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Mother’s Day Embroidery Craft with FREE Template

Mother’s Day Embroidery Craft with FREE Template

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What better way to show mum how special she is, than with a handmade gift? Becky Cole's DIY Mother's Day embroidery craft is super fun to make, and it's guaranteed to make mum smile! Gather up your supplies and follow Becky's step-by-step tutorial to make this 'Home is where Mum is' embroidery project for your mum this Mother's Day.

You Will Need

Intermediate

5+ hours

Transfer the design from the template to the centre of the white cotton and position in the embroidery hanging frame so that the fabric is taut. Then follow Becky's Mother's Day embroidery craft step-by-step tutorial below.

Mother's Day embroidery design template

Mother's Day embroidery template in embroidery hoop

Step 1:

Cut a length of embroidery floss about the length of your arm. Hold one end and gently tap the top of the floss length until it separates into its 6 strands. Pull ONE strand up and out from the length of floss. Fold this strand in half and thread the two ends through a hand embroidery needle, with the loop at the other end.

Step 2:

To start stitching, thread the needle through from the back to the front at the point at which you are starting stitching but don’t pull the thread all the way through. The loop should be on the back. Push the needle back through the fabric at a point close to where you came through initially, pass the needle through the loop and pull tight, securing the thread without a lumpy knot. You are now ready to stitch.

Stitches:

Satin Stitch:

  1. Bring the needle up to the front of the fabric at the point at which you want your stitch to start. Push the needle back through the fabric at the opposite side of the stitch.
  2. Push your needle back up through the fabric very close to where you originally placed your first stitch.
  3. Take the needle back down through the fabric very close to the point where you finished the first stitch.
  4. Repeat step 2
  5. Repeat step 3
  6. Continue until you have parallel stitches close together. You shouldn’t be able to see any gaps of fabric between the stitches. Finish off by tying off the thread at the back of the fabric.

embroidery satin stitch step-by-step image

Stem Stitch:

  1. Bring your needle up from the back of the fabric at the start of the line of stitching. Push the needle back through the fabric approximately 6mm further along the line. Do not pull the thread all the way through but leave a small loop.
  2. Pull the loop towards you away from the line of stitching and push the needle up through the centre point of the two stitch points you have already made, still following the line.
  3. Pull the loop of the previous stitch tight and push the needle back through the fabric to the back approximately 6mm from where you have come through with the needle and 3mm from the end of the previous stitch.
  4. Pull the thread through leaving a loop as before. Pull this loop away from the line of stitching and pass the needle back up through the centre of your current stitch at the point where the previous stitch ended.
  5. Repeat step 3
  6. Repeat step 4. Finish the line of stitching by ending on step 3. Tie off the thread on the reverse of the fabric.

embroidery stem stitch step-by-step image

Back Stitch:

  1. Insert the needle up through the fabric from the back. Pull the thread tight and then pass the needle back through the fabric from the front approximately 3mm from where you started the stitch. Pull the thread all the way through.
  2. Following the line of stitching, pass the needle back up through from the back of the fabric approximately 3mm from where the first stitch ended.
  3. Pass the needle back through the fabric to the back, pushing the needle in at the exact point where the first stitch ended, sewing backwards along the line.
  4. Repeat step 2
  5. Repeat step 3
  6. Continue until you have completed your line of stitching. Finish on step 3 and tie off the thread at the back of the fabric to secure.

Embroidery back stitch step-by-step image

Lazy Daisy Stitch:

  1. Pass the thread up through the fabric from the back at the centre of the flower, pulling it all the way through, and then push it straight back through the same hole, leaving a loop of thread on the front of the fabric.
  2. Pull the loop tighter until it is just slightly larger than the size you want for your petal. Thread the needle back up through the fabric at the top point of the petal, making sure the needle comes up through the inside of the loop.
  3. Pull the loop slightly tighter (though not too tight) and pass the needle back through the same point you came up at but on the other side of the top of the loop, creating a very small stitch securing the loop in place.
  4. Pass the needle back up through the centre point of the flower and repeat step 1.
  5. Repeat step 2, this time taking the loop to the side of the first loop, creating a second petal.
  6. Repeat step 3. Once you have created all of your flower’s petals, take the needle back through the centre of the flower and tie off the thread securely at the back of the fabric.

Embroidery lazy daisy stitch step-by-step image

French Knot:

  1. Pass the needle up through the fabric from the back to the front at the centre point of where the knot is to be placed. Pull the thread all the way through.
  2. Pass the needle through from the right-hand side of the point to the left-hand side of the point, approximately 2-3mm apart, but don’t pull the needle all the way through.
  3. Push the needle through until just the eye is sticking out on the right-hand side and the full length of the needle is on the left-hand side. Wrap the thread around the length of the needle 5 times.
  4. With one hand push the wound thread to the base of the needle and pull the needle with the other hand up through the wound stitches until you are left with a ball of thread at the base of the stitch. The trick with this stitch is to keep everything as taught as possible or you will end up with a loopy French knot.
  5. Pass the needle back through the base of the wound thread and pull through to complete the knot.
  6. Complete the stitch by tying off the thread at the back of the fabric. If you would like a fatter, more prominent French knot, use your embroidery floss as a whole thread rather than separating out the threads.

Embroidery French knot step-by-step image

Chain Stitch:

  1. Pass the needle through the fabric from the back to the front, pull the thread tight, and then push the needle back through the fabric at the same point creating a loop.
  2. Pull the loop tight until it is about 3-4mm long. Push the needle back up through the fabric approximately 3mm along the line of stitching so that the needle comes up through the centre of the loop.
  3. Pull the thread through and pull the loop slightly tighter so that the top of the loop sits against the thread you have just pulled through. Push the needle back through the fabric outside the loop at the point at which you came up through the fabric.
  4. Pull through leaving a small loop. Repeat step 2.
  5. Repeat step 3
  6. Continue along the line of stitching until you have completed. End on step 3 and secure by tying off the thread on the back of the fabric.

Embroidery chain stitch step-by-step image

Finishing Off:

Step 1:

Remove the finished embroidery from the frame and rinse it under cold water to remove the blue pen. (Or if you used an alternative method of transferring the design, follow the appropriate instructions to clear the markings. Dry the embroidery and press very gently and replace back into the embroidery frame.

Mother's Day embroidery hoop project

Mother's Day embroidered hoop gift

Step 2:

Turn the frame over so that you are looking at the back of the embroidery. Trim away the corners of the white fabric to make a rough circular shape. Loosely thread double embroidery thread in a wide circle around the outside of the frame at least 3cm away from the edge of the frame. Pull the threads tight causing the excess fabric to gather at the back inside the frame. Tie off the thread tightly to hold in place.

Reverse side of a Mother's Day embroidered hoop

Reverse side of a DIY Mother's Day embroidered hoop gift

Step 3:

Cut out a 15cm diameter circle from white card and, using a hot glue gun, stick in place around the edge of the back of the frame, concealing the back of the embroidery.

Reverse side of an embroidered hoop

Your embroidery hoop is now complete and ready for gifting to your mum this Mother's day or any other day that you want celebrate mum!

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