How to Embroider Dandelions

In celebration of May and it's springiness, it's time for another embroidery tutorial!  This time we're looking at how to do a dandelion.

- scissors
- something to embroider
- embroidery floss
- needle
- embroidery hoop
- pencil

Thread your needle with embroidery floss. Always a good step one. I used a double length of thread.

On your fabric, decide how large you'd like you finished flower to be, and draw a circle that size.

Draw another smaller circle inside this one.  You'll be sewing around the "donut" you just drew to make your flower.  Put your fabric in an embroidery hoop.

Starting at a point on the inner circle, bring your needle up, then go straight across and put your needle down on the outer circle.

Bring your needle back up through the inner circle, and down on the outer circle.  Repeat this around the entire circle, being sure to space the "spokes" of your dandelion further apart on the outer circle than they are on the inner circle.

The dandelion is done!

(Sidebar tip: The dandelion flower is also good for smaller flowers, just like the lazy daisy.  However, if you’re feeling ambitious you could add more rings around the first “donut” and continue outward as you like for a bigger donut.)


  1. I have never heard of this flower stitch before. Your lazy daisy tutorial the other week inspired me to take out my unstitched vintage linen doilies and begin working on tem

    1. Quite honestly, I think I might have made this stitch up when I embroidered a pillow a few years ago. It isn't really anything but a running stitch arranged in a circular way, so maybe it's not a real "type" of flower. But I think it looks nice anyway!

  2. Fantastic tutorial! I have some old cardigans that are just crying out for a brightening floral detail to update them.

    1. Ooo, on a cardigan is a great idea! I always forget I can embellish cardigans. Good idea.

  3. This is such a fun, cheerful technique. I think it would look really cute on fabric covered button earrings.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Such an incredible tutorial and your writing style is amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

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