Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


[UPDATE 12/27/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member nouvellegamine for winning this giveaway!

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners.

Asian-inspired lampshades embellished with flying fish. Canvas sneakers decorated with pink and white swirls. A pretty pillow adorned with a sleeping bunny, sweetly curled up. All it takes to create these appealing projects—or add charming embroidered touches in no time at all—are a few simple stitches, some easy techniques, and the nearly 30 projects in this book. Begin by learning several styles for outlining, filling, decorating, and appliqué. Find out about floss, fancy threads, fabrics, and needles. Get the scoop on hoops, and the lowdown on transferring your very own designs onto every type of fabric. The fresh ideas, witty patterns, and clever color illustrations take stitchers from novice to accomplished in a blink of the eye!

Click here for purchasing info on Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: Do you have hand sewn motif that is special to you?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


  • Missing

    Sep 14, 2015, 04.39 PMby Mark Daniel

    Love the embroidery!!!! So bright and gorgeous!

  • Image_large

    Nov 22, 2013, 03.33 PMby 1947Ginger

    I’m teaching a rural school group of 3rd and 4th graders stitches for a Christmas gift for their parents. I’d appreciate receiving the Doodle Stitching gift in return for my first post. Don’t you need my mailing address? Thank you.

  • Birdie2_large

    Dec 30, 2012, 05.04 AMby littlewren

    My fav is a little bunny that is on the handmade quilt on our bed! I sewed him on a whim and would love to give him some friends!

  • 11258216_10206641305901111_7249394459930650298_n_large

    Dec 28, 2012, 05.48 PMby nouvellegamine

    thank you!!! :D I’ve been eyeing this book for a while!

  • Whiteb_large

    Dec 28, 2012, 05.03 PMby BurdaStyle Support

    Thank you all for participating in this comment to win. It has been fun reading everyone’s comments.

  • Missing

    Dec 27, 2012, 08.00 PMby OzLady

    I do not have a favourite motif but would love to win the Doodle Stitching book for inspiration to help me design my own personal motif! Many years ago I embroidered a small cushion for my first baby, a girl. It was simple stitching with flowers and a verse. My daughter recently became a mother herself to a beautiful baby girl and she also displayed this small cushion in her baby’s bedroom. Hand stitching to me is special and if looked after well can be lasting.

  • Missing

    Dec 25, 2012, 03.50 PMby EJEC

    A husband and wife’s fingerprints doodle stitched to form a heart)

  • The_mermaid_large

    Dec 24, 2012, 03.35 PMby blueartisan

    My favorite that I’ve use a lot has been a modern interpretation on Indian traditional embroidery with shisha mirrors. I just love the bright, bold colours and that shiny mirror that winks as you move :)

  • Missing

    Dec 24, 2012, 09.38 AMby dayocouture

    I’ve never tried doodle stitching, would really love to churn out the cupcake designs. Dreamy hmmmmm

  • Missing

    Dec 24, 2012, 01.32 AMby elaineren

    I have fond memories of my first motif…a pink poodle. My cousin taught me the stem stitch :)

  • Missing

    Dec 23, 2012, 06.28 PMby Shelly Morgan


  • Collar_2_large

    Dec 23, 2012, 05.43 PMby chelsea childress

    I would say the peacock feather is special to me, reminds me of my little girl. She loves peacocks!

  • Missing

    Dec 23, 2012, 05.52 AMby Anarkalisewing

    I made a picture of a basket of apples

  • Bttn_avatar_large

    Dec 22, 2012, 02.20 PMby bttn

    Once I embroidered a tricycle for my best friend’s baby, and it turned out just lovely! When it comes to embroider something, I usually ask my husband to help me with drawing, he is a graphic designer, perfect for me, as I can’t draw!

  • Missing

    Dec 22, 2012, 10.54 AMby couthyquine

    A starfish. It reminds me of the story of the little boy on the beach covered in starfish, throwing them back into the sea. When his father pointed out it was pointless throwing them back, as there were tens of thousands, and what difference could one small boy hope to make? The little boy put another one back in the water, and said “it made a difference to that one!”

  • Missing

    Dec 22, 2012, 05.26 AMby Patti Barrett

    I’ve only done flowers and swirls so far, but like the look of trees and birds

  • Missing

    Dec 22, 2012, 04.16 AMby limer

    Yes, they are table coverings hand-sewn by my great aunts. They did a lot of embroidery and tatting. They always embroidered flowers.

  • Spiralflowerstamp_large

    Dec 22, 2012, 01.41 AMby Karen Clark

    i love anything with spirals!

  • Meprofilebarn_large

    Dec 22, 2012, 01.30 AMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I have a baby chicken motif for my blog Sew Country Chick

  • Missing

    Dec 21, 2012, 10.18 PMby Jamie DSC

    I don’t have a motif, but I’d like to start embroidering little things like this on my handmade clothing.

  • 88261b0422c0647779b794e71439132456d8d959_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 09.32 PMby vanessa

    My freshman year in college, I spent a painstaking few weeks embroidering “ceci n’est pas une chaussure” on one of my Converse sneakers. It taught me the value of a thimble!

  • Img_1174_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 09.22 PMby Nianest Alers

    Oh I remember I did an angel with a trumpet when I was in 3rd grade, it was my first hand sewn motif

  • 1a782239bacc076eefb6a41bcd5565c80c67da21_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 08.50 PMby euma

    I’ve embroidered a lot of things in my life, since I learned cross stitch and other techniques when I was a child. However, the most recent one was a biscornú I made as a pincushion for myself. (Biscornús are so pretty!).

  • E760ccd46cf37d1191a6ad598b4fbca6445345e5_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 08.38 PMby sprytehart

    We hand stitched the ornaments for our Jesse tree

  • Lacey_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 08.19 PMby joen

    I cross sticked a wreath with a poem about My Mother in it for my mom when I was getting married.

  • Missing

    Dec 21, 2012, 08.05 PMby Terri Rogers

    I’ve done a fair amount of hand embroidery, but I can’t say that I have a special motif.

  • 11258216_10206641305901111_7249394459930650298_n_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 06.51 PMby nouvellegamine

    my bunny jumping in the pocket of my skirt :D It just makes me laugh every time I see it.

  • Missing

    Dec 21, 2012, 06.02 PMby tanetane

    I’ve only stitched my son’s name onto his clothing. Not really embroidery. I wish we had a special motif.

  • 2248651388_b7dff371cd_large

    Dec 21, 2012, 05.37 PMby victors

    A bumble bee!

  • Missing

    Dec 21, 2012, 05.24 PMby saxysarah

    My mom used to do tons of cross stitching so anything cross stitched is a special motif for me.

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday