Popcorn Lazy Daisy Stitch

Flower made with the popcorn lazy daisy stitch

The Popcorn Lazy Daisy Stitch Makes Things Pop!

This plump stitch is so much fun once you get the hang of it and it’s going to add gorgeous volume and texture to your work that just might push your embroidery to the next level!

I love using the popcorn lazy daisy stitch for some of my flower embroidery designs and it turns my flat work into a piece that literally has parts that can be moved and manipulated. You could say it gives things a little bit of life.

While the popcorn lazy daisy stitch is one I think everyone should learn at some point, it’s not what I consider a stitch for beginners as it requires the use of both hands and some extra coordination. You’ll probably need to practice this one to get used to the hand motions.

If you’re a newbie, I’d recommend starting with an easy embroidery stitch that’s beginner-friendly, such as the simple lazy daisy stitch, then come back and learn this one.

A quick note: I like to use a small piece of copper jewelry wire to make the popcorn lazy daisy stitch. It's actually not a necessity but I find that it keeps the height of the loops consistent. You can also use a needle or nothing at all.

Let’s get started!

Step 1

  • Start with a small single stitch going side to side then come up near the beginning of the stitch. The beginning for this tutorial will be on the left but you can also start from the right.

Step 2

  • Here’s where you’ll need a bit of hand coordination.
  • You’ll be creating a row of loops and while you don’t necessarily need any tools for this I found it to be much more manageable using a piece of copper wire bent at the tip. I also curled up the other end so it can be wrapped around my finger so I can hold the wire in place. Using a tool will help you make loops that are consistent in size.
needle coming up under stitch and over working thread
  • First, decide how tall you want your popcorn lazy daisy stitch to be. As you create each loop make them just slightly taller than that.
  • Then slide your needle halfway up through the small stitch.
  • Wrap the tail of your thread over your wire and slide it behind your needle.

Step 3

wire holding up thread from stitch

Keep your wire in place and pull your needle and thread through. Then nudge your loop over to the side where you started.

You’ll repeat these steps until you reach the end of your small stitch. You can make as many loops as you’d like. The more you add the wider the popcorn lazy daisy stitch will be.

loops held up by a wire

Step 4

  • Replace the wire with your needle once the last loop has been created. Slide your needle carefully through the loops from the same side as your last loop. So in this example, go from right to left.
  • Use the needle to hold the loops in place and carefully slide the wire out.
needle going through hoop

Step 5

Slide the tail of your thread behind the needle on the right side of you stitch.

working thread wrapping over needle

Then bring the thread to the other side of the needle and wrap it under from the front to back, then over so you end up with the thread in front of your needle. You can add one more wrap if you’d like. This will make the tip of your popcorn lazy daisy stitch a bit more pointy.

working thread wrapped around needle

Step 6

Pinch the loops together with your fingers.

pinching the top of loops

Then carefully pull your needle through to form a small knot at the top of your loops.

knot on top of loops

Step 7

There are two ways to finish off your popcorn lazy daisy stitch. The top can be stitched down or it can be left free to sit up and move around.

popcorn lazy daisy stitch. One stitched down to fabric and the other standing up
Stitched Down

Simply push your needle through to the back of your fabric anywhere you want the top of your stitch to rest.

one popcorn lazy daisy stitch

If you want your stitch to be a bit fluffier stitch it down so it’s a bit shorter, and if you want less fluff stitch the top down farther from the bottom.

Free Flowing
  • Push needle through the top of your stitch from the front.
  • Then push your needle through to the front from the side of your popcorn lazy daisy stitch and push it through the fabric below. Be sure to hold onto the top of your stitch and do this slowly so you don’t pull too much through.
needle through the top of popcorn lazy daisy stitch
needle going through stitch and fabric
popcorn lazy daisy stitch. One stitched down to fabric and the other standing up

Have fun practicing this adorable 3d embroidery stitch and figure out whether using a tool or not works best for you. Once you get the hang of it you’ll probably want to use it in a lot of your flower embroidery!

flower made with popcorn lazy daisy stitch and satin stitch

Popcorn Lazy Daisy Stitch Video

In case you need a little more help with this, I’ve made a video to accompany this embroidery stitch tutorial. Happy stitching!

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red flower made with the popcorn lazy daisy stitch

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