Words for Hand Embroidery

When I started sewing mostly with denim rather than printed fabrics, I wanted to find some way to add a more personal touch to my creations. Hand embroidery turned out to be the perfect addition! I love to add a bit of beauty and encouragement to the zip pouches and tote bags I sew up.

In anticipation of the Barnabas Bag pattern being released next month, here are some of my favorite phrases sized to fit perfectly on the tote’s 5″ square pocket. There are two files, one with block lettering and one with script lettering. Each file has eight unique phrases. You can resize and use these embroidery patterns anywhere that could use a little boost!

Tips for Use

Transfer the words to fabric using your preferred method.

The easiest way to transfer an embroidery pattern to denim is to use Sulky Solvy Stabilizer (or another washaway embroidery stabilizer). Simply print the pattern onto the stabilizer, stick it on your fabric, stitch over the pattern, and then rinse away the sticker. Of course, traditional transfer paper and/or pencils work well too.

Embroider using a simple backstitch.

When embroidering on denim or another heavier weight fabric, I use all six strands of embroidery floss. This helps the stitching stand out better. Use shorter stitches when going around curves. For more depth when stitching in cursive, use two overlapping backstitches on the downstrokes.

Design your own.

If you’d rather write your own phrase, it’s easy to create a pattern. Open a word document and add a text box the size you desire. I’ve use Dancing Script (95pt) and Gadugi (72pt) in these patterns.


Click on the images below for the script or block lettering embroidery patterns and have fun sewing!


Together we can find more ways to reclaim fabric
and breathe meaning, joy, and life into our days.


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