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Detached chain stitch flowers

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Detached chain stitch flowers are super easy, beginner-friendly way to stitch flowers! If you can do the detached chain stitch and the French knot, you can easily stitch these up in all sorts of fun colors.

A photo of blue flowers stitched onto white fabric, surrounded by embroidery supplies.
A finished of detached chain stitch flowers makes for a fun, relaxing afternoon project!

I've provided you with written and photo step-by-step instructions for stitching a detached chain stitch flower below. There's also a video tutorial, should that be easier for you to follow. If you'd like to stitch along with the specific pattern and colors I'm using in this post, you can find that in my shop!

Step 1: Transfer your flower design onto your fabric.

I used the window method and a heat-erasable transfer pen to transfer my design onto white cotton fabric. You can use whatever transfer method and fabric that works best for you! If you're drawing your own flowers by hand, you can have as many petals as you like; these are just made up flowers that sort of look like daisies. Get creative!

If you're following the pattern from my shop, you'll also want to go ahead and stitch your stems before getting started with your flowers.

Step 2: Bring your needle up through the middle of your flower shape.

As best you can, you'll be coming up through this same hole for each of your petals.

Step 3: Bring your needle back down through that same hole, leaving a loop.

If you pulled your needle at this point, your floss would go straight through the hoop - so if you accidentally pull all the way through at this point, don't worry! It'll be easy for you to start back at Step 2.

Step 4: Bring your needle up through the tip of your petal shape, through the middle of your loop, and pull.

Step 5: Secure your first detached chain stitch by bringing your needle back down through your fabric, just above your loop.

This is a time to remind you that I have a post showing just how easy it is to modify your detached chain stitches!

Step 6: Continue creating detached chain stitched petals, all the way around your flower shape.

Try your best to come up through that initial hole in the middle of your flower shape for each petal.