How to do Satin Stitch

Discover this useful filling embroidery stitch to add pops and blocks of colour to your embroidery hoop. Find out how to embroider satin stitch with our step-by-step guide and free daisies embroidery pattern.

How to sew satin stitch

Satin stitch is one of the most popular embroidery stitches as it covers the fabric well with a smooth, even surface. It’s a versatile stitch which can be used to fit any shaped area. The stitches can be worked in any direction for a different effect. Practise sewing daisy centres in bold satin stitch with our beginners’ guide to this handiest of stitches.

To sew these satin-stitch-centred daisies, first download our free template below, then mount your fabric in an embroidery hoop to keep the tension even before you begin to embroider. Stitch the words and stems in split stitch and the petals in running stitch. Add the daisy centres using a bold satin stitch with our tutorial below.

Watch our video from Love Embroidery to see how it’s done or keep reading for the step-by-step guide from Simply Sewing.

How to do satin stitch – step by step

You will need

  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Fabric

Free daisy embroidery pattern (PDF)

Template design by Lisa Jones, stitching & instructions by Rebecca Reid


Total time:

Step 1

Bring the needle up at 1 on one side of the shape then take it back down at 2 on the other side.

How to sew satin stitch step 1

Step 2

Pull the needle slowly through the fabric to make the stitch. Bring the needle up again at 3 to start the next stitch and continue working in this way. Make sure the stitches are touching so that you can’t see any of the fabric beneath. Use a thick thread to do this and keep your stitches close together. Using a fine needle will help with accuracy.

How to sew satin stitch step 2

Embellish a tee with embroidered daisies

Be it a pretty blouse or simple cushion, we can’t resist adding embellishments to our projects – especially when spring is in full swing and colourful blooms are popping up everywhere to inspire us! We have fond memories of making daisy chains, so have stitched our own onto the neckline of a plain tee. Try it yourself with your new satin stitch skills and our free embroidery pattern (above).

We used white running stitch for the petals and yellow satin stitch for the centres to create a simple motif that can be sewn in an afternoon. Practice stitching on an off-cut of fabric before getting started on your tee. 

how to embroider satin stitch
Look fresh as a daisy this spring with an embellished tee.