Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to pull out the hose and trowel and get to work on your garden. But if you’re lacking a green thumb like me, you can always use your embroidery skills to make flowers bloom everywhere else. Here are some of the prettiest flower embroidery projects and patterns for both hand and machine embroidery. For more machine embroidery patterns, check out Shawn Knight’s designs.
Silk Ribbon Flower EmbroideryOne embroidery technique to make beautiful flowers on almost any fabric is using silk ribbon. The ribbon creates a realistic texture to the petals. This tutorial from Life Chilli demonstrates how to use various stitches with ribbon to create floral patterns.
“Florophone” Embroidery DesignThis pretty machine embroidery design from Urban Threads features a musical twist as the flowers come out of an old-school gramophone. The final pattern is quite large so it may be best used for a large pillow or tote bag.
Floral Embroidered ShirtIf you want to add a floral touch to a plain shirt, this DIY project from Kelli at A Beautiful Mess is for you. The DIY offers a free pretty rose pattern to use that fits perfectly along a V-neck shirt, but you can use the steps in this DIY to transfer any hand embroidery pattern to a T-shirt.
Mixed Media Flower Embroidery
Floral Fantasy PatternSublime Stitching’s Jenny Hart has created many a gorgeous floral embroidery patterns. This floral fantasy pattern features a cheeky girl with flowers in her hair and a bee by her side. It also comes with two different color guides and if you register with the site, you can get the PDF for free!
Floral Alphabet PatternThe Flirty Florals Alphabet from Designs by Juju is a great way to add pretty and fun flowers to any monogram. This machine embroidery design comes in a variety of formats and each letter is only 3.23”x5” so you can use them on a variety of objects.
Alice’s Garden PatternFeatured on Sew Mama Sew, this floral pattern is inspired by the garden of Alice in Wonderland. It was created by Julie Zaichuk-Ryan of Little Dorrit & Co. which specializes in literary and floral themed embroidery patterns. Alice’s Garden works in many different stitches so it’s a great pattern to practice on.