Cute Tulip Stitch Tutorial

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Make Cute Little Tulips with the Tulip Stitch

Let’s make some super adorable miniature tulips with the tulip stitch. This embroidery stitch is pretty darn cute and so easy it’s perfect for anyone who is just learning how to embroider.

They make sweet little flowers and can be grouped to create decorative patterns. It’s also a fun embroidery stitch for making parts of a snowflake!

Let’s just jump right in!

How to Make a Basic Tulip Stitch

The tulip stitch starts with a lazy daisy stitch (aka detached chain stitch).

Here I have a guideline drawn out and am going to start at the very top.

Come up to the top of your fabric and return to the back through the same hole or as close to it as possible, and leave a small loop behind.

Step 1

Come up through your loop about one stitch length down and gently pull your thread from the back so your loop hugs your needle. Then pull your needle through.

Needle coming up through a loop

Create a little tie stitch to hold your loop down. All you have to do is return to the back just below your loop. This stitch can be short or long. Just be sure it’s not too small or too tight because you’re going to need room to push thread through it in the next step.

Next, make a ‘v’ under your lazy daisy stitch.

Come up off the the side. Then push your needle through the small stitch this is holding down your loop and pull it through.

needle sliding under tie stitch

Return to the back on the other side to finish creating the ‘v’ shape.

single tulip stitch in white on red fabric

Vary It Up

The tulip stitch can be used alone or grouped. They can be stacked like this to resemble a spine which is perfect if you’re creating things like skeletons for Halloween!

tulip stitch on red fabric

Here are a few ways you can vary it up.

  • Make the stem short or long.
  • Group them randomly
  • Stack them with a short stem
  • Stack them with a long stem
  • Make the ‘v’ a different color
  • Add two ‘v’s. Make the second ‘v’ a different color.
tulip stitch

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick embroidery stitch tutorial! Try adding the tulip stitch to add a little detail to things like your collar, side of your socks, dog bandanas, napkins, and whatever else you can think of. It’s sure to make things just a bit more special. 🙂

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Red hooped fabric with tulip stitch

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