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Free kid’s hand embroidery sampler

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Kid's hand embroidery sampler

I’m excited to share a new, free embroidery pattern – an ice cream cone! I wanted to design a super simple stitch sampler for kids to try three different basic stitches. This post was sponsored by Sulky; they sent me materials and compensated me for my time, but I’ve been posting about my love for their products for years.

Isn’t it cute! Full disclosure, my son did NOT stitch that example. I let him pick his fabric & floss colors and the combo he chose was hard to see. So I embroidered my own; this pattern is fun for adult beginners too! There was a reason I let him choose his colors; see my general tips for teaching kids to embroider in this post.

The magic material that makes teaching kids how to embroider so easy is Stick n Stitch (also known as Fabri-Solvy, you can buy it on Amazon or on Sulky’s website*). After printing the pattern off, you stitch right through it, making it super simple to work with, and it washes away once you’re done.

Check out the other projects my son and I have made with Stick n Stitch:

I think Sulky’s cotton petites (you can buy them on Amazon or on Sulky’s website) are great for kids to embroider with because it’s not as fussy. No pulling out three strands, no tangles, it is just a single thread.

You can double it up for a thicker effect, but we used single strands for this project and it is plenty visible.

It is really hard to video him stitching because he moves around so much, but I got to watch him persevere on several spots and finally nail it! Bringing the needle up from the bottom of the hoop up to the top in a specific spot is really hard for him, but he gets better each time we practice. Of course, the clear lines on the Stick n Stitch help a lot, instead of thin pencil tracings to stitch on.

Here you can see his actual project! As you can tell, it was a collaboration. I did some, he did some, some of them we did together if he needed a confidence boost (I put the needle up from the bottom, he put it down in the right spot and pulled through). The storm went away right at the end of this project; you can see that giant pink stitch at the top? That’s because I told him once we were done with that portion, he could go outside and swing. Kids!

Ready to make your own?

Pin this ice cream embroidery design for later, here:

Teach your child to embroider with this simple hand embroidery pattern! Stitching helps kids learn focus, fine motor skills, and exercise their creativity. Start hand sewing with kids today! #embroidery #Handembroidery #kidscrafts #

Kid’s hand embroidery sampler


See a short video of the process above!




Step 1- Print out your pattern on the Stick n’ Stitch, you want the ink on the bumpy side. Cut roughly around the design you’d like and stick it to the fabric.

Step 2- Cut roughly around your design, peel off the backing and apply it to the fabric.

Step 3- Stitch! Leave it in the hoop until you’re done; you can see a stitch chart below.

If you’re not familiar with these stitches, I have videos of these basic embroidery stitches, here.

Step 4- Wash away the Stick N Stitch with hot water. You may need to swish it back and forth under the water until all of the stickiness is gone, you can tell when it is completely clear.

You’re done! We didn’t finish the back of the hoop because I’m going to make something else with his embroidery project (check back next month to see what!); if you’d like to finish off the back you can scroll to the bottom of this post to see how I do it with hot glue and felt.

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Saturday 24th of December 2022

where is the pattern???? Signed up and no where to be found?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 8th of January 2023

Hi melissa! It is in the free resource library, did you get logged into that?

Lisa Coleman

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Love your website! Please tell me how I can download the ice cream cone pattern, i don't see it in your resource library. Thanks so much! Lisa

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Hi Lisa! That's so kind of you! I just checked and it is there :) Under the 'embroidery patterns' header or you can do ctrl+f for 'Ice cream embroidery sample' - let me know if you still have trouble.

Bennie Maine

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

I cannot fill out the email box for news letter.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Hi, not sure what's going wrong with this post but figuring it out - but you can sign up here!

Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

I love this pattern so much! Now that my daugher has started sewing a little bit, I'd love to get her to try embroidery, and this is just the right pattern to get her going! And I am so curious to try this Sulky product, and the threads sound very interesting, too. I get frustrated when the separate strands of embroidery floss get tangled, so I can imagine it would be frustrating for a kid, too. Can't wait to try this! Next time I'm in the States, I'll stock up on these products! :) Lisa

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Thanks Lisa! I also hate tangled threads, I've got better things to do than tease out knots :)

maryanne @ mama smiles

Friday 29th of June 2018

What a great way to turn any picture into an embroider pattern!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Thanks, we had fun with it!

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