Embroidered To Do List

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Hello there, 30 days readers! It’s Allison from little lovelies, here to share another embroidery project with you. I have been sharing all kinds of needlework postshere on Mique’s blog, so take a look through my older posts for stitching tutorials and project inspiration.

Today I am going to share how I made this embroidered dry erase board, and I’ll even throw in a little satin stitch tutorial.

To Do List

I love making lists – especially to do lists. It feels good to get all of your thoughts and tasks out and feels even better to mark them off. (Anyone else add tasks like “Wake up” or “Feed dog” just so you can have something to mark off? ha!) I have seen lots of great ideas involving using a frame to make a dry erase board, so I thought incorporating embroidery with that idea would be perfect.

What you’ll need:
– an 8″x10″ frame
-material of your choice (about 10″ x 12″)
-embroidery thread, needle, water soluble pen and scissors
-hot glue gun
-sewing machine (optional)

The first and biggest task is coming up with a pattern.

Start by tracing the inside of your frame. You should do it this way because even though you have an 8″x10″ frame, that doesn’t mean that the whole 8″x10″ of your work will be viewable. In my case, you could only see about 7.5″x9.5″ inches of what was framed. Add lines for the items of your list and a heading. If you are feeling extra brave, draw a few shapes. My drawing ability limits me to arrows so that is what I went with.

Once you have the pattern drawn, trace it onto your fabric using a water soluble ink pen. I used my light box for this, but a bright window will do the trick.

After you have your pattern traced, use your sewing machine to stitch the lines. You could do this step last, in the middle, or even skip it all together, but I went ahead and did it because my sewing machine is right next to my light box.


 With your pattern traced and lines machine stitched, you are ready to embroider.

For all of the letters and shapes, I just used the back stitch. (See my tutorial for that here.) Did you notice that the “o’s” have a little something extra? I used a satin stitch to fill them in.  Let’s go over a simple tutorial for this pretty stitch.

1. Bring your needle up on one side (in my case, the left) and insert it down on the other side of the shape you want filled.
2. Under your previous stitch, bring your needle up on the left again. Don’t try to save thread and bring it back up on the right -it is really hard to keep your stitches close enough and even enough to look pretty.
3. Put your needle back down on the right side, directly under your last stitch.
4. Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have filled in your shape. Keeping your stitches even and straight on both sides can be a challenge. Don’t give up! Pull it out and try again, or do your best and make it work. After a few tries, it gets easier.

Don’t worry if your outside edges aren’t perfectly lined up or even. I have a solution for that.

Simply back stitch around your shape and it looks perfectly, evenly filled in.

Finish stitching the rest of your piece and wrap it onto a piece of cardboard using hot glue. Once it’s cooled, pop it in your frame and you are ready to get going on your list.

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Happy stitching!



  1. says

    i love making my to do lists to AND crossing things off!! they help me sleep at night & get SO much more done! I’m smitten with your embroidered version – well done girlie!