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Daisy Garden Embroidery Pattern for Drawstring Bags


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Continuing with the subject of the drawstring bags that the kids are makingn in our summer embroidery class, here’s the second of the four patters we’re using. It’s a daisy garden.

This is the second most popular embroidery pattern for this project. The kids like it for a couple reasons: they love the lazy daisy stitch, the pattern is simple and doesn’t require many different types of stitches, and therefore, it’s quick to work. This morning, we have our second class since starting these projects, so I’m eager to see what they’ve accomplished at home in a week!

Here’s the embroidery pattern. It’s another sketched-on-graph-paper-then-scanned deal, so it’s a bit scratchy, by you can still get the idea. If you want to save it, you can click on the image to get a larger size, then right click on that and save it to your computer. Then you can resize it however you wish.

Dancing Daisy Garden hand embroidery design

For this design, the stem stitch works great on the stems (!), the lazy daizy works for the flowers (although you could dress them up with other stitches as well, like bullions worked in loops, which would give more texture), and the center of the flowers are French knots or beads. The leaves are fishbone stitch, or they can simply be outlined in stem stitch. For the younger children, the backstitch is preferred to the stem stitch, but the design looks really nice with the stem stitch.

This pattern looks really good on the light green, the light blue, and the light purple bags, especially because the linings on those have daisies or other flowers on them and the colors of the flowers are easy to coordinate with the colors of the lining.

Daisy Garden Printable

Here’s the handy-dandy PDF printable for the Dancing Daisy Garden design. It prints about 7″ wide, if you choose no scaling or similar on your computer.

Dancing Daisy Garden – a simple hand embroidery design (PDF)

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  1. Thank you so much for this sweet pattern! I was looking for something that I could use to make a wall hanging that would allow me to use some fabric “yo-yos” for the flowers. This is perfect!
    You have such beautiful patterns on your site, thank you for being so generous with them.

  2. Your information about covering magnifiers was essential!!! I hope all who read it will heed your advise. Many years ago I had a wonderful ( expensive!) large stand magnifier beside my sofa— under a sunny window where I loved to stitch! Thank goodness our house did not burn down! I found a scorched mark on the sofa!!! It very easily could have caught fire!
    Thank you, Mary, for all your good, helpful, thorough tips and instructions!! ❤️

  3. I bought a floor magnifier from Walmart. It has a large glass head with a metal cover for it. The arm stretches so I can have it the length needed and can swivel the head. It was very reasonable and it was just what I needed. Thank for all the useful and wonderful info you are always sharing with your loyal followers. Isn’t funny how
    sometimes we come across something we don’t think at the moment it could be useful? I also hate to discard things I can later find use for, it pays.

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