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Embroider a marble labyrinth – free download

A very simple though intriguing game for a toddler, guide the marble through the labyrinth. Embroider a marble labyrinth – free download

With this free embroidery file, you can make one yourself for your child.

“The bird flies round and round and round. Till it finds a nest in a tree and lays an egg.”

Now that it’s still a little cold to play outside, this is a fun indoor game. It stimulates fine motor skills and  hand-coördination.

What do you need?

  • Light colored cotton for the right side (32 x 52 cm)
  • Heavier cotton (like jeans) for the back (24 x 44 cm)
  • Cutaway stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread Mettler Poly Sheen pink 2645, brown 1055, green 5833, blue 4531, grijs 112, Mettler nylon thread Transfil.
  • Temporary adhesive spray Mettler Web Bond
  • BERNINA embroidery machine (mine is the BERNINA 700) with MAXI hoop
  • Application scissors could be useful.
  • A marble
  • The free embroidery file: Marble labyrinth Tree and bird

Let’s start it to embroider the marble labyrinth.

Hoop the light coloured fabric with the stabilizer in the Maxi hoop.

Embroider the first line, pink. You start with the opening where the marble goes in, and you make an outline, that serves as a basting and helps you secure the fabric to the stabilizer.

Embroider the second line, it’s brown.

Embroider the third line, take green.

Cut open the holes for the marble to go in and come out. Take sharp scissors.

Fix the heavy weight cotton to the back of the project. A minimum of temporary adhesive spray will help.

Embroider the outline again with nylon Transfil, to sew the back to the project.

Go on with Transfil to embroider the spiral labyrint.

Take the project off the machine and cut away the fabric outside the oval outline. Be careful to cut close, but keep about 1 mm from the stitched line.

Cut away about 0,5 cm to prevent it to be stitched with the outline satin stitch to your project.

Now you’re ready.

Your child can start playing with the new toy.


You are supposed to know whether your child is old enough to play with a marble. BERNINA and the author of this blogpost ask you to keep an eye on the child when playing with this toy and we are not responsible for any consequences.

Free embroidery file: Embroider a marble labyrinth

Used Material: cotton, cutaway stabilizer, fabric scissors, marble, Mettler Poly Sheen thread, Mettler Web Bond
Used Products:
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
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  • Connie Eggers EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Yes, ultimately caregivers are responsible for their children, however, I would strongly suggest you remove “toddler” from your description of this toy.  Common sense calls for toddlers to stay away from marbles.

  • LA Cole EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Those with small children or who prefer not to have an “escaped” marble on the loose could hand-stitch closed the two marble openings after removal from the hoop.

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