Showcase 2018 Color Trends in a Simple Back Stitch Tutorial

There are so many great colors of the year this year; the Behr 2018 color collection is especially beautiful. One way to keep a space feeling fresh is to take a look at color collections that you love and choose colors from the collection. But what if you just can’t choose? This basic tutorial will show you how to use a bunch of colors to make a simple stitch sampler decoration (choose from various, equally stitches in this How to Sew tutorial).

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The colors and simplicity of the stitches puts this fast and easy DIY piece in a modern style but with a soft, traditional sentimentality.

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(Note: This example uses a basic back stitch. There are other lovely basic hand stitches that might match your vision more closely; learn about them and how to easily sew.)

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Materials Needed:

  • Embroidery floss in the colors of your choosing (example uses flosses inspired by the )
  • Fabric to sew stitches on (example uses a scrap of cotton drop cloth)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Frame

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Organize your colors in the order you’d like them sewn onto your fabric.

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Trace the cardboard from inside your frame and a pen to mark the actual size and shape of your finished sampler. Place your fabric inside an embroidery hoop; this helps to keep the fabric taut and much easier to sew on.

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Thread your needle with the first embroidery floss. There are several ways to sew the back stitch; for this simple modern sampler, you can simply run your first line of stitches, which will look like baste stitches going in one direction, in a centered line. Then head back the other direction, being sure to pinpoint the ends of the first stitches precisely to create a solid line.

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As you’re stitching, wrap the beginning strand of thread under your first few stitches on the back side of your sampler. When you’re done with the color line, tie a double knot in your thread. (I loop the needle under the nearest stitch and tie my double knot from there.) Cut the thread.

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Change colors on your needle, and continue sewing lines using a back stitch (or whatever hand stitch you’ve chosen to use).

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Try to keep your back thread/floss neatly in line as well, so the loose strands don’t show through your fabric in the “white space” between lines. Trim thread close to the knots.

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Vary the length of the lines and the stitches for fun, and to embrace the hand-stitchiness of it all. But keep everything centered and as straight as you can eyeball it.

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When you’re done, cut any loose or long threads on the back side of your fabric.

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Remove the fabric from your embroidery hoop and use fabric scissors to carefully cut along your traced frame lines.

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Place your fresh, new sampler into the frame.

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This modern-flavored sampler might look well in an industrial or utilitarian space, like by the kitchen backsplash, for a pop of sweet color.

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It will also look well in a study or a bedroom, paired with a colorful and shapely lamp or other visual accent.

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There’s something about the perfect imperfection of hand stitches that really gets to me. Every time. And this one is so fast and easy, and it really brings in a colorful modern vibe without being too in-your-face.

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Don’t forget to check out our How to Sew article for other basic hand stitch ideas. Happy sewing!