Free Silk Ribbon Embroidery Designs and Projects

For those who enjoy embroidery, a different type of embroidery called silk ribbon embroidery (SRE) is a lovely variation.

What is ribbon embroidery?

Ribbon embroidery is a type of embroidery that is basically stitching with ribbon. Unlike traditional embroidery, ribbon embroidery is used to create stunning dimensions on the stitched pieces.

Ribbon embroidery dates back to the 1700s where the silk ribbon embroidery was used as embellishments on clothing, quilts, home decor items and much more.

What is the difference between embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery?

Traditional embroidery is most often stitched using embroidery floss or threads.  In contrast, silk ribbon embroidery is stitched using ribbon. 

Ribbon embroidery creates texture and adds dimension to the ribbon embroidery designs, unlike traditional embroidery which is made with simple stitches on the surface of the fabric.

Both types of embroidery use similar stitches such as the straight stitch, French knot, backstitch, and chain stitch.  However, the ribbon stitch is used exclusively with ribbon embroidery.

What would ribbon embroidery be without the ribbon embroidery stitch?!

This stitch is used to form many different flowers and other motifs. It does take some practice, but it is well worth the time to learn.

Flowers are the most common ribbon embroidery designs because the silk ribbon makes loops and twists that create very lifelike florals.

What is the best ribbon to use with ribbon embroidery?

It is best to use silk ribbons designed especially for ribbon embroidery. The silk is very thin which makes it easier to stitch through the fabric than synthetic ribbons.

At times, the ribbon is stitched through itself as part of the ribbon embroidery design, and the silk ribbon makes this easy.

Silk ribbon is also washable which is a plus when doing the embroidery on fabrics that will need to be washed like clothing, table cloths, etc. When using synthetic ribbon, it is important to test both whether it is colorfast as well as whether it can easily be worked through the fabric being used.

This page is full of beautiful ribbon embroidery designs and free silk ribbon patterns. The floral silk ribbon embroidery designs include the following flowers:

  • Daisy
  • Rose
  • Viola
  • Sunflower
  • Fuchsia
  • Lavender
  • Tulips
  • Vines

Other designs below include:

  • Bees
  • Ladybugs
  • Wheat
  • Hearts
  • Butterflies

Scroll down to discover beautiful silk ribbon embroidery designs, patterns, and projects. Creating embroidery with ribbon takes some practice, but some of the designs found below will help to start very simple.

Check out our Ribbon Embroidery and Designs page to learn the basic stitches and designs.

Explore silk ribbon embroidery and make the romantic floral stitches come to life!

Free Silk Ribbon Embroidery Designs and Projects

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Bees and Ladybugs in SRE

For a fun spring and summer silk ribbon embroidery project, try making these bees and ladybugs. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Frilly Pink Rose Vine Pattern

Here is a free silk ribbon embroidery pattern for roses on a vine. Honey Bee's Bliss

Fuchsia to SRE

A free fuchsia silk ribbon embroidery chart along with complete instructions on how to embroider it. Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions Blog


With this free pattern design, you can create a beautiful heart. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Lavender In Silk Ribbon

This silk ribbon lavender design would work well on sachet bags, pillows and gift bags. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Paris en Fleur

The free SRE chart - silk flowers are stitched around an Eiffel Tower button. Crafty Ribbons

Pin Puff

Instruction for a ribbon embroidery pin holder. SRE Deluxe

Pincushion and Needle Holder Sewing Set

With this tutorial make a gorgeous ribbon embroidery sewing set. This would make a wonderful gift. Carol Daisy

Rose Bud and Butterfly Pattern

These quick and simple rosebud and butterfly silk ribbon embroidery patterns are ideal for you to use in your next SRE project. Honey Bee's Bliss

Rose Bud and Butterfly Patterns

Ribbon embroidery patterns with instructions. Honey Bee's Bliss

Rose Loveheart Blanket

A combination of SRE stitches is used to make this blanket. Get the free pattern here. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Rosebud Tutorial

In this tutorial learn how to do a rosebud using a twisted chain stitch method. Umi's Embroidered Gift

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

Check out this easy silk ribbon embroidery bookmark. Confessions of an Over Worked Mom

Small Daisy Spray

Here is a simple free SRE design and complete instructions that can be added to a favorite garment or project. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Small Heart

This is a little SRE heart motif that is free. Honey Bee's Bliss

Spider Web Roses

This project has an illustration and tells how to make a group of roses into a bouquet with silk ribbon. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

SRE Rose Designs

On this page are a few SRE designs for you to enjoy for free. Honey Bee's Bliss


On this blog page is a step-by-step tutorial on embroidering a silk ribbon sunflower. Silk Ribbon Embroidery


This tulip is constructed in a simple ribbon stitch. Learn how! Carol Daisy

Victorian SRE Motif

Check out this Victorian era motif and get the free silk ribbon embroidery pattern. Honey Bee's Bliss

Viola Silk Ribbon Embroidery Design

Learn how to make violas in ribbon embroidery with these step-by-step instructions. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Wheat Ears in Ribbon Embroidery

With this free photo tutorial, learn how to make ribbon embroidered wheat. Crochet Knitting Handicraft

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