Updated on September 10, 2022 by Sarina

When your scribble takes on a life of its own, it is very rewarding. What I mean is the way my simple drawings transform into cute flower embroidery designs; The magic way of turning simple sketches that vaguely resemble flowers into colorful flower embroidery designs that come alive.

simple to do floral embroidery designs for clothes, accessories and home decor

As you know, there is no magic – but the colorful embroidery thread and some simple hand embroidery stitches create enough magic on your fabric to convince you that there is something special and magical about embroidery.

These basic embroidery designs can be used on your sewing projects and watch them turn into that bit more wonderful. You can try working these embroidery designs on a baby blanket or a kid’s frock or on table linen but my favorite place for these designs are embroidered Handkerchiefs.

Flower Embroidery Design – Lazy daisy flowers

draw tall stalks with leaves


back stitch outlines the stalks and the leaves are made in lazy daisy stitch

Simple lazy daisy stitches made along the stalks with alternating colours of the same tone – that is what this design is all about. Even the small leaves at the bottom are lazy daisy stitches done in blue shades of green.

floral embroidery design with lazy daisy stitch

Flower Embroidery Design – Satin stitch flowers

draw small 5 petal flowers


fill the 6 petal flowers with satin stitch; the leaves are also filled with satin stitch


Satin stitches fill the flowers and the leaves.

Flower Embroidery Design – Bullion stitch flowers

Draw 4 circles and some leaves around them

Fill those circles with bullion stitches in graduating colors or with variegated thread.fill the circles with bullion stitches to make roses . Leaves outlinestitched and filled with satin stitches

Bullion stitched embroidery roses look so like the original – I mean if done properly they can look as good as the real one. Check out the tutorial to learn how to properly make bullion stitches

Bullion stitch roses

Flower Embroidery Design – 5-petal flowers

draw 5 petal flowers - 4 numbers and 3 leaves Fill the insides of the 5 petal flowers with satin stitches in 2 different monochromatic colors. Leaves filled with fly stitches

Here also Satin stitches are used to fill the flowers and the leaves are stitched with blanket stitches. Small french knots are scattered around as well as for the center of the flower.

Flower Embroidery Design – Blanket stitch flowers

5 petals flowers on tall stalks blanket stitches fill the petals of these flowers

The stalks are worked in back stitches

Flower Embroidery Design – Long and short stitch

long and short stitches fill the design; the leaves are filled with close fly stitches

Flower Embroidery Design – Herringbone stitch

draw sunflower design with several tear drop shaped designs around a circle Heringbone stitches are made inside the petals.

Sunflowers are sunny and cheerful; Herringbone stitches can easily fill its petals though satin stitches are the best

Flower Embroidery Design – Granitos stitch

Small flowers are marked with vines and leaves around granitos stitch fills the petals and the leaves; french knots are used outside

Granitos stitches are great for making small flowers and even the leaves.

granitos stitches

Flower Embroidery Design – Lazy daisy stitch

drawing a bunch of flowers as a bouquet Lazy daisy stitches are used in 2 different colors to make the petals

A bunch of flowers worked exclusively with lazy daisy stitches.

floral enbroidery with lazy daisy stitches

Flower Embroidery Design – 10

Variation of lazy daisy stitches with different colored thread for the anchor stitch

In this, lazy daisy stitches are anchored with a different colored thread, which gives the flowers a pretty interesting look.

floral embroidery designs with lazy daisy stitches which are anchored with a different thread

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24 different ways you can stitch embroidery flowers

15 ways to embroider leaves

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10 easy ways to embroider Butterflies

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  1. Hi, I LOVE the simple but beautiful patterns above. Is there a way to download or purchase these patterns from this site?
    many thanks!

  2. Question: When embroidering handkerchiefs, do you just embroider on the handkerchief cloth or is it supported with a wash away interfacing?

    1. Hi Colleen
      I do not use any stabilizer with a handkerchief for hand embroidery – those are very small designs and if you use small thin needles there wouldn’t be holes or puckering (for machine embroidery-yes)

  3. HI,

    Your embroidery designs are so lovely. Can you send me guides to more different type of stitches for hand embroidery

    Thanks in advance


    Eveline Shanthini