Note from Eileen:
A big welcome to guest blogger Lorraine Allen! Many of you may remember Lorraine when she worked in customer service here at Designs. Now she’s living in Utah and is definitely missed in Dallas. Since I’m on my honeymoon I thought I’d let Lorraine share an easy t-shirt makeover. It’s so simple you can do this right now and wear it tonight! Just grab a tee from your closet, your favorite outline embroidery design and some crystals and you’re on your way to a creative way to spend the day. This is an opportunity to master a technique—whether it’s growing in confidence with layout and design, placing templates, stitching on knits—or all of the above! The whole point of machine embroidery is to have fun.
Embroidery editing software
Printed template of design
Polymesh fusible stabilizer
Water soluble adhesive stabilizer
Pink cotton t-shirt – or color of your choice
4” embroidery hoop
12” of yellow ribbon for embellishment
Hot fix crystals (optional)
Step 1. Print Design Templates
Open the design in editing software. Print several templates of the design. I used 6 templates for a size medium shirt.
Step 2. Arrange Templates on T-Shirt
Use removable tape to arrange the templates on your t-shirt so they cascade from the right shoulder to the left hip. When you are pleased with the layout, put pins in the center of each template to hold it more securely during hooping.
Step 3. Fabric Preparation
Turn the t-shirt inside out. Cut and place strips of no-show fusible mesh stabilizer over the templates on the wrong side of the t-shirt. Following manufacturer’s directions, press stabilizer to secure it in place.
Step 4. Embroidery
Load the embroidery design into the machine.
Leave the t-shirt inside out. This will make it easier to hoop and handle while embroidering.
Hoop pressure-sensitive stabilizer, keeping the paper side up. Use a pin to score the paper. Remove the paper from the center of the embroidery hoop.
Starting with the design on the right shoulder, position the t-shirt wrong side down the hooped stabilizer so that the cross hair on the first template aligns with the center of the hoop. Use your hands to smooth and adhere the t-shirt to the hooped stabilizer.
Nest the t-shirt around the template to make a little donut. Below is a picture of a different t-shirt to illustrate the technique.
Attach the hoop to the machine. Center the needle over the crosshair and make necessary adjustments.
Remove the template from the design being stitched. Fold back and secure the remaining templates to keep them out of the sewing field. Stitch the first design.
Once the design is stitched, remove the hoop from the machine. Remove the stabilizer from the hoop. Gently tear away the pressure sensitive stabilizer. To avoid breaking stitches, hold onto the stitched design as you tear away the stabilizer.
To stitch the next design, smooth the next template back into position and make sure it is aligned with the stitched design.
When you are satisfied with the alignment, turn the shirt inside out again. Hoop another piece of pressure-sensitive stabilizer and repeat the steps above to embroider the second design.
Repeat this process until all designs are stitched.
To give the illusion that the embroidery goes across the body and ties at the side, I added a ribbon at the bottom left side seam.
Add crystal or silver stud embellishments to complete the look.