Free Motion Embroidered Robin

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments

Our 6th Make of Christmas has been designed by Sam Molloy aka Stitched Up By Samantha, our lovely dress making and free motion embroidery tutor here at HQ.

We've fallen in love with this super cute little fella, made using little scraps of Dashwood Studio Twist fabric.  Free motion is the perfect project for using up all those little scraps you've got lying around.  

 Over to Sam!


Free Motion Embroidered Robin

You will need:


  • Piece of linen type fabric approx 10” square. I used Essex Linen in the Natural colourway.
  • Small scraps of fabric in appropriate “robin” colours. I used scraps of “Twist” by Dashwood Studios. 
  • Bondaweb – approx 4” square.
  • Iron on interfacing – approx 6” square.
  • Black thread.
  • 6” wooden embroidery hoop.
  • Fabric glue. I used Gutermann HT2.


You will also need a darning or embroidery foot for your sewing machine, and you must also be able to lower or cover the feed dogs of your machine.




Print and cut out the robin template.  You can find this on Sam's blog here.

If the test square in the corner measures 1” then the robin will fit perfectly in a 6” embroidery hoop.


Turn the template pieces face down and draw round each one on the reverse of the appropriate fabric.  You don’t have to use exactly the same colours I’ve used, I just used what I had. 


Rough cut each shape out, leaving a small border and iron onto some Bondaweb.  Remember to use some greaseproof paper over the Bondaweb so you don’t get any of the glue on the plate of your iron. 


Peel the fabric pieces off the Bondaweb backing and cut out exactly.


Prepare the linen fabric by ironing the interfacing onto the back of it to give some stability for stitching.


Arrange the pieces of the robin on the linen, centring them, and then press with a hot iron to adhere them to the linen with the Bondaweb.


Using free motion embroidery, stitch around the edge of the pieces and add details such as the robins legs, beak and eye.  I used scribbly lines rather than straight ones to give a more hand drawn look.

Add details such as a branch for the robin to stand on, or a fence, or anything that takes your fancy!  I cut some tiny holly leaves to add a contrasting colour into the design. 

Make sure your design fits in a 6” embroidery hoop.  Mine does just!  Mount your linen in the embroidery hoop so that the fabric sits over the inner ring, press the outer ring down and tighten the top screw. 

Trim off the excess at the back, leaving about 15 – 20mm to fold over the back of the hoop.

Apply fabric glue around the top edge of the inner rim of the hoop and press the fabric down over the edge. 

Sit back and admire your completed picture.  You could add a ribbon loop or bow at the top for hanging if you wish. 



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