How to Embroider Clothes – Easy DIY

Have you ever wondered how to embroider onto clothes? It’s really pretty simple! In this post, I’ll go over some tips and tricks to get you stitching in no time.

Embroidering clothing is a fun way to give an old shirt or pants new life. It’s not too different from embroidering in a hoop. In fact, I recommend using an embroidery hoop when you are stitching to make sure the fabric stays nice and flat, and doesn’t tug or wrinkle the fabric.

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Types of Fabric

The easiest fabric to embroider on is something that is medium weight and doesn’t contain much stretch. First, because it is easier to embroider on, and second, it won’t have the tendency to shrink or warp as much over time. I recommend linen, linen blends, cotton canvas, and denim material.

Preparing Your Clothes

If you’ve never worn the clothes before and they’re brand new, I recommend washing them first, just in case they shrink a little bit. If you use the embroidery floss I recommend, DMC Floss, the colors shouldn’t bleed. This floss is really good quality, and in my experience can stand the test of time, so I wouldn’t use anything off brand for this project.

Embroidery Supplies You’ll Need

How to Embroider Onto Clothes

For this project, I used the Stick N Washaway Stabilizer because of how easy it is to print off your pattern and stick it onto the fabric! It can be hard to trace a pattern if you’re embroidering onto thick clothing, so this stuff makes my life a lot easier. Simply download the pattern you’d like to use, place the stabilizer in the printer, and print it off!

how to embroider onto clothes
  1. Print off and cut out your pattern. Peel off the backing of the stabilizer and place it onto the spot you want to embroider.
  2. Place your embroidery hoop around the design and pull the fabric tight.
  3. Now, you’re ready to stitch! I used my strawberry plant pattern that you can find in the shop! The three patterns below would be perfect to stitch onto clothes!

4. Make sure all your knots are tight – even double or triple knotted to make sure none of your stitches fall out while you’re wearing your clothes!

5. When you’re done with the pattern, simply run it under cool water and rub the stabilizer. It will dissolve in your hands, leaving only your embroidery!

Care of Embroidered Clothing

After you’ve embroidered onto the clothes, I recommend hand washing (or using the delicate/hand wash setting on your washing machine) and hang drying. As with anything that contains color, you should avoid bleach.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know what clothes you decided to embroider in the comments!

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