How to Embroider Words onto Clothing - “Stitch Sayings”

DIY Embroidered Shirt

Embroidered Shirt

How to stitch quotes on to clothing 

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The VERY first thing I embroidered years ago was a piece of canvas I made into a Black Flag patch that I sewed onto the back of my jeans. It wasn’t perfect, but I loved that it was something I made and that it was unique! I love embroidering on clothing, especially on vintage and thrifted items because you don’t have much to lose if you mess up a 2 dollar shirt. (Can you tell I’ve done that before?)

This tutorial will show you all the supplies you need and a simple embroidery stitch that looks great to stitch quotes or embroider words onto any article of clothing.


SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED:


LET'S GET STARTED

1. Find a shirt, jeans, jacket, etc. you’d like to work with! Make sure the fabric is somewhat sturdy. I recommend denim, canvas, linen, or cotton as those are easier to stitch on!

2. Secure the area you’d like to stitch in the embroidery hoop.

3. With your water soluble marker, draw your phrase or word onto the clothing. The nice thing about this marker is it erases with water, so don’t worry if you mess up a couple times!

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4. Take your thread of choice and secure a knot in the thread. 

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The stitch I will be using is a split stitch. Here are the step by steps on how to do this.  

5. Start from the back of your fabric and pull the thread through. You’re going to make a simple straight stitch. Now, when you come back through the fabric you’ll be going through the middle of this first stitch, literally splitting the stitch in two. Now make another stitch a few millimeters away from your last stitch and keep repeating this process.

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6. You’re going to make a simple straight stitch.

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7. Now, when you come back through the fabric you’ll be going through the middle of this first stitch, literally splitting the stitch in two.

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8. Now make another stitch a few millimeters away from your last stitch and keep repeating this process.

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TADA! Now we need to make sure to secure the thread we just stitched.


FINISHING EMBROIDERY STITCHES

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1. From the back, take your needle under your last stitch.

 

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2. Now you have a loop with a tail. Take the tail and put it halfway through to make another loop with a tail. 

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3. Do this 2-3 times and then pull the tail through to make a knot! 

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4. Trim the tail, and you're DONE!

I hope this tutorial helps you and that you love what you end up making!

If you're looking for more basic stitches to use to jazz up your clothing, you can check out my other blog posts about embroidery tips and stitches. Here and Here.

OR if you're interested in some patterns and kits to try your hand at Embroidery Hoop art, you can check them out on my Etsy here!