A Cute Little Embroidered House Tutorial [FREE Template Included]

There is something so sweet about a hand embroidered houses, isn’t there? Depending on what type of stitching is used, windows can become intricate with little curtains or walls can look like pebbles or logs.

I think any and all embroidery stitches can be used to bring a little house embroidery to life. I created this miniature embroidery pattern to share, and used a few varied stitches to demonstrate how different the houses can look. Each stitch gives each house its own character, and as you can see here, color adds to the vibe of each house.

Embroidered Houses

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What you’ll need to stitch up these little embroidered houses:

  • FREE little house template
  • 4-inch embroidery hoop
  • 6-strand embroidery floss in different colors
  • 10″ square piece of Osnaburg (or linen)
  • Transfer pen and a light box (or bright window)
house pattern transfer

How to stitch embroidered houses

Step 1:

I used a transfer pen with disappearing ink and a light box to transfer my pattern, but you can use the transfer method of your choice. If you tape the pattern to a window that receives a lot of sunlight, then hang the fabric over that, it works just as well as a light box.

Step 2:

I decided to embroider the hill, tree, and cloud before beginning the houses. I used 6-strand French knots for the cloud and 6-strand backstitch for the hill, tree and grass.

embroidering houses

Step 3:

Beginning with the house on the left, I used a split stitch. To start the split stitch using 6-strand floss, make one stitch length. While the needle is still on the underside of the hoop, bring it up at about the midpoint of the stitch, in the center of the floss, and pull it through. Continue in this manner for both walls and the roof. I switched the color of the floss I used for the roof, but you can make it all the same color if you like. 

how to split stitchsplit stitch a house

I used 3-ply of the 6-strand floss for the windows and door. 

split stitch house

Step 4:

For the house in the middle, I used a chain stitch. I think this gives the house a more rustic look — what do you think? To begin the chain stitch, bring the floss up from the underside of the hoop. The needle is going to go down just near the place it came through, and up a stitch length on the underside of the fabric. Wherever the needle comes up, it will act as an anchor for the loop of this first chain. 

chain stitch a house

Repeat this process to chain stitch the walls and the roof. Just as I did with the first house, I used 3-ply of 6-strand floss for the windows and door. 

chain stitch house

Step 5:

For the third house, I used a basic back stitch for the walls, but opted for a satin stitch roof. You could satin stitch the whole house, but then the windows become a free-stitch sort of element, as the pattern won’t be visible after satin stitching the whole house. 

satin stitch house

To satin stitch the roof, begin on one side of the base of the roof, and take one long stitch from one side to the other. Bring the needle up right next to the beginning of the first stitch. Continue in this manner, working up the roof angles, until it is completely filled in. 

how to satin stitch a roof

As with the two previous houses, I used the 3-ply of 6-strand floss for the window, door, and curtains. 

satin stitch a roof

There you have it — three little houses on a hill. Each little house has its own character depending on which stitches you use.

how to embroider houses

I hope you can see how much texture can be added to basic lines with all these different embroidery stitches. 

I hope you will give this little pattern a try and test out different embroidery stitches. Which stitches do you think you will use to embroider a house?

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