How to Embroider Tiny Flowers

Stitching Tiny Embroidered Flowers

The Spruce / Mollie Johanson

Overview
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Florals are a classic motif in embroidery, and tiny flowers are fun and pretty to create in your projects. The following three types of flowers are seriously minuscule, which makes them so very sweet. The entire cluster above is less than 1 inch at its widest point.

Tiny flowers can be added to fill out other floral embroidery patterns, but they're also good for adding to covered buttons, shirt cuffs and collars, and for creating tiny tiny stitched jewelry projects. Or, you can stitch up your own miniature embroidered garden.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 small to medium embroidery hoop
  • 1 package embroidery needles

Materials

  • 4 to 6 skeins various colored embroidery floss
  • 1/4 to 1/2 yard needlework fabric, white cotton, other woven cloth, or plain white handkerchief

Instructions

  1. How to Make a Tiny Rose

    Make two tiny parallel straight stitches that create the center of the flower. Begin working your way around the center stitches using a tiny stem stitch which forms a circle. Continue working around the circle making it as large as you'd like. Use a contrasting color for the center of the rose if you wish.

    Tiny Rose
    The Spruce / Mollie Johanson
  2. How to Make a Tiny Daffodil

    Work a small daffodil using one or two colors. Begin with a loose French knot in the center of what will be the flower. To achieve a slightly loose knot, don't hold the working thread too tight around the needle when pulling it through. Then, form petals with three straight stitches; the first is the longest in the middle of the petal, then add two on the side of the first stitch to form a triangle. Create five or six petals.

    Tiny Daffodil
    The Spruce / Mollie Johanson
  3. How to Make a Tiny Pansy or Iris

    Use one or two colors for this style of flower. Start with two or three detached chain stitches to make the lower petals. Come back up from the center of the lower three petals and make one chain stitch on the far left. Instead of making the stitch that tacks down the top of the petal, bring your needle back down through the middle of the lower three petals and come back up next to the partial chain stitch while holding the yarn underneath the needle. By doing this, you've switched over to a blanket stitch, which you will work to forms the top fan of petals. A wider fan represents a pansy and a narrow fan looks more like an iris.

    Tiny Pansy or Iris
    The Spruce / Mollie Johanson