Embroidery designs: mini Santa hoop art

Find the free embroidery designs for these friendly-faced Santas below. Stitch a few onto cotton then transform them into mini hoop necklaces, brooches or tree ornaments. Here’s how…

Looking for a Secret Santa gift idea? How about these free embroidery designs? Pick out your embroidery threads and small squares of fabric to make something super cute and festive for this year’s Secret Santa. They’re quick, easy and really fun to make. Liz of cozyblue has sized them to fit perfectly into mini hoops, but you could also print and stitch them for larger hoops too.

Don’t have a mini hoop handy? Personalise fabric-based gifts, like tea towels or shirts, with this mini Santa.


You will need:

Kona cotton (ivory or natural)
DMC embroidery floss in white, red and black
Embroidery pattern by cozyblue

How to make a mini Santa hoop

Step 1
Transfer the design onto your fabric (find cozyblue handmade’s embroidery transfer method here).

Step 2
Using 2 strands of red embroidery floss, with the following embroidery stitches: seed stitch and satin stitch, embroider the Santa hat. Using a single strand of red embroidery floss, straight stitch Santa nose, cheeks and mouth. Using 2 strands of white embroidery floss (3 strands for larger faces), French knot the beard. Then with a single strand of black embroidery floss French knot the eyes.

New to embroidery? Visit our embroidery stitches library to learn how or pin this for later.


Step 3
Cut out the faces, leaving about 3/4″ of extra fabric around each one and place into your mini hoop. To finish, stitch along the edge of the fabric with a running stitch. Stuff with a little bit of soft toy stuffing between the fabric and middle inset of your mini hoop, then pull the thread to gather the fabric around the inset and slip into the hoop. Add a bit more soft toy stuffing between the middle inset and the backing plate.

Step 4
Attach a pin back to make a brooch, a necklace chain, or baker’s twine to make a Christmas decoration.


liz-stiglets-cozy-blueAbout Liz

Liz is a self-taught embroidery artist and small business owner and maker at cozyblue handmade. cozyblue handmade is all about modern embroidery designs that feature my Liz’s illustrations. “I love creating new work, sharing it, and encouraging others to take time for themselves and to tap into their creativity. My motto is: slow down, get cosy, get crafty.”

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  • grace andrew

    I love your “mini Santa hoop art” . I wish, I could also make this amazing embroidery design. MachineEmbroidery

  • Elizabeth Hurley

    I really love your design I am gonna try them for sure, nice, color-full and creative one.
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  • Elizabeth Hurley

    that embroidery is looking really awesome.
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  • Jennifer David

    They look great. Finally an embroidery hoop art for winter, I am thinking to hang one on my front door.