Cancer Fighting Hand Embroidery – Free Pattern


Well, Breast Cancer Awareness month may be coming to an end, but we will still sell the thread sets and give 10% of the proceeds to National Breast Cancer Foundation through the end of the year!

I have one last free design for you.


This simple hand embroidery is a perfect little gift for almost anyone! You can put it on a pretty handkerchief, on a coffee koozie, on a coaster, on a bag, your imagination is the limit!

Just download the free PDF pattern and print it onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy. Here is the pattern: NBCF ribbon line

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy

Peel the pattern off the release, smooth it onto the front of your fabric, and stitch right through it. Don’t you just love that you don’t need a hoop since the Sticky Fabri-Solvy stabilizes the fabric for you?

After you stitch, rinse the stabilizer away and you are set!

I used a simple stem stitch to stitch my ribbon. Here is my favorite tutorial for the stem stitch.

Where are you going to put your ribbon? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!

Halloween Hand Embroidery- Free Patterns!

My love for hand embroidery has spilled over into my love for Halloween! Last year I did these two hand embroidery designs.

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halloween framed hand projects

You can get the free pattern downloads here.


This year I was having so much fun with these machine embroidery patterns, I decided to have them made into hand embroidery patterns and for a limited time, we are giving them away to you for free! Download the PDF here:Halloween Patterns

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I love hand embroidery because I have the right tools to do it! I use Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Petites which come on a spool so I don’t have to separate floss (Thank goodness!), and I print my patterns onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ which eliminates tracing and the hoop (double bonus)!

Halloween Petite Thread Collection

For these patterns, I used the limited edition Sulky Petites Halloween Collection and Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy sheets. I plan to make the spider into a cute ornament and the spider and web into a small wall hanging.

What will you do with these designs? Tell me in the comments below and be sure to shop in our Halloween Boo-Tique.


Happy Sewing!

Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Check out all my Halloween blog posts here.

My Favorite Sites For Hand Embroidery Patterns & A Giveaway!



Hand Embroidery is one of my favorite things to do. I love the act of stitching, especially with Sulky Cotton Petites™ & Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ (You can read why I love these products for hand embroidery here), but I also love that there are so many new designs these days. No longer is hand embroidery just red work, traditional or heirloom. No matter what your personal style, you can find hand embroidery patterns just for you. There are tons of great sites with fantastic patterns, but here are a few of my favorites.

HINT: I am doing a giveaway at the end of this blog (Like the monster at the end of this book) and if you read to the end, you will see how to enter to win a great prize!

Shiny Happy World – I love these sweet patterns done in bright colors and if you sign up to receive the newsletter, you get lots of the patterns for free!


Penguin and Fish – Not only are these patterns adorable, they are great for someone starting out in hand embroidery. Many of the patterns are just the right size to finish in just a few hours. She also gives away a great set of patterns when you sign up for her newsletter!

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Needle ‘n Thread – Most of Mary’s patterns are free (bonus!) and she has a great variety of styles. She also has an extensive page of fantastic video tutorials to learn new stitches!


Sulky Embroidery Club – Although most of the designs in the club are machine embroidery, all the the line embroidery patterns give you the option to purchase the machine or hand embroidery version!


Ornament on the Tree

Ornament on the Tree

Urban Threads – If you are looking for something outside the traditional sewing box, this is the place for you! They also have a page of free designs


Bird Brain Designs – If you are looking for wool, red work and more traditional designs, this is a great site. She also has some awesome designs available for free!


Lickity Stitch – Besides being fun to say, Lickity Stitch is a great place to find traditional with a twist. (Sorry for the tiny image)


Alice Wilhoit – I did not know about Alice before researching for this post but as soon as I saw her designs, I fell in love! The simplicity of words with great ribbon and embroidery details is great. Her kits are a fantastic deal too!

alice wilhoit peace

Now for the Giveaway! I am giving one lucky person a pack of Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy and a 6-Pack of Sulky Cotton Petites of my favorite New Cotton Colors.


To enter, simply comment on this post with the answer to this question:

What is your favorite type of hand embroidery? Traditional, whimsical, primitive, red work, etc? I will randomly pick a winner on Monday and send you an email.


Happy Sewing!

Halloween Hand Embroidery with Free Pattern

A few weeks back I was browsing through Pinterest and came across these adorable free printables created by Ashley Foster, the owner of Fancy Designs.





I love these! They are so whimsical and fun. I thought they would make a wonderful pattern for hand embroidery so I contacted Ashley. I asked her permission to manipulate the pictures and turn them into hand embroidery patterns. She said yes! Don’t worry, I have a link at the end of this post so you can download the patterns for free. Once I created the pattern, I printed them onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy and stuck them to the front of the fabrics that I chose.

Scary embroidery on Fabri-Solvy

This is why I love Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy! I can just print, stick and start stitching! The truth is, if I had to trace this (which would be really hard on black fabric), hoop it and then start stitching, I would never do something as whimsical and fun as these. I would save all that work for something that was going to get passed down to my grandchildren one day! The nice thing about being able to do things like these cute Halloween designs is I can practice stitches I’m not as good at without worrying about the finished product turning out perfectly.

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For these designs, I was able to practice my satin stitch and try several new stitches that I had never done before.

Once I finished stitching, it was time to rinse out the Fabri-Solvy. The best way to get Fabri-Solvy off your design without having to worry about your stitching getting distorted is to put your piece in a bucket of room temperature water.

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I allowed this one to sit in the water about 20 minutes before taking it out and giving it a final rinse under the faucet at the sink.

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Once the Fabri-Solvy is all washed out I turn the piece over and iron it dry on top of a terry cloth towel. This dries the piece, gives you a nice crisp finished product and doesn’t distort the stitching.

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The stitching isn’t perfect, but overall, the finished product is fun and will look great in my house for the month of October.

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I used Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites Thread in White and Orange Flame for the stitching. It’s so nice to not have to separate floss!

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I haven’t finished the Trick Or Treat one, but I wanted to get these free designs up for you so you could get started on yours! Download the designs here:

Halloween Designs (1)

They are ready to print right onto your Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

Happy Sewing!