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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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  1. dispack
    April 17, 2014

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    Wendy: tell me a couple of the colors that you used-I love the orange of the carrots, also what is the color number of the A and the second S in Seasonal? Thanks.! :)

    • Wendy
      April 17, 2014

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      Thanks for asking! I will be putting a new post up soon that details the colors of all of the letters, but in the meantime . . .

      All floss is DMC.
      I am not certain of the carrots, but it was very close to the orange I used for letters and it was #740.

      The “A” is DMC #3852.
      The second “S” is DMC #976.

      Hope that helps!

  2. dispack
    April 14, 2014

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    OH WOW! Wendy! I love these. I am so glad that I ran upon them. I’m making them now! Love the denim bags too. Thank You! I love embroidery.

  3. Sheryl
    April 1, 2014

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    Oh my gosh, no words to describe how much I love these. Can’t wait to make them.

    • Wendy
      April 1, 2014

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      So glad you like them! Hope you post what you make in the ThimbleNest flickr group–I’d love to see the finished product!

  4. Amy West
    March 31, 2014

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    How creative! Thank you!

  5. Dianne
    March 30, 2014

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    Oh! Thanks you so much for the free pattern. I love the truck! I’m going to put this on a tote for a teacher gift. Great idea to attach the stitching to denim which is so durable. Did you use linen or just cotton for the stitching background?

    • Wendy
      March 30, 2014

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      Thanks so much–the truck is my favorite, too. I stitched the designs on 100% cotton muslin.

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