how to hand embroider flowers (super easy!)

how to embroider flowers or roses by hand - making jiggy

I got a couple requests to write a tutorial for this stitch on Instagram and I jumped at it! I’ve been itching to post some tutorials since I’m working on top-secret stuff at Instructables and can’t post anything else there until that’s done. πŸ˜‰

This flower embroidery stitch is super easy to master, and you can make flowers and roses in whatever size you like once you’ve got it down.

Keep on reading to find out all the tips and tricks for this flower embroidery stitch! πŸ˜€

P.S. If you’re brand new to embroidery, check out Embroidery 101 for all the basics and loads of examples! And if you’d like to learn how to add pretty borders to your embroideries, check out my tutorial over that!


flower embroidery supplies

Grab some embroidery floss, a bit of hooped fabric and a water soluble pen. If you’ve got a needle you’ve used so much that it’s a bit curved, that’s your best bet here!

flower hand embroidery starting making jiggy

To get started, draw a circle on your fabric. Place a dot in the middle. (I just eyeball this, but you can absolutely measure it out!)

The key to making these flowers is dividing the circle into an odd number of segments. I use 5 segments for small flowers and 7 segments for big. I eyeball this as usual, but again – feel free to get mathematical with it. πŸ˜€

I eyeball everything out of laziness, but I do really like the way things look when they’re a bit wonky.

Bring your needle up through the center of the flower, and then down on the outside. Bring the needle back to the center as much as you can while making the segments – keep this circle clean on the back will make finishing the flower much easier. πŸ˜€

weaving the embroidered flower - making jiggy

One you’ve got all the segments in, bring the needle up as close to the center as you can.

Now you’ll start weaving! Just use the standard under-over-under-over pattern with the needle and go around whichever way is easiest for you.

There are two ways to weave these flowers. I like the look of both (I’m doing a loosely woven flower in this tutorial), so I suggest trying them to see which one works for you:

  1. TIGHTLY –Β If you pull the floss tightly as you weave, you’ll wind up with a fluffier and more 3D flower. These flowers also have a tendency to be a little messy looking, because it’s harder to avoid snags. This uses MUCH more floss, so keep that in mind.
  2. LOOSELY – If you stop pulling as soon as you feel friction, you’ll wind up with a flatter and neater flower.

hand embroidering a flower - making jiggy

I embroider with a length of floss that reaches from my finger tips to my elbow, most times. This is how far I got after one of those pieces of floss. πŸ™‚

hand embroidering a flower - making jiggy

This is after two pieces!

What to do when you run out of floss: angle your needle and push it under the flower’s edge and to the back of the fabric. Tie a knot and be careful to not pull the floss through as you tie it. πŸ™‚

Start again by angling the needle and bringing the floss to the front from under the edge of the flower.

how to hand embroider a flower - making jiggy

When you flower starts to look like the photo above, it’s time to stop weaving and start using long stitches to cover the legs the rest of the way.

Always start and end a stitch with the needle under the edge of the flower.

embroidered flower finish - making jiggy

Keep filling in the edges with long stitches until all the legs are covered and it looks nice and full! It helps to guide the piece of floss (as shown above) into place when making these long stitches.

Here are moe examples of these flowers – if this doesn’t convince you to drop everything and embroider flowers, I don’t know what will! πŸ˜€

how to embroider flowers or roses by hand - making jiggy

how to embroider flowers or roses by hand - making jiggy how to embroider flowers or roses by hand - making jiggy

And there you go. Let me know if you have any more requests for embroidery tutorials! I’d love to do more. πŸ˜€


  1. Erica Lagakos February 15, 2016

    Thanks! So easy to understand. I am going to try one today!!! Erica

    • Dawn February 6, 2017

      Hi Jessy
      I have completed a couple of your tutorials and really enjoyed them! Do you have any on embroidering letters or any advice? Mine always look sloppy! Maybe just more practise? Either way I hope you do more tutorials! Thanks 😊

      • Nicole L. Mack March 19, 2017

        Hi, I’m a fellow embroiderer & I know what you mean about having trouble with lettering. Yes, it definitely does take practice but Mary Corbet a world class embroiderer has some amazing tips & techniques for every stitch imaginable.

        • Dawn March 20, 2017

          Thanks Nicole 😊

      • Amanda Roach March 30, 2017

        What I like to do is do my initial “rough draft” in 2-3 strands of thread, and go back over it with a single strand and fill it in, plump it up, smooth it out, so that when i’m done it looks a lot better. It’s definitely time intensive but the finished product is worth it.

        • Dawn April 5, 2017

          Thanks Amanda I’ll give that a go! 😊

    • Kelli April 18, 2017

      Thank you for the tutorials on these pretty flowers. What type of fabric are you using in the pictures? I worked a few flowers on a blouse for my daughter that had stains. The embroidered flowers look prettier than the stains and daughter loves the way they look. Her blouse is a stretchy cotton lycra blend and gave me some issues with flowers. I want to try practicing them on fabric similar to what you used.

  2. Emily February 24, 2016

    Seriously—love these flowers!!! I usually do five lines, but I like how you use more to make the flowers tight!

    • jessy February 26, 2016

      Yay! I’m so happy you like them. They’re pretty addictive. πŸ˜€

  3. Fernanda Bruni. March 6, 2016

    πŸ™‚ I will try today! Thanks

  4. Anne Sarah Lunghi October 1, 2017

    more lessons please…. thanks ! Your easy to follow….


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