9 ways to on your clothes
Embroidering words or letters on your clothes adds a personal touch, and it also serves as a sort of identification mark for items that have a tendency to vanish. There are a variety of simple and easy ways to embroider initials and monograms on your clothes.
How to design the embroidery letters / monograms
Use Powerpoint to create your own simple fonts for text effects in powerpoint. I love the floral letters in Alisa’s beautiful blog by Artist Alisa. Roman letters can easily be embroidered; the gothic letters with lots of swirls and flourishes, though they look beautiful, are somewhat difficult to embroider for a beginner.
1 Cross stitch
Check out this easy cross stitch tutorial to learn how to make a lovely piece of art.
2 Chain stitch
Double outlines and heavy braided chain stitch are ideal for a projected embroidered letter. Check out the post on the 20 types of chain stitch; almost all of them could be used as an embroidery technique.
3 Satin Stitch
Padded satin stitch can be used to give the letters a dimensional look by doing closely packed small straight stitches (satin) over the back stitch line. This will give the letters a padded dimensional look, making them stand out.
4 Herringbone stitch
Use the herringbone stitch to create beautiful embroidery work; it can also be used to create beautiful shadow work. For an easy beginners’ lesson, check out the tutorial below on how to work the herringbone stitch and its two variations.
Stem Sitch or outline stitch or Back stitch or split stitch
Use outline stitches to define (outline) fonts or fill the outline of a cross-stitch. For more information, see my post on 6 of my favorite cross-stitch filling stitches and how to use them in a design.
Project – Embroidered knit top / t-shirt – using Back stitch
The knit fabric is very stretchy, which makes embroidering difficult. What I do is baste a piece of cotton cloth (a muslin cloth would suffice) to the back of the t-shirt where I have drawn the design. It will be helpful if you have a large enough hoop u2013 bigger than your design.
6 Machine Embroidering letters with a zig zag sewing machine
Adjust the stitch width to your requirements, depending on how wide you plan to make the letter; for a small letter, a small stitch width is required; for a large design, a wider stitch width is required.
7 Using beads, rhinestones and sequins to decorate letters
How are beads, rhinestones, and sequins attached to jewelry?
8 Applique letters
Applique letters are the best option for making large letters because they can be made in any size and with any type of fabric, and they are also very simple to sew. For more information, see our post on how to make applique letters, which includes three of the best techniques.
9 Reverse applique on fabric
If you don’t mind the fabric fraying inside the stitching line around the letters, turn under the edges carefully and stitch by machine or with a blanket stitch.
How do you sew words on fabric?
The First Steps
- Secure the area you’d like to stitch in the embroidery hoop.
- Draw your phrase or word onto the clothing with your water soluble marker.
- Take your thread of choice and secure a knot in the thread.
- Start from the back of your fabric and pull the thread through.
How do you cross Stitch letters onto fabric?
Use an even number of strands of embroidery floss to thread your needle.
- Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric, then down a stitch length away.
- Bring the needle back up through the center of the previous stitch, then down a half-centimeter away from its current position.
How do you embroider letters on fabric with a sewing machine?
Place your paper-covered fabric in the machine and carefully lower the needle until it nearly pierces the paper on the left side of the line. Adjust the paper and fabric placement until the needle is in the very corner of a letter line. Stitch down the length of the line without pulling the fabric.
What is the best embroidery stitch for letters?
Backstitch is my go-to hand stitch for embroidery letters because it’s simple and quick, and it’s great for outlining larger block letters. You can use backstitch for fine letters or to fill in the centers of larger block letters like the ABC below.
How do you fill in embroidery letters?
Start by using stem stitch to outline the inner and outer areas of the letter O, then filling in the letter with french knots. I decided on two evenly spaced rows of knots after some experimentation, but you could use one or choose to place the knots close together and fill in the letter completely.
Can you embroider with sewing thread?
The short version is that you can use sewing threads for hand stitching! The result and process are very similar to working with embroidery threads, and the different types of threads have different looks. Take a look at these stitch samples and then apply the idea to your own embroidery!
How do you embroider a name on a stocking?
Remove the tissue paper from your screen with care and grab your stocking. Center the tissue paper and pin it in place near the top of the stocking. Next, take your embroidery thread and needle and stitch a back stitch along each letter of the name using two threads in a contrasting color.