Embroider and Appliqué Seashells!
Head to the beach and stitch your own shell collection! This collection of seashells lets you enjoy the fun of the shore no matter where you are.
There are lots of ways to use the designs, from home decor to fashion accessories. Use the patterns as a group or as single shells, and choose if you want to fill in the areas with felt appliqué like the sample or stitch them with traditional embroidery in one or more colors.
There are so many ways to put these shells to use, all you need to do now is start stitching!
Seashell Embroidery Supplies
You can stitch this pattern just as you see it in the downloadable file, or you can separate the shells to use one or a few rearranged. You can also embroider the shells with your favorite stitches or use appliqué to make them bold and colorful! Click on the link below and save the file as a JPG to download the pattern:
On the pattern, the thick lines are for cutting the appliqué pieces and the thin lines are for embroidery. However, if you only want to embroider, you should stitch all the lines.
- Freezer paper
- Wool or wool blend felt (only required for appliqué shells)
- Linen or other base fabric
- Washable glue stick (only required for appliqué shells)
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss
Prepare Your Pattern
To cut out the shells and transfer the pattern, use a variation of the tracing paper method.
Print out the shell pattern at whatever size you like. Trace the pieces you want onto the paper side of freezer paper. If you're making felt shells in several colors, group the traced pieces by the felt color you want to use.
Cut the pattern pieces apart and iron them—slick side down—to the felt.
Arrange the Seashells
Cut out the felt shapes and leave the paper attached.
Place your base fabric in an embroidery hoop and arrange the shells. If you want to add embroidered coral and seaweed, you can trace those patterns on freezer paper and arrange them too, then iron them to the fabric.
Use a bit of glue stick to hold the shell pieces in place while you stitch.
Embroider the Shells
Use three strands of embroidery floss to stitch the details on the shells. Stitch through the felt and the paper at the same time.
For this sample, the shell details are all the same color, but you could add other colors.
Remove the Pattern Paper
When the embroidery is finished, carefully tear away the paper. Don't pull too hard or you'll tug at your stitching.
If the paper doesn't want to tear away, use your needle to perforate or score the paper. You can also use tweezers to remove stubborn bits of paper.
Appliqué the Edges
Secure the edges of the felt shells with tiny stitches and two strands of embroidery floss.
Bring your needle up through the linen and close to the felt. Go back down through the felt.
Use matching embroidery floss and very small stitches so they don't show too much.
Add Extra Embroidery
Embroider the small coral and sea plants.
If you use freezer paper for this, the process is the same as with the appliqué. Stitch through the paper and then gently remove it when the embroidery is done. You can also use another transfer method if you prefer.
Enjoy Your Finished Embroidery
With your embroidery and appliqué finished, you can display your stitching on a stretched canvas or make it into another project!
These shells would be beautiful on pillows for your beach house, stitched on a drawstring bag, or even made into a wall banner. Of course, they would also look great stitched individually on clothing or made into pins or patches.
Try making them different ways because there are so many unique shells in this world!