DIY: Embroidery on T-Shirts

Channeling my inner athlete with OESD’s Tula Pink Presents: The Imaginary Menagerie. The collection features fanciful animals, bold botanicals, and versatile icons. I couldn’t wait to try these designs out on some t-shirts I wanted to embroider. 

I love the look of embroidery on t-shirts. It’s a unique way to customize a wardrobe staple. The embroidery collection features fun little icons you can add to pockets and collar lines in no time. Check out the steps below to see how I made these little tees and embroider your own t-shirts. 


DIY Tutorial:

For the pocket tees I cut out the shape of a pocket and hemmed the top edge. I used the same cotton knit fabric but you can even use a different print or fabric type. 
I hooped OESD’s Polymesh CutAway stabilizer which is great for embroidery on knits and stretchy fabrics. It's soft for direct contact to skin and strong enough to hold the embroidery stitches through repeated washing and wearing It comes in white, black, and beige. I then used their 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive to spray directly on the poly mesh. This is to secure the pocket while embroidering. Place the pocket directly on top of the hoop. 
 Position the design to in the center of the pocket and embroider away. It helps to have a sample pocket before the final one to make sure everything is positioned properly. 
I had enough room to add another pocket on the hoop and did another set. 
Once done iron your pocket edges under 1/4 inch or less and pin on the front of the t-shirt
Edge stitch the pocket into place. 
For the collar line I marked out the pattern with a disappearing ink pen as to where I wanted each design.  Like above I hooped the Polymesh CutAway and sprayed the 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive.  
I placed the collar line directly onto the hoop and made sure the bottom secured away from the plate so I didn't accidentally stitch anything. For this one I had to watch so it didn't shift because of all the extra fabric from the shirt. 
I love the outcome of these project and there is so much more designs in the collection I can't wait to try. You can see more of the collection here



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