DIY Embroidered Sweater

I know that it’s been a minute since my last post, but things have been crazy busy out here at college. With that said, I’m back with an all new DIY project that I have been super excited about and absolutely loving! For this project, I decided to spruce up an old sweater that I hardly wear anymore so that I could give a whole new energy.

For this DIY, you’ll need:

  1. An old sweater, t shirt, or something that you don’t wear very often
  2. An embroidery hoop, these are super inexpensive and can be found at most craft stores
  3. Embroidery floss, for this DIY I used white to stand out against the blue sweater, but you can use whatever color you want
  4. Something to sketch with such as a water-soluble pen or a colored pencil that is slightly darker than the item you plan to embroider

To start, you’ll need to decide what you want to embroider and where. For my sweater, I chose to embroider on the left chest area which is a pretty standard location for other embroidery and logos on shirts, but feel free to embroider wherever you want.

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Next comes what you want to embroider. I chose a small drawing of a bulldog that my dad drew in a comic strip of my family when I was younger. To accompany the little bulldog head, I chose to add the name of our dog at the time below the head.

Once you have decided the image and location, simply take your writing utensil and begin lightly sketching onto the garment. Once you’ve completed that, you’ll need to put the embroidery hoop on. One side of it will go on the inside of the clothing item and the other side on the outside of the piece. Now you’re ready to embroider!

Start by threading your needle and cutting the floss to length, for this I also used the entire thread size of the floss compared to other DIYs or projects that call for you to split the floss. Make sure to leave one end of the thread hanging a bit longer than the other end as this will help to prevent knots forming and ensure that you have enough thread for each stitch.

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To use the same style of embroidery that I used for this DIY, you will begin in the back of the fabric and pulling the thread to the front. Then, you will create a stitch of you’re desired length going in the OPPOSITE direction that you plan to embroider in. For example, if you are planning on embroidering your outline in a clockwise direction, you will make stitched in a counter-clockwise direction.

From there, you will take the thread and needle, which is now again in the back of the fabric, and pull through to the front leaving enough space that is roughly equal to the first stitch. Then, finish the stitch by pulling the thread to the back of the garment through the hole of the first stitch you made.

Repeat this process until you have finished your entire outline. Then, if you choose to letter something similar to how I wrote ‘Diesel’, you will simply make straight stitches. For this part of the DIY, I freehanded the letters, making them my desired size. For spacing, it can help to begin with the middle letter(s) so that your lettering remains centered with your image.

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And there ya go! An old t shirt or sweater is completely brand new thanks to this super simple and quick DIY! Plus, putting new energy into a garment is a perfect spring mentality to have, taking the old and creating something new!

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I decided to style my “new” sweater with a pair of grey suit pants from zara, some j.crew nikes, and of course my trusty denim jacket. Oh, and of course I had to pair my blue sweater with my short lived blue hair for Villanova’s NCAA basketball championship!

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As usual, the photos for this post were taken by my friend Jane who has her very own blog here that you should check out! Also, if you have read this far into the post, subscribe to the blog so that you can be updated via email every time there is a brand new blog post.

Until next time!

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