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DIY: Create Your Own Hand-Stitched Palm Tree Embroidery

The basics of hand-stitching can sometimes look a bit daunting (trust us, we felt the same), but with a little bit of patience, and the perfect palm print, we’re pretty sure you’ll love making these tiny hoop rings as much as we do. And the best part is, it won’t break the bank!

With a nod of inspo from current color crush olive, we selected our embroidery colors in shades of green reminiscent of our Wind Chaser Jumpsuit, Soft Stars Knit, and our perfectly textured solid olive No Hurry Swim collection, and got started…

Here’s what else you’ll need:

A wooden embroidery hoop (we chose a couple sizes)


Embroidery thread (you won’t need too much; just one of each of the colors)

A needle (make sure the hole is large enough to fit embroidery thread through)

A remnant piece of cotton fabric as the base

A pencil

A design (download the PALM PRINT here, and the ‘LOVE YA’ here)

To get started, print your design to the size of the hoop you’ll be using. Afterwards, trim a piece of your fabric to fit the embroidery hoop, place it and secure tightly. The trick is to make the fabric backing firm enough to easily pierce with your needle, but do not overly stretch as it will distort your final product.

Next, you will want to gently trace the palm design onto the front of your hoop by holding it up towards the light and pressing it to the backside of your hoop. This is all used as a guide so do your best to capture as many details, but keep in mind you can always hold it up again midway to re-align or darken your pencil marks.

A good starting point for us was the palm tree trunk. For this we used one of the more basic stitches called a satin stitch. It creates a straight and smooth finish, is great as a filler, and is a series of simple back and forth stitches. Using just two pieces of the 6 strings from our cut embroidery thread, we thread it through the needle and knotted the ends together and began our stitch from the bottom, through to the top. To create the straight appearance, we made a horizontal line stitch through to the backside, following our pencil mark as a guide. Then, we brought the needle up and through again next to the opposite side of the initial stitch and repeated that to the bottom of the trunk, knotted and then cut.

Now that you’ve finished the trunk. It’s now time to create those olive palm leaves. One color at a time! For us, we chose the dark green and used a variation of two stitches. 1. A chain stitch (which we used in our bandana DIY) and 2. The Satin Stitch, which we used on the trunk of our palm tree.

Starting from the middle of the first leave, we used the chain stitch as the outline of the palm to create a thicker and braid-like appearance to differentiate it from the leaves. Following the pencil outline we stitched all the way to the end of the leaf and knotted before beginning our next stitch.

Using the statin stitch, we started our leaves. This is probably the most creative part and also the least technical because placement doesn’t need to be quite as precise. Simply do your best to follow your pencil markings for each leaf before beginning the next!

Continue this until each leaf is complete!

Now, for the simple word art! This particular how-to is much less time-consuming but we love the ombre outcome and clever messaging. Follow the same steps as your palm to create your outline and simply follow your trace marks for each letter!