering because it is simple and relatively quick. By shortening your stitch length you can handle curvy letters very well. Change the number of threads (1 through 6 ply) to change the thickness of your line.

How do I teach my child embroidery? ›

Simple Embroidery for Kids - YouTube

How do you draw a simple stitch? ›

How To Draw Stitch From Lilo And Stitch - YouTube

What is the strongest stitch by hand? ›

A backstitch is one of the strongest hand sewing stitches. The backstitch gets its name because the needle goes into the fabric behind the previous stitch.

How do you start a stitch? ›

How to start sewing by hand - Sew a Backstitch - YouTube

How do you make a spider web rose stitch? ›

How to Embroider a Spider Web Rose - Annie's Creative Woman Kit-of ...

How do you embroider a small rose? ›

Embroidered roses: how to do a woven wheel stitch - YouTube

How do you do circles in embroidery? ›

FIVE embroidery stitches for circles - EXPRESS VERSION - YouTube

What is Lady Daisy stitch? ›

The lazy daisy stitch is a series of single, or detached, chain stitches formed around a center point. It is commonly used to create simple embroidery flowers since it has a loopy, petal effect to it. Add a French knot stitch to the middle to complete the flower look!

How do you make a chain stitch? ›

Chain Stitch - YouTube

How do you do the lazy daisy chain stitch? ›

Detached Chain Stitch / Daisy Stitch - YouTube

How do you sew a blanket stitch? ›

Blanket Stitch How To - Basic Sewing (Embroidery & Hand Sewing)

How do you do long and short stitch in embroidery? ›

Embroidery - How to Long and Short Stitch - YouTube

How do you embroider a French knot? ›

French Knots - YouTube

How do you make satin stitch flowers? ›

Unicorn Embroidery Pattern, Video 6 - Satin Stitch Flower Petals - YouTube

How do you embroider plants? ›

Plants Embroidery Tutorial | DIY Baby Announcement - YouTube

What is the running stitch used for? ›

Running stitches are used in hand-sewing and tailoring to sew basic seams, hems and gathers; in hand patchwork to assemble pieces of light fabrics; and in quilting to hold the fabric layers and batting or wadding in place. Loosely spaced rows of short running stitches are used to support padded satin stitch.

What is a Lazy Daisy stitch? ›

Definition of lazy daisy stitch

: an embroidery stitch formed by an elongated loop held down at the free end by a small stitch.

How do you sew a feather stitch? ›

Feather Stitch - YouTube

How do you do the fishbone stitch? ›

Fishbone - YouTube

How do you embroider a leaf stitch? ›

Embroider Leaves with the Fishbone Stitch - YouTube

How do you make a flower petal embroidery? ›

How to do a Lazy Daisy Stitch - YouTube

How do you embroider simple leaves? ›

HOW TO HAND EMBROIDER STEMS AND LEAVES FOR BEGINNERS

How do you embroider tiny leaves? ›

Small Leaf Stitch - YouTube

What is the strongest stitch by hand? ›

A backstitch is one of the strongest hand sewing stitches. The backstitch gets its name because the needle goes into the fabric behind the previous stitch.

What does feather stitch mean? ›

Definition of featherstitch

: an embroidery stitch consisting of a line of diagonal blanket stitches worked alternately to the left and right.

How do you do a blind stitch? ›

How to Hand Sew: Slip Stitch & Blind Hem | Craftsy Sewing Tutorial

What is a fly stitch in embroidery? ›

The fly stitch is an embroidery technique with a characteristic V-shape, which can be worked singularly (detached) or in rows. Each stitch is worked in a V-shape, with the needle/thread emerging at the top left arm of the V and then being inserted at the top of the right arm.

How do you do a chain stitch? ›

Chain Stitch - YouTube

How do you do herringbone stitch? ›

Herringbone Stitch - YouTube

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