sewing: summer top with free strawberry embroidery pattern

This post was written by Tara of  Girl Like The Sea.


Hi Gnats readers! Tara here from Girl Like The Sea today, with something very summery and sweet to share. I’ve got a free strawberry embroidery pattern template for you to make your very own, if your kids are as nutty for the berries as mine are!

My kids find few things in life more delightful than strawberries. Strawberries to eat, and strawberries to wear. It’s all good to them. They constantly fight over the “strawberry plate” of which there is only one here. There’s also a battle royale going on over this sweet little chambray top with a strawberry on it too.

chambray strawberry embroidered tunic

They may be strawberry obsessed, but I’m a sucker for chambray. Especially if it comes from Robert Kaufman. I’m kind of a Kaufman junkie actually. There’s something so amazing about chambray….. it’s crisp and clean and looks great as a garment. Rachael got several colors in her shop recently, and the “buttercup” color caught my eye. Creamy and sweet.

What goes better with cream than….strawberries! The shorts are made in a ridiculously cute Japanese lawn. They’re soft and breezy and perfect for summer.

chambray embroidered strawberry tunic

It reads more yellow in pictures than it is in real life, but the chambray is actually more peach than straight yellow. The fabric is inverwoven, which means that there are two different colored threads woven through it to give it a bit of dimension. This chambray would be great for a button down top or a pair of shorts or kids pants. Or a dress! It’s structured, but soft.

chambray embroidered strawberry tunic

Clover put this top on and immediately started saying that it “feels nice”. Which is high praise from the girl who usually twitches and fidgets in things and complains about how they feel.

chambray embroidered strawberry tunic

How GREAT are little kid chicken legs. Seriously. I have an addiction to seeing my kids’ legs all out there like this.

chambray embroidered strawberry tunic

For the embroidered applique, I used a piece of the cotton/tencel chambray in red

This stuff is really neat! It’s got a lot of interesting dimension to it because of the threads being red and white interweave. Super soft too. A lighter and more drapier weight than your typical chambray. So probably better for drapey tops or fluttery things than pants or shorts.

chambray embroidered strawberry tunic

This kid was having an amazing modeling day. Normally I can get her to make approximately two faces. The one face she likes, and her grumpy face when I ask her to do something different.

I think she was being extra cooperative so I wouldn’t let her little sister take her place in the outfit. Lol.

free strawberry embroidery pattern

If you’re curious, I used the Dana Kid shorts pattern and the tiered top pattern from the new English version of Happy Homemade

Now, would you like a quick tutorial on how to make your own embroidered strawberry? (Heck yes!)

Embroidered (skeptical) Strawberry

I feel like my strawberry came out looking a tad skeptical. You wouldn’t believe how hard it was for me to produce a design that looked neither creepy, nor sarcastic. How hard is it? I just wanted it to look cute!

free strawberry embroidery pattern

You can click HERE to download my template. Tinker with the print size to suit your needs. The whole image on which the strawberry is centered on is 8×10″

STEP ONE : Print out your template in the right size for your project, and choose what kind of fabric you would like to embroider on

free strawberry embroidery pattern

TIP: You can just embroider straight onto your finished product and make your life easier. I chose to embroider the red fabric and then applique it to the top after the fact, just to keep the little threads on the back all hidden. You could also applique the strawberry shape to something first and then embroider it. It’s all just a matter of personal preference.

STEP TWO: I interfaced the back of some red tencel chambray and then used an old Singer carbon paper tracing kit to transfer the design to the right side of my fabric.


Now the fun part! I used three strands of embroidery floss for the face and all six for the green leafy hair

STEP THREE: French knots for the strawberry seed freckles

STEP FOUR: Satin stitch for the eyes

STEP FIVE: Back stitch or split stitch under the eyes and the nose and mouth

STEP SIX: Satin stitch for leaf hair

STEP SEVEN: cut your design out if you’re appliqueing, and machine stitch it to your shirt (or whatever you’re working on) with a very wide zig zag. Stitch length I used was at the longer end of the button hole length. You want the threads to totally encase the edge of the design to make it look clean and nice.


I started by outlining the face with a split stitch, but then realized it was pointless if I was going to machine stitch over that. If it makes you feel better, go ahead and do it. Otherwise just keep your transfer line there to show you where to cut.

chambray strawberry embroidered tunic

BOOM. Super sweet strawberry done. Your kid probably thinks you’re awesome right now. Mine tell me as often as possible about all the things I do wrong, but they heaped praise on how pretty this was, so…. go me!

Go check out some of the new chambrays in the Gnats shop. I also recommend looking at the double cloth chambray. I’ve used some of it before, and it’s amazing. Like a double gauze, but chambray. Pillowy and delightful.

Thank you for reading. See you next time! You can come visit me over in my little corner of the blog world where I post earnestly and infrequently. Lol. Bye!


I'm Tara! A quirky, nerdy, sometimes irreverent creator of things. I blog at Girl LIke The Sea when I'm not running the three kid circus at my house.

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7 Responses to sewing: summer top with free strawberry embroidery pattern

  1. Ajaire June 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Um your satin stitches are AMAZING Tara! It looks machine stitched. That is so so hard to get right. I love the top and have been eying it in that book (I found it at the library) so now I’ll have to make one!

    • Rachael Gander June 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      I was totally thinking the same thing! I thought those stitches were done by machine at first ;)

  2. Emily June 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Cutest strawberry- definitely not creepy and I’m not really buying skeptical. Haha. Gorgeous pictures and outfit. :)

  3. Anita June 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Very cute! I thought it was machine embroidered too, great stitches!

  4. Katy June 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Very cute!

  5. Annika June 12, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    are you kidding me? this is awesome. i don’t think i’ll ever be patient enough to hand embroider anything. but i sure love to see it when others do so…


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