Handmaker's Factory

Squirrel Embroidery Pattern

Hi! Says my daughter in her super soft, shy voice. I wanted to enforce her to greet others so I made a dress that would encourage others to greet her. My latest free embroidery pattern is a squirrel waving hi.

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(click on the image to download from Flickr)

For my version I originally used just a yellow thread. It was very hard to see. To make the image pop, I weaved in a red thread. I’m happy with the results.

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To make the dress I used a free pattern called The Delany Dress. You can find it here. The pattern was easy to follow and use. I altered my daughter’s dress a bit from the pattern. I made the skirt straighter and instead of using bias tape I surged all the edges. I must confess that when I started this dress, a month ago, she was a size 18 months. Now that I completed the dress she is more of a size 24 months. Note that she is 16 months old. To get the dress to fit over her head I had to cut the bodice all the way down the back. I added a button to keep it closed.

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The skirt of the dress is stamped with a black walnut shell. My neighbor has a black walnut tree so I always have plenty lying around my yard. Many of them are perfectly split in half and the center in the shape of a heart. I took one of these and sanded it down to make it flat. I mixed a fuchsia fabric paint with a gold glitter fabric paint and used a paintbrush to apply the paint to the nut. Then I stamped it onto the fabric. Some would probably measure out where to stamp. Being me, I winged it. This time it worked out.

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The dress is entirely made out of vintage flour sacs, which had been upcycled into napkins. Oh, the lives this fabric has lived. It’s a bit transparent so I doubled up on the bodice.

Thanks for viewing!


The Gingham Ginger, aka Nena, has been a life long crafter. She learned how to crochet so young she doesn't even remember how old she was. Recently she has gotten into embroidery hardcore. HARDCORE! The Gingham Ginger is an entrepreneur extraordinaire and community enthusiast. Always ready for an adventure to spread positivity near and far.