A symbol of transformation and beauty, butterflies are super interesting and fun to embroider. A welcome insect in anyone’s garden, these pollinators remind me of warmer months. Regardless of if you’re embroidering a more abstract minimalist design or a highly detailed and realistic design, the colors and intricate patterns seen in the wings of these beautiful insects are extremely fun to stitch and translate really well to embroidery. Below I’m sharing 6 beautiful butterfly embroidery patterns in a few different styles, and two of them are free! All are available for instant download via a digital file. Enjoy!
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The first pattern is part of an online course that I created that walks you through how to thread paint a realistic looking butterfly. The class includes video tutorials for each step of the embroidery as well as a digital download that provides the design and a list of colors needed. If you’re a member of Skillshare, this class is included in your membership! If you aren’t a member, Skillshare is an online community that is full of classes on just about everything. You can grab a free trial and take unlimited classes through my referral link.
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This pattern is another fun thread painting pattern. It is beginner friendly and walks you through how to stitch each step. The finished product features a colorful monarch butterfly sitting on a branch of flowers.
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This next design is a pattern by Feronia Embroidery that features flowers and leaves in the shape of a butterfly. There are two different color ways to make a monarch or blue morpho butterfly.
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This beginner friendly embroidery pattern by Matryoshka Doll Shop uses 3 basic embroidery stitches to create a modern looking butterfly stitched in peachy pink hues.
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Free Embroidery Designs
These are free designs that you can use to transfer to the fabric and stitch! These butterfly patterns don’t come with instructions, but it’s always fun to leave it up to your creativity and imagination to see what you can create. Some stitches I recommend playing around with and using with these patterns would be long and short stitch, satin stitch, and french knots.
Butterfly Embroidery Design by Jaquelynn Steves
Vintage Butterfly Designs available at knitting-and.com