I just learned embroidery and it got me hooked. Growing up, I’ve been watching my mom sew and sometimes I get to help her especially when threading the needle. So working with threads and fabrics is not really new to me. I got to sew some of my clothes, particularly when I need to do some fixes.

I also got to learn cross-stitching when I was in elementary school and I loved it. I love the fact that I get to create something visually creative (as in like you’re painting). And oh, the lovely colors of the thread ? It’s as if those are my paint colors! ?

As I practice my stitching I got so excited to design my own pattern and see it come alive. I’m a programmer by profession and we usually use the phrase “Hello World” as a sample output every time we do our first program. Well, in this case my first embroidery project ? And I’m excited to share the pattern with you guys.

You can download the pattern* through filling in the form below (this form will also add you to my mailing list so I can send you more updates):

I would love to see your work in progress or your finished work, just tag me @heartilyhandcrafted on Instagram and Facebook! ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern file contains:
  • The regular side pattern image
  • Thread color codes I used (DMC 6-strand floss)

For first-timers or beginners, you may continue reading for some tips and list of materials I used:

  • 7×7 inch Muslin fabric or “Katsya”
  • 5 inch embroidery hoop
  • Frixion Pen
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Embroidery threads (I used 3 strands)
  • Hair dryer
Pattern Transfer

To transfer the pattern I just placed the cloth over the printed pattern since the pattern is still visible under the cloth. Put on a tape or pins to keep in place and just trace over it. There are other methods though (especially if you chose a thicker or darker fabric):

  • Tracing the pattern over a backlighting. This can be on a glass window during day time and trace. Or you can use a tablet if you have one.
  • Also, you can use a transfer paper. You will be stacking them and then trace. The cloth underneath, the transfer paper in the top (the carbon facing down) and the pattern on top.
Clearing the Pen Traces

If you used the Frixion pen, to clean up the traces of the pattern just use a hair dryer and blow the hot air and the traces will just disappear. You can also iron it but I prefer the hair dryer so as not to flatten the stitches.

If you used a water soluble pen, you just need to wash it with water (and soap, if you prefer) and have it dried.

Finishing the Back

I really did not put any backing yet but I just did simple running stitch to hold the excess cloth.

So there, enjoy stitching and God bless! ๐Ÿ˜€

*This is intended for recreational purposes only. The pattern is solely designed by me and may not be sold. If you wish to use the design for other purposes, please give me a message. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚