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Punch Emboidery: Animal Pins


Designed by

Sachiyo Ishii


• 15cm x 15cm piece of Oxford Cotton fabric

• 6-ply embroidery thread in:

Cat-light brown, red brown, sandy brown, dark brown, black

Penguin-light brown, black, blue, grey, white

Dolphin-light brown, blue, white, black

Whale-light brown, sky blue, white, blue, black

Fox-light brown, yellow, red brown, black, white

• Fabric glue

• Sturdy plastic sheet or cardboard

• White cotton thread

• Felt fabric and matching coloured cotton thread

• Pins


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Project sheet (pdf)




Transfer the motif onto the fabric, using Chacopy or cut out motif and draw lines with a pencil.


Place the fabric in hoop. For the best result, use Clover Embroidery Hoop which grips the fabric firmly.


Using the Embroidery Stitching Tool, adjust the needle length to position 1 and start stitching. Work the outline of the motif in light brown thread first (red brown thread for cat) and referring to the photograph for the correct colours, work the body of the motif from outer edge towards centre. When you finish one colour, leave a fairly long end, thread end through chenille needle and fill in any gaps with hand stitching if needed.


Referring to the photo, work the details using the following colours:
Cat-with black, make straight stitches for eyes. With dark brown, make straight stitches for whiskers and nose.
Penguin-with black, French knot the eyes and straight stitch the beak and feet.
Dolphin-with black, French knot the eyes.
Whale-with black, French knot the eyes. With blue, embroider dots for spout.
Fox-with black, make straight stitches for eyes. With red brown, French knot the nose.


Lightly coat the loops on the wrong side of work with fabric glue. Allow it to dry.


Release the work from hoop. Mark the cutting line on the right side, using the template. Cut out the motif.


Cut out sturdy plastic sheet or cardboard to template. Work a running stitch around edge of fabric, encase the plastic sheet or cardboard and pull thread tightly. Make a knot to secure the end.


Cut out felt fabric to the template. Sew pin to the felt. Attach felt to back of the pin.


How to assembly the pin