Embroidery 101: The Best Sheets for Your Delightful Sewing Projects

Everyone loves the look of embroidery. And the juicy green flowers and leaves are some of the nicest details. Luckily for beginners to hand embroidery, they’re actually a lot easier to embroider than you might think!

First, master these five basics using our simple guide. Next, let’s learn how to embroider leaves. And with spring fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start. Gather the following materials, follow the steps below, and stitch.

Materials needed:

  • embroidery thread
  • Needle threader
  • embroidery hoop
  • 100% cotton canvas
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

How to make a fishbone sheet

The first step: With a pencil, draw the shape of a leaf on your canvas and draw a straight line down the middle.

Second step : Starting from the top of the sheet, go up the back of the fabric.

Third step: Come back across the fabric one stitch length along the center line to make a single straight stitch.

Fourth step: Come up through the fabric very close to the starting point of step two, on the left side.

Fifth step: Go back down through the fabric just below the stitch in step three.

Sixth step: Repeat on the right side and keep alternating until the leaf is complete.

Seventh step: Make a single straight stitch at the bottom to add a short stem to the leaf.

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How to make a fly stitch sheet

The first step: Draw a curved line on your canvas.

Second step : Starting from the top, go up through the back of the fabric.

Third step: Come back across the fabric one stitch length along the line to make a single straight stitch.

Fourth step: Next, start creating a “V” shape by coming up through the fabric slightly to the left of the starting point in step two.

Fifth step: Come back through the fabric slightly to the right of the starting point in step two, but don’t push it all the way out.

Sixth step: Come up through the fabric at the end point on your midline and pull to create the “V” shape.

Seventh step: Make a single straight stitch along the center line to create the “Y” shape, completing the first fly stitch.

Eighth step: Repeat. Continue creating fly stitches along the line to create your leaf pattern. You can vary the stitch lengths and angles depending on the type of leaf you want to create.

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How to make a lazy daisy leaf

The first step: Draw a curved line on your canvas.

Second step : Starting from the bottom, go up through the back of the fabric.

Third step: Come back across the fabric one stitch length along the line to make a single straight stitch.

Fourth step: Repeat so that there are two straight stitches along the line.

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Are you ready to create your own embroidery sheets? Watch this video to get started:

Photos and video courtesy of The Craft Aisle

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