Goal: This tutorial shows the things you have to consider when creating your own stick designs.

But what is Embroidery Designer anyway?

With the embroidery extension of Pocket Code or Create@School (only available for Android) own embroidery patterns can be programmed. There are no limits to your imagination!


More photos and videos can be found on the Instagram page of Code’n’Stitch.

Getting Started

Goal: Create a suitable environment.

Drawing of geometric patterns, simple line drawings, creative phase:

  • Required skills: none
  • Environment conditions:
    • maybe Smartphone or PC for research
    • paper, pencils, ruler, compasses
    • Plaid paper or printout of the template template

Design Process

Goal: From an idea to its realization.


I want to embroider a bicycle.
Research on the Internet.


02. Draw design

The desired design is best drawn by hand on a plaid piece of paper. The students should consider which geometric shapes will be used.


03. Geometric shapes of the bicycle

Bicycle example: Two circles are drawn, which are connected by straight lines. The angle between the lines should also be calculated.


04. Des embroidered bicycle designs

After programming the embroidered design could look like this:


What are programmable designs?

IMPORTANT: It is very important to create realistic designs so that you will not be disappointed by the feasibility afterward!

Here it is a matter of abstraction and reduction, i.e. to create patterns that are as schematic as possible.

  • What goes well: straight lines, circles, semicircles, quarter circles
  • What does not go well: curved lines, ovals, filled areas, too many individual objects


  • Maximum 15-20 single "strokes".
    • For example 9 lines and 2 circles
  • Use only lines, circles, half or quarter circles
  • Your design should be simple and contain few details. 
    • If there is still time, you can always program something in addition.

Realistic designs:

Only lines, circles, not too complex

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Unrealistic designs:

Indeed very beautiful, but difficult to implement.

Too complex, too many details, too many curves

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Then how is programming done?

The programming is done with the smartphone app „Embroidery Designer“, using a visual programming language. The actual programming is done with pre-defined building blocks, which control the embroidery machine.

Example relative rotation:

line 5 cm, turn left 45°, line 2 cm, turn right 90°, line 2 cm, turn left 45°, line 5 cm



The following program generates a star:

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Here is a video tutorial for beginners with the absolute rotation:

More videos are available on our Video-Tutorial-Seite.

Helpful documents & downloads for printing

  • A lot of Tutorial Cards to print out with instructions for basic features of embroidery programming, as well as ready-made patterns, can be found in this document.


  • Information and first steps in course card format for distribution to the children can be found here.



Sample designs

Basically, there are no limits to creativity. You can also find more designs on Instagram or at our Embroider-Wiki.

Geometric patterns:

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Patterns of lines only:


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Embroidery textiles


In cooperation with the company, Apflbutzn fair produced textiles are embroidered.

Waisted T-Shirts

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Straight T-Shirts

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