How to Embroider a Totally Custom Sweatshirt


Where some people see a plain sweatshirt, we see a blank canvas for needle and thread. Here's how to transform an everyday layer into a top that's truly unique to you.

DIY Embroidered Sweatshirt

Wanna make your own? Remember these tips:

Go for color!

You don't have to pick a bold color (neutrals are in, you know), but you DO want to pick a thread that contrasts with the color of your sweatshirt. Otherwise nobody will be able to see your stitchin'.

Give yourself a guideline

We used transfer paper to mark our stitching lines, but that's not your only option. You could also draw a shape freehand with chalk or a water- or air-soluble marker made for fabrics.

Beyond the backstitch

Backstitching is a great option for this kind of project because it's bold and easy to do — but it's far from your only choice! Check out these stitches to add a little variety to your design.

Smooth moves

Your hoop will probably leave creases in your clothes, so be sure to steam or iron them out!

Everything you need to start embroidering with confidence.
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