DIY easy evil eye embroidery

Keep evil spirits out and draw luck into your home with this colourful, embroidered wall art.

The 'evil eye' is an ancient magical symbol that, when placed on jewellery, clothing, or art, can act as a powerful amulet that protects against evil spirits. And what better way to inject your home with good vibes while warding off negative energy than with a little evil eye embroidery that you can hang right in your living room? Our step-by-step instructions make this fun, colourful project an easy one to tackle, so you don't need to be a sewing whiz to try it out. Hang yours in any room you feel could use some luck, or gift it to a friend as a housewarming present!

Keep evil spirits out and draw luck into your home with this colourful, embroidered wall art. 1:42

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 embroidery hoops
  • Embroidery needles
  • White cross stitch fabric
  • Solid colour fabric scraps of any type
  • Scissors
  • Gluestick
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil

Here's how to do it:

  1. Take your embroidery hoop and loosen the screw at the top to separate the inner and outer circles.
  2. Take your fabric and place it over the inner hoop. Now take your outer hoop and place it over top. Once you have captured the embroidery fabric between both hoops, adjust the fabric neatness as you tighten the screw and the rings start closing in next to one another.
  3. Trim around the edges with your scissors so that you have about an inch of fabric left hanging over the hoop.
  4. On a piece of cardstock or blank paper, draw out your evil eye design for reference.
  5. Using your solid colour fabric cut out your design pieces. Once all pieces are cut out, glue your fabric onto the embroidery fabric to match your design reference. Note: A standard glue stick works fine just be sure to press down and smooth out your fabric so it adheres well.
  6. For each individual colour/shape of your design you will be using a separate embroidery thread. Begin by threading your thread through the hole in the top of your needle. Note: Make sure to leave more length than intended just to be safe.
  7. Once your thread is through the hole, leave about 4 inches in length on one side of the thread and then double knot the longer side at the bottom.
  8. To start your embroidery outline, you will begin on the backside of the fabric at the very edge of your first shape. Push your needle through and pull until your double knot stops the rest from coming through.
  9. Right next to where your needle came through, push your needle back through the fabric and pull until the thread is taught and you have your first line. Note: Depending how short or long you want your embroidery lines will determine how close you push your needle back through the hole it came out of.
  10. Continue weaving with the same pattern until you have gone all the way around your shape. When you meet your first initial stitch loop the needle through your first line at the back of the hoop and double tie it off to secure your stitches.
  11. Continue with steps 8,9 and 10 for each new shape.
  12. Voila! A simple yet effective method for the embroidery challenged!