Merry and bright free Christmas embroidery design
Embrace all things festive this month with Cristin Morgan's beautiful free Christmas embroidery design and invite warm Christmas cheer into your home
Is there anything better than cosying up with a new embroidery project? We love this beautiful Christmas embroidery hoop designed by Cristin Morgan. It’s bound to look beautiful in your home this festive season.
Alternatively, you could stitch this Christmas embroidery design as a gift for someone you care about. They’re guaranteed to appreciate the care and effort you’ve put into this beautiful embroidery hoop art.
This project is ideal for beginners because there are only a few simple stitches to master. If you’re new to embroidery, you might find it useful to check out some of our expert guides to learn everything you need to know to get started. Check out our embroidery for beginners, embroidery stitches and best embroidery machine guides.
Looking for more Christmas craft ideas? Try our crochet Christmas decorations and free Christmas knitting patterns, or learn how to make a Christmas stocking.
You Will Need
- Navy cotton fabric (16x16cm)
- Stranded cotton, gold, light green, dark green, pink, white
- Embroidery hoop (11cm diameter)
- Embroidery needle
- Merry and bright Christmas embroidery template, download and print it off using the link above
Print out the template and transfer the design onto dark blue fabric. Make sure you take care to cover the lines with your stitching as they are permanent. The hoop is used to mount the fabric in whilst stitching, to keep it taut, then also used to frame the finished design. Start by stitching the lettering in Split Stitch using three strands of white. Keep the stitches quite small so they curve neatly. Work the dot on the ‘i’ as a French Knot using three strands of white.
Work the pink flowers using three individual Lazy Daisy Stitches, each coming from the same central point to form the petals, using three strands of pink.
Work the ferns using three strands of gold. Work Straight Stitches for the leaves and Backstitch for the central stem.
Work the green leaves using three strands of dark green. For each leaf, work three Straight Stitches side by side and at staggered lengths. Work the stems in Backstitch, using three strands of dark green.
Work the stars and straight lines using three strands of light green. Work the stars using Straight Stitches, overlapping each stitch at the centre to form the star shape. Work the straight lines using individual Straight Stitches scattered across the fabric.
Cover each printed dot on the fabric with an individual French Knot worked in the centre. Work the large dots using three strands of pink, with three twists. Work the small dots using three strands of gold, with just one twist.
Framing in a hoop
Press your finished embroidery on the wrong side to avoid flattening the stitches. Trim the fabric into a circle that’s slightly larger than the outer hoop. Place the inner hoop onto a piece of felt and cut around it if you want to back your hoop neatly. Mount the fabric back into the hoop in the same way as when you were stitching, but making sure the design is central within the inner hoop and the screw is positioned at the centre of the top. Work running stitch around the edge of the fabric and pull tightly to gather the fabric behind the hoop. Pin the felt over the back of the gathered fabric and stitch into place by hand using either small whipping stitch or blanket stitch all the way around for a neat finish.
We hope you enjoyed making our Christmas embroidery project! Hang it up in your home this festive season.