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D.I.Y Tutorial: Holiday Embroidery

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Are you going on holiday this year? Or an event you want to remember for a very long time?! Why not try making your own embroidery piece to hang in your home, so personal but easy to make!

Sorry for being quiet lately, my Husband and I have just got back from our summer holiday to Pula, Croatia.

I had such an amazing time, I can’t wait to share my adventures with you and the crafts they have inspired! That’s my plan for the next few posts; holiday inspired crafts (and a few holiday snaps!)

Whilst we were in Pula, our first stop was to the historical town centre. The main tourist destination is the Pula Arena, which is a Roman Amphitheatre. You do have to pay to get in but I thought it was definitely worth it! During the evenings they had a gladiator show, unfortunately we never made it but can imagine it being amazing.

We also visited the Arch of the Sergii, which is an ancient Roman triumphal arch – commemorating the three brothers of the Sergii family.

I really enjoyed our day exploring this beautiful, historic town centre. I wanted to make something personal that would remind me of this day – which is why I decided to create an embroidery piece!

I decided to use the Arch of the Sergii for my embroidery, this was one of my favourite sites plus it was quite simple to do (I am definitely no embroidery expert!)

If you are going on holiday this year, or have been on a holiday recently. I recommend recreating your favourite snaps with an embroidery piece. It took me around 2 hours to complete, but is something that can be done easily whilst you are watching TV.

You will need:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Fabric (cotton is best – I used an old t-shirt)
  • Embroidery thread 
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (optional)


Step 1: Prepare 

The first thing to do is put the fabric inside the embroidery hoop, make sure you pull the fabric tightly and fasten securely.

Using the pencil, I then drew very quickly the outline of the Arch – as you can see this is a very quick, rough drawing. More of a guideline for the sewing.


Step 2: Being embroidering the picture

I then started to sew the outline of my Arch, I did this using back stitch. So I stitched from underneath, through to the top then back on myself and underneath again.

I repeated this step going around my Arch, it is best to try and keep your stitches the same length however it doesn’t matter too much if you don’t.

Once you have finished one colour, changing to the next is easy. Simply tie the first colour in a knot on the underneath side of your fabric and cut off the excess thread. You then begin with the second colour as you did the first.

I then slowly built up my Arch. Rather than filling it in, I used the stitches to show the pattern, this gave the Arch more detail but with less embroidery.

Once happy with the Arch I added the location and year underneath, and finished! This is now something I can hang in my house to remember our very special day.

I hope this has inspired you to make your own holiday embroidery, I would love to see them – use the hashtag #eighteencreations!

Thank you so much for reading, they’ll be more holiday inspired crafts coming soon!

Laura xxx

2 thoughts on “D.I.Y Tutorial: Holiday Embroidery

  1. Wow. What a great idea! I started embroidering after getting back from my six months abroad in Rome, and never thought to mark my trip by creating something to hang on my wall.


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