Easy embroidered Christmas decorations

Happy holidays! We're here to show you how to make three styles of Christmas decorations featuring Christmas embroidery patterns in our step-by-step guides

Free Christmas embroidery patterns

We’re huge fans of the holiday season but it can get a bit hectic, so curl up and stitch some soothing embroidered Christmas decorations to unwind! We have a great selection of Christmas embroidery patterns for you to choose from! Try our quick and easy Christmas embroidery patterns to whip up hexie embroidered ornaments, featuring sweet sentiments that are quick to make and lovely to give as gifts, first published in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine and are designed by Mollie Johanson.

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We also have some gorgeous Christmas embroidery patterns for Fly Stitch Christmas embroidery tags (pictured above) as part of this post, Originally published in Simply Sewing magazine issue 61. Why not stitch these as well as the Christmas embroidery hexie decorations? Or maybe you’d like to try out Mollie Johanson’s Wrapped back stitch hanging hoop design (pictured below), originally published in Simply Sewing magazine issue 49. To find the Christmas embroidery pattern you want to stitch, just use the links below to jump to the different sections of this article. Happy Christmas embroidery!

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Jump to the Hexie decoration Christmas embroidery patterns
Jump to the snowflake tag Christmas embroidery patterns
Jump to the wrapped back stitch  hanging hoop Christmas embroidery patterns

Christmas embroidery hexie decoration

Free Christmas embroidery patterns

You will need

  • Linen: 4½in square
  •  Print fabric: 4½in square
  • Felt: 3½in square
  • Six-stranded embroidery floss
  • 3in embroidery hoop
  • Thin card

Finished size

  • 3in square

Notes

  • EPP = English Paper Piecing.

Free hexie Christmas embroidery patterns

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How to sew easy hexie Christmas embroidery patterns

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You Will Need

  • Linen (4½in square)
  • Felt (3½in square)
  • Printed fabric (4½in square)
  • Stranded cotton

Total time:

Cutting out

Step 1

From the felt cut one (1) 1½in hexagon using the shape in all our our embroidered Christmas decoration templates.

Step 2

From the thin card, cut two (2) 1½in hexagons using hexagon using the shape in all our our Christmas embroidery pattern templates.

Embroidering the motif

Step 1

Choose the Christmas embroidery pattern motif you’d like to make and then transfer the pattern centrally onto the linen square with a water-erasable pen.

Step 2

Embroider the Christmas embroidery pattern with three strands of embroidery floss throughout. Use French knots for eyes and dots, scallop stitch for mouths and scallops on the snowflake, fly stitch for evergreen branches, wrapped backstitch for the candy cane stripe and backstitch for everything else. When the Christmas embroidery is finished, remove any pen marks.

Creating the layers

Step 1

Take one of the card hexagons and lightly glue it to the back of the embroidered linen square. Mollie recommends using washable glue for this to make it easier to remove the template later. Make sure that the Christmas embroidery is positioned centrally on the hexagon and that the hexagon is orientated so its points are at the top and bottom.

Step 2

Cut the fabric around the hexagon leaving a 38in seam allowance. Baste the hexagon around the card as you would for English Paper Piecing (EPP), stitching across each fold, without stitching through the card.

Step 3

Repeat step 5 with the second card hexagon and the print fabric.

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Step 4

Carefully remove the card hexagons. It helps to gently fold the card first so you can slip it out, corner by corner. Take the 112in felt hexagon and place it between the wrong sides of the two EPP hexagons. The EPP hexagons should match up. Make sure the felt hexagon is centred with the EPP hexagons but rotated so that its straight edges are top and bottom.

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Constructing the decoration

Step 1

Pin or clip the layers of the embroidered Christmas decorations together and stitch around the edge using running stitch and three strands of embroidery floss. Hide the knots between the layers.

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Step 2

Thread a needle with cotton or other thread to make the hanging loop – Mollie recommends using perle cotton for this. Pass the needle through the top point of the decoration, catching the seam allowance of either the front or back hexagon. Tie a knot about 2½in from the top of the Christmas embroidery decoration and trim the ends to finish.

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Snowflake tag Christmas embroidery patterns

If you are looking for more Christmas embroidery patterns to style up your festive home, how about Mollie Johanson’s brilliant Fly Stitch snowflake tags. This project was originally published in Simply Sewing magazine issue 61.

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You will need

For each Christmas embroidery snowflake tag:

  •  Linen fabric: 12x12cm (5x5in)
  •  Quilting cotton: 7.5×5.5cm (3×2¼in)
  •  Embroidery hoop
  • White Perle cotton thread
  •  Thin cotton wadding
  •  Eyelet and attachment tool
  •  Ribbon: 20cm (8in) 
  •  Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit 
  • Simply Sewing issue 61 templates

How to make the snowflake tag Christmas embroidery patterns

Step 1

From the cotton fabric cut:

  • Tag outer upper: cut one 7.5×5.5cm (3×2¼in).
  • Tag backing: cut one using the template.

From the thin cotton wadding cut:

Tag wadding: cut one using the template.

You are going to embroider a snowflake design on the linen with white Perle cotton embroidery thread following the patterns on the Simply Sewing issue 61 templates

Step 2

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Fly stitch makes a Y-shaped stitch, which can look different depending on the proportions. To begin, come up through the fabric on one side of the top of the Y. Go back down on the other side of the Y, leaving a loop of thread on the surface. Come up at the centre point of the Y, catching the loop of thread with your needle.

Step 3

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Pull the thread taut so the loop forms a V or U shape. Go down below where the needle came up, forming the vertical line of the Y. Use fly stitch and French knots for the snowflakes (one pattern also uses straight stitch at the centre).

Step 4

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Cut the embroidered linen down to a 7.5×7.5cm (3x3in) square.

Step 5

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With right sides (RS) together, sew the cotton tag outer upper to the top of the embroidered linen piece and press the seam open. Use the template to cut the tag shape from the pieced fabric. Layer the tag pieces with RS together and the wadding behind. Pin and sew around the sides, leaving a 4cm (158in) gap for turning. Use a 7mm seam allowance.

Step 6

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Trim the corners to reduce bulk, then turn the tag RS out. Press the seams open and then press under the seam allowance along the turning gap. Sew the opening closed. Stitch around the linen section with running stitch and white Perle cotton. 

Step 7

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Install a metal eyelet in the top section of the tag, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Add a ribbon through the eyelet to attach your tag to a gift or hang it as a decoration.

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Learn fly stitch and embroider Mollie Johanson's snowflake tags – each one will be unique, just like the real thing!

Wrapped back stitch stitch hoop Christmas embroidery pattern

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When the weather outside is frightful, stay in and embroider Mollie Johanson’s snowy sampler in wrapped back stitch

You will need

  • Stranded cotton in white, brown and pink
  • 15cm (6in) embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • 20cm (8in) ribbon, for hanging
  • Bondaweb
  • Water-soluble sticky-backed interfacing or tracing paper
  • Linen: 25x25cm (10x10in)
  • Simply Sewing issue 49 templates

 

Step 1

Trace the tree and ribbon templates onto Bondaweb and iron them onto the back of some fabric pieces. Cut out the shapes and peel off the paper backing.  Arrange the shapes on the square of linen. They should line up with the embroidery template as close as possible. Iron the shapes to the fabric.

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Step 2

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Print or trace the embroidery pattern onto water-soluble sticky-backed interfacing or tracing paper. Attach the pattern to the fabric so it lines up with the fused fabric. You may need to cut the pattern apart to line it up properly. 

To add the wrapped back stitch for the trees, begin with a line of regular back stitch. Working in a second colour, come up from the back at the end of the first stitch. The new thread should come from behind the stitch without coming through the back stitch. Pass the thread over the back stitch and then slide the needle under the stitch.

Step 3

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Pass the thread over the line of stitching and slide the needle under the next stitch. Repeat along the entire line of stitching. Wrap the stitches in either direction, but be consistent. 

Step 4

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When you reach the end of the line and complete the last wrap, go back down through the fabric with the end of the working thread under the last back stitch.

Step 5

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Working with three strands of stranded cotton, embroider the snowflakes with white, the trees with brown, and the ribbon with bright pink stranded cotton. Use straight stitch to embroider the snowflakes and use back stitch for all of the other shapes. Add the wrapping to the tree branches using three strands of white stranded cotton.

Step 6

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Soak or tear away the interfacing or tracing paper. Place the finished embroidery in an embroidery hoop. Trim the excess fabric, leaving approx 2.5cm (1in) around the edge. Use a needle and thread to stitch around the edge of the fabric and gather it at the back. Secure the thread end. Tie a loop of ribbon through the screw at the top of the hoop for hanging, then tie a bow around the hardware

More Christmas embroidery patterns

We have more Christmas embroidery patterns for you to try! Discover more embroidered Christmas decorations to stitch this festive season…

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Feel like  a little Santa magic in your Christmas embroidery? How about these adorable Santa Christmas embroidery patterns, which you can download for free! Click for the mini Santa embroidery designs

 

christmas embroidery motifs

Looking for some simple Christmas embroidery pattern to motifs to stitch as cards, stockings or anything you like, really! You’ll love these Christmas embroidery motifs.