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Susie – Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue

Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue, Susie, machine embroidery

What makes Sunbonnet Sue sweeter than she already is?

Wing Needle Stitches!

~~~~ A link to purchase Susie is at the bottom of this page ~~~~

I’ve been hanging onto this idea for a long time. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make one. Maybe hearing people say they are sick of them. There are a lot of them available.

But I still like them and wanted to make this one not so much for quilting but dressing her up a bit with specialty stitches.

I sewed her on a medium weight cotton/linen table runner embroidery blank with a wide hemstitched hem.

If you like this design, please let me know so I can make others to go with her.

Susie Sunbonnet Sue

I make many of my own stitches. In this case the wing needle stitches, the eyelets, and the woven fill on her hat.

My plan is to repeat her or make a second one, and sew her on the other end of the table runner. Then the center is open season for more wing needle. Should I put it on my night stand or make a pillow out of it. Hmmm!
I have a new day bed to decorate. Maybe I should make two!

Susie Sunbonnet Sue

My favorite color combination is pink, green, and cream. So there you have the colors. Smiles

I took this photo with light behind her so you can see the wing needle effect. A large jeans needle gives the same effect. It’s just not as prominent, but still very pretty.

Susie Sunbonnet Sue


  • Medium weight 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend fabric or embroidery blank – I used a table runner embroidery blank of medium weight cotton with a wide hemstitched edge. Wing Needle stitches sew best on natural fabrics where the wing part of the needle can separate the fibers of the fabric. I do not recommend polyester, acrylic, or man made fabrics.
  • Medium weight soft tear away stabilizer – I used 2 layers
  • Wing Needle – I used size 100 Schmetz.
  • OR a large jeans needle will give the same effect just not as dramatic but still very pretty.

To find out if you can use a wing needle please visit my tutorial.

  • Top Stitch Needle – I used size 12 Schmetz
  • Machine Embroidery threads #40 weight – colors desired. I used:
    • white to match the fabric
    • pale pink, light pink
    • pale green, light green
    • flesh, flesh 2 shades darker for outlines & details
    • cream for the white areas
    • Light tan for details over cream areas
    • 2 shades darker than cream for shade under her brim
    • light red brown for shoes
    • light blue for flowers
    • soft yellow for flower centers

What’s Included

  • Susie – Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue
  • 160 x 245 mm
  • Formats EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3
  • Includes PDF instructions

Zoom in on the pictures for her details and the stitches I made for her

I want this 6×10 Susie Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue!

I want ‘Little’ Susie Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue


 I want ‘Baby’ Susie Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue 4×4!

“Nonsense! If you want to do it, you can do it. The question is, do you want to do it?”

― Nellie Bly, Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

Are you ready for a girl named Sue? If you’re not sure, here are a few notions to think about.

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25 thoughts on “Susie – Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue

  1. Yes Yes Yes I want her

    1. Thank you Toni.

  2. This winged needle Susie is very sweet! Yes, there are a lot of them out there but so many of them are very common with a regular fill stitch and nothing this intricate and pretty. Are you going to sell them individually or as a set? I always love the stitches that you create and use in your fills; those stitches make the things so unique and people do notice the different textures and stitches.

    1. Thank you Patricia for your kind words.
      I will make more if the response to this one is good. So far not so much.

  3. Yes please
    I love her

    1. Thank you Rhonda

  4. She is adorable!

    1. Thank you Barbara.

  5. Laura,

    You do such fabulous work. Absolutely, we need more of her. How about Sunbonnet Sam to go with her?


    1. Thank you Judy.
      Thinking that too.

  6. yes please a set of them wonderful, love sunbonnet sues your work is fabulous

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

  7. I love her, please make more to go with her

    1. Thank you. I love her too.

  8. She is absolutely ADORABLE.

    1. Thank you Bev

  9. thank you love sunbonnet sue

    1. You’re welcome.
      Thanks there will be more.

  10. Yes I want more. They are gorgeous!

    1. Thank you Janet.

    2. Thanks Janet. I love making them.

  11. She is beautiful. Yes I want more.

    1. Thanks Lois,
      Bonnie is in que!

  12. Laura, your SS (& all other work) are so much nicer & more intricate than others , so I hope your response is very high. { always look forward to your products.

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