Lazy daisy stitch - embroidery how-to, quick video, and step by step guide

What is the lazy daisy stitch and how do I use it?

The lazy daisy stitch is a series of single, or detached, chain stitches formed around a center point. It is commonly used to create simple embroidery flowers since it has a loopy, petal effect to it. Add a French knot stitch to the middle to complete the flower look! In the Stitching Raccoon Sampler, the lazy daisy stitch is used in the four-leaf clovers.

Lazy daisy stitch in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler

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Lazy daisy stitch diagram

Below is what a typical diagram for the lazy daisy stitch may look like in an embroidery pattern or on other how-to pages. 

Lazy daisy stitch diagram

See the lazy daisy stitch in action

Follow along with this quick video to see how each step of the lazy daisy stitch comes together.

Step-by-step instructions

Now, let's walk through each step in the lazy daisy stitch together.

Step 1: To begin, bring your needle up near the center point that you would like to work your petals around.

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Step 2: Now, send your needle back down through the same hole you came up, but don’t pull your thread all the way through yet.

Image of stitching the lazy daisy stitch

Step 3: Bring your needle up at the top-most point of your flower petal, making sure the embroidery floss goes around your needle. This creates the petal of your flower. Pull the needle until the floss is snug, but not too tight, keeping the loopy look of a flower petal.

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Step 4: To secure this petal, make a small stitch over the loop. You now have your first petal.
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Step 5: Next, come up near the center again where you want your next petal to be and repeat steps 2-4. 
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Step 6: Continue making stitches in this way, working around the center point. Add as many petals as you would like!
Image of stitching the lazy daisy stitch
Image of stitching the lazy daisy stitch

Save it for later.

Want to remember how to do the lazy daisy stitch? Pin the image below to Pinterest as a quick reference for later!

Lazy daisy stitch diagram for Pinterest

Give it a try, you can do it!

Now it's your turn to grab a needle, some embroidery floss, and give it a go! Practice the lazy daisy stitch, along with other basic embroidery stitches, in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler. Get the embroidery pattern for FREE by signing up below!

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