Christmas embroidery motifs

Feed those stitchy cravings with Mollie Johanson’s Kawaii-style Christmas embroidery motifs.


What are your favourite festive dishes? Turkey? Gammon? Maybe a yule log or Christmas pud? Don’t forget the drink – we’ll have fizz, please. You’ll find these festive treats (and more!) in our patterns, adorned with designer Mollie Johanson’s trademark kawaii-style faces.

This project was created by Mollie for Mollie Makes magazine – for more easy-make craft projects and creative inspiration, subscribe to Mollie or click here to find out more.


Use three strands of embroidery thread throughout.

Christmas embroidery motifs

Use our library of embroidery stitches to master all the stitches in these Christmas embroidery motifs.


You Will Need

  • Thread
  • Linen
  • Transfers

Total time:

Transferring a pattern

Step 1

Print or trace your chosen motifs onto the water-soluble stabiliser, then peel off the backing and stick it onto the fabric. Stitch through the fabric and stabiliser, and when you’re all finished soak the embroidery to dissolve the stabiliser. You can also use a transfer pen (follow the manufacturer’s instructions) or trace the design onto the fabric with a water-soluble pen or a finely sharpened pencil.

Hooping the Fabric

Step 1

Separate the two pieces of the embroidery hoop, then place the inner hoop on a flat surface and lay the fabric over the hoop. Loosen the screw on the outer hoop slightly, then press over the fabric and inner hoop. Tighten the screw to hold the tension on the fabric. Now you can start stitching.

Christmas embroidery motifs

We hope you enjoyed making Mollie’s project. Share a picture of your Christmas embroidery motifs with us on Instagram using #molliemakers, and don’t forget to subscribe to Mollie Makes to get creative inspiration delivered to your door every month!

Mollie Johanson

Mollie has loved creating and crafting cute things for as long as she can remember. She lives near Chicago and is happiest with a cup of coffee, some stitching, and her family close at hand. She recently published her first book, Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big and Small.

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Looking for more brilliant embroidery motifs to make for Christmas? Check out this wrapped backstitch hoop design! Brilliant to decorate or to gift. Find it in our Christmas embroidery patterns article.

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Or maybe you are looking for something smaller that you can whip up in bulk as stocking fillers, or for a coordinated embroidered tree! These fly stitch tags could be just the project for you! Find them in our Christmas embroidery patterns article.

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If you want something a bit more traditional, these embroidered decorations based on the stunning hexie shape you love from quilting are ideal. We have the free tutorial for you to craft all of these stunning designs here on Gathered! Find them in our Christmas embroidery patterns article.