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Are you ready to move from using pre-made patterns to designing your own embroidery pattern? If you’ve ever wondered how to create your own designs, you’re in the right place. This guide is tailored to help you answer the question “How do I create my own embroidery design”, demonstrating a few different ways you can easily make a great embroidery pattern.

How To Create My Own Hand Embroidery Design?

The inquiry about how to create your own embroidery pattern isn’t always directed to the drawing or doodling part that’s done with a pencil. It encompasses the process of refining sketches, paintings, photos, or doodles into clean, scalable line drawings. These drawings can be resized, printed, and used as a pattern for stitching.

Above are some experiences shared by skillful artisanal embroiderers at K-Embroidery. And the products at K-Embroidery are 100% created by the hands of these embroiderers themselves, so you can completely rest assured and follow our instructions.

And now we’ll explore the necessary steps to generate a polished, scalable line drawing suitable for embroidery patterns.

Step 1: Finding Inspiration

You can start by gathering inspiration from various sources like nature, art, and magazines. Then, collect colors, textures and themes according to your preferences.

To collect and organize your ideas, consider consulting online resources like Pinterest or Canva to serve as your visual reference throughout the design process.

You can find your ideas on Pinterest
You can find your ideas on Pinterest

While saving images, keep in mind that many images on the Internet belong to other artists and photographers; It’s best not to directly copy them unless explicitly authorized otherwise. You should use these images for “reference” only instead of using them for your embroidery.

For more reference photos that are free and often under Creative Commons licenses, you can explore free resources like Pixabay and Unsplash.

Step 2: Sketching

To start designing, make a simple sketch of your idea using a drawing tablet or tracing paper and a light box.

Draw basic shapes lightly so you can easily erase them later. This helps you try different designs. Try different shapes and sizes for your embroidery. If you need more detail, make your drawing bigger.

Sketch your idea is a must
Sketch your idea is a must

If you want to put your design in a hoop, draw the hoop on your paper to see how much space you have. There is no “accurate” hoop size to use when you are stitching, but it’s good to leave at least one inch around your design. This gives you space to work without the hoop getting in the way.

Use paper that matches your fabric size. Remember, this is just a first draft, so messy lines are okay!

Step 3: Selecting Materials and Choose Colors

Now that you’ve got your design, it’s time to discover how different stitches can enhance your design and how you plan to use them. And it depends on what texture and look you want.

Pick stitches that match your design. For instance:

  • Outline stitch for fine lines.
  • Fill stitches to cover areas.
  • For a fuzzy look, try stitches like turkey work for a 3D texture.

Next, you should find out what embroidery thread colors you’ll be working with. If you want a minimalist look or you’re creating your embroidery by hand, go for just a handful of colors.

You should start considering colors for your design
You should start considering colors for your design

Step 4: Transferring Design

Once you’re satisfied with your design and its appearance when printed, it’s time to transfer it onto your fabric.

Here’s how I do it:

  • Secure your fabric in the embroidery hoop.
  • Cut out your printed design and tape it onto the back of your fabric using washi tape. Ensure the circle matches your hoop size for a snug fit.
  • Shine a light over the hoop to help you see the design through the fabric. You can use a lightbox or even a laptop or iPad screen.
Once you get more used to it, you can completely transfer the design right onto the glass
Once you get more used to it, you can completely transfer the design right onto the glass
  • Trace the design onto the fabric using an erasable fabric pen, white chalk pen, or tailor’s chalk.
  • Remove the paper and tape, and you’re ready to start stitching!

Step 5: Embroidery

Once you’re happy with your design, you can start stitching. Follow your pattern and use the appropriate stitches to create your design. Be patient, take your time and pay close attention to detail – creating a needlework design is a labor of love and the end result will be totally worth it!

Approach each stitch with precision, ensuring they align neatly with your design’s contours and curves, but it’s okay if you fail sometimes and have to restart your stitching process.


While embroidering, it’s crucial to keep an eye on the tension of both the fabric and backing material. Correct tension helps maintain precise stitching and prevents any puckering or distortion. Make sure to regularly inspect and adjust the tension to achieve the best results.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Upon finishing the embroidery, carefully eliminate any remaining transfer markings by gently dabbing with a damp cloth or using an appropriate eraser.

Next, meticulously trim any stray threads protruding from the fabric surface.

To achieve a polished and refined look, delicately press the completed piece with a warm iron, ensuring to use a pressing cloth to protect delicate embroidery stitches.

Glide the iron over the fabric, applying gentle pressure to smooth out any wrinkles and creases, resulting in a professional-grade finish that enhances the overall appearance of your embroidered masterpiece.

This is my finished product example
This is my finished product example

Other Ways to Help With Your Own Embroidery Pattern?

  • Use software: Various software options are available for crafting cross stitch or embroidery patterns, like KG-Chart, Stitch Fiddle, and Pattern Maker. These tools enable you to create designs by choosing colors and symbols, then placing them on a virtual grid.
  • Find a teacher: Designing your own embroidery pattern is not a solitary process. The embroiderers and staff at K-Embroidery are always willing and will be there whenever you ask for help. You don’t know how to choose stitch? Ask K-Embroidery! You get stuck at transferring your design? Ask K-Embroidery! And you don’t know how to contact us? Right here: WhatsApp: +84 85 555 5961


Creating your own embroidery design is not a process you can do once and get it perfect on the first try. It is a process that you will have to do over and over again to create a product that best suits you.

However, you can completely shorten the time to learn the steps with our tutorial above. If you encounter problems at any step in your journey, you know what to do. Feel free to enjoy the process and allow yourself to dive into your creativity!


Can you use Canva for embroidery?

Absolutely. However, one drawback of using Canva is that you have to upgrade to save a design without a background. While this may not matter in most cases, if you’re aiming for an embroidery pattern with a unique shape, you’ll have to switch to Canva Pro.

How much does it cost to digitize a logo for embroidery?

The digitization cost depends on the stitch count. Typically, a 5000-stitch design may range from $30 to $60, while an 8000-stitch design could cost $50 to $80. A 10000-stitch design might be around $70 to $100 or more. These costs are estimates and may vary depending on the complexity of the design.

Why is embroidery software so expensive?

Embroidery digitizing software tends to have a high price tag due to several factors. Firstly, its development is complex and time-consuming. Secondly, the market for such software is relatively small, leading to limited competition and thus higher prices.