An age-old skill, embroidery has been making its comeback into every day life. It’s not hard to find an embroidered shirt, hat, wall hanging or even jeans these days. Embroidery has actually existed for thousands of years and is practiced in all cultures. It is said to have originated in China, where hand-stitched clothing and fabrics were most common. By making your own embroidery projects, you are continuing one of humankind's oldest traditions — now that’s pretty cool!

As with all of our craft kits, our aim is for your child to be creative and learn new skills. The most important goal is to have fun and create something new. Hand embroidery doesn’t always have to be perfect — yes, you're allowed to make mistakes. Especially when we're talking to beginners, it’s okay to go easy on yourself and learn along the way. Maybe this skill will become something new you and your child can learn to master together.

What you get in your CraftLab embroidery kit:

  • 2 6-inch embroidery hoops
  • 10 iron-on transfer designs
  • 9 pieces of white cotton fabric
  • 12 colors of embroidery floss
  • 2 embroidery needles
  • Cotton tote bag

Basic stitches taught in the kit:

  • Start/end
  • Running stitch
  • Backstitch
  • Satin stitch
  • Stem stitch
  • Fern stitch

All of these stitches are broken down into easy-to-follow steps in our embroidery craft kit instruction booklet. Once your child has nailed these stitches, they will be able to tackle more fun projects and create some of their own. These stitches can be used anytime your child wants to do an embroidery project, so they’re useful to know in growing your child's sewing skill set.

Plus, these stitches are learned and practiced in our kit! Our embroidery craft kit comes with 10 fun projects to make, so that your child can have hours of fun tackling new designs. Today, we’ll break down two of our favourite designs: the 'Ice Cream Double Scoop' and 'Bee Happy.' 

The color recommendations listed below are simply guidelines and can be customized to you or your child’s desire.

Ice Cream Cone

This project is a fun one as your child’s creativity can really shine through! They can create different ice cream flavors using different colors of embroidery floss, plus different toppings if they're feeling ambitious.

Embroidery colors needed:

  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Light blue
  • Others, if you prefer

Craft steps:

  1. Use a backstitch to outline the ice cream cone in yellow embroidery floss
  2. Use a backstitch to outline the ice cream scoops and cherry
  3. Fill in the sprinkles using a series of short running stitches in fun colors

Bee Happy

What better way to welcome the spring season than embroidering a cute flower and bumblebee design? This piece can be framed after your child is finished and treasured for years to come. If the ice cream cone project was too easy, this one is sure to give your child a fun challenge.

Embroidery colors needed:

  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Black
  • Others, if you prefer

Craft steps:

  1. Use a running stitch to outline your design with a large circle
  2. Use a backstitch to outline the “Bee Happy” text
  3. Where “Bee” ends, change to a running stitch to outline the flight of the bee
  4. Use a backstitch to outline the bee, stripes, wings and antennae. Leave the face for later.
  5. Use a satin stitch to fill in the color of the bee inside the outline (detailed satin stitch instructions are found inside your instruction booklet).
  6. After you've filled in the bee’s colors, add the smile and eye over the top of this color. Use a few backstitches for the smile and a running stitch for the eye.
  7. Use a backstitch to outline the flower stem and petals in whatever colors you desire. To add another color to the flower, do a small line of back stitches in the middle of each petal. You can also fill in the circle in the middle of the flower.

It’s really that easy to get started with embroidery.

In our kit, you'll find both of these simple designs, plus eight more for you and your child to tackle as you learn the timeless skill of embroidery. Our 30+ page illustrated instruction booklet walks you and your child step-by-step through every project to ensure crafting success!

Don’t wait — grab one of our embroidery kits online now. Better yet, bundle our craft kits to save $$$ and your child will be entertained for ages with educational, hands-on fun.