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3 unexpected ways to add embroidery to clothes…

Unexpected Embroidery DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Unexpected Embroidery DIY... / via Oh Joy!

Hey hey hey! Today, we're showing you three super fun ways to add a little extra flair to a jacket, shirt, or pair of jeans…all with some simple embroidery! It's a fun way to express yourself, make something your very own, or make a custom-made gift for a friend! Here's how to do it and some ideas to get you started…

Unexpected Embroidery DIY / via Oh Joy!

You'll need…
– clothing (top, jeans, jacket)
embroidery needle
embroidery floss
dissolvable paper
embroidery hoop


Here's how…
1. Sketch or print the design you'd like onto the dissolvable paper. We chose inspiration from some of our very own Oh Joy patterns.
2. Lay the embroidery hoop over pattern, and cut out leaving about 3/4" of paper around the outside of the hoop. Around the edge of you pattern, cut small slits so that the paper easily folds over the round hoop.
3. Lay inner hoop under garment, center the pattern, and then place the larger hoop over the smaller one. Tighten the screw on large hoop to keep the fabric and pattern taught and together.
4. Follow the pattern with a chain stitch making sure each new stitch comes up from the middle of the previous stitch. (See close up photo of chain stitch)
5. Place fabric in water to dissolve the paper!

Letter T-Shirt Embroidery DIY / via Oh Joy!

We love the idea of adding them to unexpected spots for a little surprise that someone may notice at some point in your day…like on the shoulder of a top…

Denim Jacket Rainbow Embroidery DIY / via Oh Joy!

…at the collar of a jacket…

Daisy Jean Embroidery DIY / via Oh Joy!

…or one little detail on the leg of your jeans! You can even try it on a dress or a tote bag. Have fun with it! 

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.

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  1. Wow such a amazing idea to make our clothes more attractive. I like it so much. I would love to try it on my new clothes that recently I have purchased with discount.

  2. Hello! Your work really enjoyed it – minimalist, feminine, neat, non-standard.
    Your main idea is to make small embroidered drawings with your hands?
    Or are you also embroidering something on an embroidery machine? And is it possible to “repeat” the same patterns if I already have an embroidery machine (I have Brother PE535, here you can read about it more )? Maybe someone has tips on how to make it simple.
    I am just starting to enter the world of embroidery.

  3. Hi Lisa!
    This technique is meant to be a bit more freeform than what you would need a machine for and also for those who may not have a machine. You could certainly use an embroidery machine but not on a chunky sweater like this one. I think it’s better for something thinner and consistent in thickness.


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