craft easy sewing project free pattern free-motion thread sketching tutorial

Miro thread sketching tutorial

This tutorial follows from the previous thread sketching tutorial I made. I will use both resulting sketches to make an item. If you prefer you can just make a placemat out of this sketch.

To do thread sketching you only need to have a machine that can have the feed dogs down while you stitch away so you can move your piece wherever way you want.


  • Some fabric scraps
  • Stabiliser (printing paper will do)
  • Thread in a contrasting colour. I used cream because my fabric was black but black on white/cream will work too
  • Miro painting outline (pdf)


Print pattern. The pattern will print over 2 pages. You will need to trim one of the pages to the right or left, depending on the page you trim, align pages together and stick together with some tape.

Now cut a piece of fabric as large as the pattern.

Note: My piece of fabric is larger than the pattern because I trimmed the pattern as it was aligned to the top and I wanted it centered but I did that after I cut the piece of fabric using the pattern as a guide.

Pin well.

This time I did not add another piece of paper to the back because I thought it may not be necessary.

Now stitch along the lines one first time using free motion.

This time I only stitch through the design once to see if it was any easier to remove the paper.

Remove paper.

Easier said than done! I almost gave up and threw this piece in the bin.

Some thoughts about using paper as stabiliser

It is not always easier to use paper than it is to use proper stabiliser. This could be helped with shorter stitches perhaps.

This pattern had more lines than the Picasso sketch I did last time so it was more time consuming. I put the whole thing in water in the end and yes, it was easier to remove the paper but bits still got trapped in the stitches.

It looked like this.

In the end I think I had an eureka moment and I decided to turn the piece around. I used a solid fabric and you couldn’t tell which side was up.

This is what the back looked like.

Finishing the sketching

Now it was time to finish up the piece by adding some fancy stitching, mostly zigzag stitch, on different areas.

You will need some stabiliser on the back for this step but that’s fine because if you don’t get it all out it doesn’t matter as it will be hidden.

So pin the paper to the back of the piece.

So I went over all lines and added zig zag stitches here and there and also some straight stitches too.

So this is what the sketched looked like after I finished.

I’ll be using both sketches to make a brush case holder in next tutorial.


  1. You make this look so easy but I am sure it will take me several tries to master it. Thank you so much for the tut…I am definitely going to try it.


  2. Thank you! To date, any experiment in quilting in which the feed dogs are down has been less than satisfying! But you have encouraged me to try again!!!


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