Lazy Daisy Stitch Tutorial

raindrops and flowers made from lazy daisy stitches

The Lovely Lazy Daisy Stitch is Easy & Versatile

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One of the stitches that attracted me to embroidery was the lazy daisy stitch. I would see it everywhere while browsing through embroidery inspirations on Pinterest and when looking closely a this embroidery stitch it looked like it would be pretty easy to do, and it is! It’s definitely a beginner’s stitch and you’ll love using it for all sorts of things, but especially for flowers.

When it’s broken down, it’s just a simple closed loop that is attached to the fabric with a small tie stitch. It’s also known as the detached chain stitch because it’s essentially one chain stitch.

Lazy Daisy Stitch Step-by-Step

Come up to the top of your fabric, then return back into the same hole (or as close to it) but leave a small loop behind. Next, push your needle up halfway through the inside of your loop at the top. Hold your needle in place with one hand while pulling the thread carefully through at the bottom until it hugs your needle.

loose loop with a needle coming up through it on fabric

Then pull your needle and thread through. Careful not to pull your loop too hard or it won't retain its round shape.

lazy daisy stitch

Finish your lazy daisy stitch by creating a tiny little stitch to hold down your loop. Push your needle to the back just outside of the loop near the spot you last came up from.

needle returning to the back at the top, outside of loop

lazy daisy stitch

Tips & Tidbits

raindrops and flowers made from lazy daisy stitches

  • When you're creating your lazy daisy stitch you'll notice that the longer your loop the thinner your stitch will be so if you're creating petals and want fat petals create either shorter lazy daisy stitches or use more thread.
  • If you want your loops to be a bit rounder you can keep your loop a tiny bit looser or you can add more thread to your needle so it will fill the space in a little more. I would recommend playing around with the number of threads you use and the tension you apply as you create your loop (during the step where you pull your thread to the back until your thread hugs your needle). Everyone has their favorite combo so you won't know until you do a little experimenting which is the fun part!

Use the lazy daisy stitch on its own to create a simple rain drop or group them to make things like flowers.

By the way, the lazy daisy stitch also goes by the name detached chain stitch. If you already know how to create a chain stitch or have read (or viewed) my chain stitch tutorial then you'll know why. They're almost cousins!

As always, here's a video tutorial to end the lesson.

Lazy Daisy Stitch Video Tutorial 

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