Free star embroidery pattern

Hold the galaxy in your hands as you stitch the swirling and shooting stars of this mesmerising hoop designed by Caitlin de Greef.

star embroidery

Dive into the wonder of the universe with this beautiful star embroidery designed by Caitlin de Greef, which encapsulates the beauty of space and beyond. In this design you’ll see the swirling galaxy, shooting stars held between two hands. As you stitch the beautiful scene will unfold before your eyes, making it a really peaceful and therapeutic project to take on.

This beautiful star embroidery pattern showcases a modern take on space, and gives us mystical vibes! We can completely imagine sitting down under a warm blanket on a cold evening to complete this free embroidery project. It would bring a unique touch to any room you decide to display it in your home, or you could give it to a friend as a thoughtful gift.

This design is suitable for beginners as it only uses a few stitch types, be sure to check out our helpful guide to embroidery stitches for beginners. If you are new to embroidery or simply need a little refresh, take a look at our embroidery for beginners guide which contains everything you need to get started on the star embroidery pattern.

Stitches key for the star embroidery

Star embroidery fact box:

  • Cotton fabric: 35x35cm, cream
  • Stranded cotton: 1 skein each of black, bright blue, green, lilac, navy, dusky pink, light pink, golden yellow and pale yellow
  • Carbon paper (optional)
  • Embroidery hoop: 15cm diameter
  • Basic embroidery kit

Free star embroidery template

You’ll also need the free star embroidery template.


You Will Need

  • Cotton fabric
  • Stranded cotton
  • Basic embroidery kit
  • Embroidery hoop

Total time:

Step 1

Transfer the design from the template onto the centre of the fabric using an erasable fabric pen or carbon paper, if preferred. Mount the fabric into your hoop.

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Step 2

Work the hands in Split Stitch using one strand of black. Create the navy French Knots of the galaxy using two strands of thread and one twist. In the centre of your spiral galaxy, keep your knots clustered close together, but as you move out towards the edges make them less frequent and more spaced apart – as shown in the photo.

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Step 3

Fill the centre of the galaxy with French Knots in two strands of pale yellow and golden yellow. Space these knots out towards the edges of the spiral and scatter a few knots into the outmost edges of the spiral to help blend the sections together.

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Step 4

Scatter the remaining colours of French Knots – light pink, green and lilac – so that you fill in the spaces on the edges of the spiral’s arms. Again, use two strands and space them further apart as you move towards the outside of the spiral’s arms.

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Step 5

Work the moon and large stars in Satin Stitch using two strands of thread – check the photo for colour placement of bright blue, golden yellow and dusky pink. Use Straight Stitch in two strands of thread to complete the medium-sized stars in dusky pink and bright blue. For the rays of the large shooting stars, use Split Stitch in one strand of matching thread. For the stationary yellow star, fill it using Straight Stitch and outline with Split Stitch in one strand of pale yellow.

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Step 6

Create the constellations (made up of stars and lines) using Straight Stitch. Use one strand of golden yellow for the stars and two strands of golden yellow for the connecting lines. Erase your guidelines and gather the excess fabric at the back of the hoop using a pulled-up running stitch.

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More like the star embroidery pattern

We hope you loved this beautiful star embroidery pattern. Do you want to try some similar projects? Don’t miss our free embroidered buttons pattern, perfect for brightening up your wardrobe! If you can’t get enough of the stars, take a look at the constellation embroidery. If you’re a nature lover check out 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.

About the designer:

Caitlin De Greef
Caitlin is a self-taught embroidery artist who has always been creative and loves to use her hands whether it be stitching, drawing, or taking photographs. Mostly inspired by nature, she loves to incorporate celestial magic into her designs.Caitlin’s Etsy shop