March Birth Flower: Daffodil Friday Freebie Pattern

This March I am kicking off a new regular feature on the Blog called ‘Freebie Friday’! Every second Friday of each month,I will be posting a free pattern for you to download and stitch. The theme for 2019 will be…

Birth Month Flowers!

So many people (including myself) love to stitch flowers so I was fascinated to find out that each month has a flower that symbolizes the month of somebody’s birth. Supposedly the characteristics that the flower has may be “inherited” by whomever is born in that certain month and these flowers are referred to as Birth Month Flowers.

So, with that I have decided to make a flower for each month of the year and make this a Freebie Friday pattern for you to enjoy as well.

The March Birth Flower is the Daffodil. This symbolizes Spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect and friendship!

I hope you enjoy the pattern…

Firstly, download the pattern from the link above and transfer your daffodil on to your fabric – I traced the template on to some Robert Kaufman Kona cotton using a frixion pen.

I made a few directional lines within the petals to help me when stitching and used long and short stitch (also known as needle painting) throughout the flower

Using DMC 3820 – 2 strands, each section of each petal is stitched individually so that you don’t lose the lines that add the detail. I found since I was using the same colour throughout, I needed to add the lines in as I went so that I didn’t lose sight of where they were!

For the outline details I used DMC 3852 (2 strands) and the lines were stitched with split stitch.

Make your way around the whole flower, filling in the petals with long and short stitch and then split stitching the lines to define the areas.

Once the whole flower is done you can split stitch the outer edge as well to finish.

Stem stitch the green with DMC 702 (2 strands).

Of course, Daffodils come in an array of different yellows or whites or a mix of both so experiment with different colours for different effects.

For those of you who would rather not do Needle Painting, or would like a quicker project perhaps for a Mothers Day card or gift – here’s an alternative version…


For this one I used a Bright yellow cotton I had in my stash ( I think it is Robert Kaufman Kona but can’t be sure, its definately very bright!)

Thread used is a Pearl cotton size 8 in a yellow and brown and a tiny bit of green. Starting with the yellow, I straight stitched small areas of each petal just to give some highlights. Then with the brown all the lines were back stitched. Finally the stem was back stitched as well.

This was really simple and quick but very pretty when finished, here’s a close up…

If you enjoy stitching up some daffs of your own, send some pictures to me as I would love to see your creations or you can tag me in on instagram with @stitchdoodlesdesign.

Next Months freebie friday will be either a Daisy or a Sweet Pea – I haven’t decided yet so if you have a preference let me know!

Free Valentines Pattern!

As promised, here’s a free pattern for you in time for Valentines Day.

Free hand embroidery Pattern
Valentines embroidery pattern

A beautifully simple design, Bee mine can be stitched up in a short amount of time and will delight anyone who receives it (if you can bare to part with it yourself!)

Lets get down to the stitchy stuff…You will Need…

Fabric approx. 8 inch square, embroidery floss in your chosen colours – (I used DMC Stranded Floss and Stitched with 2 strands throughout), 6 inch embroidery hoop, needle and scissors.

First you will need to download the template and transfer on to your chosen fabric. The design is 5 x 5 inches.

In red, Start by Couching the letters.

Next, Satin Stitch the yellow sections of the bee, then back stitch the outline in black before satin stitching the black sections.

Couch the Bee wings, Straight stitch the antennae and running stitch the flight line.

The ferns are all stitched in continuous fly stitch. I used 3 different shades of green and varied them around the design. Each line of fern was stitched from the top to the bottom and I secured off the thread each time to avoid seeing thread lines from the back.

The template gives you the straight lines so you can just makes the fly stitches in a more organic way which gives the pattern a much nicer feel.

This would look great in a card for a loved one or even stitched on felt and made in to a hanger. 

If you enjoy this pattern then let me see your makes –  you can tag me on Instagram @stitchdoodlesdesign or send me a pic through email and I will pop it on facebook and instagram so we can share the love!

Enjoy!

Free Hand Embroidery Tutorial: Christmas Circle

Here is the fourth and final pattern in the Beginner Hand Embroidery series:

Christmas Circle

Refer to the 1st pattern (Happy Heart) for more detailed info on certain techniques.

Click here…   Happy Heart

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You will need: Wool Felt, Embroidery Floss, Sticky Fabri Solvy Stabiliser,  Needle and Scissors

For the Hoop Art… 5 inch hoop, 7 inch square of fabric, small amount of bondaweb

For the Hanging Decoration… Extra Wool Felt for the back, Polyfill Stuffing and Ribbon

Start by Printing out your template here…

Note on the Sticky Fabri Solvy (SFS) – This makes transferring your design on to the felt so easy and all you need to do is wash it away after.

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Trace the circle template on to your SFS, peel off the backing and then stick it to your felt. (Your circle does not need to be perfect!)

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Start by stitching individual Fly stitch between the two outermost lines as in this photo…

Outermost lines are numbers 5 and 6 counting from the inside out.

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Continue stitching Fly Stitch all the way around (stitch the ‘v’ bits right next to one another, this way it will look like zigzags going around).

Next, leave a gap and  between lines 2 and 3,  chain stitch.

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Repeat the process with Fly Stitch in a contrasting colour on the next line down. (Between lines 4 and 5)

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Going back to your first colour,

Stitch vertical straight stitch all the way around between lines 3 and 4.

Lastly, stitch a Star stitch in the innermost centre circle.

Now trim the excess SFS off from around your design just like the photo. Next, soak off the SFS –  if you need help, click on the ‘Happy Heart’ Link at the top of this post.

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Once dry, your circle should be looking fabulous!

Now you can decide if you wish to display in a hoop or make a hanging decoration like these…

Free hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

The instructions for making either option are described in the ‘Happy Heart’ tutorial. (Link above)

That is the last in the StitchDoodles Hand Embroidery beginner pattern series and I really hope you have liked them, here’s a line up of all 4 as hanging decorations…

Hand embroidered decoration free pattern

Free Hand Embroidery Tutorial: Foxy Fox

Here is the third pattern in the Beginner Hand Embroidery series:

Foxy Fox

Refer to the 1st pattern (Happy Heart) by clicking here…   Happy Heart

fox hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

You will need: Wool Felt, Embroidery Floss, Sticky Fabri Solvy Stabiliser,  Needle and Scissors

For the Hoop Art… 5 inch hoop, 7 inch square of fabric, small amount of bondaweb

For the Hanging Decoration… Extra Wool Felt for the back, Polyfill Stuffing and Ribbon

Start by Printing out your template here…

Note on the Sticky Fabri Solvy (SFS) – This makes transferring your design on to the felt so easy and all you need to do is wash it away after.

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Trace the fox template on to your SFS, peel off the backing and then stick it to your felt.

Start by stitching the tail in Trellis Stitch and then both of the ears.

fox hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Next, stitch the outline for the body and head in Back Stitch.

Using the photo below as a guide, stitch a couple of rows of running stitch around the lower inside edge and then a couple of rows coming down from each ear on the inside…

fox hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Using black, split stitch around each eye and then fill in half of the centre with satin stitch so it looks like your fox is looking to his right.

Stitch the nose same as for the eyes but with satin stitch filling all of it.

Now trim the excess SFS off from around your design just like the photo.

Next, soak off the SFS –  if you need help, click on the ‘Happy Heart’ Link at the top of this post.

fox hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Once dry, your fox should be looking fabulous!

Now you can decide if you wish to display him in a hoop or make a hanging dedoration like these…

fox hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles
fox hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

The instructions for making either option are described in the ‘Happy Heart’ tutorial. (Link above)

Next week we are making  the final design in this series where you can try out Fly Stitch and Chain Stitch. The Hanging version makes a wonderful Christmas Decoration… !

See you then…

Christmas hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Free Hand Embroidery Tutorial: Mr Bear

Here is the second in the Hand Embroidery Beginner Patterns series:

Mr Bear

Refer to the 1st pattern (Happy Heart) by clicking here…  Happy Heart

Bear hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

You will need: Wool Felt, Embroidery Floss, Sticky Fabri Solvy Stabiliser, 2 Black Brads, Needle and Scissors

For the Hoop Art… 5 inch hoop, 7 inch square of fabric, small amount of bondaweb.

Note on the Sticky Fabri Solvy (SFS) – This makes transferring your design on to the felt so easy and all you need to do is wash it away after.

Start by Printing out your template here…

Bear hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Trace the bear template on to your SFS, peel off the backing and then stick it to your felt.

Start by stitching the outer most lines in straight stitch and then back stitch around the ears.

Now you have the basic outline, add more stitches around the edge to fill in the gaps. Stitch a few extra stitches on his forehead as well.

Bear hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Next, seed stitch the lower half of his body under the muzzle…

Bear hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Using the same thread, back stitch the circle of the muzzle as well as the inner ears.

Using white, back stitch the circles for the eyes.

Using Black, satin stitch the nose and back stitch the mouth.

Now trim the excess SFS off from around your design just like the photo.

Next, soak off the SFS – go to tutorials for more details if needed from the 1st ‘Happy Heart’ pattern.

Bear hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

Once dry, insert a brad for each eye and flatten at the back to secure.

Now you can decide if you wish to display him in a hoop or make a hanging decoration like these…

Bear hand embroidery pattern by stitchdoodles

The instructions for making either option are described in the ‘Happy Heart’ tutorial. (Link above)

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Next week we are making Foxy fox!