Homemade Holiday Gift Idea!: Make an Embroidered Family Photo

(Image credit: Do Small Things With Love)
Maker: Nancy
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 1 hour
Project Cost: $5-10 (depending on the size)
(Image credit: Do Small Things With Love)


  • White Fabric (I used a heavy canvas)
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Permanent marker (with a fine tip)
  • Small Embroidery hoop
  • Printable iron-on transfers (compatible with your printer)
  • Ribbon (optional)


  1. Find a black & white photo of those you love and edit it as you see fit.
  2. Print and iron your image onto your fabric, according your transfer’s instructions.
  3. After the image has cooled, place it into an embroidery hoop. Adjust as needed so the circle frames the photo nicely.
  4. Sketch out your intended design onto the fabric. Make sure the line is thin enough that it will be hidden once you stitch over it.
  5. Embroider over your chosen design with the appropriate stitch. Here, Nancy used a split stitch for the branch, and a satin stitch for the leaves.
  6. Tie on a ribbon for hanging.
(Image credit: Do Small Things With Love)

Many thanks to Nancy for sharing how to make this embroidered photo transfer. Find more info and photos on her blog, Do Small Things With Love.

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