Download the Free Mandala Embroidery Pattern & Follow Along!
If you’re just learning how to embroider and you’ve had a chance to get your feet wet with the basics then you’re probably ready to roll up your sleeves and get started with your first embroidery pattern, and I’m really excited for you!
So I got busy and created a mandala embroidery pattern created using 5 basic embroidery stitches:
I’ll provide instructions and show you how to create the stitches above, and feel free to click any of the links to each stitch for a more in-depth tutorial. I’ve also included a time-lapse video (you can slow down the speed if you’d like) of this mandala pattern being stitched up, in case you’re interested!
And if you’re no newbie, no worries! You’re also welcome to follow along!
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Along with your hooped fabric with your transferred pattern, you’ll also need:
- Embroidery scissors
- Embroidery needles
- Embroidery hoop 5″ or larger
- Embroidery thread:
Mandala Embroidery Step 1
Start at the center, in the circle, with 6 strands of thread #828 and fill it with the satin stitch. You can start from one end (left) or divide the shape into sections before filling in the spaces (right):
You’ll simply add straight stitches from one end to the other until you’ve filled in your shape completely.
Mandala Embroidery Step 2
Next, add lazy daisy stitches around the center with 6 strands of thread #741. It will look like this when you’re finished:
I apparently had a brain fart and forgot to grab photos for this section of the tutorial so the section of the pattern and the color of the thread will be different, but the process is the same.
- Come up to the top with your thread then return to the back through the same hole and leave behind a small loop.
- Then return to the top of your fabric where your loop will end and come up through your loop.
- Gently tighten your loop around your needle then pull your needle and thread through.
To tie down your lazy daisy stitch you’ll add a small tie stitch by returning to the back of your fabric just outside of your loop.
Mandala Embroidery Step 3
Next add a back stitch using 4 strands of black thread. You’ll also add a 4 strand 2 wrap (also in black) french knot at the tips.
- To create the back stitch add on small stitch from point A to B.
- Come back up to the top of your fabric a stitch length away.
- Then return to the back at the end of your 1st stitch.
- Repeat this until you reach the end.
To create the french knot, come up at the tip and wrap your thread around your needle twice.
- Then push the needle back through or very near the same place you came up.
- Hold down your thread near your knot and carefully pull your thread through to the back.
- Let the thread slide away from your finger as it returns to the back.
If you rush this stitch you can end up with a tangle before you finish creating it so take your time.
Mandala Embroidery Step 4
Let’s add more french knots. This time, use 6 strands of thread #828.
Come up to the top of your fabric where you see the dots on your pattern & wrap your needle twice with your thread:
Push your needle back near the same hole and hold down your thread with one finger.
Pull your thread through.
You’re doing great! This is what your embroidery should look like at this point:
By the way, your stitches may not look perfect when you start off, but if it does, then you’re a natural! My first few embroidery projects looked a bit sad, but I still had tons of fun!
I’ll soon be adding some tips and tricks that will come in handy! So be on the lookout for that post!
Mandala Embroidery Step 5
Next you’ll need 4 strands of thread #321 and you’ll be adding the chain stitch.
Just like the lazy daisy stitch you’ll create a small loop by coming up then back through the same hole. Then come up through your loop like this:
Pull your thread through to create your first little chain stitch, then repeat these steps. I’ll create another with you.
- Return to the back through the same hole you came up from and leave behind a small loop.
- Come up through the loop & pull your thread through.
- Add this chain stitch all the way around each ‘petal’.
Mandala Embroidery Step 6
Next add a back stitch using 4 strands of thread #3052 to the shapes between each ‘petal’.
We learned the back stitch earlier but here it is again:
- Add a small stitch from point A to B, then come up one stitch length away.
- Go back to the first stitch and return to the back to create the next stitch and repeat.
Mandala Embroidery Step 7
Add the chain stitch using 4 strands of thread#3819 to finish the outer lines of your mandala just as we did around the ‘petals’.
Mandala Embroidery Step 8
Next, add some lazy daisy stitches using 6 strands of thread #321. Go back to step 2 to review the lazy daisy stitch.
Now all you have to do is finish off the back and you’re done!
I hope this tutorial was fun & educational, and that it inspires you to dive deeper into this craft. It’s not only fun but to me it’s a great way to meditate and destress which is so important to me, and I’m sure it can help others too!
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