tutorial: stitched hand print

(Here's another contributing post I did for 30 Days. Hope you enjoy.)

Every six months I have been trying to get a hand print of Sawyer's to keep and reminisce over as he grows up (so quickly!). There are the more traditional ways - clay or paint - but I wanted to incorporate my love of embroidery into this keepsake.

To make one of your own you will need:
  • a traced hand print from your kid of choice
  • two fabrics - the back fabric (I used white) and the hand print fabric (the yellow flowery fabric I used)
  • needle and thread
  • embroidery hoop
  • water soluble pen to trace your pattern
  • small, sharp scissors - needlework scissors are ideal

 I traced my son's hand and then traced over that with a thick, black marker so I could see it better through the fabric while I traced.

See how you can still see the black marker through the fabric? Trace over it with a water soluble ink pen and you are almost ready to stitch.

 To get ready to stitch, you want to layer your two fabrics - white on bottom and yellow on top. You'll see why I did it like this.

Back stitch around your traced hand pattern. You'll be stitching through both layers of fabric at the same time.

Take your fabric out of the hoop and begin to cut away the excess yellow fabric. I cut away the majority to get it out of the way and then cut closely around the backstitching (about 1/4") all the way around. Small, sharp scissors are key! I used my embroidery scissors to get the job done. Just be patient and careful while you cut away - you don't want to accidentally snip a stitch.

I didn't permanently finish the back of this piece. I didn't want to use glue because I am not sure if I am going to want to take this out of the hoop and re-frame it, or maybe I would like to add a bit more stitching to it. For a temporary finishing job, sew a running stitch all the way around the perimeter of the hoop, pull the thread tight and tie a knot. 

This is what you will have when you are done. It looks neat and doesn't do any permanent damage, just in case you ever want to take the work out.

I am so happy to have my 2 year old's little hand print as a keepsake embroidery piece. Good for years of weepy mommy reminiscing.



  1. So cute! What a great idea. It would be so cute if you put all the handprints together in a quilt with some of his baby blankets or favorite items of clothing. It would make a really great keepsake!

  2. Hey Allison, just wanted to let you know I've given you an award on my blog (if you don't do that sort of thing, that's fine, just wanted to let you know!) I really enjoy reading your blog! You can check out the post here: http://kerraftycreations.blogspot.ca/2012/09/sunshine-award.html

  3. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made one of my two year olds hand for my mom and myself. It's a great gift idea! I really enjoy your blog :)


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