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Stitchtember - Day 6 - Lazy Daisy Stitch

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Today’s tutorial is all about the lazy daisy stitch which is another of my favourite embroidery stitches. It's a standalone stitch which I often use as a simple leaf shape. However, work a few together around a centre point and a flower will begin to form on your fabric. Work this together with a French knot in the centre and you have a complete flower! As you may already know, my designs are inspired by flowers and nature, so this is my go-to flower embroidery stitch.

Lazy daisy tutorial


· Fabric – cotton or linen fabric works well. I used osnaburg fabric which is 100% seeded cotton, but you can use any spare fabric you already have.

· Stranded embroidery thread

· Needle

· Scissors


· Embroidery hoop

Just for your reference, during this tutorial I am using osnaburg 100% cotton seeded fabric, black DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread, a hand embroidery needle and a 5” DMC beechwood embroidery hoop.

1. Thread your needle using stranded embroidery thread. For this tutorial I start by using four strands of DMC stranded embroidery thread. You can choose how many strands of embroidery thread you would like to work with.

2. Bring your needle through from the back of the fabric to the front at point 1. This is the starting point of your lazy daisy stitch.

2. Put your needle back down into the fabric at point 2, very close to your starting point, and bring the needle straight back up at point 3. This forms the length of your petal or stitch.

3. Wrap the thread around the needle.

4. Pull the needle and thread through the fabric to form a loop/petal shape.

5. Make a small stitch over the top of the petal by putting your needle down just on the outside of the petal and pull through to secure the stitch.

6. Your lazy daisy stitch is complete. This can be used as a stand-alone stitch or work a few together around a centre point to form a flower, as shown in the following photos and video tutorial below.

Lazy daisy stitch top tips:

  • Vary the length of your lazy daisy stitch by changing the point in which you bring your needle back up at

  • When working a lazy daisy flower, change the amount of petals for each flower to create a different look

  • After working a few lazy daisy stitches around a centre point, work a French knot in the centre point to complete the flower

Lazy Daisy Stitch Video Tutorial:

Happy Stitching!

Hannah x

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Rachel Willcox
Rachel Willcox
Sep 06, 2023

I’m brand new to embroidery and really enjoying Stitchtember so far, thank you!

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