Rachael from imagine gnats is our new trend-spotting contributor, giving us monthly looks at the online sewing community in her Sewing Trends posts. Today she has a free PDF embroidery pattern for you! Learn more about Rachael in her introduction and take a look around imagine gnats. Rachael just announced that she and Jill of Made with Moxie are hosting the first Selfish Sewing Week this September. She writes, “After the kids are back in school, what could be better than some selfish sewing? We’ll be doing exactly that… Whether you sew garments or quilts or accessories, it’s the perfect chance to spend a little time each day sewing for yourself.” Learn more and grab a button to play along at imagine gnats.

Today’s pattern is a free addition to Rachael’s four additional sayings, offered for sale together in her Sewing Sayings Embroidery Pattern set.
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I’m excited to be sharing a fun embroidery pattern and printable with you today! I recently released the Sewing Sayings Embroidery Pattern, including four different sewing sayings, and this fifth design will make a perfect addition to your collection… “Keep your sewing machine close and your seam ripper closer.” So true, am I right?

This three page PDF includes embroidery pattern, instructions and a high-resolution printable version. These hoops are perfect for hanging in your craft space, and the printable versions make great greeting cards or framed gifts for crafty friends.

Materials needed:

  • 9″ Embroidery hoop
  • Fabric
  • Stabilizer/interfacing
  • Pattern (download here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Scissors

1. Choose your fabric and press before transferring pattern.

2. Tape pattern image to a well-lit window, tape fabric over image and trace.

3. Choose and apply stabilizer. (For more information, visit Pellon® Projects.)

4. Stretch fabric in embroidery hoop.

5. Cut an arm’s length of thread and separate into three 2-strand sections.

6. Thread needle with floss section, pull through so that ends are even, and knot thread at ends.

7. Use a simple backstitch for all stitched lines.

8. Carefully tie all loose strands and neatly trim the back of your work.

9. Remove from hoop and press embroidery (press on wrong side so as not to harm stitches).

If you would like to finish your work in the hoop for hanging, see this post for the how-to.

You can download your free embroidery pattern here, and if you’re looking for another fun embroidery project, what about this Thread Girl Embroidery To-Go Case (a free project)? Don’t miss the embroidery resources here on my blog and you can purchase my Sewing Sayings Embroidery Pattern here.

Happy stitching!