Embroidered Sunflower

By  Debbie von Grabler-Crozier 

size: 4"x4"


  • Cotton fabric, squares: yellow, 6”; green, 4”; ecru (lining), 12”
  • Brown medium-sized seed beads
  • Metal pin back
  • Black nylon beading thread


  • Sewing machine with darning foot (or similar) and black thread
  • Beading needle

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, straight pins, glue stick, water soluble marker, transfer paper

Pattern - Embroidered Sunflower

  • 1. Print out full-size pattern. Transfer flower to yellow fabric and two leaves to green fabric using marker. (Note: Transfer all design detail on fabric now for ease when embroidering.) Cut out shapes, leaving 2" of fabric around edges. Cut two same-sized pieces of lining fabric flower and each leaf.
  • 2. Stack colored fabric on top with lining fabric underneath in separate piles. Adhere layered stacks together using glue stick; let dry.
  • 3. Set sewing machine up for free motion embroidery. Machine-embroider each piece along marker lines using black thread. Cut out flower and leaf shapes, leaving 1/4" along edges. Fray edges slightly.
  • 4. Attach seed beads to flower center using beading thread. Hand-sew through one fabric layer only to keep stitches from showing on back. Knot thread ends.
  • 5. Arrange leaves behind flower; machine-sew in place. Attach pin back.
  • Tip
  • 1. Raggy-edged appliqués with freeform black stitching- a sort of doodling- are all the rage at the moment. Most machines can do this with a darning foot. Either drop the feed dogs on your machine or set the stitch length to zero. Slowly move the fabric around to achieve an outline in your chosen thread color. This type of embroidery looks best if you go over it twice without worrying about being too neat.