How to Make an Embroidered Lucky Charm

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    Stitch and Sew Your Own Lucky Charm

    Make an Embroidered Lucky Charm
    Mollie Johanson

    Need a little luck in your pocket? Make a lucky charm with these easy patterns and simple sewing project!

    Any tiny patterns work for this project, but we've included seven motifs perfectly sized for a small lucky charm. Choose from a Chinese "good fortune" coin, horseshoe, lucky star, ladybug, four-leaf clover, flower, and happy hearts. These sweet little patterns would also make great patches or pins!

    Instead of crossing your fingers, put your digits to use stitching up this fun...MORE embroidery project. Soon you'll want to make little charms for all your friends and family!

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  • 02 of 08

    Lucky Charm Patterns and Materials

    Lucky Charm Mini Embroidery Patterns
    Mollie Johanson

    Materials

    • Fabric for embroidering
    • Fabric for backing 
    • Embroidery floss
    • Basic embroidery tools
    • Scissors
    • Sewing thread
    • Stuffing

    Pattern

    Download the JPG file for the mini lucky charm patterns. Print the patterns and choose which you want to stitch. Transfer the pattern using your favorite pattern marking technique.

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  • 03 of 08

    Embroider the Design and Cut the Fabric

    Cut 2-inch Squares for the Front and Back
    Mollie Johanson

    Embroider the lucky charm motif. Because these are so small, it's best to use only two or three strands of embroidery floss. Use simple stitches, such as back stitch or stem stitch, with french knots for the dots and tiny open fly stitches for the mouths on some patterns.

    After removing any pattern markings, trim the embroidered fabric to a 2-inch square. Cut a piece of backing fabric to match.

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    Make a Braided Cord

    Make a Braided Cord
    Mollie Johanson

    Cut a 20-inch piece of embroidery floss, fold it in half, and then tie a knot close to the fold. Divide the strands into three groups of four strands each. Braid the strands together. 

    Fold the braid in half and tie the ends together with a knot. You can adjust the length of the cord by changing the placement of the knot. Trim the ends off, including the original fold and knot you made before braiding.

    Instead of making your own, you can also use ready-made cording. Just be sure that you can knot...MORE it easily and that it's not too thick.

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    Layer and Pin the Lucky Charm Pieces

    Layer the Front and Back With the Cord
    Mollie Johanson

    Layer the front and back of the lucky charm with right sides together. Place the cord between the two layers, with the knot at a top corner.

    Pin the layers to hold them in place.

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    Sew the Fabric Layers Together

    Sew the Lucky Charm Layers Together
    Mollie Johanson

    Thread your needle with a doubled piece of sewing thread and tie a large knot at the end.

    Starting at a bottom corner, sew around the sides and top with tiny running stitches. Keep the stitching about 1/4" from the edge. If it helps, you can mark the seam allowance with a pencil line before you begin.

    At the corner where the knot of the cord is, make sure that you stitch through the braiding cording several times. These extra stitches keep the cording secure.

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    Stuff the Lucky Charm and Close the Opening

    Sew the Opening Closed
    Mollie Johanson

    Turn the lucky charm right side out and poke the corners into shape. Fold the seam allowance in. Add a tiny bit of stuffing inside.

    Sew the opening closed with ladder stitch or your favorite tiny hand sewing stitch.

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  • 08 of 08

    Put Your Lucky Charm to Use

    Attach the Charm to Keep it Handy
    Mollie Johanson

    Use the cord to attach your lucky charm to a key ring, a zipper pull, or a cell phone case. If you make the cord extra long, you could even wear this charm as a necklace.

    You can also skip the cord entirely and use this as a puffy lucky charm that you can slip in a pocket or keep in your bag. They're a fun little gift for a child who might be nervous; they can keep this with them for some reassuring luck!

    Where will you keep your lucky charm?