Fly Your Maker Flag With a DIY Embroidered Sweatshirt

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Where some people see a plain sweatshirt, we see a blank canvas for our needle and thread! This time, we transformed an everyday layer into a top that lets us wear our hearts on our sleeves.

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!

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