Explore a new side of machine embroidery when you stitch your favorite designs on canvas fabric! The combination of stitches and this unique material opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities! We used a canvas paint-by-number set and added in appliqué designs from our Leaping Ladies collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale – 80369. The finished project is a captivating work of art that adds character and warmth to your living space! Follow the directions in this tutorial and find out how you can adapt this technique to fit your home decor style!

Embroidering on Canvas



Step 1

Prepare your applique fabric by applying Fusible Woven to the back of each piece. Make sure it is larger than the piece of applique fabric. For this project, we will be using the general cut in place applique instructions.

Embroidering on Canvas prepare applique fabric

Step 2

Hoop one layer of StabilStick TearAway.

Embroidering on Canvas hoop stabilizer

Step 3

Remove paper backing by using the Perfect Scoring Tool. Float the canvas onto the hoop, adhering it to the sticky part of the stabilizer.

Embroidering on Canvas score stabilizer
Embroidering on Canvas hoop canvas

Step 4

Using your machine, line the design up to where you want it placed on your artwork. You can use our StabilStick template sheets to help position design on the canvas.

Embroidering on Canvas place designs

Step 5

Stitch the first step. Place applique fabric over the placement stitch.

Embroidering on Canvas stitch placement stitch and add applique fabric

Step 6

Stitch second step: Cut line and tack down. Cut the applique fabric along the cut line.

Embroidering on Canvas trim applique fabric

Step 7

Continue stitching the remaining steps.

Embroidering on Canvas stitch machine steps

Step 8

Remove from hoop and carefully cut away excess stabilizer. Continue tearing away the remaining stabilizer away from the design.

Embroidering on Canvas remove stabilizer

Step 9

With a low heat, and using the Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth, press your design and straighten out the canvas.

Step 10

Repeat for your desired number of applique designs. Hang your artwork and show it off!

Embroidering on Canvas add other embroidery

Step 11

Hang your finished canvas and enjoy!

Embroidering on Canvas finished project


We hope you enjoyed this machine embroidery tutorial! Have you embroidered your own canvas artwork? Come show off your work in our private Facebook group, The Perfect Stitch!