Machine-Embroider a Tee with a Slogan: HTML Style!

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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The front view.
The back view.
The code on the computer screen.
The front view.

The front view.

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One of my favorite parts of blogging for CraftStylish is that I'm constantly learning new stuff...some of which has nothing to do with embroidery. Last week, I learned a little "bit" about HTML code so I could post my projects in that format...and I LOVE it. Michaela thought it would be fun for me to come up with an HTML embroidery project, and I jumped all over it.

All those little symbols, punctuation, and words—very exciting! The first two "bits" of code that I learned are the ones that mean "make that caption green" and "stop with the green." I realized that I could use these little bits of code and have some fun recycling one of of my old tees. I designed my first HTML tee—Go Green! As I learn more, I'm sure I'll come up with more clever ways to express myself by embroidering HTML code...any ideas anyone?

So, if you're into programming, or just fiddle around with it (like me), you can embroider your own Go Green! tee. Here's how you do it.

What you'll need:

  • One of your favorite, gently worn tees
  • Customizing or lettering embroidery software program
  • Embroidery thread of your choice
  • Fusible stabilizer
  • Wash-away stabilizer
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Sharp thread snips
  • Embroidery machine and hoop

To create your HTML embroidery design, open your customizing/lettering software and choose a block font. I made it 9mm high. Then type in "Go Green!" (This means make the caption "Go Green!" a green-colored font.) Save the design and send it to your embroidery machine so you can stitch it out on the back of your tee. I then chose a fun decorative font and created a "Go Green!" embroidery design to stitch on the front of my tee.

html on computer screen
My HTML embroidery design.



It's easier to get your design where you want it if you draw long lines when you are making your placement guide. It's hard to tell if you are hooping your tee straight if you draw a small "plus sign" for your placement guide!

Draw placement lines on your tee
To prepare your tee for embroidery, draw placement lines with a wash-away marker.

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Comments (5)

girlyo writes: I am starting an embroidery business in Florida. How do I find out where to get wholesale stylish tee shirts from? And does any one know a website I can get an machine embroidery design of (Angel Wings 6")I see a site but I cannot remember the name. The wings were like the ones you now see on the backs of tee shirts that are in the upscale shops.
Posted: 7:06 am on August 7th
VictoriaNorth writes: My t-shirt has arrived and it is definitely even cooler in person than in the photos. Thanks Jen!
Posted: 11:32 pm on July 15th
JenniferStern writes: Thank you for the idea and the comments...don't worry, the ringer tees have arrived! I'll keep you posted.
Posted: 10:34 am on June 29th
VictoriaNorth writes: You had better not be trying to steal my shirt Michaela. I will fight you for it if necessary. I am the geek around here thank you very much.

Awesome job Jen!
Posted: 5:56 pm on June 28th
MichaelaMurphy writes: This simply knocks my socks off Jen. I talked to you on Friday and twenty four hours later--this genius green tee! Expect a lot of orders from my geek friends in Seattle.
Posted: 10:29 am on June 28th
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