Lazy Daisy Stitch Tutorial
Learn how to do lazy daisy stitch embroidery for all of your floral sewing needs.
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No one can resist the simple elegance of floral embroidery. Delicate, feminine, decorative, and fun, sewn flowers can add a touch of flair to whatever project you’re working on, from refashioning blouses to making handbags. The biggest misconception about these blooming beauties, however, is that they’re difficult to make.
This couldn’t be more wrong!
This lazy daisy stitch tutorial is great for beginners. In fact, learning how to do a lazy daisy stitch will only take you minutes when you're following these ridiculously simple instructions. This step-by-step lazy daisy stitch tutorial will guide you through the flower embroidery process so that you can sew a whole garden of lovely blooms in no time!
Not only will this video above and our written guide on how to make a lazy daisy stitch make it a snap to learn, but it will also make all of your sewing projects instantly more attractive. Like other decorative embroidery stitches, the lazy daisy stitch looks stunning on any sewn piece.
Though it may be called a “lazy” daisy stitch, there's nothing half-baked about these enchanting blossoms! Sew a single flower for a lovely embroidered centerpiece, or embroider a whole bouquet for a design that will catch eyes wherever you go.
Ready to add some exquisite embellishment to your embroidery projects? Read the instructions from Carolina Moore below, and you’ll have a green thumb without having to water a single flower!
Once you know how to embroider flowers onto all of your decorative pieces, you can add even more flower power to your sewing! With this free downloadable eBook, every sewing project can be bursting with beautiful blooms. Get your copy here: Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers eBook
Lazy Daisy Stitch Instructions:
- Embroidery floss
- Optional: embroidery hoop
- Optional: tailor’s chalk or other fabric marking tool
Project Type: Learn a Technique
Time to Complete: Under an hour
Sewn By: Hand
NOTE: Click on any image to enlarge.
Optional: If you would like to plan out your flower ahead of time, take your tailor’s chalk or similar fabric marking tool and draw your desired flower outline onto the fabric. This outline should have a center and lines and/or dots to indicate where you would like the petals to land.
Bring your thread through the fabric from the back to the front. The position of this first puncture will be the center of your embroidered flower.
Position your needle right next to your first puncture, almost directly on top of it, and push it from the front to the back of your fabric. Do not pull your thread the whole way through. Instead, leave a loop on the front side of your fabric that is the desired size of your flower’s petal.
Position your needle at the outermost tip of your flower petal, and push your needle from the back of the fabric to the front. Put the needle through the petal’s loop. Pull the thread just tight enough that the petal’s thread is not pulled completely taut.
Place your needle directly on the outer side of the petal loop, as close to your last stitch as possible. Push the needle from the front of the fabric to the back and pull completely taut. This should secure the petal in place.
Place your needle as close to your first puncture (the center of the embroidered flower), and push it from the back of the fabric to the front.
Repeat Steps 2-5 until you have a full flower with the desired number of petals. 5-6 petals are most frequently used to make a full lazy daisy stitch, though you can add more by pulling the petal loop tauter in Steps 3-4.
BONUS! Flower Embroidery Sewing Patterns:
Now that you’ve become a flower expert, it’s time to plant your seeds! These embroidery patterns are the perfect way to practice your lazy daisy stitch.
From floral hoop art to plush toys, these sewing projects will help grow a fabric garden in no time. Add a flower to a blank hoop design or to a zippered pouch, and your sewing project is guaranteed to charm anyone who sees it.
If you want to sew flowers to hang on your wall or give as a gift, then this simple embroidery hoop pattern is for you! Lovely, delicate, and refined, this pattern will give any space the freshness of the outdoors.
Spring has sprung wherever this lovely Bloom Embroidery Hoop is hung! With a gracefully scripted center and a feminine, floral perimeter, this home decor will lighten up any room.
Sometimes the simplest patterns are the most charming. Hang up this Delicate Flowers Embroidery Pattern to create a homey aesthetic your guests will fawn over.
Add some pizzazz to your home decor with this customizable candle cover, and you'll brighten up any room! Flower embroidery is an elegant way to make this sewing pattern pop.
You can create this enchanting hoop art as a Mother's Day gift or just to let your mom know that you're thinking of her. Whatever it's for, this simple hoop pattern would look stunning with a bouquet of flowers embroidered on each side!
Is there anything as cute as a plush alpaca? Nope! Add a lovely lazy daisy stitch to this embroidered animal pattern, and it's guaranteed to be your new favorite fuzzy friend.
Whether you use it as a pencil case, a travel cosmetics bag, or anything in between, this Sweet Surprise Zipper Pouch Tutorial is a beginner-friendly pattern that will look phenomenal when embellished with hand-sewn blossoms.
These needlebooks are small enough to fit inside a purse, and their soft covers prevent anyone reaching inside from getting poked. Give these handmade gifts to your friends as great sewing gift ideas and a way to encourage them to keep on sewing!
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