How to Embroider an Apple

by Cara Batema Google

Embroidery is a tradition that extends back thousands of years, but the process is still relevant today. Add flair or a decorative touch to almost any object through embroidery. Embroider nearly any shape by hand through a combination of common stitches like the back, running or seed stitches. An apple is a relatively simple shape that does not require a vast knowledge or skill with embroidery. Add your apple embroidery to a shirt, napkin, cloth card or gift tag, purse or towel.

Items you will need

  • Fabric
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric pen
Step 1

Draw your apple design on a piece of fabric or whatever you want to embroider. Use a fabric marker that is water or air soluble. Decide what kinds of stitches you want to use for each part of the apple.

Step 2

Put your fabric in an embroidery hoop. Lay the fabric over the inner hoop and smooth it out. Put the outer hoop over the fabric and inner hoop and tighten the latch. Pull the fabric slightly so that it is tight inside the hoop. Ensure that you can see your design and access it easily in the hoop.

Step 3

Cut a long piece of embroidery floss and divide it into groups of three strands; you often to not want to embroider with all the strands that are part of the floss.

Step 4

Put the floss through the eye of a needle and pull a little excess through.

Step 5

Embroider your apple design with the stitches you chose. A back stitch is ideal for this project. To do a back stitch, make a simple straight stitch. From the underside, put the needle through the fabric in the middle or just before the end of your straight stitch and pull it through. Put the needle into the fabric from the top and turn the needle up from the underside to the middle or just before the end of the stitch you just made. Continue in the same manner along the line you drew for your apple pattern.

Tips & Warnings

  • Learn a few types of stitches and practice before embroidering your apple.

About the Author

Cara Batema is a musician, teacher and writer who specializes in early childhood, special needs and psychology. Since 2010, Batema has been an active writer in the fields of education, parenting, science and health. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and creative writing.