If you're new to the world of embroidery then you're in the right place! We've round up our favourite embroidery kits for beginners which are the perfect starting point for any newbie stitcher, as they often contain all the materials you'll need. If you prefer to build your own kit you'll find everything you need to get started right here, plus 10 freebie patterns for your to try (of course suitable for beginners).


If you want to brush up on your skills, make sure you check out our embroidery for beginners, and our embroidery stitch library.

Our top picks!

Best for complete beginners: Fruit and icecream embroidery kit, Love Crafts

Best to give as a gift: Woman with flowers embroidery kit, Amazon

Best modern kit: Plant Trio, Amazon

Best for those who want a challenge: Sloth embroidery kit, Etsy

15 Embroidery kits for beginners

If you want to make starting an embroidery project easy peasy then one of these embroidery kits for beginners will be perfect. They contain everything you need to start stitching as soon as it arrives, there's no need to worry about sourcing your own materials! However, if you do want to start building your kit then head over to our embroidery for beginners guide, which contains everything you need to know about this therapeutic craft!

1. Plant embroidery kit for beginners

Try your hand at this beautifully modern plant embroidery kit, it is stylish and on-trend and we absolutely love it! This lovely kit is suitable for beginners as it comes accompanied by an instruction manual to embroidery, illustrations of how to do each stitch, and of course everything you need to complete the finished hoop! Not only that but the fabric is pre-printed with the design, so that means you won't have to worry about transferring the design yourself. Once you've completed the embroidery why not hang it up in your bedroom or living room or give it as a thoughtful gift to a friend.

embroidery for beginners - plant design

2. Floral embroidery kit for beginners

Check out this simple yet elegant set of three embroidery designs. In this kit, you'll receive absolutely everything you need to complete all three designs, even scissors and a pin cushion! This kit will surely prepare you for other embroidery projects too. Each design is pre-printed onto the fabric ready for stitching, simply pop into the embroidery hoop and get going.

embroidery for beginners - floral design

3. Cushion embroidery kit for beginners

This lovely embroidery starter kit is a great, simple project and comes with everything you need to embroider a floral cushion, from the embroidery threads and pattern to the cushion pad.

Buy it now from HobbyCraft,£43.25

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4. Cat and plant embroidery kit for beginners

This delightful beginner embroidery set combines three of our favourite things, crafts, cats and plants! If those too are your favourite things you'll love this cute embroidery kit. Containing three different designs, you'll find all the materials you need to make these purrfect creations.

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Buy it now from Etsy, £11.47

embroidery for beginners - cat and plant design

5. Cat tote kit for beginners

This kit includes everything you need to create this embroidered cat tote. Stitch one as a treat for yourself or gift the kit to a crafty, cat-loving friend! The kit includes everything you need including a 100% natural cotton tote bag with a pre-printed design.

Buy it now from Etsy, £22.99

embroidery for beginners - cat tote bag design

6. Felt embroidered pouch kit

This folk-inspired pouch would make a meaningful gift for a family member or friend. Suitable for stitchers of all levels and guaranteed to get you hooked on embroidery! Everything you need to make the pouch is included in the kit including felt, DMC embroidery thread, a needle, button and an unpicker (just encase!).

Felt Pouch Embroidery Kit

7. Cherry blossom embroidery kit for beginners

This beautiful Cherry Blossom embroidery starter kit has a 3-D feel to it. The design is stitched on top of a printed panel for a life-like effect. The kit contains a 6-inch embroidery hoop, pre-printed fabric, padding, embroidery thread, needles and full instructions.

embroidery for beginners - cherry blossom design

8. Hummingbird embroidery kit for beginners

Paisley Hummingbird Embroidery Kit - a DIY kit for modern hand embroidery. This unique paisley hummingbird design would make a great gift, either as a kit or stitched up and ready to display! Perfect for beginners, the design features ten embroidery stitches so you can learn new stitches while making a piece of art! Everything you need to stitch the design is included in the kit, including a working hoop and a display hoop.

Buy now from Etsy, £25.00

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9. Woman with flowers embroidery kit for beginners

This ultra-modern floral artwork is the perfect starter kit for anyone looking to delve into the world of embroidery. This statement piece would look amazing hanging up in any modern home. In the kit, you'll receive everything you need to create three beautiful designs! Once you've finished display them as a set, or give one to friends and family as a thoughtful gift.

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10. Embroidery kit for beginners plant trio

We cannot get enough of botanical embroidery and these patterns are absolutely perfect! Containing three modern plant patterns, this kit is a fabulous starting point for beginners due to its straightforward nature and in-depth guide. Thanks to the pre-printed fabric you won't have to worry about transferring your design either.

embroidery kits for beginners

11. Doodle embroidery kit

This modern doodle embroidery kit works well for beginners as it only needs four stitches, each of which you are able to practice in a fun and simple way. Not only does allow you to improve your technique but you're also left with a unique hoop to hang!

Buy it now from Love Crafts

embroidery for beginners - doodle design

12. Penguin embroidery kit for beginners

Stitch up this cosy penguin in his woolly jumper and you'll be hooked on embroidery. Easy to stitch with straightforward instructions even the newest of crafters will enjoy this pattern. Pre-printed on the fabric you'll find it's extra easy to start stitching.

Buy it now from Love Crafts

embroidery kit for beginners - penguin design

13. Fruit and icecream embroidery kit for beginners

Using this super simple embroidery kit you'll learn 3 basic stitches, french knots, backstitch and satin stitch to get you well on way to becoming an embroidery pro. Everything you need is included in the kit, and the fabric is pre-printed with the pattern making it extra easy to get started on this mindful craft.

Buy it now from Love Crafts

embroidery kit for beginners - icecream design

14. Bee embroidery kit for beginners

This lovely unique bee design is perfect for beginners, simple yet modern. Contemporary and modern the bee embroidery would look fab in any home - and would make a thoughtful gift for any nature-lovers. The kit comes complete with all the tools you need plus a pre-printed canvas.

Buy it now from Love Crafts

embroidery kit for beginners - bee design

15. Sloth embroidery kit for beginners

Who doesn't love a sloth! Did you know because they move so slowly algae grows on their fur which is excellent for keeping them camouflaged? Well, now you can stitch your very own slow friend to keep you company. This pattern is the perfect way to practice your stitches too, as it involves a wide variety.

Buy it now from Etsy, £19.00+

embroidery kit for beginners - sloth design

10 free embroidery patterns for beginners

If you want to source your own kit (or already have done so) you can try out some of our lovely embroidery patterns for beginners. Find 10 free patterns to get started on today.

What do I need to start embroidery?

You don't need a lot to get started on your first embroidery project. The four main tools you'll need are listed below:

  1. Fabric
  2. Embroidery threads
  3. Embroidery hoop
  4. Embroidery needles

For more information on tools and techniques, visit our embroidery for beginners guide.

1. Woodgrain embroidery pattern for beginners

If you’re new to embroidery and are looking for a project to get you started this is the one for you. Jeni Grissom from Clover Lane Boutique has created this free hand embroidery pattern for beginners which makes the perfect wedding gift for any brides-to-be. The woodgrain effect gives an instant homely feel and Jeni shows you how her free hand embroidery pattern can add a little spark to soft furnishings. It’s a classic romantic gesture – etching your initials or a message of love into wood. Her graffiti-free declaration can be adapted. Stitch the words “I do” for new brides, personalise it by adding names inside the heart or simply write “love” for a Valentine’s Day gift.

You will need:

  • 33 x 33cm (13 x 13″) piece of fabric
  • Washable fabric pen
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Embroidery hoop

Step 1

Draw the outline of the tree, the heart and tree knots and then the woodgrain. With woodgrain, inconsistency is the key - it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 1

Step 2

With a few strands of floss, backstitch about 5mm (¼”) from your beginning point. Leave about 5mm (¼”) from the last stitch and come back up through the fabric. Carry on backstitching, making sure your stitches are snug against each other.

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 2

Step 3

When you’re getting close to the end of your thread (about 4cm/1.5″), tie it off on the underside of the fabric securely. Rethread and keep stitching.

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 3

Step 4

When the stitching is complete, rinse the washable pen from the fabric, iron out the wrinkles and you’re done! You’ve just completed your first embroidery pattern for beginners.

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2. Fabric envelope pattern by Mollie Johanson

Ideal for beginners as this pattern only uses four easy stitches. You can use the pattern on anything too, but we'll show you how to make it into a sweet fabric envelope. The design features a seriously cute kawaii-style embroidered locket with blushing cheeks and a cute smile.

Find the Fabric envelope pattern

fabric envelope embroidery pattern for beginners

3. Constellation embroidery patterns

Try your hand at these constellation embroidery patterns, using only a few stitches, you'll be able to whip these up in no time at all. We'll even show you how to do each stitch within the pattern.

Find the Constellation embroidery patterns

constellation embroidery

4. Ice cream embroidery pattern for beginners

This super cute ice cream embroidery is perfect for beginners! It's tiny yet bold. The ice cream embroidery features eight miniature ice cream and ice lolly designs all a bright mixture of colours and stitches. You’ll see some firm retro favourites on there, that will certainly bring you some nostalgia (and a craving for a 99), or a twister, or maybe both!

Find the ice cream embroidery pattern

ice cream embroidery for beginners

5. Lazy daisy pattern

Practice the lazy daisy stitch with this sweet pattern, perfect for the collar of a plain shirt! Once you've found out how to embroider a classic Lazy Daisy stitch. Try stitching our free floral design (by Zoë Patching).

Get the free lazy daisy pattern

How to sew Lazy Daisy Stitch

6. Easy embroidered pin cushion for beginners

Create this cute pin cushion in no time with our easy tutorial. The project uses Pistil stitch which is an easy-to-learn embroidery stitch that is worked in a similar way to a French knot. It’s called pistil as it resembles the pistil of a flower. Learn how to master this clever little stitch, and whip up a cute pin cushion as you go, with our step by step guide.

Find the embroidered pin cushion for beginners tutorial

How to embroider a pin cushion

7. Plant bookmark tutorial

Learn fishbone stitch with Mollie Johanson's bookmark template and tutorial. If you've wondered how to embroider leaves, then fishbone stitch is the stitch for you! Botanical embroidery is particularly suited to it since you can not only fill in your leaves with colour, but also give your stitches direction to make them look more three-dimensional.

Find the plant bookmark tutorial

embroidery patterns for beginners

8. Mug rug the cable chain stitch tutorial

Learn how to master the cable chain stitch with this sweet tutorial to create a mug rug! You'll find out exactly how to do the stitch, then you'll be able to practice your new skills with this cute mug rug.

Find the Mug rug the cable chain stitch tutorial

embroidery patterns for beginners

9. Embroidered cloud placemat tutorial

Find out how to make these beautiful yet simple placemats featuring cloud stitch! We'll take you step-by-step how to do the stitch, how to create the clouds and how to make them into a placemat. Before you know your home will be filled with homemade goodies.

Find the Embroidered clouds tutorial

embroidery patterns for beginners

10. DIY brooch embroidery tutorial for beginners

Stitch up these fabulous brooches in no time with our beginner-friendly tutorial. Thanks to the Woven Wheel stitch, embroidering roses is actually surprisingly easy! Using this tutorial, you will learn how to make the stitch, then use it to make some gorgeous DIY brooches - they make fabulous coat accessories or gifts!

Find the DIY brooch embroidery tutorial

embroidery patterns for beginners

We hope you found our beginners embroidery kits and patterns guide helpful. Are you looking for similar projects? Don’t miss our free embroidered buttons pattern, which will liven up your wardrobe! If you can’t get enough of the outerspace, take a look at the constellation embroidery or the star embroidery (one of our favourites and great for beginners). If you’re a nature lover check out the embroidered wall hanging, the mushroom embroidery pattern or the bee embroidery. Want to relax in the evening, try this beautiful wildflower design. If you’re also looking to delve into machine embroidery or would like to find out more about it take a look at our guide to the best embroidery machine.


Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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