How to Embellish a T-Shirt with Embroidery and Buttonscomments (8) March 25th, 2009
Sometimes you look in your closet and everything looks blah. That's when a bit of creativity and some embroidery floss come in handy. The other day, I was looking at my closet, hating everything I saw, but instead of grabbing my credit cards and heading off to the shops, I grabbed my needle and got to work on an old gray T-shirt.
Want to freshen up your wardrobe for spring?
Here's what you'll need:
- Item of clothing that needs refreshing (T-shirts, skirts, dresses, and sweaters are all great candidates for this project)
- Embroidery floss (I used DMC's new line of Linen Floss in Ecru [LECRU] and Pink [L760])
- Embroidery hoop
- Stabilizer (optional, but super-handy; I'm a big fan of Solvy)
The T-shirt I picked had a very unflattering neckline, so the first thing I did was to cut the collar off and shape the new neckline into a deep scoop neck. To keep the fabric from stretching out to Flashdance proportions, I used a chain stitch to lock the shape of the neckline in place.
Once I had my neckline figured out and stitched, it was time to move on to the buttons.
I used three vintage buttons, but you could go crazy with buttons and flowers!
If your fabric is dark, you can use a white chalk marker to make your flowers.
If you are working on a T-shirt, it's a great idea to use a stabilizer behind your fabric (I covered this in my last T-shirt stitching post), but if you don't have any stabilizer handy, worry not!
Keep your stitches simple when working on stretch fabric. I used a backstitch for all my flowers.