Yesterday I said I’d share how I incorporated some embroidery into my latest project. So to make good on my promise, here it is:
Very simple, I know. It’s just a small monogram embroidered into the back of my dress to serve as a “tagless” garment label. I’ve been wanting to buy or make some personalized tags, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Then when I starting thinking about how I might include some embroidery into my projects, I thought why not make a tag? First, I considered embroidering a separate piece of fabric and then sewing it in. But then I thought why not just embroider straight onto my lining? So that’s what I did. Here’s how I did it.
First thing to note – I embroidered my lining before I did any sewing. I looked at a couple of my finished dresses, and decided it would be too difficult to add the embroidery after the dress was constructed.
1. Find the design you want to embroider. There are so many options! You could buy iron-on transfers, like this booklet:
Or, hit the internet. Some sites I like and/or found helpful are:
Sublime Stitching – Has really cute designs.
Hoop Love Vintage Transfers Flickr Group – A nice collection of free vintage templates.
Needle’N’Thread – Another source of free templates and a good embroidery resource overall.
Free Printable Stencils – Free Alphabet templates (I found my design here).
2. Cut out lining pieces and stay stitch the neckline. (This is important. It will help avoid distorting the neckline when you put the fabric in the embroidery hoop – plus it’s a good idea to always stay stitch anyways!)
3. Transfer your image to your fabric. There are different ways to do this. Sublime Stitching and Needle’N’Thread discuss different methods. For this project, since the dress lining was a dark color, but also thin, I used the low tech “window method.”
6. After your design is traced, carefully place the fabric in the embroidery hoop and stitch away. The Needle’N’Thread website has a great list of Tips and Techniques, and has several videos of different embroidery stitches. I used the easy and beginner friendly backstitch.