Little Tree Embroidered Leaf Patch

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Loren Long’s LITTLE TREE is a sweet, sweet book. It’s about a tree who hangs on to its leaves, who can’t let go. And if you listen to the Let’s Get Busy podcast conversation with the author/illustrator, you’ll hear even more about that.

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here’s what we’re making

I think of this craft as a merit badge. It would be a really neat way to recognize a recent or future achievement for a kid. Letting go of something in order to take a step toward growth? Embracing a new challenge? Being brave? We’ve got a patch for that.

here’s what you’ll need

  • Paper/tracing paper
  • Cotton fabric (in the colors of the book or any color you like)
  • Felt squares
  • An embroidery needle (size 3-9)
  • Embroidery thread/floss (size 25)
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • A bit of time

let’s get started!


1. First you need your leaf shape. Trace a leaf from the cover of Little Tree with a marker onto a piece of paper. Then trace it onto your fabric lightly with pencil by using a window as a light box. (Or you can freehand instead.) Next pencil in the embellishments of the leaf and lines around it.

2. Cut your fabric into a circle. (I used a drinking glass to trace around.)

3. Thread your needle with a couple feet of embroidery floss and start embroidering your outline and lines into the fabric using a backstitch.

4. When you’re done, cut your felt into a circle. Place it behind your fabric circle. Next, thread your needle again and attach the fabric and felt together around the edge using a whipstitch. This will hide the messy thread and give the patch some heft while creating a cute trim.

5. Attach a safety pin and you’ve got a patch to pin to whatever you like!


we’re all done!

A leaf patch to honor letting go!

Be sure to check out the Let’s Get Busy podcast episode featuring Loren Long and check back on Wednesday for our Then & Now post with LITTLE TREE, taking a look at picture books of the past and reliving those memories through modern picture books.

About the Author

Danielle Davis


Danielle Davis reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She brings picture books to life on her blog, This Picture Book Life, which as it happens is a good place to find her.

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