T-shirt Pocket Embroidery

Give an old shirt some love with decorative embroidery. Jazz up the pocket, hem, sleeve or collar. With simple embroidery techniques, you can take something old and give it a new life! Use the pattern provided or create one of your own.

T-shirt Pocket Embroidery
Materials

Materials

  • Shirt to be upcycled
  • Embroidery Floss
    • 3176
    • 3088
    • 3087
    • 6205
    • 6187
    • 6228
    • 6186
    • 3500
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Lightweight interfacing
  • Embroidery Hoop

* If you are looking for instructions for completing the stitches below please reference our Holiday Embroidery blog post.*

Instructions

Step 1

1.Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of your garment where you intent to embroider. The interfacing needs to be large enough to cover the space of the embroidery.

Step 2

2. Place the pattern behind the shirt and pin in place.

3. With a pencil or a water-soluble marker trace the pattern onto the shirt.

Step 4

4. Secure the shirt into an embroidery hoop.

Step 5

5. Complete the body of the smaller fish with a backstitch using 3088.

Step 6

6. Split your embroidery strands in half and complete the face of the smaller fish with a very small backstitch using 3087.

Step 7

7. Complete the tail with a lazy daisy stitch using 3176.

Step 8

8. Complete the top of the smaller fish and the scales with a feather stitch using 3176.

Step 9

9. Split your embroidery strands in half and complete the face of the smaller fish with a very small backstitch using 3176.

Step 10

10. Complete the face with a french knot for the eye and a backstitch for the mouth.

Step 11

11. Complete the body of the bigger fish with a backstitch using 6228.

Step 12

12. Split your embroidery strands in half and complete the face of the larger fish with a backstitch using 6205.

Step 13

13. Complete the top of the fish and the fin with a backstitch using 6187.

Step 14

14. Complete the face with a french knot for the eye and a backstitch for the mouth.

Step 15

15. Complete the scales with a feather stitch using 6205.

Step 16

16. Complete the heart with a backstitch using 3500. Complete the waves with a backstitch using 6186. Add water droplets with a lazy daisy stitch using 6186.

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