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Get in the Spring spirit with this free “Queen Bee” punch needle pattern and tutorial!

Queen Bee free punch needle pattern tutorial

With all the craziness going on right now, it feels really good to get lost in a craft project. 

I created this bee punch needle pattern on a whim, and it turned out so good that I decided to make it a free pattern!  

Queen Bee free punch needle pattern on macrame plant hanger

Below you’ll find the video demonstration and the written tutorial to make this adorable “Queen Bee” punch needle ornament. 

I’m hanging my bee on the wall by some other fiber art projects, but you could hang it on a cabinet knob, your rearview mirror, or wherever!

Queen Bee free punch needle pattern design on planter

I’m offering the small-sized version (4 ½” x 5 ¾”) of this printable punch needle pattern for free to all of my newsletter subscribers. 

If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll find it in the Free Resource Library (the password is at the bottom of my weekly newsletter.)

Not a member yet?  No problem! At the bottom of this article you can sign up to get access to everything in the Free Resource Library!

Once you have your pattern ready to go, it’s time to start punching. 

Let’s get started!

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Supplies You’ll Need for Queen Bee Punch Needle Pattern

To Make it into a Hanger Ornament (optional):

Queen Bee Punch Needle Pattern Tutorial

Step 1: Print and Transfer the Pattern

Queen Bee punch needle pattern

First, print out the pattern. 

To transfer it to your weaver’s cloth, you’ll need to tape the pattern up to a sunny window or lay the pattern on a lightbox. 

Tape the weaver’s cloth over the pattern and trace over the outlines with a felt tip marker or a pen.  

Mark the black areas with a “B”.

Step 2: Stretch the Fabric

Insert the weaver’s cloth into your no-slip hoop, center it, and pull it drum tight.  Tighten the screw.

Step 3: Prepare and Thread your Punch Needle

Put the medium-sized needle into your Ultra Punch and put it on a stitch height of 2.

Pull a piece of black embroidery floss out of the skein (make it as long as you can handle without it getting knotted).  

Separate the floss so there are three strands.  To do that, hold the floss between your two fingers, grab one strand and pull it out while holding the other strands. 

The floss will ball up but not get stuck if you do one strand at a time.

Once the first strand is free, straighten out the remaining strands and then repeat with the next one. 

Do this three times total so you have two separate pieces of floss with three strands each.

Thread one of the three-strand pieces into your Ultra Punch.

Step 4: Punch the Black Sections of the Bee

Outline and punch all the black sections of the bee.  You’ll have to rethread your needle a few times to get it all punched.

Step 5: Punch the Gold Sections of the Bee

Outline and punch all of the gold sections.  This part will require rethreading a few times as well.

Step 6: Punch the Light Gray Veins in the Wings

Punch all of the lines in the wings with the light gray floss.  Make the stitches close together.

Step 7: Punch the White Inside Sections of the Wings

Fill all the inside sections of the wings with white floss.

Step 8: Punch the Outline Around the Bee with Ecru

Punch two rows around the whole outside of the bee in ecru.  This helps tighten up the design. Feel free to do more rows if you want.

Step 9: Poke Everything into Place and Trim the Ends

Punched Bee free punch needle pattern

Flip the bee over so the loop side is facing up and poke any wayward loops into place with the end of your punch needle.  This makes a huge difference in the finished design so don’t skip it.

Trim any long ends or long loops so they blend in. Check for any bald spots that need a few more loops punched.

At this point, the main design is finished and you can do whatever you want with it.  You could go ahead and punch the background and make it into a wall hanging or frame it. 

I turned my punch needle bee into a hanging ornament.  Here are the instructions if you want to do the same thing.

Step 1: Apply Glue

Aleene's ok to wash it fabric glue for punch needle

Apply a good amount of fabric glue to the back of the design (flat side).  Use the paintbrush to evenly spread it out.  

Step 2: Add felt backing

apply felt to the back of the punch needle bee design

Press the piece of felt down on the glue and make sure it’s completely pressed down.  Lay a heavy book on top of it and leave it to dry overnight.

Step 3: Cut it out

cut out the punch needle bee ornament

After it’s dried, trim around the design close to the loops (but don’t cut into the actual loops).  The glue will keep the weaver’s cloth from fraying.

Side view of cut out punch needle bee

Step 4: Add the hanging loop

Punch Needle Bee pattern with hanger

Thread the 8” piece of embroidery floss onto your sewing needle and thread it through the top of the punch needle ornament.  Make a decent sized loop and tie an overhand knot to secure.

Punch needle bee on flower pot

You can hang this Queen Bee punch needle ornament on a cabinet knob or on the wall.  It would even make a really cute Christmas tree ornament!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you’re looking for more punch needle patterns, be sure to check out my shop!

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