DIY101: How to hand embroider chain stitches

The second post in the DIY101 series is hand embroidery, more specifically chain stitches. The DIY101 series is about learning basic crafting skills, that you can use to make cool shit!! Check out the first one in the DIY101 here if you want to learn how to make a tassel.  

So chain stitches eh? Hand embroidery sounds so retro but seeing the spring fashion this year, embroidery and patches are HOT, so I suggest you get on it and update some of your closet favorites. There are obviously a ton of different embroidery stitches you can use, chain stitches being one. They are perfect for letters and outlining simple shapes, and super easy to make. 

Anway, here it goes: 

How to embroider chain stitches:


To make chain stitched you need: 

  • Embroidery floss or other thread
  • Needle that works with your thread
  • Something to decorate :) 

I mean I am NO embroidery wiz, so this is from one rookie to another so feel free to add tips and tricks in the comment section.

  1. I start off just making a little knot on the end of the floss/thread to make sure I won't pull the floss through.
  2. Then I pull the needle and the floss up through the underside of the fabric at the point where I want to start. Place the needle point just to the side of the floss coming out of the fabric. You want to go thought right next to where the floss comes out, not the exact same point. (as per picture above) 

3. Then bring the needle up through the fabric, catching the floss around it, this will create the first stitch of the chain.


4. Pull the floss through to seal the first stitch of the chain stitch.


Keep repeating till you have your design :) I'll post both an inspirational post and a DIY that I have done using this technique next week, so stay tuned.

Let me know how it goes! You find me on all the normal social channels: InstagramTwitter, Facebook and Pinterest so please share and tag me!! (or just follow along, I love new friends!)