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45+ Embroidery Patterns for Beginners

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Posted on November 18, 2021 by Carrie Christenson

Are you new to the world of embroidery?  If so, this is the perfect post for you!  This is a list of over 45 embroidery patterns for beginners so you can dive right in and explore this new and exciting hobby.  Oh, and don’t worry, I’m right there with you!  I’ve only attempted this a few times myself and can’t wait to create some gorgeous new crafts.

If you want to practice with some free embroidery patterns for beginners while learning you can browse Creative Fabricas free embroidery designs, or check out this post, and one more here!  To learn how to use a hoop for embroidery designs, this article ‘How to use ITH Embroidery Designs’ will offer some advice.  Another important thing to learn before starting a new embroidery project is to figure out the best stabilizer, check out this beginner’s guide to stabilizers to learn more.  Finally, for all of you, lucky embroidery machine owners here’s a post dedicated to you learning how to use those machines for the first time.

45+ Embroidery Patterns for Beginners: Quick & Simple Projects

Here’s a quick look at what to expect, I’m going to divide them up into 3 categories: free embroidery patterns, beginner machine embroidery, and beginner hand embroidery so you can skip to the best section for you!


Free Embroidery Patterns:

  • Fireworks
  • Fabaholic
  • Baby Bunny
  • Strong
  • Cute Teddy Bear
  • Princess
  • Home, Sweet Home
  • Heart Outline
  • Hearts
  • Happy St. Patrick Day
  • Little Flowers
  • Drama Queen

Embroidery Designs for Beginners:

  • African American Woman with Flowers
  • Bluebell Flower
  • Enchanted Woodland Animals
  • Rainbow
  • Christmas Gnomes
  • Unicorn Afro Puffs Princess
  • Santa and Deer
  • Bee on Flower
  • Japanese Koi Fish
  • Bee
  • Bicycle with Flowers
  • African American Mermaid Girl
  • Floral Flower
  • Mermaid Tail
  • Love with Heart Daisy
  • Coffee Saves Lives
  • Bunny ITH
  • Dandelion
  • ITH Medium Elf Doll
  • Sunflower Love
  • Mermaid
  • Gnome Gardener

Hand Embroidery Patterns:

  • Embroidered Bouquet
  • Sublime Stitching Arrows
  • Fall Leaf
  • Personalized Pencil Drink Sleeve
  • Christmas Ornament
  • State Love
  • Sly Cat
  • Bee Happy
  • Simple but Pretty
  • Reverse Hoop
  • Mod Sample
  • 6 Patterns

Ok, thread up those needles, and let’s get ready to start stitching up a storm!

Free Embroidery Patterns


fireworks embroidery

Baby you’re a firework, come and let your colors burst!  I mean, how can you not start singing that song when you see these bright and colorful fireworks ready to be added to your Fourth of July project.


embroidered fabaholic

Here’s a fun quote to stitch onto some apparel!  Who do you know that would need something made with this added on?

Baby Bunny

several baby bunny designs

These adorable bunny patterns are perfect for adding to an adorable baby project.  I mean, how cute would this be on a little baby bodysuit or a corner of a blanket?


Strong embroidered phrase

Here’s another great quote to add to some clothing or any type of fabric project.  We all know people who are strong and inspirational to the rest of us.

Cute Brown Teddy Bear

Cute Teddy Bear embroidery

This Cute Brown Teddy Bear embroidery design is a cute design with beautiful satin stitches details! It’s the perfect embroidery for kids, and it will look adorable on any type of fabric.


Princess with a crown

This gorgeous Princess embroidery design is perfect for all kids and fairy tales!  I know I would have loved this as a little girl.

Home, Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home phrase

A beautiful design that would make a great pillow design or a piece of artwork to hang on your wall.  We’ve all been home a lot more the last year so this perfectly describes our lives.

Heart Outline

Heart Outline

This simple heart outline is a great staple to add to your library.  You can use this for so many different types of projects from kids to home décor, your imagination is the limit!

Hearts Design

Several heart shapes

Another hearts design featuring multiple-sized hearts that you can customize to your heart’s content!  See what I did there?  😊

Happy St. Patrick Day

St. Patrick Day

Who doesn’t love a holiday that’s associated with drinking and good food?  This makes a great holiday decoration for the St. Patrick lover in your life.

Little Flowers

two small intertwined flowers

Little flowers embroidery design is a sweet set of dainty flowers intertwined.  This would be adorable to add to a little girl’s outfit or some home décor.

Drama Queen

Drama Queen

We all know who the drama queen is in our lives!  Some embrace that persona and would love this stitched onto a gift in their honor.

Embroidery Designs for Beginners

African American Woman with Flowers

Black woman with floral crown

Smiled African American woman with spring flowers in her hair. You can also skip flower stitching and complement her hairstyle with an accessory of your choice.


bluebell flowers

This lovely floral embroidery is the perfect design for your next project. Simple and elegant, it will fit on every fabric or clothes in your closet.

Enchanted Woodland Animals

Squirrel with flowers

Enchanted designs stitch up fast with little to no density, lots of swirls, and a touch of magic in every design. Inside the swirls are hidden images including butterflies, flowers, ladybugs, and more. Enjoy sewing on any type of material and make pillows, quilts, add to garments, bags, and more.


Pastel Rainbow

Who doesn’t love rainbows?!?  This is the perfect design for any project that you want to add a little bright happiness to your life.

Christmas Gnomes

3 Christmas Gnomes

This lovely bunch of festive gnomes is ready to celebrate with you! Stitch this adorable Christmas embroidery on clothing, home decor, gifts, or anything else!

Unicorn Afro Puffs Princess

unicorn afro puffs princess

This cool unicorn embroidery with afro puffs will definitely add a unique and attractive touch to each of your lovely creations!

Santa and Deer

Santa and deer

Santa and deer are a fun Christmas embroidery that will surely add happy vibes to your creations! Stitch this amazing design on any fabric that needs a quirky festive touch!

Bee on Flower

bee on flower

This adorable bee embroidery is colorful and fresh, perfectly suitable for children’s projects, summer designs, or more!

Japanese Koi Fish

japanese koi fish

This superb Japanese koi fish machine embroidery design will add a beautiful ying-yang symbol to any of your creative projects!


bees shaping heart

Bees and love- that’s all you need for a perfect design! Stitch this adorable bee embroidery on decorative pillows, apparel, or home decor, and you’ll love the results!

Bicycle with Flowers

bike with flowers in baskets

Masterfully designed to perfection, this lovely floral embroidery of a bicycle would make an excellent embellishment for each of your creative projects!

African American Mermaid Girl

black little girl mermaid

This adorable design is perfect for any little girls’ towel or clothing.  You can customize the colors to fit any palette.

Floral Feather

boho floral feather

This wonderful boho feather would look great on a summer t-shirt or home décor.  It would also be a great addition to a boho baby nursery.

Mermaid Tail

mermaid tail

Colorful and pretty, this adorable embroidery of a mermaid’s tail will add a nice accent to your designs! Stitch it on children’s clothes, pajamas, bathrobes, towels, and more!

Love with Heart Daisy

daisy with a heart center

A beautiful flower stitched with love will take your creative embroidery designs to the next level! Stitch this splendid design on decorative pillows, apparel, bedsheets, or anything else!

Coffee Saves Lives

coffee saves lives

Coffee Saves lives every day…just ask my children! A funny design perfect to add a cheerful touch to your home accessories.

Bunny ITH

cartoon bunny

This adorable embroidery is fun and easy to create with the in-the-hoop technique. It would make a nice gift for children or a cute home decor item.


dandelion blowing seeds

This gorgeous flower embroidery is beautiful and inspirational, perfect for any creative project or design! Stitch it on bed sheets, towels, t-shirts, jackets, table cloths, and so much more!

ITH Medium Elf Doll Pattern

elf doll pattern

Make your own elf doll with this amazing Christmas embroidery created with the in-the-hoop technique! The character will be 11″ tall, perfect as a gift for the kids in your life.

Sunflower Love


Fill your next Mother’s Day gift with love and appreciation by using this creative sunflower embroidery design! It will stitch out beautifully onto almost any fabric you choose!


little girl mermaid

Add a pretty accent to your next creative project with this adorable embroidery of a mermaid! It’s colorful and friendly, just perfect for any item!

Gnome Gardener

gnome with flowers

This adorable gnome picked all the flowers in his garden to make your beautiful designs even prettier! Stitch this lovely floral embroidery onto any fabric that needs a cute and fresh touch!

Girl with Flowers and Butterfly

girl with flowers and butterfly

Add a pretty accent to your creations with this dazzling design! It would beautifully complement any of your creative embroidery projects that need a sweet, fresh, and feminine touch!

In the Hoop Spider Web Coasters

spider webs

This unique Halloween embroidery design is fun and easy to create in the hoop of your sewing machine! It would make a nice gift for friends, or you can sell it at craft fairs!


half quote half butterfly

This lovely butterfly embroidery will serve as daily inspiration for you and your family! Stitch it onto decorative pillows, apparel, home decor, and more!

Cute African American Boy

cute little black boy

This adorable African American boy is ready to add a huge load of cuteness to your designs! Stitch this cute embroidery on any fabric that needs a lovely character!

School Gnome with Pencil

gnome with pencil

This lovely gnome is ready for school! Stitch this cute embroidery on children’s school outfits, and they’ll have a smart and reliable partner at all times!

Gnome with Dog

gnome with dog

This adorable gnome with dog embroidery is perfect for children’s projects or other lovely designs for pet lovers! Stitch it onto apparel, room decor, bags, or more.

Hand Embroidery Patterns

Embroidered Bouquet Tutorial

embroidered floral bouquet

This beautiful floral pattern will look amazing as a pillow or some artwork hanging.  This link will walk you through all the steps to get started.

Sublime Stitching Arrow Embroidery Pattern

embroidered arrows

This fun arrow project would be a great project to start with if you’re just starting out!  You can pick any colors you want to personalize it to your décor.

Fall Leaf Embroidery

embroidered fall leaf

If you want to learn a bunch of different stitches, this is the perfect design for you.  This is perfect for the fall to add a little touch of the season to your home.

Personalized Pencil Drink Sleeve

personalized drink sleeve

This would make a great gift for teachers!  You can personalize it with any name to look like the old school paper with the lines for learning how to write.

Christmas Ornament

old fashioned christmas heart

This is a sweet old fashioned looking heart ornament that would look great as part of a vintage-themed Christmas tree.  I’m pretty sure I have a few just like it in my ornament box that have been passed down a few generations made by my grandmother or great-grandmother.

State Love

multi colored state pattern

This would make a wonderful gift for nearly everyone on your list!  I absolutely love the color blocking technique for this design and that you can use that process for any shape.

Sly Cat

cat with smirking face

This is a cute hand-drawn cat by a kid featuring a simple one-stitch pattern.  The smirk on this cat’s face looks a little too familiar to a face my kids make, LOL!

Bee Happy

bee with flowers

This Bee Happy embroidery pattern is much like a mini-sampler. Great for beginning stitchers but fun for embroiderers of all skill levels.

Simple but Pretty

floral hand stitched embroidery

Here is a beautiful and simple floral design with a stitched quote that’s perfect to make for anyone you know!  This link also has great resources of where to find more beginner tutorials and patterns too.

Reverse Hoop Monogram

embroidered monogram

Learn a new fun technique with this tutorial showing how to make a reverse embroidery hoop DIY.  This one is great for kids wanting to learn because messy stitches are actually a good thing!

Mod Sampler

mid century modern pattern

This is a mod-century looking pattern that’s designed to practice different stitching techniques.  You can add whatever quote you want to personalize it to match your style.

6 Embroidery Patterns

tiger face

If you are looking for multiple patterns to play around with, this is your link!  There’s a rooster, tiger face, floral bouquet, stained glass, kaleidoscope pattern, and even a beaver stuffed toy pattern.

I’m hoping you have plenty of inspiration and tutorials to get you started on your new hobby!  If not, here are more embroidery designs for you to browse.  If you want to learn more about applique embroidery designs, then this is the article for you.

Happy Stitching everyone!!

-Carrie Christenson

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masson tribed

May 17, 2022

Great by all means and a very informative blog. I’ve learned something new today, keep up the good work! Bee Embroidery Design

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