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8 Kits That Will Make You Fall in Love With Embroidery

Mar 11, 2020

by Katie Hawley

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When it comes to activities to help you pleasantly pass the time, quiet the mind, and generate a totally one-of-kind piece of home decor, it’s hard to beat embroidery. And thanks to a talented crew of Etsy sellers offering original kits fully stocked with all the materials you need to get started, there’s never been a better time to dive in. From perky plants and friendly critters to motivational mantras and hot air balloons, today’s DIY options are as unique and varied as they are delightful to complete. To help get you inspired, we’ve rounded up eight obsession-worthy embroidery kits shoppers can’t stop talking about. Who’s ready to start stitching? 

Pilea & Snake Plant embroidery kit from Sew Botanical
SHOP: Pilea & Snake Plant embroidery kit from Sew Botanical, $30

Why we love it:

This charming kit from Sew Botanical is based on a hand-drawn sketch of two of our favorite house plants, pilea peperomioides and snake plants, and expertly introduces novice crafters to a smattering of stitch types through a comprehensive step-by-step guide. 

Why shoppers love it:

“This was so much fun and I’m so happy with how it turned out! The instructions were clear and the kit had everything I needed.” — EB 

Lunar Moth embroidery kit from Rikrack
SHOP: Lunar Moth embroidery kit from Rikrack, $28

Why we love it:

We’re crushing hard on the saturated teal fabric background of Rikrack’s bestselling kit, not to mention the on-trend design featuring a magical moth and dreamy celestial accents.

Why shoppers love it:

“Fantastic kits—I opened it and five minutes later, I was stitching away. Great guides on the website and lightning-fast shipping. Very happy with this purchase!” — VG 

Chinese Takeout embroidery kit from mipomipo handmade
SHOP: Chinese Takeout embroidery kit from mipomipo handmade, $31

Why we love it:

Unconventional subject matter for an embroidery kit, maybe, but who doesn’t love takeout? The pattern for this comics-inspired kit from mipomipo handmade is printed right on the fabric for ultimate execution ease. Plus: that beagle!

Why shoppers love it:

“This is my second purchase from this seller. As expected, I received the kit promptly. The accompanying instructions were color-printed and the printed cloth was of good quality. One of my favorite shops.” — HAJ 

Show Up embroidery kit from Cozy Blue
SHOP: Show Up embroidery kit from Cozy Blue, $26

Why we love it:

Words worth remembering offset by Cozy Blue’s gorgeous floral pattern and the sweetest pastel palette we ever did see? Yes, yes, and yes, please! 

Why shoppers love it:

“Perfect kit. Had everything I needed, and everything was so lovely and pretty. The little artistic and personal touches made a big difference. There’s even a note about how embroidery can be a really mindful and relaxing practice. Loved it!” — MM 

Sea to Sky embroidery kit from Diana Watters Handmade
SHOP: Sea to Sky embroidery kit from Diana Watters Handmade, $31

Why we love it:

There’s something undeniably soothing about this streamlined cross-stitch pattern, inspired by the sea-meets-mountains landscape of British Columbia and exquisitely brought to life by Diana Watters Handmade. Bonus: All the thread you need arrives pre-cut so you can skip the snipping and get straight to stitching. 

Why shoppers love it:

“Prior to this, I had never cross-stitched anything but I wanted to have a piece of decor in my daughter’s nursery that I made myself. I’m a little over halfway done and I’m impressed by how easy this kit has made the experience so far! Everything you could need is included, and the diagram and color chart are so easy to follow. If you’ve ever wanted to try cross-stitching something, I’d highly recommend buying a kit from this shop!” — ASR 

Autumn Leaves embroidery kit from Tamar Nahir Yanai
SHOP: Autumn Leaves embroidery kit from Tamar Nahir Yanai, from $21

Why we love it:

This crowd-favorite design from Tamar Nahir Yanai can be purchased in three versions: a printed fabric pattern only; the printed pattern with needle and thread; or all those elements plus a hoop for hanging, so there’s something to suit every kind of crafter. 

Why shoppers love it:

“My first embroidery project and I loved using this kit! The packaging is very well done and included everything I needed. The amount of thread you receive is generous and the fabric feels high quality. Took me three days to finish and then I immediately ordered another kit. Very happy with this seller.” — CA

Balloon embroidery kit from Nelly Makes Embroidery
SHOP: Balloon embroidery kit from Nelly Makes Embroidery, $27

Why we love it:

A bonus needle, an illustrated stitch glossary, and a practice fabric swatch are just three of the many reasons we can’t get enough of Nelly Makes Embroidery’s thoughtfully assembled kit featuring a classic hot air balloon floating calmly among the clouds. 

Why shoppers love it:

“This is probably the best embroidery kit I’ve bought on Etsy. You can see how much care is put into this. It’s beautifully packaged, the instructions are very clear, and the materials are fantastic quality. You really get your money’s worth. Thank you so much for the love you’ve put into your work.” — SN

Geometric Fox cross stitch kit
SHOP: Geometric Fox cross stitch kit from Velvet Pony, from $33

Why we love it:

This clever geometric pattern from Velvet Pony comes together to reveal one fully adorable pointy-eared fox who almost looks ready to prance out of the hoop.

Why shoppers love it:

“This kit is fantastic! It was my first try ever at embroidery and it got me hooked right away. It contains all the necessary equipment and supplies and the included threading system is hassle-free and easy to use. I highly recommend this artist!” — MB 

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