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How to Embroider Your Clothing

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Have you ever wanted to embroider a t-shirt, jean jacket, or even a tote bag, but weren't sure where to start? Now that many of us are spending more time at home and looking for things to keep our hands busy, check out this embroidered clothing tutorial. Learn step-by-step how to get started embroidering your clothing!

For this project, I decided to add a touch of spring florals to the back of my jean jacket. You can embroider on pretty much anything. So grab an article of clothing and check out the materials you'll need to get started.


- an article of clothing

- an embroidery hoop (I used a 4-inch embroidery hoop because my design wasn't very big, but you can use any size).

- embroidery thread (I like to use DMC, but again you can use any brand or colors you'd like)

- scissors (any will work as long as they're sharp).

- a pattern ( I used my Wildflower Peel Stick and Stitch Designs because it has a design and stabilizer all in one).

Step 1: Decide where you'd like your design to be on your article of clothing. Then unscrew the top of the embroidery hoop. Place the wooden circle on the underside of the clothing and the ring with the screw on top of the hoop and the fabric. Sandwich them together, gently tugging your fabric so that it's taught within the hoop but not stretched out.

Step 2: If you're using the Wildflower Peel Stick and Stitch Designs, peel off the backing and place the design, sticky side down, onto the fabric.

If you're transferring the the coneflower design or using a design of your own, follow the transfer instructions on the stabilizer. Each stabilizer is different.

Step 3: Stitch your design onto the fabric! You can use whatever stitches and colors you'd like to create your design.

For the coneflower pattern, I used:

- 4 strands of DMC 731 to reverse chain stitch the stem

- 2 strands of DMC 721 to satin stitch the leaf

- 3 strands of DMC 745 to lazy daisy the petals

- 2 strands of DMC 782 to satin stitch the cone

Step 4: Remove the embroidery hoop and wash away the Peel Stick and Stitch Design in warm water and leave the article of clothing to dry flat. If you used a different stabilizer, follow the instruction on your stabilizer, as each one is different.

Step 5: Ta-da! You've embroidered a piece of clothing. Now you can wear this coneflower or your new design proudly and add embroidery to other fun items. Embroidery can be a great way to spruce up an article of clothing and it can also cover stains, holes, and rips.

I'd love to see what articles of clothing you embroider. Share your masterpieces on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @mcreativej.

For more Peel Stick and Stitch Patterns, check out my shop. And for more tutorials like this one, check out the Tutorials section of my blog.

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