Do you love creating primitive punch needle projects? Do you like easy to follow patterns that are actually fun to punch? Then you are in the right place! Discover…
- traditional flat punch needle patterns
- punch needle bowl filler patterns
- make-do patterns
- stand-alone punch needle projects
Scroll down to see all of our punch needle patterns.
All of our punch needle patterns are all available in our Etsy shop.
What is Punch Needle?
Punch needle is loops of fiber that have been punched through a foundation fabric in order to make a design, usually intended as a decorative item for the home.
How does Punch Needle work:
Punch Needle is stitched from the back of the fabric. Punch needle tools work by punching a threaded needle through the fabric. The tool leaves a loop of thread with each punch. The tightness of the fabric holds the loops in place. Each area of a pattern can be punched with a different color of thread, creating a beautiful design.
A punch needle pattern is a line drawing, like an embroidery pattern. However, an embroidery pattern is usually embroidered along the lines on the drawing to show the design. With punch needle, each area is colored in with colorful threads.
Types of Punch Needle:
There are two types of punch needle: rug punch needle and punch needle embroidery. Each type has different punch needle tools and foundation fabric.
Rug Punch Needle uses larger fibers such as yarn and creates loops on a foundation fabric of monks cloth. It is a great choice for pillows and rugs or other larger projects. Rug Punch needle has seen a recent revival with an interest in punching modern designs.
Punch Needle embroidery uses embroidery floss or other thin fibers to create loops in weavers cloth, a cotton / polyester woven fabric. You can use other types of foundation fabrics for punch needle embroidery, in fact, I’ve even punched on a denim shirt! However, weavers cloth is the best choice for beginners. Punch Needle embroidery is perfect for small projects.
The punch needle patterns on this site are punch needle embroidery patterns.
Getting Started with Punch Needle Embroidery:
Punch Needle is easy if you have the correct tools and learn the proper technique.
If you are new to punch needle, be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Punch Needle Embroidery e-book. The digital book covers:
- Supplies Needed for Punch Needle
- How to Trace the Punch Needle Pattern
- How to Prepare the Fabric for Punching
- How to Thread the Punch Needle
- Proper Punching Technique
- Punch Needle Tips & Tricks
- and much more
Punch Needle Patterns for Beginners:
The best punch needle pattern for a beginner is a small project. If you already know how to sew, I would recommend one of my bowl filler or ornament patterns. If you don’t sew, you can still do punch needle! This stacked sheep pattern is small and would be perfect for a beginner! Or, choose a different small flat pattern. A flat pattern is perfect for a non-sewer because it can be glued onto something for display! Check out these other finishing ideas.
What is in a DoodleDog Designs Punch Needle Pattern:
Each of our punch needle patterns are available in a paper format or as digital instant downloadable pdf pattern.
All of our patterns include:
- line drawing for you to trace onto weavers cloth
- color photo
- thread color list (DMC and Valdani floss)
- finishing instructions if it is not a flat project
Punch Needle Kits:
We also have punch needle kits available for almost all of our patterns. The kits include the punch needle pattern, weavers cloth, floss needed to complete the project, and many of the other consumable supplies needed to finish the project.
Please read the description of each kit to be certain what comes with it.
Our kits do NOT include a punch needle or hoop. You can purchase those separately based on your preferences.