BABY Embroidery design motifs (10 Easy to do designs)

Super Cute and simple to work embroidery designs for kids/baby clothes and accessories, quilts etc.

Information overload – that is what happens when I look for some embroidery designs suitable for sewing on baby clothes. All the children’s embroidery designs are so adorable. I usually want to embroider all of them – and then a slight headache starts in the back of my head – this is what I mean by information overload or rather super cute design overload.

I really do not mind this confusion – it is a bittersweet one. But work does not get done and the selection process goes on and on.

So here I have compiled some easy to do embroidery designs suitable for baby clothes and accessories. Something for me to take decision faster, from the confusion pit of embroidery designs.

Simple Baby embroidery designs 

1. A basket full of something 

This could be flowers, fruits, grass stalks or simply the basket itself.

baby embroidery designs - carrot basket

Here the outline of the basket is done in stem stitches and the inside markings are worked with blanket stitches. The carrots are made with orange bullion knots. Learn how to sew Bullion knot stitch here.

basket of vegetables

You can change the basket contents to simple french knots which look like embroidered roses if you want simple. You can add cherries to the basket, too, or for that matter anything.

baby embroidery designs free - basket of flowers

2. Bears 

Kids cherish Teddy bears and mothers delight in embroidering baby bears on their clothes.

bear motif on baby clothes

You can simply sew the outline of the bear with any outline stitch or fill the design with satin stitch or long and short stitch.

 baby bear embroidered with outline stitches is good for baby clothes

3. Flowers

Flowers are always favorite for embroidery. Check out this post on the embroidery flower stitches. Choose simple flowers to embroider on kids’ clothes – nothing overwhelming. Simple bullion knot flowers are usually used in almost all smocked dresses.

embroider flowers done with bullion stitches ans stem stitches for baby girl dresses

Or these simple floral embroidery designs or the small and cute flower embroidery designs from this post.

small embroidery designs

4. Sunbonnet Sue 

Can kids’ clothes and quilts be complete without Sunbonnet Sue? The cheerful girl in colorfully printed clothes can be recreated with embroidery easily. Use a background embroidery stitch to fill the dress and hat.

sun bonnet sew embroidered with butterfly stitches

Here I have used butterfly stitches to make up the dress. To make this stitch just make straight stitches like this. Check out the post on background stitches if you want to know more stitches like this.

To embroider the sun bonnet sue make straight stitches to fill the dress

Tie the straight stitches in bunches.

tie the straight stitches -sunbonnet sue design

5. Ducks

Most babies have a duckie to play in the bath and the duck also makes a good embroidery motif. 

small ducks embroidered in yellow color thread

6. Embroidered letters

Sometimes some words have to be embroidered to convey your feelings. You can easily hand embroider words and letters. Write the letters freehand or copy from a design book. Give outline with your favorite outline stitch.

letters or names embroidered on baby clothes

Check out the post on Embroidery Letters Step-by-Steps for more details.

embroidered letters with simple hand embroidery stitches

7. Silhouettes

Draw a silhouette of a design and fill away. Ensure that the design is less than 1/2 inch or so if you want the completed work to look less like a mummy.

small animals with 3 d effect hand embroidered on baby clothes

A pompom gives the rabbit his tail. Make one by wrapping the embroidery floss on your little forefinger and tying it as in the picture below. Stitch it and then cut one end to make the pom pom. Fluff till it resembles a ball. Or you can make a felted ball/bead – check out the tutorial here.

make pom pom as the rabbits tail

8. Butterflies

Butterflies are ever favorites. You can run away with your creativity choosing the colors of the butterfly. They are available in all the color combinations possible. 

butterfly motif as ever favourites on baby clothes

You can find some easy ways to do butterfly embroidery here.

butterfly embroidery designs

9. Hearts

A heart denotes love and what better motif to sew on the clothes for the love of our hearts.

small heart shapes embroidered on baby clothes

10. The baby herself

An outline of the baby can be drawn easily and turned into your embroidery. Just highlight a feature and you will be fine. If you want to turn a photo to embroidery check out this post.

silhouette embroidery - outline the face and make bullion stitch hair

My cutie pie looked like this when she was 3. 

You are free to improve on these simple motifs (In fact you will have to because they are that simple and you may  want a more elaborate design) and add your own simple additions like a trellis there, a house here, some flowers here and there, some grass stalks sticking from the back and crows in the background ( which was a staple in my drawings and embroidery when I didn’t know better; not that I know much better now)

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

8 thoughts on “BABY Embroidery design motifs (10 Easy to do designs)”

  1. Hi Rae
    What can I put on the back of my embroidery on a onesie so the knots don’t rub on the baby’s skin?

    Thanks in advance for your help,

  2. My my my, these are incredible!
    I always thought it would be difficult to do that but you make it look so simple!
    I want to try the ducks!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Rae Johnson

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