December Holly Embroidery Pattern

Making the December Holly

The Holly plant is the birth flower for December! This plant is known for its green leaves and clusters of bright red berries, making it the perfect pop of color for the month of December. When in bloom, the Holly has small white flowers. Stitch this design for yourself or gift it to a friend who was born in December! The December Holly is great for beginner and seasoned crafters alike.

Finished December Holly embroidery pattern with letters DEC

Stitches in the December Holly pattern

We started this festive December Holly embroidery pattern with the Scuba Dive outline in split stitch. This color makes the whole piece pop! Then, we moved on to the Holly leaves. Using three different shades of green helps to give this set of leaves depth, as if they were bunched together on a tree. All of the leaves are stitched with backstitch, making it easy to go around the tight corners. 

Close up of december holly embroidery pattern leaves backstitch

Once the leaves were complete, we went to those bright red Holly berries! The berries are also stitched with backstitch since they are smaller, tight circles. Finally, we grabbed our Teddy Bear color and put in the tree branch with stem stitch and little French knots in the berries. Overall, this is a super fun pattern to stitch and great for beginners!

Close up of red holly berries in embroidery with backstitch and french knot.

To learn more about each of the stitches we used, including step-by-step tutorials with pictures, written instructions, and video, check out the embroidery stitches blog.

Detail shot of December Holly embroidery pattern

Finished December Holly embroidery pattern - square

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December Holly embroidery kit

December Holly Embroidery Kit

December Holly PDF Pattern

December Holly PDF Pattern

Hand holding December Holly fridge magnet

December Holly Magnet


The Birth Month Flowers Collection

For the 2023 Embroidery of the Month, we decided to do a series of Birth Month Flowers! Each flower is released in its correlating month (January Carnation in January, for example). All twelve patterns will have the same format and feel, making it a great series to do a quilt or other project with the collection.

Learn about the past Birth Month patterns

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Embroidery of the Month - get more info

Learn to stitch with a new embroidery each month.

Are you ready for some happy mail? With the Embroidery of the Month you'll receive a brand new, surprise Penguin & Fish embroidery delivered to your door each month

Stitch all of the Birth Month Flowers in 2023! Each month we'll release the  month's birth flower. All 12 patterns will be similar in format and feel, making this the perfect collection to display together, or make into a quilt or other project. Plus, when you purchase the embroidery kit during the month of the release, you'll receive an exclusive freebie (while supplies last). 

The Embroidery of the Month is about practicing your stitching and make something cute with the Penguin & Fish Family!

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January Carnation finished embroidery pattern

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