Embroidery Patterns for Beginners

Embroidery Patterns for Beginners

Embroidery might be intimidating to most, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The style and techniques might differ for each person, but the purpose of doing embroidery remains the same: to decorate fabric with beautiful patterns and designs. It is a hobby that anyone can take on and enjoy. 

What do you need to start embroidery?

When doing embroidery, the first thing you should decide on is a design. Take inspiration from nature like flowers, fruits, vegetables, or sceneries. You can also consider simple geometric patterns that are easy and ideal for beginners. Opt for ones that require only a few basic stitches for your first project. To help you get started, here are 5 easy and beautiful patterns.

Modern Flower

This design’s beauty is in one shape that is repeated to create a modern flower pattern. Adding a gradation with colors of your choice adds an appeal to this design. Besides, you only need to learn one simple pattern and repeat it to embroider this one.


Want to practice and master your mirror image designs? A butterfly pattern is a perfect pattern for you. You will need a design for one half, and the other half will be an inversion of the same design. Your design can be as simple or complicated as your imagination allows, using one color and only creating an outline or numerous colors in intricate patterns. 


Doodles are uncomplicated and straightforward. You can find many adorable cat or dog doodles that are free to use. For an easy and cute finish, use one color.

Tiny Strawberry

If you want to start small, like an embroidery design for a pincushion, tiny strawberries (or any fruit) will look good on it. You will find it easy and enjoyable for beginners. The pattern is simple and often only uses a few colors.

Word Art

Embroider some cheers on fabric with word art. You can never go wrong with this, and you have many options to choose from. The entire font can be purchased online or created through digitizing, adding a unique touch to your messaging. 

How to create your own patterns?

After going from beginner to intermediate stitcher, you might want to know how to create patterns of your own. Depending on what resources you have and your personal preference, there are two steps in this process. Begin with the design either by freehand drawing, photo, or digital picture, then digitizing it through a professional service. The second step is bringing your pattern to life by running your digitized file on your embroidery machine. 

It could be your first time hearing about digital embroidery, so you might think it is a difficult path to take. However, it is the complete opposite. Skipping the hand design and creating your pattern from scratch is more comfortable. You can also take a photo of something you want to make an embroidery design like your dog’s picture. A skilled and experienced digitizing pro can transform it into a custom embroidery pattern.

If you need help digitizing your embroidery design, Affordable Digitizing can help you with that.