30 Embroidery Designs to Celebrate Fall

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. That means one thing: Fall is here! This great collection of hand and machine embroidery patterns celebrates the splendor of the changing season. Whether you cross-stitch, appliqué, needle punch, embroider or sew, there is a pattern waiting to be completed.

Whether we like it or not, summer is over, so make the best of it by gathering around the sewing machine and stitching supplies.

Sunflower Pinor Magnet

Sunflower Pin or Magnet photo via Bluprint member Emb Garden

Let’s get stitching some fall embroidery designs!

Cross stitch owl and ABC 123

Photos via Bluprint members Pinoy Stitch and Orange Blossom Dreams

If you like hand embroidery but are not quite a fan of freehand stitching, cross-stitch is ideal, particularly if you are just starting to embroider.

Get the Autumn Hootie design.
Get the Simple Sampler I – Fall design.
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Photos via Bluprint member StitchX Cross Stitch Designs

Hand-stitched designs are particularly lovely when framed.

Get the Fall Pumpkin Cross-Stitch design.
Get the Fall Banner Cross-Stitch design.
Sunflower cross stitch

Photos via Bluprint member StitchX Cross Stitch Designs

Besides pumpkins, sunflowers are iconic symbols of autumn, and intricate shading in the petals is possible with thousands of small crossed stitches in varying shades of thread.

Machine embroidery

Mug rugs

Photos via Bluprint member Sanity’s Machine Embroidery Designs

Cool temperatures and hot beverages are the perfect combination for these adorable mug rugs. Made entirely in the hoop, the machine embroidery appliqué finishes up quickly, making this a great project for gifts.

Get the Crows In the Hoop Mug Rug design.
Get the Pumpkin In the Hoop Mug Rug design.
Get the Apples In the Hoop Mug Rug design.
Get the Owl In the Hoop Mug Rug design.
Autumn medley

 Photo via Bluprint member b-quilts

Marjorie Busby has digitized a wonderful assortment of machine appliqué designs that coordinate with AccuQuilt dies. Fall Medley, above, and Rustling Leaves, below, have the option of several finishing stitches. Choose a traditional satin stitch, blanket stitch, free-form appliqué, and candlewick stitch. If you don’t have an AccuQuilt die, you can still create these designs with the standard tack and trim appliqué technique.

Get the Fall Medley designs.
Busby word block

Photos via Bluprint members b-quilts and Izabella’s Closet

Change things up with a fall word block design.

Get the Rustling Leaves designs.
Get the Autumn Fall Block deisgn.
Football and apple from Applique Geek

Photos via Bluprint member Appliqué Geek

Just add your favorite player’s name to this split design football appliqué and you are ready for the big game. Or, add an apple to a sweatshirt for someone who is the apple of your eye.

Get the Football Split Appliqué design.
Get the Apple Appliqué design.
Sunflower linework

Photos via Bluprint members Orange Cat Embroidery Designs and CS Stitching

Stitch up an appliqué sunflower with lots of dimension or try some line designs that could be colored, tone-on-tone or variegated.

Get the Sunflower Appliqué design.
Get the CS Country Autumn design.

Photos via Bluprint member Emb Garden

Let your embroidery machine do most of the work with these 3-D scarecrow designs. One even features a tealight nose!

Get the Scarecrow Flameless Tealight design.
Get the 3-D Scarecrow design.

Hand embroidery

Country garden stitchery

Photos via Bluprint member Country Garden Stitchery

Colorful threads on subtle backgrounds create elegant hand embroidery.

Get the Autumn Pumpkin design.
Get the Autumn Season Hand Embroidery design.
Pumpkin harvest and Jacobean leaves

Photos via Bluprint members My Red Door Designs Patterns and Kelly Fletcher Needlework Design

Although technically an appliqué design, Pumpkin Harvest (above left) is easy to create. Wool edges finish beautifully with blanket stitches. If crewel work appeals to you, try the Jacobean Leaves pattern (above right). It includes instructions on making a pillow cushion.

Get the Pumpkin Harvest design.
Get the Jacobean Leaves design.
Forever autumn pattern

Photos via Bluprint member Xander Panda

This intermediate pattern uses basic hand stitches and appliqué to produce four pieces of textile art.

Get the Forever Autumn design.

Needle punch

Needle punch pumpkin patterns

Photos via Bluprint members Lollypoppers/American Pie and Jerri Kelly

Needle punch designs appeal to our tactile senses and add a feeling of warmth to the seasonal cool down.

Get the Home Punch Needle pattern.
Get the Autumn Punch Needle pattern.

Paper piecing

Paper piecing

 Photos via Bluprint members This & That Patterns and All Stitches

If traditional machine piecing makes your head hurt, try paper piecing!

Get the Autumn by Candlelight pattern.
Get the Maple Leaf Paper Piecing Pattern.
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What’s your favorite fall-themed item to stitch?

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