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Lazy Daisy Stitch

| This stitch is best for: Filling in designs

The Lazy Daisy stitch is a simple and versatile embroidery stitch that can add texture and dimension to your embroidery projects. This stitch is commonly used to create flower petals, leaves, and other small decorative elements. The resulting stitch will be a long oval shape, closely resembling a petal. Mastering this stitch will help you with other stitches such as the Chain Stitch.

How to do the Lazy Daisy Stitch

  1. Start the stitch: Bring your needle up through the fabric at the point where you want to create the base of your first petal. Hold the thread down with your non-dominant hand.
  2. Create the first loop: Reinsert the needle back into the fabric through the same hole. Make sure the thread is held down with your non-dominant hand and as you pull the thread through, leave some thread behind to create a loop.
  3. Form the petal: Bring the needle back up through the fabric through the loop, a distance away from the previous point (about 1/4 inch or 0.6 cm). This distance will be how long you want your petal to be. Remember to insert the needle through the loop! Your needle should be coming out from inside the loop you made.
  4. Secure the petal: Pull the thread all the way through and reinsert the needle back into the fabric just beside the previous hole, over the loop. This will secure the petal in place with a short stitch.
  5. To create additional petals, repeat steps 3 to 5, spacing the petals as desired. Each loop will create one petal.
  6. End the stitch: Once you have created all of your petals, bring the needle to the back of the fabric and tie off the thread. Cut off the excess thread.


  • Practice on scrap fabric before starting on your actual project.
  • Experiment with different loop lengths to create different sized petals. You can also experiment with different lengths of the securing stitch in Step 5 to get different shapes of petals. Don’t be afraid to play with the size and shape of your petals to create different effects.
  • Keep the thread tension even and light to create a consistent loops. If you find that your loops are not staying in place and getting unevenly tighter with every petal, try using a small knot every time you end a petal.
  • If your loops aren’t staying in place, try using a small stitch or a tiny knot to secure them. You got this!