fresh produce embroidery patterns ~ free pdf

Every year, about now, I start craving lettuce. We have seedlings started, but I’m not on the ball enough to have lettuce to harvest growing under the lights–soon, but not yet. Instead I daydream about fresh tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and all the other bounty that will grow in our garden and appear at our favorite roadside stand in a few months.

If you’re anticipating the first fruits of the spring garden like I am, I think you’ll enjoy stitching the three free embroidery patterns I have for you today. I attached mine to some much-needed new grocery bags, but they could also become wall art, pillows, part of an apron, or even placemats.

three bags

Each finished design measures roughly 7″ x 10″. If you are familiar with backstitch, satin stitch, and running stitch, you’ll have no trouble embroidering these designs.


organic bag“ORGANIC” features the sun shining down on small seedlings and their accompanying seed packets.


seasonal closeup

A veggie from each season is featured on “SEASONAL”,


local closeup and a dependable farm truck delivers the harvest in “LOCAL”.

Click here to download all three patterns. I’d love to hear what you think of the designs, and if you’d like to share your finished projects, please upload your photos to the ThimbleNest flickr group.

Updated to add:


I took the bags out for their maiden voyage to the grocery store on Thursday, and they were more than up to the task. The one below held four half gallons of milk and four boxes of almond milk without a problem. Originally I wasn’t thrilled about using denim as the main fabric for the bags, but I was committed to using fabric from my stash, and I’m glad I followed through. The denim will be durable and won’t show stains easily. (I used this tutorial for my bags, and although I made several modifications/improvements of my own, I was very pleased with the finished dimensions–perfect for my needs!)


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