I love hand embroidery! It's ever so relaxing and the results are fab!  Don't be intimidated, it doesn't have to be perfect, that is the beauty of handmade, each doll is unique!  In this tutorial I'll be showing you Step by Step how to Hand Embroider my Top 6 Favorite Embroidery Stitches for Doll and Soft Toy Plushie Faces. These are all very basic, easy stitches so that even a beginner doll or softie maker can embroider lovely faces for their new creations that are not only beautiful but baby safe!

hand embroidery for dolls 6 basic stitches for beginners

What you will need is some good quality kona fabric for your face.  Trace your face onto your fabric using a disappearing ink pen, embroidery thread & a Sharp needle.  It's easier if you have an embroidery hoop but not necessary.  You can hand embroider onto a stuffed dolls head or a flat piece of fabric.

I use the 3-4 strands of floss depending on the brand. If your floss has 6 threads use 3, if it has 8 use 4 .. simply cut the length you want and pull it apart.

Need a recap on just a couple of stitches?!  Each video will start with the stitch you are after! 

✂️ Outline stitches are great for eyes, eyebrows, mouths and whiskers etc

🧵 The Backstitch - 2 methods


🧵 The Outline Stitch 

🧵 The Stem Stitch 

How to hide your threads 

✂️ Fill Stitches are brilliant for cheeks, round eyes and lips.  An outline stitch isn't necessary - I prefer it as it helps to keep my edges neat. 


🧵 The Satin Stitch 


🧵 The Padded Satin Stitch 


🧵 The French Knot - small eyes and whisker dots

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