Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Family Tree Embroidery Pattern

Firstly, I apologize for not updating more frequently. As mentioned in the last post, we just got the dog and I've been focusing every waking moment on making sure her transition has been smooth. It's important for the Mr. and I that Quinn and Aubrey have a loving and happy home. I've barely had a spare minute to even work on projects so here it goes...

For Mother's Day I wanted to make a family tree for my mother-in-law. She is not only the most caring mom ever, but she's also the most sentimental. I had searched far and wide for a unique pattern that I could use to put her boys and their families but I couldn't find any. It seems like those tree murals are all the rage, but I wanted to embroider mine so I needed something dainty and pretty.

Combining elements from my favorite clip art trees into one gave me the result I really wanted. If you would like the pattern, click here! I printed my pattern onto tissue paper pinned it to the fabric and stitched directly through it. Afterwards, simply rip off the paper (or use tweezers to remove teeny pieces) and that was it. I used some high quality natural linen and basic embroidery floss.

For the trunk and main branches I used a chain stitch. The smaller branches are done in the stem stitch; everything else is done in a back stitch. There are 5 leaves on the tree: one for the Mr., one for me, one for his brother, one for his brother's son and another for his fiancee.  Next to the leaves for the Mr. and his brother, I put French knots to signify how many people are in that family unit (2 for us, 3 for them).

Why I love this pattern:
  • 100% Customizable
  • Easily updated when there are marriages and new arrivals
  • Really simple once you learn the basics of embroidery
  • Stunning finished project
  • Heirloom quality gift 


  1. thanks for sharing this great idea :D totally doing it!

    1. Thank you! I think it's safe to say that this was one of the most treasured gifts my mother in law has received from me.

  2. I get an error message when I click on the link. Any ideas? I'd love to use this. Very nice!

    1. Hi Evan -- you don't have an email set up for me to respond to... If you see this, send me an email and I'll respond with a copy of the pattern attached! xx Jess

  3. What did you do with it after? How did you frame it or finish it off? It's really beautiful which I think is partly due to its simplicity and a lack of clutter.


Feel free to share your thoughts or questions. You make my day!

xo Jess

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