Doodle Stitching One-Hour Embroidery : Tutorial + Giveaway!

Doodle Stitching One-Hour Embroidery : Tutorial + Giveaway!

Best-selling author and embroidery pattern designer, Aimee Ray, has a new book out that is perfect for quick summer stitching projects.  The newest addition to the Doodle Stitching series, One Hour Embroidery is filled with over 135 adorable motifs you can mix and match to create endless embroidery projects. Aimee gets your creative juices flowing with 18 different project ideas with full instructions.  She was kind enough to share a tutorial for one of the projects with Snuggly Monkey!  

The Watercolor Note Card and Gift Tag project combines embroidery on paper with colorful watercolor washes to create a unique and extra special wish for a friend! Here is Aimee's tutorial on how to create these adorable cards and tags that will make your gifts extra special. 


What You'll Need For This Project:

  • 5’’ x 8’’ (12.7 cm x 20.3 cm) piece of 140 lb cold press watercolor paper (for a card)
  • 3 1/2’’ x 2’’ (8.9 cm x 5.1 cm) piece of 140 lb cold press watercolor paper (for a gift tag)
  • Embroidery Floss: 1 skein each of DMC dark purple 3834, turquoise 807
  • Watercolors and brush
  • Hole punch
  • Craft knife
  • 12” (30.5cm) piece of 1/2” (1.2 cm) wide satin ribbon
  • Thanks and 4u embroidery patterns
  • Gift tag template

Embroidery Stitches You Will Be Using:

  • Back Stitch
  • Satin Stitch


1. Use a craft knife to measure and cut the watercolor paper to the dimensions above. Score the card down the middle so it folds from the top to 5’’ x 4’’ (12.7 cm x 10.2 cm). Use the gift tag template to trace and cut the top point on the tag and the hole punch to make a hole in the top corner.

2. Paint colored watercolor washes onto the paper pieces as a background for your stitching. Use your favorite colors or experiment with blending more than one color together. There are no rules here, don’t be afraid to make uneven edges or smeary colors. Drip on more color while the paper is wet if it’s too light, or remove a bit of paint and water with a tissue if it looks too heavy or wet.

3. Transfer the embroidery patterns to the pieces using carbon paper, trace them on with a light source, or write the words with pencil in your own handwriting. Embroider the designs according to the stitch guide using 4 threads of floss. It will help to poke holes along the pattern line with your needle from the front of the paper so you can see where to come up from at the back.

4. Thread the ribbon through the hole on the tag and tie it into a bow, or onto a package.


Leave a comment below for a chance to win a FREE e-book copy of Doodle Stitching One-Hour Embroidery! A winner will be selected at random on July 3, 2021. The winner will receive a copy of the new book via email directly from the publisher. 

Want some more chance to win? Visit the other Doodle Stitching One Hour Embroidery Blog Tour participants for a new chance to win a copy of the book every day this week! 

June 28
C&T :

June 29
Snuggly Monkey!


June 30
Benzie Design :

Cloud Craft :

July 1
Jessica Long:

Christen Brown :

July 2
Wild Olive/ Mollie :

Aimee Ray :


  • Sandie Fisher

    Hermwork is sweet, fun, colourful and full of joy. I would love to have this new, charming book in my hands. The hedgehog pin cushion/dome would be first!

  • Peggy J

    This book sounds super fun! I have really been enjoying embroidery lately.

  • Amber Williamson

    That book looks super fun and I love the idea!

  • Peggy G

    Ohmygoodness those cards are adorable!! So simple but would mean so much to the recipient…
    And I’m dying over the tiny squirrel on the book’s cover!!

  • Renee G

    This book looks like so much fun. I would love to make some of these cuties.

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