My recent fabric design The Plum Thieves pays homage to the robins who come through our yard every spring and eat the plums off our tree. They’re not very good plums, mostly pit, so it’s a win-win – the birds get a meal, the plums get cleaned up and we get to enjoy a yard full of swirling robins.
I turned one of the robins from my design into this free Spring Robin embroidery pattern for you. This was such a spur-of-the-moment idea that I haven’t stitched up a version yet to show you, but follow along on Instagram and I’ll post my progress.
I usually use carbon paper and a good old ballpoint pen to transfer patterns to fabric – they make special dressmaker’s carbon that washes out, but I’m lazy and use regular old typing carbon because I have it on hand.
Did you know you can transfer a laser-printed image to fabric using essential oils (I used this method for my castor bean plant embroidery and -bonus- it smells really nice!). Here’s an Instructable that tells you how.
More transfer tips (including the proper way carbon paper to use) here from Peacock & Fig.
A few helpful links for things that usually mystify me:
- Embroidery stitch guides from Mollie Makes and DMC
- How to do a French knot
- How to choose the right needle for hand-sewing projects
This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download a PDF file:
Spring Robin Embroidery Pattern
Stitch up a sweet spring robin on a flowering branch with this free pattern!
And lastly, now that you’ve got the embroidery bug, you can find tons more free embroidery patterns from DMC here.