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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


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.


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!)

circle tutorial 3

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.


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.

circle 6

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

circle 7

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.

free hand embroidery pattern

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

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