Welcome to the 5th day of holiday catch up posts! Today I will show you how to create a personalised t-shirt through the use of a little embroidery that wont take more than a week. I got the idea to make this a few weeks ago when one of my friends had their birthday. I had wanted to give her something with her favorite cartoon character, Snoopy, on it, but after much searching I couldn’t find anything! So, I decided to fix the problem by embroidering a snoopy figure on a t-shirt to give instead. It turned out great and my friend was touched that I spent time to make her something special.
You will need:
- Different coloured embroidery flosses of the character you want to embroider (I used: black, red, brown and green floss colours for Snoopy)
- A 15 cm wide embroidery hoop
- Wash away fabric stabiliser
- An embroidery needle
- Any t-shirt you want to work on
- Sewing chalk
- Prepare the area on the t-shirt you want to work with by measuring out and cutting enough stabiliser to cover the hoop and an extra 2 cm diameter. Apply the stabiliser to the wrong side of the fabric in the area of the t-shirt that you will work on. Set up the hoop.
- Draw your design onto the hoop with the chalk so you can see it clearly.
- Start by embroidering the edge of the design with the black floss in stem stitch.
- Work straight stitches close together (satin stitch) to fill each section of colour. Direct your stitches in the way that the object you are imitating would flow. For example, if the character has a scarf on direct your stitches so that it looks like the rows on knitting on a real scarf.
- Once embroidery is complete, gently wash the t-shirt to dissolve the stabiliser. Dry, then iron the embroidery from the inside.
- Wear your new shirt for the rest of the day to show off your work!
How to set up an embroidery hoop:
- Separate the two hoops by unscrewing the outer ring.
- Take your fabric and place it over the top of the inner ring, making sure that it sits evenly.
- Make the fabric as taut as you can and press the outer ring over the top of the inner ring. The fabric with the stabiliser on it should overlap the hoop.
- Tighten the screw on the outer ring, keeping the fabric taut as you go. Turn until the screw feels firm and in place.
- The fabric should sit firm and smooth in the hoop. (wikiHow,)
Thanks for reading!
P.S Sorry for the dodgy images, they were taken at night.
wikiHow. (n.d.). How to Mount Fabric in an Embroidery Hoop. [online] Available at: http://www.wikihow.com/Mount-Fabric-in-an-Embroidery-Hoop [Accessed 6 Jul. 2017].