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How To: DIY Embroidery

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 months ago | Features

Image: via Honestly WTF

“Mastering the art of embroidery has pulled me out of some dark and anxious moments these past couple of weeks,” writes Erica for the Honestly WTF blog. So, with the goal of tapping into that same joy (and also minimising our wardrobe waste), we’re diving deep this week into her tips on how to update an old t-shirt or sweatshirt with a little simple embroidery.



Embroidering floss
Embroidery hoop
Embroidery needle
An old piece of clothing



1. Attach a single layer of your garment to the embroidery hoop and use chalk pencil to mark your design.

2. Thread your needle with the embroidery floss and double knot the end.

3. Bring your needle up through the fabric at the start of the marked line.

4. Insert the needle back down, one stitch length away, then pull the thread through (but not all the way through yet).

5. Keeping your thread below your needle, bring your needle back up between the two points. Pull the thread though, but don’t pull too tight.

6. Repeat the steps, inserting a stitch length and pulling up through the end of the previous stitch, while keeping the thread below the needle.

7. When you have reached the end, just insert the needle for your final stitch and tie it into a double knot on the back.


For the full series of steps with imagery, visit Honesty WTF.


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