How to Create a Stunning Monarch Ponytail Holder with Embroidery Thread - A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Create a Stunning Monarch Ponytail Holder with Embroidery Thread - A Step-by-Step Guide

Design Doodler Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Monarch Ponytail Holder

Breaking Down the Article

  • Introduction to the project and its benefits for various skill levels
  • Essential materials required for the project
  • Step-by-step instructions for digitizing the butterfly design
  • Detailed embroidery process
  • Guidelines for assembling the ponytail holder
  • Encouragement to experiment with the Design Doodler's capabilities
  • CTA: Trying a free demo of the Design Doodler


Welcome to our creative playground at Design Doodler! Today, we're excited to guide you through creating a stunning monarch ponytail holder. Our step-by-step tips and tricks will help you master the Design Doodler’s features and bring this elegant butterfly design to life. This project is perfect for embroiderers of all skill levels, adding a touch of sophistication to any hairstyle. With our comprehensive tutorial, you’ll learn how to design, stitch, and assemble a butterfly ornament that's sure to turn heads.

Materials List

To complete this project, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Design Doodler or other embroidery software
  • One 4×8-inch piece of vinyl
  • One 4×8 piece of holographic gold mylar (available as gift basket filler at dollar stores)
  • Medium-weight tear-away stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • One 3×7 inch piece of PUFF STUFF, the terrific puffy foam alternative
  • One 4×8 piece of felt
  • One 4×8 piece of Heat and Bond or other heat bonding material

Monarch Ponytail Holder Tutorial

Step 1: Digitizing the Butterfly Design

1. Insert your artwork into the Design Doodler and resize it to a width of 7 inches.

2. Using a black running stitch, digitize around the butterfly, including its head.

3. Select a tatami fill stitch with a density of 1.2 mm (.047 inches). Choose 'travel on edge' from the options. Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose the drawing tool from the basic widget.
  • Select the Filled shape (resembles a kidney bean).
  • Choose your drawing preference (squiggly free form line).
  • Start drawing.
  • Change the density of the filled object as needed.

4. Digitize the entire butterfly image with your lightest color.

5. Digitize the medium color highlights.

6. Digitize the dark color highlights.

7. Digitize the tatami border and the large black areas on the wings.

8. Use a satin stitch to digitize the body and veins.

9. Create satin circles for inserting a stick or pencil.

10. Digitize a satin border around the butterfly.

11. Now, you’re done!

Step 2: Embroidering Your Butterfly

1. Hoop a piece of medium-weight tear-away stabilizer.

2. Place it in your embroidery machine and stitch out the placement line.

3. Remove the hoop from the machine and, using temporary adhesive spray, place the vinyl over the placement line (small pieces of painters tape can help secure the fabric in place).

4. Place the holographic mylar on the vinyl (painters tape also helps hold this in place).

5. Return the hoop to the machine and stitch through the light orange background.

6. Remove the excess mylar.

7. Stitch through the black tatami background for the veins and body.

8. Remove the hoop from the machine and place the PUFF STUFF over the stitching area.

9. Return the hoop to the machine and stitch through the end of the design.

10. Remove the puff stuff from the hoop and trim it, saving all trimmings for future use.

11. Run your stitching under hot water to remove remnants of the gel with a soft toothbrush.

12. Lay flat on a surface to dry.

Step 3: Assembling Your Butterfly Ponytail Holder

1. Trim a piece of Heat and Bond or other bonding agent to the size of a piece of black felt.

2. Peel away the paper backing and apply it to the back of your butterfly.

3. Bond the pieces together securely.

4. Trim your butterfly design to your desired shape.

5. Punch holes in the circles using a hole punch or die tool.

6. Insert a stick or pencil through the holes and wear it over a ponytail!


The Design Doodler is a powerful tool that brings your creative ideas to life. This butterfly ornament tutorial is just the beginning! We encourage you to experiment with different designs, colours, and techniques to make each project uniquely yours.

P.S. Don’t yet have the Design Doodler? Try a free demo today and discover the endless possibilities for your embroidery projects.

First Trim’s Hot Take

This monarch ponytail holder tutorial is an ideal project for novice and experienced embroiderers alike. The comprehensive guide offers not only detailed instructions but also an opportunity to unleash creativity through design and colour experimentation. We highly recommend giving this project a try to elevate your embroidery crafts with a touch of elegance.

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