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Free Embroidery Design for Holiday Decorating

Free embroidery design holly string lights

Free Embroidery Design Alert!

Grab the embroidery design files for your machine to stitch adorable Holly String Lights to decorate your mantel, Christmas tree, wreaths and more!

by Zandra Shaw of EmbroiderShoppe


The Holly String Lights, digitized by Zandra Shaw of EmbroiderShoppe, is a freestanding design that’s embroidered through layers of organza for additional support and color. The free embroidery design link will take you to Zandra’s site where you can log in or create an account to grab the designs for free.

free emboridery design for holly string lights

Any machine embroidery hoop size will work with this project! Use a smaller hoop to embroider one Holly leaf cluster, or choose larger hoops to complete multiple stitchouts in one hooping.

Sulky Rayon thread produces a nice vibrant, shiny finished result. For a pretty finish, use the same thread in the needle and bobbin, as the thread is visible on all sides.

Choose LED lights to poke through the Holly “holes” and create a string of lights that you can use in multiple ways. Glue the light base to the Holly sprig; make sure to ONLY glue the light BASE and not the light itself.

holly string lights lit up

You will need a soldering tool to melt away the stray fibers left after cutting out each Holly cluster. To grab the Burnsy tool Zandra recommends, consult the Free Project PDF. Here’s a video to watch the Burnsy in action:


Grab all the how-tos for the free embroidery designs to create your light strings. Then make as many strings as you need to have a holly, jolly holiday!

Sulky Fabri-Solvy™ stabilizer is a MUST for these little Holly sprigs. It’s a water-soluble fabric-like stabilizer that is strong enough to support loads of thread during stitches. Then, wash it away completely after embroidery is complete. This stabilizer is sandwiched between the organza layers to provide stability and thread count, so the thread has more to grab onto and create a balanced stitch.

Install a size 80/12 Microtex or Embroidery Organ Needle for the free embroidery design.

Show us your Holly! Post pics of your finished light strings on social media, and then tag us with #sewbetterwithsulky so we can see your lights in action.

Happy Sewing!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!