If you have some old, plain clothes that you don’t really wear but don’t want to throw away either, then here’s an idea for you! You can try using embroidery to help make your clothes more fashionable and make you want to wear them all the time. Embroidery is a versatile technique that can be used to spice up a clothing item and give it new life.
Embroidery has made a huge comeback into style and has been a steady trend for a while now. So find some items that could use a little something extra and enjoy being creative with embroidery!
You can begin by choosing a machine to start embroidery, or try a more simple method with an embroidery hoop and needle. Embroidery machines can digitize a design and embroidery it onto your clothing much quicker than if you do it by hand. There are many embroidery machines suitable for beginners so it won’t be too difficult for you to get the hang of it. If you’d prefer to try your hand at embroidery the old fashioned way, then stop by your nearest craft store and get the supplies you need.
With either method, you should practice on some scrap material before starting on your clothing. But don’t worry if you do make a mistake in your design, a stray stitch can easily be unpicked or covered up.
Patterns and Patches
There are endless amounts of free patterns you can find online. From a simple, red rose to intricate patterns and even emoji designs. You can start with the simple designs and maybe try embroider a simple flower onto a plain T-shirt. The simplest design can have a massive impact on the way a clothing items looks, just by adding a lovely little detail. Floral designs are very trendy right now and can turn a plain old item of clothing into an elegant, stylish piece that will turn heads.
You can even buy embroidered patches to sew or iron on to your clothes if you’d prefer not to do all the work yourself. Patches can have many meanings or symbolize specific places or things. Try adding them on a denim jacket for a very fashionable look.
Another idea is to embroider words onto your garments. You can make them more personal with your initials, or embroider a simple saying that you like. This can help you create more unique items of clothing and people will be sure to ask you where you bought them from!
It’s important think about what colour embroidery thread you should use on specific clothing items. Consider what colours will complement the colour of the fabric, and if you want your design to really stand out or if you want it to be more subtle. Using complementary colours is a great idea if you want your designs to be more eye-catching, and contrasting colours will definitely stand out more than similar shades.
Embellishments, like beads and sequins, can be used to make your embroidery really pop. Adding a little sparkle can really draw the eye to the design and make people notice the details of your clothes. If you’re embroidering a pattern, all you need to do is slip a small bead or sequin onto the thread every now and then to create an amazing effect. Embellishments could also be used in the centre of flower designs.
Embroidery can also help to link together different pieces of your outfit. You can layer an embroidered denim jacket over just about anything, whether it be a light, summer dress, or leggings and a T-shirt. Plat around with different clothing textures that will make your embroidery really stand out.
There are so many different types of stitches you can try out that will result in different textures within your embroidered design or pattern. From spaced out, simple lines to heavily layered patterns that add volume to your design, there are so many techniques to experiment with.
Your clothes aren’t the only things you can jazz up with embroidery. Accessories can help turn a boring outfit into a cute ensemble. Try embroidering some bright colours onto a scarf, or add some intricate patterns to your clutch bag and turn it into more of a statement piece. Embroidery can be used to make pretty much anything more fashionable, so be creative and have some fun with it!
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