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A name embroidery hoop makes an adorable DIY baby gift, so I decided to design a pattern for one.  I made sure to use lots of pink, flowers, and a curly font.  A nice and girly floral embroidery pattern!  My friend just got a new niece, so I made this for her.  Isn’t her name cute?!

I created this pattern as part of a sponsored post for FontBundles.net.  The font that you see is from The Fantastic Font Bundle II.  The font is called Herschel Script.  It’s a beautiful font, and the more I play around with it, the more I love it!  I really like how the font changed itself when I typed the double “e” at the end. Since this is a monoline font, it’s really easy to stitch too.  I’ll show you how to customize the font so you can put another name or phrase on the hoop.  It’s really easy!

To make this floral name embroidery hoop, you’ll need:

  • free floral name embroidery hoop pattern (instructions to download are at the bottom of this post)
  • Fantastic Font Bundle II
  • Inkscape (free download)
  • 6 inch embroidery hoop
  • fabric – I used a linen/cotton blend in a pretty rose color
  • embroidery floss (DMC colors: 501, 562, 966, 927, 761, 948, 3328, and 3799)
  • dressmaker’s carbon paper or something else to transfer the pattern
  • felt for backing (optional)

The pretty flowers are made with a woven wheel stitch, just like the ones on my popular Bloom Hand Embroidery Pattern.  They look complicated, but they are actually pretty easy.  Take a look at my embroidery stitches guide for videos that will show you every stitch you need.

The leaves are all done in a satin stitch or fishbone stitch.  These can be a little more advanced stitches, so if you are a beginner, feel free to just outline them.

To customize the name on the hoop, first make sure you have downloaded and installed the Herschel Script font, which is part of The Fantastic Font Bundle II.   Instructions to install the fonts are included on FontBundles.net.

You will also need to download a free program called Inkscape.  Open the free pattern file I provided in Inkscape.  Choose “Layers” in the menu bar and click “Layers” at the bottom.  This will bring up a toolbar on the right.  The “name” layer should be chosen already, but if it isn’t, click it.

Double click the text, and you’ll be able to edit it.  After editing, you’ll probably need to move the words around to account for the different name lengths.  Click black arrow on the top left of the screen, click the words once to select them, and then click and drag to move them around.

Once you’ve got the name where you want it, print out your file and stitch away!  You can even add the date of birth if you’re making this for a baby.  Wouldn’t that be sweet?!

Just in case you don’t feel like doing it this way, I also provided a PDF of just the wreath to download.  You should be able to print it separately, type the Herschel Script font in a word document, and add it that way.  The font size I used was 82.

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If you’re planning a nautical baby shower and need some invitation inspiration, I’ve got some free nautical baby shower invitations for you to download.  These ones are for a baby boy, since they say “Ahoy! It’s a Boy.”  We used them for my sister’s nautical baby shower a few years ago, and they turned out so cute!  My favorite part is the little anchor next to the “Ahoy!”  If you’d like to see all of the details from the shower, check out my DIY Nautical Baby Shower post.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the free nautical baby shower invitations download.

I created the file in Photoshop Elements, so I have provided a .psd file format for you to edit.  You will be able to change the names and other pertinent information.  You will also need to download and install the free font Lemonade from dafont.com to edit it.  The other font that you’ll need is Century Gothic, but I’m pretty sure that is a standard computer or Microsoft font.  If not, you can just use something else.  Once you have the file edited, you can get them printed as invitations, 5×7 photos or 4×6 photos.  I think 4×6 photos will be the easiest and cheapest option.  After you print them out, put them in envelopes, and pop them in the mail.  Easy!

Hope you liked these free nautical baby shower invitations.  If you have any trouble with the files, please let me know.  I’m happy to help!  Make sure to check out my other Nautical Baby Shower Ideas for more inspiration.  Hope you have a wonderful baby shower!

Click here to download the free invitations!

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My little Austin is absolutely obsessed with trains.  He plays for hours in his room with his train table, and makes the best train sounds.  It’s the cutest thing!  He just had his 3rd birthday, and he requested a train party, of course.  I made some adorable train cupcakes, and they were a hit at the party!

The idea for the train cupcakes came from 6 Clever Sisters.  Head over there to see how the train is made.  I wish I would have gotten colorful cupcakes liners like they had.  So cute!  The engine was my own creation.  I filled one cupcake only halfway and stacked it on a regular cupcake for the back of the engine.  You could also just cut the top off a normal-sized cupcake.  The front of the engine is two Little Debbie Swiss Rolls that I cut.  I used frosting to attach the pieces.

Austin’s favorite book is The Little Red Caboose.  He knows most of the book by heart, so his train cupcakes had to have a caboose.  For that, I just put a graham cracker on top of two cupcakes and stuck red gumdrops on the top with more frosting.

The train got lots of oohs and ahhs from party guests.  At the end, people were picking the candy off the cupcakes to eat.  Haha!  A couple of the graham crackers did break in the middle, under the weight of the cupcakes.  Try to put the wheels (marshmallows) directly under where each cupcake will sit.  Load them up as close to party time as possible so they have less time to break.

Happy birthday to my little guy!  Can’t believe it’s been three years already!  It seems like he was born just yesterday.  Be sure to check out my other kids party ideas for more inspiration.

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I’m such a sucker for mermaids and unicorns right now!  I saw these adorable bandanas at Hobby Lobby, and I knew I just had to make something out of them.  I was actually wanting to try making some bandana tote bags for my kids, so this was a perfect reason to buy them.  This is a very easy beginner sewing project.  At 99 cents per bandana, it’s also very inexpensive to try.

This beginner sewing project is so easy that my nine year old actually did most of the sewing on hers.  If you can sew a straight line, you can make these bags!  This would be such a fun sewing project for teens to try as well.

To make these bandana tote bags, you’ll need:

  • a bandana
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • ruler
  • fabric scissors or rotary cutter/mat
  • iron

Start by folding your bandana in half with right sides together.  That means the prettier part of the bandana will be on the inside for now.  Whichever part you want as the bottom of your bag should be on the folded end.

With the fold at the bottom, trim five inches off each side.  Zig-zag or serge each of the raw edges on the larger piece for a more finished look.  This will help keep it from fraying, but isn’t 100% necessary.

Take the bottom fold and fold it inward 1/2-inch.  If you are a true beginner, you can totally skip this step to make things easier.  Doing this will give the bag a little more shape, but will be fine without it.

Pin and sew a 1/2 inch seam up both sides of the bag.  You should still have right sides together, and you want to sew over that small fold you made at the bottom.

Next, you need to make the handles.  To make things easier, you can just use some thick ribbon, but I like using up the other pieces of the bandana.  Cut a two inch wide strip from each of your leftover bandana pieces.  Cut near the finished edge so you don’t have to hem it later.

Fold and iron the raw edge over 1/2-inch.

Fold and iron the finished edge to cover the raw edge.  Sew the handle shut by stitching as close to the finished edge as possible.  Repeat with the other strip to make two handles.

Pin and sew each end of the handles, two inches inches from the sides of the bag.  Make sure each handle is the same length.

Make a rectangle with your stitching like in the photo below.

Trim off any extra threads, turn the bag right side out, and you’re done!

Audrey is so proud of her new bag and has been showing it of everywhere she goes.  Such a fun beginner sewing project.  Have fun sewing!

Check out my other easy sewing projects and things to make for kids.

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Rainbows are a frequent theme in my embroidery patterns.  They are just so pretty, and I get to use all the colors!  What’s not to like about that?  I love this quote, “Without rain there would be no rainbows.”  It’s a nice reminder that sometimes we have to go through the hard things in life to appreciate the good.  Rainbows also remind me to stop and be present and appreciate the beauty in this world.  I’m giving away this one as a free hand embroidery design.  Download instructions are at the bottom of this post.

(This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you click a link and purchase something that I have recommended.  Thanks for your support!)

To make this hoop you’ll need:

  • free hand embroidery design – Download instructions are at the bottom of this post.
  • 8 inch embroidery hoop
  • white linen fabric
  • embroidery floss (DMC colors: 169, 598, 3833, 347, 722, 727, 3815, 807, 3807, 554, 2841, and colors to match your fabric scraps)
  • fabric scraps
  • Wonder Under – Pellon 805
  • carbon paper (optional for transferring pattern)
  • felt for backing (optional)

The little girl is something I’ve been dreaming up for a while now.  When I sketched her, my husband asked if she was the Morton Salt girl.  Thanks husband.  Good thing I love him!

She’s appliquéd with little bits of fabric, and her hair is a cute, messy cross-stitch.  If you don’t know how to appliqué, check out my How to Appliqué by Hand video.  It can get a bit tricky with the tiny pieces.  If that seems to daunting, you can also just stitch around the outside of the shapes and leave the appliqué out completely.  The ends of her hair are a full strand of floss.  I tied a knot in the end, pushed the needle in from front to back, and then secured my thread in the back.

The small letters are a very short back stitch and the large letters are a split stitch.  I love the colors!

I hope you enjoy this free hand embroidery design.  It’s similar in design to my free embroidery hoop art patterns that you might also enjoy.  Make sure you also check out my other hand embroidery designs for more inspiration.

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Learning how to do a bullion knot can be pretty tricky and takes lots of practice.  I’ve mostly seen it used to make pretty bullion knot roses. I haven’t tried making a bullion knot rose yet, but it’s definitely something that I will be doing in the future.  I also used it in my frog prince pattern to make cattails.

I’m still perfecting this stitch myself, but this video will get you through the basics.  Click the video player below or head over to my YouTube channel to watch how to do a bullion knot.

How to do a Bullion Knot - YouTube
Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

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Learning how to long and short stitch can produce beautiful results on embroidery.  It’s an advanced move, that will take a bit of practice.  Eventually you will be able to shade to different colors and produce some really nice effects like my butterfly embroidery hoop.  This is just a beginner tutorial to give you the basics of the stitch.

Learn the basics of how to long and short stitch by following the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.  You can also watch it by using the video player below.

How to Long and Short Stitch - YouTube
Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

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Learning how to do a satin stitch can take a little bit of practice.  I still have a little bit of trouble with this one myself sometimes.  It’s a great stitch for filling in small areas and letters, and it’s definitely one that you should learn as an embroidery artist.

I find it’s easiest to learn how to do a satin stitch if you break up the shape into smaller sections, and I like to stitch just outside the line on my pattern.  You can even outline the shape in a split stitch, back stitch or stem stitch if that helps you.  Check out the video tutorial on my YouTube channel or watch it in the video player below.

How to do a Satin Stitch - YouTube

Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

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Flower embroidery patterns are my favorite.  Since I know you probably love them too, I thought I’d put together a little roundup to help you find some great ones.  There are so many ways to stitch flowers, and I love how unique some of these are.  Over half of these flower embroidery patterns are free, so this list should keep you busy for a while.  The rest are from Etsy sellers, that I always love to support. Enjoy!

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20+ Flower Embroidery Patterns

Floral Meadow from Hodge Podge Craft

Mason Jar Vase Hoop from Flamingo Toes

Bloom Hand Embroidery Pattern from Cutesy Crafts

Wildflowers Pattern from Knotty Dickens

Fierce Pattern from Dabbles and Babbles

Love Pattern from Brynn and Co.

Blue Floral Embroidery Pattern from Cutesy Crafts

Geometric Florals from Brynn and Co.

Free Embroidery Design from Cutesy Crafts

The “Brooke” Bouquet from And Other Adventures

Alice’s Garden from Little Dorrit and Co. for Sew Mama Sew

You Will Forever be my Always from Flamingo Toes

Dancing Poppies from Stitch Floral

Satin Stitch Flowers from Lolli and Grace

Love Without Reason from Down Grapevine Lane

Flowers from Fileuse d’etoiles

Floral Unicorn Embroidery Pattern from Cutesy Crafts

Floral Spray from Thread Folk

Embroidered Bouquet from Down Grapevine Lane

Floral Design from Ellucy Stitches

Floral Stitch Sampler from Instructables

Flowers from Hoffelt and Hooper

I hope you enjoyed this list of flower embroidery patterns.  Be sure to check out my other hand embroidery designs and take a look at my embroidery stitches post to help you learn most of the stitches you need.  My Bloom Hand Embroidery Pattern also has a YouTube video stitch-along if you need some visual learning.

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I was browsing around social media when I came across a graphic with a flamingo and a peacock that said, “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.”  It really inspired me.  No one doubts that a flamingo and peacock are beautiful, but they are beautiful in completely different ways.  You can be happy for someone else’s beauty, creativity, parenting skills… whatever it is, without questioning your own.  It’s a great reminder to try and be genuinely happy for other people.  Unfortunately, I don’t know where the quote originated, and the graphic has been redone many times, otherwise I’d love to give someone credit.  I’m sharing my version of it with you in this flamingo and peacock embroidery hoop.  I love how it turned out, and I’m excited to give you the free pattern today!  This one has some more advanced stitches in it (on the Peacock), but you can leave out some of the detail to make it simpler.

To make this flamingo and peacock embroidery hoop, you’ll need:

  • Free Flamingo and Peacock Pattern
  • 7-inch embroidery hoop
  • white linen fabric
  • embroidery floss (DMC colors: 3799, 834, 911, 991, 3808, 824, 963, 894, and 3706)
  • dressmaker’s carbon paper for tracing (optional)
  • felt for backing (optional)

The flamingo is the easiest part of the hoop.  The body is just a stem stitch, and I changed thread colors at different parts using dark, medium, and light-colored pink floss.  I noted on the pattern where to make the color changes.  That can get a little tricky.  Just remember that the dark and light pinks always have a medium pink in between them.

The peacock was a little more difficult, but you can add as much or as little of the details as you want.  I used a lot of single strands of floss, which made it hard to tie knots in the end.  You could try out some knot-free methods for securing the thread, and that would probably help.  I think I might have broken some kind of embroidery “rule” using one strand of floss, but I really wanted the feathers and other parts to be more delicate.  It was all worth it because I love how he turned out.

Here’s a nice close-up of the feathers for you.  I used three different colors of green on the feathers, which I have noted on the pattern.  I didn’t know what stitch to say the dark blue center was, so I just called it a “straight stitch.”  You are basically just making a “V” with the thread.  I didn’t include the lines for the feathers on the pattern because that made it difficult to trace.  Just fill in the feathers on both sides with evenly-spaced straight stitches.

The back of the peacock has a loose fly stitch, with no tail, to make little scallops.  If you are a beginner, this is something you could easily leave out.

The letters were done using a full strand of floss for the thick parts and a single strand for the thin parts.  You could also use two strands for the thin parts, but I really liked the contrast using the single strand.  I included two images of the pattern, since there is a lot going on in the instructions.  I figured it would be easier to trace the one without all the words and arrows.

We are all beautiful in our own way!  Hope you love this pretty reminder as much as I do.

Be sure to check out all of my hand embroidery designs and check out my stitch guide sampler to learn most of the embroidery stitches you will need.

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