Basic Embroidered Tee Tutorial

I cleaned my closet out the other day, well two weeks ago on a beautiful 80 degree day. Put the winter clothes away and got the tank tops, shorts and sandals out. I was so proud of myself and then it snowed the next day, Oh, Nebraska weather!  One of the items on my Project 31 list was embroidery. I figured that Adelle would be on the receiving side of that project or a tea towel or something but I've been admiring the embroidered detail of this shirt and this one too much to pass up a new item for myself. What can I say, I'm selfish!
What you'll need:
Jersey or lightweight cotton
A sewing machine with embroidery stitches
Stabilizer (I used Sulky Easy Tear but there is also a water soluble one if you prefer)
fabric marker, or chalk
Mark your design out. You want to have a general idea of where you are going to embroider, and mirror it on the other side. I chose to do 3 embroidered lines on each shoulder seam & then an L shape on the front. Originally I was going to have the triangles following the L shape but decided that the bib look was what I wanted.
Once you're done drawing lines, pin or iron on stabilizer, depending on the kind you have. at first I was conservative with it but if your stitch misses the stabilizer you'll end up with a seam ripper in your hand and a frustrated scowl on your face! I know! So be liberal!
Make sure to leave room for your seams and hems. After you are done with your embroidery design, stitch up your shirt as Autumn's tutorial states. I forwent the neck binding and did a simple fold and double needle stitch but the options are virtually endless. I lerve this shirt and I lerve that my sewing machine performed beautifully! I'm definitely holding onto this one and making a woven shirt in the future!

7 comments:

  1. Really impressive. I'm always inspired embroidered tutorial but feel that I may lack the patience to apply myself properly. I love your colour combinations.

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    1. I admit it did take some patience but if I can do it than you can do it! believe me!

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  2. What lovely inspirational embroidery photos. I especially love your embroidered hearts and buttons. They are so cute. Maybe you could use your embroidered cloths to make a patchwork bag or cushion. It would look lovely!

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  3. I am reached here by searching for calibration details of embroidery machines... think it is right place for it and this site should be an encyclopedia for the embroidery business.

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  4. How lovely! Thanks for the tutorial, I really would like to make a good start with embroidery. I've done a little, but never really finished anything I liked. These are beautiful and inspiring stitches!

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    1. I think my biggest thing was finding something that I would use that I could embroider. I love how it looks but if the item can't serve a purpose I have a hard time with the craft.

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