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How to Embroider onto Clothes [+FREE TEMPLATE!]

How to Embroider onto Clothes [+FREE TEMPLATE!]

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Learn how to embroider onto clothes with this fun tutorial from Kelly Ann Jordan. This fantastic embroidery project provides a great way to breathe new life into old garments. Get creative and wear your own unique style, or upcycle old clothing into awesome home decor pieces!

Time it Takes to Make: 1 – 2 hours

Skill level: Beginner

You Will Need:

How to Embroider onto Clothes:

Choose what you would like to stitch your design on to; this could be a pair of jeans, a denim jacket, or perhaps the bottom of a skirt! I decided to cut up an old pair of jeans, as I want to use the finished piece to store some pens and paint brushes on the wall.

Step 1:

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Print out the pattern and trace it onto the item you would like to embellish, with a Frixion Pen and a light box.

Tip: If you are embroidering on to a pocket, cut the images out and arrange in the pocket, pop your phone in the pocket with the brightness up and use your phone like a light box. Also, remember when making your stitches to only embroider the pocket and not all the way through to the bottom fabric, so you can still use the pocket afterwards!

Note: The Frixion Pen is a gel pen, but your marks will disappear when heat is applied to it from ironing.

Step 2:

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Place the item into an embroidery hoop. You may find it easier to not use a hoop if you are working over a pocket, but this is a personal preference, so do what you find best.

Step 3:

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Starting on the centre line of the rose, use a red thread to stitch along the rose lines using a chain stitch.

Repeat this for the leaves, in green.

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Once you’ve finished embroidering over your lines, iron out any pattern marks.

If you have done this on to an item of clothing, you are all finished – but if you would like the piece to stay in an embroidery hoop, follow the next steps…

Step 5:

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Now put your piece back into the hoop and ensure that it is taught.

Step 6:

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Trim off the over hanging fabric so that there is enough to adhere this to the inner hoop. Use a glue gun to adhere to the inner hoop.

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All that’s left to do, is hang using some ribbon.

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And your embroidered item of clothing is all finished! If you don’t fancy hanging it, you can of course leave it as a full item of clothing and show off your creativity by wearing it. Alternatively, if you do want to embroider a pocket and pop it on display – why not put it to good use as a stylish storage solution?

Completed project in use

We’ve plenty more embroidery tutorials where this one came from – check out the rest of our awesome hoop art projects right here!

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